A resume or cover letter are important documents to have when applying for jobs. Networking is key to meet other professionals in the career you seeking while in college or after graduation. Creating a LinkedIn profile is very important to highlight your experience, education, and skills that will make you more marketable. Below is a LinkedIn profile checklist to get you jump started on your career path!
☐ PHOTO: It doesn’t have to be fancy; just use your cell phone camera in front of a plain background. Wear a nice shirt and don’t forget to smile!
☐ HEADLINE: Tell people what you’re excited about now and the cool things you went to do in the future.
☐ SUMMMARY: Describe what motivates you, what you’re skilled at, and what’s next.
☐ EXPERIENCE: List the jobs you held, even if they were part-time, along with what you accomplished at each. Even include photos and videos from your work.
☐ ORGANIZATIONS: Have you joined any clubs at school or outside? Be sure to describe what you did with each organization.
☐ EDUCATION: Starting with college, list all the educational experiences you’ve had including summer programs.
☐ VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCES & CAUSES: Even if you weren’t paid for a job, be sure to list it. Admissions officers and employers often see volunteer experience as just as valuable as paid work.
☐ SKILLS & EXPERTISE: Add at least 5 key skills and then your connections can endorse you for the things you’re best at.
☐ HONORS & AWARDS: If you earned a prize in or out of school, don’t be shy. Let the world know about it.
☐ COURSES: List that show off the skills and interests you’re most excited about.
☐ PROJECTS: Whether you led a team assignment in school or built an app on your own, talk about what you did and how you did it.
☐ RECOMMENDATIONS: Ask managers, professors, or classmates who’ve worked with you closely to write a recommendation. This gives extra credibility to your strengths and skills.