Create a Winning LinkedIn Profile with 10 Top Tips

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On Wednesday 1st March in your diaries, as we will be hosting our interactive LinkedIn Day event throughout Commons, Newton Park.

With various workshops, industry speakers, opportunities to have you photo taken and competitions to get involved in, it’s an opportunity you shouldn’t miss! To get ahead, check out these top tips for your profile:

  1. The profile picture
    Showing off that all-important headshot will help you to gain 14 times more views than you’d receive if you went without. Make sure to give a good impression!
  1. A hot headline
    Alongside your name, this will be the first thing any viewer sees when checking out your profile, so make sure to keep it short and snappy. Keep it current and professional.
  1. Sell your summary
    Supplying a great summary can help you to gain seven times more profile views. Consider it as an elevator pitch; keep it short and to the point, but be make sure you highlight what you’re all about.
  1. Experience gives the extra factor
    Make sure you provide detailed experiences. Whether that’s voluntary work, internships, work experience or a part-time job, it demonstrates that you know what you’re talking about when it comes to your field of interest/study.
  1. Education counts
    You’ve managed to land yourself a place at university and are likely doing well, so ensure you cover all your key qualifications for employers to see.
  1. Include key projects
    If you’ve overseen any notable projects in university or work, you should be showing off your skills. Include links, or embed photographs and videos to alongside your education and experience.
  1. Shout your skills
    Having a key skill that fits with your career could improve your profile views thirteenfold. You likely have more than one, so get noting those technical and team-working abilities now.
  1. Recommendations rock
    Think of a recommendation as a reference on your CV. Likewise, think carefully about who you ask to recommend you and ensure the contact will prove relevant to the career you hope to focus on i.e. if you’re an avid photographer, perhaps don’t get the milkman to shout about your skills…
  1. Share endorsements
    They say sharing is caring, and endorsements do everyone good. Is your best friend good at drawing? Endorse her to confirm it. In return, she might vouch that you are capable of teaching, which reflects well on you. It’s a win-win situation and can make you feel good, too.
  1. Get connected
    Now you’ve completed your profile, it’s time to start showcasing yourself to potential employers. Research relevant connections in you field of interest/study and approach them with personalised emails asking them to connect with you.

We will be running a series of workshops on LinkedIn Day – you can book your place here!

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Keep in Touch over Christmas!

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It’s almost the end of term, and the holiday festivities are looming. But as well as enjoying some well-earned rest and recuperation at home, the Christmas and New Year period is also a great chance to get thinking about careers – especially if you’re in your final year!

If you want to get on a graduate scheme, it’s well worth starting to consider where you’d like to apply. Our 10 top tips can help get you started, and we’ve also got plenty of information about various industry sectors available on My Career.

Equally, you might like to take some time to research placements and why they can be so useful. If you’d like an inside view from students who’ve been on placement themselves, check out this interview. Now is a really good time to familiarise yourself with our placements search tool, and to look into any other companies you might like to contact regarding a placement or internship.

While you’ll be off over the holidays, we’ll still be around for most of the break – barring our Christmas closure between 24th December and 3rd January – and we’ll still be contactable on careers@bathspa.ac.uk and 01225 875525.

If you’ve got a question for us, or have a CV/cover letter you’d like us to look over and provide feedback on, submit it via our Ask a Question facility and we’ll aim to get back to you within five working days.

Over Christmas, you’ll still be able to book spaces on workshops – keep an eye out for next term’s programme of events! – and 1:1 careers guidance appointments for when you’re back after the holidays.

So keep in contact with Careers over the festive break and, most importantly, have a very Merry Christmas!

How to Talk to Employers

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‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.’ How many times have you heard that phrase? But it’s true! Networking with employers is a great way to talk to someone with first-hand experience in a specific industry or profession and it allows you to explore the career opportunities available.

Our Careers & Opportunities Fair on 25th October will be a fantastic chance to get chatting to a wide range of people from a variety of employers – so make sure you feel as confident as possible

For many people, the thought alone of having to approach an employer and ask them questions (that your head is telling you will sound stupid) is terrifying. Your palms begin to feel clammy, you’re suddenly talking very quietly and you’re unable to make any form of eye contact. Sound familiar? Well, don’t panic! In this post, we’ve outlined a step-by-step guide on how to talk to employers.

1) The more you prepare, the more in control you’ll feel
Take the time to do some research on a company. Look at their website and social media platforms to get an overview beforehand. This will help you to form some specific questions to ask.

2) Be confident when your approach the employer
As daunting as it might seem approaching an employer on your own, you should try it. You might actually find it easier not having your friends next to you, listening to what you say! Break the ice with a firm handshake and then open the conversation with your name, degree subject/year of study and asking what they offer. Start by highlighting your skills, what you are interested in and why.

3) Formulate some generic questions you can ask a number of employers
You can draw on an interesting point they have made during their presentation or workshop – “Can you tell me more about…?”
“In your role, what does a typical day look like?”
“What are the key skills you want candidates to demonstrate during the application process?”
“What does the application process involve?”
“What are the best and worst things about your job?”

4) Wrap things up
Thank the employer for their time and ask them what would be the best way for you to follow up with them. Have some business cards ready to hand out – this will contribute to your professional image. While your interaction is still fresh, look the employer up on LinkedIn and ask to connect with them. This will be a useful way of keeping track of the people you’ve met.

5) Remember: be confident, be yourself and smile!
With a fantastic schedule of employer events taking place this academic year, you’ll be able to put your networking skills into practice. Look out for our Employer in the Foyer series, a range of insightful employer workshops and presentations, and in particular our Careers & Opportunities Fair – one not to be missed!

For more information on the Careers & Opportunities Fair, like our Facebook page.