By Eduardo Alonso, Career and Industry Specialist, Career and Professional Development Services
Start by creating a LinkedIn profile. Although this may sound a little intimidating or daunting, it can come in handy in the future when the time comes to look for new internship or job opportunities. This is also a professional way of adding people without overstepping boundaries or looking into their personal social media profiles such as Facebook.
LinkedIn offers the opportunity to build your professional relationships while allowing you to reflect on your professional experience; you can consider this to be your online resume. Even if you are not actively seeking opportunities, it is better for you to have a professional online presence in case someone looks up your name on search engines.
Just like your resume, LinkedIn is a place where you can communicate with the reader about your work and volunteer experiences, clinical rotations, skills, education and/or licenses that you have obtained. A great way to stay active on LinkedIn is by connecting with current professionals and endorsing some of the skills they have listed on their profile. In turn, your LinkedIn connections will endorse your skills which will make your profile look more robust and complete.