Set Up Your LinkedIn Profile
Go to http://www.linkedin.com
Set up or edit your profile by scrolling over to “Profile” then click on “Edit Profile” from the drop down menu.
Upload a photo. Remember that your image is viewed by potential employers and networkers. Therefore, choose a picture that is professional. If you do not have a photo, you can always take a professional headshot at our LinkedIn photo booth at the career fairs (see CCD calendar for the career fair schedule).
Edit basic information by clicking the “Edit” button on the right side of your name. Fill out essential information about yourself including the professional “headline.” (example: Chemical engineering student at Manhattan College). If you do not customize it, the default setting is your current position’s job title. Claim your public profile URL by clicking “Edit” next to the URL under your picture.
Add your summary in the “Summary” section. Your summary is similar to an elevator pitch or professional overview and the goal is to differentiate yourself from others by answering:
- Who are you?
- What do you do (or want to do)?
- Why are you unique?
Example: A creative and enthusiastic communications student with a focus in news and media relations, specifically in public events promotion. Undertook two part-time jobs at digital and multimedia companies as a full-time student. Strong in verbal and written communication, website management and event promotions. You can see my examples by clicking “See examples” underneath the text box.
Go to the Experience Section and on the right, click “Add a Position”. Use action verbs and describe your work clearly and succinctly. You must add at least 3 experiences which can include volunteer, internship, research, independent and professional work experiences. Indicate if you are currently employed in the position or not.
IMPORTANT NOTE: You can always reorder and add sections that are not part of the standard template. If you are a student, you want to have the education come first after your Summary section or add a Project section to highlight your relevant industry knowledge and skills.
Add languages, skills and expertise. Indicate basic and more relevant skills for your industry. Review LinkedIn profiles of professionals in your industry or read job descriptions that have specific skills as your reference.
Go to Additional Information section and update the content there. It is optional to add website links and Twitter accounts. As for groups, you must join at least two professional and/or social groups. LinkedIn allows you to join up to 50 groups as a free account user and here are some recommendations. Do not forget to add any honors or awards that you want to highlight.
- Manhattan College Alumni
- Manhattan College Career Development Alumni
Be careful what you share in your Personal Information section. Adding your phone number is optional, but DO NOT include your address, birthday or marital status. If you choose to do this, please adjust your private settings so that you can control how people view your information.
Privacy settings can be edited under the “View Profile.” Review how people will see your page. You can always change the settings in the drop-down box under your name tab on the upper right hand corner of the screen.