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:
- Include a photo of yourself (action shots or outdoor shots are best).
- 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.
- Edit your LinkedIn URL to be your first name and last name. If that's taken, add a middle initial.
- Upload projects and other media to your profile Summary.
- Once your profile is complete, follow companies and like company content that interests you.
- 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 that acknowledges that shared connection of UIC.
- Check out additional tips from LinkedIn including the profile checklist, how to network via LinkedIn and how to search for UIC alumni.
“Thank you for your time interviewing with me today. I had sent you a thank you email, but would also like to connect here. I look forward to hearing back from you soon.”
“Thanks again for your time interviewing me. As I shared, I will be accepting a position at another company. However, I would like to connect and keep in touch here. I look forward to hearing back from you soon.”
“Hello Abigail, I see that you attended the College of Business at UIC. What did you like best about UIC? I would like to connect and learn more about your role at Barilla America. I look forward to connecting. Thank you”
“Hello John, how are you? I can’t believe it’s already been a year since we interned at GM. I see that you’re connected to a Mr. Darren Jones. Would you be willing to introduce me to him? I would like to learn more about his role at BMW. Thank you.”