LinkedIn, sometimes referred to as ‘professional Facebook’, is the world’s largest professional social network and is used by over 238 million people. Recruiters, hiring managers and professionals in hundreds of industries use LinkedIn to find qualified candidates for open positions, including students like you.
However, LinkedIn is much more than searchable candidate database. LinkedIn allows you to:
- Create a professional online presence
- Stay in touch with classmates and colleagues
- Identify alumni to contact for informational interviews
- Research career paths and companies
- Identify groups that share the latest news and insights in your career field of interest
- Find employment
Watch this one minute video that provides an excellent overview of how to leverage the power of LinkedIn as a college student.
To take advantage of LinkedIn, create a free account with your email and a password at www.LinkedIn.com.
Next, you’ll need to create a profile. As a USM Student, it is important to present yourself as professionally as possible. This RUBRIC will help you create a top notch LinkedIn profile.
The Office of Community-Based Learning manages the LinkedIn Group College2Career, and we encourage you to become a member. You’ll find Groups under the Interest tab. Just search for College2Career and request to join. Group members will benefit from general career topic discussions and postings on internships, resume writing, interviewing, job search strategies and employment and recruiting trends.
If you need additional help with LinkedIn, there are a number of free resources. First, LinkedIn has an entire resource library dedicated to helping students. Click here to view tip sheets and short videos on building a profile, networking, researching careers and prepping for interviews.
If you would like more in depth instruction, a live webinar is conducted every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. You must register at least 24 hours in advance to receive the confirmation email containing instructions on how to join your session. Click here to register for an upcoming webinar. You can listen to a pre-recorded webinar at your convenience by clicking here.
Finally, for personal help or feedback on your LinkedIn profile, please contact The Office of Community-Based Learning at 228-8555.