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The Top 3 Things High School Students Need to Include in Their LinkedIn Profile

You probably already have about a hundred and one different social media accounts and profiles, from Instagram to TikTok. But have you given any thought to LinkedIn?

Unlike other social media sites, LinkedIn is made especially for your professional side. It’s where people go to network, look for jobs, and form professional connections. Even if you’re still in high school, it’s definitely worth setting up a profile now, especially if you want to look for casual or part-time work.

Here are the top 3 things high school students need to include on their LinkedIn profile.

 

An appropriate profile picture

 

Because LinkedIn is a professional platform, your profile picture should be (you guessed it) more professional. The selfie of you and your mates from your Facebook page probably isn’t going to make the right impression.

Take a look at some profiles and you’ll see the pictures have a few things in common. An ideal profile picture for LinkedIn should be a head or half-body shot, wearing something smart looking, in front of a plain or uncluttered background.

 

A quick summary statement

 

While LinkedIn is mainly about your professional and educational achievements, potential connections and employers will still want to know a little bit about who you are.

Adding a summary at the beginning of your profile is a great way to show off your dreams, motivations, and passions. Make sure you use proper spelling and grammar to make the best possible impression.

 

Any skills you already have

 

Your LinkedIn profile will have a dedicated section for you to add your skills. Not only is it a great way for you to impress potential employers, your connections can also “endorse” your skills – so people know you’re the real deal.

Don’t forget to go back every now and then and add or update any new skills you’ve acquired.

 

Find out more

 

If you need some tips on filling in the rest of your profile, LinkedIn have created a handy checklist for students (with examples) you might like to check out.

Or you can find more job search tips on our website.

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