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Researcher Identifiers, Profiles and Social Networks: LinkedIn

What is LinkedIn?

LinkedIn is a professional networking site that provides a space for you to share news about your career and research to industry groups and workplaces. LinkedIn is particularly useful for creating connections with industry and other academic and non-academic groups.  

Why use LinkedIn?

LinkedIn helps you find and create connections with other researchers, universities, research groups and government organisations that will help develop and strengthen your career. LinkedIn also provides access to job boards has a space to upload resumes and share publications if needed. 

LinkedIn also contains hints, tips and educational resources, including Linkedin Learning to help you improve your resume and/or job-hunting skills. 

LinkedIn Learning is now available to all staff and students at the University of Newcastle. It provides you with content from thousands of courses, delivered by real-world industry experts from around the world. You can enhance your employability and complement your university studies by learning at your own pace with courses delivered in a variety of ways, including bite-size videos for ‘learning in the moment’. You can add certificates of completion to your LinkedIn profile easily. Visit the LinkedIn Learning Libguide for more information. 

How to LinkedIn

  1. Visit LinkedIn and select ‘Join now’.
  2. Once your account is created complete your profile to start connecting with other researchers or organisations of intertest. Some tips on creating your profile:
    • Add a profile photo to receive more views.
    • Add your skills and expertise so other researchers or potential new employers can find you easily.
    • Add your institution so you can connect with researchers you know.