5 Ways to Enhance Your LinkedIn Profile for Recent Graduates

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5 Ways to Enhance Your LinkedIn Profile for Recent Graduates

Today, more than 9 out of 10 companies rely on LinkedIn for job recruitment, and there are more than 1.5 million job postings on the site. Creating a LinkedIn profile is a no-brainer, especially if you’re new to the job market and need some additional exposure. In this guide, we’ve shared five LinkedIn examples for students and recent graduates, so you can transform your profile and attract more interest.

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List Any Volunteer Experience

LinkedIn has a dedicated space for listing your prior job experience, but this is just one piece of the puzzle. To help set your profile apart, we recommend sharing any volunteer work in the Volunteer Experience section as well. A significant percentage of job recruiters will weigh your volunteer experience as much as your paid work, so don’t gloss it over!

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Share Your Portfolio

Over the years, LinkedIn profiles have evolved into a blank canvas, which you can populate with examples of your work. Whether you’re a graphic designer, writer, marketer, or academic, you can upload a variety of media to LinkedIn so that it’s directly accessible. Supported files include documents, photos, videos, presentations, and links. If you’re in a creative field, this is absolutely essential.

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Go Public

Once you’ve created a LinkedIn profile, you can tweak settings by clicking the “Me” icon in the upper right corner, and then choosing “Settings & Privacy”. In the new window, select the “Privacy” tab, and then choose “Edit your public profile”. Here, you can specify which sections of your profile are visible to search engines and non-members. This can boost your overall exposure to job recruiters. Here, you can also edit your public profile URL. We recommend changing it to something simple (i.e. www.linkedin.com/in/JohnSmith).

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Update Your Profile Regularly

If you include all relevant information when creating a LinkedIn profile, it won’t need to be updated for a while. However, we recommend looking over your profile every few months, and adding any new job experience or skills that you acquire along the way. It’s also a good idea to update your profile photo every year, especially if you have a more presentable image to use.

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Use a Professional Photo

Your profile photo is the first thing that job recruiters see, and as you know, first impressions are pretty important. You absolutely need a photo to succeed on LinkedIn, because non-photo profiles only receive a small fraction of views. To help decide which photo to use, just imagine how you’d present yourself during a job interview, and select a photo with that level of professionalism. At a minimum, you should be well-dressed, well-groomed, and smiling.

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