What is LinkedIn?

LinkedIn is an online platform that focuses on professional connections and developing a personal network. Creating a profile allows you to stay in touch with current and past friends & colleagues and make new connections within your field. 

Unlike a resume and cover letter, a LinkedIn profile is not a requirement when applying to jobs. However, potential employers will likely look to see if you are on LinkedIn, so it is a good idea to present yourself online in a way that is both professional and authentic.

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Creating a LinkedIn Profile

A resume is a formal and objective list of your experiences and skills. A LinkedIn profile, on the other hand, is less formal and a more complete story of who you are as a professional and a person. 

While your education and work experience are essential components of your LinkedIn profile, it is normal to also include more personal details, such as a profile picture, your hobbies, and posts & comments that reflect your interests and values. 

Each person's profile will be unique, but there a few sections that should be complete:

  • Profile photo: Your photo should be appropriate for your field (e.g. a pants suit vs. a lab coat). 

  • Headline: If you do not have a job title, include your goal (e.g. “Aspiring Java Software Developer” or “Environmental Studies major interested in sustainable community development.”) 

  • About: The About section of a LinkedIn profile is a chance for you to show the world who you are. There is no one right way to do this. If you feel stuck writing this part, check out some examples for inspiration.

  • Education: Keep it up to date.

  • Work experience: Again, keep it up to date and include descriptions of your accomplishments and responsibilities, like you would a resume.  

Check out these tips to create an effective LinkedIn Profile

Networking on LinkedIn  

Your LinkedIn network can help you access people, resources and opportunities. That does not necessarily mean that you’ll get a job from your network, but you’re likely to get information and advice. And, of course, you’ll hopefully meet new people along the way. You never know how those connections might help you in the future.

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Researching Career Paths on LinkedIn

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