LinkedIn Tip for College Grads

Some studies reveal only about 15% of college graduates walk away from school with a job.

The number is even smaller for students who find a job in a field relevant to their degree.

Combine that with thousands of dollars in student debt and the first few months after graduation can become a stressful time for those students and their family.

LinkedIn, the social network for business has a treasure trove of information to help anyone network with people in their chosen fields but perhaps its greatest tool is “LinkedIn University”.

LinkedIn University is an off-shoot of the website that aggregates information for LinkedIn members from a particular college or university.

This helps students and grads find like-minded fellow alumni who might be able to help them get a foot in the door at their company.

Each institution has its own LinkedIn page. Go see for yourself.

There is a tab on the page which allows you to see current students and graduates of the school and their LinkedIn profile.

However, LinkedIn calls this website LinkedIn University in some places, including the URL, but has also named it “LinkedIn Alumni Tool”, LinkedIn for Higher Education, LinkedIn Students and a couple of other things.

You cannot access it easily from your LinkedIn profile either.

You must go to or search for your alma mater’s page.

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3 overlooked LinkedIn features to find a better paying job

About 500 million individual professionals now use LinkedIn — some to network and stay connected, but many to look for new job opportunities. Fortunately, that number also includes plenty of human resources professionals and recruiters seeking not jobs, but job candidates.

“Pretty much every company uses LinkedIn these days,” said Peter Vincent, a New York City-based human resources executive. In such an enormous pool, how do candidates and companies find each other? Three recently released LinkedIn products promise to make it easier to match seekers and recruiters, and could upend more than a few professional lives.

One will allow job seekers to let recruiters know they’re open to new opportunities without tipping off their current employers. A second can help determine the true salary range for a position in different cities. The third is a matching service targeted at the exploding freelancer marketplace.

As with anything bright, shiny and new, it pays to unpack these new toys carefully to see their true value:

2) LinkedIn Salary takes on the strong cultural taboo against talking about money, which makes it challenging to know what a fair salary is for any given job. “With LinkedIn Salary,” says the company’s career expert, Blair Decembrele, “we’ve tapped into our network to provide deep insights into salary, bonus, and equity data for specific job titles.” Also factored in are experience, industry, company size, and location. LinkedIn Salary is available only to LinkedIn premium subscribers (monthly fee starts at $29.99) or to those members who share their salary with LinkedIn. (Learn more about LinkedIn Salary.)

LinkedIn Salary has better privacy protection than Open Candidates, since the company says salary data is encrypted separately from identity. It’s not even added to your LinkedIn profile.

Burriss is bullish on LinkedIn Salary, as is Vincent, who found it to be a potentially useful database. Its value, of course, will depend on how much data it eventually includes. LinkedIn says 2 million members have submitted salaries so far.

My advice: Use it. It’s most beneficial for common job titles, because — as Vincent points out — the more unusual a role is, the harder it is to amass data. Vincent also noted that job seekers shouldn’t forget traditional salary surveys, such as those provided by professional organizations and alumni associations. And, of course, use your own network.

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LinkedIn’s new update lets you connect with nearby members


LinkedIn will be updating their ‘Terms of Service’ including Privacy Policy and User Agreement on June 7. The global professional networking firm introduced many new features on its platform.

LinkedIn will be updating their ‘Terms of Service’ including Privacy Policy and User Agreement on June 7. The global professional networking firm introduced many new features on its platform. The company, in a blog post, wrote about the updated privacy policy, providing information on new LinkedIn features and how information can be used by members. Sara Harrington, Vice President of Legal said, “At LinkedIn, our ‘members first’ philosophy helps guide every decision we make, including how we gather and respect your personal information.”

Under the new features, you will have the ability to see members nearby who have also opted-in, so it’s easier to meet up when you’re at a conference or out for lunch. This will enable you to connect with business leaders or even look for possible job opportunities. Other functionalities include new automated systems which use information in your messages to suggest responses, meetings, ice breakers, or insights. This feature will help you in conduction crucial conversations more easily.

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10 LinkedIn Groups Every Recruiter Should Join

by Stephen Clarke

LinkedIn is the most used social network platform by recruiters as it’s a goldmine for sourcing hard-to-find talent. However, one of the features not used enough by recruiters are LinkedIn Groups! Not only can LinkedIn Groups provide large pools of talent, they also provide a place for professionals in the same industry (like recruiters!) to share content, have discussions, make meaningful connections and establish themselves as thought leaders.

There are thousands of LinkedIn Groups dedicated to HR and recruitment so we decided to research the best ones and list our top 10. Whether it’s for finding candidates or for readily accessible high-quality content covering all things recruitment, you will definitely find value in joining all of these LinkedIn Groups:

2. Recruitment Consultants and Staffing Professionals

Managed by: Recruit2

Number of members: 195,000

Good for: Expanding your network, sharing ideas, following the latest employment news and sharing leads

Another large group with plenty of discussion, Recruitment Consultants and Staffing Professionals is geared towards corporate staffing professionals, agency recruiters, headhunters/executive searchers, career coaches, talent managers, HR Directors, employer branding experts… you name it! Because the group admins do a good job of regulating content and removing any spam, there is always plenty of discussions around relevant topics like recruiting using video, building your personal brand and applicant tracking systems.

5. The Recruitment Network

Managed by: Subhashish Paul, Social Media Geo Strategy & Analytics Lead at IBM

Number of members: 525,000

Good for: Finding certain recruitment topics not discussed anywhere else

An absolute monster of a group, The Recruitment Network’s goal is to “bring together people dedicated to open networking with innovation, integrity and transparency”. Because of the size of the group, spam posts do manage to slip through sometimes but overall, this is a great group to join as it has content on virtually every HR or recruitment-related topic.

You can determine the quality of a LinkedIn Group by scanning through the member list and this group is filled with industry experts like Greg Savage, David Macciocca and our very own Johnny Campbell. It’s a group for information more so than anything else, as there is not a lot of interaction among discussions topics.

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5 LinkedIn Tips You Should Be Using (but Probably Aren’t)

By Kayla Matthews

A quality LinkedIn profile can be a gateway for prospective employers and collaborators, but with over 467 million members, LinkedIn is not the easiest place to stand out.

Even a complete profile with a well-composed list of accomplishments, a professional headshot and numerous recommendations can be improved upon.

There are a number of ways to creatively improve your LinkedIn profile, with five notable tips being:

1. Create a Public Profile Badge

Searching for profiles on LinkedIn can be a difficult pursuit due to the sheer number of them. Take into account similar names and fields of occupation, and it could be an endless pursuit. As a result, one of the most important tips for improving your LinkedIn profile’s reach is to promote it beyond LinkedIn itself.

An easy, effective way to do this is to create a LinkedIn public profile badge. Accessing this page while logged into LinkedIn will result in a variety of button sizes and accompanying HTML codes.

These can be easily inserted on any website or blog so visitors can more easily find your LinkedIn page. A public profile page is the best way to improve your LinkedIn profile’s reach if you run a blog or website.

2. Leverage Plugins

Plugins on LinkedIn often go overlooked. LinkedIn provides the option for members to incorporate LinkedIn functionality into their own website. The page generates customized JavaScript code for a variety of features, ranging from showing your number of followers to a list of new job listings. They all share the benefit of connecting visitors with you or your business’ LinkedIn presence.

The “Follow” plugin is especially useful for sites, as it provides visitors the ability to add you on LinkedIn with a single click. You can customize this and other plugins by language and vertical/horizontal settings.

For businesses, the “Company Profile” plugin provides a quick and reliable summary of the business’s size and origin story. As a conveniently sized widget, it’s a quick and immersive tool to acquaint new readers with the business at hand.

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8 Big Changes To LinkedIn Groups That Will Enhance Your Social

Jeff Bullas

It’s no secret that LinkedIn is the number one social networking site for B2B Marketers.

Given the network’s user base of over 380 million and the fact that it’s a source of 80% of B2B social media leads, LinkedIn’s prominence in the B2B industry will not change any time soon.

So if and when LinkedIn makes a necessary change it is important that organizations make a note.

LinkedIn has made more than 2 million discussion groups private, a major step in the social network’s efforts towards improving the quality and professional nature of membership groups.

The move here was based on feedback of LinkedIn groups who craved real connections with peers and industry leaders helping them learn and grow.

Along with making the groups private, LinkedIn has also introduced several other changes that warrant a closer look for any brand making strides and gaining social presence on the network.

Here are the eight changes to LinkedIn groups that B2B marketers need to be aware of.

2. Privacy of groups mean they won’t be indexed by search engines

privacy of groups for changes to Linkedin groups

The information that is generally shared on LinkedIn groups won’t be sharable via Google or any other search engine.

This exclusivity will increase the value of conversations held in different groups, followed by the fact that new ideas and strategies shared among members will be known to the ones who are a part of the group.

This major change will help B2B marketers establish thought leadership, showcasing knowledge that can lead prospective clients and customers to come back and check their company page, employee profiles and marketing collateral.

3. Group members will now be vetted

group members are now vetted for changes to Linkedin groups

In order to join any LinkedIn group you need to make sure that your credentials are updated.

Having a professional image is a must, as well as having a fully fleshed out profile so that group administrators can assess how well they fit into their community. This generally works out positive for marketers who have spent deliberate time in optimizing their company profiles.

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