Make the most of the largest professional social networking platform, LinkedIn, by engaging with the resources and tips linked below. With over 900 million people on LinkedIn, including 40 million recent graduates and current students, use the tips below to stand out and and highlight your unique skills. Also 87% of recruiters use LinkedIn to vet job candidates (Recruiter Nation Survey, Jobvite). 

Use LinkedIn to: Locate & connect with organizations, Stay in touch with contacts, Join groups to expand your network, Explore career paths of UMD alumni, Advertise your professional brand. Get started with the LinkedIn Profile Checklist for BSOS Majors.

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Use LinkedIn's Alumni tool to explore career path options. View a tutorial video for the tool.

Consider your skills & add them to your profile. 

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UMD students, faculty, and staff have free access to Linkedin Learning, an online learning service that can help professionals learn software, design, and business skills to achieve their personal and professional goals. 

Curated LinkedIn Learning videos for BSOS students:

Add a new skill (sample topics below): 

  • Analytics
  • Big Data
  • Data Analytics
  • Data Science Tools
  • Finance
  • Photoshop & Lightroom
  • Python
  • R for Data Science 
  • Web Design 

Setting tips to increase your visibility, Business 2 Community 

Manage your privacy- read this BEFORE connecting with professionals on LinkedIn

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