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Wondering what LinkedIn is?
LinkedIn connects you to your trusted contacts and helps you exchange knowledge, ideas, and opportunities with a broader network of professionals. Review the information below to learn how to set up your LinkedIn profile and fully utilize LinkedIn for networking and your job and/or internship search.

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How to use LinkedIn

Build Your On-line Identity:
  • Create a LinkedIn profile
  • Upload a professional appropriate photo.
  • Create a smart headline & summary.
  • Add strong recommendations.
  • Add your LinkedIn URL to your email signature line.
Find Your Career Passion: What do you want to be when you grow up?
  • Search terms that sound interesting on LinkedIn’s advanced search. (For example: sport management, human resources, social services, etc.)
  • Join groups related to any career interest you are considering.
  • Explore company pages.
Grow Your Professional Network: What if you don’t know any “real” professionals?
  • Add connections on LinkedIn.
  • Connect with family & friends.
  • Reach out to alumni & industry members.
  • Build and maintain new connections.
  • Join LinkedIn Groups such as the UMM Alumni Group.
Turn Relationships Into Opportunities: Can networking really help you get a job?
  • Reach out to your professional network.
  • Send a friendly message to your contacts on LinkedIn letting them know the type of opportunity you are most interested in.
  • Connect to LinkedIn job postings.
Nail the Interview: How can you sound like you know what you’re talking about?
  • Prepare for your interview using LinkedIn.
  • Find general company & employee information.
  • Review the profiles of the individuals who will be interviewing you.

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