LinkedIn.com is a professional social networking site. Recruiters and employers use LinkedIn to find potential hires and share their job postings, and many professionals who receive an email from you will look you up on LinkedIn before responding.
Your LinkedIn profile is a prime opportunity to showcase your experience and skills to future employers, and to professionals you contact for informational interviews. It’s also a place to build your professional network and apply for jobs.
Deeper dive: How to build an excellent profile
5 Key Elements (start with these)
- Customize your LinkedIn URL (ideally the same as your name, and you can use a dash in the middle)
- Add websites, articles that show the work you’ve done in any section (Experience, Education, Featured)
- Ask for Recommendations from former bosses, coaches, or professors to enhance your credibility
- Pin your top 3 skills in Skills and Endorsements section
- Connect to at least 2 groups or companies
- Try to reach at least 30 connections. After that, LinkedIn will show you more people when you search the Alumni Tool and elsewhere.
See another LinkedIn Profile example broken down here.
Meet with professionals
Reach out for informational interviews with professionals in fields that interest you! It's only the best way to learn about fields; it's the best way to get jobs and internships, since 4 out of 5 jobs aren't posted online.
Use LinkedIn proactively to become more visible in your field!
Don’t just sit back and wait for recruiters to contact you. LinkedIn is a great way to start building your network with people in the position to hire you.
The best way to do this: make comments on the posts of professionals you admire. In the search bar, look for things relevant to your field of interest (e.g. ppp loans), and you’ll see people who have recently posted about this. Comment on their posts and tag them. Use hashtags.