master's in ITSo, you successfully completed Grantham University’s Master of Science in Information Technology degree, but now what? With a master’s in IT, you are qualified for many advanced positions in information technology. If you’re already employed by a company that encourages employee advancement, that’s great! But if you’re starting all over again with your job search, you may first want to begin with LinkedIn.

LinkedIn is more than a social network. It’s a platform through which you can highlight your education and professional accomplishments. And more importantly, it’s a place where you can tout your new master’s degree in IT and apply for jobs.

What You Need to Know About LinkedIn

Currently, there are 467 million LinkedIn users.1 And with over 10 million active job posts,2 it’s a great way to get your resume out there. You may have even seen Grantham’s own LinkedIn page at some point during your studies.

When you submit a resume, though, you put yourself in a position to have your LinkedIn profile reviewed by different companies. There are simple things you can do to make your LinkedIn profile stand out:

  • Include a photo with your profile, you’ll get 21 times more profile views and 36 times more messages.1
  • List skills on your profile for a 13-times increase in profile views.1
  • Leave words like “motivated”— which topped the 2014 and 2015 list of the most overused profile words — out of your profile.1

Think about it: If you worked as the recruiter for a company and received an application with an attached resume, you would likely go to that person’s LinkedIn profile. If the profile has no picture, no skills, no interactions, it would be hard to get excited about this potential job candidate. Just like your job search, your LinkedIn profile requires time and dedication to bear the greatest fruit.

What Recruiters Want to See in a LinkedIn Profile

Want your LinkedIn profile to catch a recruiter’s eye? Here’s what they look for:3

1. The qualifications you list on LinkedIn match the position for which you’re applying.

When applying for an information technology position, showcase skills on LinkedIn related to the field. And don’t forget to include your degrees earned — a master’s in IT can look promising to a recruiter trying to fill an information technology position.

2. You have actually accomplished things.

Did you lead a team of developers at your last job? Did you take initiative to implement software that improved the way your company completed tasks? Share it! You can do this by creating a short bio section that features these important accomplishments.

3. You don’t have any obvious red flags.

Remember that on LinkedIn, your profile can make or break your chances of getting an interview. If you’re putting in a minimal amount of effort on your LinkedIn profile — using incomplete sentences, poor grammar, inconsistencies with your resume — you probably will receive minimal outreach from potential employers.

Highlighting Your Master’s in IT on Your LinkedIn Profile

It’s important to keep your education up-to-date on LinkedIn because recruiters can filter using the site’s search engine to only list results of profiles that have a certain degree. If you’re afraid that your education levels may pigeon-hole you one way or another, remember that profiles with education information included receive 17 times more messages from recruiters.4

When you earn your master’s in IT from Grantham University, you gain career-boosting skills in technology management, business technology, and systems analysis design. You will also be able to apply project management principles to information technology projects and use technology to meet a company’s desired needs. Recruiters may be looking for someone who has a master’s in IT and can take on certain responsibilities that require an extensive education background.

Getting Started at Grantham University

At 37 credit hours, the Master of Science in Information Technology is designed to be completed in about 24 months. It could take more or less time depending on issues such as how much transfer credit you receive and how many classes you take every term.

From computer systems analyst to telecommunications engineering specialist, this degree is designed to help prepare you for a career in information technology in any number of industries.

Before you can make your LinkedIn page truly stand out among the competition, your master’s in IT degree needs to come first. Ready to get started? Contact us today!

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