The Perfect LinkedIn Profile Summary for Recent Grads

linkedincollegegradRecently, I provided a template for a LinkedIn profile summary for people who have a job… aka “The Passive Job Seeker.”

Today, I offer another profile summary — this time for recent graduates who need a job now, or soon.

For this template, I use a fictional college grad named “Lamar” who hopes to work in IT/information security. Lamar’s profile summary has three steps. Let’s go through them one at a time…

Step 1: Who Are You?

I’m a recent computer science graduate from Big State University who wants to help a company grow through the use of new technology.

Yes, it’s OK for Lamar to explain he’s a recent grad. There’s no need to inflate his credentials like he’s been in the workforce for several years; we know that isn’t true!

Speak from where you stand.

Lamar also explains how he wants to be dedicated to the company — and won’t use the job as a stepping stone to move somewhere else.

Step 2: What Do You Do?

You might say I’m a “tech geek” because in college I was vice president of the Campus Computer Club (CCC) and spent a lot of time in the school’s computer lab. I love to pick apart a motherboard and see how all the pieces fit together.

In the second section, Lamar tells the reader about his interests as they relate to IT/information security. He uses specifics and writes how he loves “to pick apart a motherboard.”

What’s your “thing”? What do you want to be known for?

Give people a quick look at your life and what you’re all about. Skip the empty buzzwords like “extremely successful.” Everyone says that stuff. Lamar proves his determination through the “motherboard” example.

Step 3: Bring ‘em Home

Hackers, cyberattacks and other security issues are a reality today for company’s big and small. I want to ensure a business not only stays protected but grows and remains on the cutting edge.

At the end, Lamar puts his skillset in context. He explains how “cyberattacks” are a “reality today.” That’s why companies need people with his ability so they stay “protected” and “on the cutting edge.”

What’s your value? How can you help a company succeed?

As a recent grad, (most) bosses will understand you’re short on experience. In your profile summary, they only need to know you’re excited about the field, ready to bust your hump in the job and committed to a team’s success.

Your LinkedIn profile doesn’t have to be, and in fact should not be, full of buzzwords, empty statements and cliches. Speak from where you stand, tell us what you want to be known for, and tell the reader how you can help them succeed.

Do that… and you’ll have the perfect LinkedIn profile for recent (or soon-to-be) graduate!


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