[Instructors: We’ve provided a blank student worksheet at the bottom of this post.]
Millions of employers use LinkedIn to find new hires, so completing a LinkedIn Profile and About section—a textbox at the top of the LinkedIn Profile that acts as an overview of your skills and abilities—is a mandatory aspect of any job search. Examine the sample below. Then use the worksheet to compile information you’ll need to create a compelling LinkedIn Profile, including the About section (formerly called Summary).
LinkedIn Profile and About Example
|Headline (220 characters maximum)
|Answer What are you doing now? and What do you hope to do?||UNC Econ Major and Aspiring Financial Analyst Seeks NGO Internship|
|Summary (2600 characters maximum)||Describe what motivates you, what you’re good at, and what you hope comes next: Tips:
||I’m a senior in Econ at UNC with a passion for numbers and analytics and strong desire to work in a company that practices effective altruism. As a member of my school’s investment club, my research prowess helped increase our investment return by 18%, which helped fund a local food bank. Currently I’m finishing up my degree and working 20 hours/week gathering and analyzing data for a green funding organization. When I’m not working, I play tennis at a ranked amateur level.
A skilled writer and great communicator, I’m actively looking for an internship in a company that believes we can save the planet by funding the right kinds of organizations. I’m anxious to do my part.
|List experience (jobs, internships, volunteering, pro sports)||Include complete information for each entry (name of company; location; title; dates worked)||Marin Bank & Trust, Marin, CA. Wealth Management Intern, 2021-2022.|
|Include any computer-related skills/knowledge, languages. Skills are broken into these areas:
|Education information||School, degree(s), major/minor, certificates
|Clemson University, BS, Marketing, School of Business, 2022.|