With more than 500 million users, 10 million jobs, 9 million companies, and 24 languages, you’ve probably already heard of this professional-oriented social media site. Used correctly, LinkedIn communicates similar information as a résumé and provides positive information about you.
But what does that mean for a student without lots of experience? Is it an online location for your résumé? Are you able to find jobs on LinkedIn?
Here are some quick tips to get you started:
- Create an account and use LinkedIn’s student resources
- Grow your online brand
- Include a professional photo
- Use a targeted headline
- Try LinkedIn’s Profile Checklist to complete your profile.
- Download the LinkedIn Students app on iOS or Android. It gradually introduces LinkedIn features and suggests edits to your profile.
The app also makes it easy for you to explore suggested roles based on your major, read helpful articles aimed at students and recent graduates, explore companies that hire from the UO, view the profiles of recent alumni with your major, and receive job listings appropriate to your major and year.
Your profile summary is your personal brand, use it to tell your story
- Describe what motivates you, what you’re skilled at, and what’s next.
- Highlight achievements
- Use first person
- Aim to use 200–250 words
Include more than what is on your résumé
- Try adding recommendations and special projects
- Volunteer experience, and more information which emphasizes what makes you unique
- Consider it a combination of your résumé, cover letter, portfolio, and references.
Grow your network
- Add professionals from your social community: classmates, professors, advisors, family, and friends may already be on LinkedIn and are great first connections.
- When attending networking events, ask people if you can connect with them on LinkedIn. Send thank you notes and keep in touch with your connections through LinkedIn messenger.
- Aim for quality connections rather than a large number of connections with people you don’t know.
- Think of adding people you would want to work for or with.
LinkedIn also has a great set of student resources and in-depth content on how to make your profile shine.
Know that the Career Center is always here to help you. If you need help shaping your LinkedIn, résumé, or cover letter, feel free to reach out to us. Come to 220 Hendricks Hall or call us to set up appointments with our professional career advisors at 541-346-3235.