How can I make the best connections on linkedin as a high school student
I'm a 16-year-old high school student in grade 11, aspiring to pursue a future in the business industry. Subjects like economics, and information technology interest me and I hope to gain more knowledge in those areas. #business #technology #student #highschool #sfu #economics
A LinkedIn profile will set you apart from other students your age as a person who takes school and wants to take work seriously and understands the importance of a positive professional image. If you’re searching for a job, this type of profile will impress potential employers.
The connections made on LinkedIn are one of the most important aspects of this social media site. As you look for opportunities, these connections — colleagues or relationships through your family, teachers, bosses, or friends — can potentially open doors that could further your career experiences.
√ Customized LinkedIn URL. (Example: www.linkedIn.com/in/DaniehK_____BC)
√ Upload an appropriate photo. (No party shots, cartoon avatars, or puppy pics)
√ Profile Section. (Example: Honors & Awards / Volunteer Experience / Languages, etc)
√ Experience Section. (your in High School, its Okay)
√ Education. Section. (High School or any programs)
√ Skills & Endorsements Section. (list of skills your network can endorse you)
You can (and you should!) also join Groups, it's a great way to connect to new people, build your brand by engaging in these virtual professional communities, and learn the real lingo of the industry you want to get in. Start with groups for students or alumni of your desired college(s) and your desired job function.
Hope this Helps Danieh
Anthony T.’s Answer
It is a great idea to create a Linkden profile in high school! This will put you way ahead of many of your peers. The best way to make connections is to research companies you may be interested in and find fellow employees on Linkden. You can then reach out explaining your background, why you are interested in their company, and ask them about themselves (job, career path, etc.). Hopefully from there you can build a relationship and a connection. Creating a profile at a young age and reaching out to other professionals shows that you are engaged and very interested in a career path in that field, many people will respond extremely positively! Relationships are pivotal in landing a first job out of college and this will help a ton!
One piece of advice I was given was to connect with people on LinkedIn for informational interviews. An informational interview is an informal conversation with someone who works in an area or career that you find interesting. You can search for professionals in business, economics, IT, and other fields and request an informational interview with them. You should be clear in your invitation to connect (mention that you're a student and are interested in their field, say you'd appreciate 15-20 minutes of their time and have a few questions about how they got into the field, etc). You should also always ask for their email during the call to send them a thank you note and keep in touch.
Here is a great article from LinkedIn about how to request, conduct, and follow-up an informational interview - https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-request-conduct-follow-up-informational-interview-rebecca-beaton/
I also use Muse as a resource for job searching, resume/cover letter tips, and interview practice. They also have an article on informational interviews - https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-ask-for-an-informational-interview-and-get-a-yes
I hope this helps and good luck!
You can also see if there are any programs available for high school students to get some small experience.
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I also have Google News Alerts set up - you can try " economics networking events near me" or "information technology seminar" to stay up to date on current opportunities as well.
Go crush it!
LinkedIn is a great platform to reach out to different people -you first should decide what exactly you are interested in and want to get more information, then browse forums or networks related to that topic, read the conversations and if you find someone, whose answers or contribution catches your attention,you can reach out to that person in a private message.
Best is if you make your message personal, explain why you write and where you think that person could help you. I recommend you to define what type of support you need - a 30 min call, a written answer to your specific questions, etc. The more concrete you are, the highest chances you have that someone will answer - generally people like helping others, they just don't know how.:)
Best of luck!