Building a Great Student Profile on LinkedIn

Building a Great Student Profile on LinkedIn

Showcase your experience and professional interests on LinkedIn with this step-by-step guide.

A strong student profile will help you make a great impression with recruiters and potential employers. Before publishing your profile, ask yourself: Have you covered all of these important steps?

1. Write an Informative Profile Headline
Your headline is a short, memorable professional slogan such as “Honors student seeking marketing position.” Check out the profiles of students and recent alumni you admire for ideas.

2. Pick an Appropriate Photo
LinkedIn isn’t Facebook. Upload a high-quality photo (your profile will be seven times more likely to be viewed) of you alone, professionally dressed. No party shots, cartoon avatars or puppy pics!

3. Show off Your Education
Include all your schools, major(s) and minor, courses and study-abroad or summer programs. Don’t be shy – LinkedIn is an appropriate place to show off your GPA, test scores, and honors or awards.

4. Develop a Professional Summary
Your Summary statement is like the first few paragraphs of your best-written cover letter: concise and confident about your qualifications and goals. Include relevant work and extracurriculars.

5. Fill the Skills & Expertise Section with Keywords
This section is the place to include keywords and phrases that recruiters search for. Find relevant ones in job listings that appeal to you and profiles of people who have the kinds of roles you want.

6. Update Your Status Regularly
Posting updates helps you stay on your network’s radar and build your professional image. Mention your projects, professional books or articles, or events you’re attending. Many recruiters read your feed!

7. Show Your Connectedness
Groups you join appear at the bottom of your profile. Joining some shows that you want to engage in professional communities and learn the lingo. Start with your university and industry groups.

8. Collect Diverse Recommendations
The best profiles have at least one recommendation for each position a person has held. Recruiters are most impressed by recommendations from people who have directly managed you.

9. Claim Your Unique LinkedIn URL
To increase the professional results that appear when people search for you online, set your LinkedIn profile to “public” and create a unique URL (e.g.,

10. Share Your Work
You can also add actual examples of your writing, design work or other accomplishments on your profile, where you can share rich media or documents. What better way to sell your skills than to show employers exactly what you can produce?

Use this at-your-fingertips reference guide for creating a profile that will make a lasting impression!


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