Posts tagged #social media

Making College Count Toward A Successful Career


When starting college, you’re likely thinking more about how you’ll manage your class schedule and meet friends rather than your career post-grad. After all, college is a great time for exploring different interests. However, the sooner you map out your interests, the closer you will be toward a successful career. Our team of career coaches composed a list of top tips to make the most of your college education and help you land the job you want.

Create a Linkedin Account

You likely already have a collection of social media accounts. As you grow professionally, it’s important to develop a more professional presence on social media. Create a Linkedin account and—as you go— add your education, extracurriculars, relevant work experience, and even coursework as it pertains to your major. As your professional experience expands, you can remove early work experience and education extracurriculars. Don’t forget to use the network to connect with your classmates and professors.

Utilize Office Hours

Have a question about an upcoming exam? Need clarification on a key point your professor made during class? Did your professor make a point that resonated with you and you want to “pick their brain” a bit more? These are all great reasons to visit your professor during their office hours*. If you ask recent college grads what they wish they did more of in college, a top answer is, “go to office hours”. It not only helps clarify questions you have on the course material, but you’re also building rapport with your professor. This can be invaluable when applying for jobs. Professors make excellent references!

Bonus tip: Don’t forget to read the syllabus! Impress your professor by coming prepared for office hours.

Get Tangible Experience

The classroom can only teach you so much. In order to truly immerse yourself in a potential career path, you must gain experience. Check with your career services center for internship opportunities. You can also find opportunities on job listing sites.

When exploring internships, try to avoid companies that offer interns busy work. Do your due diligence and research companies beforehand on sites like Indeed and Glassdoor to see if they offer hands-on experience and opportunities to grow within the company.

Consider Your Personality & Strengths

You may go into college knowing you want to be a doctor but when you finish your first year of courses, you realize you enjoy marketing more than science. Don’t worry! It was worth the time to explore the pre-med path prior to committing many more years of schooling and resources. As you explore different paths, consider your personality type and current strengths. Because let’s face it, not all college students know exactly what they want to do. By being aware of your personality type, you can narrow down career paths that build off your strengths.

If you want to learn more about career exploration and setting yourself up for a successful career, post-college, contact our team. We would love to discuss options and create a personalized action plan to help you achieve your goals.

Social Media Do’s And Don’ts When On The Job Hunt

The internet has truly changed the game for job seekers and job hunters alike. As a job seeker, information and resources to improve your skillset that were formerly difficult to obtain are now at your fingertips. Job postings are no longer restricted to window fronts and newspaper ads but easily shared and searched online. With these positive changes to the job hunt environment come areas of caution as well, and social media is one of the biggest. The good news when searching for a job is that there are ways you can prevent it from turning into a major obstacle. Here’s a quick, easily implementable list to get started:

  • Google yourself. Whatever shows up in the results is what potential employers can see too. If there is content, especially photos, that are less than professional, take them down. On the flip side, if you have a really common name and there is nothing about you on the first page of the search results, you should work to build a positive, professional online presence. Here are some great tips from Entrepreneur about building your personal brand.

  • Make your personal social accounts private. If your account is private, employers will only see minimal information and not your recent family vacation photos and all of the other personal information you share there.

  • Ensure your profile photos are professional. Even if you make your account private, your profile photos are still usually viewable. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a suit-and-tie headshot, but it most certainly should not be a bikini pose or party night selfie.

  • Scrub your accounts for embarrassing content & be cautious when posting new content. The loophole in some social media accounts is that the security settings are not always obvious or clear. Friends of friends may still view your profile even if it’s set to private. Take the tactic of “better to be safe than sorry” and filter your posts while on the job search. Remove old, incriminating content. And if you wouldn’t show or tell a potential employer what you are about to post, then don’t. 

  • Be upfront and honest. If your employer finds something that you missed and asks you about it, don’t deny the truth. Be honest and respectable in your response. Honesty is always the best policy.

Want even more social media do’s and don’ts? Check out these online resources:

Facebook Do’s and Don’ts for Job Seekers from CBS News
How Social Media Can Help (or Hurt) You in Your Job Search from Forbes

Posted on September 14, 2016 .