The Benefits of Using LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with hundreds of millions of members, and it is growing rapidly. 

The education industry is vastly changing and in recent years, LinkedIn has become an excellent networking tool for schools and more schools are using the professional network as part of their recruitment processes. 

From a jobseeker perspective, the channel can potentially strengthen your chances of finding your perfect teaching role so in addition to completing application forms, it may be beneficial to focus on your LinkedIn profile too.

First things first, it is important your LinkedIn account is up to date and complete so check your account provides the following information:-

  • Your industry and location
  • Up-to-date current position (with a description)
  • At least two past positions
  • Your education
  • Your skills (minimum of 3)
  • An appropriate portfolio photo – preferably one taken with a white background (here’s a useful article to help you take a suitable photo)
  • At least 50 connections  

By completing your LinkedIn profile, this will encourage professionals to connect with you and gradually your connections will grow. If you need further help increasing your connections, this article provides more useful advice. 

If you don’t have an account, visit the following page to sign up:

LinkedIn is also an effective way to build a network of education professionals which can lead to Continual Professional Development opportunities. For example, if you need support then you can ask your network of teachers online for their opinions and vice versa. You may also get notified of teacher events including training courses. 

The social network helps establish legitimacy too. Schools can view your LinkedIn profile to check you are who you state you are according to your submitted application form. By viewing your profile, it can complement your application form nicely (if it is up to date and complete). 

You may consider LinkedIn as a non-priority tool but it may be more useful than you think. Providing you follow the above tips on completing your profile, it could support you with your teaching career. 

For more detailed advice on creating your LinkedIn profile, visit the following link:

10 Tips To A More Professional LinkedIn Profile

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