LinkedIn

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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

Your headline should be a short, memorable, and professional slogan that describes your current status.

*hint* Search other student profiles to get ideas!

2. PICK AN APPROPRIATE PHOTO

Adding a photo makes your profile 7x more likely to be viewed! Make sure you have a high-quality photo of yourself only, dressed in professional attire.

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

Include your major(s), minor(s), study abroad experience, honors, awards, and GPA!

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 is great about you?

What personal qualities would impress a potential employer?

Include your qualifications and goals in a confident and concise paragraph

5. TRANSFER YOUR RESUME

Experience, Leadership, and Volunteer activities!

Be sure to use action verbs at the beginning of each bullet just like a paper resume

-Check out the OPCD website for a list of great action verbs!


*Don't have a resume? -

Learn how to write a college resume - click here

6. FILL IN "Skills and Expertise"

Include keywords and phrases that recruiters search for pertaining to your career goals and interests.

7. CONNECT WITH PEOPLE!

Family, Friends, Classmates, Alumni, Professors, Faculty...


Use the "advanced search" tool to narrow down your search for connections

8. FOLLOW INTEREST GROUPS

Follow groups that you are passionate about so that your profile will show up when people search these groups. These groups will also show up on your profile so people can learn more about YOU!

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

10. FINE TUNE

Stop by the Wake Forest OPCD to have your LinkedIn profile reviewed and get some additional advice!