Ever since it was first set up, Linked In has been one of the most popular forms of social media among business owners.
While it is not social media in the traditional sense, Linked In is a professional form of social media that businessmen and women can use to keep their professional life separate from their personal.
Until you start looking for a job, you don’t fully understand how influential Linked In is. But, once you set up an account, you will realize that Linked In is an entire universe that you weren’t aware existed. You can use it to make connections, apply for jobs, and lots more.
From an employer perspective, Linked In is an excellent platform for attracting potential employees. In particular, Linked In is great for attracting people to internships that your company offers.
Only people who are truly interested in the internship will use Linked In to research them, so this allows you to attract applicants that are really interested in your company and what you have to offer.
In this guide, we’ll be taking a look at how to announce an internship on Linked In, in a way that will attract potential applicants to your internship. So, if you want to find out more, keep on reading.
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Why Should You Announce An Internship On Linked In?
First, let’s take a look at why you should announce an internship on Linked In. As we have said, the main reason why you should consider using Linked In to advertise internship opportunities within your company is because it will allow you to attract a certain caliber of applicants.
The people who apply to internships without really wanting to complete them will often be the people who go down the easiest routes. They will only apply for internships that they can easily find, and they won’t want to spend a lot of time researching potential job opportunities.
Due to this, most people who don’t really have their hearts in it, will not use platforms, like Linked In to find internships. This means that the only people who really find the internships that you list on Linked In will be the people who really want those positions.
Typically, internships are unpaid, so it is very important that you only have applicants who will really value that experience. Otherwise, there isn’t really anything to motivate those individuals to do a good job.
But, by using Linked In, you will only attract people who hugely value the experience that you are offering them. This means that you will both benefit from the internship.
Your company will get work done at a reduced labor cost, and the successful applicants will get outstanding experience working with your company. Experience that will help them get better jobs in the future.
So, as you can see, there are clear benefits of posting any internship opportunities within your company on Linked In. Due to this, it is likely that you are considering posting future internships on Linked In, so let’s take a look at how to do this.
How To Announce An Internship Opportunity On Linked In
So, now that we have explained why you should announce internship opportunities on your company’s Linked In page, let’s take a look at how to do this.
To begin with, you should click on the ‘jobs’ icon on your Linked In account. From here, you will see a button that says ‘post a job’, you should click on this. You can then add the job description, and skills required.
Make sure that you clearly state that this is an internship opportunity, not a full-time permanent job. Then click continue. This will take you to the ‘applicant options’ section. Here, you can decide how to receive applicants, most people choose to do this through email only.
You can then review the standard screening questions that Linked In supplies, and then click ‘post job for free’. This will add the internship to your company’s Linked In page, allowing applicants to apply.
Now that we have taken a look at how to announce an internship opportunity on Linked In, let’s take a brief look at how successful applicants may announce their success on their Linked In account.
How To Announce A Successful Internship Application On Linked In
If you have applied for an internship through Linked In, and your application has been successful, you might be wondering how to announce it. So, let’s take a quick look at how to do this on Linked In.
Firstly, you shouldn’t announce anything until all the plans are set. Once you have a start date, and you have signed a contract (where necessary), you can then announce your internship on your Linked In.
The standard way of announcing an internship on Linked In is to post an update to your profile. This update will usually start with the words “I’m happy to announce”, or something along these lines.
Once you have done this, you will then go into detail about the internship you have been successful in securing, and why you are looking forward to it. You should also thank the company for giving you the opportunity.
Then, when you start the internship, you should add this to the ‘employment’ section of your Linked In. During your internship, you can list this as active employment, but don’t forget to put an end date when your internship comes to an end.
If Linked In is not the only social media platform that you use for employment purposes and updates, we would recommend updating all your social media accounts simultaneously. So, also update your employment status on Facebook, and the other social media platforms that you use too.
This keeps your social media presence uniform, meaning that if employers stumble across any of your accounts, they can get a good idea of your employment history.
In short, announcing internship opportunities on Linked In is an excellent idea if you are an employer. This is mainly because it allows you to access applicants that are truly interested in the opportunities that you offer.
Likewise, if you apply for an internship, and your application is successful, you should also announce this on Linked In. This will give future employers a detailed history of your employment, and it could make it easier for you to find jobs in the future.
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