4. Highlight both your education, volunteer experience and jobs
Your online CV should represent all of you. Remember that you gain valuable skills from more than just the jobs where you where payed. List all the different roles and positions you have had and add a short description each place of what you learned or gained experience from.
5. Make use of multimedia
LinkedIn allows you to post videos, pictures and presentations of your work.
As a student this is a platform for you to share the projects you engage in each semester. That give people a better understanding of what you work on and how you work! Also, profiles with media elements get subsequently more views.
6. Do not be stingy with connection requests
It is always better to add recent connections straight away. Whether you are working with someone new or meet someone interesting at an event (such as IT Match Making), be proactive and reach out to people you admire or want to get to know. Connections are helpful for many reasons and an important part of using the platform effectively. Building a professional network while you study will not only help you in job search, but could give you valuable inputs from professionals on your papers and projects.
7. Browse your network and reconnect with people
Take a few moments every few months to look at your network and send people quick messages saying hello, congrats on the new job or anything else. You need to keep relationships strong before you are asking for a favour. If someone is doing something you are truly interested in, take it a step further and suggest a quick catch up or coffee.