Many students use LinkedIn to share their skills and experiences with recruiters, network with alumni, and apply for entry-level jobs.
3 key elements to your profile
- A profile photo, ideally in color and from the chest or shoulders and up. Use a neutral or simple background and smile as it feels comfortable for you. LinkedIn profiles with photos are more likely to be visited than those without one.
- Update the “Headline”, the short line of text accompanying your name and photo. The Headline defaults to the most recent position you listed on your profile, such as “Student at UVA” or “Research Assistant in the XYZ Lab”. We recommend tailoring the Headline to your interests and skills, for example “Chemical Engineer interested in Materials Science, Textiles & Sustainability”.
- Add the experiences from your resume, along with those you may not have had room for. In addition to the broad “Experience” section, LinkedIn gives you the option to add sections for Projects, Volunteer Experiences, Coursework, and more.
I have a profile…now what?
- Use the Alumni Tool to learn the diverse academic and career paths of UVA Engineers. Filter by major as a student, current geographic location, employers (past and present), and industry. Browse profiles to gather ideas and consider reaching out to someone you'd like to learn from.
- Join groups like UVA Engineering Alumni and Friends, University of Virginia Alumni, Students and Friends, or those relevant to your field of study or industry of interest. TIP: You can message anyone in one of your groups for free!
- Search for internships or jobs across the country in your field of interest.
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