LinkedIn—Making The Most of Your Six Seconds

Kristen Lamb's Blog

Happy Friday! Today Jenny Hansen is going to talk to you a little bit about LinkedIn…hey, she gave me cookies. Who can say no to COOKIES?

You might be wondering why to bother with a LinkedIn profile, even if you aren’t a NF author (for NF authors, LinkedIn is a must). For one reason, a lot of agents and publishers are there, so it’s a good place to connect professionally.

Also, many of us will do additional work to supplement our writing income, especially in the early years. LinkedIn can be vital for getting freelance work that pays the bills or even gives us a little extra spending money.

Finally, if we self-publish (which many of us will), we will need to hire a team of professionals—content editor, line editor, book cover designer, book interior designer, e-book formatter, web designers, etc. LinkedIn is a wonderful place to find endorsed professionals 

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University of Montana Study Abroad

The end of the semester is upon us!  There are many things to keep organized as you prepare for your study abroad experience next semester.  You have checklists galore, but it can still be hard to keep track of all the things you need to do before you leave, especially if you won’t be on campus during winter vacation.  Here are some things that may help you as you prepare for departure:

– Run through your checklists to see if there are any loose ends that need to be tied up on campus.  It’s may be easier to get those items cleared up before you leave campus.

– Check and double check your visa procedures.  Every country and Consulate differs on their visa requirements.  Make sure you are familiar with the visa procedures required for your particular situation.

– Leave important information with family members, such as the address where…

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Academic Enrichment

Thinking about attending the Big Sky Employment and Academic Enrichment Fair?
Internship advice from Dr. Cheryl Minnick, Ed.D, Internship Coordinator & Career Advisor

Here are five helpful hints:

  1. First impressions count! You don’t get a second chance for a first impression. Have a strong hand-shake, bring a few copies of your resume and remember your manners (say please and thank you).
  2. Dress professionally; which means if Gramma would have a problem with your outfit, your shoes, hair or bling, more than likely an employer would too. (this includes fresh smelling breath and pits)
  3. Think about the goal of an internship – is it to try on skills, check out a company, expand your experience or get a job… and consider if the internship and company would be a good fit. Not all would be.
  4. Sometimes employers do not have a current opening, but they may in the future. Talk with them now and…

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Academic Enrichment

Montanans Go to Washington, D.C. by Katie Nichols


Over the break, 14 students enrolled in a chance to go to Washington, D.C. to attend the inauguration of President Obama through a Washington Center program.  For 11 days, these students went to meetings and lectures and were able to tour and explore different aspects of the city. We were able to meet up with two of them and hear their personal views on the experience; Savanna Cochran, a senior marketing student graduating this spring, and Eliza Allison, a political science major also graduating this spring.

AE: How did you find out about this opportunity?

Savanna: Through a Davidson Honors College email. They send out those emails all the time and they had a couple programs.  That one actually sounded pretty relevant to me.

Eliza: I had a class last semester with Professor Saldin, who was our faculty leader in…

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MassMutual Scholars

MassMutual has a scholarship program for students of African-American, Hispanic or Asian/Pacific Islander descent who are interested in pursuing a career in financial services. The need-based awards are $2000 for 2 year schools and $5000 for 4 year schools. Most agencies would like to have these students as interns as well. Apply by May 3, 2013.


Summer Institute in Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)


The Sunshine Education and Resource Center at the University of South Florida College of Public Health is now accepting applications for its summer institute in Occupational Health and Safety June 9 – June 14, 2013. Applications strongly encouraged from students interested in exploring graduate studies in occupational health and safety disciplines. Travel, lodging and meals will be provided.
Participants will:
• Explore academic and professional opportunities in occupational health and safety disciplines
• Learn about occupational health and safety topics through lectures and hands-on laboratory sessions
• Observe real-world applications of occupational health and safety initiatives through field experiences
• Meet USF students, faculty, and professionals affiliated with USF’s occupational health and safety program experience college life on USF’s Tampa campus

Contact Dr. Rene’ Salazar at (813) 974-9623 or at for more information and applications. Space is limited. Apply today!


Academic Enrichment


Do you want to get out there in the community to volunteer? Service Saturdays are perfect for those looking to get their feet wet with volunteerism! It’s a chance for those looking for the right fit for a more committed volunteer placement, those interested in nonprofit work as a career, or simply those who want to socialize and give back at the same time! Service Saturdays is great opportunity for students to get involved and network with local nonprofits without an upfront commitment.  It is also a great way for students to network with other students interested in the same activities.

Each month, the Office for Civic Engagement offers two to three service projects at different nonprofits here in Missoula and students can RSVP for the opportunities that interest them and then spend a half-day volunteering with other students who share that interest. Missoula has a plethora of nonprofits doing…

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