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Getting Started on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a great resource for students looking for an additional edge as they network and job/internship search. It’s easy to sign up for an account, but new users often get stuck asking “what next”? Simply having an account isn’t enough, so here are a few tips for students on getting started with LinkedIn:

What’s LinkedIn?

A brief video introduction to LinkedIn and its benefits.

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with over 40 million members and growing rapidly. LinkedIn connects you to your trusted contacts and helps you exchange knowledge, ideas, and opportunities with a broader network of professionals.

Currently, there are over 40 million professionals from 150 different industries, including executives from every Fortune 500 firm, on LinkedIn.

What Can You Do on LinkedIn?

• Establish a Professional Profile
• Build Relationships
• Find Experts and Ideas
• Research Industries and Organizations
• Explore Opportunities
• Join Relevant Groups

Connect with the Center for Experiential Learning Staff on LinkedIn

Through this group you can become connected with Keuka alumni, students, and other community members for professional networking, developing Field Period opportunities, and career mentoring.

LinkedIn Resources

Tips for College Students Using LinkedIn

In LinkedIn’s Answer’s function the following question was asked:
What recommendations would you offer a college student looking to use LinkedIn for networking to seek out internship and/or career opportunities?

The following are answers provided by real LinkedIn users:

From a Reporting Analyst with a background in marketing and sales:

“I think LinkedIn is a great tool for networking with potential employers or colleagues. Students can search the site for professionals who have experience in areas relevant to their skills/interests, and interact with the professionals to learn more about the “in the trenches” reality of the industry.

Building a detailed, professional profile will also benefit the student’s image when potential employers/contacts see it. Students can put internship experience for past employment (if applicable) and should outline their educational experience and what their goals are in a prospective career.”

From an IT professional:

“From my personal experience, and the reactions I have seen by others, I would suggest that students not use the terse ‘texty’ type style of expression, as it does not convey the desired professional impression one seeks when in pursuit of opportunities from employers, organizations, etc.

This is a global site, and one with members of all ages, so they should adjust their style and content accordingly, in my opinion.”

From a Financial Services professional:

“I would begin by connecting to everyone you know. Don’t limit yourself to friends. Connect to co-workers (including supervisors), teachers, administrators, relatives, etc. In the network of people that they are connected to, find people who are in the field that you might be considering upon graduation. Aim for someone as high up as you can. Ask for an introduction, but NOT with the immediate purpose of attaining an internship or job. Ask them for their advice; look at them as a mentor. What suggestions would they make to someone looking to break into that field? What courses should you take? What would they look for when hiring someone?

If you lay the groundwork now, when you graduate you will have at least a few people to whom you can turn who can advise you, recommend you, and possibly even hire you. I guarantee you will be way ahead of your fellow graduates.”

You can also read additional answers to this question.