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This week, you read about career information and resources including the use of technology to support career development programs. This week, you will be creating a LinkedIn profile (https://www.linkedin.com/) for professional networking and connecting with your classmates. If you already have a LinkedIn profile, take a moment to update your profile. See our readings this week on how to make a better LinkedIn profile and how to create a resume. To prepare for our discussion board, create a LinkedIn profile for yourself and connect with at least 3 of your classmates on the site. (Remember this is an internet site so be careful when listing contact or other sensitive information. A phone number and physical address are not needed on your profile for this assignment.) For our discussion, you will be critiquing your colleagues LinkedIn profile.
Initial post: Reflect on the creation of your LinkedIn profile including a discussion of one additional resource you used to create your profile. Comment on ease of use, benefits, and concerns of using this site. Are there any populations you would not use this tool with?
Peer Response: Connect with your colleagues on LinkedIn. Review their LinkedIn profile and suggest 2-3 ways your colleague may improve their profile based on the resources and articles you have read this week.
Niles, S. G. & Harris-Bowlsbey, J. (2013). Career Development Interventions in the 21st Century (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill.
• Chapter 6: Career Information and Resources
• Chapter 7: Using Technology to Support Career Counseling and Planning/Using Information and Communication Technologies to Support Career Counseling and Planning
Additional Readings on Social Media Presence and Resume Creation
Giang, V (2013). 19 reasons why this is an excellent resume. Business Insider.
Princeton University’s Career Services (n.d.) Resume sections. careerservices.princeton.edu
Review different resume examples on Lamar’s Career and Professional Development website: Resume and Cover Letter Assistance
Fernando, H. (2013, December 4). 8 steps to creating a powerful Linkedin profile. Business Insider. Retrieved from: http://www.businessinsider.com/8-steps-to-creating-a-powerful-linkedin-profile-2013-12
Consider these questions as you read:
1. What part does career data, information, and resources play in the development process?
2. Can utilizing technology help clients and counselors?
3. How can I utilize online resources to assist my clients and my own career?