How To Navigate Hawk Jobs

Hawk Jobs is a great resource to use to look for jobs, but unfortunately most students and alumni don’t know how to work it efficiently. That’s what this post is for – to help you navigate Hawk Jobs. Take these steps into consideration and you’ll be able to upload your resume, find job openings, and check out which employees will be at an upcoming career fair in no time.

1. Go to the Hawk Jobs login page.

2. Click “Student Login” and enter your Net-ID and password (your Net-ID is the one you use when you login to your e-mail).

First, before anything, fill out your profile. You can click on the My Account tab on the left side of the screen and then click on My Profile. You’ll need to fill out things such as your major, where you live, and when you’re expected to graduate. You can also fill out your GPA, any skills you have, and your achievements.

If you want to upload your resume, click on the My Account tab and then My Documents. Then scroll down to the Employee Related Categories bar and click Add next to resumes.

If you’re looking for a job, complete the next few steps:

3. Hover your mouse over the Job Search tab and click Job Search.

 

4. Click the drop down arrow in the Job Category bar and choose which category you’re majoring in or what you’re interested in.

5. Then, click the drop down arrow in the Position Type bar and choose between four position types: Degree-Required Opportunities, Internships, Off-Campus Jobs or On-Campus Jobs (the two that I use the most are Degree-Required Opportunities and Internships).

If you have any additional questions on how to use Hawk Jobs, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.

 

Interview with WSG President

I had the opportunity to talk to the Whitewater Student Government president, Justin Murphy, about involvement, what he loves about WSG, and his advice for freshman students. Justin is a fifth year senior double majoring in finance and integrated science and business with an emphasis in water resource.

Justin transferred from UW-Platteville when he was a junior, and has been in WSG for three years now. He started off as a senator, then became the business and financial services director on executive board, and he was elected president last spring.

One of his favorite things about being president is getting to know the higher-ups, such as the chancellor and the provost.

‘I got to know the chancellor very well and I’m getting to be pretty good friends with the provost. Their opinion matters a lot as far as WSG goes. We run ideas by the provost and see what her opinion is. Her feedback is invaluable. Being on WSG has definitely helped me learn how to interact with all different kinds of people.’

Justin also does a lot of professional development processes.

‘As president, I got to hire five directors, so we had an application process where I looked at resumes, went to interviews, and chose five people who we work with directly. That was good experience to have, to see the whole hiring process, from start to finish. We have to figure out how to handle situations in a professional way and not lose your head over it.’

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He strongly encourages students to get involved. He describes himself as a go-getter, and admits to signing up for a dozen orgs at the Involvement Fair when he transferred to UW-Whitewater a few years ago. His favorite organization he’s involved in is WSG, of course.

‘I met a lot of great people through WSG. They are some of my best friends now. We have a great executive board. I couldn’t ask for a better crew.’

If you’re interested in joining WSG, their open meetings are at 7pm every Monday night in UC 259.

Photo by UWW Career.

6 Tips to Secure a Job One Month After Graduating College

This post is authored by Bobby Smith. Bobby Smith is a regular blogger at SelectAware, an online coupons site. Find coupons and savings tips like this Infographic, A Year in the Life of a Savvy Shopper at SelectAware.

If you’re reading this article, it’s clear who you are and the questions you have. You’re worried because you might not have a job waiting for you after you graduate college. Read through the end of this article, and I’ll outline 6 steps to almost guarantee a job offer comes your way one month after graduation.

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First, here are some statistics to put your worries at ease.

  • On average, it takes college graduates 3-7 months to land their first job.
  • Nearly 50% of college graduates move back home upon graduation.
  • The current average salary for college graduates is around $45,000.

If you did okay in school, then based on averages alone, you’ll have a job. But you’re reading this article because you don’t want to be average. You want a job now! Follow the six steps below:

1) Establish Your Strengths

Right now, write a list of 5 personal strengths that could be relevant to the professional world. Once you have this list, now ask yourself, “Would I hire me?” Develop a list of quality strengths that’ll make an employer say “I want someone like that as part of this company.”

Tip – I hope you didn’t write common, cliché strengths like “hard-working, motivated, team player, independent, and dependable.” Don’t think you’re the only applicant who describes themselves as the previously listed traits. Think of strengths that’ll benefit your employer.

2) Make a Superior Resume and Cover Letter

This is a commonly known step in the job-finding process. However, it’s under-rated by many applicants. A quality resume and cover letter is the key to getting your foot inside companies’ doors.Keep your resume to one page and cover letter to half a page.  Remember that employers and hiring managers get TONS of resumes and cover letters.  Your resume and cover letter need to capture their attention.

Write up a draft of your resume and cover letter.  If you don’t know how to, just search in Google for resume and cover letter templates. You’ll find lots of information that’ll help you. Once you have your drafts written, ask yourself these two questions:

1)    Did this cover letter and resume catch my attention?
2)    Would I consider hiring this person?

If not, make the proper revisions so that “yes” is the answer to the above questions.  Since you already figured out your strengths (as done so in Step 2), it’ll be much easier to create a quality resume and cover letter.

Tip – Crafting a resume and cover letter is a lot of work. But you only need to do it once, and you can pretty much use the same template for the rest of your professional, working life. However, be sure to always modify your resume and cover letter for each job. Fortunately, these modifications are typically brief and simple.

3) Find High-Status References

This is another commonly known step in the job-application process. College graduates are usually quick to just grab any teacher, parent, or manager from their previous jobs. Students – do not have reference letters written for the sake of having them. This is an under-valued part of the job-application process.

Have two reference letters in place that describe your character and strengths. The key here is not the content of the letter, but the reference instead. Have one reference from school and a professional reference. (If you don’t have a professional reference, then make do with two references from school). Aim for “high-status” references. Instead of asking your teacher, ask your Dean. Instead of asking your manager, ask the Director or Vice President. A high-status reference will illustrate that you were an integral part of the company. This is the type of employee that a company wants to add to its team.

Tip – By going for a higher-status reference, the reference “may” not know you very well. Nevertheless, don’t be afraid to ask. Simply asking is demonstration of determination and “high-status” professionals will think highly of you and be happy to help.

4) Clean Up Your Social Profile

It’s very common (almost expected) for employers perform a Facebook background check. Evaluate your social profile for any inappropriate posts or pictures. Don’t worry about going overboard with this. It’s perfectly acceptable to have pictures of you socializing and having a drink in your hand. Just simply put yourself in the employers’ shoes when they’re looking at your profile. Would they say “I don’t want someone like this to be part of this company.”?

Tip – This can also work in your favor. Have pictures of you participating in charitable or human events. This’ll illustrate positive character.

5) Look for Jobs in the Right Places

I’m going to share with you a secret here: Do not use sites like Monster or CareerBuilder.  Here’s why:

  • Too much competition
  • Lower quality jobs
  • The best jobs out there are not listed on these sites.

Instead, search for the type of companies relevant to your degree. If you’re a public relations graduate, simply search “pr companies city name.” Look for a “Jobs” or a “Careers” page, and you’ll find job listings there.

Tip – Use Google’s “inurl” operator to perform advanced to find relevant companies. Type “job industry city name inurl:careers” and you’ll be shown career pages for relevant companies.

6) Looking for a Job is a Full-Time Job

Keep this in mind: You’re going to be rejected a lot. Even if you’ve completed all the above steps to perfection, you’ll still probably be rejected. Once you accept this fact, it’ll be much easier to go through with this process. Applying for jobs is a numbers game. The more you apply, the greater your chances of getting a job.

Tip – Most college graduates don’t realize this fact. They place all their eggs on that first interview then get down on themselves once they don’t get the offer. Treat this process like a full-time job. Apply for 1 job an hour, 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. That’s 40 applications a week. After one month, you’ll have 120 applications. I can say that with 99% certainty, you’ll have a job after 120 applications that included the process I’ve outlined above.

Follow this 6 step plan, and you’ll find yourself with a job far quicker than the “average” college graduate.

Photo by Jim, the Photographer.

Friday Favorites – 5 Professional Outfits for Women

For my last Friday Favorites blog post, I decided to feature some of my friends and coworkers in their favorite interview outfit. I’ve added some tips so you can see why they work, and maybe these outfits will inspire you to dress professionally when you have an interview, networking event or your first day of your new job coming up!

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Outfits 2

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Outfits 1 Photos by UWW Career.

To-Do List: Post Internship

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*They forced me to wear that medal…

I had the pleasure of working as a digital media planning intern for MediaCom in Chicago last summer. It was a fantastic experience. I learned a lot, met some wonderful people, and got my foot in the advertising world. While I was getting ready to leave, and in the months that have followed, I’ve taken a few steps to make the most of my past internship.

1. Say “Thank You”

People like to know that they’re appreciated, so take the time to tell your co-workers how much you appreciated their time and effort. They spent a lot of their time teaching you the ropes and integrating you into the company. Don’t just say thank you – invest in some thank you cards so they can have something to hold on to and remember you by. Trust me, a thank you goes a long way.

2. Update Your Resume

This step should happen before you even leave your internship. Try to schedule a review between you and your supervisor(s). Get their feedback on what you did well and what you need to improve on. During your review, ask your supervisor(s) to look over your current resume and ask what they think you should put under your job description. There are a lot of aspects of your internship you might not consider important, but others do, and your supervisor can give you some powerful insight. This would also be the appropriate time to ask for a letter of recommendation. Keep in mind, supervisors and managers are busy people and might not be able to produce a letter of recommendation right away, but ask if they’d be willing to in the future.

3. Stay Connected

We’ve all been told time and again how important networking is. This is not a lie! Stay connected to the people you worked with. Take the time to connect with them on social media platforms such as LinkedIn. It’s important to continue to foster the relationships you had with your coworkers. Who knows, if they saw your hard work ethic and great attitude, they might help you find a job!

4. Stay Updated

After your internship, it’s important to stay updated on your company and the industry overall. Now that you’ve had a taste of the “real world” you need to stay up to date on what’s going on. Furthermore, when you talk about your internship experience in future interviews it’s important to know what the company has been up to in case the interviewer asks. It’ll show you really cared about your past professional experiences.

5. Reflect

After you’ve completed your internship take time to reflect on your experiences. What did you learn about the industry? What did you like about the job? What didn’t you like about the job? Will you be pursuing this type of career, or not? Internships are great for finding what you love, but they are equally important for realizing what you don’t. Take the time to really think and reflect on your internship experience.

Photo by Shannon Waisath.

Friday Favorites – 5 Reasons to Utilize Your College Career Center

Interested in the Disney College Program? We’ve got you covered. Not sure how to navigate Hawk Jobs? We’re on it! Do you want to have an international internship? We have the resources! Career & Leadership Development can help you with these and so much more.

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We as a career center know you have big plans during your college career and after. We plan to help you prepare for the ‘real world’ by offering these five services and much more. Career & Leadership Development can…

Help You Craft Your Resume and Cover Letters

I strongly encourage every college student to have a professional staff look over your resume before you submit it to the hiring manager of your dream job. Professional staff will see things you won’t, will notice little details that need to be added or taken away, and can provide great advice on formatting, layout, and style. The staff can also help you develop a cover letter and can give you advice on what to include, what to leave out, how to format it, and what kind of salutation would be appropriate.

Help You Find Resources to Find an Internship or Job

So, you know you need to have an internship under your belt before you graduate. That’s good! But, how do you go about finding one? The career counselors have many resources and websites to help you find an internship in the field you want to get into. They also know about many resources, online job boards, and about upcoming career fairs to help you find a job. Graduating seniors, it’s not too late to visit the career center and help you secure a job after you graduate!

Help You Prep for Interviews

Being interviewed is a scary thing! But wouldn’t you rather be prepared for one than not? The career counselors are more than willing to perform mock interviews with you – in person, over the phone, over a meal, or even over Skype! Career counselors may meet with you in their office, or you can ask to do it in the Bailey Interview Center.

Help You Get You on Track for Your Post-Grad Life

Unsure about what you want to do after you graduate? Grad school, travel, or find a job?! Or, if you aren’t graduating for a few years, are you thinking of internships, involvement, or various career paths? We provide many career assessments to give you an idea of what career path might be best suited for you, during college and after you graduate.

Help You Get Involved

Career & Leadership Development not only deals with career-related things. We also want you to get involved before you graduate. Getting involved in organizations and taking leadership positions will greatly increase your chance of receiving a job offer!

We encourage you to visit the Involvement Office, which is the room to the left of the Bailey Interview Center. Here you can find out about all the organizations on campus, about Greek life, and what kind of professional organizations you could join. The Connection Center, which is where WSG, LAU, and the Non-Trad Pad is located, is also a great way to get involved and to connect with organizations and students.

See all the great things Career & Leadership Development has to offer?! We’d love to help you in any way possible. If you need help in one or more of these areas, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with one of the career counselors. That is what they’re here for! Simply call Career & Leadership Development at 262-472-1471 or visit us in the University Center, up the ramp/stairs across from Freshens.

Photo by UWW Career.

Heather’s Experience at Her First Post-Grad Job

This post was written by former Career & Leadership Development social media intern, Heather Schwartz.

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Cute lunch bag — check. Fashionable, yet work-appropriate ensemble — check. A brand new notebook and pen placed firmly in my leather briefcase — check.

When the first day of my big-girl job arrived I was, surprisingly, very confident and ready to hit the ground running. I felt on the top of the world, like I could do anything; I was going to take this company to the next level!

Yeah, those feelings lasted about five minutes.

But before I scare the pants off of you in regards to the corporate world (totally kidding – but not really), let me take you back about six months.

When I graduated in May, I had an internship under my belt, my own photography business, and a pretty strong grasp on the things I had learned in my college courses. I was ready. I was ready to let go of the carefree college lifestyle, late nights devouring Toppers sticks, and living in my tiny, prison-like apartment.

But one thing I wasn’t ready for was what awaited me six months later. After what seemed like hundreds of applications and dozens of interviews, I finally got a full-time job. This position was everything I was looking for – social media, writing, marketing, it was right up my alley! However, I had a lot of false expectations for what the real-world had in store for me.

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After my second day at the office I remember calling up a fellow intern from UW-Whitewater and it took everything in my power to not bawl my eyes out. The work was faster paced, expectations were 10 times higher than I thought, and I pretty much had to start from a clean slate and learn everything all over again. I think this was the moment I had a true quarter-life crisis. “My fun life is over. I’m going to fail at life!”

So, once I kicked the dramatics down a notch, I started to get a grasp for what it would take to survive in this new world. Here are a list of strategies I used to stay calm during my transition from the college world to the corporate world, and hopefully they will help you, too:

  • Be flexible. Sometimes job descriptions change and you will be asked to do things you didn’t expect right out of the gate. Just roll with it. Showing you can stay calm and collected during a stressful or unexpected turn of events will be strongly in your favor.
  • Be a sponge. The first couple weeks at my job, co-workers would ask me in the middle of meetings how I was doing. I always responded the same way, “Just being a sponge – soaking it all in.” When you’re starting a new job it’s important take in your surroundings and all of the information presented to you. Bring a notebook everywhere so you can jot down notes, reminders, and tasks to complete!
  • Ask questions. Unless your employer hired you completely in the dark, they know you are a recent college graduate. And that means you have very little, if any, corporate work experience. Don’t feel bad about asking questions; it shows you’re interested in learning and making yourself a valuable asset to the company.
  • Have an outlet. Sometimes the workplace can get a little overwhelming. I work with a small company so there are a lot of in-house meetings, a lot of personalities working together in a small space, and sometimes I just need a little time to ground myself. Everyone has their own ways of doing this but I found that playing relaxing instrumental music while working at my desk puts me at ease very quickly (even after an intense meeting).
  • Make connections. Don’t go all “Mean Girls” and try and create an office version of The Plastics. But get to know your coworkers. Maybe instead of eating at your desk one day during the week you ask some coworkers to grab lunch. Keep topics light, and use that as a time to create bonds with the people you work with.
  • Make your space your own. I’m not saying bring in your fuzzy pink rug and giant fish tank into your office the first day. But bring a photo of your dog to place on your desk, your favorite notebook, or a colorful mouse pad. Bringing some of your personality and belongings to your workspace will help you feel like you’re really a part of the company, and it can induce conversation between you and a coworker.
  • Don’t take criticism to heart. This one was a toughy for me! I had never been in a job where the majority of my ideas weren’t accepted or that I wasn’t trusted with tasks. I’ve finally accepted that those things all take time. Whenever you feel really upset about a piece of criticism or your ideas weren’t chosen for a certain project, repeat this to yourself: “It’s just business, not personal.”
  • Showcase your assets whenever possible. As a new employee, it can be difficult to find opportunities to really jump in. But keep an eye out for them! I really enjoy event planning and I found a way that I could use that passion and skill in my new workplace. Since the company I work for didn’t have many in-house activities in the past, I took the lead and set up a Halloween Potluck for October. My boss really liked the idea and now I am taking on some new community service ideas for the company. Find ways that your passions and ideas can be linked into the workplace.
  • Lean on friends and family. You are not in this alone! It’s important to remember that when you start a new job it may seem like it’s taking over your entire life. That’s normal (at least that’s what my dad told me). I’m still getting used to having a 8-5 job and not being around friends and family as much. But it’s important to know that when you leave that office you still have loved ones there to help guide you.

My final word of advice – don’t be so hard on yourself. You’re going to make mistakes. It’s inevitable. But try not to get yourself down.

One of my favorite quotes of all time is, “The expert at anything was once a beginner.”

From one Warhawk to another, don’t worry…you got this :)

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Photos by Heather Schwartz.

 

Interview with SEAL Manager

I had the opportunity to sit down with SEAL manager Sara Molnar, and talk to her about her experience on SEAL, her new-found love for event planning, and how getting involved can help students’ futures! Sara is a fifth year senior, double majoring in history and special education. Last year, Sara was an entertainment intern for SEAL, Student Entertainment Awareness League, and this year she is the manager.

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‘I actually heard about SEAL when I was a sophomore,’ Sara says.’I was working on event crew, and Melissa Grosso was my boss, so we worked pretty closely with SEAL and we went through the same training program, so that’s when I first really knew what it was.’

Sara really enjoyed what she did with the event crew, but it was solely staffing and working the events, and she wanted to do more. Her being on the event crew helped her make a smooth transition to entertainment intern her first year on SEAL.

‘Melissa [Grosso] actually reached out to me and asked me, ‘Have you ever thought about applying for SEAL?’ and I hadn’t really, so her asking if I’d thought about it got me to think about it. I thought it would be a lot of fun to put on your own events for campus.’

Although she wasn’t interested in getting into the event planning field last year, she can definitely see herself being an event planner in the future, and she has SEAL to thank for that!

‘Being on SEAL has definitely opened up a lot of opportunities for me. Not only has it taught me a lot about a potential new career choice that I want to go into, but it’s also allowed me to really grow professionally. When I was on the entertainment team, we had to reach out to the artists and agents, really got me to learn how to communicate with people, more than I had to in the past. Also I think it really showed me what this campus has to offer and how you can give back to the campus by hosting events for students.’

One of the biggest things Sara has learned from being on SEAL is time management and understanding how strict deadlines are, especially in the event planning field.

‘We [the SEAL interns] would be given four or five events per semester, and the event would be set the semester before, so you couldn’t change the date. You had to have everything done by that date. In the classroom, yes, you have to follow a deadline, but sometimes they can be a little more lenient. When an event is coming and you haven’t done anything for it, it can totally flop. You really need to manage your time and prioritize, which is something that I’m still learning. You need to prioritize, what’s most important, what should I get done when.’

SEAL does not only deal with event planning, though. They focus on marketing, promotions, public relations, social media, and mainly bringing an event up from nothing.

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Having an internship is great for networking, and connecting with Career & Leadership Staff and interns is extremely beneficial when it’s time to enter the workforce.

‘When you need something so small like a letter of recommendation, and if you don’t have those experiences, you have no one to help you. Networking and being able to get yourself out there and making a name for yourself now makes your future better. Who knows what kind of opportunities they can provide. Having those resources will help you for the future.’

Sara’s last piece of advice? ‘Get involved. It’s really important, especially when you’re younger, because then you have the opportunity to get bigger positions when you get older.’

Are you interested in being on SEAL? They are hiring for the spring semester! Apply here by November 11!

Photos by UWW Career.

How to Be a Leader in a Technology-Driven World

This post was written by Career & Leadership Development Leadership Advisor Melissa Grosso.

Being a leader can be tough in the most perfect of circumstances…add technology into the mix and it can be a downright pain!

One of my biggest pet peeves is when people are always on their phones or tablets in meetings or while they are having conversations with you and it what they are doing on their said phone or tablet has nothing to do with your meeting or conversation. My second pet peeve is that we have forgotten about the old school “face to face” meetings.

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Not everything can be communicated or solved through technology. Here are my top 5 tips for being a leader in a technology-driven world:

Not everyone has a smartphone or uses social media, believe it or not!  Branch out and use other “old school” methods. For example, if you want to communicate a conference schedule to the group, using an app like Involvio or Guidebook is great for those who have smartphones, but also remember that not everyone does. Have a handful of paper copies available for those who don’t have smart phones.

There is nothing better than a face to face, in the same room conversations! Understanding when to have an in-person conversation is a skill that many people, due to technology, are lacking. Don’t send a text or email to ask how your performance at a job has been or that you need to resign from your position. It’s always best to have these types of conversations in person. Intent or meaning can be lost when NOT communicating face to face.

LinkedIn is a great tool to network with, however, it drives me nuts when people I don’t know try to connect with me and they keep the generic “I’d like to add you to my professional network.” Well that’s awesome, but why should I connect with you, especially if I don’t even know you? I know there isn’t a lot of space in the box, but give the person you are trying to connect with a reason to connect with you – they will be happy to connect with you once they know the reason why.

Everyone learns or hears about things differently! Don’t always use just one form of communication when trying to connect with others. Try to figure out their preferred method of communication and use it. It might take longer, but in the end you will have a much more connected group with individuals who know you care.

Put down technology and have an honest uninterrupted conversation. These conversations can be the most powerful conversations where both people are engaged. The meaningful conversations that can come from being technology free are priceless.

Do you have any other tips or tricks of the trade for living and leading in a technology-driven world?

Photo by Irving Martinez.

Friday Favorites – Five Worst LinkedIn Photos

As we wrap up the theme of LinkedIn this month, I wanted to leave you with five last tips about what kind of photos you shouldn’t have on your LinkedIn profile, and why they’re bad.

The Group Photo

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Which one of these lovely ladies’ profile am I viewing?! Don’t leave potential employers confused! While it’s understandable that you want to impress potential employers with how social you are, leave that for Facebook and Twitter.

The Cropped Photo

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This one is a profile picture favorite, for any social network. It looks awkward, weird, and completely unprofessional. You literally have a hanging limb in your photo. I totally understand that you might look gorgeous in that one photo that you took that night, and only a Photoshop magician would be able to remove that awkward arm, but please, for the love of professional networking social media sites, stop with the cropped profile photo!

Distance Photo

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While the tree is lovely, and having McGraw Hall in the photo will show your Warhawk pride, what employers really want to see is your face. Even if you’re at the Grand Canyon, the Appalachian Mountains, or in the middle of Times Square, the background should be the least interesting aspect of your photo. Keep the focus of your profile photo on your face.

A Photo of Your Pet

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Don’t. Just don’t. No matter how cute your pet is, resist!

Not Having a Photo

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Yes, not having a photo is just as bad as having one with red Solo cups in it. As bad as it might sound, this is one instance where what you look like is important. So throw on that blazer, ask a friend who’s handy with a camera to help you out, and snap a few photos.

Or better yet, attend our free LinkedIn photoshoot on November 20 in the UC!

The other social media student manager and myself will be taking professional photos for free for you to use for your LinkedIn profile, or any other online profile! Please come and take advantage of this free service and get to know more about what Career & Leadership Development can offer you!

For more tips like these, check out The Worst LinkedIn Photos You Can Have.

Photos by UWW Career.