LinkedIn is a social media platform for professionals to showcase their experience, skills and network digitally. LinkedIn is a great tool for building your network and connections. 80% of jobs are landed through someone you know!
Consider creating a LinkedIn if you’re ready to connect with professionals and are searching for opportunities. Junior and Senior year tend to be the most beneficial and recommended time to utilize LinkedIn.
PROFESSIONAL PROFILE PICTURE
- It will help your chances as your profile is being viewed by hiring managers.
- A headshot or taken from the waist up, a professional, high quality photo of yourself.
- Use a plain background or take the photo in a professional setting.
- Sell yourself! Help give people a short idea about your current experience.
- If you are a student be creative, don’t just use “student” as your title.
- Ex: “Recent honors grad seeking marketing position.”
- Use your internship title “Marketing Intern for UPS”.
- Check out the profiles of mentors or recent alums for ideas and inspiration.
- Your high school info may be included if you want to keep connections.
- This section is truly for your higher education, certificates and degrees.
- Include information about each institution you have earned a degree from.
- Include clubs, sports, study abroad or service experiences you were a part of.
- If your GPA is a 3.0 or higher you may include that as well.
- Help employers or hiring managers get to know more about you.
- Be clear and concise about your goals and qualifications.
- Present your summary in short sections for easy reading.
- It shouldn’t be too long and bullet points are great, too.
- Add your contact info, social media handles, blogs/websites if they are professional.
- Share any work you can showcase: Major projects including media (videos, photos, radio clips), designs, published articles, certifications
- Include your social media handles IF and only if they are professional.
- Start off as an online timeline of all of your jobs (babysitter/nanny, tutor, sales clerk) whatever it may be UNTIL you gain enough experience within your industry to solely list that experience.
- You may copy and paste from your resume or leave employers guessing by just providing your place of work, position/title, 2 or 3 bullets and the dates worked.
- Update your status as often as possible. Like, share, write and publish articles.
- This will help boost your profile ranking.
- LinkedIn keeps track of who views your profile, how many times you publish, like, or share things.
- Log in often and stay involved to stay on the radar of your connections.
REQUEST TO JOIN GROUPS
- Had a positive experience? Follow the company’s group on LinkedIn.
- Request to be a member of your alumni group from your past INSTITUTION.
- Following or joining groups will give your profile badges.
- You also want to join professional associations of the career you desire
- Connect with others who have common interests in your career path.
- Group members may post helpful articles, videos, questions about the industry and sometimes even job opportunities.
- This is probably THE most important aspect of your profile! Why? Because this builds credibility. Nothing builds credibility like third-party endorsements to validate your qualifications.
- The most impressive LinkedIn profiles have at least one recommendation associated with each position a person has held.
- Ask in a polite and professional way: Professors, internship coordinators, colleagues, employers, and professional mentors.
- Request a recommendation upon transition if you’re leaving a job.
- Return the favor!
YOUR LINKEDIN URL
- Your URL for LinkedIn originally is very long and includes random numbers or letters
- Consider shortening it and create your own unique LinkedIn URL (on the left side of your profile click Edit Public URL)
- Ex: www.linkedin.com/in/yourname
- Include in email signatures, on resumes, cover letters and reference sheets.
SEARCHING FOR A JOB OR INTERNSHIP?
- Let employers know! If employers see you’re searching so can your current employer.
- Click “Open to” under your profile picture to edit your preferences: location, industry & your level of expertise.
Answer the questions below or keep them in mind while you craft or improve your own. Your summary should be unique and strong, consider taking a look at other professionals who have the career you are hoping for and see what their summaries include.
Similar to resume and cover letters the recruiter or employer will only spend a few seconds reading your summary so include the most important information first.
- What is your dream job? Where are you headed?
- What do you want to be known for?
- What are some of your skills, strengths, and talents?
- What are some of your interests, values & personal traits?
- What makes you unique?
- What can you bring to a team that might be different from other candidates or team members?
- How would colleagues or clients describe you?
- Who is your audience/customer?
- What have you recently or are you currently working on?
- What are your next steps? What are you currently heading towards or looking for?
“I am a research scientist seeking to better understand how neural activity motivates and shapes human behavior. My expertise includes: Project design and management, data analysis and interpretation, and the development and implementation of research tools. I love to generate new ideas and devise feasible solutions to broadly relevant problems. My supervisors and colleagues would describe me as a driven, resourceful individual who maintains a positive, proactive attitude when faced with adversity. Currently, I am seeking employment opportunities that will allow me to use my diverse skill set to develop and promote technologies that benefit human health. Specific fields of interest include: Data analytics, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals.”
“My experience is from an array of environments from start-up to nonprofit to global corporations, in sectors ranging from public accounting to manufacturing to education. I combine robust financial management with insightful analysis to facilitate strategic decision-making, tactical objective-setting and day-to-day operational excellence.”
“Empathy and agility are two traits that I believe most reflect me as an individual. These qualities have driven me to advocate for and support those in need. Throughout my experience as a Victim Witness Advocate and as a Criminology + Criminal Justice major at Emmanuel College, I’ve found that the responsibilities I held could only be managed by an individual with resolve. It is my belief that this is the key to being successful in any endeavor that one set’s their mind to. Empathy and agility are essential principles needed to improve not just a single community, but society as a whole. With enthusiasm, patience and some degree of positivity, we can bring change that is needed to better the lives of those who seek our aid.”
“An accomplished leader with extensive experience in construction project management for a wide range of development firms in the Greater Boston area. I’ve worked on a diverse range of projects including single family home land development, multi-family residential, commercial office, retail and historic rehab. Focused on delivering the highest value possible, no matter what challenges I’m facing, I have turned around struggling projects, reduced costs, and expedited completion times without compromising high standards of quality and functionality. Most recently, I oversaw permitting, financing, design and construction of Coppersmith Village, a $42 million mixed-use, mixed-income development project in East Boston, scheduled for completion in August 2023.”
“An exceptionally creative hands-on recruiter and forward-thinking organizational development practitioner with hands-on leadership in startups, growth, and turnaround organizations covering strategic and workforce planning, systems, processes, and analytics/metrics. I’m here to grow my network, share insights and discuss opportunities. Let’s connect!”
“While I work in the world of numbers, translating data into well-reasoned financial and operational insights, I never lose sight of an organization’s mission and the people that the outcomes of the complex calculations serve. I have been recognized for my financial and business acumen, but also for how I lead, who I am and what I value. With unquestioned integrity, a strong commitment to people, I lead with both my head and heart.”
“As a Finance & Operations Executive, I love learning about an organization. Not just the operating and financial environment, the cash flow and long-term company goals but I want to understand the product, details of the revenue streams, and how each department, and each person, fits together to contribute to the overall mission. By understanding the details, and really getting to know the team members, I help organizations manage their finances, develop better cost controls, as well as create a culture where people are engaged and valued.”
“I develop and sustain relationships and trust across the organization through being accessible and responsive. My management style could be described as “a steel fist in a velvet glove,” because I can be supportive, yet be firm and decisive when necessary. I listen and communicate honestly and part of how I define success is the creation of happy, effective high performing teams because I believe teamwork is the key to successful execution.”
“Throughout my career, I have developed in-depth knowledge of every functional area within IT. I can explain technical solutions in layman’s terms, but I can also go in-depth with IT engineers and vendor reps. I’ve carved a reputation as someone who skillfully leads key initiatives, including turnarounds, transformations, acquisitions, process improvements and new solutions and products. Put me in an environment of challenge, change and innovation, and I’m in my element. I’m a solution champion and early technology adopter proven at building key internal and external partnerships.”
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