Use LinkedIn To Find Your Dream Internship Or Job
LinkedIn is by far the best social networking site to find your next big internship or job on! This blog talks about making your profile stands out, two ways that you can use LinkedIn, who should use LinkedIn and how to add MindSumo challenges to your LinkedIn profile.
MAKE YOUR PROFILE STAND OUT
Your LinkedIn acts as your personal value proposition during your job hunt. Start updating your profile by editing your intro (click the pen tool on the right side of your profile picture). What do you want your network to see alongside your name? Which industry are you interested in? Your profile headline should reflect the job you want, and not the job you currently have. Make sure to add a good summary of who you are, what you do and your top line goals.
Add Relevant Experience
Include all your relevant experience and projects that you have worked on in school and outside (MindSumo projects included!). When we say relevant, look at the dream internship/job you want and then select projects and internships that would resonate with a recruiter at that company.
Be descriptive! Under each position you include, make sure to elaborate your role and your contribution. Describe in a couple of sentences or bullet points what your role entailed. Remember to use action words that resonate with the audience you are targeting.
Add a professional profile picture and some additional zest with a cover photo. Make sure not to add add a picture that you took with a monkey at a zoo - save that for Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook. 🙂
Keep your profile simple and authentic!
TWO WAYS TO USE LINKEDIN
- Your Own Network
Build your network by adding your peers, professors/educators, professionals you’ve met at a networking event, an industry expert that came as a guest lecturer for your class or a professional you know personally.
One of the best ways to land your dream internship or job is by getting out there and speaking to people. Don’t be shy! Shoot a message to people in your network, or send a message to someone that works at your dream company. You can ask to connect with them via phone or over coffee to learn more about what it is like to work at that company, the prospects and growth potential and to get an insight into any potential job openings there. Use your 1st degree and 2nd degree connections to grow your own network or ask your 1st degree connection to make an introduction to someone they know.
- Job Postings On LinkedIn
Many companies post their job openings on LinkedIn. Some may divert you to their website or a 3rd party website to fill in your application. Others allow you to use your LinkedIn profile to submit your application.
Narrow down your search with the city you want to work in, the company you want to work at, the position you want to hold or the industry you want to be a part of. LinkedIn also uses your profile information to predict and match you to positions open in your city - browse through those to see if anything catches your eye!
WHO SHOULD USE LINKEDIN?
LinkedIn is a great tool to use to scout for jobs at big and small companies. Almost every professional today has a LinkedIn profile and almost every company has a LinkedIn page where they post their job openings. LinkedIn is also perfect for those of you that are just looking to network with people from your industry and/or want to connect to people that work at your dream company.
ADD YOUR MINDSUMO CHALLENGES TO LINKEDIN
If you’ve been using MindSumo for a while, you might have a good amount of relevant challenges in your Dojo that can add tons of value to your LinkedIn profile. If you are just starting to use MindSumo, don’t worry - start solving challenges that you find interesting, are related to your current major or challenges that show your brilliant creative problem solving skills.
How can you add your MindSumo projects?
Start by calling yourself a MindSumo Solver, MindSumo Innovator, Challenge Solver, Problem Solver or a Creative Problem solver. Our users add challenges in either under the "Projects" section or under the "Jobs" section.
Add a little brief about MindSumo, your role as a challenge solver, the kinds of projects you have worked on, your MindSumo leaderboard position and your earnings till date. You can include a link to your profile to direct recruiters to the list of challenges you have solved.
You can also be very specific and include just 3 or 4 of the top projects that you have worked on. Include the company name, challenge problem statement and reference the accomplishment for that particular project. Add it in as “Top 5% performer on the Amazon Alexa challenge - Build the Ultimate Game for Amazon Alexa” and “Top 10% performer on the Mercedes-Benz challenge - Propose a new digital service that makes life easier for drivers?”.
We know how hard it is to get a great internship or job as a student. Make your profile stand out with a summary your network cannot just glance over, relevant experience that they cannot look past and add that extra oomph with relevant MindSumo challenges that they cannot ignore.
We cannot wait for you to land that DREAM internship or job!