January 23, 2015
by Ellen

So You Made a LinkedIn Profile…Now What?

If you haven’t already, by the end of your time in the LMAS program, you will have created a profile on LinkedIn. A lot goes in to making an effective profile, but that’s just the beginning. In order to make LinkedIn truly useful as a networking tool, there are a few things to keep in mind. In a recent article for Forbes online, William Arudda, author of the book Ditch. Dare. Do! 3D Personal Branding for Executives, offers some useful strategies for maximizing your LinkedIn success.

First, think about who you want in your network. Whose requests to connect should you accept — everyone? only people you know well? just people in your field? Arudda suggests “open networking” — casting your net as wide as possible — because “every connection is a good connection” and “your visibility is proportional to the number of connections you have.” The same concept applies to requesting connections – the more the better. Allow LinkedIn to use your email contacts, search for people you want to connect with, and do a “gap analysis” — what kind of people do you want to connect with but haven’t yet? Do some research and request some connections.

The next step is to “nurture” your network. This is what are you supposed to do on LinkedIn. As Arudda explains, “Your network will have little value if you aren’t interacting with members regularly.” Use your activity feed or the blogging platform to show your expertise by making comments and sharing professional opinions on topics that may interest your network. Join groups and participate meaningfully in the conversations. Find ways to make a name for yourself in the LinkedIn community. The more visible you become, the more your network will grow with meaningful connections.

Ultimately, the value you get from LinkedIn is proportionate to the attention you pay to growing your network and finding ways to engage other LinkedIn users. In other words, if you were to spend as much time on LinkedIn as you do on Facebook….

January 16, 2015
by Ellen

Welcome back — come see me!

Welcome and welcome back to our new and returning LMAS students!

Just a reminder that you are always welcome in the Leadership and Professional Development Center (BH 339). Feel free to use the space to study, meet with your group, or just sit and relax between classes. There’s even coffee and water for you to enjoy while you’re here!

I will be available Monday-Thursday, 9:00am- 3:00pm, for consultations on:

  • Writing
  • Presentations
  • Resumes
  • Coverletters
  • Interview prep
  • Study skills

If you have any workshop-related questions, I can help you with that, too. So make an appointment or just come by and say “hi” — I look forward to working with you this semester!

– Ellen Stuart

December 8, 2014
by Ellen

Working+Together = Success

Congrats to the new grads! Are you ready to start your careers? It’s going to be a big change, for sure, and a little scary, too. But don’t give in to the temptation to hide at your desk. No matter how shy or introverted you are, you will actually be happier and more successful if you work together with others. According to Robin Madell’s article “One Word That Can Change Your Work Life,” having a sense of “togetherness” increases productivity and job satisfaction — it can make you actually “like” your job. So when you start your new position, make an effort to get to know the members of your department. Ask questions, go to lunch with your new colleagues, and be a part of the group. You’ll start to feel like you are a valuable asset to your firm in no time!

November 20, 2014
by Ellen

Want to Ace Your Finals? Study at the Gym.

We all know how important it is to stay healthy during finals week — eat your veggies, exercise, get enough sleep. Yet we tend to neglect these things because we think we just don’t have enough time to do them. After all, the most time-tested method for cramming for exams (developed, no doubt, by medieval monks) requires an I.V. drip of caffeine, bags of chips, and long stretches of sitting in uncomfortable chairs, ignoring the sleeping foot and cramping back. It may work, but what a slice of hell that is.

Why not try something different? Did you know that exercising while you study will increase your retention of the material? Sounds crazy, I know, but there’s science behind it. A study conducted by researchers at the Goethe University Frankfurt/Main found that light to moderate simultaneous physical activity during encoding… is beneficial for subsequent recall of new items.” The cognitive stimulation induced by non-strenuous exercise appears to “prime” the brain just enough to provide the ideal environment for learning.

So hop on the elliptical or stationary bike and review your notes while you work up a light sweat. Plus, studying while you exercise not only boosts your memory, it also gives you all the other health benefits of exercising — it will elevate your mood, help you sleep better, and even encourage you to eat healthier foods!

November 12, 2014
by Ellen

“The Career Advice You Probably Didn’t Get”

You know I love me a good Ted talk, and this is a great one. In “The Career Advice You Probably Didn’t Get” Susan Colantuno points out that women make up 50% of middle management and professional employees, yet less than 1/3 of that number reach the executive level. Why are women not being identified as “high potential” talents to be groomed for advanced leadership positions? The answer may surprise you. A must-watch for women starting their first jobs – put yourself on the right track from the beginning!!