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As an aspiring computer scientist...what tips could one give me to make an excellent LinkedIn profile?

I am working on my LinkedIn profile and resume....what kinds of things should I include as a tech major? #computer-science #technology #programming #linkedin #linkedin-recruiter #computing


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Hanleigh’s Answer

I love LinkedIn because you can easily transfer your resume onto your LinkedIn. First, you will want to include a professional profile photo and a cover photo that really represents your career interests. Your cover photo is one of the first things a person sees when looking at your account. You also a want a good summary. There is a lot of variation on how to write your summary. My personal recommendation is to include briefly what you've done in the past, what your currently doing, and what your future goal is. Your experiences should follow a similar format to your resume. I think any experience like internships, organizational leadership, jobs, and many other positions can be great experiences to include on your resume. Remember, not all of your experiences have to be a traditional job. You also have an opportunity to include any volunteer, awards, and education.

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Dana’s Answer

I would make sure that you include your publications, projects, honors , and awards on your profile. Certifications are important in our line of work. Make sure to network by adding groups to your profile. Follow those individuals that you admire and are in the positions that follow your passions. You are heading in the right field , long term Healthcare IT is on the rise. Linkedin has a lot of great resources .


Thank you for your advice....any great groups you could suggest please? Alisha S.

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Matt’s Answer

For projects: Be sure to include links to anything that can be viewed, reviewed or even run as artifacts from your class projects. Also, hobby projects can project more passion than just including class projects. What have you done outside of class because you have a love of computer science and programming? (Group projects are especially interesting to many employers because they show your ability to succeed with teamwork.)


How about any open source contributions? Link to your GitHub profile. Any activity on Stack Overflow you'd like to highlight? How are you contributing to the community? (Even asking great questions, like this on you asked here on Career Village) are examples of contributions.)


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Yandira’s Answer

Hi there

Although I am in a telecommunications company, I am not involved in that aspect. I am a social worker helping those whose jobs is tech.

Good luck!

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Diego’s Answer

I agree with Matt: try to highlight everything you have built. Steve Jobs used to say "Real artists ship". In tech, the ability to complete and deliver a working piece of software is very valuable.


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