LinkedIn provides a platform for students to become visible to potential employers, gather names for informational interviewing or networking, and have access to internship or job postings. If you don’t have a profile, spend some time this summer developing one. If you have a resume completed you often will use similar information to create your profile. LinkedIn goes above and beyond a resume providing a format for you to develop a more in-depth profile with information about your experiences, involvements and skill development. The site will guide you in creating a profile with recommended categories.
Once you have developed a profile it is time to build your network by connecting with others and joining groups related to your intended major, career field or industry of interest. Use the Career Development Center LinkedIn handout to learn more about building a profile, connecting with others and how to make the most of your profile. We are glad to review your profile and demonstrate how to effectively use this important networking tool. Call 651-962-6761 to schedule a time for your profile review. Plan to attend the seminar, Building and Using Your LinkedIn Profile, on Friday, June 24th at noon in 124 MHC.
Seminars this week: (held in 124 MHC)
Pop-in Hours this week:
- Monday, June 13th: 10 am – noon and 1- 2 pm
- Tuesday, June 14th: 10 – 11 am and 1- 2 pm
- Wednesday, June 15th: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm and 1- 2 pm
- Thursday, June 16th: 10 – 11 am and 1- 3 pm
- Friday, June 17th: 11 am – 12 pm and 1- 2 pm
Networking is a key activity for any successful internship or job search
As you think ahead to fall, or even summer 2017, it is not too early to begin discussing options with your networking contacts. What network you say? If that is your reaction, then now is the time to identify and connect with your people! Brainstorm everyone you know…yes, EVERYONE. Although your contacts may not be in your intended career field, they likely know people you could talk to or connect with in your search process.
Start with your core contacts (those you are closest to and who feel safe) and venture out to others as you develop your networking skills. After you have brainstormed your network, the next step is to reach out to them. Networking involves informing the person why you are contacting them and asking for some type of assistance. The conversation may look like this:
“Hi, I don’t know if you remember, but I am currently a student at St. Thomas about to enter my junior year studying Chemistry. In the coming year I want to have an internship to develop my skills in the field and build my resume prior to gradation. I am especially interested in working in a lab as I have enjoyed lab work during my semesters. I know you aren’t in the field, but thought you might know of someone who works at a lab that you think would be a good contact for me. Is there anyone you can recommend who works in any type of role at a lab related company?”
If your contact doesn’t know anyone, ask if they know someone who might know of someone else who would have a contact. Always end by thanking them for their time and offering them assistance at any future date. Be intentional about building your network and making connections over the summer. This may position you to discover internships or jobs that will never be advertised, or at least bring your resume to the top of the pile to be considered for an interview when you apply. Keep a list of all your contacts and update them when you secure a position.
Seminar offerings this week: all held in 124 MHC
Individual appointments and pop-in hours are offered daily. Call 651-962-6761 for availability.
First Destination Survey
Wondering what job titles are open to students/alumni in your major, what companies you could work for or how much money you might make after graduating? The Career Development Center surveys alumni annually to compile a report of post-graduation activities. The 2015 Undergraduate First Destination Survey has been completed and provides answers to the earlier questions. Download the report or view on-line.
A few quick facts:
- Overall, 94.6% of graduates from the 2015 graduating class reported employment, enrollment in graduate school, volunteer activities or enlistment in the military.
- The median salary range for full-time employment was $40,001-$45,000.
- Overall, 64.88% of graduates reported having an internship while at St. Thomas.
- Those who visited the Career Center 9 times or more showed high full-time employment rates, up to 80%.
The Career Center IS open during the summer! For pop-in times and appointments, call 651-962-6761. Recent graduates…aka, alumni, are eligible for services to assist with job search or graduate school preparation.
Seminars for the month of June include a variety of topics:
Resume Writing & Cover Letters– June 2nd at noon or June 16th at noon
Interviewing Skills: June 2nd at 12:30 pm (following resume seminar at noon)
LinkedIn: Building Your Profile (Part 1): June 6th at noon or June 24th at noon
I’m On LinkedIn, Now What? (Part 2): June 6th at 12:30 pm or June 24th at 12:30 pm
Job and Internship Search Strategies: June 9th at noon
Evaluating Offers and Negotiating Salaries: June 20th at noon
Graduate and Advanced Degree Seekers: June 30th at noon