- You’ve created a résumé.
- You’ve written a cover letter for a potential communications-related volunteer opportunity or job.
- You’ve created a paper-based portfolio of your work.
- You’ve participated in a mock job interview with your lab instructor.
Quite a few of you have told me or your lab instructors that those materials have enabled you to secure a job or internship. That’s great!
One of the next steps you can take to enhance your professional presence is to create a LinkedIn profile. Creating a profile is free and provides you a way to post your résumé and examples of your work.
In lecture on Thursday, I’ll offer some tips for creating your LinkedIn profile and adding to you profile if you’ve already set up an account.
Thanks to former students Andrea Carroz and Erica Hernandez for writing three blog posts about developing a LinkedIn profile. I’d encourage you to read these posts before class to help you have a better background on LinkedIn, which will help you in asking me better questions during our discussion.
- 9 steps for creating your LinkedIn profile
- 3 steps for setting up and utilizing LinkedIn connections
- Improve your LinkedIn profile by listing coursework, describing work duties and joining professional groups
You can learn more about using LinkedIn by checking out the free tutorials that UF faculty and students can access on lynda.com, such as Up and Running with LinkedIn (2014). Log on to UF’s e-Learning to access lynda.com.