With an average 97 percent of Centre College students employed or engaged in advanced study 10 months after graduation, there’s no question that students are exceptionally prepared for success after college. To further provide students the edge they need to succeed in today’s job market, Centre’s Career Services office is partnering with the Student Senate and the Communications office to present the College’s first-ever LinkedIn registration drive, April 15-17, in the Campus Center. During the drive, students will have 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.
Joy Asher, interim director of Career Services, says the main reason for holding this drive is LinkedIn’s increasing relevance in job searches.
“LinkedIn is the largest professional networking site out there today,” she explains. “Everybody is on LinkedIn, and every month more and more employers are posting jobs there. It’s one of the main tools that recruiters use today, and every junior, and certainly every senior, should have a profile.”
Asher also emphasizes LinkedIn’s importance as a way to build a professional online presence and believes the drive will make sure LinkedIn is on every student’s radar.
“LinkedIn is such an essential platform for professional rather than personal networking,” says Asher. “Employers will look at your profile if you have one, so it’s another opportunity to sell yourself in addition to a traditional resume or cover letter.”
The registration drive will take place in the first floor lobby of the Campus Center, April 15 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.), April 16 (5 p.m.-7 p.m.) and April 17 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.). No prior registration is needed to participate in the drive, but professional dress is encouraged for the photo session.
Additionally, Career Services will be holding a profile-building seminar, titled “Get LinkedIn: How to Build a Professional Profile and Use LinkedIn for Networking and Your Job Search,” in the Crounse basement computer lab, April 22 (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.), April 23 (4 p.m.-5 p.m.) and April 24 (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.). The free seminars are designed to walk students more thoroughly through LinkedIn and to help them take their profiles to the next level.
“We will show students how to create a more professional, dynamic profile at the seminars,” Asher says, “how to fill in the education and experience sections, how to get recommendations, and how to connect with groups and really start building their network.”
While the seminars are open to anyone wanting to learn more about LinkedIn, space is limited and reservations are encouraged. To reserve a spot, contact the Career Services office at 859.238.5283 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For interested students unable to attend the LinkedIn events, Centre’s career counselors will offer individually scheduled sessions.
by Caitlan Cole