Ohio University Office of Career Services

Be Smart. Be Civil. Be Safe. BE EMPLOYED! by erinnunn

Be Smart.
Be Civil.
Be Safe.

Though spring weather has not quite arrived, Spring Quarter in Athens sure has. With the first fest weekend now behind us and many more upcoming, it’s important to think about partying smart. The new campaign launched this quarter encourages students to do just that— Be Smart. Be Civil. Be Safe— reminding students that inappropriate party behavior stays on every social media and internet site.

We talk a lot to students about creating a professional online presence, such as getting connected on LinkedIn and keeping status updates and tweets professional. So if statistics about last year’s fest arrests and suspensions don’t get you to think twice about partying smart, civil, and safely, consider how it will affect your job and internship prospects in an already tight market. An employer will think twice about hiring a student whose first link on a Google search is an article discussing their pending court case due to rioting, a picture dancing around a couch fire, or a quote about partying strong since 8 am.

Be Smart. Be Civil. Be Safe. It just makes a whole lot more sense.

—Written by Erin Nunn, Office of Career Services Interim Assistant Director

LinkedIn: Make the Most of Your Connections by Christy R

LinkedIn: Make the Most of Your Connections

If you are looking to connect with other professionals, job search, or learn more about companies you are interested in, LinkedIn is a great place for you to achieve all of these tasks, all while creating a professional presence for yourself in the social media world. LinkedIn is an online networking site that is a growing trend in the professional world.

LinkedIn serves as a means to connect professionals by focusing on your career and experiences. Given the fact that the majority of jobs available are made known to individuals through networking, LinkedIn can be a very strong tool for you to take advantage of. With LinkedIn you are able to make connections with others you have worked with in the past.  You never know how you may be connected to someone who has the right job opportunity for you. This professional social networking site provides you with an opportunity to highlight your experiences, receive recommendations from past employers, and connect you to professionals in your field.

In order to begin building your professional LinkedIn profile, here are some quick and simple ways to get started and help your profile stand out.

  • Craft an informative profile headline
  • Display an appropriate photo
  • Show off your education
  • Develop a professional summary statement
  • Fill your “specialties” section with keywords
  • Update your status weekly
  • Show your connectedness with LinkedIn group badges
  • Collect diverse recommendations
  • Claim your unique LinkedIn URL
  • Share your work

For more information on all the features of LinkedIn and tips for creating your profile visit the Career Services Handout Library. Here you will find resources on how to build your professional profile, tips for networking, as well as videos to help you get started. Career Services is also hosting a Get Connected with LinkedIn Workshop on November 8th in Baker 503 at 5:00 PM that will share all this information as well.

—Bethany Powell, Career Services Practicum Student

LinkedIn: Promoting yourself in a positive and professional way by Kristine Hoke

Hopefully your head is not spinning after all this talk about creating a positive professional image and eliminating incriminating information on Facebook. The best way to have a positive online presence is to create a professional profile and build your professional network through LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a great for promoting all of the wonderful things you have accomplished as a student at Ohio University as well as connect with folks in your field of interest.  Several guides have been created to assist you in building your LinkedIn profile and how to maximize online networking opportunities.

Marketing yourself and building your professional network are essential components of the job search, even more so during this difficult economy.  LinkedIn is one more way to put you ahead of the competition.

DOs and DON’Ts for a positive online presence by Alyse K

As you read in our recent post, What does your Facebook say about you?, employers are looking at more than just your résumé. They are also looking at your web presence to determine whether or not they hire you. It’s important as you job hunt, to make sure you have a positive online presence that won’t keep you from being hired. Here are some DOs and DON’Ts for a positive image online:

  • DO clean up digital dirt before you begin your job search. This includes removing any photos, content and links that can work against you.
  • DO consider making your own professional group on Facebook, LinkedIn or BrightFuse.com to create relationships with recruiters and potential referrals.
  • DON’T whine online. Keep your online content positive, professionally and personally.
  • DO highlight accomplishments inside and outside of work. Be proud of what you’ve accomplished and show it online.
  • DO be selective about who you accept as friends. Others can see your friends, so remember to monitor comments made by others.
  • DON’T mention your job search if you’re still employed.

Even if you’re not searching for a job right now, it may be a good idea to search keeping your online profiles clean now. Take a look at your profiles. What information may keep you from getting that dream job?

Check back later for information about setting up your own professional profile