There is a lot of hype about using social networking tools, such as Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn and Twitter, as part of your job search. But once you’ve set up an account, it’s not always clear how the site can assist you in improving your job search. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting brief tips for how job seekers, in particular Lawrence University students and recent graduates, can begin to harness the power of LinkedIn to enhance their job search.
Before you start adding contacts, begin building your profile. The more complete your profile, the more effective LinkedIn will be for your job search. I suggest starting with your education section. As a current student or recent grad, your education will still be quite fresh in your memory.
- LinkedIn gives you the option to add information to an Activities and Societies section – include Greek involvements, student organizations, and other campus leadership positions here.
- Don’t just list your titles, though. Also mention some of your accomplishments within those organizations.
- Under Additional Notes, include information like Honors, Study Abroad, as well as selected undergraduate research, notable presentations, studio or master classes, performances and other academic involvements.