Workshop on LinkedIn offers help to job seekers

Workshop on LinkedIn offers help to job seekers

March 26
16:41 2013

Andrew Freeman / Staff Writer

A free workshop aimed towards graduate students  wanting to enhance their online brand using the social media site LinkedIn will take place today from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Career Center, room 120B.

Arthur Lumzy, speaker at the workshop and Assistant Director of the Career Center, said that during the hiring process more than half of employers use the search engine Google to research potential employees.

To help students, the LinkedIn workshop will focus on how to make a profile, network using the site, along with lessons on LinkedIn etiquette by using it to find jobs and employers.

“Social media is becoming more and more important in the hiring process,” said Katherine Lester, geography senior and student assistant of the Toulouse Graduate School.

Lester said that other social media sites, like Facebook, are also vital to the hiring process.

“Most people know how to ‘clean up’ their Facebook accounts to avoid embarrassing themselves, but fewer know about professional social networking resources like LinkedIn,” she said. “In a bad economy personal connections are important, and that’s what we’re trying to help our students develop.”

Partnered with the Career Center, the Toulouse Graduate School has a series of professional development workshops covering topics including finding funding for graduate school, time management, presentation skills and publishing.

“It [the workshop] is one way to take control of your digital and social image by having a LinkedIn profile,” Lumzy said.

For this workshop, Lumzy said it is recommended that students bring their laptops or tablets, so they can work on their LinkedIn profiles during the workshop, Lumzy said.

“At the end, I’ll offer feedback and helpful critique,” Lumzy said. “And I think that’s something really cool I can offer.”

Lester said that students who attend workshops will transition more easily from the college life into their first job.

“It’s a shame that we have such great resources at UNT but a lot of students don’t know how to utilize them,” Lester said. “Students who take advantages of development opportunities like this will have a less stressful transition into their careers.”

As a more professional website, students may not use LinkedIn as much as other social media sites like Facebook or Twitter. But human resource management sophomore Allyse Griffin said she understands the importance of LinkedIn.

“I love LinkedIn,” Griffin said. “It’s a really good way to research how higher-ups in your field worked their way up to their position.”

The full list of workshops can be found at tsgs.unt.edu. For a breakdown of tips for a better LinkedIn profile, students can visit careercenter.unt.edu/resources and look under “Social Media Resources.”

“I hope students walk away with an appreciation for a resource they may or may not have known about,” Lumzy said. “One that can help advance their career and be used for great networking purposes.”

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