If you’ve walked past the Center for Student Engagement in Mund College Center recently, you’ve hopefully noticed the large bulletin board that asks “Are you…LinkedIn”? Perhaps you’ve dismissed it, thinking that you don’t need one more thing to manage; or, perhaps you’ve wandered by thinking “I’ll definitely create an account once I graduate and have information to include.” In both instances, I’d encourage you to take another look.
Students can, and should, become active on LinkedIn, the well-known professional networking site that is 225 million strong. According to What Every College Student Should Post on LinkedIn, students should include information about their coursework and extra-curriculars, as well as their schoolwork and projects. Asking professors to write brief recommendations for you can also be a great way to highlight your accomplishments in the classroom.
There are plenty of resources available for students interested in expanding their network, including:
- LinkedIn for Students Blog
- A video series for LinkedIn Grad Guides
- Our past Blog – Why Be LinkedIn?
- The bulletin board, mentioned above! – A Job Search Checklist and a Creating your LinkedIn Summary brochure are attached!
We would certainly encourage you to review these resources and seriously consider creating an account. However, once you do, commit yourself to keeping it up-to date, using it as a research tool of companies, industries, and professionals, and becoming engaged through groups and discussions. By the way, once you have an account, you can also join groups that you’re interested in, including the Lebanon Valley College Professional Network that connects over 1500 alumni, students, and employees of the College!
Lastly, SimplyHired offers a recent Blog post that encourages taking your use of LinkedIn one step further: Creative Ways to Use LinkedIn in Your Job Search, which includes tips on discovering career paths, researching people and following companies, and using it to develop skills and read the latest industry news.
Still not convinced to create a LinkedIn account? According to the article above, What Every College Student Should Post on LinkedIn, “social professional networks are the fastest growing source of quality hires.”
So…Are you LinkedIn? If not, why not?!
~Gwen Miller, associate director of career services