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 like 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 profile picture and background image and avoid casual selfie-type snaps! 
  3. Take a look at a range of other profiles and take inspiration around 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 
  • Try out the SHU alumni tool. Looking at alumni profiles could also give you inspiration for building your own.  
  • Research and follow relevant companies 
  • Join and engage with 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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