LinkedIn Profile Tips for Students Who Are NOT Looking For a Job

by Jan & Bert

This tip is part of our LinkedIn Profile tips series. For an overview of all 9 different situations and profiles we discuss, read the article LinkedIn Profile versus Resume.

This article contains tips for students who are not looking for a job. If you are a student and looking for a job, then read the LinkedIn Profile Tips for Job Seekers.

Remark: the basis for these suggestions are the tips from "Chapter 4: How to Craft an Attractive Profile" of the book "How to REALLY use LinkedIn" (free download). So look at that chapter for more details about the tips below.

 

a.    Goal of your personal LinkedIn Profile.

Your personal LinkedIn Profile should be focused on showing your expertise to fellow students and potential employers (for a summer job, internship or your first job). In this way, you can already start building your network before you need it.

 

b.    Which elements to use in your personal LinkedIn Profile:

 

i.    Websites (use “other” to write your own description):

1.    Personal blog (if you have one)

2.    Student organization you are a (board) member of

3.    Charity you support

 

ii.    Summary:

1.    Part 1: share what you are studying in college or university. Show your passion and enthusiasm.

2.    Part 2: share the projects and volunteer work that you have done

3.    Part 3: here you can add some personal interests to show you're a human being (this goes beyond your “professional” life as a student)

 

iii.    Education: More details about your current or past college or university degree

 

iv.    Sections: use the different section to show your background and expertise. These are but a few of them: skills, languages, projects, publicaties, volunteer work, etc.

 

v.    Applications:

1.    SlideShare for showing the projects that you have done or for giving more information about yourself in a playful and creative way

2.    Behance Portfolio for video clips in which you share your expertise, give people tips or tell more about yourself

3.    Box.net for projects you worked on or tips (sharing your expertise)

 

vi.    Additional Information: Interests: besides what you have inserted in Part 3 of your Summary, add more (personal) interests here.

 

As you can see, there are quite some elements to update your profile.  If you want more, you can find more than 40 tips on creating an attractive profile in the book.

And also remember: it is always about building the Know, Like and Trust factor first before "selling" yourself.

 

To your success !

Jan and Bert

PS: more tips about creating an attractive profile can be found in "Chapter 4: How to Craft an Attractive Profile" of the book "How to REALLY use LinkedIn". You can download it for FREE!

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