LinkedIn has long been a platform for both searching and recruiting 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. It has becomes an increasingly important tool for students looking to find work. This means that more serious working students will be updating their profiles regularly as their experience grows. We have compiled some of the best tips for making your search easier and finding employees through LinkedIn.
College Life's job board
Before we get into the meat of the subject, why not check out 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.
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:
- 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. This means you already have a good base with which to start with.
- Join groups to find individuals with shared interests, backgrounds and experiences. 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. Potential keywords include locations, positions, experiences, skills and so on.
- Search students and alumni of specific universities: filtering your search to find students and recent graduates of specific courses, colleges or universities can narrow down your search window. If you are looking for management students, you can search for business schools or courses. This will make it easier to find suitable results because you are targeting those who have interests and skills applicable to the position you are looking to fill.
- Research before reaching out: do they have applicable or transferable skills? Are they endorsed by other connections or past employers? If they do not match your description, there is no point in 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.
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. 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.
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. The group posting feature is especially relevant. You can reach more candidates faster through your own network.