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What Does Your LinkedIn Profile Picture Say About You?

By Donna Van Derveer

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Did you know LinkedIn profiles with pictures attract 50-70 percent more inquiries than profiles without pictures? And, according to Forbes, LinkedIn profiles with photos are seven times more likely to be clicked on than profiles without photos. If you’re on LinkedIn to get noticed and make professional connections, a quality professional photo is a must. You can get the most out of your LinkedIn profile by following simple picture guidelines.

 Keep it Professional: LinkedIn is NOT Facebook

  • Your photo should be a clear, close, front-facing shot where you look friendly and attentive.
  • Photos should be current as there are few things worse than meeting someone for the first time and not recognizing them because the profile photo is from 10 years ago (or longer)! If you are concerned about age discrimination, ask the photographer to capture your more youthful…

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Why Should I be on LinkedIn? Part II

By Donna Van Derveer

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Join groups
Joining groups on LinkedIn helps you stay in touch with former or current organizations, find people with similar interests, and participate in a professional online community. Being a part of a group extends your network, increases profile visibility, and promotes your brand. You can also stay in touch with alumni and past colleagues.

It’s who you know: Network, Network, Network
Do not wait until you graduate to begin networking. By making early connections with professors, classmates and alumni, you can start to build a network that will prove valuable both during and after college. Students often meet professionals at networking events and are asked to contact them after graduation. With LinkedIn you can request a connection to ensure they remember you and stay in touch.
Prepare for internship or job interviews
In an interview, you are…

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Why Should I be on LinkedIn? Part I

By Donna Van Derveer

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There are currently 200 million LinkedIn members in 200 countries and territories worldwide. According to a 2011 USA Today survey, only 35 percent of those members are college students. Many college students assume LinkedIn is only useful while in the workforce.  However, if you are still relying on old fashioned job search approaches, you are missing a chance to connect with employers around the world.
Students should not wait until graduation to reap the benefits of LinkedIn but should consider joining LinkedIn during their junior and senior years.  This popular networking site provides an opportunity to excel beyond the competition and break the invisible wall between you and future employers. Still not convinced? Take a look at these benefits of being a member on LinkedIn.
Introduce yourself to the professional world
LinkedIn profiles consist of sections that allow…

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