How to find a job/Internship using LinkedIn in 5 steps
In this article I want to share a technic I’ve been using to find internships and just to expand my network in general. I really believe LinkedIn as a platform is very underestimated still, and lots of people aren't aware of how powerful this tool is.
Know what you’re looking for
If you’re looking for a quick, good-paying and not to intensive job without the the intention of gaining long term benefits, this article is not for you. Just walk in to the closest restaurant, cafe or shop and ask them when you can start. If you’re looking for a career job or an internship that can help you grow a network in your industry and teach you what your industry is really about, keep reading ;)
Make a top 10 company list
Step one of getting to know your industry is to get to know the players in it. If you know who the top 10 players are in your area, write them down. If you don’t, do some research. Just google: ‘Real estate firms in NYC’ or ‘Designers in Amsterdam’... Just make a list of 10 companies you want and could work for.
Find 5 people at each company
This step is where LinkedIn comes in. In the top left corner, you’ll find a search bar. Type in the company you would like to work for and their profile will appear below. Once you’re on their profile, you can click the button, ‘See all… employees on LinkedIn’
This feature is insane. It gives you a list of pretty much all their employees. Find 5 people you can best relate with. For example, I wanted to work for a NY real estate developer but I don’t know that much about the real estate market. So I found someone who went to Cornell University (A University I would have loved to go too) That’s interested in alternative housing (Which is what I’ve been interested in for the last 4 years) And worked in Europe for a few years (Which is where I live for now ;)). So this is someone I could have a conversation with pretty easily.
Find 5 people that you can relate with and send an invite to connect. At this point, wait here.
Connect and explain
I know there’s a feature to attach a note when you send an invite to connect, but I suggest to not use that. If you do use this, I’ve noticed lots of people won’t see your message because the’ll only get a notification saying you’d like to connect. They don’t get a message notification. Once you’ve sent your 5 connection invites, wait until they respond. Not everyone will respond, but that’s ok! Because if they do respond, they’re most likely somewhat interested. Once you get the notification that they accepted your connection invite, send your message!
I have a template saved on my phone so I can respond right away with some slight tweaks here and there (the more custom you make it to each person the better) because I know when they just connected, they’re online so they should see my message come in.
Here is a template I’ve used in the past:
(Always thank them for adding you)
Thank you for adding me to your professional network here on LinkedIn!
(Talk about yourself and what you’re interested in)
For the entirety of my career, I have been involved with real estate. I ran a Tiny House Construction company which I sold in 2017 to move to New York, and here in the city I’ve worked for COMPANY and COMPANY; two Coliving spaces in Brooklyn.
(What you’re doing now)
Right now I’m interning at NAME OF COMPANY. It has sparked my interest in new development and in particular, in COMPANY.
(Ask to meet or talk)
I was wondering if you have time to meet in person for coffee/lunch or talk over the phone sometime?
Great! You’ve agreed to meet with someone! If you haven’t, you can still send more invites to more people and companies. You will find someone that wants to talk to you at some point ;) Now it’s very important to stay organized. Who have I talked too? Who have I invited to connect? Who should I talk too? I’ve made this really useful Spreadsheet you use to stay organized.
About Louis De Keyser
Louis is a 20 year old, in the process of moving from Belgium to his dream city, New York. He was the founder and CEO of Tiny House Belgium, a Tiny House Design and Construction company that focused on promoting the idea of 'smaller living' and 'living life without a mortgage'. He sold his business in January 2017 to pursue his dream of moving to North-America. Right now, Louis lives in Toronto Canada. Stay up-to-date by signing up to my Messenger List!