Working Hard so that One Day We Can Punch Our Card

Being a second semester junior, I’m at that stressful time of my life when I have to start thinking about my future career. I’ve already made two trips to Western’s Career Development Center (CDC) where the staff helped me polish my resume. One of the trips was right before I was offered this internship. Both times I went, I learned a lot; plus the staff was always super friendly. I hope to someday take advantage of the mock interview service they offer as well. One of the newest features of the Career Development Center is the Leatherneck Link, an online network available to all WIU alumni and students. The web site allows you to upload your resume and connect with potential employers. Visit the Leatherneck Link at https://wiu-csm.symplicity.com/. I think it’s really great that WIU faculty and staff care so much about our future success and want to help us prepare for the real world. Just like Leatherneck Link, the Career Development Center is available to all WIU alumni and students at no charge. To set up an appointment, call (309) 298-1838 or email careers@wiu.edu. You can also visit their web site at http://www.wiu.edu/student_services/career_development_center/.

Today, the CDC hosted a program to help students create their own LinkedIn account and navigate the site. The program was called “Get Linked: Using LinkedIn for the Job Search”. When I was in Washington D.C. for the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) National Convention, the speakers stressed that LinkedIn is very important to have because it is the largest online professional network. If you haven’t heard of it or utilized it, LinkedIn is another networking web site that helps you connect with potential employers and other professionals who you may know; it’s set up similar to Facebook, but is more of a professional networking site. You create a profile listing your experience, skills, education and projects that you have completed. Then you can connect with WIU alumni and other business people around the world. Create a LinkedIn account, at https://www.linkedin.com/.

Another component of your LinkedIn profile should be a professional headshot. On November 10th and 11th and again on December 10th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. , the PRSSA is holding an event where anyone can drop by the Union concourse to get a professional headshot taken. The event is called Become a PRofeSSionAl with the help of PRSSA. (Did you notice the clever title? The club’s name, PRSSA, is in all caps inside the word PRofeSSionAl?) The Western Courier Photo Editor Mary Friday will be on site, taking the professional pictures. Students will get to pose in front of a backdrop. For $5, students can get their picture taken and receive an electronic copy of the headshot of their choice. For an additional $2, they can receive an additional electronic copy, if they want to buy more than one picture. If a student wants their photo retouched, it’s another extra $2. Anyone who has questions about the “Become a PRofeSSionAl…..with the help of PRSSA” photo shoot can contact me via email at sa-belshaw@wiu.edu or Mary Friday via email at mef104@wiu.edu.

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