“LinkedIn is the world’s largest audience of affluent, influential professionals.”
– Wall Street Journal
Did you know?
While students may be well established on Facebook, Twitter and now Instagram, Snapchat and Vine, LinkedIn can help them make valuable professional connections as they seek to find their way in the world of work. LinkedIn gives college students an opportunity to build a strong, professional, online identity, develop and grow their professional network, and show off their accomplishments to potential employers. Experts claim that up to 85% of hiring managers are checking out job applicant’s LinkedIn profiles, making LinkedIn an essential career tool for your students. It can help them connect to specific careers and Professional Associations, too.
- Ask them about their LinkedIn experience…
How long have you been a member?
How do you use the site?
How have you benefitted from your LinkedIn membership?
- View video.
- Distribute the Student Activity, (now in fillable pdf form) review the directions and complete.
- Show students how to use the LinkedIn “Groups Directory” tab to connect with professionals in careers that interest them.
- Identify and discuss LinkedIn groups relevant to your discipline.
Add an Experience!
This PREPARE LESSON at CaCareerCafe.com will help students build a solid LinkedIn profile. And, LinkedIn’s own Student site has additional tips to help them build connections.