I’m a big fan of LinkedIn.com and I use it as much as I use my Orkut and Facebook profiles.
The main difference between LinkedIn.com and other social networking sites like Orkut, Facebook and Myspace is that LinkedIn will help you find your dream job.
I had written a lengthy article on How to use LinkedIn for job search.
However, only I only saw a few students who have signed up at the site, so there are still so many students who are not aware of LinkedIn.com.
The main reason I’m suggesting everyone to join LinkedIn and use it for job search is because with the new OPT rule, students must find a job after graduation within 90 days of the post completion OPT period.
Yes, that’s right. You have only 90 days to find a job, or else you will be out of legal status. So you must register for a new degree or pack your bags and head back to your home country.
I know for sure 100% and have clearly seen that it’s very difficult to get a job within 90 days after graduation, especially if you start searching for jobs only after graduation.
I strongly say that most of students who only start their job search after graduation will end up joining some consulting firms.
If you want to find a full time/permanent position after graduation, you will need to start searching for jobs at least 6 months before your planned graduation date.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, only 2.8% of people find jobs in the U.S. by searching using major job portal sites like Monster, Dice, etc. So try to imagine and calculate your chances.
Job Search is not Easy
If you still haven’t started your job search, you will have to talk to someone who graduated recently and is running out of time in OPT.
If new graduates have created a good network of professionals, then job search is very easy. But with only a few emails, they could have used the network that LinkedIn provides to get a job.
Finding Entry Level job
If you don’t have any internship experience, it’s even harder to find entry level jobs. Companies look for someone with at least some internship experience when hiring for entry level positions.
So if you want your job search to be as smooth as possible, start building your network using LinkedIn.com.
Here’s a 2 minute video that explains what LinkedIn.com is all about and how to use its network power to get what you want, that is, to get your dream job.