By completing your profile professionals and future employers will be able to see more about you such as a summary about who you are, where you studied, any jobs, volunteering experience and education. But remember what you put on there to the world is visible to everyone on LinkedIn so double-check for spelling mistakes and errors as this will look bad on your part. Remember to keep it professional including your picture remember it should represent what you will look in the workplace not what you look like going out with your friends! Completing your profile is important because of LinkedIn’s internal search algorithm. Profiles which are complete are 20 times more likely to get views as an incomplete one.
Connect with firms and lawyers!
The best way to start to get yourself out there as well as stay up to date with what firms and chambers are doing is by following them. By following them you will be able to see all the content and updates going on in the business which will help you to keep up to date when applying in the future. Furthermore, if you start connecting with graduate recruitment or current trainees at the firm you can start getting your name out there by messaging them privately with any questions you have whether it be about their job or the firm if you cannot find the information on their website. By doing this it shows you are enthusiastic and may potentially make you stand out from other candidates if you made a first good impression! So, put yourself out there, connect and get involved with firms and lawyers.
Get involved with posting and sharing engaging content!
The best way to get yourself recognised on LinkedIn is by posting or sharing engaging content. If you read an interesting legal article, share or like this and include a caption about why you found it interesting or why you came about writing it. This way people get to know more about you and your interests. If there has been something in the news that has interested, you or sparked a debate reshare this and put your thoughts on it. You could also ask your connections what they think about it and this can spark up a conversation or debate. There are many legal pages out there for you to follow that post engaging content that you can start sharing such as LawCareers.Net, The Law Society, The Business Update and even your universities law society will reshare interesting content! If you want to get even more creative and put yourself out there you could write an article or a commentary on a new piece of case law or legislation. Things like this not only get yourself out there on LinkedIn but also can be something you can put on your CV!
Joining groups on LinkedIn is a great way to share ideas, job opportunities and increase your network and support. You can find groups through the search bar or even through professionals advertising on their own LinkedIn groups they have created. There are many groups out there such as Commercial Law Applicants group, Aspiring Lawyers, Aspiring Barrister, there will definitely be one out there for you! Just remember to be courteous in groups as normally the group was created for a purpose so make sure to follow any rules and not start plugging your LinkedIn constantly. If you cannot find a group that includes your interests, make one yourself and start adding your connections.
Utilise your LinkedIn. Use it, update it! Remember now that you have made your LinkedIn use it! Keep sharing and liking posts, make connections and get involved. Also remember to keep it updated and reflect who you are to this day.