We have felt that LinkedIn has been laying low for quite some time now, but this is apparently not true. The company has been preparing things quietly and has just launched a brand new app, designed to help grad students find the perfect professional placement in a highly saturated and competitive market.
The app called LinkedIn Students, aims to provide an answer to the daunting question of “What do I do with my major?”. This is a question that many undergraduate and graduate students are asking themselves. In three simple steps, users can find some useful recommendations regarding their career. Firstly, LinkedIn Students asks users to input their university, then the area of their major, and then their expected graduation date.
Based on these three factors, LinkedIn Students comes up with a list of of suggested companies and job titles that could provide direction, along with information on university alumni who work for these companies. This way, prospective candidates can start building their professional network and connections from scratch. Moreover, for students who are already using LinkedIn as a platform, there’s the option to sign in with their existing account. Then, their results are populated based on the information they have on their profile.
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Results pages provide information regarding the required skills that the openings require, along with the salary range and job description. Also, users can see which other companies hire for the same or similar roles, as well as recommended articles from influencers and members of the network. Again, students can explore further the job offerings and companies, by seeing who of the alumni already work there, so that they can start forging connections that could land them with a job offer.
The app is currently available only on the US market, on iOS and Android. Although no official launch dates have been announced, it is expected that it will roll out globally very soon.
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