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What's In It For Me? Why LinkedIn Matters. Many students use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and other social media sites but likely not for job search or professional networking purposes (a topic for a future post).

What's In It For Me? Why LinkedIn Matters

However, when asked about LinkedIn, most admit they have a half-completed profile at best or they lament that their uncle has been bugging them to sign up and "connect" but they haven't had time or understand why it's important. If you have a partially completed profile on Facebook, would you really be using or benefitting from membership? Of course not! So having a partially completed profile on LinkedIn and remaining inactive doesn't provide any benefit either. There's a lot of confusion about how and why using LinkedIn is helpful when exploring careers or searching for jobs and internships. You can learn a lot just from looking at profiles of entry-level professionals in fields or organizations of interest.

UM students are fortunate to have a very large network of enthusiastic alums. Untitled. Untitled. 10 career paths for phds. Should You Write a LinkedIn Summary in 1st or 3rd Person? LinkedIn is a great website and a necessary tool for getting yourself noticed with candidates and clients.

Should You Write a LinkedIn Summary in 1st or 3rd Person?

A lot of key people take time to get their profiles updated, including the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. This shows that LinkedIn is not only used by recruiters but also managers and executives who may be looking for potential candidates to “take under their wing” and train. Therefore, ensuring you have a complete LinkedIn profile to push your career forward has never been more important! No Concrete Steps to Building a Profile: The only difficult thing about LinkedIn is that there is no prescribed way to get your profile done. Be yourself – the summary is to give people an idea as to who you are, not what you have done in the past five years (that’s what the bio-data is for).

RELATED: Do Yourself a Favor and Spruce Up Your LinkedIn Summary! First Person or Third? In the end, it would really be up to you and how you feel about it. Image: Shutterstock Related January 5, 2012. What's the deal with informational interviews? A reader writes: Would it be OK for me to contact a college alum who is in a senior-level position at a company I’m interested in working for AFTER I apply for a job at the company (e.g. to ask if s/he could personally consider my resume and/or if s/he knows of a job that would better fit my skills and interests)?

what's the deal with informational interviews?

I read a post on your blog saying that some applicants ask for an “informational interview” with someone they know at the company and try to use that as kind of a “back-door” way of getting the job, and I heard that’s frowned upon by many employers in the U.S. Actually useful questions to ask in informational interviews. A reader writes: You’ve written before about how NOT to behave in an informational interview (i.e. use it to try to get a job), but I wonder what you recommend to get the most out of them when you’re approaching the meeting with the proper mindset.

actually useful questions to ask in informational interviews

I’m about six months away from getting a masters degree, and another student in my program recently arranged for me to have lunch with her and a family friend. She organized the lunch because the family friend works in an industry related to the particular niche of our field I’d like to work in. This was an incredibly kind thing of her to do, but it was rather short notice, and I scrambled to come up with questions.

I asked a few specific things about the direction the industry is going in, and a few questions about a new side project her company has that’s of particular interest to me, but I fear that beyond that she was left to lead the conversation more than I would have liked. How to write your CV and Cover Letter for development. What to Do When You Have No Idea What to Do with Your Life. How to lessen the pressure of the single most daunting question: 'What do you want to be when you grow up?

What to Do When You Have No Idea What to Do with Your Life

' The pressure to figure out what you’re doing with your life starts early—and it begins as almost a joke. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Your parents ask 4-year-old you, mostly because it’s cute to see tiny humans rattle off improbable career choices. But now that the real decision is upon you, you’re feeling paralyzed when it comes to what’s next. The problem here isn’t that you have to choose something; it’s that the way we frame the choosing makes the answer seem so final: Pick a career, start running at it headlong and hope it holds. But here’s the thing: When you ask successful people, most of them didn’t have a vision of exactly where they would end up. Take NASA’s Adam Steltzner—he directs Mars rover landings. To find out why, he signed up for an astronomy class. Follow people who are doing the things you’re interested in.3.