January 3, 2018
As I’ve been rebranding my site this month, I have thought a lot about the purpose of my blog.
There are two words I have used since the beginning to describe my passions: adventure and ambition.
As a college student, I think there is a unique perspective to write from; one that has some life experience, but also has a whole life ahead of them.
I desire to use this platform to write both about the adventures to be had in your early 20s like trendy breakfast spots yet understanding the significance of preparing well for a career.
There is an obvious tension here. Part of me wants to just coast through college. Invest all my time into my social life and be consumed with just having the most fun possible. I get that. It’s 4 years (or less) before starting in ‘the real world’.
But that’s where I start to get really passionate. I’d argue; “yes exactly it’s four years before starting ‘the real world,’” so you better set yourself up for success especially with so many good resources at your fingertips in college.
Balance is key here. There is room for both. I hope my blog is a place to be inspired to adventure yet equally awakened to the significance these years have on your personal career aspirations. How are you finding space for both adventure and ambition in your life?
If you’re reading this and haven’t made a LinkedIn profile yet. Stop & go do that first.
LinkedIn is especially beneficial to those looking for jobs in business and creative fields where connections are essential. Unlike other social platforms such as Instagram, it is a place to market yourself as a professional. LinkedIn is centralized space to list all of your hard-earned accomplishments and accreditations.
Visual elements bring your words to life and you have two spots to represent yourself. Make sure your photos are high quality and fit the kind of job you want to land.
A resume is one flat piece of paper. Take advantage of the option on LinkedIn to add components like videos and links to further showcase who you are.
This is a resume basic. Quantify your work. For example, “Trained 50 new employees in 2 years” or “Grew an Instagram account from 0 to 1,000 followers in 3 months”. Do this whenever possible!
Of course, make your profile as complete as possible by adding your education, volunteer experience, skills, asking for recommendations, and so on.
Since your LinkedIn in a more generalized and broad picture of your experiences and skills, you can pick and choose the activities to highlight on your specific resume that are relevant to the job you’re applying for.
Along with working on your profile, remember LinkedIn is a great place to be looking for internships. I have had great success setting up interviews with companies I wouldn’t otherwise have been able to interact with.
Through the feed, LinkedIn allows you to stay up to date on the latest in your industry. Also, update your status with projects you’ve been working on or a blog post you wrote. This will show you’re an active and engaged user.
Right now, as we are between semesters, use this time to build a solid profile, I promise you will soon see a return on your investment.
Got any other tips for making a LinkedIn profile? Comment below!