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June 28, 2013

High School Students Get LinkedIn for Jobs

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LinkedIn for High School Students

LinkedIn for High School Students

High School Students Get LinkedIn for Jobs

The competition for jobs, Internships, Scholarships, Grants
and Fellowships is fierce and competitive. High School
students should use all the available tools necessary to
Market and Brand themselves to get the attention of
organizations, businesses, schools and individuals
looking to present them with the finances to make the
financial burdens of higher education easier.
The state legislatures of many states are raising the
educational standards across the board from elementary
to high school. This has an effect on what monies are
available and the qualifications to apply and be accepted.
The science of getting noticed is not just visibility,
but where you are visible and who sees you.

During a presentation I conducted at the African
American Episcopal Church Youth Leadership Summit
“Social Media and Your Digital Signature,” Palm Coast,
Florida and the Man Up Health Summit “Marketing
and Branding Yourself with Social Media” (Jacksonville,
Florida). These summits focused on using Social
Media tools and the power they possess to effectively
Market and Brand young men or the power to destroy
reputations from the content young men create.
The lack of knowledge and understanding of Social Media
tools in this digital age is dangerous because of the long
term effects of content that youth, teens and young
adults are creating.

One of the tools that has a great potential to Market and
Brand is LinkedIn. A business networking tool that youth,
teens and young adults can access for free and use the
features of text, sharing photos and presentations to
share content that highlights the talents and abilities
of individuals and even groups that are selling themselves
in the business world.
In 21st century businesses: small, medium, large or
international, businesses cannot survive and prosper without
using Social Media Networking tools to share themselves with
diverse markets.

High school students are slowly learning the connective and
networking opportunities available on LinkedIn. The
pervasiveness and invasiveness of technology has shown that
those using technology are creating digital footprints that
others are following. They are judging youth, teens and young
adults by the content they are creating. In too many cases that
content is in direct opposite of what needs to be created
to promote a person in a positive, intelligent and productive
light in order to be considered for employment, offered
an Internship and scholarships. Content sets the foundation
on how a person is perceived, judged, accepted or rejected.

LinkedIn offers a direct connection to over thousands of
potential connections that can support and enhance the
educational and marketing value of a young person. As youth,
teens and young adults age, they slowly realize that being
known is powerful, it precedes a person, their reputation,
their abilities, and skills.
Many young people only think that Facebook is the end all
and be all of Social Media, they are far from being accurate.
In order to Market yourself a young person should use as many
Social Media tools and platforms. The more exposure the better,
organization may not use Facebook, but accept Twitter. An
organization may not use Twitter, but use Tumblr, so all
avenues should be addressed to get the best exposure in
the best possible light.

Linking all the platforms helps to move up in the SEO or Search
Engine Optimization battle. The created LinkedIn profile provides
high school students opportunity to create a positive online
presence which is important with Google searches.

Getting noticed requires work that is direct and purposeful.
One of the best ways to seize the opportunity is to study and
learn. Take the time to read information, access web sites
( and practice skills that will pay off in
the future.
High school students must understand that
their journey has just begun in life. They must be willing
to become life-long learners. Understanding that
learning never ends so high school student’s battle for
success, opportunities to excel, and growth potential
that will take them to new places.
Leaning does not stop it continues for the rest of their

Minority students and students of color need tools that
can promote the positive aspects of their educational
success. The unfortunate perception is that the majority
of minority students are below grade level,
academically struggling, attend challenging schools
and “At Risk.”
Recent news reports show schools are closing
in Chicago, Philadelphia and other parts of the
nation. Marketing and Branding yourself is key to
obtaining resources that will remove minority youth
from situations and circumstances that endanger them
emotionally, physically and psychologically.

LinkedIn is a good start for networking, connecting and
exposing themselves to opportunities that are beneficial.

Workshops by Wm Jackson
Contact either by email or phone or (904) 701-4957
Bullying/Cyberbullying – Social Media Safety – Sexting/Texting
Self-esteem – Technology and other areas.

Resource for LinkedIn:

Easy to use LinkedIn:

What is LinkedIn:

LinkedIn Now Lets You Share Photos, Presentations on its Homepage:

Eight Reasons High School Students Use LinkedIn


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