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Reasons to Spend More Time on LinkedIn and Less on Facebook

These days, chances are you’re spending more time stalking on Facebook than thinking about the future. But, if you want to prepare for life after Lawrence (and you should), it’s a good idea to start devoting some of your time to more fruitful pursuits. Below are some reasons why LinkedIn beats Facebook in helping you further your career. (Plus, click on the infographic to the left for some interesting stats.)

(Read full article and more tips here.)

1. LinkedIn is a professional website. LinkedIn was created to connect professionals in online networking; Facebook was not. Although both services have evolved to include elements of each other, they do still remain true to their original purpose, and LinkedIn excels at presenting a professional front.

2. Your college professors might actually use LinkedIn. Although some colleges take a lax approach to social media, many still frown on Facebook connections between students and professors. But on LinkedIn, connections are typically seen as a positive thing, opening you up to the resources that your professors can share with you, including positive recommendations.

3. LinkedIn users log in with a purpose. While on Facebook, you may be surfing to find out about the latest cat video or your friend’s wedding photos, but LinkedIn tends to lead to a more task-driven visit. Users log in to check out job and collaboration opportunities, people to hire, and relevant industry news.

4. You’re more likely to get a recommendation on LinkedIn. A recommendation on either LinkedIn or Facebook is a great way to put your best foot forward, but you’re simply more likely to land one on LinkedIn. Recent stats show that 36% of LinkedIn users make a recommendation, compared to 27% of Facebook users. LinkedIn also has a 57% interested recommendation response, compared with 42% on Facebook (see more stats and source here.)

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10 Smart Ways to Use Social Media in Your Job Search

Social media has never been so vital to job hunters. But using social media like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for job search takes a few more tricks than keeping profiles and personal updates. Here is an abstract from a slideshow by Alexis Grant from U.S. News Money and Career. See original slideshow here.

1. Let people know that you are looking. Tweet or update your status when you have published your resume.

2. Don’t be afraid to network on Facebook. Friends are usually more willing to help.

3. Make sure your Facebook profile is private. You may not want employers to see your personal updates.

4. Find information about hiring managers. Knowing them helps you customize your resume and cover letter.

5. Hyperlink your resume. Add the URL for your LinkedIn and Twitter profiles to your contact information on the resume.

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Learn More About LUworks

Have you created your LUworks profile yet?

Created with you in mind, LUworks will help you find a job or internship by enabling you to:

  • Manage multiple resumes, cover letters, and other employment related documents
  • Search for and apply for employment opportunities online
  • View and RSVP for career events
  • Maintain an online Personal Calendar

For easy access to the website, click the picture to the left and then the “LUworks Student/Alum Login” logo.

Questions? Please contact Career Services at (920) 832-6561 or email careercenter@lawrence.edu.

Career Site Review: LinkUp.com

There are literally hundreds of job search engines in existence, which makes it difficult to decide which ones are the most effective for your specific job search needs. Today, we’re looking at LinkUp.com. What makes this site different than the others? Let’s have a closer look.

What the site says about itself:

LinkUp is the new and unique job search engine that only lists jobs taken directly from company websites. We call them “hidden jobs” because they are typically unadvertised outside of company websites and can be difficult to find if you don’t know where to look.

When you search for a job on LinkUp, you are actually searching over 20,776 company websites. These are always current openings – if a company adds or removes a job from their website, so do we. There are never stale or out-dated listings on LinkUp.

All of our job listings are from real companies. You won’t find work-at-home scams, recruiters, or staffing agencies. You also won’t find the same job listed multiple times from different sources. We point you directly to the single source for the job – the company website. If you choose to apply to a position you do so directly to the employer.

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