Tips on Developing a Professional LinkedIn Profile as a Graduate
Tips on Developing
Profile as a Graduate
Sue Beckingham | @suebecks | Sheffield Hallam University
Look at the
Whilst developing your profile opt to make it private
until you are ready to share it
Research has found that profiles are more trusted
when they contain a photo
Click on the 'Edit Profile' button to update
any of the sections or the 'Improve your
profile' button for suggestions.
Proofread any changes you make for errors!
Think about the key search words employers would
use if they were:
looking for people with skills in your field
looking for graduates, interns or students for
Your headline will default to your
current job title, but this can be edited
to add further information and keywords
The default URL will also include random numbers
and letters and appears underneath your photo.
Customise this to have your full name then add to:
• your email signature
• business cards
• your bios on other social sites
Add relevant skills to your profile.
Valued connections may then publically endorse
your skills and expertise
You may give others a recommendation, but do also
consider asking people you have worked with to
give you one too.
• Connect with current and previous work colleagues
• Search by name, company, school, email contacts
or group members. Drill down using advanced
• Develop relevant 2nd and 3rd degree connections
• Engage in discussion topics and
answer questions in your specialism
• Develop new connections
• Create your own group