Stories From The Arch

Image of a person logging onto the LinkedIn app on their phone.

Do yourself a favour and get LinkedIn.

For those of you who may not know, LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional networking site. Currently over 40 million students and recent graduates are on the site, making us the largest demographic using LinkedIn. The likelihood that you have created a LinkedIn account is high but it’s also just as likely that with school and other social media sites vying for attention, you (like me), have probably not invested a huge amount of time into creating an “all-star” profile.

After 2 years of working for the SSC, I can tell you LinkedIn is really important because:

1.The site gives you access to employers, jobs, news, and advice on how to achieve your goals.

2. You can create an in-depth summary of your experiences, educational successes, extra-curricular involvement and project work. The best part, you don’t have the traditional two-page resume constraint.

3. This profile is viewable to connections you have as well as hundreds of companies and recruiters, so it boosts your chances of getting a job or making a meaningful employment connection.

4. You can get endorsed for the skills you have and receive recommendations from former employers, professors or peers that can verify your awesomeness.

So if you’ve been considering joining LinkedIn or putting some time into improving your profile, there really is no better reason or time as the Connect to Careers Job Fair is happening on March 8!

If you want to hear more about LinkedIn and how it can help in your job search, Tanya Kett from the Student Success Centre was a recent guest on the CFMU’s Morningfile and she shared some tips on the topic. 

A promotional poster for free LinkedIn photos at the McMaster University Student Success Centre.

Lastly, the SSC is holding a free LinkedIn Headshot Day where you can get your professional photo taken on March 1st from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the MUSC Atrium! They also offer LinkedIn profile critiques on the last Friday of each month and these appointments can get booked on OSCARplus.

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Taylor Noble blogged for the Student Success Centre from 2015 to 2016.

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