LinkedIn Tips When You’re Looking for a Job

LinkedIn tips to set you apart & how the platform can benefit those searching for jobs in allied health and trade fields.
Request More Info
Your safety and education are priorities for SCI. Until further notice, we’re offering our classes in a hybrid/online teaching environment.

By submitting this form, I agree that Southern Careers Institute may contact me via email, text message or telephone, including the use of autodialers, regarding its programs and offers. Standard text and/or usage rates may apply.

For job seekers, having a LinkedIn profile is critical. Often when a hiring manager or HR representative is evaluating a candidate, the second place they look (after the resume) is their LinkedIn profile. But, is this true for all types of positions, including positions in allied health or trade-based positions? The answer: Yes! Our career services team created this list of LinkedIn tips that can help set you apart, as well as an overview of how LinkedIn can benefit those searching for jobs in allied health and trade fields.

Importance of Your LinkedIn Profile

As important as nailing your resume is, it can only tell potential employers so much about who you are and what you are passionate about. Many employers are now turning to LinkedIn and other forms of social media to learn more about potential hires whose resumes interest them before deciding who to invite to an interview.

Keeping your Facebook and Twitter profiles private is often the best course of action, and the opposite is true when it comes to LinkedIn. Do trade industry workers need LinkedIn profiles? LinkedIn profiles for job seekers in the trade industry can be used to connect with anyone and everyone in your field, search for positions that interest you, and give potential employers a way to see who you are as a person instead of what you look like on paper.

LinkedIn Tips When You’re Looking for a Job in the Trades or Allied Health


No matter what field you’re searching for a position in, having a professional LinkedIn profile provides information beyond your resume that can increase potential employers’ interest in inviting you to an interview. Here are five helpful tips for creating a profile that portrays you in the best possible light!

Tip #1: Highlight Your Accomplishments

If you’re searching for a new position in an allied health or trade field, your potential employers will want to know about any special qualifications you have that set you apart from other applicants. Many of these positions involve a two-year degree or similar certification that identifies your educational qualifications, and you can also list any relevant volunteer experience, internships or apprenticeships, or other employment histories that show potential employers your passion for your field.

Tip #2: Choose a Professional Photo

Employers want to know that you take professionalism seriously, and a quick glance at your LinkedIn profile picture provides insight into your attention to detail and understanding of what is appropriate in your field. Select a high-resolution photo that includes professional attire, good lighting, and a simple and non-distracting background. Many of today’s flagship phones are capable of taking high-resolution photos that will work well for LinkedIn, and it can also be worthwhile to have a professional photo taken.

Tip #3: Respond to Messages and Follow Requests

Being active on LinkedIn shows that you are serious about finding a position that is a good fit for you. Responding to messages and follow requests in a timely manner exhibits your dependability and punctuality, and accepting as many requests as possible can help you find new opportunities down the road. Even if you don’t know someone or are not interested in a particular position, accepting the request anyway or sending a simple “no thank you” response to a message can help you keep doors open that may benefit you as you advance in your career.

Tip #4: Use Your Summary to Your Advantage

Your summary should be more than a list of items that can be found elsewhere in your profile–or, worse yet, left blank. Use this section to tell a story that is both concise and captures your personality while sharing your journey in your field.  

Tip #5: Update Your Profile Regularly

Adding new details to your LinkedIn profile regularly is a must when it comes to showing potential employers the most complete picture of your qualifications. Be sure to update your profile whenever you change jobs, acquire new responsibilities at your current position, learn a new program or other skill that is relevant to your field, or complete a new degree or certification to help you present the best version of yourself to potential employers.

Your LinkedIn profile is a crucial tool when you are searching for a new position, including in the allied health and trade fields. Having a positive online presence is a must in the 21st century, and LinkedIn is the first place many employers go to learn more about a candidate before meeting in person. Our Career Services team is here every step of the way, helping you to become a marketable job candidate—starting with this list of LinkedIn tips! Build relationships through externships and projects designed by career coaches. Hone soft skills to become the best candidate you can be. And, explore career opportunities during and after school. 

After using these tips for LinkedIn profiles, Southern Careers Institute offers 20 career-focused programs preparing students to take 40 industry-preferred certification exams at our eight campuses or online. Learn more about starting your career when you request more info today.

This article was published on: 08/4/21 12:05 AM

What SCI Students Are Saying

"Just finished school for welding. Had the best experience with Southern Careers Institute, and had a lot of fun with my buddies. Already working at SpaceX. SCI is the place to be guys! Don't wait any longer, sign up!”


Enrique H.

"I recently achieved my dream of becoming a CDL driver, passing my CDL exams at our local DMV in Edinburg. Mr. Gonzalez was such a great instructor, even though it was raining I passed with flying colors!”


Juan L.
Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator

“I made a complete career change when I started my training at Southern Careers Institute. I needed a stable career to continue providing for my growing family. SCI provided me with the medical terminology and know how that I needed to understand and acquire a career in the medical field. SCI taught me that it doesn’t matter where you are in life right now; you always have room to advance and learn.”


Denise S.
Medical Assistant

“I am extremely grateful for the assistance I received from SCI’s Career Services team. I enjoy where I work and what I do. SCI has helped me succeed in life by getting me the necessary education and by making me a stronger and more confident person.”


Raquel S.

“Once I graduated from SCI, I had a sense of accomplishment that helped me through the job search process. SCI provided me with the opportunity to brush up on my skills, extend my accounting knowledge, and they boosted my self-confidence. I went to work two days after my last day of school.”


Annette D.
Business Accounting

“When my youngest child graduated from high school, I told my husband that it was my time. I went back to school to change careers after spending 37 years in the business field. At SCI, the instructors are professional, and they care about what they are teaching you, as well as expect you to give 100% in return. I had problems understanding how to draw in syringes and give injections. I requested extra help from a knowledgeable instructor, and I was able to receive one-on-one training. Today, I draw injections for approximately 100 patients each week. I am very confident in what I’ve learned. SCI has given me the chance to do what I always wanted to do. Thank you for my education. I am doing wonderful.”


Bonnie M
Medical Assistant

“I am now a certified Lab Tech. SCI helped me get an externship, and I came out with a job. After my little sister had cancer, I knew I wanted a career in the medical field that allowed me to help others. I am happy about what I do.”


Sidney B
Medical Assistant

“The best place ever!! Ms.Tonia rocks she is the best teacher… I love going to school my time there is amazing.”


Andrea Garcia

“Southern Careers went beyond my expectations. Very impressed. The assistance I got from Career Services is truly amazing. They really went out of their way to get me placed. They really care and I am grateful to all of them.”


Olga C.

“Southern Careers Institute totally surpassed my expectations. Once I finished school, the Career Services team helped me find a job. I would tell anyone thinking about starting career training that you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. I wish I would have started my training sooner.”


Valerie D.

Speak with an
Admissions Advisor

Call 1.833.SCI.TEXAS

Our mission is to be a leading talent producer by delivering employer tailored training that results in a day-1 ready workforce.

Contact Us Today