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#USTLinkedInChallenge Week 2 Recap

We hope you’re finding these prompts helpful and motivational! Below is a recap of the first week of #USTLinkedInChallenge prompts, in case you’re joining late and need to catch up! We can’t wait to see you next Monday for the next challenge!

#USTLinkedInChallenge Day #5: Give 2 connections recommendations.

A solid recommendation makes anyone shine on LinkedIn, so pay it forward! An ideal recommendation will include how long you’ve known the person and the context of your working relationship, a standout trait or skill that person posesses, and a sincere recommendation to work with the person. You can recommend people you’ve worked with as peers, as supervisors, or as supervisees, and they don’t have to be looking for a job or internship to deserve a recommendation!   

#USTLinkedInChallenge Day #6: Do a LinkedIn Learning course.

Did you know there are 16,000+ courses taught by professionals on LinkedIn?! No matter what field you’re in or what skills you want to expand, there’s likely a LinkedIn Learning course that will help you. St. Thomas students get unlimited access to courses, so check our LinkTree for directions on how to access those courses! P.S. You can also add certificates of completion to your profile to show your network what you’ve accomplished! 

#USTLinkedInChallenge Day #7: Add new skills or projects.

Adding skills and projects to your profile makes it easier for recruiters to find you and assess if your skills match their needs. If you’re wondering what skills are most important in your industry, read through job postings for your field and look for commonly mentioned technical or transferrable skills! Add the ones you already have to your profile, and brainstorm ways to gain the skills you don’t yet possess 

#USTLinkedInChallenge Day #8: Review your profile photo. 

Simply having a profile photo on LinkedIn will get your profile more views. To maximize its effectiveness, check to see that your photo is a recent, high-resolution photo of you in your work clothes. Keep your background simple, aim for your face to take up about 60% of the frame, and let your expression reflect your authentic personality!  

#USTLinkedInChallenge Day #9: Connect with 2 Tommie Alumni.

You can easily search for Tommie alums who are working in careers that interest you! Search for the University of St. Thomas on LinkedIn, head to our Homepage, and click “Alumni” at the top of the page. Use keywords to search for job titles, fields, or companies that interest you. When you find someone you’d like to reach out to, always use the option to “Send a note” after you hit “connect” to introduce yourself to your new connection and express why you’re interested in being a part of their professional network.  

Private College Job and Internship Fair, Pro-Tip


These are the final details before you head to the 2020 MN Private Colleges Job & Internship Fair this week! This message is full of helpful tips and vital information, so PLEASE READ IT ALL! Each week since early February emails have been sent out regarding the Job and Internship Fair.  If you need to read any of the previous emails they can be found here.


Please review the excused absences policy thoroughly. Look ahead at your class schedule for Thursday February 27th and determine if you will need to make arrangements to miss class.  An email list of all Job/Internship Fair participants was sent to the Academic Deans, notifying them of your attendance at a St. Thomas sponsored event. (If you registered after 2/20 your name may NOT be on this list).  If you plan to miss class, you must inform the instructor as soon as possible.  It is only considered an “excused” absence if you do this!


Transportation: We have a free shuttle running to and from the convention center. It’s stop is in front of the Facilities and Design Center on South Campus. The first shuttle will leave St. Thomas at 8:00 a.m. and the last shuttle will depart from the Convention Center at 6:00pm. Shuttles will run every 20-30 minutes from 8am until 3pm, and will then run every half hour. Please be aware that weather and traffic conditions may throw the schedule off a bit, and the first few shuttles will likely be crowded. Do not worry!

The weather for Thursday also looks fairly nice (for Minnesota in February!) and the Convention Center is about a 10 minute walk from our Minneapolis Campus. You may opt to take the regular St. Thomas Shuttle and walk to the convention center as well.

Parking is available downtown and is plentiful, but can get expensive, so we’d recommend carpooling and sharing the cost if you choose to do that.

Free coat & bag check: There is a free coat and bag check at the fair, but we do recommend minimizing the number of items you need to bring to the fair. Try not to bring laptops or other large items if you can help it!

Free LinkedIn Headshots: LifeTouch will be providing free professional headshots for your LinkedIn profile or other professional uses. Take advantage of them while you are all dressed up!


Students with need for extra time due special accommodations may enter at 8:30am. Please contact Amber Bieneck Thom ( There are also a limited number of designated quiet spaces available at the convention center. If you have need for one during your time at the fair, please stop at the Employer Check-In area to request an access code.


When you enter the convention center, follow the signs for the Job Fair. You will go down two floors from ground level (either by escalator or elevator). Stop and check your coat and bag first to lighten your load!

Then, you will need to stop at the St. Thomas Table and pick up your name-tag before you will be allowed into the fair area. We will be located behind the escalators in the corner.

If you arrive BEFORE 9am, after checking your coat/bag, please come directly to check-in at the St. Thomas Table, and then take advantage of the Free LinkedIn Headshots!

We are very much looking forward to seeing you at the Fair on Thursday and wish you all the best as you prepare!


Amber & The Career Development Team

Private College Job and Internship Fair, Pro-Tip

Get the Inside Scoop at Job Fair Insider’s Tips! #hiretommies

Plan on attending the Job Fair Insider’s Tips Panel on Thursday February 20th at NOON in Woulfe Alumni Hall for some great advice from recruiters and students! There will St. Thomas portfolios given away as door prizes!

You’ll be asked to submit your questions in advance, so register HERE ASAP!

Tip #6: Interviewing Preparation

Gather information about interviewing skills. Pages 6-11 in your packet give further resources and information about preparing for successful interviews. Students who have attended in the past recommend knowing about behavioral interviewing prior to the fair.

You can also attend a Job Fair Success Tactics seminar (held in MHC 124)

Success Tactics – February 18th at 12:00 pm

Tip #7: On Campus Interviewing is Starting Soon

In addition to the Job & 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 will begin next week.

If you have not attended an Orientation to On-Campus Interviewing Session (Note: this is different from the Orientation to Job & Internship Fair session) you will need to attend one of the seminars (held in MHC 124)

February 17th at 3:00 pm

February 21st at 8:00 am

Appointments and Pop-In hours are available, call 651-962-6761 for availability.

Contact Us: (651)-962-6761 | MHC 123 |