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CREATING A LINKEDIN PROFILE

Are YOU LinkedIn? It’s an incredible networking tool that can connect you to more than 120,000 Syracuse University alumni and current students.
These quick tips will help you to use the tool to your full advantage.

NEW TO LINKEDIN?

Get started by going to linkedin.com and creating a profile. Make sure to add a profile picture and make your headline something more descriptive than “Student at Syracuse University.” Perhaps you can say “Aspiring Financial Planner at Syracuse University” or “Studying Public Relations at Syracuse University.”

Visit students.linkedin.com for help on filling out your profile and making it stand out.

 


JOIN GROUPS TO NETWORK SMARTER

Start by joining Syracuse University groups such as the Syracuse University Alumni Network, ’CuseConnect, and the group associated with your home college(s). You can start discussions and look for job opportunities. In a group, you can also search through the members and directly message alumni and other professionals who may be able to help you navigate your career path.

Ask for advice. Say you’re curious to hear how they got their first job out of college. Just be sure to never ask for a job outright.

MAXIMIZING THE ALUMNI TOOL

The alumni tool offers amazing insight into the career paths of Syracuse University alumni. You can access it by clicking the Network tab, then Find Alumni. From there, you can narrow your search results by years attended, where alumni live, where they work, what industry they’re in, what they studied at Syracuse University, what they’re skilled at, and more.
It’s a powerful way to do your research!

SAMPLE CONNECTION REQUEST

When you connect with someone on LinkedIn, make sure to personalize your request! Don’t send the generic “I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.” Here’s a sample:

Hi Jessica, I met you when you spoke at Syracuse University last night and I was so inspired by your career path and advice you shared. I really appreciate your offer to look over my resume. I’d love to be part of your LinkedIn network.
Thank you! Samantha

Whenever you want to connect with someone on LinkedIn, make sure you personalize all your requests!