Once you’ve decided to advance your career by earning a degree or certificate, the next step is to find a job where you can implement your new knowledge and skills. An important tool in your job search should be LinkedIn. According to Bullhorn Technology, 97% of employers report they are using this professional network, so it makes sense that you use it, too.
Before beginning your job search, make sure you profile represents your best professional self with the six do’s and don’t’s of LinkedIn.
- DO personalize your profile. Add a professional headshot and give yourself a title. If you’re employed, use it. If you’re a student, say Student at Mount St. Mary’s University.
- DON’T post personal updates. LinkedIn isn’t Facebook, which means your personal life doesn’t belong there. Share updates about your professional work or the industry in which you work.
- DO list your accomplishments. Note dates and locations, then add some color and interesting details. (DON’T just cut and paste your resume.) Make sure to include information about your education!
- DO follow others. Join groups that interest you where you can connect with likeminded professionals. If you know of a company you’d like to work for, follow their company page.
- DO link with others. Only link with those who you have a professional relationship with, or who you would like to get to know professionally.
- DON’T start linking without thinking. When you send a request, don’t stick with the standard message (“I’d like to connect with you on LinkedIn”). Instead, say something more meaningful like, “It was great meeting you at the Mount’s Frederick Campus. Let’s stay connected.”
Once you’ve implemented the above, it’s ready, set, SEARCH! There are several good methods to look for jobs on LinkedIn. You can start by logging in and exploring Student Jobs or Jobs You May Be Interested In. Good luck!
About the Author
Clare Tauriello is the Director of the Career Center. She has a masters of education degree in counselor education from Penn State University and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ithaca College. She worked for many years at Penn State Mont Alto as the Career Services Coordinator and as the Division of Undergraduate Studies Coordinator. Clare has also worked at Northeastern University and Emerson College in the Boston area and Frederick Community College. She has been interviewed by the Frederick News-Post, the Baltimore Sun and WHAG on a variety of career-related topics.