LinkedIn Advice for Recent Graduates

Congratulations to the class of 2015!

As you head off to your new job, internship, graduate school or are still figuring out your next step, it’s important to remember to update your LinkedIn profile. When I was in grad school at Newhouse last year, I frequently met with Kim Brown, the assistant director for alumni programs in Career Services at Syracuse University. She knows basically every SU graduate in the world and what they’re doing, and she’s really great at connecting people with similar interests. She is also a LinkedIn expert, and has a lot of helpful tips for LinkedIn for recent grads. Below are a few of my favorite pieces of advice. (Using the correct form of “alumni” is one of my pet peeves!)

1. Use an attention-grabbing headline that tells people what you want to do.

2. Don’t ignore your summary – use this space to share your background, goals, and interests.

3. Know and use the correct form of the word “alumni” (e.g. Alumna = female graduate, Alumnus = male graduate, Alumnae = a group of female graduates, Alumni = a group of male graduates OR a group of male and female graduates).

**Note, a version of this blog post originally appeared on Text100's Text Appeal.

Kayla Holmes is an Account Executive at Text100 and a member of PRSA Rochester's Programming Committee. She is a recent graduate of SUNY Geneseo as well as Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications. You can connect with her on LinkedIn or learn more about her in PRSA Rochester's Advisory Network.


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