CREATING A STANDOUT LINKEDIN PROFILE
Looking to kickstart your networking skills? LinkedIn is a powerful tool to help you find opportunities, connect with people doing the work you aspire to do, and manage your professional online presence. Here are a few tips to get you started on creating a captivating profile.
Tip #1: You don’t need a fancy photo
Profiles with a photo receive 21 times more profile views than those without. But you don’t need an expensive headshot. Just have a friend take a nice photo of you outside on their phone. Crop it so just your face and shoulders are visible and you are good to go!
Tip #2: Capture attention with your headline
The default setting for your headline on LinkedIn is your current company and role. That means your headline probably says “Student at the University of Washington.” But that doesn’t tell a potential future employer or networking connection who you are or what you can do. Instead, show your value. Use keywords and core skills to show future connections your special talents and what sets you apart from everyone else.
Tip #3: Fill out your summary/about section
Your summary is the section just below your name and headline. This is your professional introduction. Who are you? What are your skills and strengths? What are some projects you are especially proud of? This is a great opportunity to show your personality and help a potential future employer see why you are someone they’d want to hire. The summary section is also a place to embed keywords from the kind of jobs you’d like to apply for in the future. If you are not sure what to write in this section, look at the profiles of professionals doing the kind of work you’d like to do. Use industry language to show employers why you would be a great fit for future openings.
Tip #4: Find alumni and set up informational interviews
LinkedIn has a searchable database of UW alumni. To access this tool, search for the University of Washington and then click Alumni on the left. You can filter by major, industry, or do a keyword search to find alumni doing the kind of work you are interested in.
If you find someone doing interesting work, consider sending them a message to set up an informational interview. During this conversation, you’ll ask a working professional questions about how they transitioned from UW to their career, what they like or dislike about their job, and gain advice about how to get started. Often these conversations can help you figure out the right career path and may even lead to job opportunities that are not listed anywhere else.
For more tips on setting up your LinkedIn profile, check out the recording of our LinkedIn Lab. If you’d like some feedback on your profile or want networking tips, set up an appointment iCareers with Julie or Caitlin.
Snoopy Pic of the Week!
A nice photo outside works great for a LinkedIn profile. Here’s Snoopy’s pic!
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- Enterprise Knowledge Management Summer Intern, Seattle Genetics; email email@example.com for a referral
Note: This position would be a good fit for MLIS students looking for enterprise taxonomy experience and for MSIM students in the IA/UX specialization track
- Costco IT Summer Internship, Costco Wholesale; Handshake
- User Experience Research Intern – Uber Freight, Uber; Handshake
- UX Design Intern, Edifecs; iCareers ID 10424
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