8 tips for MBA students to use LinkedIn


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These are 8 tips for MBA students on how to use LinkedIn. This will be especially helpful for students who are starting their program that are looking to use LinkedIn to help in the search for a job or internships.

If you'd like to learn more about how MBA students can leverage LinkedIn, check out my blog. http://derekpando.blogspot.com/2014/01/linkedin-basics-for-mba-students.html

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8 tips for MBA students to use LinkedIn

  1. 1. 8 Tips for MBA students to leverage Linkedin
  2. 2. Before we get into the tips, remember this principle. LinkedIn is not about collecting business cards, it’s about relationships. If you're connecting with someone because you need a favor, you're doing it wrong. You connect with people to build meaningful relationships that are a two way street. X
  3. 3. 1. Fill out the general information No need to go crazy, but follow all the prompts to complete your profile. This includes putting a picture that is professional, where you are recognizable. Save your motorcycle headshot for your Facebook page.
  4. 4. 2. Do not connect with people you do not know. Meet them first, talk to them, exchange an email, at least something before you try to connect with them. If you don’ t, you’ll feel foolish later on when someone asks for an intro to “some random person you accepted on LinkedIn.” Not only that, but it shows you don't get networking if you're connecting with strangers.
  5. 5. 3. When you do invite someone to connect, send a personal message Say it was nice to meet them, offer your help, reminisce about the glory days in high school, whatever it is, make it personal.
  6. 6. 4. Get a custom URL This will help you be found on google search. You want LinkedIn to be at the top of the results when people are looking for you, otherwise they may find your 5k time from 9 years ago...or maybe worse.
  7. 7. 5. Use the “people you may know” feature to increase contacts LinkedIn has tried to make it as easy as possible by finding who you likely know. It changes as your network grows, so go back frequently to add people. Just don't forget rule #2.
  8. 8. 6. Become familiar with advanced search Want to get a warm intro to the company of your dreams? Want to find where all your alumni are working? Need to find a job in a specific city? Learn how to use advanced search.
  9. 9. 7. Ask for introductions LinkedIn is the best way to find people in any company and any job. Try to find people that have common connections with you. Reach out directly to your common connection, and ask for an introduction. It can be a great online tool to build offline relationships.
  10. 10. 8. What goes around...comes around...... Your professional network is a two way street, help those in your network. Proactively look for opportunities to help other people, especially your classmates.
  11. 11. Any questions? Email me: derek.pando@gmail.com www.LinkedIn.com/in/derekpando