I absolutely suggest setting up a LinkedIn account! Obviously, there are certain job markets that will be more relevant on linkedin (ie. tech, sales, marketing.... maybe not woodworking or carpentry as much!). It is a great space to keep your resume up to date!
1. Include almost all experience, I probably would not add jobs such as pet sitting, baby sitting, etc. unless you are interested in a care giving position. Describe your experience in bullet points, no more than about three. You should be able to summarize experience in a small number of bullet points. Start bullet points with action verbs (developed, worked, studied, created, designed, collaborated, etc.).
2. Include volunteering experience.
3. Include involvement in clubs, community organizations.
4. Include a professional email address as a contact. I would probably not include a phone number.
5. Include a professional picture. Take some headshots in professional outfit and use only for LinkedIn. Do not crop from prom, formal events, weddings, etc.
6. Reach out to recruiters in industries, companies, cities in which you are interested in working.
7. Connect with people you have worked with professionally, not only Facebook or Instagram connections.
8. Ask those you have worked with professionally to leave a rec on your profile or endorse you for skills.
Hi Sabine -
I think having a LinkedIn account is only going to benefit you for many reasons, but by no means is a necessary account to have.
Some of the benefits include:
- Easy target for many recruiters who use the tool to find potential candidates, for all sorts of careers;
- Easy way to provide a summary about yourself, your college, what you excel at, and any other valuable information.
- Great source to keep updated on news in the business world, as well as many different strains of news.
- Great way to build your network tangibly, and connect with many business colleagues, people you have met at recruiting events, college friends, etc.
Those are only a few of the many benefits to having a LinkedIn account. Therefore, in conclusion, I strongly recommend creating a profile, and adding the various skills that you excel in, which can speak on your behalf.
Good luck with your future endeavors!
Keith Sun, MA, NCC
Sabine, absolutely, you should create a LinkedIn account not just for the job search process, but also for developing an online presence professionally. As the world increasingly gets more digital, employers will often recruit or check prospective employees through LinkedIn. It also helps in developing a professional network where you can connect with colleagues, peers, mentors who may give you leads on jobs as well as advice for specific career fields. You can even join specific career-based groups on LinkedIn based on your interests.
Absolutely! Not only will your name be out there, but you will also see potential job openings that might be in your area of study.
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Linked-In is a great way to show your skills and experience. It can provide you with job searches and allow you to network with recruiters.