The LinkedIn Guide to Getting Hired in 2018

College graduation is an exciting time, you’re getting ready to embark on the next chapter of your life. But it can be overwhelming and on top of that, there’s more students graduating than ever before. But the good news is that you’re not in this alone. We took a look at where the class of 2016-2017 ended up after graduation and examined the types of roles, companies, industries, and locations where they landed. Read on and get ready to start flexing those interview muscles.    Apply Now!...

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The Most Popular Jobs and Companies for College Graduates

As we approach the halfway point of the school year, many students are starting to think about graduation. But, like all soon-to-be grads it’s often a struggle to figure out the best way to begin your job search. To help you prepare to enter the workforce, we’ve compiled our second annual list of the most popular companies and jobs for grads. This year, Amazon has taken the top spot on the list of most popular companies, having hired twice as many 2017 graduates as any other company on this...

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Applications For New Class of LinkedIn Campus Editors Now Open

There’s a lot you can do on LinkedIn to help you get ahead in your career and find your way in to new opportunities — regularly writing on LinkedIn and sharing your experiences and perspective is certainly one of them. It’s a great way to build up your reputation on a topic and get noticed by others in your industry who have similar interests. With this in mind, in 2015 we launched our Campus Editor program, enabling university students to begin writing and growing their own active communities...

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Launching Your Career: Getting Started on Your Internship Search Doesn’t Have to Feel Scary

As a student, you may be struggling with finding an internship or even just deciding what you want to do after you graduate. You slave over your resume. You re-write your cover letter a million times. You apply to what feels like every company on the planet (or 29, to be exact). Then, your parents start texting you about how the internship search is going. Daily. Hi Sweetie. Want me to look at your resume again? Honey, have you called your father’s cousin’s assistant yet? You see, you picked...

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The Most Popular Entry-Level Jobs and Companies for College Graduates

Looking for your first job out of college? These are the companies hiring the most new grads and the most popular jobs among 2016 grads. Graduation is fast approaching, and companies have posted millions of internships and entry-level jobs on LinkedIn. But like many students, you may not know how to start looking for a job, or even what your options are. Our biggest advice is — don’t wait. Build your LinkedIn profile, and get started on your job search today. Here are the companies that have...

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Mastering the Art of the Informational Interview: LinkedIn Career Expert Series

Before landing their first job, we found that students connect with at least three professionals from within a company. It’s never too early to start building those relationships by setting up informational interviews with people who are doing what you want to do or work in an industry that you want to get into. But we get it, reaching out to someone you don’t know can be daunting, so here are some tips to set you up for the most impactful informational interviews.

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Figure out what interests you

First things first, think about the jobs that you find interesting. If you need some ideas, our new LinkedIn Students app recommends jobs to explore based on career paths of alumni with similar degrees.  

 

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Touch up your profile

Make sure your LinkedIn profile tells the story you want your future boss or colleagues to see. Start with the basics: 1) upload a professional profile photo, 2) add your current location, and 3) update the industry you want to work in so it reflects what you want to do in your career. If you don’t have formal job experience, don’t worry! You can include your education, skills, school projects, honors and awards, and volunteer experience -- you probably have more to offer than you realize!

 

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Reach out to people you want to get to know

Identify a few people who work in jobs you’re interested in. Our LinkedIn Students App will suggest some people to you, so pay especially close attention to those with whom you share a common connection. Then, ask your connection for an introduction on LinkedIn highlighting why this person’s profile stood out for you, what you have in common and what you’d like to speak to them about.

 

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Prepare for the interview

If someone takes the time out of their busy day to meet with you, make the most of their time...and yours. Study their LinkedIn profile, read their posts, check out what they’ve shared recently. Go to their company’s LinkedIn Company Page to see what’s important to their employer. Check out LinkedIn Pulse for the latest news in their industry. All of this will help you come up with smart questions and continue the conversation.

 

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Always say thank you

No matter how you think the conversation went, send a thank you message on LinkedIn within a few days. Be sure to mention something specific and memorable about your conversation, and cite any follow-up you plan to take. And don’t forget to connect with them on LinkedIn! The most important tip of all: be yourself. You never know where these conversations will take you.

Introducing the LinkedIn Students App: Helping Soon-to-Be College Graduates Conquer Their Job Search

Graduation is quickly approaching. Your job search is all consuming. What do you search for? What job options are best for you? Today, LinkedIn unveils the first-of-its-kind LinkedIn Students app, tailored specifically for soon-to-be college graduates looking to answer these very questions. Using insights from LinkedIn’s database of over 400 million professionals, the brand new app helps you discover jobs that are a best fit for graduates with your major, companies that tend to hire from your school and the careers paths of recent alumni with similar degrees.

86% of students choose to go to college to get better jobs, but 44% of graduates are underemployed.* Let Linkedin Students help you navigate these uncharted waters of finding your first job out of school; something you, yourselves have told us is the paramount challenge you’re facing:

As a student close to graduating, finding a job is the most important aspect of my life right now.
I am graduating with $35,000 of debt so landing a good first job out of college is extremely important to me.
I don’t understand how my major translates into a job I’m qualified for.

These are just a few quotes from San Jose State and University of Central Florida students who recently participated in our pilot test of the app, but it’s no mystery these types of concerns are shared by students across the country. An understandable trend given the uncertainties that come with an economy mired in $1.2 trillion of student loan debt and an unemployment rate among college graduates of 7.2 percent (compared with only 5.5 percent in 2007).**

So how can the new app help you tackle your college to career transition? Think of it as your personal job exploration guide, providing tailored jobs related recommendations based on real data from the career paths of hundreds of millions of successful professionals. You can use these insights to discover and explore career opportunities you hadn’t considered or even known were possible!

Here’s a quick overview:

You can chip away at your job search checklist in any of your in-between moments - walking between classes, waiting in line at the coffee shop or taking a study break. What initially felt like an insurmountable undertaking will morph into a manageable daily to-do list and, before you know it, you’ll no longer be asking “How do I find a job that’s a fit for me?,” but “Which of these jobs is the best fit for me?”

The new LinkedIn Students app is available for iOS and Android in the US only for now. We look forward to hearing your feedback and continuing to improve this experience to help you discover and land a first job you’ll love.

*New York Federal Reserve

**Economic Policy Institute, 2015

You Don’t Need to Know How to Code to Make it in Silicon Valley

Above: Jared from HBO’s Silicon Valley. He is a Vassar College grad with a B.A. in Economics and currently Head of Business Development at Pied Piper.

(Above: Jared from the HBO series Silicon Valley. In it, he’s a Vassar College grad with a B.A. in Economics and the Head of Business Development at Pied Piper.)

This month’s Forbes cover story calls attention to the contributions and growing need for liberal arts majors in tech, an industry widely regarded for its engineering talent. The author of the story, George Anders, wrote, “The more that audacious coders dream of changing the world, the more they need to fill their companies with social alchemists who can connect with customers—and make progress seem pleasant.”

With this in mind, we looked at LinkedIn data to understand the prevalence of these “social alchemists” with liberal arts degrees joining the tech workforce. We defined “liberal arts” as the humanities, social sciences, natural/physical sciences, and theoretical math.

As our data shows, liberal arts grads are joining the tech workforce more rapidly than technical grads. Between 2010 and 2013, the growth of liberal arts majors entering the technology industry from undergrad outpaced that of computer science and engineering majors by 10%. Internet or software companies are especially popular—38% of all recent liberal arts grads in tech currently work in this space.

Given these growing trends, we looked into the data and uncovered three insights that can help liberal arts grads understand where their expertise fits within the technology industry.

Liberal arts majors take on a wide range of roles

These days you find liberal arts grads all across the technology industry. While sales and marketing still make up the majority of liberal arts degree holders in tech, the third most popular role for recent liberal arts grads is within software development. These results reveal that the philosophy behind liberal arts, which encourages diversity of skills and flexible critical thinking, transfers to the workplace in various forms.

Top 10 list by % of all liberal arts grads in tech in these specific roles

Pedigree matters out of college, but it won’t make or break your tech career

Where you went to college plays a part in whether your liberal arts degree lands you a job in tech.

On average, about 10% of all recent liberal arts grads go into tech directly from undergrad; but for students graduating from the top 20 schools in America—the average is 14%.

However, you don’t need to attend an Ivy League school to make your liberal arts degree work for you in the long run. When we broke down the percent of recent liberal arts grads currently in tech by top 20, top 100 (those not included in the top 20), and non-top 100 schools, we found that the difference between each tier is about 1% or less.

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Prior work experience gives you a better chance of making it in tech

Having full-time work experience gives liberal arts grads a better shot of finding a tech job, irrespective of industry. An earlier Economic Graph analysis shows that half of the top 10 industries hiring outside of their industry are tech-related.

Compared to liberal arts majors directly from college, the average percent of liberal arts grads going into tech after having just one other job is already 4% higher. While we still see slight difference with pedigree, the overall picture is brighter for all liberal arts majors with experience.

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In our modern work economy, people have more opportunities and resources to get the job they want; what matters the most is what people do to get those jobs. With LinkedIn you can gain new skills, search for and apply to jobs and make new connections.

As we continue to build the Economic Graph, we will be keeping a close eye on education and job trends as they signal the changing nature of careers. Knowing the connections between our education and job opportunities can help us understand the choices we make in our own careers.

Methodological Details: The results of this analysis represent only LinkedIn data. As such, how members choose to use this site can influence our results, as well as our accessibility to data. These variances were not accounted for in the analysis.

When we refer to “recent grads”, we mean liberal arts majors that graduated between 2010 and 2013 and do not have graduate degrees or technical double majors. When considering schools, the top 20 schools included the top 20 national universities from U.S. News as well as the top 20 liberal arts colleges. The top 100 schools included the other 80 national universities at the top, as well as the remainder of the top 50 liberal arts colleges. All other schools were considered “non-top 100”. Majors considered liberal arts were in the humanities, natural and physical sciences, social sciences, and theoretical mathematics. Please note that because we looked at all schools in the U.S., there will naturally be more non-top 100 schools represented when we look at overall data, i.e. the 10% of all recent liberal arts grads going into tech is similar to the 10% of all recent liberal arts grads from a non-top 100 school that go into tech.

The job type, i.e. salesperson, is dependent on how LinkedIn categorizes the role. A “job” is also anything the member chooses to include as a position on their profile. The members that make up this data graduated between 2010 and 2013 from a U.S. school, and we assumed June to be the graduation date of that year (unless otherwise noted). Members without education data were excluded from the analysis.

Jobs considered tech included internet, computer software, computer hardware, biotechnology, online media, e-learning, computer games, consumer electronics, computer and network security, information technology & services, nanotechnology, wireless, and medical devices.