Who should I approach?
Start by connecting with your fellow students. In time this will give you connections to all the companies they will end up working for. You will be part of a network of possible future employment opportunities.
University of Brighton Alumni
Search alumni profiles to identify potential career paths, employers, contacts and mentors. This is live data, continually updated by the people posting it. See what graduates from your course have really gone on to do with their careers.
Making connection requests
Pick the right people to approach. Don’t approach the CEO of your dream employer – you’re unlikely to get the response you want.
LinkedIn asks how you know the person before sending your request. Don't select ‘I don’t know [name]’, as your request will not be sent. The recipient doesn't see this information so you can afford to stretch the truth a little.
Always send a personalised message, not the default automatic request. Keep it professional, but try to communicate your enthusiasm for the recipient’s company, job role etc. If you met them or attended an event at which they spoke then mention this.
LinkedIn is not Facebook. Don’t accept requests for the sake of amassing large numbers. Concentrate on the specifics of the people who are interested in connecting with you. Ask yourself:
- Who are they?
- What do they do?
- Will it be useful for me to connect with them?
It may sound harsh but once again, LinkedIn is not Facebook. This is work.
If there is a useful conversation to be had then send them a message. You won’t be seen as pushy or a nuisance. LinkedIn exists to enable professional conversations like these. If someone has approached you then they are opening up a dialogue and inviting you to respond.