LinkedIn Resources for the Job Search

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Think of LinkedIn as the dynamic, interactive version of your resume, your professional social media account, and database of your contacts and connections. When a recruiter searches your name online, your LinkedIn profile may be the first result, so it should reflect how you want to be known professionally. 
 
How can you use the platform to your advantage and make the world’s largest professional network a little bit smaller?
 
  • First, you need to create and maintain your LinkedIn profile.  If you want recruiters to click on your profile, you'll want to load a profile picture.  LinkedIn has tips for selecting the right picture.
  • Compose a headline that focuses on your career and industry interests.  For example, "Mechanical Engineering Student - Formula SAE Team Member - Alternative Fule Researcher"
  • Write a summary for your About section that tells recruiters a little bit about youreslf, what kind of opportunities you're seeking, and what skills and experience you bring to the table.  See examples on pages 2 and 3 in the LinkedIn Tips for Students handout.
  • LinkedIn has sections for your professional work experience, organizational involvement, education, volunteer work, skills, awards, courses, and projects.  Add smaples of your work by uploading photos, presentations, videos, and web pages.
  • You can indicate to employers that you are job searching by using the Open to Work frame for your profile photo – just click on the photo and select Frames to select either “Open to Work”
  • Create a custom LinkedIn URL with your name (Displays nicely on a resume).  
  • Reach out to your family, friends, classmates, professors, and former supervisors.
  • Connect with UMD Alumni (view a short YouTube video for specific tips).
  • Connections can "endorse" you for skills you've listed and others they think you have.  For example, a project teamember might endorse your technical writing or presentation skills.
  • Request recommendations from connections you know well.  Ask managers, professors, or classmates who've worked wclosely with you to write a recommendation. This gives extra credibility to your strengths and skills.
  • Join LinkedIn groups of interest, and follow companies in your preferred industry.
  • Beware the “easy” connection tools.  When you want to connect with someone, go to their profile before you click Connect, so you can send a short personalized message.  See page 4 of the LinkedIn Tips for Students handout.  Clicking Connect from a suggested contact list will spam the person with a generic message that they are less likely to respond to.
  • Focus on the 1st & 2nd degrees.  Your friends and roommates today will be your colleagues and clients tomorrow. You can also use the alumni search to identify potential contacts. 
  • Ask for advice.  Use LinkedIn to set up informational interviews with alumni or other acquaintances that are not on Terrapins Connect. You can ask about your contact’s career path, or about useful skills and activities. Refrain from asking your recent acquaintances for a job. Send a thank you note after your conversation. 

You can upload images, files, and hyperlinks to your Linkedin profile in the experience and education sections.  This feature allows you to illustrate your engineering skills through samples.  Demonstrate your abilities instead of just writing about them.  Check out the article below to learn how to add examples of your work to your profile.

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LinkedIn Learning, provides free online courses in a variety of technical and behavioral skills that can enhance your resume and round out your skillset. It is free for all University of Maryland students when you log in with your @umd.edu email address (your @terpmail account will not work).

Find information on how to set up a LinkedIn profile and tips for making professional connections through the platform on our Job Search Handouts page, under the Networking & the Hidden Job Market tab.

LinkedIn Learning, provides free online courses in a variety of technical and behavioral skills that can enhance your resume and round out your skillset. It is free for all University of Maryland students when you log in with your @umd.edu address. (Logging in with your @terpmail account will not work.)  If you connect your LinkedIn account to LinkedIn Learning (through your settings), then you can add a badge to your LinkedIn account to prove that you finished it. 

When should I use LinkedIn Learning?

LinkedIn Learning is a great tool to use over your breaks to continue developing and practicing technical skills.  If you are interested in jobs that seek a technical skill that you need, you can use LinkedIn Learning at any point to develop that skill so you can add it to your resume.  If you have an interview coming up, there are a variety of courses directed toward practicing technical and behavioral interview skills.

What LinkedIn Learning courses should I take?

Below, we have a list of recommended courses for different engineering majors. Of course, you know yourself best and can take whatever classes suit your needs.

Aerospace Engineering

Bioengineering

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Civil Engineering

Computer Science and Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Environmental Engineering

Fire Protection Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering

Mechanical Engineering


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