1. Browse the Alumni Tool.

You can do this for your own alma mater(s) or even your friends and those with which you do not have any association or affiliation. Perhaps you want to learn more about the alumni at a graduate program to which you want to apply and where they typically go after they graduate. Maybe you are scoping out a company and want to see if you know anyone in your network who works there and with whom you could have an informational interview.

2. Respond to a professional group discussion.

Perhaps you have been observing discussions about a topic that really interests you and you are feeling ready to jump in. Or, share an article or resource you found that might be of interest to the group and pose question that arose for you when you read the article. Statistics show that engaging in discussions boosts your profile page views on the site by 425%!!

3. Reconsider your headline.

As Lindsey Pollak says, it is your most prime piece of real estate online. You must take care to craft it and not just restate your position title (i.e. Student at XYZ College, Associate Director, Alumnae and Community Engagement). We are more than our title and we want employers to know what we are passionate about and the intersections of our interests. This is a place to indicate to employers that we are seeking an opportunity in specific industries. It can also encourage others to connect with us on other social media sites; I have my Twitter handle listed first. My headline reads:@MeghanGodorov I Speaker | Career Advocate and Educator for Women | Blogger | Community Builder

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