Tuesday, May 29, 2012

How LinkedIn Are You?

     In today's growing social media world, it is becoming more and more important for young professionals to be present in the world of LinkedIn. When used correctly, the facets of this website can be very helpful, whether you are searching for a job, marketing a brand, or promoting your company. 

     As you begin to delve into the world of LinkedIn, there are several things to keep in mind as you're making your professional profile. The Mashable Social Media Blog has several articles posted that can give young professionals tips and guidelines about how to make their LinkedIn profile. I have linked a few specific articles at the end of this blog. Just remember that the ultimate goal of your LinkedIn profile is to provide organization of your experience and opportunities for your success. Below are a few tips that I have included from my own personal experience creating my LinkedIn:

1. Keep it current. Don't forget to update your profile with jobs, schooling and skills.
2. Join Groups. Don't only just join groups, but also comment in discussions. 
3. Include summaries of your job descriptions. Post what your role is at your current and past jobs so that potential employers can see what you are capable of.
4. Include courses. List the courses that you took at the university you attended so that employers can see that you had applicable schooling for the position you are trying to get.
5. Don't post personal information. Remember, LinkedIn is a professional site. You're employer does not need to know information about your family or friends.
6. Leave high school behind. It is irrelevant to include what high school you went to or jobs that you had in high school.
7. Ask for recommendations. Recommendations is a unique application on LinkedIn. However, don't get carried away. You don't need a recommendation from all of your connections on LinkedIn. 

What are some tips that you learned from creating your LinkedIn?

The Beginner's Guide to LinkedIn

6 Things You Need to Know About LinkedIn Recommendations

6 Things on Your LinkedIn Profile That Shouldn't be on Your Resume

By Jaclyn Harris
Associate Manager

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