CMS 3710: LinkedIn Profile

Students will complete the following four items for a LinkedIn profile. All should reflect best practices for LinkedIn, as defined by our readings and lectures.

  • Head Shot
  • Headline
  • Summary
  • Experience (at least three paid, volunteer, and/or internship positions). Each position should include at least three bulleted accomplishments using effective resume verbs.

Note that students are not required to create a LinkedIn account to complete this assignment.

Note also that Career Services will take a head shot for you. It’s free and you don’t need an appointment. Just dress professionally (and bring your phone if you want them to use it for the photo).

Submitting your assignment

Head shot

This due before the written materials. If you have not already done so, submit your professional head shot (in JPG format) to the D2L assignment drop box “LinkedIn head shots.”

Written materials

You have two choices.

  1. If you do not want to apply for the extra credit explained below, download the LinkedIn Profile Template, complete it, and submit the file to the D2L “LinkedIn Profile” assignment drop box.
  2. If you do want the extra credit, create your profile in LinkedIn following the directions below. Then use LinkedIn’s “More > Save to PDF” feature to generate a PDF version of your profile.

Upload either (1) the MS Word document or (2) the LinkedIn PDF to the “LinkedIn Profile” assignment drop box in D2L.

Extra Credit

Students may earn up to 10 points of extra credit on this assignment by creating a public LinkedIn profile and submitting its URL with the written materials.


Five points  will be awarded if all of the following are complete, correct, and professionally appropriate. Zero points will be awarded if any of the minimum requirements are incomplete, incorrect, or unprofessional.

  • Head Shot
  • Headline
  • Summary
  • Custom URL
  • Experience (at least one paid position or internship)

Additional points (up to 5)

If they earn the first five points, students can earn one additional point for completing any of the following areas.

  • Education
  • Organizations
  • Volunteer Experience & Causes
  • Skills & Expertise
  • Honors & Awards
  • Courses