Workshop Category: Professional Practice
Workshop Student Development Outcomes: Goal Orientation
Workshop Facilitators: Catherine Cantieri, Office for Student Engagement
In this day and age, with more and more of the hiring process being transferred to online processes, it has become very important that you create, update, and maintain a LinkedIn profile. Linkedin is used by employers as both a screening tool as well as a verification of skills and accomplishments.
With that being said, don’t look at LinkedIn as this big scary thing on your to-do list. Instead, look at it as an opportunity to market your skills and accomplishments to the world. With over 60 million members in more than 200 countries and territories around the world; there isn’t a better way to market yourself to a multitude of companies/organizations at one time than by creating a LinkedIn profile.
The true beauty behind LinkedIn is that it gives you access to CEOs, recruiters and other employees at almost any company you would like to work for. There are members of every fortune 500 company on LinkedIn and many of them love to see young people reach out to them and ask questions. You’d be amazed how a simple message about someone’s experience working at your favorite company can turn into landing you a job at that company. Just be sure to keep your profile updated and looking professional as you are reaching out.
A few things to do when building your profile:
- Put on a nice shirt (ladies) button-up (men), fix your hair and make sure you are looking your best. Then have someone take a nice head shot photo of you for you.
- Get your resume critiqued by career services. This is a SELP requirement!
- Once your resume is ready, transfer the information from it directly to your profile.
- Have someone help you write an objective for your resume and then put that into the summary box on your LinkedIn page.
- Add all experience (work and volunteer), skills, the degree you are obtaining, and any other relevant information/accomplishments that makes you stand out.
- Add connections, join groups, ask for recommendations and be active on your profile.
- If you are completing the SELP program be sure you meet all the Linkedin requirements outlined here.
For more helpful tips, connect to the Student Employment Leadership Program on LinkedIn! Also, please feel free to reach out to us and ask more questions about LinkedIn or the professional world in general.