More professionals and academics are becoming aware of LinkedIn as a means of sharing information and discussing key issues in their field. But what can LinkedIn do for the job seeking researcher?
Create your online CV and ask for recommendations
Think of your LinkedIn profile as your shop window to potential employers. The more complete your LinkedIn profile is, the more it will appeal to those viewing it. A complete profile also enables LinkedIn to suggest relevant jobs for you, so make sure that you ask your current employer or colleagues to add a recommendation – these can often be the deciding factor for a recruiter when they’re considering whether to contact you.
Maintain a visible presence on LinkedIn by joining groups and taking part in discussions. You can even start your own discussions and groups and ask for advice related to your field. Many groups have a dedicated jobs section too so you may also find relevant vacancies. To get started, why not join the Newcastle University Alumni Association if you are a Newcastle graduate or the appropriate groups for your previous universities. Then have a look for groups that relate to your research or your other interests.
Research organisations and institutions
LinkedIn is a great resource for ferreting out information about prospective employers or collaborators. Following a university, an organisation or a company on LinkedIn will keep you in the loop on what they’re up to, and keep you informed about the area they operate in. Equipping yourself with this information is invaluable for when you make contact or attend an interview.
Plus, you can look at information about individuals who work for a particular organisation; which organisations employees worked for beforehand and who they are connected to. You can then identify key players in your field and who you could be collaborating with!