How do you build a professional network when so much connecting takes place online in today’s career world? How do students combine learning important tips through in-person networking and also developing computer-based skills to further their education and careers?
Through the PENCIL Fellows Program, 200 more students are connecting, “endorsing” skills, researching colleges and universities and more through the professional social media platform, LinkedIn.
With our PENCIL Partner LinkedIn, volunteers from their New York headquarters spent an afternoon retooling PENCIL Fellows’ resumes after critiquing and supporting changes to them.
The LinkedIn volunteers also helped PENCIL Fellows build professional online presences through the platform, a key aspect moving ahead toward their six-week, paid summer internship.
About 40 LinkedIn volunteers shared tips and tricks to creating a stand-out resume as 60 second-year PENCIL Fellows begin the interview process for their summer internships.
PENCIL Fellow Dashawn Jones said that this LinkedIn workshop showed him new tips in creating a compelling resume.
“I learned how to use my resume as a talking point, highlighting the positives and showcasing my talents beyond a list,” he said.
PENCIL Fellow Tori Mignott appreciated the LinkedIn volunteer who helped her edit her resume from two pages to one page.
“Now I can show hiring managers the stand-out points, instead of having important things listed on a second
page, which someone might not see or even bother to see,” she said.
LinkedIn volunteer Annika Huq stressed the importance of having an accurate, active and updated profile and resume on-hand.
“It’s important to always update your [LinkedIn] profile and resume, even when you’re not searching for a job,” she said. “You never know who could reach out or what opportunities could pop up.”
PENCIL Fellow Ariana Allessandri said learning how to tailor her relevant experiences on her resume for relevant job postings was an important discovery.
“I didn’t think that you could change your resume for various jobs, so now it will be good to have a couple different versions for different role,” she said.
Though online platforms for job searches and high school internships are somewhat new advances for high school students, LinkedIn volunteer James Domenick enjoyed seeing and hearing what things remained the same from his recollection of high school.
“Even though it’s been about 20 years since I was in high school, it was interesting to see and hear that things—on a social level—remain about the same,” he said. “But opportunities like the PENCIL Fellows Program and tools like LinkedIn make gaining access to businesses a lot easier.”
And the PENCIL Fellows have plenty of time to polish their resumes and practice their walkthroughs of their resumes before their next skills workshop with LinkedIn as they dive into Mock Interviews on April 13.
There are still opportunities to mentor a PENCIL Fellow this summer. Contact Jessica Bynoe today!