LinkedIn functions similarly to social networking sites but serves as a valuable networking platform by building your professional network and connecting you to people and businesses. Join the over 10,000 Davidson alumni and students using LinkedIn.
The Center for Career Development has selected useful advice from the website About.com to guide you in the development and use of your LinkedIn account:
In addition to networking contacts, hundreds of thousands of internships and jobs for students and recent graduates can be found on LinkedIn.
When you "Connect" with an individual on LinkedIn you will be given the opportunity to indicate your relationship to that person and write a short invitation. Your invitation will be brief and should explain who you are and why you want to connect.
An example of an invitation to connect message:
Dear Mr. Flora:
I am a Davidson College junior exploring a career in law and would appreciate your advice on locating summer internships at law firms. I hope we can connect and have a follow up conversation at your convenience. Thank you for your time.
Jacob Ellison '15
Davidson's main LinkedIn group is the 5,300+ strong Davidson College Network, which is a networking resource for alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends of Davidson College.
Davidson College Network
Davidson College Legal Professional Network
Davidson College Entrepreneurship Initiative
Davidson Network for Journalism, Media and Communications
Davidson International Network
Davidson Finance Network
Davidson College Real Estate Network
Davidson College Tech Network
ACE: Alumni of Color Engagement at Davidson College
Washington DC Area Davidson College Alumni
Once you have joined the Davidson College Network you will be able to post a "discussion" message which will be viewed by many of the members of the group. Posting a discussion is an effective way of reaching a large audience of alumni who can provide advice and potentially offer leads on internships or jobs. The posting should be short and clearly state what type of advice you are seeking from the group.
An example of a posting:
Davidson Community: I am a junior exploring a career in law and would appreciate any advice on obtaining a summer internship at a law firm or legal clinic in New York City. Please send me a message if you can help and thank you in advance for your time.