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Your guide to a lit LinkedIn Profile

Hello EduMagicians,

I’m here to share with you a special episode all about Linked In. This episode was adapted from a training session that I did with Deb Snyder, former president of AAEE. We did a whole training session all about LinkedIn. During this episode we will share tips and strategies for each part of the Linked In profile to make it shine for educator awesomeness. For those of you who are on the go please go to for a PDF of the tips shared and screenshot examples from my own profile to make a lit LinkeIn profile.

Now, I know some of you may be thinking Sam, why do I need another social media account? I have Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest. Do I really need Linkedin, what? YES! My friends you do! LinkedIn is that digital professional handshake. It is the extension of your resume, business card, and digital portfolio. This is something you can give someone at a job fair say on a business card or resume. It is just a great tool to have in your back pocket. Let’s start with WHY.

Why Linked In

· Connect with employers

· Find alumni

· Obtain endorsements

You can post:

· Resume

· Education experience

· Work experience

· Achievements

First - join!

First, let's create an account. Simply go to . You are going to fill in your information and click Join. After you created an account let's fine tune your professional LinkedIn profile. Your profile should include your first and last name, location, and a headline that showcases what you do and what are you are passionate about when it comes to teaching and learning.

  • Write this part LAST

  • Brief description of who you are

  • What you are excited about?

  • What have you done in the field of education?

  • What are your future plans?

Work experience
  • List most recent experience first

  • Title of job

  • Dates held

  • Description of job

  • Awards? - post them here

Think about:

  • Coaching?

  • Tutoring?

  • Camp counselor?

  • Field experience?

Education experience
  • Start with your bachelor’s degree

  • Consider adding certification areas

  • Include dates and location of college

Volunteer experience and causes
  • Post any volunteer experiences you have done

  • What areas of education are you excited/passionate about?

  • Think:

  • Church groups, VBS, Summer volunteering

Honors and awards
  • Include title, date, and brief description of honored award.

  • Teaching assistantship

  • Research assistantship

  • Awards

  • Grants

  • Dean’s List

  • Post skills you have that relate to your education major.

  • Think about 5 skills that can be endorsed by your connections

Bonus features to add to your lit LinkedIn Portfolio
  • Review privacy settings

  • You WANT to be found

  • Share: articles , tools, quotes and projects

  • Follow school districts you’re interested in

  • Use bio space to promote your professional goals

  • Connect with: alumni, professors, peers, organizations, past/future employers, individuals you meet at conferences

Friends hopefully you are not thinking, do I really need this? Absolutely you do. LinkedIn is your digital handshake. You can use it to build your professional learning network and enrich your professional development. You can increase your visibility online and build your professional, positive digital presences.

Additional resources

So, now what?
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Well, friends there you have it! Please make sure that you visit the FREE PDF download of the complete guide to make your LinkedIn Profile Lit here. I challenge you to really work on your LinkedIn profile - make it yours and make it shine! You got the EduMagic in YOU!

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