A Student's Guide to LinkedIn

Kathi L. Jandreau

Why Aren't More College Students Using LinkedIn?

There are many road blocks in finding a job after graduation, now more than ever. We know that the economy is bad news. Because of this, we see fewer jobs, and with fewer jobs, the people with more experience are our competition for these positions. It's becoming more and more difficult to settle down into the career of your choice. Gaining experience in your specific industry can also seem impossible. In an area as rural as Aroostook County, many feel they have to leave in order to find a satisfying career. That being said, students need to take hold of every opportunity possible that may help them with their individual goals. Networking has been on the rise for many years now. We all network in some way or another. About three out of four businesses use networking at some point in the hiring process. Almost every job requires keeping up with evolving technology, so it is more important than ever for students to have a professional online presence.

College students work very hard earning their degrees. When all is said and done, too many are spending several months and even years trying to find a job in their field to suit their skills. Getting connected now, while you are still in college, can really benefit you after graduation. You will not only be building your networking skills, which are important in almost every career. You will also be expanding your connections and get the opportunity to learn from others who are currently working your dream job.

Employment rates and starting salaries for new college graduates have fallen over the past few years. The New York Times has reported that 74.4 percent of college graduates under the age of 25 had jobs. Of this same demographic group, 45.9 percent had jobs that actually required a college degree. The rest of this group was in lower skilled jobs such as bartending or waiting tables. Students must take advantage of every opportunity out there, in order to ensure the highest likelihood of landing a job after graduation.

Getting Connected Now, Will Benefit Your Future...

It's not just simply earning a degree that will get you hired. It's also the experience you have and the connections you've made.

As future professionals and leaders, students must be aware of their online image. Students can use LinkedIn to professionally present themselves via social media.

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