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What are some best practices for building a LinkedIn profile as a college student?

On a more specific note, should I include my role in an executive board for a student organization in the experiences section or in the volunteering section? #student #resume #job #career #college #linkedin
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Elizabeth’s Answer

Aside from the great advice above, I would recommend being proactive about regularly checking LinkedIn just like you do any of your other social media accounts. Your activity (e.g. posts, likes, shares, etc.) will appear in your connections' timeline, and it will make a good impression if they see that you regularly engage with good content.

On that note, follow some reputable organizations on LinkedIn that are related to your field. For example, medical journals if you're pursuing a career in health care, or big and well-established ad agencies if you're looking for a job in advertising.

To answer your specific question, I would recommend including the student organization position in the Volunteering section, unless it was a paid role.

Hope this is helpful!

Elizabeth recommends the following next steps:

Start following reputable organizations on LinkedIn that are related to your field.
Visit LinkedIn several times a week.
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Syed’s Answer

Hi Christie,

Great question! Nowadays your LinkedIn profile is a more elaborate digital resume, professional forum and sales tool all combined. As a college student, your extracurricular experiences should definitely go in your experiences section. The more substantial your contributions, the more impressive it looks. When you graduate, you can move these things to the Education section.

First off, pick a professional photo that is not a crop of a group photo or is otherwise low quality.

Your bio should be comprehensive enough that no one has to read your entire profile to know the gist of your background.

Don’t copy your resume word for word in the Experiences section. Expand upon what you have on your resume with more context.

Keep your volunteer experience limited to work related to nonprofits or charity.

Seek out feedback from your peers and current/former supervisors to get “Endorsements”.
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Doc’s Answer

Christie LinkedIn has become the go-to job search tool in today's job market for both employers and job seekers. It is mandatory to be on LinkedIn when 94% of recruiters are using it to search for and vet job seekers. And if they can't find you, they can't hire you. Since LinkedIn is so widely used you want to make sure that you have a professional presence. Your profile is your virtual business card. This is your face to the business world so let's make sure you are making a great first impression.

5 WAYS TO OPTIMIZE YOUR LINKEDIN PROFILE

PROFESSIONAL LOOKING HEADSHOT
You don't have to spend money on a professional photographer but you should look like a professional in your photo. This means a business suit or whatever is considered business appropriate for your company or industry. Avoid the cute photos from graduation day with your cap and gown or from your best friend's wedding reception. Save those for Facebook and Instagram.

DESCRIPTIVE HEADLINE
The headline is the line right below your name and is the next most viewed piece of real estate on your profile because this is the line that tells people what you do or what you want to do. So you want to make sure it is descriptive enough to catch the attention of a recruiter who is scanning profiles for the right candidate.

e.g.: "Marketing Major Seeking Position With Social Media Start Up."

It is important to keep this updated and use keywords that are relevant to the industry and role you want to be in. For clues as to what keywords to include look at the headlines of other professionals who have the job you want.

SUMMARY
having a great summary sets you apart from the average job seeker. Just like a cover letter, this is your chance to tell your professional story in a way that highlights why someone should hire you. It should sum up your experience and accomplishments as well as give a little taste of your personality.

EDUCATION EXPERIENCE
Christie what most people don't know is that by filling out your experience section completely you improve your position in LinkedIn search results. In addition to adding where you went to school and what you studied, you can also add your praiseworthy GPA, honors, awards, student executive board position, your volunteerism and your internships in chronological order starting with the most recent. You can also add the relevant classes you took, special projects you worked on, or competitions that you participated in. Don't be afraid to show off how hard you worked to get to graduation day!

Your experience is what gets you hired and just like your resume you want to have your experience descriptions tailored to your ideal job so list your student executive board position, your volunteerism and your internships in chronological order starting with the most recent.

Another great way to highlight your experience is to include a list of skills you want to be endorsed for. By listing your relevant skills this serves as another way to increase your chances of being found in search results.

RECOMMENDATIONS
In the land of social media, social proof is how you get people to believe how great you say are. And just like a product, a good recommendation can be the difference between an employer choosing you or someone else. The recommendation option is one of the features that makes LinkedIn more than just your online resume and it would be a waste for you not to take advantage of it.

Christie spend some time on this platform every day to discover new opportunities and get updates.
I hop this was helpful, If you have any thoughts or questions leave a comment below.
Thank you comment icon Thank You Angel. “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” – Elizabeth Andrew Doc Frick
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Mike’s Answer

Lot of good responses above. I would recommend the following in addition to enhancing your LinkedIN profile above as recommended by the previous answers.

1). Post Links to Articles in Your Field - Take articles that are relevant to your major/profession of choice and then take key parts of the article/paper and highlight why your LinkedIN followers want to read it. Many people post a link with no analysis, go the extra mile and add value. Once I started doing this two years ago I have increased my profile and connections by 5x.

2). Write a Article - I would focus on posting article summaries first before starting writing a post. Once you feel comfortable then write a short post on a topic of interest with references. This shows off your analytical and writing skills and will grow your network.

3). Connections - Do not connect with anyone and everyone, connect with people in your field and preferably people you have met in person. Going to Meetups on topics of interest is a great way to grow you network.

I think was you fill out your LinkedIN profile doing the above two items will really help establish your LinkedIN profile.
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Anaya’s Answer

Hi Christie,

From my personal experience, adding a photo helps get your profile recognized more.
In the "About" section, you can precisely explain what is your education background and the career path or industry that interests you.
Do not forget to include your accomplishments and projects that you have taken up during college.
Try to add more skills related to the industry you might be interested in and it would be great if you can have peers or seniors endorse the same.
Also, I suggest you to add the student organization role as part of your experience.
Like any social media, use relevant hashtags when posting new content.
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Chassidy’s Answer

In addition to Syed's Answer, you could break up your executive board experience into both sections. Place your specific role on the executive board in your experience section and in the volunteer section put community service you participated in with that organization.
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Morgan ☁’s Answer

Everyone has given great advice, so I'll add something else -

Learn how the algorithm works.

Links to articles are good, but they will penalize you for not keeping the content 'on' LinkedIn via shares, pinging people to the post, and hashtags.
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Capria’s Answer

Christie,

I would include your role as a board member in the section for experience solely because it is great leadership experience that you are currently involved in. The skills you are obtaining from your position will help to carry you throughout your career path as well.

Capria
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Suzanne’s Answer

I disagree with a couple of the other answers, so I will tell you my advice. If you have a lot of work experience, then your role on the executive board would be under volunteering. HOWEVER, if you don't have a lot of work experience then I would like the role on the board under experience and not volunteering. The reason is that there are usually no standards for volunteers. You don't have to be good at what you do to be a volunteer. When I see someone's volunteer work on their linkedin page, I think that's great, they have causes they believe in. Being on the board is a whole different level of commitment and it tells me that you are good at something. I tell kids that if they position meant that you were voted in, required training, involved meetings different from just general volunteer meetings then you should make sure that it stands out.

Good luck!
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Rohit’s Answer

Background photo
Use a high-resolution background photo on your profile. This will help you stand out from other candidates.
Headline
Recruiters have a limited amount of time. By making clear what kind of opportunity you are looking for, you are more likely to land that interview.

Summary
Your summary gives you the chance to tell recruiters a little bit about yourself, both your job experience and your personal life. Think of this as a much broader and slightly more casual version of a cover letter.

Experience
Mention up-to-date copy of your resume and examine your most recent position. Identify 4-5 items that would best describe your responsibilities and accomplishments

Writing a personalized connection request
Write a personalized comment when you send a request. This gives an insight to your profile in a very brief way.
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Silas’s Answer

Hi Christie,

This is a great question! I would recommend including your internship experience in detail, similar to your resume. I would also include all clubs or groups that you are a part of. Making sure to not just list the title but instead include a detail bulleted list of responsibilities. I would also recommend to join different groups and follow companies or people in the field you are interested in. I would also include a bio of yourself and what you are lookin for in your career.
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Theodore’s Answer

LinkedIn is pretty much crucial in today's job market. Put down any relevant experience that you want employers to see. Think about LinkedIn like an extended resume where you can elaborate on experiences without the page restriction of a resume and go from there. Good luck!
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John A.’s Answer

Add anything and everything to your LinkedIn page. Every time you do something worth putting kn a resume, jot it down. Add it to LinkedIn when you get a chance.

Since you appear to be involved, ask your classmates, peers, professors, or anyone you trust to write a recommendation and/or endorse you on LinkedIn.

Also, try to remember the power of networks (network theory). Start making connections on LinkedIn. Shoot for 500. Eventually, people will seek YOU out.
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Siobhan’s Answer

Hi Christie,

Great question!

I would strongly recommend to include your role as an Executive Board member on your LinkedIn. Additionally, you should include all internships you have held and bulleted list of detailed roles and responsibilities.

Best of luck!

Siobhan
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David’s Answer

Everything that you do that is worth letting the network know you should put, LinkedIn is like a cyber resume were a lot of professional people, company, employer and recruiter will stop by your profile and take a look at your experience(s) you have and maybe recruit you or ask you for some networking recommendation. LinkedIn, main purpose as I am seeing is networking with profession in your interest, field, future career and etc. but there is also a lot of employer, recruiter, company, organization as well is on LinkedIn. So it is not limited for you to put or not put your experiences you have plus it is like a online resume for other people to see or network with you.
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Ramya’s Answer

Few of the best practises for building a good linked in account include:

1.Add your photo so that you are recognised.Your photo helps people recognize you.Make sure you have a professional photograph.
2.Make sure your education and the experience which you have got so far is well documented and highlighted.
3.Highlight your strengths for eg: if you are good at soft skills,coding etc so that you would get the right recruiter's attention.
4.Display your achievements.
5.Make sure you write an informative headline.
6.Reach out to your seniors/teachers to get endorsements .


Hope this helps :)
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Kari’s Answer

There is a lot of great information here. Dont forget about recommendations. Recruiters often read those. Even if you dont have a lot of professional work experience, think about mentors, teachers and perhaps some of the volunteer work you have done. Be sure its still professional and performance related 😄.