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I created this presentation for the annual Mount Holyoke College Alumnae and Student Networking Fair in 2013

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How to use LinkedIn: A Presentation to Mount Holyoke Alumnae and Students How to use LinkedIn: A Presentation to Mount Holyoke Alumnae and Students Presentation Transcript

  • Career Development Center Mount Holyoke College Catherine McGraw, Associate Director Danielle Desjardins ‟13, Peer Career Assistant Tatum Lindsay „14, Peer Career and Pre -Law Assistant
  • How LinkedIn Works Your Friends‟ Friends Your Friends Your Friends‟ Friends‟ Friends
  • Who Uses LinkedIn? • 120 million+ professionals • Over 150 industries • Executives from every Fortune 500 firm • 6.5 million+ students • 9 million+ recent college grads • 37,000 college and university alumni groups • People are joining LinkedIn at a rate faster than 2 new members per second! Latin America 3% Other 0% North America 61% Europe 24% Asia 8% Africa 1% Middle East 1% Oceania 2%
  • 1. Build a Professional Presence Online
  • 2. Connect with Alumnae and Other “Warm” Contacts
  • 3. Find New Opportunities
  • Why Should I have LinkedIn?  You will be Google searched  93% of recruiters use LinkedIn to make hiring decisions  Maintain professional connections  Staying abreast on current trends in your field will make you stand out in applications  Will be helpful for networking
  • The 5 Golden Rules of Student LinkedIn Profiles 1. Professional photo of student alone 2. Headline with area of study and/or career ambitions 3. Keyword-rich summary that includes type of positions student is seeking 4. Inclusion of volunteer activities, internships and extra curriculars 5. Recommendations from professors, advisors, internships
  • Getting Started  Have a complete profile with professional, quality photograph  List at least three skills  “Bragging” is ok  Share work you have done with URLs that are linked on your profile  Create a vanity URL linkedin.com/tatumlindsay v. linkedin.com/579BGE  No spelling or grammatical mistakes  Be Active online
  • Job and Internship Search Strategies • Join professional association groups  Join the MHC Alumnae Association, Seven Sisters, and Five College Alumnae groups  Join groups that are specific to the area you’d like to move to
  • How to use LinkedIn to Your Advantage  WOW Interviewers and personalize cover letter  “Follow” companies and leaders in your field  Do research, read articles posted, ask questions  Read the email digests from LinkedIn  Learn common career trajectory paths of professionals  Use all this information to customize your application and get an edge!
  • Other Tips  LinkedIn does not replace a phone call, thank you note, or in person visit  Link your account to other places on the web  Or have a QR code linked to your profile on a business card  Conduct informational interviews with professionals in your field and connect with them on LinkedIn  Visit the Alumnae Association in Mary Woolley Hall  Practice “networking” and elevator speeches in the CDC
  • Promote your LinkedIn Profile: Email Signature Line ------------------------------ Jane Doe National Company, Inc. Ph: (800) 555-1234 Fax: (800) 555-5678 Jane.Doe@National.com Connect with me on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/JaneDoe
  • The Career Development Center  Resume and cover letter writing  Internship search  Job exploration  Pre-Law advising Free LSAT practice exams every Friday!  UAF  Networking  Suit Yourself! Program  $mart $tart  MBTI  Career Fairs  Mock interviews  LyonNet  Recruiting  Exclusive online resources  One-on-one 30-minute and 15-minute advising sessions  Peer Career Assistants available M-F, 8:30am-5:00pm
  • THE CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER 413-538-2080 cdc@mtholyoke.edu Located next to the Health Center and Campus Police Questions?