Tips on how teens can use social to score jobs

Posted at 9:43 AM, Jun 01, 2016

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 here.

Watch the full interview in the video player above.