Students may think that LinkedIn is better used after graduation but college counselors think you should stay ahead of the competition by building your profile early. By starting your profile while still in school you have time to develop your LinkedIn account and become an expert on how best to use it.
Networking is the key to landing a great job. Start now by linking with your friends, co-workers, classmates, professors, and family members. Call on your contacts for recommendations on your profile and start following the companies you may be interested in working for in the future. The information you learn and connections you make today may have a pay off in the future. Plus by having a profile on LinkedIn, an employer can find you!
Review these resources for tips on how to start or improve your LinkedIn profile:
- LinkedIn for Students: Your Career Starts Here
- LinkedIn Profile Checklist
- Building a Great Student Profile
Contributed by Rio Salado Counselor Kamela Craig on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Department.