Using LinkedIn as a Networking and Job Search Resource

Using CyHire and face-to-face networking are the most effective ways to find employment.  Employers that use CyHire and visit campus are specifically looking to hire ISU engineers, and this is why we highly recommend that you engage with employers when they are on campus.  However, what if an employer that interests you does not come to ISU to recruit?  Using your personal and professional networks to reach beyond the borders of campus is the second most effective approach.  LinkedIn is a very useful tool for expanding and managing your professional network, as well as locating employment opportunities.

LinkedIn is the world’s largest networking site and is used by many business professionals and students every day.  It is a social media site that is focused on making professional connections between peers, friends, companies, and professional groups.  Job seekers use it to post a professional profile of skills, work experience, and interests and connect with individuals who may be able to help them find employment.  Companies utilize it to develop their brand, recruit employees, and find business partners.  LinkedIn is very helpful to students in that it allows you to investigate the background of companies, connect with recruiters and engineers in your area of interest, and potentially connect with ISU alumni that work for target companies. We recommend that students use LinkedIn as a tool to: help themselves develop a professional online profile, expand their professional network outside of campus, and track potential employers and their open positions.

Our advice will focus on the basic (free) services on the website and highlight the best practices for using these services.