The Dreaded LinkedIn Summary…Some Tips for Students

Originally posted on The NACE Blog:
Ross Wade, assistant director, Duke University Career Center Personal blog: http://mrrosswade.wordpress.com/ LinkedIn URL: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rosswade Twitter: @rrwade Blogs from Ross Wade. 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…

What Are The Most Popular Social Media Platforms for College Students?

When I’m speaking and consulting, I frequently get asked by clients what the most platforms are and which one’s they should be on.  The question is actually more complex than just finding the most popular platforms.  In part, your question should be: What do you want to do and what is the best social media tool to achieve that outcome? The other question is… Who is your audience and what are their demographics? Individuals with different identities and demographic characteristics use different social media platforms and can also use the same platforms… Read More

SPOTLIGHT: LinkedIn for Higher Education

You might think of LinkedIn as just a tool that you use to create a profile, network, and search for jobs.  LinkedIn, however, is making a big push into higher education using its treasure trove of data to help institutions engage with prospective students and alumni.  Want to know how many people working for Google majored in philosophy?  LinkedIn can show you that.  LinkedIn is also developing helpful and educational tools for current students and career services offices.  You’d be surprised about the extent to which they are engaging the higher education… Read More

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

Originally posted on Josie Ahlquist:
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…

Your Professional Network is Powered by Bacon

Last week I started an experiment called the “6 Degrees of Esther Lloyd-Jones Project,” a play on Six Degrees of Separation and the popular “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” game.  I was motivated by the desire to see how small the student affairs profession is and discover the power of crowdsourcing on the internet.  It’s still ongoing, so please visit the page and keep contributing!  A week in, however, I wanted to share with you some of the learning I gained in starting this project.  There are far too many outcomes to… Read More