Have you ever “Googled” yourself? Whenever you apply for a job or other opportunity, chances are your interviewer will. Why not put your best self at the top of that search by making a great LinkedIn profile? LinkedIn is not just another social media platform; it is an essential networking tool for finding purposeful work, and this is especially relevant for Arts & Sciences students pursuing majors that are by design not pre-professional. Whether you don’t have a LinkedIn profile yet--or whether you do but it needs some work--it is never too early (or too late) to start building your professional story. If you’ve already completed Module 1 “Tell Me About Yourself” you are halfway there.
If you have a LinkedIn profile, you can join the C21 Career Network LinkedIn group, where you can:
Learn what will make your LinkedIn profile stand out. And if you don't have a LinkedIn account yet, it's easy. Start here.
Your picture doesn’t have to be a professional headshot, but it needs to be JUST YOU dressed in clothes you wouldn’t mind a professional looking at. Get a friend to take your picture outside, in good light.
Pro tip: Add a background picture that reflects something about you. This gives your profile a polish and highlights something in your story you want to stand out.
This can be as easy--and as basic--as "Student at the University of Washington" but remember: this is the first thing a potential employer or networking contact will read about you. How do you want to distinguish yourself in just a few words? (If you can't think of anything right now, don't worry--the beauty of LinkedIn is that you can always change it later.)
The "About" section is often referred to as the summary; next to your picture and headline this is the MOST important part of your profile! Think of it as a virtual expression of your elevator pitch. If you need help writing this, go back to the "Tell Me About Yourself" module and work through Step 1: "Build Your Self Story."
Congratulations! Now that you have a "starter" LinkedIn profile that tells a little bit about yourself you can join our LinkedIn career community.
In our LinkedIn group you can:
This online workshop offered by the UW Career & Internship Center gives more helpful best practices and tips about developing your profile and using LinkedIn.
You can also consult this more indepth LinkedIn guide
The question ”Tell me about yourself” might seem like just an icebreaker, but really it has an important purpose. It’s a signal to tell a concise and compelling self-story to give your listener a reason to help you--or hire you! In this module you will develop a self-story in a step-by-step format that you can use in interviews, networking events, or on Linked-In.