This blog is written by Ashley, our Campus Ambassador from University of South Florida. She is majoring in Mass Communications with a minor in Leadership Studies.
I love LinkedIn and the power of networking. LinkedIn is a professional networking social site. I like to call it my online resume. With a click of a button you’ll be able to see a person’s credentials, education, organizations and groups they’re apart of amongst other things as well. I believe if you’re serious about your future career you should be on LinkedIn at least starting your freshman year of college or upon graduation from high school.
I had a friend who majored in Business who didn’t even know what LinkedIn was! Crazy I know! So like anything you get into, go ahead and do your research but it in my opinion, it can only help.
An example how LinkedIn has helped me
I remember when I was applying for out of state internships from this past summer, I utilized LinkedIn to help me find past interns who interned with the companies I was applying for, i.e. Wendy Williams Show and MTV Networks. Luckily I was able to find a few profiles of past interns who interned in the same department I interned in at MTV/Viacom. Although everyone will have different experiences while interning especially within the same company or department, I wanted to get feedback from someone who has been there prior to me, someone who could give me a heads up or even tell me words of advice or things they would do differently, because of LinkedIn I was able to talk to former interns who gave me some advice.
Tips when using LinkedIn
Remember this is a professional networking site. When adding other professionals to your network, it is good to change the generic
message with your own message, just shows a personal touch. I think adding past/current interns, co-workers, or intern supervisors will be
beneficial to staying connected with each other. You’ll be able to see updates on
where they’re working now and what they do. I personally have my LinkedIn web address included in my signature on my
professional email. So if I’m emailing a potential intern supervisor or client, with a click of a button they’ll be able to see my work history/credentials without having to ask for a copy of a resume.
All in all, I love the purpose of LinkedIn. It has only helped me in my networking journey. If you are serious about your future, love to network and wanting to connect with professionals I suggest you create a profile today! Did I mention it is free!