How do you advertise your profile amongst so many professionals while you are still only a college student? And what might professionals learn about their own LinkedIn profile optimization from my advice to college students? Listen on for the details!
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Let's go. Welcome to the Maximize your social podcast. Follow me. Discover the latest social media marketing techniques from the world's leading experts from top to bottom. This is the podcast where business professionals come together to master social media without all the confusing mumbo jumbo. With no further ado. Turn it out. Here's your host, the one and only Neil Shaper. This is meal Schaefer and welcome to another addition of Maximize Your Social. Today we're going to shift gears a little bit, and I want to talk specifically about linked in and more specifically because I have friends, relatives who are college students on there, either still in college or about the Graduate. I want to take a look at linked in through the perspective of a student. Actually, this could even be a high school student. But even if you're professional, even if your social seller, even if you're a marketer, I do believe the advice in this podcast will be relevant for you as well. So make sure you listen to the end, even though it's really going to be looking at linked into the eyes of those that are absolutely brand new. So you're in college, your student, your professional you've heard all about linked in You've heard that linked in is the place where you sort of make connections on it's the place to sort of reach out and contact people. So yes, it ISS. And in fact, there are those that don't even use lengthen that do very well in life in their career. But obviously thinking is where decision makers are right. People that are executives in businesses that are leaders in their field professionals in general. I think that LinkedIn says that 3/4 of all working professionals we're unlinked in and older people, huh? Compared to Gen Z, older people treat linked in differently as well. So you know you can try to reach out to someone on Facebook, But chances are, if they're professional, they may not accept your friend request. However, when we look at linked in AA, lot of people will remove their personal relationships from Lincoln and say, You know what? Even if I don't know you, if you're another professional and there seems a good reason to connect, I'll connect with you. So this is why professionally speaking, right? If you want to reach out to other college students would have you. Instagram may be your best bet right now, right? Or even, you know, tic tac or Snapchat, whatever using. But if you want to reach out to people in the thirties forties fifties professionals and get to know them on a professional basis, that's where Lincoln is going to make the most sense. Hopefully, this all makes sense right now. Compared to other social networks, what is different about linked in compared to instagram or your chick Dockers. Now Chad is that linked in represents the most complete professional profile of who you are, more than any other social network so linked in gives you the ability to enter an incredible amount of information about yourself. And it is really, really important that even as a college student who may not have a lot of professional information, you need to completely fill it out the best you can. And I'm gonna give you some targeted advice as to how you go about doing that throughout this podcast. But it really begins with the mindset of why we're using thinking how we can use linked in professionally, even if we're in college or high school differently than other social networks, but also the centerpiece that becomes your LinkedIn profile. And here's the thing. No matter what you do on linked in right, no matter who you reach out to, everybody's first gonna look your profile. They're gonna look you over right there. They're going to see what is this person about? And that's why that profile becomes important, like any other social network. If someone was it a friend, you on instagram and you went to the profile and they had no description and you had no and they had no posts, and they were following 2000 people and only had 100 followers, and they were private profile. You probably wouldn't follow them back, right? That same concept of sort of credibility and social proof applies the linked in as well. So with that in mind, let's dive a little bit deeper now. As I would tell professionals, your LinkedIn profile really represents your inbound marketing. It's not a resume. Okay, is a representation of who you are, Um, and where you want to go? This is gonna be really important for you as a college student or high school student where do you want to go to your career? You need to be able to determine this because if you cannot determine this, then your profile is not gonna have the right branding. When you reach out to people, they won't know why they should respond to you or connect with you. So this is why if you're in college Hey, there's people in their thirties or forties or fifties. You still don't want to know what? What do you want to do when they grow up? So it's OK, but the important thing here is that if you're in college, you need to decide on a path that is going to best represent you on Lincoln. You can change that path as often as you want, right? But if you are looking for a summer internship in a certain industry in a certain part of the country, you're gonna want to talk about that, and you're gonna want to showcase your experience and what you're studying that proves that this is what you want to d'oh! You know, case in point. When I was in college, we did not have linked in. In fact, we barely had email aging myself here. But if I was in college on we had linked in, I was originally an art history major, so I would be looking for internships in art history. In fact, I did do an internship at the Whitney Museum of Art. New York City is what, as a museum of contemporary art here in Los Angeles. But I would put on my profile. It would be all about art history, right? All of my experiences that classes I'm studying in our history, it would be in my profile, you know? Yeah. Learning about what it takes to become a curator in a museum. Um, you know, looking for internships at museums across the United States, the summer. Whatever it is, these are the things right that will make it really, really effective when you reach out to people that might be able to help you or that might actually work at museums. So hopefully this is all making sense, because that branding that you wanna have based on your next immediate goal if you're already looking for a job, you probably have an idea. What industry? What role? What location? It's gonna be even better. But even if you don't think about what you want to do over winter break over summer break is their internship. You want to do? Maybe during the school year you wanted to an internship. You want to find a part time job that can lead to a full time opportunity in the future, Whatever it is, that's gonna be your branding. So this is gonna be part of a block post. And it's funny because I wrote this block post some time ago and my well, one of my nieces mentioned that it was actually like she found this block post and in the Google search results. So it's still doing really well. But this is something that I wrote a decade ago that I'm actually going to republish with refreshed or revised information because it is still relevant, right? So let's now look at your profile and let's go from top to bottom of the things you should be doing. Okay, starting with the very top of your profile. If you don't know how to access your profile, go to the home page on LinkedIn. Hopefully, you've already signed up for the platform. Needless to say, uh, coated home page and on the left, you'll see a picture of yourself of your profile avatar or picture in a circle. You'll want to click on that because that will take you back to your profile. And whatever you do on your profile, you're gonna be able to edit it all in this page. You should see ah, pencil icon appear underneath your headline image. There's another pencil mark that appears under the about section, and there are further pencil marks that appear underneath your experience. Your education would have you as you scroll down as well. You should notice on the right. There's in my apologies. I'm doing this from the desktop version. Mobile app is gonna be slightly different, but all the tools that allow you to edit the same areas are all there. You just may have to go into the settings to find them, but there is actually an ad profile section that you can tap into it. I'm gonna talk about that near the end of this podcast just so that you have all the ideas for what you can do now. That being said, the last time I did a social selling training which is using Lincoln for sales. There were some functionality that was not on the mobile app yet was on the desktop. So I highly recommend that when editing your Lincoln profile, you use a desktop. The other reason I recommend you do this is that a lot of decision makers and executives and older generations are using Lincoln still from the desktop, not from a mobile phone. Younger generations tend to use things and more from the AP, as you would imagine. So it's another reason to be able to see your profile the way that they would see your profile. So let's keep going here at the very top there, you're going to see an image. What think them will do it automatically populate your account with, sort of, you know, an image that's just like, you know, wall ardor or it's just a generic graphic image. You're gonna want to change that image to something that is important to you. So one of my clients works in, Um, I'm trying to remember it was a high tech industry wasn't artificial intelligence, but it was sort of related to that. But it was all about leveraging next generation advanced technology for, um, for businesses. So I worked with him to create an image that showed what he was doing was at the cutting edge of technology. And if you can't visualize this, just going to Google into an image search for cutting edge technology and you'll find lots of ideas Now you can't use those images for your own background image. Or I believe that would be the name to call it a background image. Your cover photo. If you have a photo of yourself that shows you doing what you want to do, right? So if you are into politics and you're like interviewing a leading politician, that might be a great photo to put up there. If you want to work in a non profit and you're already active working on the front lines for the nonprofit, that might be a great image. If you want to go into marketing or you want to go into finance or whatever it might be if you don't have the image, there are a few free photo sites that you can actually use images for for absolutely free. My favorite sites are picks up a P I X, a B A Y, and I'm gonna put the links in the block post as well. It's a highly recommend that you check that out there called picks obey or unspool Ash Yuen Spls, the U. N s P L A s h dot com, or packs of P e x e l s dot com and any one of these sites is gonna give you really, really high quality background images that you can use at the top of your Lincoln profile for your cover photo. I highly recommend you use something because that is gonna be when people come to your profile, the number one thing that they see below that. Now we have your own image, your own photo. This should be as professional as possible. I know you're still a student. You don't have to necessarily wear a suit but have something taken semi professionally by a friend. If you have a little money and you can go to a target studio or you get taken, have a nice looking background. But, you know, look at other people's photos on linked in to get a good idea, but you definitely want to make a great first impression on linked in like everywhere else. And that first impression is gonna come out through that photo of you in addition to that cover photo so going beneath that we have our name. And then we have what's called a professional headline summary. This professional headline summary, I think only gives you about 160 characters, so you need to be very, very short. But this is your number one opportunity to brand yourself, right? You want to include key words that are affiliated with what you want to d'oh um, next generation Wall Street banker looking for a challenging internship. That's a great headline that immediately talks about what you want to do but also give so on the understanding of where you're coming from, where you're going. Current senior at Stanford University Um, you know, developing new AI ai technology Looking for great company to work for that becomes very, very clear as to what is your objective for being on linked in but also who you are. What is your specialty? So you can put your university name in there the more prestigious the university of the better. But even if it's not a top 20 Ivy League school, if you wanna work locally where the university is located, regardless of how prestige it is or not, there will be local alumni that will represent that school, and that's why it makes sense most of the time to put the school name in there. It could be a major, could be the field you want to study and anything more specific as to your strength or what you what type of internship or where you want to go with your career after you go to college? This isn't art right? Branding truly isn't art. It's not something that you're gonna learn from, what podcast. So if you're ever wondering about you know what is the best way to do this? There's no one wrong or right answer. Uh, it's all sort of a gray zone that really comes down to you and your personal branding and the unique people that you're trying to attract. But I always recommend professionals or students to go in and look, do searches for other students at other universities right on and look at what they use for their professional headline. One way you can do this is to join groups, so Lincoln has communities. You know you have Facebook groups. Well, maybe you don't know, but Facebook has something called Groups, for those who matter are not in Facebook. But actually, if you go to work, which is a tab at the very top of once again, we're on the the desktop version. There is something called groups and in groups, your university or college or wherever you're going to school probably already has a linked in group that you can join and beginning the network not just with other students, but with alumni, A cz well, and you could begin to see some of the key words and some of the ways in which they brand their headlines as well. The other important thing to note here is if someone searches for you. So someone is looking to find a current university student that is majoring in something or that has some key word, they're going to do a linked in people search. And when they get the search results, the things that are gonna show our that professional photo of you your name and then that professional headline. So these are gonna be critical, right? He's gonna be critical to see if people click through and actually go to your profile or they go to perhaps one of your competitors profiles. So this is a great deal of the branding because a lot of people may not even go below that. So make the first impression count now, below that, there's still a lot of different things you can d'oh! But the 1st 1 is the about. Okay, the about section is basically you could write a few different paragraphs. I recommend you keep it short, succinct used bullet points or dashes or hyphens, or whatever you want to use to sort of point out important things. But this is gonna be if someone is interested in you. They're gonna look at your headlines right. Then they're going to go down the about section and learn more about you. And this is where you want to go into more depth about who you are, where your strengths are, what you're looking to do and why people should hire you, bring you on as an intern or just network with you, right? This, once again, is a branded section. Like I said, a few paragraphs, a few 100 words in length. There's no one right. A wrong answer here. But if you are, you know, if you're at all curious as to what others are doing. Like I said, try to search for other college students, either in a Lincoln group for your university or elsewhere. You know, I have an example for, for instance, in the block post. And I'm gonna keep this example. Ah, Sample Lincoln for Student Ling through Lincoln Profile. So Professional Hotline, Amherst College 2000 where I went to school 2019 graduate, looking for sales and marketing, entry level position in Japan international sales or marketing division of technology manufacturer. That's very vory distinct. A very, very concise and therefore, people that are looking at it. I know exactly what I'm looking to do now in the summary section. What did I d'oh. So the summary section, uh, this would be a sample paragraph once again. I'm gonna include this. Is that you can read it. Neil Schaefer. Uh, and in fact, now I'm gonna correct this because 1/3 person style is not what you want to do. You always want to talk and linked in in the first person. It's more authentic, and it actually, people engage with it better because they can. Actually, it almost sounds like you're talking to them. I am currently a senior at Amherst College, where a majoring in Asian studies and plan to graduate in May of 2019. I currently hold a 3.6 g. P. A. I have excelled in the studies of Asian cultures and languages, and I'm already acquiring proficiency in Mandarin Chinese and currently studying Japanese. So this goes into sort of the core of what I'm studying. Right then I talk about I've been involved on campus in a number of activities that showcase my initiative, my passion, including being a DJ at the college radio station, 89.3 W. M. H. A contributing writer to the college newspaper Amor student and organizing a photo exhibit on the Beijing Tiananmen demonstrations that I absolute that actually witnessed while I was studying abroad in Beijing my junior year in China. I am a believer in learning by doing, I plan to spend my summer after graduation, which I did at the International Christian University in an intensive Japanese class in Tokyo. In addition, Asian studies I also minored in art history were undertook to different internships that I referred to before. I am excellent in communicating with and understanding the understanding of different cultures. I take initiative and pursuing activities and internships. I possess an energetic and passionate personality that recognizes no boundaries. And I have a interest in business because I also recently took a class in accounting and finance currently looking for entry level sales and marketing position. I just sort of repeated my professional headline. So what you're doing here, you'll see that this summary that I wrote is divided into a few sections. The first section is This is what I'm doing. This is my immediate You know what I'm studying. I sort of threw my G p a. There that's not necessary at all. But this is what I'm studying and therefore this is why I'm pursuing this sort of job. I also talk about those activities I did on campus which showcased personality traits. Right? Part of branding is talking about your strengths, right? And your experience is the other part is how you are differentiated and other people, some sort of throwing out these different things that differentiate me and just you know, studying art history and working as an as an intern into museums was another way of differentiating myself with other people. In addition to the radio station, the college newspaper, everything that shows that was active in the community, I took initiative, and I have a lot of passions that can contribute to any company that I work out in the future. So that is the professional summary. You're probably already exhausted by this point, but a few other tips that I want to give you We've covered the main areas, but there's still a lot of other areas. You're gonna have your education experience. That's gonna be the easiest thing for you to do because you're gonna cover where you go to school, what you're majoring in. Are you part of any societies you know, really? Anything else that you might be able to talk about There, you want to make sure that you obviously talk about and, you know, use the real estate that linked and provide you if we keep on going down. Actually, for most people in most professionals, it's above education. This is where you talk about work experience. If you have experience as an intern. If you have part time work experience that showcases any strain that you may have, I highly recommend that you included as a work experience, even though you have not graduated yet from college, my daughter is currently tutoring. In fact, as I speak, she's tutoring, and my daughter is currently about to be in ninth grade. She's tutoring elementary school students that are first language Japanese speakers in how to in English, in English as a second language. That is gonna be something where she'll be able to put on, and she wants to become a teacher in the future. We'll see if that changes or not. But that's something that she should put on Arlington profile that she is already doing that. She's taking the initiative, and she's already building up experience. Working with, You know, English is the second leading would speak or some are relatively fluent, and some are not so fluent. So she's gaining an absolutely incredible experience in doing this. That would be something great to add to her work experience here on Lincoln. So once again, those things that especially tie into what you want to do, even if it was a few weeks sort of internship. Ah, highly recommend you put it in here. It's gonna gain you more visibility and LinkedIn. It's also going to give you more credibility and paint a fuller picture of who you are. So these are the main sections of Lincoln. You know, there are other things that you can do. So if you do volunteer activities, there's a separate section that Lincoln has for volunteer experiences that you should put in. If you have any certifications or licenses, you should put these in. Lincoln has an area for skills. So any skills related to what you're studying in university or skills that you've already attained that you think they're gonna help you at your next job. You definitely want to put those in. There are places for accomplishments, for coursework that you've taken projects, honors and awards test scores. If you speak foreign languages, these are not essential. But you know what I tell people? The engine profile. Just spend a day, okay, just x out a day and go through all the different sections, anything that applies to it at it. It's only going to help paint a fuller picture if you are. And I think that all these extra data points right. The volunteer things you did. There's certifications. If you have any, they will all add extra data points. Oh, wow. You know, I also volunteered out of sis teens when I was in high school. It's another data point that builds connection with people, and that's why I recommend you include all this. There's also the ability to request a recommendation. You need to connect with someone to do that, but I highly recommend if you've done an internship, if you work somewhere that you get a recommendation, maybe you get one from your college counselor or from professors. But I recommend that you try to get three recommendations from people that you've worked with, obviously, and ideally, hiring managers would be the best. But people that know you well that have credibility. It'll just help improve your own credibility as you begin to apply for internships and for jobs. So there's a few other things I wanted to point out before and this podcast well, two things I want to point out. So when I look at what people search for linked in for college students is part of my own S e O research. I realized that the professional summary is one thing, but the choice of industry is another one that often perplexes college students. So I want to talk a little bit about that, that there's one other thing I'm gonna talk about. So everybody has an industry, and it currently I don't think it shows actually, on the Lincoln profile. But it's something that when people are doing searches, it absolutely is relevant when you do a search as to what industry you are in. So if you go to the pencil mark and once again we're on the desktop version and for some reason, my my ringtone as I'm looking at my Lincoln profile, well, I'm recording this podcast, obviously, and it's not being very friendly. There you go. So there's an edit intro, which is the pencil mark. That's right below that cover photo on the right hand corner that I talked about. If you click this and you probably filled out this information when you created your Lincoln profile might have forgotten about it. But the two things I want to talk about here the 1st 1 is industry. This is the industry that you wanna work in. Okay, So I do not recommend you put like education as your industry. If you want to work in banking its banking, if you wanna work in as a teacher, an elementary school teacher, its primary secondary education. If you want to work in politics, it's political organization. And once you go to the, you know, scroll through all of these different industries, you should find one that is more relevant to you and what you want to do. And that is what I highly recommend you pick. The other one is location. So the knee jerk reaction is, Well, I'm going to school in Baltimore, Maryland. I'm just gonna put you know, my current address as my zip code. Uh, if you wanna work in Baltimore, that's great. But if you don't want to work in Baltimore and you want to work in Washington, D. C, I recommend you literally picked the zip code that the White House is in. And use that if you wanna work in midtown Manhattan or in Chelsea, that is the ZIP code you want to use. When people are looking for someone to hire or bring on as an intern, they're gonna be doing searches in location. And if you have your current location, which is irrelevant to where you actually want to do what you want to do, you will not be found. In fact, they may not even contact you. You know, we're looking for someone in New York, but this person came Oppa's Baltimore. We're just gonna look for local people that can come in and and maybe they have local housing. And we may not have toe, you know, help them with their apartment for a few weeks, that sort of thing. So those are, you know, the main strategic areas above and beyond that mindset, it's that cover photo, your own professional photo that branded headline, The professional Summary. The work experience that I talked about. You should do your own education experience, all those other additional things that you can flush out. If you have that information, the recommendations, the industry and the location that makes 10 things, those of the 10 things you should focus on, everything else forget about now. This is only step one in your journey because this is only the profile. How do you reach out and engage with other people. Well, I'm gonna put some links. Make sure you go to this block Post for the podcast on Neil schaefer dot com. And make sure you look for the title. Should be whatever I put in my LinkedIn profile from a college doing, I'm gonna put some links to some articles and a free e book I have that's gonna give you some great advice on where to go from there. Well, even if you're not a student, I hope you enjoy this podcast. My 1st 2 books I wrote we're unlinked in, so I am very proficient in the subject. And I enjoy speaking on I don't always get the opportunity to, but obviously you have any questions related to this Even if you're a college student? Definitely. Hit me up. Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn Just mentioned that you listen to my podcast and you want to connect me from there. The my LinkedIn profile is also on Neil schaefer dot com. That's n e a l s C h f f e r dot com and also obviously from the podcast, you should be able to access my website as well. So that's it for today. Hope you enjoyed the podcast. It feels really good and refreshing to recording again. I know that there was a hiatus I took, but I'm absolute concentration mode, and I'm really looking forward to sharing a lot of great content with you over the upcoming few weeks. So as I like to say, wherever you are in the world, make it a great social day. Good luck and bye bye, everybody. Thanks for listening to the maximize. Our social podcast makes your key and don't forget to subscribe. Rate the show on iTunes so others can enjoy it to someone to continue the conversation and empower your business through social media. 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