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How To Make Your Linkedin Work for You

How To Make Your Linkedin Work for You

LinkedIn is one of the most powerful tools for networking, searching for jobs, and furthering your career. It’s so useful that over 850 million users have joined the social media platform, and 6 people get hired every minute using it. While most people know how to use LinkedIn, they usually just set up their profile and accept connection requests from others. They don’t take the extra steps to get the most out of the platform and put themselves in the best position for success. 

So, what do these extra steps entail? Here’s how to effectively use LinkedIn and make your profile work for you:

  • Keep It Up to Date – A simple—yet often overlooked—part of getting the most out of your LinkedIn profile is keeping it up to date. This means uploading a recent profile picture, updating any changes in your employment, adding any new skills you’ve picked up, and being active in your account. You don’t want to present inaccurate information to people who may be interested in connecting with or hiring you.
  • Be Unique and Tell Your Story – Instead of using common buzzwords that have lost all their meaning to describe yourself, your talents, and the work you do, be unique and tell your story in an interesting way that will grab people’s attention. For example, don’t use the headline simply to list your job title, but expand on what you do, why you enjoy it, how you view your work, etc. Similarly, you can turn your summary into an interesting narrative of your professional career path instead of just listing off the jobs you’ve held.
  • Grow Your Connections – This may seem like an obvious thing to do since using LinkedIn to network is one of the platform’s biggest benefits. However, most users simply add or accept requests from individuals they know who are recommended on the website. Work on growing your connections by syncing your email list, searching for people interested in the same industries, companies, roles, and areas you are, and connecting with people you’ve personally done business with. You don’t just want to add anyone. You want quality connections with individuals who are in your field, who are serious about their careers, who you’ve worked with, and who will be able and willing to help you.
  • Take Skills Assessments and Utilize Endorsements – Two great ways to make your LinkedIn work for you are to take LinkedIn Skills Assessments and utilize Endorsements. Skill Assessments are short tests on LinkedIn that grade your proficiency in a certain area. After taking a test, you can include a badge for a specific skill on your profile if you pass. Then, users you are connected with can endorse that skill, effectively sharing that they confirm you have that skill. Receiving endorsements is a great way to validate your capabilities, but you should also give endorsements to your connections to help them out as well.
  • Use LinkedIn Learning – One of the benefits of using LinkedIn that users often overlook is LinkedIn Learning. LinkedIn Learning is a branch of LinkedIn that offers courses in many different areas. Utilizing this resource can help you learn new skills and build upon the ones you already hold. Doing so proves that you are always interested in learning more and bettering yourself, which is what many employers look for.
  • Share and Interact With Content – As the new-ish adage goes, “Content is king.” Content is all around us every day. We read it, we watch it, we listen to it. It’s how people get traffic to their website, and it’s also how others stay up to date on industry trends. That’s why you should share content that you find useful or relevant to your network, and interact with the content that other people share. This shows that you are knowledgeable, staying current on what is happening in your industry, and learning new best practices when they are first revealed.

Thompson-Markward Hall’s Impact

Thompson-Markward Hall (TMH) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the academic and professional success of young women. Located in the heart of Washington, DC, TMH offers safe, affordable, and convenient housing for women working, attending school, or interning in our nation’s capital. Included in the room and board rates are utilities, free high-speed Wi-Fi, breakfast and dinner, and a diverse, welcoming community.

In addition to offering a wonderful place to call home in DC, we provide useful information to residents and prospective applicants as a resource to help them become familiar with DC and be successful in all of their endeavors. Whether you’re currently looking for a place to stay in DC, planning for a potential future here, or simply looking to learn more about the DC area, TMH is here to help!

Learn more about our accommodations or to submit an application today to start enjoying all of the benefits of living at TMH! You can also make a donation to support the crucial work we do!

Resident Resources

Room and board is due on the first of every month. TMH does not issue payment notices. A $20.00 late fee is charged everyday beginning at 9:00 pm on the 5th day of the month until the room and board payment is received. If you are unable to make your monthly payment for any reason, please speak to management immediately.

Room and board includes the first day of the month until the morning of the last day of the month or until the morning of the day of check-out, whichever day comes first.

In the event that a resident does not stay the entire month, rent will be prorated within the same month. To view the pro-rated fee schedule and a list of other fees—click here: TMH Pro-Rated Fee Schedule 6-1-2022


Each resident is asked to abide by the TMH House Rules and Regulations stipulated here: House Rules and ProceduresRule-packet-Emergency-Procedures-Updated-12-2019. Please read this document to become familiar with TMH policies and procedures such as guest policies, meal times, smoking areas, printer and copier use, Internet and telephone use, damage charges, and much more.

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Commuting: Metro stops within walking distance are Union Station, Capitol South, and Eastern Market. Refillable SMARTRIP cards are available for purchase at all metro stops. For more information on public transportation visit WMATA.

Parking: TMH does not offer parking and street parking is limited. Most areas offer 2 hour parking from 7:00am-8:30pm and unlimited overnight parking without a permit. However, if you do not have a Residential Parking Permit and your car is seen in the area repeatedly within a 30-day period you may be ticketed for not obtaining proper tags.

Union Station is the nearest public parking garage. There is generally a wait list for obtaining a parking space. Click here to visit their website to obtain up-to-date information.

Temporary Parking Permits: DC offers Reciprocity Parking Permits in special situations. Click here to see if you qualify. If you meet the requirements, you can obtain a Proof of Residency form from the front office.

Registering Your Vehicle in DC: If you do not meet the requirements for a temporary parking permit, you may choose to register your vehicle in DC. Click here for specific instructions.

Other Transportation Information:

  • Voting: To become a registered voter in the DC area, visit the Board of Elections & Ethics. Please note that you must unregister from your current voting state in order to register as a voter in DC.
  • DC One Card: DC has a new initiative to incorporate multiple cards into one all-inclusive card. The DCOne Card is a library card, Metro card, and can grant access to Public Parks programs. Click here to register or get more information.
  • DC Plastic Bag Policy: Washington DC’s Skip the Bag, Save the River Initiative requires a $0.05 fee per bag from businesses selling food and alcohol. Be sure to take reusable bags with you to the grocery store to avoid the fee.
  • DC Emergency Alerts: The DC Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Response has an alert system to notify residents of severe weather, police activity, road closures, and school and government closings. Notifications can be received via email or text message and can be specified to neighborhoods or work areas. For text alerts sign up here.
  • DC Metropolitan Police Resources: DC Metro PD offers several resources as well as an anonymous tip line for security concerns. You can find the tip line number as well as other important emergency phone numbers here.