We have all heard the statement, “It’s all about who you know.” According to Career Center Career Advisor Mark Fauble, when searching for a job, this has never been truer.

“Students need to learn how to utilize resources to help them network and share their skill set in a professional manner,” Fauble said. “LinkedIn is a super connection in the professionalism realm. It gives students access to high level executives anywhere in the world, which can be a very powerful tool.”

According to a survey by CareerBuilder, 60 percent of employers surveyed who use social networking sites to research job candidates are “looking for information that supports their qualifications for the job.” Fifty-three percent of the hiring managers want to see if a candidate has a professional online presence.

To help students effectively utilize all LinkedIn has to offer, the Career Center is hosting LinkedIn for Job Seekers on Friday, February 9, and Thursday, February 15. Students receive professional advice on how to use LinkedIn for job search and to network professionally, which also helps in the job search. All students are encouraged to attend this event, as there viable information is provided for all user levels. In addition, students who do not have a LinkedIn profile have the opportunity to create one.

According to Fauble, LinkedIn is an incredibly valuable resource for job seekers who know how to use it effectively, and stay active. “One of the greatest things about LinkedIn is its ability to connect students with alumni who may be working in other cities. Those who are interested in relocating will get access to a pre-established network prior to ever moving there.”

For more information or special accommodations to attend LinkedIn for Job Seekers, contact the Career Center at (309) 438-2200

The Career Center assists all Illinois State University students with developing, evaluating, and implementing career decisions.