A fresh grad’s guide to job searching

Filipino fresh graduates entering the workforce and young professionals starting their careers are concerned about the availability of opportunities for them, according to LinkedIn Opportunity Index.

A fresh grad’s guide to job searching
GET THAT JOB. The world’s largest professional network LinkedIn shares useful tips fresh graduates and young professionals can do to maximize available resources in their job hunting. 
LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network found that almost half of young people aged 18 to 29 years old in the Philippines feared that there might not be enough opportunities available for them, although, on the contrary, new jobs are emerging. 

Here at home, the top five emerging jobs are a data scientist, application development analyst, back-end developer, full stack engineer, and sales development representative. These are jobs, which did not exist five years ago, are driven by technology. 

To help job seekers hoping to improve their chances of finding and connecting to opportunities, LinkedIn shares the following tips: 

Establish a digital presence that reflects your values

Ask yourself, what are you ‘in it’ for? Why do you do what you do? Knowing this answer is crucial to finding the right job for you. Once you have thought this through, use it to create a LinkedIn profile and write your ideal job description. It’s a practice that some companies are starting to attract top talent. 

Explore jobs on LinkedIn

Take advantage of LinkedIn’s job search filters to narrow your search by industry, function, and experience, and then use the open search box to add key phrases to find the right job for you. Discovering new jobs on the network is easier with Instant Job Notification and Job Title Highlights.

Make sure you shine through

After you’ve thought about what you’re ‘in it’ for, maximize your online presence, such as using LinkedIn’s summary section to share a little bit more about yourself and the skills and experiences that make you unique as a professional. It’s one of the top things the 2.8 million recruiters using LinkedIn every day look at when viewing profiles.

Connect with people in your network who can help

Take a good look at your LinkedIn community to see if you have any connections who work at companies that interest you. These professionals can be key in helping you find—and land—the job you want. According to LinkedIn, professionals on the platform are four times more likely to get a call with a recruiter, and nine times more likely to get hired when they’ve been referred by a connection than if they apply without a referral.

Make a good impression

Getting to know more about the company you wish to be part of can guide you on what it takes to get hired and succeed there. The company’s website, LinkedIn Company Page, and other online resources can provide rich information and background. 

“What’s important is that you know the steps to take on your journey to a successful and rewarding career. Be authentic and stay true to your values,” advised Linda Lee, head of communications for LinkedIn Southeast Asia and North Asia. 

Topics: fresh graduates , LinkedIn Opportunity Index , LinkedIn Company Page , Linda Lee , job searching
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