- What is LinkedIn.com?
- LinkedIn can help Teens to stay one step ahead of their peers.
- When should Teens join LinkedIn?
- LinkedIn suggestions for Teens: Build a personal brand
- What should Teens put in their LinkedIn accounts
- Use LinkedIn to learn more about university alumni (ask your parents first)
- LinkedIn has special privacy settings for Teens between 14 and 18
- Use the tabs on LinkedIn University Pages to help with your college research:
What is LinkedIn.com?
The fastest growing demographic on LinkedIn are students and recent college graduates
LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network. It has over 347 million registered users, and 111 million of them are from the US. The fastest growing demographics on LinkedIn are students and recent college graduates.(from LinkedIn.com)
Young professionals have always understood the importance of having their professional resume online. However, LinkedIn is becoming a very important tool for Teens that want to improve the first page of their Google results when applying to college.
LinkedIn can help Teens to stay one step ahead of their peers.
LinkedIn is becoming a very important tool for Teens that want to improve the first page of their Google results
Having a LinkedIn account can help Teens to:
- Learn about Universities from around the world. Find the latest college news and discover fields of interest from existing students attending that school.
- Share stories, accomplishments, interests and strengths.
- Establish themselves as future professionals by showing their past achievements. Starting a LinkedIn page can help Teens to learn how to create a personal brand. Having an account gets a student thinking about how their personal story can be told to colleges.
- Connect with people with the same interests, find influencers, and be found by college admission officers and future employers.
14 is the youngest age you can set up your LinkedIn account in the US
When should Teens join LinkedIn?
14 is the youngest age you can set up your LinkedIn account in the US (In some other countries the minimum age is 13).
LinkedIn suggestions for Teens: Build a personal brand
To create a LinkedIn account, the company encourages Teens to use their profile to build a “personal brand” and think how they want to be known by others. This is a great conversation Teens can have with their parents and teachers. Teens should ask their parents and teachers: “What am I good at and what do I want to be known for?”
Did you make the honor roll or earn a merit-based scholarship? Add it to your LinkedIn profile
What should Teens put in their LinkedIn accounts
- Work & volunteer experience – Even if you don’t have real work experience yet, use your volunteer projects to tell a story.
- Projects – Add research or class projects where you’ve applied your creativity and talents.
- Honors & Awards – Did you make the honor roll or earn a merit-based scholarship? Add it to your LinkedIn profile.
- Organizations – Do you participate in on-campus or external organizations, play sports or have an interesting hobby? Write about that on your LinkedIn page. Admission officers would like to know that you are a good team player or have a wide range of interests (while still being on-topic with your application).
- Test Scores – Employers often look at strong test scores as indicators of good problem-solving skills (and proof of hard work).
- Courses – List select courses on your profile – especially those that qualify you for positions you’re seeking – or demonstrate your commitment to expanding your academic horizons. Keep it on topic and relevant for college admissions.
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Use LinkedIn to learn more about university alumni (ask your parents first)
- Search LinkedIn to find students that attend your favorite college
- Review groups and pages they belong to and check what they’ve put in their profile (to learn from real examples the school is looking for)
- You can also reach out to some of those students, ask them for advice and helpful tips (with your parent’s permission)
LinkedIn has special privacy settings for Teens between 14 and 18
LinkedIn has special privacy settings for Teens between 14 and 18
- Birthdate – is hidden for everyone between 14-18 years of age
- Not a public profile – your account won’t show up in public search engines (such as Google or Bing) when you are 14-18 years of age
- Profile photo – will be visible only to your 1st-degree connections
- Headline – won’t be shown in search results
- Personal information – only shows first name, last name initial (instead of full last name), and general region (without city)
- Partner InMail messages – Teens won’t receive these sales emails
- Data sharing with 3rd-party applications – LinkedIn won’t share your information with any applications.
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Use the tabs on LinkedIn University Pages to help with your college research:
Use the tabs on LinkedIn University Pages to help with your college research
- LinkedIn University Pages provide future students with helpful information about different colleges from around the world. These pages help Teens to make good choices when looking for colleges.
- News boards allow students to learn about latest news, ask questions, and see what other people are saying about the university.
- Notable Alumni – (AKA: “Notables”) are listed on one of the tabs of the University pages. This information lets you explore University alumni who become successful in their area of expertise after they’ve graduated.
- Learn more about students and alumni. The tab labeled “Students & Alumni” reveals statistical data about cities, states, & countries they live, about companies they work for and their professional fields.
- Discover university stats and numbers. You can learn the total number of students and faculty, the percentage of admitted and graduated students, even about tuitions.
LinkedIn is a great tool for young people to start building their professional reputation
Although LinkedIn isn’t the first place a Teen would go to “hang out,” it is the best place for them to start their online image to impress colleges and future employers. Teens and parents should consider having a serious discussion at the age of 14/15 to see if they are comfortable publicizing their online image. LinkedIn is a great tool for young people to start building their professional reputation, especially if they are applying to college. We hope that with this advice your Teen will create a stronger portfolio for colleges and future employers.