Professional networking sites are key to career advancement during the pandemic


Juana Garcia / The Cougar

In these unprecedented times when our interactions with others are severely restricted, technology and social networking sites keep us connected. Although sometimes overlooked by students, professional networking sites like LinkedIn are a great way to build and maintain connections.

Most business owners are encouraged to have an active LinkedIn profile because it’s one of the best ways to build a professional network. However, few other colleges encourage their students to be active on LinkedIn.

For any students who aren’t already on LinkedIn, here are some of the most compelling reasons why you should create and continually update your professional networking profile:

The first professional step

Most college students have little or no experience in professional settings, which means that once we leave college, we won’t have the tools to participate in serious settings.

Joining LinkedIn or any other professional networking site is the first step towards the professional world, because it can make you want to pursue a career after university.

Having an end goal in mind will help you stay on track throughout college because you’ll have a better idea of ​​what you’re working towards.

If you’re not sure what you want to pursue after college, connecting with professionals from different fields can help you better understand what certain jobs entail, so don’t be afraid to browse and search for different paths.

Make Connections

By joining a professional networking site like LinkedIn, students can Connections with professionals in their field of interest, seek mentorships and even find jobs.

This pandemic has forced us to physically distance ourselves, but these sites give us the opportunity to continue to build our professional network and bond that we would otherwise have made in person.

More than just a CV

College is the best time to write your resume. you are learning and hopefully participating in your area of ​​interest and now is the time to show future employers what you are capable of.

Your profile should be more than just a document containing dates and information about you.

Your profile must be a great CV! Have basic resume-worthy information available, but also include a portfolio of your best work, professional-looking photos of yourself, your plans for the future, and why you’re interested in your field of work. studies.

This additional information will present a much more accurate picture of yourself and help potential employers get a better idea of ​​who you are.

Creating a profile early on will help you gradually build your portfolio and resume, connect with peers and mentors, and practice professional interactions with others.

The job market is incredibly competitive as more and more people find themselves unemployed, Preparing and perfecting a professional profile online will give you a head start when looking for jobs in the future.

Making a profile is the first step towards better preparing for your career, however, maintaining that profile is just as important as creating it.

Once you’ve created your profile, don’t forget to constantly update it with your latest accomplishments so your growing network can see what you’re up to.

Gina Medina is a senior journalist who can be reached at [email protected]

Key words: career development, LinkedIn, networking, professional network


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