Many students think that having a LinkedIn profile can achieve results. But let’s be honest, have you achieved anything in this network without doing anything? If you really do not create a good profile and give life to this network, you will not get results. I’m going to give you a series of perfect recommendations for a university student that you should apply to your LinkedIn profile if you want to stand out above other professionals. Let us begin!
Your first impression is crucial; take care of it with a good photo!
On the LinkedIn profile of a college student, you often see less professional photos. Why? They are used to upload funny and eye-catching pictures to other social networks. But the first thing you should be clear about is that LinkedIn is not like other networks. A powerful and professional image will be much more successful than one with bizarre filters.
There are also those who do not give importance to the photo. They do not directly put one. If this is your case, I recommend that you add one as soon as possible. What kind of picture should you use? Follow these tips to have the best picture on your LinkedIn profile:
- Smile naturally
- Use a neutral background
- Your face should have the prominence of the photo
- Wear a dress that you would wear to go to a job interview
- Put a photo with quality
Dazzle with a powerful Professional Holder
The professional headline is that phrase that you find below your profile picture. It is very short and you can only use 120 characters. But despite its short length, I must tell you that it is the MOST important part of your profile.
That phrase can determine that someone wants to know more about you and see your profile. Or even, help you appear in certain searches. So, due to its importance, you must get to have the best professional headline possible.
Another thing that you must keep in mind, are the keywords. What are they? All those words for which you position on LinkedIn (as well as on Google search engines). Your most important keywords should always be in your professional holder.
If you want to know more about how to write your professional headline, I recommend you read this post “The professional headline, the most important part of your profile”
Fall in love with a great presentation through your extract
The extract is one of the parts of your profile that you should promote the most. In it, you introduce yourself to the people who are visiting your profile and you “sell” as a professional. LinkedIn offers you a large space for it, up to 2,000 characters. And I recommend you try to make the most of them.
Follow these tips to write a good extract:
- The first lines must have a lot of force: In the LinkedIn preview, you can only see the beginning of the extract. If you do not write something that catches your attention, you will not get other professionals to read your extract in full.
- Include your keywords: remember that these words help you position yourself. You must include them throughout your extract and enhance them.
- Put your contact information: here you must put this information, which will facilitate other professionals to contact you. I recommend that you add them at the beginning, so that they can be seen in the preview of the extract.
- Take care of the content: you must get an interesting extract. Explain to the other professionals what you can do for them and why you are a good candidate for it. In addition, you should structure the contents so that reading is much more enjoyable.
The recommendations are the strong point of a university
Your teachers and classmates have seen how you work and apply. Why do not you let them speak for you? Recommendations are given by those contacts 1 and degree with which you shared experience.
Show other professionals what these people think of your way of working will positively help in the confidence they generate in you.
It is highly recommended that you also give recommendations to other teachers or classmates. But you should know that recommendations are not simple stickers. Exchanging one for another not only will not do you any good, but will give a bad image. So, avoid cross recommendations.
Your skills are also important
You can add up to a total of 50 skills, which are not few. Take advantage of them all and get other professionals to validate you. You can also validate other users.
In this section you will see that you have three outstanding skills, above the rest. You can organize them in the order you prefer, but the best thing will be that you highlight your three best keywords above the rest.
Do not forget to customize your url
LinkedIn allows you to customize the url that is generated when you create your profile. By default, it appears with your name and a series of numbers and letters.
Graphic materials will show your worth
In three specific sections of your LinkedIn profile, extract, professional experience and studies, you can add different types of graphic content.
All those works that you have made, whether videos, writings or images, you can include them in your profile. Showing your own works will attract attention and give more value to your presence in this network.
Explore the other sections of your profile
So far we’ve talked about the most important parts of your LinkedIn profile. But if you want to have a profile 100% worked, it is best that you add more information.
Have you received any prize? Or maybe … have you published any of your works? All those documents and data that give you more value as a professional, you can and should add them to your profile.
From volunteering to certifications or courses. Add all those backgrounds that give more professional information about you.
Do not just create a LinkedIn profile, there is life beyond!
Of course, a good LinkedIn profile will help you stand out and be found. But remember … LinkedIn is also a social network! Just like you use Instagram or Twitter, you should enhance your use in this network as well.
Follow these steps and you will have a stronger presence on this platform:
- Make updates
- Publish your own content
- Recommend, “like” and comment on third-party content
- Create new contacts
- Become a member of groups and interact in them
LinkedIn Alumni can support you
LinkedIn has a special section to find former college mates. This tool can be very useful if you have changed cities. You can find other students and former university students and connect with them.
To use this tool you have 7 filters:
- Geographic location
- Company where they work
- Position in the company
- Skills mentioned on LinkedIn
- What kind of contact you are (First, Second or Third Degree)
So far all the advice for a university student on LinkedIn. Do you feel more prepared to start? Collect all these tips, create a luxury LinkedIn profile, and bring your presence on this network to life. The results will not be long in coming.