17Oct/110

Starting Your Online Network-Get Out Your Pen Pt. 2

By Lisa Correu, Principal/Job Search Advocate AfterSchool Career Workshops

This is the second of an ongoing series. You can find Part One here!

So your fledgling network is off the ground and humming. You’re adding people as you go and learning how LinkedIn works.  One of the really useful parts of LinkedIn is that it will continually guide you on building your profile. Listen to it and do what it says, paying close attention to the headline and summary sections.

6Sep/110

Starting Your Online Network-Get Out Your Pen Pt. 1

By Lisa Correu, Principal/Job Search Advocate AfterSchool Career Workshops

I was at a marketing communications breakfast presentation and talking with a friend who also happens to be a total rock star. He said something that really stuck with me, “If you need to start networking it’s probably too late.”

This applies to college seniors and recent graduates as much as it does to anyone already in the workforce. Second semester of your senior year is NOT the time to think about starting your network. You’re going to need to make contact, establish relationships and start a dialogue if you want any kind of network to pay off. And yes, you don’t know that many people in the profession you’ve chosen for yourself but unless you’re graduating from a Tibetan monastery you do know people.

So start early, add often and use it. Don’t let the thing die just because you got Netflix.

And just how might we start this network you speak of?

15Dec/102

3,991,050 Reasons to Join LinkedIn

By Lisa Correu, Principal/Job Search Advocate AfterSchool Career Workshops

I recently read yet another article about the dismal prospects for new and recent graduates that spotlighted eight or so young people desperate to find work. Only one of them had a full time job in her chosen field and the rest were either in survival jobs or in other industries entirely. On a whim (because I’m nothing if not whimsical) I went to LinkedIn to look up their profiles. As a major champion of LinkedIn and its magical properties I’m on the site about a million times a day.LinkedIn

And guess what? Only four of them had profiles.  Of those four, one had 30 connections, one with 39 and the other two had one each. The remaining were nowhere to be found.  Nowhere.  As a former advertising recruiter I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to be findable on LinkedIn. A fully fleshed out profile can give me a ton of insight into who you are, your skills, a link to your blog, your resume, and a ton more. I can read your recommendations, see what groups you belong to and I can keep your profile in a folder that I can access anywhere.