What is LinkedIn and why is it useful for students

4 Feb, 2021

Last week, the Career Development Centre ran a series of webinars to help you wherever you are in your career.

To help you embark on your career, the Career Development Centre have some top tips for a standout LinkedIn profile.

LinkedIn is the biggest online social network for business professionals. It's different from Facebook and other social media because it's specifically designed for professional networking, as opposed to chatting with friends.  It's a handy way to network with graduates and recruiters, particularly if you're job hunting.  It’s also a great way to keep up with developments in your area and, as well as having an up to date online presence. 

Many employers now use LinkedIn to recruit. They can shortlist candidates based on qualifications, location, experience and skills at the touch of a button.

  • If you haven't already, go into Linkedin.com and set up a profile
  • Populate your profile as much as you can. Display everything you are doing. Employers like to see what else you have to offer besides your degree.   The better and more complete your profile is, the more likely it will appear near the top of the page in a Google search on your name.
  • Go into the universities section on the top tab and look for TU Dublin. Once you find it, you should see over 120k profiles listed.  Using keywords, narrow down your search until you find graduates from your course
  • Personalise your request to connect, telling them why you want them in your network.
  • Go into the group section on the top tab and use keywords to identify and join relevant groups, including the TU Dublin Graduate Network.
  • Go into the company section on the top tab and search for organisations that recruit graduates in your area. There's often useful information here that's in addition to what's on their website and also Jobs.
  • Linkedin Jobs is very useful, and many companies use Linkedin to recruit.

And if you have more questions, visit our Love Your Career website.

Want to read more? The Careers Development Centre also has a range of resources to help you with your LinkedIn profile.

Cheat Sheet

Top Ten Job Hunting Tips

Using LinkedIn as a networking tool

Conducting Employer Research on LinkedIn

LinkedIn Etiquette Guide

For more advice, have a look at these short LinkedIn videos designed for students and graduates.