Create a Winning LinkedIn Profile with 10 Top Tips

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On Wednesday 1st March in your diaries, as we will be hosting our interactive LinkedIn Day event throughout Commons, Newton Park.

With various workshops, industry speakers, opportunities to have you photo taken and competitions to get involved in, it’s an opportunity you shouldn’t miss! To get ahead, check out these top tips for your profile:

  1. The profile picture
    Showing off that all-important headshot will help you to gain 14 times more views than you’d receive if you went without. Make sure to give a good impression!
  1. A hot headline
    Alongside your name, this will be the first thing any viewer sees when checking out your profile, so make sure to keep it short and snappy. Keep it current and professional.
  1. Sell your summary
    Supplying a great summary can help you to gain seven times more profile views. Consider it as an elevator pitch; keep it short and to the point, but be make sure you highlight what you’re all about.
  1. Experience gives the extra factor
    Make sure you provide detailed experiences. Whether that’s voluntary work, internships, work experience or a part-time job, it demonstrates that you know what you’re talking about when it comes to your field of interest/study.
  1. Education counts
    You’ve managed to land yourself a place at university and are likely doing well, so ensure you cover all your key qualifications for employers to see.
  1. Include key projects
    If you’ve overseen any notable projects in university or work, you should be showing off your skills. Include links, or embed photographs and videos to alongside your education and experience.
  1. Shout your skills
    Having a key skill that fits with your career could improve your profile views thirteenfold. You likely have more than one, so get noting those technical and team-working abilities now.
  1. Recommendations rock
    Think of a recommendation as a reference on your CV. Likewise, think carefully about who you ask to recommend you and ensure the contact will prove relevant to the career you hope to focus on i.e. if you’re an avid photographer, perhaps don’t get the milkman to shout about your skills…
  1. Share endorsements
    They say sharing is caring, and endorsements do everyone good. Is your best friend good at drawing? Endorse her to confirm it. In return, she might vouch that you are capable of teaching, which reflects well on you. It’s a win-win situation and can make you feel good, too.
  1. Get connected
    Now you’ve completed your profile, it’s time to start showcasing yourself to potential employers. Research relevant connections in you field of interest/study and approach them with personalised emails asking them to connect with you.

We will be running a series of workshops on LinkedIn Day – you can book your place here!

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Bath Spa Award: The Lowdown

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What is it?
You might have heard people talking about the Bath Spa Award, and so probably asked yourself two obvious questions… what exactly is the Bath Spa Award? And why is it worth undertaking?

Have a minute? Great, then let’s talk you through it.

The Bath Spa Award was created so you can gain official accreditation for the extracurricular strengths and skills you’ve gained alongside your degree. Here at Bath Spa, we know our students are involved with all sorts of volunteering, part-time work and activities, so we wanted to make sure these achievements were recognised. If you’re a second-year, third-year or postgraduate student, you’re eligible!

In a nutshell, the Award:

  • Recognises achievements such as positions within clubs and societies, voluntary work, paid jobs outside of uni and your dedication to networking with employers
  • Provides a unique opportunity to build on essential skills for your future career
  • Gives you a chance to form friendships with like-minded students

 

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What do people say about it?
“The Bath Spa Award definitely motivated me to take those extra opportunities and I’m really proud I’ve got it. A lot of the work and volunteer hours were things I was doing anyway as part-time jobs. It’s a good way to assess the things that I wanted to work on and think, ‘I’ve actually managed to do that!’”  
Matilda Karabina, BA (Hons) Creative Writing

“One of the most beneficial things about the Award was choosing the skills you wanted to cover. I wanted to cover leadership, so I was able to get experience and prove that I had worked on my leadership skills.”
Amy Lamborn, BA (Hons) Education Studies with Media Communications

 

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What do I have to do?
There are seven different steps to gaining the award – but don’t be daunted, it sounds more work than it really is. You’ll probably find that you’ve already done more than you think once you get started!

  • Get Thinking (recognise two skills you want to improve)
  • Get Informed (attend two Careers workshops)
  • Get Experience (100 hours of work experience)
  • Get Digital (show your experience of digital skills)
  • Get Networking (have two face-to-face and one online interaction with employers)
  • Get Advice (book a 20-minute guidance appointment)
  • Get The Award (attend our assessment centre event)

Each section is aimed specifically to ensure you have all the essential skills you’ll need to be a success in the workplace. Don’t worry: if ever you feel like you’re struggling or don’t quite know how to complete a section, feel free to get in touch with one the Bath Spa Award team via our Ask A Question service or by emailing theaward@bathspa.ac.uk

 

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Great! How do I sign up?
If you head to bathspa.ac.uk/theaward and sign in with your BSSU student details, you’ll be taken straight to My Career’s Bath Spa Award information section. Simply click on the registration form link, fill it out and submit – it’s as simple as that. Within several days you should receive an email from the Bath Spa Award team, confirming your place.

What are you waiting for? Get signed up today!

 

Careers consultants: who we are & what we do

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As your Careers Consultants, we’re a key part of the Bath Spa Careers team. We’re here to support you with every aspect of your career planning, and to help you successfully progress from University onto your next step – whatever that may be!

We work with courses across the university to help make our graduates as employable as possible, as well as providing extracurricular support in a whole variety of ways.

We run a programme of informal workshops throughout the academic year at both Newton Park and Sion Hill, covering everything from writing CVs that wow employers, holding your own in assessment centres, through to building contacts to help you in a creative career. You can find out more about our workshops and book your place via My Career.

If you’ve got a question for us, click here to submit it – you can even attach documents such as CVs and personal statements for us to review and provide feedback on. One of us will get back to you within five working days.

If you’re in need of some more personalised support or guidance, you can book a 1:1 appointment with us. These last 40 minutes, and if you’re not able to see us in-person, can be carried out over the phone or via Skype. We can help you generate career ideas and refine them into a clearer plan of action, or offer advice on more specific queries such as applications for jobs or further study. If your query is less complex, you might find it more appropriate to book a ‘Quick Query’ 15-minute slot instead. If you’d like to see what slots we have available, click here.

All of our Careers Consultants are professionally qualified, and you can find more about us below:

 

Kimberley Russell

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Kimberley is the Careers Consultant for Bath Business School, the Digital Academy Field and Postgraduate Courses within the Institute for Education , and has been part of the team since July 2013. She has a background in sales, admin, logistics, customer service and a degree in BA (Hons) Interactive Media Production. If Kimberley were an animal, she’d be a lion, and if she were a biscuit, she’d be a ginger nut.

 

Emma Carlisle

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Emma is the Careers Consultant for the Field of Culture & Environment and The Graduate College (Corsham Court) Her background involved working with young people and schools in a range of community settings; she joined Bath Spa Careers in November 2014. She has a BSc in Environmental Science plus an MSc in Science Communication. Her spirit animal is a meerkat, and she’d be a Jammy Dodger if she had to be a biscuit.

 

Vivien Yorke

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Vivien is the Careers Consultant for the Field of Writing & Performance, and The Bath School of Art & Design, joining the team in November 2014. She has a degree in BSc (Hons) Psychology and a Masters degree in MSc Occupational Psychology, as well as a background in social research. If she were an animal, Vivien would be an elephant, and if she were a biscuit, she’d be a bourbon.

 

Amy Haines

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Amy works two days per week with Bath Spa Careers, and became a Careers Consultant in September 2016. Prior to this, she worked within our team for nearly two years as Graduate Opportunities Officer, seeking out the best roles for our graduates. She works with the undergraduate programmes within the Institute for Education and has a degree in BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics. Amy has always been compared by her friends to ‘Tigger’ for her boundless energy and would be a party ring if she were a biscuit, as she likes any excuse for a get-together!