Center for Career & Professional Development to hold LinkedIn registration drive, April 14-16
With an average of 96 percent of Centre College students employed or engaged in advanced study within 10 months of graduation, there’s no question that Centre students are exceptionally prepared for success after college. To further advance students to succeed in today’s competitive job market, the College’s Center for Career & Professional Development (CCPD) is once again partnering with the Office of Communications to present a LinkedIn registration drive, April 14-16, in the Campus Center. The drive will provide students the opportunity to create their own LinkedIn profiles, learn the basics of the networking site and even have a professional photograph taken for their profiles.
CCPD Director Joy Asher emphasizes the growing prominence of LinkedIn, which is regarded as the largest professional networking site. She sees this drive as a way to help students succeed with an online presence, particularly as it relates to job searches.
“With over 350 million members, there’s no greater online tool for professional networking than LinkedIn,” Asher says. “Most students have been told they should have a presence on the site but only have a vague sense, at best, of how to use it and how it can work for them.
“When I sit down with students and guide them through using LinkedIn to connect with people and employers, they finally understand the power that it has and how quickly it can connect them with companies in which they’re interested,” she continues.
Asher also stresses LinkedIn’s importance as a way to maximize students’ potential to employers, while highlighting their resume.
“In addition to networking, LinkedIn is a great tool for promoting yourself to employers,” she explains. “With the capacity to accentuate your skills and receive recommendations from colleagues, I often suggest that students create a dynamic LinkedIn profile and include a link to that profile on their resume.”
The LinkedIn registration drive will take place in the first floor lobby of the Campus Center, April 14 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.), April 15 (5-7 p.m.) and April 16 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.). There is no prior registration needed to participate in the drive, but students are encouraged to dress professionally for the photo session.
For interested students unable to attend the LinkedIn events, Centre’s career counselors will offer individually scheduled sessions.
Additionally, CCPD will be hosting their first ever Professionalism Week from April 20-23 to further promote post-graduation success. The weeklong schedule will feature additional LinkedIn sessions and related workshops, mock interviews and resume review sessions, and an etiquette dinner. View the complete schedule here.
by Amy Clark Wise