The Student’s Guide To LinkedIn
Creating a LinkedIn profile as a student can be somewhat daunting but there are real and tangible benefits for doing so.
Some of you know that before venturing out into the world, you’re supposed to have at least one internship and a few co-curricular activities under your belt. That means you must have at least a few months’ worth of experience, as well as some activities related to your degree.
The reason for this is so that your resume will contain more than just your work objective or your hobbies and interests. Employers know when they are hiring fresh graduates, which means that you need to step up your resume game without having any legitimate work experience.
On LinkedIn, you can place these skills and accomplishments for your future employers to peruse. Since many companies are making use of online resumes, your best bet at getting an entry-level job from someone who’s searching is to put out the call by creating your own LinkedIn profile.
Employers search by keyword, so it is essential to make the most out of your profile by writing down anything that you can offer the types of companies you wish to work with. Here’s how you do it:
Here’s how you can do that:
1. Mention your internships. Your employers want to know that you have been exposed to the industry that you are applying to. If your internship is not related to the job you’re applying to, you need to ask the recruiter whether this is a prerequisite or not.
2. Write down your co-curricular activities. These include charitable projects at school, clubs that you joined that foster learning and socialization and events that you participated in like contests, fairs and committees for special occasions.
3. Find something to put in your resume. Some people choose to focus on their grades, rather than their co-curricular activities. If this is the case, you can write down your awards and accomplishments instead.
4. Add your research studies and thesis titles. Make sure you place a short description so that your employer will know what you were working on.
5. Write down a slightly long list of skills. Since you don’t have much to put on your resume, you can make up for it by writing down a list of skills that the company might find useful like tasks that you excel at. If you don’t feel confident about it, just write down tasks that you are capable of.
6. Don’t forget to add seminars that taught you relevant skills and techniques. Even without a job history, employers will still notice that you have a certification for a certain skill that they need.
7. Ask for a recommendation. This feature works as your character reference section. If a friend with a professional history gives you a recommendation, employers are more likely to consider you for a position.