By Caitlin Mahoney
They say a picture is worth a thousand words but the folks at the Career Development Center say it could also help land you a job.
The Career Development Center says that a clean-cut professional looking profile picture on social media is important for students entering the workforce.
Starting a LinkedIn profile may seem intimidating to students, but there are a few simple ways to beef up your profile to ensure it’s an accurate reflection of who you are.
“Have a great profile picture,” Andrew Leahy, associate director of career development said. “It doesn’t have to be professionally done, but it should be a clean-cut picture of the student.”
Leahy said that students do not have to be wearing a suit, but it could help if they are seeking a career in a field where that kind of appearance is required.
Next, Leahy said that the main job title should have some action to it.
For example, a biology major should have their title be “candidate for research positions in the Boston area” instead of “biology major at Stonehill College,” he said.
“It’s a little bit more forward thinking. It’s got a little bit more action,” Leahy said.
As well, students should be strategic with what they include in the body of their profiles.
Leahy said that you can add as much or as little information as you want, but recommends that it be a bit tailored to the field that the student wants to go into.
“There can be a little bit of strategy there,” Leahy said. “I would definitely encourage anyone who creates their profile to come in during a drop-in hour and meet with a career advisor and let us take a quick look at it.”
Located in the Kruse Center in Cushing-Martin Hall, the Career Development Center is a place where students can drop-in or make an appointment to get help in what their future may look like after they graduate from Stonehill. Drop-in hours are Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Even if a student may have everything figured out, Leahy still encourages them to reach out.
“If you feel like you’re on track, let’s confirm that. You can always be doing something a little bit more,” Leahy said. “Let’s just make sure you’ve got a good plan in front of you.”
So, smile big and don’t be afraid to ask for help, he said.