It’s time to improve your LinkedIn profile

Your LinkedIn profile is about to become your new best friend when it comes to finding a job. But as a career finder, there are some tips and tricks to making the most of your profile. Unlike a resume, you can constantly update your LinkedIn profile to make the most of keywords employers are searching for or to promote yourself.

Make LinkedIn your new career related best friend. (Credit: Careerizm)

Make LinkedIn your new career related best friend. (Credit: Careerizm)

If a job search is on your horizon, then you won’t want to miss these life hacks. Read more

Should you consider getting a job with a startup company?

If you think you have time management problems now, think about what it would be like if you decide to work for a startup company after graduation. Defined as a company with no more than 30 employees, a startup tends to require much more than a 40-hour work week.

There are many things you should know about startup companies. (Credit: YouTube)

There are many things you should know about startup companies. (Credit: YouTube)

Getting a job is one thing and keeping it is another. If you can’t commit to the lifestyle required by a lean startup company then pass them by. Here are a few more tips that college students need to know about working for a startup company. Read more

Do-it-yourself job searching tips

While looking for a job, I combine the do-it-yourself approach with using search agency. With their help, I use my work experience and job searching skills to get a job interview.

Learn how to start your job search here. (Credit: LinkedIn)

Learn how to start your job search here. (Credit: LinkedIn)

Those are the first steps in starting on my career path. Here are some DIY tips for college students seeking a job. Read more

Let your college portfolio tell the story of YOU

As college students, how many times are we told to create a portfolio every semester? Well, that sounds like a great idea but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start.

Find out how a professional portfolio can help you in your career. (Credit: Pexels)

Find out how a professional portfolio can help you in your career. (Credit: Pexels)

Let’s get unique with it and explore some potential resources and ideas that you can use to get started on your student portfolio, and (hopefully!) demonstrate that it’s not as difficult as it may seem. Read more

Create a digital portfolio: Your job search strategy is out of date

Just when you thought you had it all figured out, new data shows that what you thought was important in your job search may not be what recruiters and employers are looking for.

Get started on your digital portfolio today! (Credit: Pathbrite)

Get started on your digital portfolio today! (Credit: Pathbrite)

We’ve already seen evidence in the past that your college GPA doesn’t have that much impact on your job search, but a new study from Jobvite is showing that your cover letter doesn’t hold much sway with recruiters either. 63% of recruiters surveyed said that your cover letter is the least important aspect of your profile, and “57% said GPAs were practically irrelevant.” Read more

Be prepared, employers view your social media websites

Social media is supposed to be fun, right? I like to post pictures of me and my friends having fun together doing crazy things. What’s the harm in that? Turns out a lot… if you plan to ever apply for a job someday. More and more employers are Googling you to see what kind of person you are on your social media websites.

Be sure to present yourself in a positive light on social media. (Credit: Randy Glasbergen)

Be sure to present yourself in a positive light on social media. (Credit: Randy Glasbergen)

They’re checking your Facebook pages, doing a LinkedIn search on you and reading your Twitter feed. What you put on social media will affect your job search. Read more

The truth about unpaid internships

For college students, getting an internship is one more step toward a career. Prospective employers like to see internships on resumes, and internships provide real work experience that adds to your academics and helps you be prepared for a career path after graduation.

Learn more about unpaid internships. (Credit: University Times)

Learn more about unpaid internships. (Credit: University Times)

But when considering your prospects of getting a job offer, there is a significant difference between paid and unpaid internships. Read more

Tax tips for college students

Your April 15 tax return due date is only weeks away. Whether you’ll do an online income tax return filing or go with old-fashioned paper filing, you’ll need some tax tips to help you out. Income tax brackets for college students tend to be low because you work part time, often for minimum wage.

Now is time to take care of the dreaded tax return. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Now is time to take care of the dreaded tax return. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Whatever you’re earning, you’re going to want your tax refund status to show the highest amount possible. Let’s take a look at how you can make tax filing easy and profitable. Read more

How to use different social media platforms to build your professional network

I know that it’s hard to believe that social media is good for things besides watching Kanye make a fool of himself at the Grammys…again.

There are many routes you can take in social media to build your professional network. (Credit: Anne Helmond)

There are many routes you can take in social media to build your professional network. (Credit: Anne Helmond)

However, if you’re interested in learning how to use different social media platforms to build an online presence (one you can be proud of) and grow your professional network, you’ll want to read on. Read more

Internships and other ideas to help you choose the right career path

What’s your college major? Fellow college students and others who want to get acquainted with you will want to know. By the way, you need to know, too! It helps when choosing courses. The best career path for you may be one that you haven’t considered.

Defining your career path in college can be difficult. (Credit: Career Services)

Defining your career path in college can be difficult. (Credit: Career Services)

A visit to your campus career center is a good start. Also knowing how to get an internship will help you to check out the best careers from the field of possibilities. Let’s take a look at how you can “try on” different careers before you make a commitment and spend years of studying. Read more