Using LinkedIn to start your career

Using LinkedIn to start your career

LinkedIn is a professional networking site. You can search for jobs, research companies and individual professionals; you can also join groups and networks. It has over 160 million members across the globe and you can connect with anyone anywhere in the world.

So what can you do on LinkedIn?

  • See where other students, who studied the same subject as you, are now working
  • Find out about job leads
  • Research companies and connect with their employees
  • Find contacts for informational interviewing opportunities
  • Keep up-to date with news and events in your career or industry of interest
  • You can also get the opportunity to participate in career specific group discussions about your area of interest

If you are new to LinkedIn and are thinking about using it, why not view the careers service help sheet on ‘How to use LinkedIn’ . Alternatively visit the LinkedIn Higher Education page where you would find videos and tips sheets to help you get started

Some additional tips

  • Create compelling brand for yourself; think about a headline for your profile that highlights your unique personal strengths and skills
  • Use a professional looking photo of yourself. Remember first impressions count
  • Create status updates to share personal career news and items of career interest.
  • Don’t link your LinkedIn account to your Facebook profile, because your holiday pictures, for example, are not necessarily what you want to highlight to employers
  • Use professional language when messaging new contacts
  • Always be polite and clear about who you are and what you would like from them
  • Consider including recommendations from your employers and/or colleagues on your profile. This will impress potential employers
  • Join several groups in your career area and contribute to discussions; this will help you build rapport with other professionals.

For further information please visit the SOAS Careers webpage or call us on 020 7898 4115 . Alternatively pop into room 101 in the College Building for a chat.

Diana Omololu


New resources – find out more about how to get into your chosen career

Do you want to know how to get into International Development, or how to get an internship or want advice on interview skills, numerical reasoning tests and CVs?

We have been buying lots of new books and resources for the Information Room. Please come and have a browse in our lovely space and find out more about the services we have on offer.

New titles include:

  • Working in International Development and Humanitarian Development
  • Working in the City
  • Employability Skills for Law Students
  • Passing Numerical Reasoning Tests
  • Commecial Awareness
  • How to Get an Internship or Work Placement

You can search for more titles using the SOAS Careers catalogue.

We are in R101 and are open 10am-5pm Monday to Thursday, and between 11am-4pm on Friday.

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Jo Cooper

SOAS Careers – what do you think of us? 87 people have told us so far….

Careers Survey happening 23.4.15

This week we started our second annual survey of the Careers Service.

We do it at this time of year so we can catch you before you do your exams and get the maximum number of responses.

Also, if you’ve not realised we exist, there is still enough time for you to come and see us and let us help you in your career planning, whether you are looking for what to do after you graduate, a holiday job, or something in between.

And if you have absolutely no idea what you want to do for your career, then do come and see us : we have loads of useful stuff to help you in your decision-making.

So, if you’ve not had your say yet, please do – we are really keen to know what you like and what you think we could do even better.

Drop in and see us in Room 101!

Oh, and you don’t HAVE to do anything other than tick boxes in the survey, but it really helps us if you can say a bit more, so please fill in the text boxes if you have time!

We’ll publish the results before the end of term.

Thank you!

Philippa Hewett