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Using LinkedIn

Using LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional networking platform. It is used by both students and those in employment. It's never too early or too late to create a profile, so whatever your year of study why not give it a go… 

We’ll answer these common questions about LinkedIn 

  • How can using LinkedIn benefit me? 
  • How do I create a LinkedIn profile? 
  • How can I improve my LinkedIn profile? 
  • How do I make the most of LinkedIn? 

How can using LinkedIn benefit me? 

LinkedIn helps to get you out there and provides a platform for you as an aspiring professional. You can think of your profile as an online CV but with more functionality. It's a way for you to network with others and to showcase yourself in a professional sense.

How do I create a LinkedIn profile? 

You can set up a profile for free by going to the LinkedIn website.

Read our article on Optimising your Linkedin profile for recruiters

How can I improve my LinkedIn profile? 

  1. It might sound obvious but making sure that all sections are complete and kept updated can really help. 
  2. Make sure you have a professional profile picture and use a background image to make your profile stand out. 
  3. Take a look at a range of other profiles and take inspiration from what works well.

For more personalised advice, book an appointment with an Employability Adviser.

Get some top tips on creating a LinkedIn profile from Johanne Gilroy, Employability Adviser

How do I make the most of LinkedIn? 

  • Make connections by trying out the SHU alumni tool. Looking at alumni profiles could also give you inspiration for building your own.
  • Use the Open-to-Work function to let people know that you are looking for opportunities.  
  • Research and follow relevant companies. 
  • Join and engage with professional groups of interest. 
  • Engage with other people’s posts. 
  • Post your own content. 
  • Want to up-skill? Why not try LinkedIn learning

Want to find out more? 

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