LinkedIn is a powerful networking site that allows you to connect with people from various industries worldwide. Below are some tips to maximize your LinkedIn profile. Once your profile is up to date, download the LinkedIn Students App. This app is tailored specifically for college students searching for their first job. The app allows you to explore job openings that match your major, view companies that hire from UGA and search recent graduates with your major. The app also provides you with daily job recommendations. To learn more about the LinkedIn Student Job App, click here.
Write a powerful summary
Craft a strong elevator pitch that paints a picture of what you have to offer. Demonstrate how you are different and what makes you a valuable candidate in the workforce. As a Division I student-athlete you have great transferable skills and experiences that few have!
Use a unique, but professional headshot
The media guide pictures provided by UGA are great ones to use. This picture sets you apart from other potential candidates, reinforcing as a student-athlete you possess drive and competitiveness that is not common in the workplace. Also, be sure to add a background photo to liven up your profile and set it apart from others.
Fill in as much information as possible
It may seem time consuming at first, but the more compete, the more visible your profile. Validate your powerful summary by completing the Skills & Expertise section of your profile. This could include special programs like JAVA Script, Adobe InDesign, SPSS, or Microsoft Office Suite. By adding Skills & Expertise, people in your network will be able to endorse you for a particular skill. Don’t forget to include both academic and athletic recognitions as well as community involvement.
Personalize your URL
LinkedIn gives you the option to change your URL from www.linkedin.com/47w34fg65nb78 to www.linkedin.com/in/elisabethsmith.
Connect with people and companies
Just like other social media platforms, LinkedIn is about who you know. Whenever you meet someone at a networking event or even in class, make a habit of finding them on LinkedIn. If there’s a particular company you would like to work for in the future, follow them. The more you connect, the more your network of influence expands.
Participate in groups and discussions
Take advantage of the opportunity to link up with like-minded people. Expand your network by adding valuable conversation to the groups. Connect with groups that interest you. Be sure join The Georgia Way LinkedIn group!
Ask coaches and professors for recommendations to add to your profile. Although you may not have much (if any) work experience, coaches and professors can vouch for your work ethic and time management skills.