When Olivia and I do workshops on resume writing and Professional U initiatives, we often ask how many of our students have a LinkedIn account. Usually, about half the students will raise their hands. While we are happy that so many students are using LinkedIn, we think every single student should create a profile! And here's a couple reasons why: LinkedIn is like having a professional Facebook. It's easy to create and maintain. If you already have a resume put together, you can simply copy and paste sections of it into your LinkedIn profile. The good thing is you're not limited to one or two pages like you are with a physical resume, so you have more space to showcase your experience and skills.
It can help you get hired! Use LinkedIn as a networking tool and connect with that presenter you really enjoyed, the guest speaker who visited your class, or the person who interviewed you for that potential internship. Send them a message thanking them for their time, and see what comes from it. Putting in that little bit of extra effort can make a huge difference to a possible employer.
Bloomsburg University students who are seeking employment, a job shadowing experience, or an internship should check out two specific LinkedIn groups: the Bloomsburg University Alumni Association and the Bloomsburg University. In order to become a member, you must request to join, and will be approved as long as you are a Bloomsburg University student. You can use these groups to connect with BU alumni who work in fields that you mght be interested in.
Check out this video below to find out more about the benefits of LinkedIn, and create your profile today!