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Tips on Developing a Professional LinkedIn Profile as a Graduate


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Ten tips to add value to your LinkedIn profile

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Tips on Developing a Professional LinkedIn Profile as a Graduate

  1. 1. Tips on Developing YOUR Professional Profile as a Graduate Sue Beckingham | @suebecks | Sheffield Hallam University
  2. 2. #1 Look at the privacy settings and options Whilst developing your profile opt to make it private until you are ready to share it
  3. 3. #2 Include a photo Research has found that profiles are more trusted when they contain a photo
  4. 4. #3 Complete your whole profile 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!
  5. 5. #4 Include relevant keywords 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 work placements
  6. 6. #5 Edit your headline Your headline will default to your current job title, but this can be edited to add further information and keywords
  7. 7. #6 Customise your public profile URL 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
  8. 8. #7 Add skills to your profile Add relevant skills to your profile. Valued connections may then publically endorse your skills and expertise
  9. 9. #8 Ask for recommendations You may give others a recommendation, but do also consider asking people you have worked with to give you one too.
  10. 10. #9 Make connections • Connect with current and previous work colleagues • Search by name, company, school, email contacts or group members. Drill down using advanced people search. • Develop relevant 2nd and 3rd degree connections
  11. 11. #10 Join relevant Groups • Engage in discussion topics and answer questions in your specialism • Develop new connections • Create your own group
  12. 12. CV Templates
  13. 13. Student internships and graduate job opportunities
  14. 14. LinkedIn Cardmunch
  15. 15. The LinkedIn Apply Button Companies can add this to their job page on the company website Applicants are asked to submit a link to their LinkedIn profile
  16. 16. Make the most of YOUR profile!
  17. 17. Sue Beckingham Educational Developer with a research interest in the use of social media in education. Blog: LinkedIn: