Everything MCC Graduates Need to Know About Creating a LinkedIn Profile
Hi MCC Graduate, I’d like to join your LinkedIn Network.
Begin familiarizing yourself with the above message because LinkedIn is the current hottest trend in social networking for professionals and job hunting. With over 500 million users across the globe, LinkedIn has become a powerful resource to help you network and hopefully, get you hired!
What is LinkedIn?
LinkedIn was established in 2003, and can be accessed via the web or mobile app. It is currently one of the top social networking sites worldwide. LinkedIn is similar to Facebook and Twitter. However, it provides networking opportunities in a more professional setting. Users have the ability to customize their own profile in order to market themselves to potential employers and other professionals. According to LinkedIn, there are currently 40 million students and recent graduates connected on their site.
Milwaukee Career College graduates will have the opportunity to connect with other MCC students, career training instructors, potential employers and other professionals on LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a great tool to utilize throughout the course of career school training as well as after graduation from Milwaukee Career College. LinkedIn is an easy way to get your resume and professional experience in the hands of employers.
How to Establish a Great LinkedIn Profile
Step 1: Upload a profile picture. Profiles containing a picture are more likely to be viewed by employers. However, it is crucial that your profile picture is appropriate. This means no mirror pics, duck faces or red solo cups. It’s not required to have a professional headshot. A smiling photo from the shoulders up should do the trick!
Step 2: Create a concise and intriguing headline. Your headline is one of the first things potential employers will see. Possible headlines include “Surgical Technology Student at Milwaukee Career College” or “Aspiring Veterinary Technician.”
Step 3: Customize your information. Don’t overlook the summary section. This is the first place to sell yourself to potential employers. Give a quick overview of your professional aspirations, career training and notable experience. Be sure to include more detailed information in the experience and education sections. In these areas, you also have the option to include work examples such as videos, documents, presentation or photos. This allows you to showcase a few of your skills.
Step 4: Make it easy for potential employers to contact you. LinkedIn provides a section to include your email and phone number.
For more information on how to create a great LinkedIn profile, check out this Hubspot article!
How can LinkedIn help you?
LinkedIn can assist in your job search after you finish career training. Many employers post job listings directly into LinkedIn, making it your one-stop-shop for employment opportunities. You have the ability to save job listings that may be of interest to you in the future. LinkedIn will allow you to establish a strong network with professionals. LinkedIn also offers an interesting feature where you can make your profile directly into a resume. With LinkedIn, you have the opportunity to showcase your professional and educational accomplishments all in one place for employers to see.
Are you interested in earning a diploma with Milwaukee Career College? MCC offers hands-on career training programs for dental assistant, medical assistant, surgical technology and veterinary training. Milwaukee Career College also has a career services department dedicated to helping graduates find jobs after they complete career training.