Where to start to create your LinkedIn profile


LinkedIn, the mystifying social media platform for adults, can be overwhelming for college students.

But for those aspiring to grow professionally, it can be a useful tool for networking, resume building, and getting a sense of the way forward.

Here’s a college-friendly guide on where to start.

Profile

To start your profile, you’ll need a photo with good lighting and a professional vibe. I recommend asking a friend to take a few of you to Mitchell Hall – it does the trick every time.

Your title should reflect you as an individual through a professional lens and should always be created with the intention of engaging with potential employers.

The summary is where things get interesting. It should tell a story about your passions and interests. You can dive into what inspires you in the field you want to get into and what you bring to the table.

I know these topics can be intimidating. I encourage you to look at previous school projects, summer jobs, or extracurricular work that shaped your skills in a positive light and follow through.

The final step is to select the “Open for Work” option when editing your profile. Showing recruiters that you’re actively looking for jobs is a great way to get your name out there and get on company radars.

Networking

As an individual dreaming of working in the media industry, the non-linear career path is anxiety-provoking. Learning how to use LinkedIn to my advantage gave me much-needed insight and confidence.

When I returned home last winter, I was met with a flood of comments about the risks of pursuing journalism by those who touted STEM careers as the greatest achievement.

Primarily driven by anxiety about what my future would look like, I took their criticism and reached out to Queen’s alumni who held positions that got me excited about the companies that inspired me.

They were happy to talk with me and I was able to gain invaluable insight into what my potential next steps for breaking into the industry might be.

Cold messaging can be intimidating and awkward, but it doesn’t have to be.

Being respectful and showing your passion for the industry goes a long way. Looking at company profiles in your chosen field is a great place to start. The Queen’s Alumni Network also has an abundance of resources and alumni eager to provide current students with advice on navigating the post-graduate lifestyle.

Look for work

Summer is looming over us all. While that comes with relief from school work, the flip side is finding a job that matches what you want to do. The LinkedIn jobs page has an abundance of posts and can open your eyes to opportunities that may not have crossed your mind.

The process of creating resumes and writing cover letters is a tedious task, but it’s good to get into the habit so that when graduation rolls around, you have an idea of ​​what employers are looking for.

Mental Health

LinkedIn, like all social media platforms, gives you hyper-awareness of other people’s professional lives.

There have been times when the incredible but daunting success that appears on my timeline makes me feel like I’m not doing enough, working hard enough, or not having enough talent. It’s important to check in with yourself and take a step back when you need to – your health and happiness come before any career.

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