College Grads and LinkedIn


By Lynne Williams

Some students finish their college coursework in December instead of May. If you think they are all prepared to be jobseekers, then think again.

They do not have their career documents together (resume – one for handing people and another for online applications, LinkedIn profiles, BIO, networking one pager, job tracker sheet, networking business cards, target company list, etc.)

They do not have a well prepared and practiced elevator pitch and have not been groomed for interviews nor do they know how to negotiate salaries, much less look them up to find out the range in the local area.

They don’t know how to network online and in person, much less follow up … and I could go on.

After paying who knows how much for that piece of paper called a diploma, one would think that the students might be better prepared. They are not.

I spent time with one December graduate this week who finally has a LinkedIn profile (which should have been established in high school) to connect with family and friends. However, she has been instructed by me NOT to connect to potential employers and search for jobs until she has her proverbial “career document act” together. It’s a process and a journey for this phenomenon, which could be known as job school 101. Better to take the time to prepare and groom than rush into the unknown.

Another local student who will graduate in May attended one of our speaker and networking meetings this week and exclaimed how much he learned from being there. He never realized that this career education support system existed. Now he knows.

Bottom line … do not neglect managing your career and your career documents from the beginning of your career onward and make networking a habit. A simple start would be with a Bronze membership.

If you want to engage in career management in a group setting, save the date of Saturday February 1st for an all day accelerator in King of Prussia. We will walk with you along your career management journey!

Also register for the upcoming LinkedIn workshops listed below.

You can also ask mom and dad to hire a coach, as suggested by Alex Freund in this video interview with Anthony Uva who runs a program called Secrets of College Planning Show.

Dive in! Welcome to life! You have work to do!

Don’t miss our upcoming featured events. If you are a working adult, come learn and network with us. Visit the events tab on our website.

  • 1/7-1/16 The Power of the Tribe Online Summit
  • 1/13, 1/14, & 1/15 Beating the Applicant Tracking System – Lynne Williams
  • 1/13 Virtual Jobseeker Support Meeting (every Mon) – Dr. Dominique Kliger
  • 1/13 & 1/15 Webinar – Strategic Research-based Approaches to LinkedIn – Lynne Williams
  • 1/14 & 1/21 Website Setup in 10 Steps – Tom Knoble
  • 1/15 PowerThinking Resilience Building Call In (every Wed) – Stanley H. Greene
  • 1/15 Interview Preparation Techniques (every Wed) – Les Segarnick
  • 1/16 Ladies Night Out
  • 1/18 LinkedIn Part 2 of 3 – Lynne Williams
  • 1/20 MLK Day Job Fair (over 500 attend)
  • 1/27 nonprofit conference
  • 2/1 All Day Hands-on Job Search Accelerator

Missed the previous LinkedIn article on Visual Resumes and LinkedIn? Click here!

Lynne Williams is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group, a 501(c)3 nonprofit of over 4300 members providing career education and networking.

Contact Lynne by phone at 484-393-2951, email at, on social media @GreatCareersPHL and #GreatCareersPHL and connect on LinkedIn at

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