It's no secret, potential employers use social media as a tool to check out job candidates.
But, as a young student, the thought of creating a personal brand using social can seem daunting.
Stephanie Trautman is a teacher and digital advocate at Detroit Country Day School. She joined us on 7 Action News on TV20 Detroit this morning to talk about how students can use social media to score summer jobs and internships.
Trautman encourages teens to create a LinkedIn profile. A good practice is adding mentors as connections and potential employers they'd like to learn more about. She says building a professional page can help showcase the teenager's achievements both inside and outside of the classroom as they go after big opportunities.
"Start building a brand for yourself, LinkedIn is really about branding. Start listing the accolades you've achieved, things you participated in, volunteer experiences. Make yourself stand out as a motivated individual," said Trautman.
When it comes to social media and maintaining professional profiles:
Top DO: Showcase yourself in a light and positive way
Top DON'T: Don't put too much out there that you wouldn't want the whole world to see
More tips on how to use LinkedIn as a student can be found
Watch the full interview in the video player above.