LinkedIn. The tool that will take all of us to the holy land of corporate America. Incorrect. While LinkedIn is a great tool (especially for students) to network and communicate with potential employers along with many other opportunities, it does not guarantee you a 6-figure job. What makes the difference between Student A and Student B in terms of LinkedIn is their attention to detail. This blog will cover tips and strategies to putting your best foot forward in terms of LinkedIn.
LinkedIn is a tool that can take your career to the next level. People all over the world do not utilize their LinkedIn to its potential. Click here to get a general concept of how to save your LinkedIn and get that job.
Getting a Professional Headshot
How many of you follow someone on social media solely based on their profile picture? How many people have you not followed because of their profile picture? Getting your professional headshot done is not only personal branding, it is a chance to make a good first impression. A good first impression with an employer will boost your odds in any job search process. A good headshot can range anywhere from 25 to 1,000 dollars.
Expanding your Network
Expanding your network is a good way to meet new people. The more people you meet and network with, the higher your chances are of finding a suitable job. Have you heard the phrase, “I know a guy?” Sometimes it just helps to, well, know a guy! Don’t be afraid to connect with as many people as possible, even if they work in a career that may not match yours.
Tell your Story
You have a resume, accomplishments, certifications, and more all across your LinkedIn page. The last thing you need to do is add a summary about what you do. Instead, use your profile to tell your story. Businesses want to see who you are as a person before they see what type of work you do. Do not be afraid to be meaningful and tell something that can leave a lasting impression in someone’s head.
Never stop never stopping. Do not be the person who checks his/her LinkedIn once a month. As much as we use our other socials is how much we should be on LinkedIn. If you go on Instagram every day, spend another 5 minutes looking at your LinkedIn. Examples of staying active on LinkedIn are making comments under employer’s posts, expanding your network consistently, and keeping up with certifications.