Professionals in nearly every industry are using LinkedIn - 93 percent of companies use it to recruit new hires. As a recent college grad, it's important to have a strong profile that outlines your strengths and experiences. Below we outline some tips on how to get your LinkedIn profile camera ready.
Upload a (Professional) Photo
There are many benefits to including a photo of yourself on your LinkedIn profile – your profile is fourteen times more likely to be viewed just for having a photo of yourself. However, LinkedIn is a professional social network so selfies won't do. When choosing your LinkedIn profile picture, be sure it's a high-quality photo of yourself alone, facing forward and professionally dressed.
Complete All Profile Sections
LinkedIn is your digital resume and, just like with your paper one, you have a limited chance to grab a potential employers' attention. Be sure to include an informative headline that succinctly tells them what you're currently doing and what you look forward to in your career. Use the summary section to elaborate on your experience, your qualifications and your goals.
Be Specific with Your Experience
It's important to list the jobs you've worked and a brief description of your responsibilities and accomplishments for each. Even if you don't have a lot of relevant experience, you should still include any jobs you’ve held, like lifeguarding over the summer or babysitting. They'll at least establish your work ethic and you can always delete your early jobs and add new ones as your career progresses. Be sure to also list any extra-curricular or volunteer activities, your strongest skills and any awards or academic honors received during college.
Share Your Work
Just as it serves as your digital resume, LinkedIn can also be your digital portfolio. You can upload examples of your writing, designs, photography and any other work in your portfolio. Adding real examples of your work and accomplishments will only strengthen your profile when potential employers find it.
Build a Strong Network
You’ll hear this throughout your career: Networking is vital. LinkedIn is extremely helpful for starting to build out your list of connections. When your profile is complete, make sure to connect with all the adults you know including family members, old teachers and professors or mentors, etc. You never know what connections they may have that could be helpful to you.
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