Do you think having a LinkedIn is necessary for finding a job? What are some tips on getting started on the site?

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I agree that it's helpful. I actually just did a project on online recruitment and here is something I learned in an interview with a career development director: in some countries, a good LinkedIn profile outweighs the need for a resume! So really it depends on location and job field. It's easy to get started; the site takes you through setting up the profile step-by-step.
LinkedIn is an interesting site. I don't find it that useful because I'm in the field of psychology. However, my boyfriend is in analytics and it's the main way he makes contacts. I think it all depends on what field you're in. But it can't hurt, can it?
I'm not sure it's necessary but it's certainly helpful. It's a great way to connect with people in your industry and try to create mentors. It's also a great place to showcase your qualities and experience
As we move into an age of social media and technology, I think it is important to have a LinkedIn profile, but not necessary. Just like how MySpace and Facebook made it easier to connect and keep in touch with friends, LinkedIn makes it easier to network with people from around the country and in different fields. If you connect with the right people, they can help you get your dream job.
To start your profile, make sure you have a pretty fleshed out resume with jobs, volunteer work, and achievements to put on your profile. It's also important to have a good, professional picture of yourself to put on your profile. More people will want to connect with you if you have a photo. Lastly, if you have supervisors or professors who you have worked closely with, ask them to write you a recommendation on your LinkedIn so other employers can see what kind of worker you are.
I don't think its necessary, but it can be helpful in some degree. For example, when applying to jobs many applications have a box where you can put random information that was not included in the application. If your LinkedIn is particularly impressive, definitely supply them with the link. Another reason why LinkedIn is great is because you can include information in it that you could not fit in your resume (since your resume should only be one single page long). Lastly, LinkedIn is a great place to message employees of your dream job. Connecting through LinkedIn is extremely professional and it also shows that you have done your research.
My dad always bugged me to get a LinkedIn and I was really hesitant at first because I hated the idea of "marketing" myself, but it really is a great thing to take advantage of!! It lets you see a plethora of jobs that are out there that require things which you have expertise in, lets you connect with other professions and make/keep connections for later, and also makes the interview process easier since some job apps allow you to just download your LinkedIn profile instead of sending a resume and all of that.
I actually found my current job on LinkedIn! I had never even heard about the company beforehand (it's a new tutoring company), and so I never would have thought to search for it.
As for tips: Make yourself look good by highlighting your experience and connecting with friends and family who can "endorse" you for your skills, making you look more credible. Follow companies you admire and would potentially like to work for. Answer private messages and look at job postings to get a sense of what is out there and what experience you will need to get a specific job that you want. Good luck!!
I wouldn't say it's absolutely necessary, but it won't hurt you to have a LinkedIn profile! One underrated perk of being on LinkedIn is that you can sometimes join certain exclusive LinkedIn groups (such as an alumni group from your university, a group exclusively for alumni from a certain department with which you were affiliated, a group for members of an honors society you've been invited to, etc). Sometimes, the connections you make in these exclusive groups can help more people see your merit/understand your experiences. Having a LinkedIn definitely increases your visibility--it's basically a professional social network, so it's good to fill out your information as Elana said, and it's also good to search for jobs through the LinkedIn interface. LinkedIn is designed to connect you with jobs relevant to not only your interests and experience, but also your qualifications!
I think it's a great free tool that's worth taking advantage of. What's great about LinkedIn is you can get into more detail about your responsibilities and job description than you may be able to on your resume, since you have page limits. You can add your leadership roles, clubs, skills, publications, and more on LinkedIn and potential employers can check out all your accomplishments. Include your LinkedIn URL on your resume or make sure your name is the same as that on your resume to make it easy for people to find you. Keep your profile updated and use a professional picture. Once you've got your account set up, start connecting with people to build up your network.

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