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A perfect LinkedIn profile? No such thing. What you need is a profile that is perfectly you. Let's take a look at the steps for making that perfectly tailored LinkedIn profile - -

  1.  Get clear on your audience. Think about who you are trying to impress. Going after a high-tech start-up job? Write for entrepreneurial techie types. Unsure? Create a strong general profile that shows you are a professionally minded student who is eager to learn.
  1. Use the headline to broadcast your ideal job. Your Summary headline doesn’t have to be a job title. The best student headlines promote who you are and what you want to do after graduation. Consider something similar to this: “American Business & Technology University honors student, and aspiring Information Technology professional.”
  1. Post a photo. Profiles with photos get viewed much more often than those without. Pick a professionally appropriate headshot of you alone.
  1. Show some passion. A LinkedIn profile is more than a resume. You can tell a story and be bold. Win points with employers for your enthusiasm about the job you want. For example, you might begin your Summary with, “I am a budding journalist who can hit the ground running in a newsroom.”
  1. Include keywords. Use keywords and phrases recruiters search for. Find examples from job descriptions you are going after, or profiles of people who have the jobs you want. Pepper these words throughout the Summary and Skills & Expertise sections.
  1. Be smart about adding sections. Complete the profile sections designed just for students, such as Courses (for anything related to your desired industry), Volunteer Experience & Causes (to help round you out), Projects, Languages, Certifications, and Organizations.
  1. Mention the most relevant experience. The Experience section can and should include internships, extracurricular activities, part-time positions, and volunteer work. It is okay to leave off experiences you are no longer interested in, or that don’t fit with your current goals.
  1. Ask for recommendations and endorsements. Request recommendations from bosses or teachers. Ask them to mention specific qualities and skills that align to your career goals (even a short recommendation is better than nothing). Any of your connections can now also endorse skills for jobs you want.
  1. Join LinkedIn Groups that line up with your goals. Group memberships appear on your profile, so even if you don’t have experience, they show you are credible and are actively building a network in your desired field. Start by searching the Groups directory.
  1. Check your work. As a final step, ask a professor, friend or family member (someone you trust) to review your profile. Ask if your reviewer can describe your goals just by looking at your profile. If the answer is “no,” then go back to the top of this list and start making revisions.