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Get Started With LinkedIn With These Top Tips!

29 November 2023

Whether you’ve yet to discover LinkedIn or already started to create your profile, it’s a platform that will quickly become a vital resource as you dive deeper into your chosen career!

From finding jobs to networking, industry updates, and sharing ideas, there’s a lot to get out of the platform.

Here to help you put your best (digital) foot forward, Rheinmetall share their top five tips for creating a profile that WOWs!

5 LinkedIn Profile Tips to Follow

A LinkedIn profile is essential for professional networking, job opportunities and personal branding.

Here are five tips to help you create a compelling LinkedIn profile and understand why it matters:

1. Use a Professional Photo

Choose a clear, friendly photo that shows you in a professional and approachable light.

It could be a well-taken school photo or a similar headshot with a clean background. Remember, first impressions matter, even as a high school student.

2. Write a Captivating Headline

Craft a headline that reflects your aspirations and interests.

Instead of just listing your school and grade, try something like ‘High School Student Passionate about STEM’ or ‘Future Environmental Scientist and Volunteer Enthusiast’. Make it exciting and showcase your potential.

3. Create an Engaging Summary

Use your summary to share your hobbies, academic interests and any extracurricular activities you’re involved in.

Talk about your goals, dreams and why you’re excited about your chosen field. This is a chance to let your personality shine and connect with others who share your interests.

4. Add Relevant School & Extracurricular Activity

Highlight any leadership roles, clubs, sports teams, or volunteer work you’re a part of.

Describe what you do in each role and any accomplishments or projects you’ve participated in. Even if you don’t have formal work experience, these activities showcase your skills and dedication.

5. Showcase Skills & Seeking Advice

List skills you’ve acquired through your studies and activities, like teamwork, communication, problem-solving, or specific subjects in which you excel.

Connect with your teachers, mentors, and coaches on Linkedin and ask them for endorsements or recommendations based on your performance in their classes or activities.

Why LinkedIn Matters for High School Students

Even as a high school student, you have unique experiences and qualities that make you stand out.

Building a LinkedIn profile tailored to your stage in life can help you leverage those qualities and build a strong online presence for your future endeavours.

It can also help you:

  • Discover Opportunities: Building a LinkedIn profile exposes you to potential internships, summer programs, or mentorship opportunities related to your interests.
  • Learn Networking Skills: Creating connections with teachers, classmates, and professionals early on helps you understand the value of networking and cultivates essential skills for the future.
  • Grow Your Personal Development: Crafting a thoughtful profile encourages you to reflect on your interests, strengths and aspirations, helping you develop a sense of direction.
  • Gain Visibility: It’s not just about getting a job; it’s about being part of a larger community. Building your LinkedIn presence early allows you to connect with like-minded peers, educators and mentors who can guide your journey.

Grow Your LinkedIn – and Career! – With Rheinmetall!

Rheinmetall Defence Australia has fantastic opportunities for all skill sets, trades, professions and people at all career stages.

Rheinmetall gives you various opportunities to gather wide-ranging experience in key markets. Discover the career opportunities that await you in their teams around the world.

Connect with them on LinkedIn and explore their employer profile to learn more.

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