80% of Jobs Are Landed Through Networking

  When speaking about digital and social technology and the importance of leveraging it for career success, I often share this statistic that comes from John Bennett:  80% of jobs are landed through networking and personal relationships.  Although I cannot vouch for the research behind it, it's not a statistic I find surprising.  As I have... Continue Reading →

The Dreaded LinkedIn Summary…Some Tips for Students

If you aren’t following the NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) blog, I highly encourage you to do so.  You don’t even need to work in Career Services to benefit.  There are great tips here for your own job search or general work with students.  Check out the following post about writing LinkedIn summaries.  Great stuff!

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Students understand more and more the power of LinkedIn, and the importance of not only being on LinkedIn, but also actually using it to successfully market themselves and connect with professionals. I feel like I’ve worked with a gazillion students on how to create an effective LinkedIn profile, and the one section that causes my students the most problems is that dang summary section! In advising sessions the following questions always come up: “Do I use first or third person?” “How long should it be?” “Should I discuss my passion for baking?” “Should I list skills…isn’t that redundant since there is that ‘Skills & Endorsements’ section already in my profile?” “Do I really even need a summary?”

Yes! Students should totally take advantage of the summary section!

Earlier this year…

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Stupid Resume Advice [REBLOG]

 paulgordonbrown: Once a month I re-blog a post that I find interesting and want to highlight.  This post comes from Patrick Love.  It’s a great reminder for the experienced job searcher and a great crash course for the new one.  It has some not-so-standard advice you might hear about your resume. Originally posted on Patrick Love's Life: I... Continue Reading →

Social Media Triple Threat for the Class of 2014 Job Search [REBLOG]

magnifying-glassA really great and useful piece by Josie Ahlquist on how to clean up your digital presence for a job search and then how to leverage it.  Josie does some amazing research on college students and social media use.  Her entire site is definitely worth a look.

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LMU Graduation. Photo Credit: Anthony Garrison-Engbrecht

I write this post to the class of 2014 college graduates.  Putting in four years to earn your undergraduate (or five…or six) I’m sure ready to go put that degree to work!  You have the grades, the extracurriculars, internships, and even great references.  But in todays fiercely competitive economy there is no guarantee that you’ll even get an interview.

Nope, many of those times I listed above are given.  The leadership roles, high GPA, service projects, etc.  Still nothing.

I have watched recent alumni take jobs at coffee shops after graduation, as I wonder if they can afford their student loan payments.  Yes watch out, those payments kick in six months after walking across that stage.

Okay deep breaths, hope is not lost.  You got this!  Social media isn’t just for Instagramming your bling’d out graduation cap or staying in touch with your fellow…

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