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The first thing committees or hiring managers do after they’ve received your application is Google you! As a scientific professional who is preparing for this competitive job market, presenting yourself as effectively as possible is essential, and having a carefully thought-out LinkedIn® profile is a great start. I would like to share with you some tips to boost your profile and increase your chance of career opportunities: 

  • Connect with past colleagues and classmates 
  • Update your profile with new accomplishments 
  • Use the free LinkedIn application, and stay connected on the go 
  • Upload a professional photo 
  • Write a compelling, succinct summary about your expertise  
  • Don’t forget to add your work history, your education, and your skills 
  • Connect with groups related to your career interest and former academic institutions. For example, join the intramural NICHD alumni group before leaving NIH  

2014 Three-minute Talks logoRemember NICHD is launching the “three-minute talks—TmT” competition for intramural trainees at the graduate and postdoctoral level, to communicate in three minutes or less the substance of your research. Up to ten finalists will receive a “TmT” video clip of their research talk, which can be featured on your LinkedIn profiles. Competition details and submission forms are found at fellows.nichd.nih.gov. Sign up quickly, our first workshop is scheduled for January 30, 2014.