Senior Guide To Linked In


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Senior Guide To Linked In

  1. 1. Finding a job or internship using
  2. 2. Objectives of this presentation: <ul><li>Learn to use LinkedIn in a job or internship search </li></ul><ul><li>Construct a strong professional LinkedIn profile </li></ul><ul><li>Understand how to make effective and appropriate networking contacts </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a plan for using LinkedIn as a tool in your search </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is LinkedIn and why should you care? <ul><li>Professional networking site, not a personal Facebook-style social media </li></ul><ul><li>53 million users; half are outside the US,; </li></ul><ul><li>27% of users are reported to be HR recruiters or managers! </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why use it in your search? <ul><li>Begin to build a professional network. </li></ul><ul><li>Connect to others who share your career interests or background (like other Hiram alums). </li></ul><ul><li>Identify HR professionals and potential jobs/internships </li></ul><ul><li>Get introduced through people who know you. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Start by building a strong profile. <ul><li>1. Present yourself well. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Get recommendations. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Build connections. </li></ul>
  6. 6. 1. Present yourself well. <ul><li>Write a descriptive Summary Statement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Which one is more striking? “Student…” or these? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>--“Graduating senior management major interested in non-profit arts administration” or “New professional with strong writing skills looking for editing positions” </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Present Yourself Well: Your Profile Picture <ul><li>LinkedIn is not the new Facebook! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No pictures of the family BBQ or your new puppy on LinkedIn </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get a professional – quality photo as your profile picture, and keep it simple and conservative. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remember that potential employers may be browsing your LinkedIn page. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Present yourself well: update your status. <ul><ul><li>Outline your academic accomplishments like senior seminar, research, poster presentations or publications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Currently completing senior seminar research on earthworms….communication patterns of worms…..history of worm culture etc.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discuss career goals and what you can offer! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Seeking an entry level research assistant position in DC that would use strong research and analysis abilities” </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Present yourself well: Current: <ul><li>Rather than “Student”, describe your next goal: “Graduating senior seeking opportunity in advertising in Atlanta where knowledge of social networking could be used” </li></ul>
  10. 10. Present yourself well: Past <ul><li>Describe your on- and off-campus jobs and academic accomplishments </li></ul><ul><li>Include leadership positions in clubs and organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Mention volunteer work, study abroad, foreign language skills </li></ul>
  11. 11. Prepare to be Googled <ul><li>LinkedIn pages show up near the top of Google searches. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure someone who finds you will find something interesting and professional! </li></ul>
  12. 12. 2. Get Recommendations <ul><li>Your profile will never be complete without recommendations. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask employers, professors, colleagues, advisors, etc. – you have many resources! </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations help your profile show up first in search results/ recruiters read them carefully! </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Ask others to introduce you to their connections </li></ul><ul><li>(Kathryn, could you connect me to alumni xxx at the Cleveland Orchestra, please?) </li></ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul><ul><li>Ask a contact to link to you directly: </li></ul><ul><li>(Introduce yourself, identify your shared interests, mention your skills and ask them to connect to you.) </li></ul>Make Connections
  14. 14. <ul><li>Use professional etiquette: only ask to connect to people who are somehow connected to you through others. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask to connect for a specific reason related to your career (you are exploring job opportunities, hoping to do an information interview, looking for internships….) </li></ul><ul><li>Thank each contact promptly for their assistance. </li></ul>Make Connections: network professionally
  15. 15. <ul><li>Stop by the Career Center if you have questions about LinkedIn or other networking concerns </li></ul><ul><li>Information adapted from and with assistance from Caitlin Reed DeGroff, Hiram College, and Betsy Gill, Northwestern University </li></ul>Coming next: LinkedIn for a job search