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 www.university.linkedin.com 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

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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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