Have you joined the Digital Media Engagement Team (DME) and wondered what this “LinkedIn” everyone keeps talking about on Slack? Well, today, we will break down what LinkedIn is, and show you why DME interns should start LinkedIn profiles.
First launched in 2003, LinkedIn is an online social networking platform that allows professionals to network with other like-minded people, like your fellow DME interns. Why should you care about networking and connecting with others? Well, networking helps build relationships with others who are interested in the same career field. These relationships can prove valuable in future job searches, especially post-graduation. A professional LinkedIn profile is a valuable tool to advertise yourself. As online applications become more popular, your online presence is a way in which employers can review your qualifications and reach out to you.
LinkedIn also has a built-in job finder you can use to connect with new jobs. You can search for jobs based on companies, titles, skills, and even locations. You can read job descriptions and save jobs to apply to later. Based on the experiences and skills listed in your profile, LinkedIn can suggest jobs. These suggestions provide you a host of opportunities you may have never thought of.
Overall, LinkedIn’s job searching platform is intuitive, easy to use, and resourceful for anyone looking for jobs. So, what are you waiting for? Go make a LinkedIn profile and further your networking and career development!
Writer: Raymond Lin
Editors: Nathaniel Scott, Annabelle Colton, Jennifer Potter
Graphic Designer: Kiki Kelley