Link Yourself to Success

Written on 8:23 AM by Xavier Career Development

Most college students have heard by now that they should create a LinkedIn profile.  If you haven’t already done so, creating a professional page would be a wise decision.  LinkedIn is an extremely powerful tool to help grow your professional career.  Not only does the site expand your professional network, but it communicates your personal brand and connects you to opportunities to help you grow your career and your business. 

Creating a profile is the easy part, but how do you make your page stand out to employers?  Here are some helpful tips to enhance your LinkedIn page. 

-       Be sure your profile photo represents you as a business professional… your picture is likely the first thing viewed and first impressions count! Lucky for you, the CDO is providing free professional head shots at the spring Career Fair on February 18th!

-       Have a strong headline to get noticed.  Your profile is not the place to be shy!  Write a concise yet descriptive headline to stand out.

-       Talk about ALL of your relevant experience!  Every experience makes you more marketable even if it isn’t paid or called by a fancy title.    

-       Add rich media to visually enhance your profile and showcase your work.  (40% of people respond better to visual info than plain text and 46.1% of people say a website’s design is the #1 criterion for determining the credibility of a company.)   

So now that you have a strong, stand out profile, here are some cool things you can take advantage of on LinkedIn.

-       Search the “Student Jobs Portal” for a list of all the entry-level job and internship postings on LinkedIn.

-       Ask your networks for help! 70% of jobs are found through networking, so don’t be afraid to reach out to your connections and ask about job openings or advice.

-       Visit “Company pages” of the organizations where you want to work and see if you’re connected to anyone who works there or has previously worked there. 

-       Check out LinkedIn’s “Alumni Tool” to see what Xavier grads are doing today.

There are so many different features to LinkedIn that students don’t realize are available.  It can be the major link to you landing your dream job.  So get out there, strengthen that profile, and start connecting!

For more helpful tips on using LinkedIn, please visit:

Live, Laugh, and LinkedIn Muskies,
Bridget Tully
Career Development Office Intern 

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