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 www.sfecich.com/09 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:
· Education experience
· Work experience
First - join!
First, let's create an account. Simply go to https://www.linkedin.com/reg/join . 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?
List most recent experience first
Title of job
Description of job
Awards? - post them here
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?
Church groups, VBS, Summer volunteering
Honors and awards
Include title, date, and brief description of honored award.
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.
So, now what?
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!