KTH’s latest career follow-up from 2018 showed that 23 % per cent got their first job through their network. On this website, you will get tips on how you can identify your current network and how to expand it during your studies. We also present a guide on how to use LinkedIn in an effective way.
After mapping your current network, we need to start looking at how you can expand it. First, you need to update your LinkedIn page. The following guide requires that you already have a profile on LinkedIn.
Profile strength x Network outreach = Top candidate
Two starting points for success on LinkedIn:
Become a person whom others want to contact
Become a person with creative and interesting content on your profile
Guide for LinkedIn
You should have your profile in two languages: your native language (if you are looking for jobs in your home country) and in English.
State five keywords that describe you: Which search words would a recruiter use to find you?
A good summary increases the number of profile visits by 10 times.
Profiles with a picture get 14 times higher visits than profiles without a picture. Take a professional picture, to use exclusively for your LinkedIn profile and CV.
LinkedIn chooses your latest employment as your professional title. You can change this if you want to, by going to "Edit intro" and write your own title under “Headline”.
The latest education should be put first in this section, in reversed chronological order.
Describe what you have learnt and relevant projects you have done, especially the ones that have been in collaboration with companies.
When you describe your professional experience, start with a short description on the organizations or businesses where you have been working. Mention the size of the unit in which you worked, what kind of role and responsibilities you had as well as point out some specific results or skills you learned.
Describe your work tasks/assignments:
1. What did you do?
2. What was the result?
3. What sets of skills did you use?
4. What did you learn or how did you develop?
Make contact with people you know: old and present co-workers, old and current classmates, friends etc.
If you do not know the person yet, present yourself and explain why you want to become a contact with this person. You should also be active; like posts, endorse people and certify their competences. Do not be afraid to ask for recommendations. Do not forget the importance of groups. Membership in different groups helps you to reach more people.
Do not forget to make contact on LinkedIn with new people you meet during different company events. Even though there are no openings in the company today, the opportunity can present itself in the future.