Utilize Your Network
One of the best ways to maintain connection with your networking contacts is through LinkedIn. Commonly known as the “professional Facebook”, LinkedIn is a great resource to network, research companies of interest, locate informational interview contacts, and improve your personal brand. This free site opens the door to over 70 million professionals around the globe, representing 150 industries. Create an account today and begin expanding your professional network.
As you search for networking contacts, keep these helpful tips in mind:
- Share information, ideas, resources, and contacts with others. Networking is a two way process.
- Know basic information about careers that interest you.
- Think of everyone you meet as a networking contact.
- Keep a well documented record of your contacts – how, when, details of the conversation and any follow up necessary
Another great way to make networking contacts is through your friends and family. Talk to your parents, professors, high school teachers, and Mercer friends about what career paths interest you. Ask them to help you make connections with people who could tell you more about the careers that interest you.
Check out these helpful LinkedIn guides to learn more about:
- Publishing on LinkedIn
- Profile Checklist: College Students
- Building a Student Profile
- Finding a Job or Internship
- Networking on LinkedIn
- Tailoring Your Profile to Your Goals
- Communicating on LinkedIn
- Building Your Personal Professional Brand
Searching for Jobs on LinkedIn
Over 3 million jobs in the U.S. are posted on LinkedIn each month. The search is free, but you have to have a LinkedIn account. Use this help site to guide you.
Thousands of recruiters and hiring managers are using the words "I'm hiring" in their own personal profile which makes it easy for their profile to be found by job seeking users. There's no better tip than being able to communicate directly(and cautiously) with a hiring decision maker. Learn more by reading this article.
View the videos below for other helpful tips.
LinkedIn for Students: Overview