The world’s largest professional network of over 600 million users and over 30 million employers!
Network with professionals, build your professional brand, find jobs and internships, explore career paths, employers, get inspired.
Learn how to create a profile that will increase your credibility, profile views, connections requests, and chances of being discovered for relevant jobs.
Use LinkedIn to explore careers paths, learn about employers, search for job and internship opportunities, and build your network of potential referrals.
A fast and easy way to access all the functionality of LinkedIn – anytime, anywhere.
Why should I use LinkedIn?
It’s the largest professional networking site—with over 600 million professionals—that you can use for:
LinkedIn connects college students with professionals in their field of interest, opening doors for mentorship and career opportunities.
It serves as a powerful platform for finding internships, part-time jobs, and entry-level positions.
Building a strong LinkedIn profile showcases skills, experiences, and achievements, enhancing students' professional image.
Follow companies and industry leaders to stay updated on trends, news, and relevant information.
LinkedIn Learning offers a wide range of courses to enhance students' knowledge and skills.
Facilitates connections with alumni who can offer guidance and advice in navigating post-college life.
Receive recommendations from professors, employers, and colleagues, boosting your credibility.
Groups and forums on LinkedIn allow students to join conversations and connect with like-minded individuals.
Employers actively use LinkedIn to search for and connect with potential candidates, increasing students' visibility.
Engaging with professionals on LinkedIn exposes students to diverse perspectives and encourages personal and professional growth.
Discover internship and job opportunities through referrals from your LinkedIn connections.
LinkedIn allows students to highlight their projects, research papers, and creative work, gaining recognition and feedback.
Connect with professors and researchers at graduate schools they may be interested in attending.
Students interested in starting their own businesses can connect with potential partners, investors, and mentors on LinkedIn.
Offers webinars, workshops, and resources to enhance students' professional skills and knowledge.
LinkedIn promotes industry events and conferences, providing opportunities for students to attend and network with professionals.
Creating a Strong LinkedIn Profile
Complete LinkedIn profiles are 40% more likely to be viewed by others!
Profiles with a photo get 21x more views and 9x more connection requests than those without!
- Choose a photo that looks like you
- Put your face in the center of the frame
- Practice your facial expression
- Wear what you’d wear to work
- Choose a non-distracting background
View more Tips for Taking a Professional LinkedIn Profile Photo to take an engaging photo!
And don’t forget to include a background photo! Here are some ideas.
And…the Career Services Center is also providing free professional photos!! Click here to learn more.
Aside from your photo, your headline is the single most important factor to making a strong first impression. Make your headline more than your current job or education status!
- Make it quick
- Make it catchy
- Make it you
View more tips and examples from LinkedIn: Eye-Catching LinkedIn Profile Headlines to Inspire Your Own.
Create a summary that tells your story—and be yourself!
- Make it about you
- Tell a story
- Write in the first person
View more tips and examples from LinkedIn: LinkedIn Profile Summaries That We Love (And How to Boost Your Own)
Create a compelling experience section to showcase your skills and make a strong impression on potential employers, colleagues, and connections.
- Include relevant positions
- Use action-oriented language
- Highlight achievements and impact
- Tailor you content
- Be concise and relevant
Build credibility with references
- Aid their memory (include notes for your reference to help guide them)
- Highlight your abilities
- Make it personal
Connect & Engage
Start connecting with people you already know today!
- Fellow Students
- WWU Staff
- WWU Faculty
Connect with professionals that:
- Recruiting for a job, industry, employer you’re interested in
- Work in an industry you’d like to explore
- Currently, or used to, work at an organization where you’re interested in working
- Have an interesting career path you want to learn about
- Graduated from WWU
- Are connected to your 1st connections
- Share content on a topic of interest
- Are members in a mutual group
- Live in an area where you’d like to relocate
What to include (in 300 characters or less)
- Personalized greeting
- How you know them
- Why you want to connect
- Polite sign off
Need some examples? Here are 6 message templates for LinkedIn Connection Request Success.
- Follow Companies (especially if you want to work there)
- Join Groups
- Follow Influencers
- Subscribe to Newsletters
- Connect with Schools
- Engage: Like, Comment, Repost, Send
- Create: Posts, Articles, Videos
- Give & Receive: Recommendations
- Communicate: Messaging
- Meet: Informational Interview
Job & Internship Search
Use LinkedIn to research the organization and the people who work there.
Pro Tip: Reach out to people to ask them for an informational interview to learn more about the:
Search for jobs and internships using LinkedIn’s extensive database of jobs and extensive search filters. Here are some key filters to utilize:
- Job title
- Job function
- Date posted
- Experience level
- Under 10 applicants
- In your network
- Message or connect with the hiring team (job poster) if they’ve included their name on the posting
- See how your skills match those added by the job poster
- Set up & manage job alerts
- Find jobs directly from company’s LinkedIn page
- To find hiring managers, use “hiring” as a Title keyword in the People Filters
- Go directly to the Company page
Check out this webinar from a WWU alum!