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Crafting your student and new graduate profile on LinkedIn

Your LinkedIn profile is your interactive business card.

Why wait until you are looking for an internship? Dig your well before you are thirsty. Install the LinkedIn app on your smart phone and start building your network today.

Consult the official LinkedIn resource for students, see Grads.LinkedIn.com.

Reference additional credible sources for LinkedIn profile tips for students and recent graduates, including:

LinkedIn provides extensive benefit to students and recent graduates.

  • Connect with classmates, faculty, and family professionally
  • Find new opportunities for internships and full time positions
  • Manage what potential employers learn about you from the Internet

Create your LinkedIn profile following these guidelines:

  • Suggested headline: Communications Student, Florida International University
  • Suggested industry: Writing and Editing
  • Business-appropriate photo
  • Lock down your Facebook or make G-rated
  • Highlight education and professional affiliations
  • Write about your major, your minor, and toot your horn about your high GPA
  • Specify recognition for jobs well done by writing about honors and awards
  • Join and share: add information about your STC and other professional organization membership status
  • Volunteer leadership. Don’t have it? Start now, then write about it.
  • Internships. Do you want one? Have you completed one? Share details. Connect with peers.
  • Use relevant keywords in specialties.
  • Link out to external sites to give visibility of your writing experience: your blogs, website, twitter

Enhance your ownline reputation. Ensure that a web search for your name and your student status returns a positive result. Are you digitally distinct?

About Barrie Byron

Innovative information developer specializing in presenting complex ideas in ways that are clear and concise. Persistent optimist, intrepid adventurer, mentor. Builder of relationships, connecting friends and peers to people they want to know. Social duct tape and generator of goodwill. Follow me on twitter @barriebyron


2 thoughts on “Crafting your student and new graduate profile on LinkedIn

  1. Great post, Barrie! I also suggest listing relevant coursework on your profile. I think it is helpful to show potential employers you’ve had a range of communications training too! Looking forward to the event!

    Posted by Ben Lauren | September 12, 2012, 8:10 am


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