As a college/university student, how do you ensure that you’re able to secure an internship on LinkedIn? It is indeed one of the most recent growing professional networking platform to date where people can build new professional connections, learn new skills, post articles as well as finding job or internship placements. Having a LinkedIn profile enables users to showcase their education history, work experience, skills and achievements to establish their own personal brand online for employers and recruiters.
According to Kinsta.com, a study shows that 122 million people received an interview through LinkedIn, with 35.5 million having been hired by a person they connected with on the site. 24% of LinkedIn users are students who are between the age of 18 to 24 years old. Here are 6 tips for you to secure an internship placement on LinkedIn:
1. Reach Out to Current Existing Connections
The first step to secure an internship is to find opportunities or vacancies on LinkedIn by communicating with your connections. These can be your university mates, lecturers, professors, friends as well as acquaintances. Not many are aware of this, but your existing network is a significant resource as everybody’s connections on the platform vary. Therefore, there is a possibility that they know employers who are in search of interns at the time.
2. Ask for Recommendations
When finding a new job, people usually ask for recommendations from their current employer. As a university student, you can do the same – with your professors or lecturers (unless you’ve worked in the past, your previous employer should be fine too).
You can ask for a recommendation from your professor based on your past projects, assignments and tasks. A recommendation is indeed important as recruiters tend to take into account of their potential employee’s performance.
3. Find New Connections and Start Networking with Them
Expand your connections and find professionals who are Recruitment Specialists, Talent Acquisition Managers or Human Resource Managers. By connecting with them, you will be able to ask for available opportunities and at the same time, gaining more insights about the company you are going for. Having more knowledge about your potential internship placement will avoid you from making the wrong decision.
4. Personalise a Note When Requesting to Connect
The one thing you should always keep in mind is to include a note or message when you send a request to employers, recruiters as well as HR managers. In this way, they will recognize the purpose of your connection request and increase your chances of being accepted.
However, there are cases such as not being able to connect with the person. If this happens, the alternative way is by dropping a message in the InMail function or follow them to keep updated with the latest opportunities and vacancies.
5. Joining Groups that Share the Same Interests
If there’s one thing users overlooked on LinkedIn, it is to make use of the existing groups on the networking platform. If you are clueless on where to start, you can ask your faculty if there is an existing LinkedIn group dedicated to students who are looking for an opportunity to connect with professionals.
Apart from that, you can also search for a particular group based on your interests that lie within your study programme. An involvement in these groups not only give you a chance to secure an internship, but also a chance to secure a full-time job in the future.
6. Structuring a Professional Message
When you are looking for a placement, first impressions are crucial and this will be evaluated according to your message. We encourage you to use an example of a professional message structure:
1. Greet the person in charge – Dear Sir/Madam/Recruitment Manager
2. Introduce yourself, which university you’re studying and your course
3. State the purpose of the message
4. Explain briefly why you want to undergo your internship at their company
5. Describe your extracurricular activities in school, part-time jobs, past projects
6. Try to arrange a meeting to take the discussion further
7. End the message by thanking them for their time and consideration in regards to your application
8. Attach a copy of your resume
Do Not Give Up
The declaration of COVID-19 has changed the lives of many. Not only companies are downsizing but hiring freeze also continues on. Although that is the case, do not stop hoping and do not stop trying to secure an internship. Sometimes, all we have to do is to go to great lengths to achieve something that we desire.