A short guide to finding employees through LinkedIn

LinkedIn has long been a platform to both search, browse and recruit employees, for small and large businesses alike. That’s why it is a great tool for finding motivated students or people to put on your radar. Students are starting to use LinkedIn more and more as the platform grows. This means that the more serious working student will be updating their profile regularly as their experience grows. We have compiled some of the best tips for making your search easier and finding employees through LinkedIn.

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The College Life Job Board

At College Life, we know international students; let us let them get to know you. On the College Life Job Board you can post a vacant job and target a whole range of international students. International students can bring a vibrant, multicultural atmosphere to any work environment, and are extremely motivated to work alongside or after their studies. You can find out more about how to post a job on the Job Board on our Employers page. Here, you can see what packages are available to you, and more reasons why using the College Life platform is beneficial to you and students.

Finding employees through LinkedIn in 4 steps

There are a few steps any business can take to finding employees through LinkedIn. We have condensed them into 4 helpful and effective tips and tricks:

  1. Status update: posting an update about a new open position or a call for applicants can spread the word to your followers. Those following you are probably the most interested and motivated to work for you, meaning you already have a good base with which to start with.
  2. Join groups to find individuals with shared interests, backgrounds and experiences, because this is another way to streamline your search. By joining groups where most members have the same interests or experiences, you can form a better pool of candidates instead of spending hours searching for individuals. Furthermore, you can customize and narrow your search with keywords, such as locations, positions, experiences, skills and so on.
  3. Search students and alumni of specific universities: filtering your search to find student and recent graduate of specific courses, colleges or universities can streamline your quest for an employee. If you are looking for management students, you can search for business schools or courses. This will make it easier to find applicable results because you are targeting those who have an interest and applicable skills to the position you are looking to fill.
  4. Research before reaching out: do they have the applicable or transferable skills? Are they endorsed by other connections or past employers? If they do not match your description, there is no point reaching out to them. That’s why LinkedIn is great as a supplementary process to sorting through CVS; you can see their experience at a glance. If you like what you see, they might progress to a possible next-stage. If not, then it's alright because no time has been wasted reading additional material.

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Combine it with your usual hiring process

Finding employees through LinkedIn isn't always as easy as it seems. Combining your usual hiring process with this process will yield the best results. This is because LinkedIn cannot always provide you with the complete picture. Profiles are not fully updated, and a CV and cover letter can provide much more detailed information. We recommend to using this LinkedIn process in combination with your usual hiring steps.


In conclusion, LinkedIn is a valuable and powerful tool, because of the 'at a glance' function it provides. Another great reason to combine your standard search with this LinkedIn process is that you can quickly sort through applications. Especially relevant is the group posting feature; you can reach more candidates faster through your own network.