Each week I see students in my office who are seeking jobs and internships and wonder how to network. They have heard of this thing called LinkedIn and may even have a LinkedIn profile, but many confess to having very little clue how to use this powerful online resource effectively.
If this describes you, never fear! The Career Development Center has got you covered. During the month of January we will once again be offering the LinkedIn Challenge by guiding you step-by-step through the process of building your profile and using LinkedIn. Check in with our blog every week and follow our Twitter hashtag #USTLIC for helpful tips on getting started with LinkedIn and maximizing this tool.
LinkedIn has quickly become the largest professional networking community online. You can connect with peers, with past employers, follow your target companies to learn more about them, and, most importantly, BUILD YOUR NETWORK.
So get started with the LinkedIn Challenge!
1) Create a LinkedIn account
2) Join the University of St. Thomas Career Development Groups on LinkedIn
3) Attend one of the Link & Learn workshops to be held January 7th and January 28th from 12 to 1 in MHC 124. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops to follow along for a hands-on learning experience.
Watch this short video to get inspired.
The Career Development Center will be open 12/22 – 23 and all of J-Term so come and see us soon! Have a peaceful and happy break.
…from the Career Development Center
Reminder that registrations for the Job and Internship Fair are due by this Thursday, December 18 at 4:00 to receive the early bird $15.00 fee. Orientation sessions for those who have not previously attended are being offered at the following times in 124 Murray-Herrick Campus Center. For those who have previously attended the Fair you do NOT need to attend an Orientation. Stop by 123 MHC to pick up registration materials. Check, cash, or Express dollars will be required for payment at the time of registration.
- Monday, December 15 at 12:30 and 3:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, December 16 at 2:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, December 17 at 3:00 p.m.
- Thursday, December 18 at 1:00 p.m.
Looking for a job or internship?
TommieCareers currently has over 1,500 positions available for students; including seasonal, part-time, internship and full-time jobs. Use your UST username and password to log into the site.
New Option for December Graduates with Minnesota Reading Corps and Minnesota Math Corps
Minnesota Reading Corps and Minnesota Math Corps are seeking to hire 60 people to join their current corps. A new short-term opportunity for tutors to serve from now until June is being offered in lieu of the usual year-long commitment. If you’re curious about working in a school next fall, this is a perfect stepping stone to make connections and boost your resume. Learn more and apply at www.MinnesotaReadingCorps.org or www.MinnesotaMathCorps.org.
Career Development Center Closed over Winter Break but open during J-Term
The Career Development Center will be closed December 24 through January 4, reopening at 8:00 a.m. Monday, January 5. We will be open throughout January. Call for pop-in hours available or to schedule an appointment. Seminars offered will be listed on the website.
January is a good time to get your resume developed and think ahead for a summer job or internship.
Good luck on your finals and Happy Holidays from the Career Development Center.
As you look ahead to J-term you may want to think about how to use your time effectively to move along your career planning. If you undecided about your major or career, January affords time to do some self-reflection or take one or more vocational inventories to assist in discerning a direction.
If you have selected a major, researching career options would be a next step. Talk to people. If you know someone who is working in a field or organization of interest to you, get in touch with them and request to either job shadow or conduct an informational interview to learn more about the industry, the specific job, and what you can be doing now to increase your chances of being hired later.
As a sophomore or junior you need to proactively seek internships to build your resume, gain experience and expand your professional network. Internships for J-term may not be advertised due to the short work period, so plan on spending time contacting employers or organizations you are interested in to inquire about opportunities. Talk with people at the organization and let them know you have some time in January to assist with a project. If possible, consider lengthening the experience into Spring semester. Aside from the benefit of having an opportunity to learn about a field, industry, or specific organization, an internship at any time of year is a wonderful chance to expand your network and learn more about yourself. When the time comes to find your first post-graduation job, you’ll have some experience and contacts to help you reach your goal.
Seniors can start or continue a job search using the month to arrange networking meetings, connect on LinkedIn with professional contacts or groups, apply to positions and prepare for the MN Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair (registration deadline is Thursday, Decemeber 18th!) if you plan to attend.
The Career Development Center will be open throughout the month offering pop-in hours, appointments and seminars. We look forward to seeing you soon!