May 31, 2016

LinkedIn App Helps Students Showcase Skills to Employers, Colleges

By Rob Klindt, Contributing Writer | Literacy Resources

Thanks to technology, today’s high school students can easily showcase their academic and work-experience skills with a personalized online résumé.

The "LinkedIn Students" app helps high school students showcase their skills.The “LinkedIn Students” app for smartphones and digital tablets makes it easy for students to show college recruiters, teachers or potential employers the e-portfolios they created at school. The app also lets them research occupations and companies while networking with other student job seekers.

It’s an excellent free resource that teachers in high school work-experience education programs should make sure students know about. The app is part of the LinkedIn professional online social media network, which boasts more than 128 million users in the United States.

The “LinkedIn Students” app gives students dozens of ways to explore potential careers using search tools, networking links and special job-interest groups. Popular search topics include job statistics, educational requirements and company profiles. Here are a few more search topics that can be particularly helpful to students:

  • College alumni: Follow the career paths taken by studying college alumni profiles.
  • College details: Facts, figures and virtual tours of some college campuses.
  • Job descriptions: Details about specific occupations and the qualifications needed.
  • Recommended reading: First-person stories about how others found their first jobs.
  • Salaries: Information on median salaries for hundreds of occupations.

Students can also network with other users they meet online by saving their profiles onto a connection page.

How it works

The initial launch of the app prompts students to create a login profile by typing their name and a password into two text boxes. An Internet connection is needed to save and upload the profile.

Next, a template appears prompting students to fill out a “LinkedIn Students” profile that includes their name, email address, school and interests. More details, including highlights from a school e-portfolio, can be added later.

There’s a simple navigation bar at the bottom of the screen. Using a finger to tap the “Home” icon will restore the app’s starting page. The “Search” icon lets students type in search inquiries, and the “My Stuff” icon shows links, articles and profiles a student has saved to the app.

Finally, tapping the “Gear” icon in the upper right corner of the “My Stuff” page launches the “Settings” page. This is where students can choose preferences about receiving automatic notifications, update their profile or log off from the app.

Getting started

There’s a treasure trove of easy-to-use tools for students to get the most out of their experience with the “LinkedIn Students” app. The tools are designed to help students build a good profile and navigate through many other features in the app. Here are some tasks students can do with the tools:

  • Build a personalized LinkedIn profile
  • Search, save and apply to jobs based on a student’s profile
  • Search an online occupational guide
  • Share digital portfolios
  • View company profiles based on occupational interests

Each day the app generates new occupational and educational tips and web links based on the student’s personal profile. Students swipe or tap through each recommendation to read more information or to follow links to related content on external websites.

What’s included

Content in the “LinkedIn Students” app is all-inclusive as long as internet access is available. Students can create a profile, upload e-portfolio content and set personal preferences.

Personalized updates including daily college reports, occupational tips, company profiles, job descriptions and external links to related content are updated each time a student connects to the Internet.

There are no ads or in-app purchases.

Download details

The free “LinkedIn Students” app can be downloaded through Google Play and iTunes. It is compatible with smartphones and tablets running the Android operating system 4.2 or later. Apple users can play the app using iPhone and iPad tablets running iOS version 6.0 or later.

Rob Klindt’s “App Reviews” combine his passion for writing with an ever-growing interest in educational technology. His simple, straightforward approach to reviewing educational apps help educators and parents leverage new tools for students in and out of the classroom.

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