College graduatesCongratulations, you did it!  You can finally say you have a college degree.  You get to frame it and put it on your wall in your home or future office.  It’s an exciting feeling and one you should be very proud of especially if you’re a mom.

Now it’s time to search for the right job affiliated with your degree.  A good place to start is Linkedin.  If you haven’t added your profile to this network you will want to get started ASAP. 

12 LinkedIn tips for professionals

According to Ari Herzog,  “there are 12 ways how you should use LinkedIn today.”  His tips are dated from 2009 but they are definitely still relevant tips that any college graduate should use to help get them get connected and noticed by other professionals.  Check out these 12 tips below: 

  1. Once you have created your LinkedIn profile, be sure to keep it updated.  You want your profile to appear at the top of LinkedIn search results.
  2. LinkedIn not ResumeIn or ResumePlace– So many individuals mistake this network as a way to advertise their resume.  Just put your job title or a brief description of what you do and that’s it.  You don’t want to bore potential employers.
  3. Be sure to write in the first person.  Pretend that you are introducing yourself like you would in person.  We most definitely would not introduce ourselves in the third person, especially at a job interview.
  4. Whatever photo you have uploaded elsewhere, use the same one on LinkedIn.  Keep your photo updated much like your profile. 
  5. Join as many groups as possible.  But, don’t overdo it.  This attracts potential clients, business partners, etc.
  6. Ask and answer as many questions as possible.  Engaging in the professional network will help you get noticed faster.
  7. Every connection request that comes in may not be worth adding.  Be sure you know you can trust whoever wants to try to connect with you.  Only add those you have begun communications with.
  8. You don’t have to be friends with someone on LinkedIn because you are connected on Facebook.  LinkedIn is a horse of a different color and cannot be mirrored.
  9. Recommend your connections.  Try recommending a friend, colleague, co-worker, teacher or student at least once a day, if possible.  The more recommendations you have by your name the more noticed you may become.
  10. After you recommended someone, ask for the favor in return.  Kind of like; “If I scratch your back will you scratch mine?” It’s a nice equal trade-off and it’s beneficial for everyone involved.
  11. Applications are suggested.  If you have a blog you would like to add to your LinkedIn page, do it.    There are a variety of applications you can add to make your LinkedIn page successful.
  12. Do not accept robot type invitations.  Tell a person why you want to connect with them on LinkedIn rather than just telling someone that you would like to add them to your professional network.  You will most likely get rejected if you go this route.  Being personable with your words is key.

If you currently do not have a LinkedIn account, you can sign up very easily and quickly.  It’s also free.  All you need to do is go to linkedin.com and sign up for an account.  Once you are in, create your profile and start browsing around.  If you currently have a linkedIn account and have a success story or tips to share, please feel free to share them with us.

If you want to get on the college degree bandwagon so that you can start using this professional network, go to our list of online schools here on classesandcareers.com.  Good luck and reach for your goals.  You can do it.

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