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March 6, 2015
By Erin Dillon, media relations assistant
The Northwest Missouri State University Alumni Association and office of Career Services have created a quick and easy way that encourages Bearcats to use LinkedIn to connect.
Career Services and the Alumni Association, in collaboration with Northwest’s Center for Information Technology in Education (CITE) recently produced a video tutorial to help Bearcats connect through LinkedIn and learn ways the networking website can help current students.
“We know that 60 to 80 percent of jobs are found through a connection to someone else,” Rosalie Weathermon, a career development coordinator for Career Services, said. “We also know that Bearcats want to help Bearcats and they want to connect. LinkedIn is a powerful tool for professionals and students to network, and alumni want to connect with students to facilitate that connection in the professional atmosphere.”
Weathermon brought the idea of creating an informational video to Northwest after attending a conference. She worked with Bob Machovsky, director of alumni relations, and the CITE office to create the video, which encourages LinkedIn as a useful tool that can help make job and internship searches a little less intimidating.
Northwest alumni were interviewed for the video to give students insight into why they want to connect and how they can help. More than 17,000 Northwest alumni are listed on LinkedIn and can be used as resources for students searching for internships and jobs.
The video, narrated by Allison Parks, a sophomore theater major from St. Louis, offers reasons why connecting with alumni can be helpful and tips to set up a LinkedIn profile.
“We appreciate the opportunity to partner with alumni and the CITE, whose assistance was invaluable,” Weathermon said.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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