Students will head online in their droves this week as graduates and students begin to scramble for jobs and summer internships after their exams, according to new data released today by LinkedIn.
The insight, based on the behaviour of LinkedIn’s student members in Ireland, reveals that activity by this demographic on LinkedIn peaks in the second week of June, having taken time off following their exams.
LinkedIn spokesperson Wendy Murphy commented: “Our data shows that Irish students are typically focused on exams during the academic year, with the majority only pursuing job opportunities and internships after their exams have finished."
"As a result, there is typically fierce competition for the positions that are available, which means that students have to try and stand out from the crowd,” she added.
To help graduates navigate the “Student Scramble,” Wendy shared her top three tips:
Stand out from the crowd
Perfect your profile to make sure you stand out from the crowd. The more complete it is, the more interesting it will be to others, so make sure you fill out each section to boost your chances of being ‘found’ by recruiters and potential employers.
Make sure to include a profile photo
An interview starts the moment someone searches for you online and your first impression is your profile photo. Make sure you include a photo on your LinkedIn profile – we’ve found that it can make you up to 14 times more likely to be viewed by one of LinkedIn’s one million Irish members.
Network to get work
Having a strong network is essential; you can use it for recommendations and to ask for introductions into a job or opportunity in which you are interested. By connecting to at least 50 trusted contacts you will increase your chances of getting in touch with people and companies that will help you get ahead in your job hunt.  
By using LinkedIn’s University Pages, students can also find and contact alumni that are already working in their dream job or field who could potentially offer them advice or give them a helping hand.