Join the Idealist Careers LinkedIn Boot Camp!


When it comes to job seeking online, much of the advice out there encourages you to be on the defense: after all, potential employers are searching for you online, ready to reject you for any incriminating photos or poorly written rants, so you better make your image squeaky clean.

Unfortunately this advice limits the power and potential of online networking and branding. You don’t have to hide your personality and you certainly don’t have to keep to yourself. In fact, we think you should approach job seeking online with a completely different mindset: with a desire to connect with others and make it easy for opportunities and people to find you.

LinkedIn represents a great place to start building your network and reputation online. Yet it’s also a platform that’s easy to get lost in: How personal can you be? Is it OK to reach out to people that you don’t know? How often should you be updating your profile?

That’s why we’re excited to announce the Idealist Careers LinkedIn Boot Camp.

Starting Tuesday, February 18th, you’ll receive two emails each week over two and a half weeks. Each email will include an assignment and resources to help you tackle a different element of creating a great profile and networking on LinkedIn. Here’s a rundown of the class:

• Day 1: Create a Better LinkedIn Headline
• Day 2: Optimize Your LinkedIn Summary
• Day 3: Complete Your LinkedIn Profile
• Day 4: Build Your LinkedIn Network
• Day 5: Nurture Your LinkedIn Network

Alyson Weiss, Idealist Careers writer and social media specialist at Career Moves – a division of JVS, is the genius behind the daily prompts and we’re excited to have her share her expertise.

Edit: And to clarify, this is an email, text-based course. There are no webinars or recordings. We are sending the emails twice per week over two and a half weeks so you have time to do the assignments.

Registration is closed. Thanks for your interest!

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  1. I’m thrilled to hear about this.

  2. Suzanne

    Since registration is now closed, will you be offering it again?
    Thank you,

    • Hi Suzanne,

      We might! We’re not sure when but we’ll certainly let our community know.


  3. Kathleen

    I too am disappointed that registration is closed. Please consider a second session as I think this is particularly beneficial to a 50+ job seeker. Many of us have held one position for over 25 years and have been less likely to develop digital networking profiles, which are now proving to be invaluable in a job hunt. Thank you.

    • Siri

      Like Kathleen I am a 50+ job seeker and could use some help with this. Thanks.

  4. compton mcdonald

    I am a DePaul graduate–see my profile. When you reopen registration, please let me know.

    Compton McDonald

  5. karen andrew

    I too would like to see this offered again. I am also over an over 50 career changer and find computer contact difficult to manage. I am on Linked in, but I really have no idea how to use it, therefore I never go into it.

  6. Chelsea Metivier

    I would also love to see this offered again!

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