GUEST BLOG Katie R. Day,
Quinnipiac University School of Law, J.D. Candidate 2018
When I was in undergrad I constantly heard people talking up LinkedIn.
Every time I attended a networking event or a career tips panel, people were touting the benefits of the “professional” social networking site. I confess, I was skeptical. Despite my side gig as a social media manager, I’m not obsessed with social media. I understand their importance for brands, but I didn’t really understand the importance for my future career.
Flash forward a few months, I’d jumped on the bandwagon and set up a LinkedIn profile. I filled in my experiences (or what few experiences I had as a student), I added a nice headshot, I wrote a succinct summary, and then I waited. When I didn’t get 100s of connections or job offers out of the gate I felt a little discouraged. It seemed LinkedIn was helpful for everyone but me.
As time went on, I continued to build my page
I uploaded projects I had worked on, made note of awards I received in school, and shared articles about topics that interested me. And just as everyone said it would, my LinkedIn started generating job prospects.
At first it was just job opportunities popping up in my news feed. I started applying to those that interested me and ended up starting my social media management career before I even graduated from undergrad. As I kept building my profile and making more connections I started getting LinkedIn messages from recruiters and HR reps who thought I’d be a good fit for an open position. Not every lead worked out, but so far I’ve gotten two jobs that I’ve really enjoyed (and never would’ve applied for on my own) through people who reached out on LinkedIn.
I know, I know, I’ve turned into one of those people who talks up LinkedIn, and I promise to step off my soapbox soon, but I feel like I’d be remiss if I didn’t let you all know how important this resource has been to me.
I really believe that every law student should be on LinkedIn. You may not have extensive experience or high profile connections, but you have internship experience, extracurriculars, and classroom awards that deserve to be shown off. Make yourself visible to other attorneys and potential employers. You never know who you’ll impress or what opportunities might come your way!