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LinkedIn Challenge Week 3: Beginning to Add Connections #USTLIC

Published on: Friday, January 23rd, 2015

After you have fully completed (entered Education, Experience, and a Summary) and reviewed your LinkedIn profile (we can review it in the CDC office), you are ready to start making connections. It is best to start with people that you already know. One way to add people is to simply search for them by name. You can search for past supervisors, advisors, professors, colleagues, classmates, and family members. You never know who knows somebody that knows somebody else that can be helpful as you navigate your career path and search for jobs and internships. On the contrary, you don’t want to just add everyone you know and have 2,000 1st connections on LinkedIn. Be strategic about who you add and who their connections might be.

Another way that you can add people that you know is to use the email function to find connections. Look for the add connections icon in the top right corner:


Then you can select the email account that you would like to use to generate previous contacts. Log into your email and select the people that you would like to add to your network that are already on LinkedIn.

Linkedin email

Make sure that you don’t just select everyone! There may be people who you emailed once a long time ago that will receive a request and not really know or remember you. For your family and friends, you can select to add them and send the generic message. For past supervisors, colleagues, and professors, it would be best to add them seperately and personalize the message that you send. Adding a personal message would be more professional than the standard message that would be sent out to the group.

message1 vs. message2

Once you have connected with people that you already know, then it is time to start building your network with alumni and other professionals in fields, occupations, and companies of interest.

Next week we will focus on how to write an introduction message to make a connection with someone that you don’t already know,  how to find UST alumni on LinkedIn, and why joining groups and following companies can benefit your opportunities in the future. Follow the LinkedIn Challenge at #USTLIC!

Originally written by: Laura Kloss

Job and Internship Fair Prep: Tips 8 and 9 – #USTJobFair2015

Published on: Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Minnesota Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair

Minnesota’s Private Colleges 2015 Job and Internship Fair

This is for those already registered for Minnesota’s Private Colleges 2015 Job and Internship Fair. If you have not registered and would like to attend, please complete an Orientation to Job and Internship Fair and submit your registration before the deadline. Visit our Job and Internship Fair website for additional information and eligibility requirements.

For previous emails and tips regarding the job fair, visit our email archives.

Plan to attend Job Fair: Insiders’ Tips

This helpful session with a student and employer panel will take place Thursday, February 5 at 12:00 p.m. in Woulfe Hall, Anderson Student Center.  Following the speakers Career Counselors will be available for resume critiques.

Tip #8

Begin to gather information about interviewing skills. Pages 16-19 in your packet give further resources and information about preparing for successful interviews. Students who have attended recommend knowing about behavioral interviewing prior to the Fair.  Attend an interviewing skills seminar.

Tip #9

In addition to the Job and Internship Fair, the spring session for On-Campus Interviewing provides opportunities to meet with employers who are hiring for full-time and internship positions.  Interviews begin in February. If you have not attended an On-Campus Interviewing Orientation Session you will need to attend one of the seminars. (Note, this is different from the Job and Internship Fair Orientation Session)

Upcoming Seminars/Events

Tommie Careers and upcoming events – #USTCareerScoop

Published on: Monday, January 19th, 2015

Career Scoop from the UST Career Development Center

…from the Career Development Center

Are you looking for a part-time job, internship or full-time position?

The Career Development Center offers a job posting portal for employers and students to use free of charge.  There are currently over 1,400 positions advertised.  Log into Tommie Careers using your UST email and password.  Use the “Job Listings” tab to search for available positions in Tommie Careers.  For a more customized search use the “Advanced Search” button to fine tune your criteria.  You can even use the system to email you positions that match your outlined requirements.  Refer to the “Getting Started” Guide for directions on the “Saved Search” feature.

Upcoming Seminars

Special Events

Employers or other organizations often send our office information about events that are open to students.  We post the information on the Seminars and Events tab on the website.  Be sure to check this periodically as events are continually added that may be of interest to you.

Events currently listed: