What is LinkedIn?
Typically, the more people you know, the more asking you do, and the more word-of-mouth promotion you get is key in finding a job. LinkedIn is a free online resource that allows you to make these networking connections quickly and easily.
Here are two webinars to get you started.
- Finding your dream job just got easier
- LinkedIn 101
How to create a profile
If you’re not tech-savvy, consider this pictorial guide to be your step-by-step resource.
- To begin, you’ll need an email account (Gmail is recommended) and a password.
- Your header is self-created. Adding a picture is recommended to give viewers a face with your name.
- A summary is similar to a job objective. You can include your education and specialties.
- Your experience is, in essence, your resume. You will include your title, business, years worked, location, and job duties. Begin the description of your job duties with a verb.
- Organizations and certifications are optional. If you have them, be sure to include them!
- Education is treated like a job experience. Include where you attended, the type of degree, your major, and the years you attended. Feel free to post projects (Prezis, Youtube videos, Animoto videos, PowerPoints, or Google presenations) to show off your technical skills.
How to network
Networking can help you make contacts, find jobs, and promote your experience.
To network on LinkedIn click the “Network”tab at the top of the page. There are two options for connecting with people.
- You can sync your contacts with your email with a simple press of a button.
- LinkedIn will also make suggestions based on where you’ve gone to school, where you’ve worked, and who the other people in your existing network know.