LinkedIn University Pages: Networking Beyond Millennials

LinkedIn University Pages The highly successful social media network for professionals announced in August that U.S. teens ages 14 to 18 will be allowed to create accounts and will have access to LinkedIn University Pages.

This marks a significant shift for what has long been the most buttoned-down of social media networks. Since its launch in 2003, LinkedIn has remained primarily an adults-only network that has grown to 240 million professional members.

Allowing younger users seems to make sense for LinkedIn from a business perspective – the company can lock in a whole new generation of members long before they become working professionals. LinkedIn also stands to become a force in the college recruiting and admissions game. According to LinkedIn, the new policy is “the cornerstone of our strategy to help students at every critical milestone from campus to fulfilling, successful careers.”

But does LinkedIn make sense for Junior? While LinkedIn says, “We’re trying to provide real value for prospective students,” Huffington Post contributor Kim Garst expressed some reservations. Garst questions whether 14-year-olds should be using the same LinkedIn as professionals looking to network. While she supports the idea of helping students build professional relationships, she adds, “I am just not convinced this is the right vehicle to do it.”
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Avoiding Career Suicide: 7 Tips to Stop Interrupting

In today’s fast-paced society, speed often trumps courtesy. Patience seems to be a virtue of a previous generation, replaced by efficiency. We’ve become accustomed to countless interruptions each day: expecting (and even welcoming) impromptu visits, text messages, social media alerts, or the click of an incoming call during a conversation.
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Build a strong LinkedIn profile with these 5 tips

Girl on laptop - LinkedIn Tips from Adecco USA LinkedIn is a social network for professionals. Don’t think of it as Facebook, you won’t find updates about birthdays or pictures of your neighbor’s cousin’s baby’s first steps; this is where your professional persona strives.

No matter what industry you are in, having an enhanced LinkedIn profile that speaks to your goals, skills and aspirations is key to landing your next, or first, job.
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Are You Addicted to your Smartphone? Time for a Detox.

Do you remember life before smartphones?

A time when you weren’t constantly connected through email, text messaging or social media? When you went on vacation or left the office at 5PM, and didn’t do any work until you returned?
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How can recent grads benefit from volunteering?

Great Grads need great jobs

Congratulations, Class of 2013! Your homework’s been turned in. Your finals are all completed. You’re all finished cleaning out your room, and you’re packed up for a permanent summer break. It’s official: you’re done with college.

And yet, there is still one homework assignment you haven’t quite figured out yet: finding a job after college. Everyone has to do it. After all, isn’t this what you’ve spent the last 4 years of your life for?
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Gen Y can’t I get a job? [infographic]

More than 1.5 million Americans will turn their tassels and flip their caps at college graduation ceremonies this year. After they step across the stage and collect their diplomas, many will be looking to take the next step in their lives – starting a career.

According to our recent survey of 500 hiring managers across the country, the majority of hiring managers (66 percent) do not believe new college graduates are prepared for the workforce, and 58 percent don’t plan on hiring entry-level college graduates this year.

The Adecco infographic below explores why today’s grads have a hard time finding jobs and what they can do to overcome some of  mainstream media’s harshest millennial myths and criticisms.
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