The Power Of LinkedIn In The Professional World
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The Power Of LinkedIn In The Professional World

LinkedIn is more than just another social media site, it's a necessary part of your professional life

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The Power Of LinkedIn In The Professional World
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If you are a college student, you have probably heard about LinkedIn. You may be thinking that LinkedIn is just another social media website that you shouldn't waste your time on. At first glance, it appears like Facebook, but with a more professional twist. Little did I know, LinkedIn is crucial for getting internships, jobs, networking, and doing anything in the professional arena. LinkedIn is more than just another social media site, it's a necessary part of your professional life.

Many college students do not think about making a LinkedIn account. We all come up with reasons why we shouldn't bother making an account. Maybe we are too young, too inexperienced, or too busy enjoying everything that college has to offer. Regardless of your age or professional experience, you should have a presence on LinkedIn. Without it, you will likely be bypassed by future employers for internships and jobs alike.

The most successful college students are the ones who set up a LinkedIn profile right after starting college. In all honesty, it is perfectly okay to set one up during your senior year of high school. The best thing about LinkedIn is that it helps you create a brand and name for yourself. It allows you to showcase your personal achievements and skill set for the rest of the world to see. There are likely countless students who have the same dream internship that you do. Oftentimes, having a presence on LinkedIn can set you apart from the crowd and turn your dream internship into reality.

I personally began my LinkedIn journey my senior year of high school. I graduated from high school four months early and went straight into an internship program. I quickly learned that LinkedIn holds immense power in the professional world. All of my coworkers at my internship were seasoned LinkedIn users. Even though my LinkedIn profile began as a list of my volunteer experiences and high school involvement, it still enabled me to create an image of who I am as a person. It allowed me to showcase my creativity, talents, and professional capabilities despite my young age.

Since creating my LinkedIn profile, I have had four internships. Every time I participate in an internship, I learn more about the importance of LinkedIn. It has allowed me to grow my professional network and share the experiences and awards I have received during my time in college. Once you create a LinkedIn profile you are able to tell how many potential employers are viewing your profile. You may just be discovered and asked to join a company that you didn't even know existed!

My best advice is to never underestimate the power of LinkedIn when creating your own professional presence. Every network you build and connection you make can propel you into the career of your dreams. If you start building your professional image today, you will be well on your way to a successful career. Regardless of your level of experience or age, LinkedIn is beneficial.

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