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A fresh graduate’s guide to job search

Establish a digital presence, demonstrate what makes you stand out, and reach out to your community.

Filipino fresh graduates entering the workforce and young professionals starting their careers are concerned about the availability of opportunities for them, according to a
study, LinkedIn Opportunity Index.

LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, found that almost half of young people age 18 – 29 years old in the Philippines feared that there might not be enough opportunities available for them. On the contrary, new jobs are emerging. In the Philippines, the top five emerging jobs are data scientist, application development analyst, back-end developer, full stack engineer, and sales development representative. These are jobs that did not exist five years ago and are driven by technology.

“Whether you’re just starting your career or on a journey to pursue fulfillment and meaning at work, now is a great time to find the right job for you.  Not only does LinkedIn have 20 million jobs  including entry-level roles — we also have the community to help you find the right one depending on your skills and interests,” Linda Lee, head of communications for Southeast Asia and North Asia, LinkedIn, said.

To help job seekers hoping to improve their chances of finding and connecting to
opportunities, LinkedIn shares the following tips:

1. Establish a Digital Presence that Reflects Your Values: Ask yourself, what are you ‘in it’ for? Why do you do what you do? Knowing this answer is crucial to finding the right job for you. Once you have thought this through, use it to create a LinkedIn profile and write your ideal job description. It’s a practice that some companies are starting to enlist to attract top talent.

2. Explore Jobs on LinkedIn: Take advantage of LinkedIn’s job search filters to narrow your search by industry, function and experience, and then use the open search box to add key phrases to find the right job for you. Discovering new jobs on LinkedIn  has never been easier with Instant Job Notification and Job Title Highlights.

3. Make Sure You Shine Through: More than just a resume, your LinkedIn profile creates a great opportunity to make yourself stand out. After you’ve thought about what you’re ‘in it’ for, use the summary section to share a little bit more about yourself and the skills, learnings, and experiences make you unique as a professional. It’s one of the top things the 2.8 million recruiters using LinkedIn every day look at when viewing your profile.

4. Connect With People in Your Network Who Can Help: Take a good look at your LinkedIn community to see if you have any connections who work at companies that interest you. These professionals can be key in helping you find—and land—the job you want. Professionals on LinkedIn are 4x more likely to get a call with a recruiter—and 9x more likely to get hired—when they’ve been referred by a connection than if they apply without a referral.

5. Make a Good impression: Getting to know more about the company you wish to be part of can guide you on what it takes to get hired and succeed there. Their website, LinkedIn Company Page, and other online resources can provide rich information and background.

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