LinkedIn is a professional social media platform designed for building connections for freelance work, a customer base, potential business partners or simply to keep job prospects open. Many UIC students have found jobs and internships using LinkedIn, while expanding their professional network.

The goal of LinkedIn in your job search is to get noticed by creating and sharing content that informs potential employers about your skills, interests and how you can solve problems.

Here’s a few tips:

  • Recruiters are much more likely to click on your profile if you include a photo of yourself.
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  • Include a headline that focuses on your career interest. If the industry picklist is limiting for you, use your headline to showcase your industry interests.
  • Create a custom LinkedIn URL with your name (Displays nicely on a resume).  Follow these steps
  • Upload projects and other media to your profile Summary.
  • Once your profile is complete, follow companies and like company content that interests you (especially if you apply to them).
  • Build your company target list by checking out similar companies that you’re finding.
  • Find alumni who work at companies that interest you and create targeted messaging with a shared connection to UIC.

Below are additional tips from LinkedIn, including a profile checklist, how to network via LinkedIn and how to search for UIC alumni

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