Create a profile with the power to connect you to your next job or mentor.
LinkedIn is the social networking platform for your professional self. On it, people share their work experience and qualifications. Employers use it to hire and also define their services. Your profile is kind of like an online resume. You can use LinkedIn to stay in touch with people, learn about internships, and network with potential companies!
Start by signing up. It’s fast and free at LinkedIn.com. Be sure to use an email and password that you won’t forget!
There is a lot you can add to your profile to showcase your professional skills and abilities:
First, connect with people you know. While you may not have a huge professional network yet, think about professionals you have interacted with or know personally. Teachers, coaches, program advisors, adults from your neighborhood or religious organization could all be a part of your LinkedIn network. You can connect with friends too.
To connect beyond the people you already know in person, search for Groups and join them. What kind of Groups could you find?
While you’re at it. search for the industry leaders you admire and follow them. Then follow the companies you’d love to work for. You’ll be setting up your newsfeed to be full of valuable information – like internship opportunities from your dream company.
LinkedIn is just like any other social platform you are on – if you interact with people, they will get to know you. Comment publicly on posts that you relate to and follow people from different industries. Just be sure to keep it professional. If it isn’t something you would say to a teacher or boss, don’t say it on LinkedIn.
The most important thing to share with the world is YOU. Your story is powerful. Your journey is important. Your goals, dreams and hopes are going to make this world a better place, so don’t be afraid to put yourself out there!