LinkedIn Basics for High School Students

Attention high school students - this one's for you!

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LinkedIn is basically your online "brag" sheet. It will eventually be your online resume & portfolio, helping you to showcase your skills, apply for jobs, and build connections. Just like a Yelp page makes a restaurant or a business look legit, your LinkedIn profile will do the same thing for your professional career (which will likely start in college so build your profile now!). 

Here are the basics to setting up a LinkedIn profile. 

  1. Upload a professional photo.
    • ear a business top
    • Take the picture during daytime
    • Frame your photo as a headshot (see example below)
  2. Add content to your profile. Examples include:
    • Jobs
    • Volunteering & service learning
    • Extracurricular activities
    • Leadership positions
    • Sports
    • Clubs
    • Talents
    • Awards & certificates
  3. Ask for endorsements and recommendations.
    • Ask for endorsements and recommendations from adults that can speak for the content you added to your profile.
    • This could be a teacher, counselor, advisor, boss (focus on professional connections rather than personal).
    • Make sure to thank the people that recommend you! They might not have a LinkedIn profile so if they make one just to help you out, I'd suggest giving them a small gift card or something. 😋
    • SENIORS: Get your endorsements and recommendations before you graduate! As time passes, it becomes harder and harder to get a hold of your former teachers so ask them now! 
Frame your professional photo like this. 

Frame your professional photo like this. 

A few more things to note:

  • You need to be at least 14 years of age to create a LinkedIn profile.
  • Your LinkedIn profile will not appear in Google and other search engines until you turn 18. 
  • Show an adult your profile and get feedback.
  • Make sure to include URL of your LinkedIn profile on your resumes, applications, or cover letters.

Click here to visit LinkedIn's section for teens. Also, feel free to check out my LinkedIn profile as an example.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or comment below. I'm happy to help!