Managing your brand
Connect to the CDO's LinkedIn Group: Pomona College Career Connections
The number one professional network in the world is LinkedIn.com. LinkedIn is a social networking site like Facebook, but it is exclusively for professional networking. It allows you to see information about companies, and find and connect with people through the various organizations and people you know.
- To learn about LinkedIn, watch this video: learn.linkedin.com/what-is-linkedin
- Set up your profile. Make sure to include the following:
- A professional picture of you alone A headline that highlights your status as a student, as well as your career goals ie. “Student and Aspiring Arts Manager”
- Blurbs about your past work experiences (this is can be in bullet or paragraph form). The LinkedIn Profile is essentially your online resume. Make sure to avoid any typical or unusual resume mistakes.
- Be sure to join groups! You will gain access to a wealth of knowledge and networking tools, and employers will see your strong interest in a particular industry
Tell everyone you’re looking for an internship/job! - While these people may not personally know about the career or about opportunities, they may have friends with that knowledge. Remember, people like to help!
Look for upcoming events in Route 47. – There are information sessions, career fairs, alumni networking events, workshops, panels, etc. where we bring professionals to talk with you. Take advantage of both events at Pomona and at the other schools! The CDO has made an agreement with the other career centers that Pomona students can attend all events at all the Claremont Colleges.
Look for contact information in job/internship postings. – Even if you aren’t interested in that job/internship, that person still may be able to share information about the organization or how to break in. The Nationwide Internship Consortium (NIC) includes A LOT of contact information. Remember, if the internship was posted a year ago, most likely they will offer it again. Other places to look at postings include Route 47, Indeed.com, andSimplyHired.com.
Find professional association meetings. - Check the newspaper or online for any upcoming meetings or conferences of professionals in the field you’re targeting. You can also find names of professional organizations through the Career Resource Library.