Twenty-three of you showed up for our LinkedIn workshop this afternoon. Yay!
In case you didn’t make it to the workshop, check out these top three tips from Tim and Tracy on how to build a great student LinkedIn profile:
1. Craft an informative profile headline
Your profile headline gives people a short, memorable way to understand who you are in a professional context. Think of the headline as the slogan for your professional brand, such as “Student, National University” or “Recent honors grad seeking marketing position.” Check out the profiles of students and recent alums you admire for ideas and inspiration.
2. Pick an appropriate photo
LinkedIn is not Facebook. If you choose to post a photograph — and we recommend that you do — select a professional, high-quality headshot of you alone. That means no party photos, cartoon avatars, or cute pics of your puppy.
3. Show off your education
Include information about all institutions you’ve attended. Include your major and minor if you have one, as well as highlights of your activities. It’s also appropriate to include study abroad programs and summer institutes. Don’t be shy — your LinkedIn profile is an appropriate place to show off your strong GPA and any honors or awards you’ve won.
Still want to learn more? Mark your calendars for the next LinkedIn workshop on Nov. 5th.
“It’s the presumption that building relationships in a professional context is like flossing,” writes Reid Hoffman, the co-founder of LinkedIn. “You’re told it’s important, but it’s no fun.” In his new book, The Start-up of You, Hoffman reminds us that with the right attitude, networking and the job search in general, can, in fact, be an adventurous process,
Check out this article for more job search tips from Hoffman.
Please remember to upload application materials and apply to opportunities via MOJO prior to the 11:59 p.m. deadline. If you don’t you risk missing the deadline!
Get your MOJO working early. Do not wait until 11:59 p.m. of the deadline day!
After reading the title, don’t you just wish you had twitter?
You would have access to all these amazing tweets.
It’s never too late to jump on board.
When you are on the job or internship hunt, it pays to be informed. You want, and sort of need, to know the ins and outs of the industry, company, and position you are looking to possibly commandeer. One of the many qualifications that employers are looking for, or that I have noticed, is to have a genuine interest in field “X”. To have an interest in a specific field, it kind of maybe ish might help if you knew a little bit about that field. One of Middlebury’s tasty resources can help put you on the road to job enlightenment. What resource am I alluding to? The VAULT baby, the VAULT.
Too cool for facebook? LinkedIn is just the thing for you! LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking site that connects you to classmates, colleagues, employers and even “others”. Think of it as professional networking that you can do in your pajamas.
For those who are already LinkedIn, brush off the dust on your profile and update it! Let your connections know about your most recent work/volunteer/educational experience. Connect with more people using their “People You May Know” application. It’s AMAZING how LinkedIn knows who you may know…almost scary.
Hello seniors! Are you aware of the recent changes Facebook made? If you haven’t updated your privacy setting, YOU REALLY SHOULD.
Weren’t you (pleasantly) surprised to see that you could view the profile pictures of that girl or guy you ran into at the hockey game? Wasn’t it cool to see the list of movies he or she liked and sense a sort of connection with that person? Is this getting creepy?
Let’s just say, you are not the only one with special powers. Others can do the same thing with your profile meaning that your private information like status updates, photos, and even shared links are exposed to the general public, which **HINT HINT** includes your parents, professors, and – yes, I’ll go there – your future employers.
How about we prevent the makings of another sob story? Go and update your facebook privacy settings today! To those of you who are facebook retarded, the New York Times can help you fix your settings.
Hopefully you’ve got the hang of using MOJO to apply for jobs and keep track of on-campus recruiting events. It’s a great resource that focuses on employers who actively recruit Middlebury students, so the chances of them liking you are high! But, how often do you head over to LACN from MOJO?
LACN…”lackin”… is that even a word?
No, it’s not. But it is another place to search for employers who are actively targeting students like you — smart, hard-working, multi-talented liberal arts kids. You can get to LACN by linking to it from MOJO. Unfortunately, the process for linking directly is complicated and you would have to register, etc. The easiest way is to head to the MOJO home page, and under “Jump to” click LACN. The format is almost exactly the same, but there are a lot more jobs!