LinkedIn is a powerful tool for cultivating your network, job searching, and creating your personal brand. Make the most of it by getting connected with alumni and industry professionals.
Watch this video to discover the top 5 tips to get started on creating your profile.
Use this checklist to begin creating your profile and begin creating your personal brand.
LinkedIn Profile Checklist
Create Your Online Brand
Connect with Professionals
Join the UA Alumni Group as a student with over 30,000 members.
Use the LinkedIn Alumni Tool to search for UA alumni who work in your industry. You can add additional filters for city, company, and keywords. The alumni tool is a great way to discover companies in your industry, explore career paths, and to build your network with alumni in your field.
Joining LinkedIn groups related to your industry will also allow you to identify possible connections and opportunities.
UA LinkedIn Alumni Group
LinkedIn Alumni Tool
How to Network on LinkedIn
Reaching Out to People on LInkedIn
You should always personalize your message when you connect with someone on LinkedIn. Your message should be short, professional and clear. Mention any commonalities (like the UA, your fraternity or sorority, or mutual friends.) Don't sound pushy, demanding, or as if you're just looking for a job.
I found you on LinkedIn while looking for mechanical engineers in Chicago and I am hoping you would be willing to network with a fellow Wildcat. I am a junior at the University of Arizona and I am trying to learn more about engineering companies in the Midwest. Is there any chance I could ask you a question or two about your company, over the phone or email? And please let me know if I can ever help you!