The Dreaded LinkedIn Summary…Some Tips for Students

linkedin-blunders1If you aren’t following the NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) blog, I highly encourage you to do so.  You don’t even need to work in Career Services to benefit.  There are great tips here for your own job search or general work with students.  Check out the following post about writing LinkedIn summaries.  Great stuff!

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Ross WadeRoss Wade, assistant director, Duke University Career Center
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Students understand more and more the power of LinkedIn, and the importance of not only being on LinkedIn, but also actually using it to successfully market themselves and connect with professionals. I feel like I’ve worked with a gazillion students on how to create an effective LinkedIn profile, and the one section that causes my students the most problems is that dang summary section! In advising sessions the following questions always come up: “Do I use first or third person?” “How long should it be?” “Should I discuss my passion for baking?” “Should I list skills…isn’t that redundant since there is that ‘Skills & Endorsements’ section already in my profile?” “Do I really even need a summary?”

Yes! Students should totally take advantage of the summary section!

Earlier this year…

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