United Blog – LinkedIn 101: How to Advance Your Career Using LinkedIn

When working to advance your career, LinkedIn is more valuable now than ever. With over 645 million users in more than 200 countries around the world, LinkedIn can help you get your dream job regardless of where you are or the type of job you want.

LinkedIn is a combination of your living resume and a place to network with other professionals, search for career opportunities, and showcase your knowledge and expertise. As the largest professional social network, having a presence on LinkedIn can help advance your career. Keep reading to find out how!

Create Your Profile

Creating your profile is the first step to advancing your career using LinkedIn. As your living resume, your profile gives you the opportunity to show off your education, skills, experience, and more. Building a complete and professional LinkedIn profile is necessary before applying for jobs on LinkedIn because recruiters will look at your profile when you apply. Here is the list of what to include:

  • Photo – Use a professional looking headshot to help you get noticed.
  • Name – Add your first and last name to be easily found via search.
  • Headline – Include a headline that describes your career, such as “Medical Assistant”.
  • Location – Include your current location, or the location where you’re applying for jobs.
  • Contact information – List your email address, phone number (if you want to include it), and the link to any website or portfolio you have.
  • Background Image – Add a professional background photo that is relevant to your field, such as a photo of you in scrubs if you work in the medical field.
  • About – Use this section to talk about your career, including past experiences and future goals.
  • Experience – List your experience including the organization, your job title, dates employed, and a short description of the job you performed.
  • Skills – List your specialized skills, including both hard and soft skills.
  • Education – List your education, including the school, degree, and years attended.
  • Licenses and Certifications – List all licenses and certifications you hold, including the name, issuing organization, and dates valid.
  • Volunteer Experience – Include volunteer work, including the company, your role, and a description.
  • Accomplishments – List your accomplishments, such as awards, courses, projects, articles, and additional languages you speak.

As recruiters and hiring managers search LinkedIn for potential job candidates, they use keywords to find ideal candidates. For this reason, be sure to include these keywords in various sections of your LinkedIn profile as you are writing the content, as this will make you appear more in search results.

Build Your Network

If you’re just starting out in your career and do not yet have a large professional network, LinkedIn is here to help, as it provides the perfect place to build your network. Start by adding people you already know. Import your phone and email contacts into LinkedIn and send connection requests to them. You can also add teachers, fellow students, alumni from your school, supervisors, and coworkers.

For companies that you want to work for or are well-known in your industry, follow their LinkedIn pages as well so that you see their open positions first. You can also join LinkedIn groups that are relevant to your career in order to meet and connect with other professionals in the groups.

Ask for Recommendations

Recommendations on your LinkedIn profile from supervisors and coworkers can make a huge impact when trying to advance your career. When potential employers see these, they get a sense of how great you are at your job and how valuable you are to others.

When just starting out in your profession, you may not have many people you can ask for recommendations yet. Even if your past work experience is in a different field, begin by asking previous supervisors and coworkers for recommendations.

If you’re currently in school, ask teachers, classmates, and people you’ve worked with at your externship site for recommendations. Even though you haven’t worked directly for other students, they can still recommend you for things like a positive attitude, work ethic, and teamwork skills.

Share Content and Engage

As the largest professional social network, LinkedIn is the perfect place to share your knowledge and expertise. Relevant photos, videos, articles, infographics, and status updates are all great to share. Sharing content from other people and pages is great as well.

Engaging with other professionals on LinkedIn by liking, commenting, and sharing their posts will help you build positive relationships with them. Congratulating others when they get a promotion or have a work anniversary, and reaching out to people individually are also great ways to engage. For example, if you’re applying to a specific job, you can message the recruiter who posted it with questions.

Search for Job Opportunities

With your awesome profile and great recommendations, you’re ready to search and apply for jobs on LinkedIn. Finding the perfect job for you has never been easier because you can search based on many different criteria, such as job title, keyword, company, location, industry, experience level, and more.

If you’re serious about a job, send a connection request to the recruiter who posted the job. This shows that you’re interested in the position and have done your homework.

There is a “Career Interests” section in LinkedIn that allows you to let recruiters know you’re open to new career opportunities. Turn this on and add your preferred job title, job type, and location. Doing this increases your chances of recruiters contacting you because they already know you are interested.

Fast-Track Your Career Today

Now that you’re on the way to advancing your career using LinkedIn, get the training and certifications needed for your dream job. United Career Institute is here to help you succeed with fast-track training programs in Medical Assisting and Medical Office Administration. Call (724) 515-2440 or request information to get started now!

The Value of Fast Track Training

Do you want to start your career and get into your dream job faster? Want to take classes that teach exactly what you need to know for future jobs? Don’t want to waste four to six years in school? Then fast track career training may be perfect for you!

Fast track programs give students the opportunity to start their careers more quickly, earn valuable certifications, have increased flexibility, and take advantage of expanded career opportunities.

Read on as we share exactly why fast track training is so valuable!

Put Your Career On The Fast Track

Enrolling in a fast track training program enables students to start their careers more quickly than those who spend four to six years attending a traditional university. This gives students a head start in their careers because they can gain experience and start earning an income sooner.

The Value of Fast Track Training

Fast track training programs take less time for students to complete, and therefore, they are more career focused. This means that students don’t have to take general classes that don’t apply to their careers.

At  United Career Institute, our fast track career training programs can be completed in as little as 18 months, and students take the exact classes needed for their careers, because who wants to spend hours in classes they will never use?

Earn Hands-On Certifications

More and more, healthcare employers prefer that job candidates have professional certifications that are specific to the job in which they are applying. When students earn certifications offered by third-party organizations, it lets employers know that the students have the hands-on skills and experience necessary to complete the job.

Another advantage to fast track career training at United is that students have the opportunity to prepare and sit for professional certification tests as part of their program. In the Medical Assisting program, students prepare for the National Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, Certified EKG Technician, and Certified Phlebotomy Technician certification tests.

As part of our Medical Office Administration program, students prepare for the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant, Certified Billing and Coding Specialist, and Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist certification tests.

Increased Flexibility

For students who must balance work, family, and personal responsibilities while attending school, fast track career training offers the increased flexibility they need. Since students take the exact classes necessary for their careers, they have more time for everything else.

The ability to balance other responsibilities while attending a fast track training program can make a positive impact in the lives of students by allowing them to continue working and spending more time with family while completing their program.

Expanded Career Opportunities

Completing a fast track career training program and earning numerous professional certifications sets students up for success by providing them with expanded career opportunities. It shows prospective employers that you’re willing to work hard to meet your goals and can get the job done.

When applying for jobs, candidates who have completed career training and earned professional certifications stand out over those who have not. At United, our fast track training programs prepare students for actual careers, and we are committed to empowering each and every student to succeed.

Ready to Get Started?

With fast track career training programs, personalized attention, small class sizes, and career services, United is here to help you get into your dream job faster! Are you ready to make the move and put your career on the fast track? Request information or call 724-515-2440 now to get started!

Medical Assisting – Program Highlight

With the ever increasing demand for medical professionals, becoming a Medical Assistant can be a great career path for anyone who wants to break into the healthcare field.

At United Career Institute, we designed our healthcare training programs to meet the needs of local employers, so you can gain the education and skills necessary to succeed in your medical career.

Medical Assisting

Read on to learn all about our Medical Assisting program and how it can launch you into a great healthcare career!

What You’ll Learn

As part of the Medical Assisting program at UCI, you’ll prepare for a successful career with hands-on training that enables you to successfully care for patients while on the job. Checking vital signs, performing lab tests, assisting with minor surgeries, conducting eye exams, and practicing phlebotomy are just a few of the clinical skills you will learn in your medical assisting classes.

You will also learn valuable front-office skills including how to manage a medical office, process insurance claims, transcribe medical charts, and practice HIPAA procedures.

With the increasing need for healthcare professionals in Westmoreland County, these clinical and front-office skills are extremely valuable to local employers.

Career Opportunities

As the medical field continues to grow and expand, so do the career opportunities. Healthcare employers need candidates who have the education, skills, and training necessary to get the job done.

By earning your Medical Assisting specialized associate degree at United Career Institute, you can be prepared for a career as a Medical Assistant in many types of facilities, such as hospitals, doctor’s offices, clinics, blood banks, and long-term care facilities.

Professional Certifications

Earning professional certifications allows you to put your career on the fast track. They show potential employers that you are qualified, can get the job done, and have met the standards established by the third-party organizations that host the certification exams.

With technology and best practices changing over time, healthcare certifications help you stay current in the medical field. Because certifications are preferred by many employers, you will have more career opportunities once you’ve earned this stamp of approval.

As part of the United Career Institute’s  Medical Assisting program, you are prepared to sit for numerous professional certifications from the National Healthcareer Association, including National Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, Certified EKG Technician, and Certified Phlebotomy Technician.

Student Success at UCI

Student success is our top priority and we strive to educate, encourage, and empower students to reach their career goals. With academic advising, personalized attention, career services, and hands-on training, students have the support necessary for professional success.

Ready to kick start your career?

Take the next step to begin your career as a Medical Assistant today. Request information now to get started!