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How to make your LinkedIn profile shine for STEM graduate employers

LinkedIn is a top place for STEM graduates to showcase their smarts and connect with prospective employers — here’s how to do it

Is LinkedIn your happy place for social media?  If not, and you’re getting ready to enter the workforce, now’s the time to get busy CEO’ing your profile.

It’s positive, celebratory, and some even say wholesome, and, according to LinkedIn, Gen Z is one of the fastest growing groups on it.

So what makes for a good LinkedIn profile, one that STEM employers will be drawn to?

Here are our top tips for using LinkedIn like a boss.

#1 Use a professional photo

A pic with good lighting, clearly showing your head and shoulders is far better than that long-distance holiday snap from first year.

#2 Write a compelling headline

Craft a compelling headline that reflects your career goals and key skills. Tell people what sets you apart.

#3 STEM your summary section

Write a concise but engaging summary that showcases your passion for STEM and what you can bring to potential employers. Highlight your academic achievements, relevant coursework, and any extracurricular activities that demonstrate your skills.

#4 Lock in a custom URL

LinkedIn recommends you customise your profile URL to include your name, making it easier for others to find you.

#5 Include all your education

Highlight your university degree(s), major, and any academic honors. Include relevant projects, internships, or research experiences. Don’t forget to add your graduation date.

#6 Note skills and seek endorsements

List your relevant skills, and ask professors, classmates, or colleagues to endorse you for these skills. This adds credibility to your profile.

#7 Explain your work experience

While you may not have any direct STEM experience yet, don’t forget lots of skills from your hospo or other side gig may be transferable. Include any internships, part-time jobs, or volunteer work. Describe your responsibilities, accomplishments, and how these experiences contributed to your STEM skill set.

#8 Ask for recommendations

Request recommendations from professors, mentors, or supervisors who can speak to your abilities and work ethic. These testimonials can add a personal touch.

#9 Network like a pro

Connect with classmates, professors, and industry professionals. Engage with their posts, join relevant STEM groups, and participate in discussions to expand your network.

#10 Use keywords employers use

Incorporate industry-specific keywords in your profile, such as programming languages, scientific techniques, or engineering methodologies. This will make your profile more discoverable to recruiters searching for STEM talent.

And last but by no means least, don’t forget to adjust your privacy settings and consider your other public social media to balance your professional and social life and protect your personal brand.

You can also use LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest trends and developments in your specific STEM sector, and follow companies to receive updates on internships and jobs. 

Sharing relevant articles, commenting on industry updates, and demonstrating your engagement in the field can all impress prospective employers.

Good luck!

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