I LOST THREE Followers—Twitter & Tips to Keep from Going CRAZY

Kristen Lamb's Blog

Twitter is a highly effective social media tool for writers when used properly (which is code for DON’T SPAM US ABOUT YOUR BOOK). There seems to be a lot of concern about numbers of followers, but I want to give some advice:

Ignore the Numbers

There is only one reason we need to care about Twitter numbers. We need to be following enough people in return or Twitter will not allow us to follow more. There is a certain ratio to be maintained and this is just one of many ways that Twitter combats spammers. If I click on someone and they are following 350 people and have 3 followers? That’s a HUGE clue this is a bot.

Yes, I have over 9,300 followers (I had to look it up), but I was also a member of Twitter before anyone knew what the heck it was. I’ve been on Twitter…

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The Dynamic Duo: Facebook and Common Sense (and #Twitter, too)

Confessions of a Young Professional

I know most people have common sense and therefore this post is more than likely irrelevant to whoever is reading it. But because of the few things I have seen on social media lately I figured I should at least offer my opinion on the over-share epidemic that is currently sweeping this great nation’s social media sites. 

During my last few blog posts I have written about the power of social media and how it can help you. However, while I will continue to sing the praises of Twitter and LinkedIn and Blogging etc., I feel as though I should dedicate this blog to things on social media that could hurt you. But first, I want to share my inspiration for this blog.

While browsing Facebook this past Monday, I came across an album of pictures that depicted the following things; empty liquor bottles, drugs, someone seemingly blacked out on…

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Are You Linked In? Update Your Profile For Your Job Search

Are You Linked In? Update Your Profile For Your Job Search

By: Come Recommended

When it comes to landing a job, your job search toolbox should be filled with a variety of valuable tools. From niche job boards to networking, job seekers often find success through a variety of tools and tactics.

One tool holding an increasingly prominent part in the job search is social media. And with a reported 94 million visits from U.S. users in December 2012, LinkedIn has become the quintessential professional social network for many job seekers. So I have to ask — are you linked in?

Whether you have yet to create a profile or it’s just been awhile since you’ve updated — LinkedIn is an important tool for your job search.

Your Online Resume

Your LinkedIn profile acts as the online version of your resume. Through proper use, you can use your profile to connect with people in your network, be found by potential employers or those you may have known previously, increase your online visibility, and build your professional brand. A detailed and completed profile is an absolute must during your job search. If a potential employer is reviewing your profile and finds a variety of gaps and missing information, you’re likely to be discredited and removed from the hiring process.

Get started with your update by turning off your activity broadcasts on your profile. You can do this by going to the settings button under your name in the right corner of your page. This will ensure your updates aren’t bombarding your newsfeed. Consider the following updates to turn your profile into your job search’s secret weapon:

Stand Out With Your Headline 

Located beneath your name, this area is generally set by default to grab your most recent job title. Since it’s one of the first pieces of information visitors see when visiting your page, your headline provides a unique chance to leave an impression. Rather than using your current job title, use your 28 characters to creatively showcase your skills and experiences.

Upgrade Your Photo

A professional photo of yourself will set the tone for your entire online resume. Don’t scare away potential employers with your unprofessional and awkward photo. Instead, update your current photo of you in a T-shirt to something more professional.

Summarize Yourself

Showcasing your expertise and accomplishments is the most important element of your LinkedIn profile, and the summary section is your place to do so. Even if you’re still employed, you can showcase your know-how and personality in this section — think of it as a short-and-sweet cover letter. Be sure to utilize keywords and keep your summary focused.

Showcase Your Experiences

In the experience section of your LinkedIn profile, include concise descriptions of your accomplishments — not just your daily tasks — for every job you’re hoping to showcase. Stay away from writing dense paragraphs, and use bullet points instead. Potential employers and recruiters are likely to skim this section and may just skip over anything too long.

Endorsable Skills 

LinkedIn’s latest skills endorsement feature places an even greater emphasis on the skills you put on your profile. While the feature is still evolving — currently you can endorse anyone for any skill — be sure to list all of the skills you’ve gained and utilized throughout your experiences, and attempt to receive endorsements to support them.

Get Recommended 

Recommendations on LinkedIn are similar to references during the hiring process. Try to receive at least one recommendation from a previous manager or customer at every job you have listed in your experience section.

The Job Search

When your profile has been perfected, it’s time to kickoff your LinkedIn job search. Begin regularly taking part in LinkedIn groups related to your career or interests. You can also utilize the Advanced Search function to save up to ten job searches. LinkedIn will then notify you when jobs are posted meeting your specific criteria. If you’re interested at opportunities at specific companies, follow them to stay updated with the statuses and job postings.

An updated profile and smart job search techniques on LinkedIn will give your search for an employment a unique boost.

How do you use LinkedIn to search for jobs?

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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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Educational Seminar for Leaders on Professional Ethics- February 7,2013

People face complex ethical challenges every day. However, many do not have the training to effectively deal with these intricate decisions. The Four‐Way Test, used by Rotarians, is a proven framework for ethical decision making. It can also be used to guide effective leadership in family, business, and the community scenarios.
Is It The Truth? is a half‐day ethics seminar presented by The Rotary Club of Missoula Sunrise. It emphasizes the core tenets of the Four‐Way Test and is designed to engage leaders of all ages in how to address ethical dilemmas in their daily lives. This seminar will also feature motivational speaker, Jerry Traylor. Due to the generosity of sponsors, event costs are covered for all participants. Sponsorship and individual donations are encouraged from professional participants.
This event will be held at the Missoula Wingate Hotel on Thursday, February 7th from 7:30am-1:00pm. To register for this FREE event, email susan@missoulaunitedway.org or call 406-360-0596. For more information, check out http://www.clubrunner.ca/Portal/Home.aspx?cid=1584.