COLLEGE, JOB SEARCH, LIFE, TRAVEL

Goodbyes, New Adventures, and Celebrating Successes

This is just going to be a short post with a few of my thoughts. Since I graduated, and most of my friends have too, the past few weeks have been full of goodbyes. I know they aren’t goodbyes forever, but it is sad thinking that I won’t get to see some of my closest friends as frequently as I am used to.

I am pretty lucky because I don’t start my job until August, but many of my friends are already moving. This is sad because of the goodbyes and the fact they won’t be here all summer with me, but I also couldn’t be more excited for them to start new chapters of their lives.

This leads me to my next thought. One of my favorite things is seeing my friends, classmates, etc. start on their lives after college, whether its a new job, grad school, starting a business, or traveling. I feel like this is such an exciting time for all of us and I cannot wait to see everyone’s successes and adventures over the next few years.

Now onto my final thought: be excited for others. Growing up I feel like we can sometimes be too competitive, jealous, or negative about others accomplishments. We shouldn’t feel that way. We should celebrate the successes of our peers and be excited for them. If anything, we can feel motivated by what others around us are doing, but there is no point in being jealous or downplaying the things others are doing to make ourselves feel better. Be proud of what you are doing and what your friends, classmates, coworkers, etc. are doing!

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COLLEGE, JOB SEARCH

LinkedIn

At the beginning of my freshman year of college (in business school), one of the first things my professors told my class was create a LinkedIn. At the time, I had probably heard of LinkedIn, but really didn’t know what it was for or what it did. That year I did make a LinkedIn profile (I had to for a project, otherwise I may not have made one).

After creating my LinkedIn, I rarely used it. I didn’t post anything, write articles, or do anything beyond list my past jobs/experiences. Now that I am a bit older, and on the search for my very first, real job, LinkedIn is one of my closest colleagues. During my junior year, while on the hunt for an internship, I was constantly on LinkedIn, whether I was searching marketing internships or attempting to grow my network.

Here I am, in my senior year and I think I have a much better idea of what LinkedIn can do. This summer I had an internship in Chicago. Myself and the other interns got the opportunity to go to the LinkedIn office and learn about all LinkedIn can do. Those few hours had such an impact on my LinkedIn. Immediately following our meeting and the presentation I went to town on my LinkedIn profile. I changed my picture, background photo, and began revamping every detail of my profile.

The main things I have come to understand and appreciate about LinkedIn and in creating the ultimate professional profile are fairly simple.

  • actually have a picture
  • put your personality and skills into your summary
  • share articles, your thoughts, etc.
  • if you are searching for a job, make sure you let recruiters know that (you can change that in the settings)
  • actually go on the site or use the app (seems obvious, but it took me about 2 years to finally go on LinkedIn frequently)

I have benefited from the work I put into my profile. Recruiters have reached out to me, I have built a solid network, and I feel a little more in tune with the business world. Beyond that, I enjoy updating my profile. It provides room for more creativity than your standard resume, and with everything being online these days, LinkedIn is pretty dang important.