Stay Linked Up, Get LinkedIn
As a generation of tweeters, Snapchatters, and Instagram-ers, it seems today’s students are never disconnected. With graduation and summertime just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about finding a way to stay connected to DECA after high school and college.
Seems like a daunting task, right? Luckily, LinkedIn makes connecting to DECA and business professionals as easy as sharing a tweet!
So what exactly is LinkedIn? LinkedIn is a networking service for professionals; essentially, it’s the professional version of Facebook. You can build your network of business connections, upload your professional profile, create your online résumé and connect with DECA alumni and members from around the world.
To most high school students, the idea of managing another social media account is exhausting. So why should you join LinkedIn?
Unlike Twitter and Instagram, LinkedIn provides an excellent way to differentiate your professional network from your social network. LinkedIn is also a great way to meet new contacts in your field of interest, which opens countless doors to job opportunities and internships.
LinkedIn also allows you to search for jobs through its online database. When hiring for positions, many managers will search LinkedIn to see what experience and skills applicants possess. Simply having a LinkedIn can make the job searching process much easier to tackle. After all, business is all about who you know.
Once you create your profile, don’t forget to connect with DECA on LinkedIn too. You can follow the DECA Inc. company page at http://www.linkedin.com/company/deca-inc-, and join
the DECA Inc. group at https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2348909, where you’ll be connected with almost 10,000 DECA alumni, business partners and current members.
Additionally, you should always list your DECA membership and experience in your LinkedIn profile. This not only helps you when potential employers are checking out your profile, but will keep you engaged with the DECA community as well.
LinkedIn is one of the easiest ways to make DECA a part of your professional future. Get linked up today with other professionals, find jobs and careers, and don’t forget to get stay connected to DECA!
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