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Using Pinterest during your job search

Pinterest is known primarily as a place to share the latest recipes, fashion, and DIY crafts. But how about as a place for job searching? Pinterest is now evolving into a unique tool for job seekers. With over 100 million visits a month, Pinterest is becoming a leading force in social media. Consider using the platform to showcase your work, learn helpful job search tips, and find career inspiration all while increasing your (positive) online presence. Here are some ways to use Pinterest during your job search:

Learn about companies you’d like to work for–
You can learn a lot about a company by viewing their pinboards and who they follow on Pinterest. These pinboards will give you an overview of what services the company offers and what topics they find useful and worth sharing. This is a great way to get a feel for the company culture and work … 

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5 Golden Rules of Student LinkedIn Profiles

Today's post is written by ECS Graduate Advisor Tara McCarron, who advises intern, co-op, and full-time employment seeking students.

The need for a professional online presence is growing as more and more employers are using social media to learn about and connect with job seekers.  LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network with over 160 million members, is a valuable career resource and an excellent way for you to control your online presence. 

Creating a LinkedIn profile is similar to creating a resume; it should serve as an abbreviated auto-biography and encapsulate your motivations and accomplishments.  Creating a thoughtful and professional profile can showcase your skills and talents so the right people and opportunities find you. 

Here are 5 tips to help you create a stronger profile:

  1. Professional photo of you alone – Your image is conveyed through your profile picture.  Be sure to send the … 

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Introducing STRENGTHS

Today's post is written by ECS Graduate Advisor Jillian Baer, who advises intern, co-op, and full-time employment seeking students.

Do you know what you do well?  Are you able to pinpoint your talent areas?  When you are looking for an internship, co-op, or career employment, you want to make sure you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day.  Gallup’s widely used StrengthsQuest allows you to develop yourself professionally and maximize your talents in order to be a better worker and team member.  Through this assessment, you are able to gain insight into your career areas of greatest potential and the type of work environment in which you thrive.  StrengthsQuest also helps you develop as a leader in your community and workplace by increasing your self-awareness, helping you to understand others’ talents and strengths, and teaching you how best to form and maximize teams … 

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