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Over the next few weeks there are several programs happening at Northwestern University to help students learn more about or improve their presence on the popular online network- LinkedIn.

If you’ve read any of my blog posts, visited with a career services professional or just read through tweets and articles- you know the importance of LinkedIn for networking, your job and internship search process and even career exploration. Just like any great online resource (especially in the Social Media arena) LinkedIn is always evolving and looking for new ways to stay relevant and forward thinking. But with all the changes users can be a little disgruntled that they have to relearn the system or be flexible and adaptable to the changes.

To help you become more familiar with LinkedIn, the Northwestern Alumni Association announced they have invited John Hill of LinkedIn to speak to staff and students on April 25 in Norris University Center’s McCormick Auditorium from 3:30pm-5:00pm. John Hill has worked in the past with alumni and students at Michigan State, so he has a great combination of understanding the needs of populations within Higher Education, as well as how to utilize LinkedIn.

My office, Northwestern UCS has also borrowed an idea from our colleagues at Columbia University and now offer LinkedIn Labs on select Mondays at our Career Lab location in the Northwestern Main Library’s Core Reserves Second Floor North from 2:00-4:00pm. LinkedIn labs offer NU students the opportunity to meet with a UCS staff member to have your LinkedIn profile reviewed. Just like your resume, it’s a good idea to make sure you are representing yourself to the best of your ability online. There are new features and sections that can be added to your LinkedIn profile. And UCS wants to make sure you are taking advantage of everything LinkedIn has to offer. Our next LinkedIn Lab is this upcoming Monday, April 16th.

If you don’t have time to attend the John Hill presentation or stop by the LinkedIn Labs, then please take a look at the presentation I offered to our School of Continuing Studies back in February. You can download the Social Media 101: LinkedIn PPT or listen to the webinar recording at http://www.northwestern.edu/careers/students/resources/ucs-webinar-recordings.html. I hope all of the before mentioned will help you learn how to be Linked In!