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The value of LinkedIn for beginner or entry level positions

James Browne
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I see that some of my colleagues don't even have a LI profile or have a profile with almost zero information (name and college only).
Yet, some of them got good jobs or internships from other sites or through personal contacts.

This makes me wonder how useful is LI really ? Is there a trick(s) to using LI or is it better to hunt those job sites ?
How can one tell how important companies consider LI for recruiting purposes ?

jatan bhavsar
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Hi James,

Its better to register on job portals rather then linkedin as fresher. no one will recommend you unless they know you and most of the time its only yours friend who refer you not the unknown person.

Regards
Jatan

Jeanne Boyarsky
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I was under the impression that LInked In was for networking, not just job hunting.


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James Browne
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:I was under the impression that LInked In was for networking, not just job hunting.

But networking is also needed for job hunting. I learned that one can use it to contact the HR at companies.
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James Browne wrote:
Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:I was under the impression that LInked In was for networking, not just job hunting.

But networking is also needed for job hunting. I learned that one can use it to contact the HR at companies.


Yes, having a good network can greatly help with job hunting... but I agree with Jeanne, LinkedIn is for networking, and job hunting is just a perk from it.

It may be a subtle difference, but there is a difference. You should think of LinkedIn as a way to keep contact with people you like. And maybe even help those people job hunt, when you notice that they are on the beach. Think of networking as what you can put into it, while job hunting is about what you can get from it.

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arulk pillai
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Recruiters do find their candidates via LinkedIn. As mentioned before, networking is a crucial part of job hunting. When you start looking out for work, you can post message about your impending availability to your network.


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There is a difference between a recruiter/headhunter and a company with an actual job. Recruiters want more people to represent in hopes one of them will be a good match for an actual job. Recruiters look for people everyone. Without showing any interest in job hunting, I've gotten contacted from people who saw my name hear, on stack overflow and from the server side java symposium.

I'm not saying not to post your availability on Linked In. By all means you should do that. But it's likely putting up a sign somewhere that you are looking. You need to do more than that.
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Some recruitment agencies also publish the roles that they are currently working on.

You need to try all avenues both published and hidden job markets. The hidden job market is less competitive.
Cj McLoughlin
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LinkedIn profiles are great for professionals of any level. When I work with my clients, I encourage them to have a LinkedIn profile no matter what. It's a free, 24 hour per day advertisement of you. Plus it looks professional on your resume to have a LinkedIn profile address - it shows you are serious about getting a new position.

Make sure your profile matches your resume.

LinkedIn is for networking but it has a ton of other uses like joining specific groups related to your experience or what you are interested in. I know quite a few people who have gotten a job without looking, just by having a profile up.

Hopefully this helps and good luck!
 
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