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Don't Be That 1.5%
"But LinkedIn does not relate to my career goals"...WRONG
People often think that LinkedIn is only useful for students who are trying to enter the workforce directly after graduation. Although having a LinkedIn profile is even more-so critical for these students, students who want to enter a Master's Program, Medical School, Dental School, and other career tracks that are not so "networking" centered MUST have a LinkedIn account as well.
Not only does a great LinkedIn Profile help you search for and land jobs, it is a way to get YOUR face out there in a positive light.
When employers or graduate school committees are considering your application, LinkedIn is often a resource that people go to in order to see how credible your information truly is. If you have a LinkedIn that supports your application and provides proof of your involvement and connections beyond a paper resume, you are in a great place for getting hired/accepted!
1. WRITE AN INFORMATIVE HEADLINE
*hint* Search other student profiles to get ideas!
2. PICK AN APPROPRIATE PHOTO
NO party shots, "selfies", or avatars!
Need a professional head-shot? Talk to the Wake Forest OPCD about arranging a time to get your photo taken for FREE at the LinkedIn Photo Booth!
3. SHOW OFF YOUR EDUCATION
Show off how amazing Wake Forest University is!
Also, include any courses you have taken that are related to the career field that interests you!
4. DEVELOP A PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY
What personal qualities would impress a potential employer?
Include your qualifications and goals in a confident and concise paragraph
6. FILL IN "Skills and Expertise"
7. CONNECT WITH PEOPLE!
Use the "advanced search" tool to narrow down your search for connections
8. FOLLOW INTEREST GROUPS
9. JOIN GROUPS
Many groups and societies that you are already involved in have LinkedIn profiles!
-Become a member on LinkedIn to show your involvement!
ALL WAKE FOREST STUDENTS SHOULD JOIN
Wake Forest University Career Connectors