On Tuesday, October 14, we held our second GBM of the semester. This GBM taught members the benefits and usefulness of LinkedIn as a professional networking tool. We debunked several myths associated with LinkedIn such as "No one is on LinkedIn" and "I only need LinkedIn if I'm looking for a job." Through a text-in survey during the GBM, we found out that a majority of club members were actually already on LinkedIn. Additionally, several board members shared that they created their LinkedIn accounts in their freshman year before the job search became crucial.
Many members asked insightful questions about how to best tailor their LinkedIn profiles to companies they were interested in and presenters Avi Crawford and Rashan Prailow shared the importance of joining LinkedIn groups. They also explained that it's okay to connect with recruiters and individuals at companies that you may not be so close to. LinkedIn helps to facilitate such connections.
Keep these tips in mind as you work on your LinkedIn account:
1.) Complete your profile. This way it shows up when companies Google search you.
2.) Be descriptive. Your LinkedIn is a chance to expand on who you are outside of your resume.
3.) Keep it professional. Have a professional photo to help build your personal brand.
4.) Stay connected. Aim for over 50 connections to grow your network.
Throughout the GBM, we took personal photos for club members who wanted to update their LinkedIn profiles.
Abner's Cheesesteaks was served.