LinkedIn Profile for Students and Recent Graduates

A resume or cover letter are important documents to have when applying for jobs. Networking is key to meet other professionals in the career you seeking while in college or after graduation. Creating a LinkedIn profile is very important to highlight your experience, education, and skills that will make you more marketable. Below is a LinkedIn profile checklist to get you jump started on your career path!

☐  PHOTO: It doesn’t have to be fancy; just use your cell phone camera in front of a plain background. Wear a nice shirt and don’t forget to smile!

☐   HEADLINE: Tell people what you’re excited about now and the cool things you went to do in the future.

☐   SUMMMARY: Describe what motivates you, what you’re skilled at, and what’s next.

☐   EXPERIENCE: List the jobs you held, even if they were part-time, along with what you accomplished at each. Even include photos and videos from your work.

☐   ORGANIZATIONS: Have you joined any clubs at school or outside? Be sure to describe what you did with each organization.

☐   EDUCATION: Starting with college, list all the educational experiences you’ve had including summer programs.

☐   VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCES & CAUSES: Even if you weren’t paid for a job, be sure to list it. Admissions officers and employers often see volunteer experience as just as valuable as paid work.

☐   SKILLS & EXPERTISE: Add at least 5 key skills and then your connections can endorse you for the things you’re best at.

☐   HONORS & AWARDS: If you earned a prize in or out of school, don’t be shy. Let the world know about it.

☐   COURSES: List that show off the skills and interests you’re most excited about.

☐   PROJECTS: Whether you led a team assignment in school or built an app on your own, talk about what you did and how you did it.

☐   RECOMMENDATIONS: Ask managers, professors, or classmates who’ve worked with you closely to write a recommendation. This gives extra credibility to your strengths and skills.

Source: LinkedIn


How To Stop Selling Yourself and Start Being Yourself In An Interview

According to a 2018 Gallup poll, over 60% of people are not engaged at work. This is possible because people are not in the right job and are only collecting a pay check. Organizations and teams with higher employee engagement and lower active disengagement perform at higher levels. For example, organizations that are the best in engaging their employees achieve earnings-per-share growth that is more than four times that of their competitors. Compared with business units in the bottom quartile, those in the top quartile of engagement realize substantially better customer engagement, higher productivity, better retention, fewer accidents, and 21% higher profitability. Engaged workers also report better health outcomes.

Take the time to articulate what drives you.

Your values are likely what motivate you, so share with your interviewer how you will demonstrate your core beliefs in the role you seek to fill. For example, if you are leading a team for the first time, will you seek to build trust among your team and be clear enough in your vision so that you can hold one another accountable to achieve collective results? Can you listen to your team members in a way in which they know they have been heard?

If you can truly articulate how you will show up in your new role, there is no stronger demonstration of your leadership style. You should be able to describe to the hiring team how you will show up every day to execute on the role. Give them the ability to imagine you performing (and excelling) at the job. If you can do this, I believe you will make a lasting impression on the interview team.

Create your own set of questions for the interview team.

This helps you decide whether the role is a good fit for who you are. You should be ready to answer the questions you know will come to you, but it’s also important to spend time asking them what it feels like day to day to be in the role for which you are being considered. Don’t stop your questioning until you have a good understanding of being in the position. This is the only way to affirmatively determine if you will find yourself in the right seat.


I suggest that you spend 20% of your prep time on articulating why you are a subject or function matter expert. Spend 80% of the time finding the right words to communicate who you truly are and how that would look on a day-to-day basis in the role for which you are interviewing. You might be self-aware, but a gap can exist between knowing who you are and articulating who you are in a way that’s authentic and succinct.

Let go of the results.

If you show up in the interview being exactly who you are, know that you have presented yourself authentically, answered all the subject matter questions to the best of your ability and asked all the questions you can to help you ascertain whether the role fits you, then you’ve had a successful interview. If you have done these things, then the result — no matter which way it goes — will be the exact right one. If you do not get the job, it was likely because the fit was not right. If you do get the position, there is a much greater likelihood you will find yourself in the right seat.

For information or to see similar articles check out Forbes website.

2019 Graduates Guide to Getting Hired

Congratulations graduate you did it!

Since 2012 graduate finding their first job within a year after graduation has been steadily increasing.

Technical skills related to data and artificial intelligence are some on the most in-demand skills!

The top 5 skills new grads are learning are:

  1. Data Visualization
  2. Data Modeling
  3. Python
  4. Web Analytics
  5. Databases

The entry-level pros in demand are Tech and consulting companies that are hiring the most grads with Amazon leading second year in a row.

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Top cities for new grads:

  1. New York City (136K+ open entry-level roles)
  2. San Francisco Bay Area (122K+ open entry-level roles)
  3. Chicago (146K+ open entry-level roles)
  4. Washington D.C. (126K+ open entry-level roles)
  5. Boston (117K+ open entry-level roles)
  6. Los Angeles (143K+ open entry-level roles)
  7. Dallas/Fort Worth (103K+ open entry-level roles)
  8. Atlanta (78K+ open entry-level roles)
  9. Seattle (68K+ open entry-level roles)
  10. Austin (27K+ open entry-level roles)

For more information about what other job openings are available check it out here.

At The Job Fair

  1. Develop Your Game Plan. Arrive early, get a list of the employers and map your plan of attack. Some experts recommend visiting your top choices first before recruiters get tired and the lines get too long. Ultimately, do what works best for you.
    • Later that day be sure to return to your top choices to thank the recruiters, restate your interest, and make yourself memorable.
  2. Give Yourself a Pep Talk. This is very important: Job recruiters want you. If they didn’t need employees, they wouldn’t be at the job fair. So don’t be shy about introducing yourself to the recruiters.
  3. Start Talking, Start Wowing. You’ll have a few minutes to wow each recruiter, especially if there’s a long line. So, make the conversation interesting, short, and memorable.
    • Offer your handshake, give your short “sales pitch,” answer the recruiter’s questions, and ask a few questions to keep the conversation rolling.
  4. End With a Request. Say that you are interested in the position, give the recuiter your resume, ask for the recuiter’s business card, ask, “how should I follow up with you and when?” Take notes on what recruiter says. Don’t rely on memory.
  5. Make a Good Impression.
    • Do:
      • Shake the recruiter’s hand, look him or her in the eye, and smile.
      • Be professional, enthusiastic, and courteous.
      • Let your personality shine through.
      • Think of your conversation as a mini interview because that’s what it is.
    • Don’t:
      • Be shy or stiff.
      • Ramble, fidget, or slouch.
      • Say anything negative about yourself, your former company, boss, or coworkers or anyone for that matter.
      • Answer a phone call, text, chew gum, eat, or sip a beverage at the recruiting booths.
  6. Network With Everyone. Talk to other job hunters while waiting in line, walking around, or while on a coffee break. Ask a question to break the ice and get a conversation started. Share information.
    • Trade resumes and stay in touch. Build a network of contracts who will let you know when they spot an opportunity that looks perfect for you and do the same for them.

Before the Job Fair

Looking for a job can be stressfull. Here are the steps one should take before a job fair.

  1. Register for the Job/Career Fair. Register online so that you won’t have to fill out paperwork when you arrive at the fair. Recruiters will also be curious about who is attending the job fair since many check the registration files and read resumes.
  2. Research the Employers. Most online job fair registrations provide a list of employers who will be at the job fair. Decide which employers interest you, visit their websites, find out who they are, what they do, and why you might want to work there. With this knowledge you’ll be able to talk intelligently with recruiters at the job fair and impress them.
  3. Update and Polish your Resume. Create a seperate resume for each job you want. Bring several copies of each resume to the job fair.  For example, if you want a chef’s job, create a chef’s resume. If you would also accept a cook’s job, create a cook’s resume too.
  4. Create a “Career Portfolio.” In addition to your resume, be sure to have the following items:
    • Samples of your best work: reports, research, spreadsheets, presentations, etc.
    • A summary of your accomplishments
    • A list of awards, honors, or testimonials
    • A list of related classes, training, and workshops you’ve attended
    • Photocopies of licences, certifications, or other professional credentials
  5. Dress for Success. First impressions are important. Dress conservatively, just like you would wear if you would already have the job.
    • Managers should wear business suits, Office and retail workers should wear dress clothes, Trades personnel should wear work clothes
  6. Practice your Handshake. Engage the full hand, palm to palm and grip firmly. Look the other person in the eye and smile.
  7. Prepare and Practice your “Sales Pitch.” A sales pitch is a short speech that sells you to the recruiter. Keep your sales pitch to about 15 seconds in length. Here’s a 4-step plan:
    • Give your name
    • Mention your profession, occupation, or the job you’re looking for.
    • State your experience, skills, and accomplishments. Explain how they benefitted a previous employer and how they’ll benefit the employer at the fair.
    • Offer your “Unique Selling Point” (UPS): what sets you apart from the competiton, what makes you special?
  8. Questions to Expect from Recruiters with Simple Answers. Here are just a few questions the recruiter may ask you.
    • “Can you tell me a little about yourself?” Anwesr by reciting your sales pitch.
    • “Tell me about your skills.” Answer with the top 4 or 5 key skills and provide a short example of how you used each skill.
    • “Why did you decide to become a (puzzle maker)?” Tell a short story for choosing your line of work which includes detail and use body language to bring your story to life.
    • “What motivates you to do a good job?” Answer “Having responsibilities and getting a pat on the back when the job is done right.
  9. Questions to Ask the Recruiter. You don’t need to ask every question but here are a few questions to ask.
    • “What qualificaions will make a candidate stand out?”
    • “Can you please describe a typical day someone working as a (writer) at your company?”
    • What are the biggest challenges of this position?”
  10. Questions NOT to Ask at the Job Fair.
    • “What’s the pay range for this position? Save this question for follow-up interviews.
    • “What about benefits and vacation time?” These items are usually explained when the hiring manager offers you the job.
    • “Can your tell me about your company?” This question shows that you haven’t done your homework.