On This Day in History

On this day in history, the first commercial jukebox was installed in San Francisco, CA in 1889. Within 6 months it would earn $1,000. Today, it seems that jukeboxes are thing of the past. Instead we turn to our phones, many of which can store or just stream music to the palm of our hands.



LinkedIn Connections

Connections on LinkedIn are their own network. When you send or accept a connection you are implying that you know this person well or that they are trusted business contact. If you send a connection, LinkedIn will ask you how you know this person and if you select the I don’t know this person option, your connection request will not be sent.

Personalized each LinkedIn Connection request that you send. The general message request is impersonal and suggests you either don’t have time to personalize or the person you are trying to connect to aren’t important enough to have a personalized request. Remind the person who you are trying to connect to how they know you or why they should connect with you and they will be more likely to accept your connection request. If you are going to send a connection request to someone that you do not know personally, you will want to make sure that you include a message explaining why you want to connect to them.

The other thing you may notice about your connections are that they are ranked into three types of connections.

  • 1st level connections: people who you are directly associated with. In addition, they will be able to see your entire profile.
  • 2nd level connections: People that your 1st level connections know.
  • 3rd level connections are people that your second level connections may know.


There is some debate on how many connections you should have. Some say the magic number is at least 50 1st level connections. That shows that you are engaged and know at least some people. Others argue for more, 500+ 1st level connections, but at the same time, do you know all 500+ connections? LinkedIn is about knowing your connections and using them to improve your professional career. Sometimes this does not mean more. You will want your connections to be someone you know and could ask for a recommendation from.


Tune in on December 4th for a post on recommendations!

On This Day in History

On this day in history the Soviet Union launched the Venera 3 space probe. It was the first probe to land on the surface of another planet. Today, the New Horizons spacecraft is providing us with new information about the edge of our solar system by going to Pluto and even further to the Kuiper Belt.

Enjoy this picture from the New Horizons of red-colored water ice on Pluto:


Photo courtesy of http://www.sci-news.com/space/science-water-ice-pluto-03327.html


LinkedIn Experiences & Education

Once you have a great summary the next thing you are going to want to work on is your experiences.

While you’re working on your LinkedIn profile, remember it is social media. This means it will be personal and it is okay to use I, just don’t refer to yourself in the third person.


You will want to make sure that you own your experiences. This is the section that you can tell people what you have done and a little bit more about what you are currently doing.

  • Remember to include all professional and educational roles.
  • Don’t forget dates!
  • Include a description of what you do/did.


As students who are looking for jobs, this is an important field for you to fill out.

You will want to make sure that you include your university correctly, record the dates that you were there. If you have not yet graduated, fill in your expected graduation date.  It is in this section that you can include any study abroad programs that you have participated in while being a student. Also in the section, you may include any scholarships that you have received.

You do not need to list out the classes you have taken because a little further down on your profile, you will be asked for your Courses. Under the Courses section you will want to include any courses that you took that were unusual or an amazing class. Remember you don’t want to clutter your LinkedIn profile, so this section is good to highlight a couple classes that make you stand out from others in your field.

On This Day in History

On this day in history, FireFox was introduced. Today, FireFox in now offered in over 70 languages.



LinkedIn Firsts!

There a few key things your LinkedIn profile needs to get started. Take a look below for the first few key things.


The first thing to any profile is your picture. Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words. You will want to make sure to add a picture that is professional, up close, and one that doesn’t have other people or items in the background. You don’t want anything competing with your face for attention.


The next thing someone sees on your profile is your summary. You will want to follow the steps below but keep in mind, are you look openly seeking a job or is your job hunt secretive from your current employer(s).

  1. You want your summary to act as an objective statement on a resume. That includes having such information as a bio explaining who are and what your intentions are. This will be the first impression that anyone visiting your LinkedIn profile, like an employer or potential investor, will get.
  2. Don’t leave it blank!
  3. Use all 2,000 characters
  4. Remember to break it up. No one wants to read large chunks


Below you will find example ways to write you summary for both of the situations described above:


Actively and openly searching for a new job:

  • 1st paragraph: Describe the work you do and at what level you do it. Include any special expertise that you have. Remember if you have over 15 years of experience, just say 15+
  • 2nd paragraph: Describe what you do currently (or what was most recent). You can select a few of your accomplishments and briefly describe them. (or what you did most recently) and select a few impressive accomplishments to describe very briefly. Include any honors and awards you have won as well.
  • 3rd paragraph: Here’s where you describe your personal work style and important character traits.
  • 4th paragraph: Summarize your education and any important work-related qualifications.
  • Contact information: Explain that you’re exploring new opportunities and provide your phone number (if you feel comfortable doing so).

Secretly searching for a job:

When conducting a secret search, you want to promote yourself effectively while also giving the impression of being happy in your current role. This profile template will help you to do just that.

  • 1st paragraph: Describe your current position. By opening with this, you are telling your current employer that you are content. This won’t hurt you with recruiters because they will still contact you if they have a suitable vacancy. You may even seem more desirable to them because you are currently happily employed. As you describe your current position, talk about the scope of your responsibility and, if you talk about achievements, talk about them in the context of team achievement (see below for an example). This again conveys that you are not actively looking to promote yourself, but it gives recruiters a good sense of your experience.
  • 2nd paragraph: Give a brief synopsis of your prior experience, again focusing on describing the facts rather than promoting specific accomplishments.
  • 3rd paragraph: Describe why you enjoy your work. (This will impress employers but it will also signal to your current employer that you’re content, and will therefore help you keep your search a secret).
  • 4th paragraph: Summarize your education and any important work-related qualifications.
  • Contact information: Close by saying that you’re always interested in connecting with colleagues or old friends. (If your boss is wondering why you created a LinkedIn profile, here’s your explanation.)


As the fall graduation draws closer and closer, IT wanted to take some time and share what they have learned about LinkedIn. Over the next couple of weeks, on Friday, the blog will feature a series of posts that are designed to help you build a new profile or edit the existing one you have so that you are more marketable. So let’s begin!


What is LinkedIn?

LinkedIn has over 313 million users worldwide. It is similar to Facebook, but it is for the professional world. It allows you to explore potential career paths or have professional work relationships


What can LinkedIn do for you?

LinkedIn can help you brand/market yourself in your professional fields. In addition, it helps you find new opportunities for internships and job positions.


LinkedIn is a great way to expand your professional image and career! To get started visit: www.linkedin.com. If you don’t have an account fill in the needed information and click “Join Now” or if you have an account