Nadene Reynolds conducts a mock interview with Ali Schmitz during Multimedia Writing and offers the class tips about interviewing. Photo by Alex Maminakis.
Thanks to Nadene Reynolds, from the UF Career Resource Center, for being our special guest speaker to talk about strategies for a successful job interview.
Thanks, too, to Ali Schmitz for participating in the mock interview.
You will be hearing some similar questions if you participate in the portfolio interview with your lab instructor in Lab 13. portfolio_directions_S14
One of the topics Ms. Reynolds discussed in lecture was creating a LinkedIn account as part of your professional profile.
A LinkedIn profile enables you to have an online résumé and even to post examples of your professional work.
Read the three blog posts by UF students Andrea Carroz and Erica Hernandez that provide advice for setting up your LinkedIn account:
9 steps for creating your LinkedIn profile
Improve your LinkedIn profile by listing coursework, describing work duties and joining professional groups
3 steps for setting up and utilizing LinkedIn connections
As Ms. Reynolds and I said in lecture, don’t use the generic “I’d like to add you to my LinkedIn connections” to contact a potential connection. Write a personalized request. Also, LinkedIn is based on having connections you know and can recommend. So both Ms. Reynolds and I don’t accept connection requests we receive from students we don’t know well enough to recommend.
Also, because LinkedIn is a professional network, you want to select a photo that has a professional look. You don’t have to wear a business suit, but you don’t want to use a selfie photo or a photo of you in too casual attire or with your girlfriend/boyfriend.
As with any kind of writing, reading examples can help you in your own writing. So read others’ LinkedIn profiles to help you see how others present themselves.