Knowing who’s who is another form of currency in the employment world, known as “Networking.” Networking through social media platforms is another opportunity for individuals to interact and create professional contacts. I will highlight how having a professional LinkedIn profile can maximize your networking potential and employment opportunities.
First, let’s discuss what LinkedIn is and why it is beneficial to job seekers. LinkedIn is a professional networking social media website used to share industry knowledge, seek inspiration, and even do job searches. This list is just a few of the many resources LinkedIn has to offer. When creating your LinkedIn account, I encourage you to approach the platform with an open mind and willingness to put your best foot forward. This LinkedIn article provides step-by-step tips for creating your profile: How Do I Create a Good LinkedIn Profile? Having a LinkedIn profile is a part of your digital footprint and could be essential to networking and getting a job.
Facts you need to know (LinkedIn Facts)
- Three or more people are hired from job postings on LinkedIn every minute.
- There are over 740 million profiles, which means more opportunities to connect with individuals in your career field of interest.
- LinkedIn will be 19 years old in 2022. It is older than people may think.
Finally, according to Forbes, as of 2020, “80% of all jobs are filled through professional network connections” — highlights how much networking can impact your job search and professional presence. Creating an accurate profile that displays your professional background, skills, education, and volunteer experience is crucial. You never know when your next connection on LinkedIn will lead to a future job opportunity.
Alexandra Howard is a new member of the Texas Gulf Coast Regional Navigator Team for Workforce Solutions. She will be collaborating with community partners in the Gulf Coast Region to educate and train employers, Workforce Solutions staff, and job seekers to assist in advancing company growth, career, and academic mobility. Alexandra has prior job experience in recruiting on behalf of the employer and candidates. Understanding the skillsets job seekers provide and the necessities of the employer’s aids in maintaining a successful Adult Education &, Literacy Integration. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Sam Houston State University and is currently obtaining a Master of Public Administration from Texas Southern University