Named as a “Top Voice” in Education on LinkedIn for 2016

I’m beyond excited to share that I’ve been named a “Top Voice” on LinkedIn. I’ve been blogging for a number of years now, both on this website as well as on the LinkedIn platform, and I’ve found the process to be an incredibly rewarding one. The LinkedIn platform, in particular, provides an excellent low-barrier-to-entry opportunity for professionals to engage with others and practice their writing. If you haven’t tried it, I encourage you to give it a go.

The Income Disparity In College Student Social Media Use No One Is Talking About

When I present to higher education professionals on college students and social media, I often begin by providing some basic statistics on social media platform use and adoption.  My reason for sharing these statistics is to set the stage for our subsequent discussions.  Age is by far the biggest determinant of overall social media use.  If you are younger, you are far more likely to be on social media.  Outside of age, looking at other demographic factors (race, ethnicity, geography, etc.), social media adoption is relatively uniform.  What is not uniform, however,… Read More

How To Create A Successful LinkedIn Profile, In One Easy Graphic

LinkedIn is increasingly becoming an essential tool for maintaining professional relationships and networking.  When I taught a course on the higher education job search, I tried to find a simple, comprehensive guide to creating a successful LinkedIn profile.  There are a lot of them out there, but many are lacking in one area or another.  Well, my search is over and it comes in the form of the following graphic courtesy of the folks over at leisurejobs.com.  This graphic is quite simply the best and most comprehensive I have found.  If I… Read More

Why Academics Should Be On LinkedIn… And How To Do It

  Recently, I was selected by LinkedIn to be a “featured follow” on their new app for my work in higher education and technology.  As a result of this selection, I have been exploring and engaging on LinkedIn more than ever before.  Although I have always been a big fan of the site, I don’t know that I ever truly appreciated its potential.  It is an excellent way to build and maintain networks.  Increasingly, it is also an excellent source for sharing and discovering content.

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 now been working in the field of higher education for over 15 years, over time I have become more and more aware of how true this is. When I reflect back on the jobs I have held… Read More