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Leveraging LinkedIn in your Job Search

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LinkedIn is a helpful tool in your job search for both networking purposes and staying informed about current trends and issues in the field of education. Below are a few suggestions to effectively utilize LinkedIn as you begin your job search.

Groups: Click on the Groups tab to instantly connect with thousands of passionate educators around the country! Some education-focused groups to consider include National Science Teachers Association, Kappa Delta Pi, National Education Association, National Association for Music Education, and Council for Advancement and Support of Education, among many others. Once you join the group, search through the Members section to identify professionals to contact in your target school or geographic location.

Alumni research: Visit www.linkedin.com/alumni to research your college or university alumni according to a specific school, district, or geographic location.

Follow schools or districts: Type a school or district name in the Companies tab to search for its profile page. Once you identify the organization's profile page, click the yellow Follow button in the upper right-hand corner. The organization's updates and job openings will now begin appearing in your news feed, providing instant updates about your target places of employment.

News: Want to stay informed about current news in the education field? Have news articles delivered to your newsfeed and inbox! Under the News tab click Customize Your News and select Education Management to read articles related to issues and trends in education. LinkedIn will then begin displaying these targeted articles in your Newsfeed and sending you periodic emails with links to these informative resources!

Holly Klenk
Assistant Director, Cohen Career Center
College of William & Mary
Williamsburg, VA

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