Welcome! We're glad you're here. LinkedIn is a professional networking site, meaning people use it to explore schools and jobs, create a professional profile, stay up-to-date on what's happening in their industry, and more.

Take a look at some of our tips for using LinkedIn in a smart, safe, and successful way.

How can I get the most out of using LinkedIn?

First, fill out your profile. When you create your profile, think about establishing your "personal brand," - how you want to be known by others. You can also let people know about what you've achieved at school and where you hope to be in the future.

Second, connect with friends, classmates, teachers, and anyone else who could potentially help you in your career. You never know where an opportunity will come from! Finally, you can also use LinkedIn to search for and apply for internships.

Build up your profile:

Little to no work experience yet? No problem! LinkedIn has specific profile sections you can use to highlight your achievements to potential employers and mentors who can help shape your career.

Be sure to add your classes, accomplishments, and extracurriculars. Profiles that are well filled-out get more attention, which can lead to more job opportunities. We've found that complete profiles get 7 times more views from classmates, alumni, and recruiters.

Here are some sections you may want to add to your profile:

  • Projects: Participating in projects and causes shows that you can apply classroom learning to real-world challenges and work effectively in a team. Add compelling research or class projects to your profile - especially those that demonstrate experience relevant to your professional goals.
  • Honors & Awards: Did you make the honor roll or earn a merit-based scholarship? Add it to your profile. While much of your profile is a subjective characterization of your abilities, honors and awards provide objective validation for your accomplishments.
  • Organizations: Participation in on-campus or external organizations shows your contributions outside the classroom. Employers and recruiters are always looking for people who have strong leadership abilities and have shown they can make a positive impact within an organization.
  • Test Scores: Employers often look at strong test scores as indicators of good problem-solving skills. If you've excelled at standardized tests or have a stellar GPA, include this on your profile.
  • Courses: Do you consistently push the envelope by enrolling in challenging classes? 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.

Network with alumni:

You can use LinkedIn to reach out to university alumni and hear first-hand about their experiences.

  • Current Students: Hear from other members who've walked in your shoes, get tips on your next step, and find out what kinds of career paths have been followed by people with similar educational backgrounds. Building relationships with alumni can help you find the best jobs and internships.
  • Prospective Students: Discover and research schools to help you chart your career path. See what graduates have accomplished, find out what's happening on campus, and get answers from people who've been there - and who want to help the next generation succeed.

Find internships:

Ready to get a jump on landing your first job? Check out tens of thousands of internships and entry-level jobs from top employers available on LinkedIn on the Student Job Portal.

What's acceptable behavior on LinkedIn?

Being professional also means being careful about how you present yourself on LinkedIn. What you say and do online can stay with you for a long time. Remember that future employers and coworkers may look at your profile, or see something you've said or posted. However, that shouldn't be scary - it's actually an opportunity to put your best foot forward.

Here are some helpful tips:

Be respectful of others

People share ideas and opinions openly on LinkedIn. Please be courteous and respectful.

Don't misrepresent yourself

To get the most out of your conversations and relationships on LinkedIn, use your real identity and only post true information about yourself. This is also one of the rules of using the site.

Keep comments, postings, and interactions constructive

Remember that the way you conduct yourself on LinkedIn is a reflection of who you are. This means taking a moment to think before you post, and being thoughtful when you do so. One of the best ways to learn how to behave on LinkedIn is to take a look around and see how other people are acting. You can also check out our Community Guidelines.

Connect mindfully

People use LinkedIn to learn, build meaningful connections, and create a professional presence online. Respect these shared goals when you're deciding who to connect with.

If you see something inappropriate, speak up

Report any inappropriate content or behavior right away. Our priority is to make sure all of our members feel safe and comfortable on LinkedIn, and it's important that we hear your concerns.

Community Guidelines

Want more information on the specifics of what is and isn't allowed? Check out our Community Guidelines to get details on the types of discussions and content that are acceptable on LinkedIn, and what may be flagged, stopped, or taken down.

How do privacy settings work for teens?

We want to help safeguard your online experience, so we've started you off with a high level of privacy.

Here's what's different in your settings if you're under 18:

Birthdate: Your birth year will be hidden to everyone except you. After you turn 18, you can choose to show this info if you'd like.

Public profile: We'll automatically prevent your profile from appearing in public search engines such as Google and Bing.

Profile photo: Your profile photo will only be visible only to your 1st-degree connections (the people you know and have connected with directly).

Headline: We won't show your professional headline, to protect your privacy in search results.

Display name & location on profile: Rather than showing your first name, last name, city, and state, your profile will default to first name, last name initial, and general region. (This isn't possible in all languages, but will be in effect for languages using Latin script — e.g., English, French, Dutch, etc.)

Partner InMail messages: These are informational and promotional messages from LinkedIn's marketing and hiring partners. You won't receive these.

Data sharing with 3rd-party applications: Even if you choose to install 3rd-party applications (which are not managed by LinkedIn), we won't share your information with those applications.

Advertising preferences: You won't see ads from LinkedIn when you're looking at other websites.

LinkedIn plugins on 3rd-party sites: We won't collect information about you when you're looking at other websites that partner with LinkedIn.

You have the option to change your privacy settings if you'd like. However, before you do this, it's a good idea to learn more about managing your account settings.

How can I increase my privacy level?

We've automatically set you up with a high level of privacy, but there are a few more settings you can change if you'd like even more privacy.

Select what others can see when you've viewed their profile: If you've looked at another member's profile, that member may be able to see your name and profile headline. By changing this setting to "anonymous," the other person will only see you as "LinkedIn member" instead of your name.

Turn on/off your activity broadcasts: If you don't want your connections to see when you make changes to your profile, follow companies, and so on, just uncheck this option.

Select the types of messages you're willing to receive: If you only want to receive messages from people you know (and have connected to), change this setting to "Introductions Only." This will keep recruiters and other members from contacting you.

Select who can send you invitations: By changing this setting to "Only people who appear in your Imported Contacts list," only people whose emails you've given us will be able to send you an invitation to connect. Alternatively, if you change this setting to "Only people who know your email address or appear in your Imported Contacts list", people who have the emails you've listed can also send you an invitation to connect.

Turn on/off group invitations: Unchecking this option means you won't get any invitations to join groups.

Finally, as noted in our User Agreement, and pursuant to Section 22581 of the California Business and Professions Code, you can remove or ask us to remove content and information you posted on our services, such as long form posts, activity feed updates, Group comments, SlideShare uploads, or profile entries. Please note that there may be situations when content or information you shared is not completely removed, such as, for example, when someone else copied it, or if we need to preserve it in connection with an investigation, or the information was aggregated with other data and anonymized.

Take a few moments to learn more about managing your account settings.

How do I report inappropriate behavior?

We take all reports of abuse seriously. If you see any inappropriate content or behavior on LinkedIn, or if you think something may violate our Terms of Use Policy, please contact us to report it. If you or someone you know is experiencing an emergency situation, please call your local authorities.