Fall Break starts today and you are probably just as excited as I am to kick up your feet and relax for the next few days! While you are taking a break, set aside some time to improve your LinkedIn profile. Or better yet if you don’t have one, now is the time!
LinkedIn is similar to Facebook, but more of a professional online site where you can network with employers. Put in time to make it great and this will pay off! Here are some tips that will help you:
- Choose a Great Picture. Not one from last weekend when you were at Plaza with your friends and nothing from tailgating either. This should be a professional headshot of yourself dressed in a blouse or blazer. A picture can tell 1,000 words.
- Write a descriptive headline. Utilize 3 adjectives that describe your personality and work ethic. This quick summary should explain yourself and what your goal is. Are you graduating this May? What is your major? What skills do you have? What kinds of job are you trying to apply for? All of these should be answered in the headline.
- Summary is important. Don’t waste this space as it’s very vital and should walk the reader through your work passions, key skills, unique qualifications, and list the various companies you have worked for. Sum up all of this within 1-2 short paragraphs and if you can, include a bulleted section in the middle.
- Treat this like your Resume. Your resume isn’t a list of job duties, but instead a place to highlight your best accomplishments. Within the experience section, use bullet points to describe what you did, how well you did it, and who it impacted. Show your achievements, awards, certifications, or volunteer experience – anything that will make you stand out more to an employer.
- Include a current job title. Being a full-time student is a job in itself, so include this! When many employers search prospective candidates, they utilize the “current title” box in most searches. Include phrases such as “In Transition” or “Seeking New Opportunity” to prevent employers from missing out on your name!
- Request a recommendation. If someone congratulates you at work, ask them to include it on your profile. Be specific when asking your employer for a recommendation as this will help them describe the type of assignment that you contributed to the company.
With some of these basic tips, you will be off to a great start! Good luck and come on by to the CCP if you have any questions.