Monthly Archives: August 2013

What Every College Student Should Post on LinkedIn


By Jess Fee – Mashable:

Are you waiting until after graduation to start building up your LinkedIn profile? It’s time to reconsider.
“Every student is blindly trying to make a resume, but surprisingly many don’t have great LinkedIn profiles,” says Natan Edelsburg, senior vice president at Sawhorse Media. “I often hear, ‘Here’s my resume. My LinkedIn isn’t great, but here’s the link.’ I usually respond, ‘Make it great, and then get back to me!'”
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Thirty-seven percent of surveyed job recruiters identified social professional networks as one of the most important sources for hiring. Social professional networks are also the fastest growing source of quality hires.
Still not convinced? Ninety of the Fortune 100 companies use LinkedIn’s corporate talent solutions to find future hires.
“Employers are looking for recent graduates,” says Nicole Williams, LinkedIn’s Career Expert and the founder of WORKS by Nicole Williams, a lifestyle brand for young, career-driven women. If you’re active on LinkedIn as a college student, “you may be able to be identified as a college student, and as a potential candidate, passively,” she says. Being identified “passively” means job recruiters could find your profile and consider you for a position, without you even having to apply.
But how do you actually build a great LinkedIn profile as a college student? Mashable has you covered.
Post a profile photo.
Some college students are wary of including their profile pictures on LinkedIn for fear of looking too young. But Williams explains a profile picture could actually work in your favor. A photo provides a face for your digital personality and helps recruiters see you as a human, rather than a hyperlink.
Include coursework and extracurriculars.
Your LinkedIn profile should weave together the story of your professional development, so it’s good to be as detailed as possible. Include information about relevant coursework, clubs and organizations in which you’ve participated at school. If you’ve done any internships or gained work experience, be specific about what skills you developed, how many hours you worked or how many students you tutored.
“Part of your differentiator as a college student is that you know technology and you know how to build a professional brand,” says Williams. “Employers want to know that you can bring that to their company.”
Show off your schoolwork.

You can now visually illustrate your skills with rich media, such as pictures and videos. If you have a presentation you’re especially proud of, or a design project you executed for an internship, include it on your profile to help recruiters visualize what type of talent you bring to the table.
Ask professors and advisers for recommendations.
One common misconception of LinkedIn recommendations is that they have to come from previous employers. A recommendation from a university professor or academic adviser, especially one with experience in your desired field, speaks volumes to your ability to stand out from the crowd. Aim to get recommendations from professors who know you personally, or who have a good sense of your work ethic, and can speak specifically to your accomplishments in the classroom.
Connect with industry leaders.
One of the most exciting aspects of social media is the access it gives you to influential people in your industry.
Don’t be intimidated by someone’s professional clout; reach out to people whose careers you admire, but be sure to personalize your request to connect.
Don’t be intimidated by someone’s professional clout; reach out to people whose careers you admire, but be sure to personalize your request to connect.
Your request should include two elements, says Williams. The first should contain a detail that connects you to the person. Look at his or her LinkedIn profile and pull out a piece of information that will help you personalize your request. Ideally, include something you both have in common, like a hometown or a favorite publication. If you can’t find anything significant to mention, offer a compliment or a respectful comment about the person’s professional work instead.
Second, include a reason. Why do you want to connect with this person? Your reason should not be a request for a job. Instead, engage him or her with a request for career advice, a personal question, or offer up a skill that could be of service.
Right before he graduated from college, John Kowalski used Twitter and LinkedIn to network with PR industry professionals. Once he had connected with people in his industry, he offered his services free of charge.
“I wanted to demonstrate that I had a passion and that I would do whatever it took to get my foot in the door. I didn’t need to tell them that I was looking for a job; they knew why I was there. But I wanted to be the first person on their mind when a new position came on the table,” he explains.
Sure enough, when a position opened up in the same company at a neighboring branch, Kowalski’s connection called in and strongly recommended him. “My application was in the ‘maybe’ pile, but that phone call turned me from a maybe into being hired for the position.”
Comment on industry-specific articles.
When you post industry-specific articles, you prove you are passionate, engaged and paying attention to your career of choice.
Avoid including controversial or personal opinions on LinkedIn, unless you want that opinion to be associated with your professional persona. Instead, suggests Williams, offer a professional takeaway or ask a thoughtful question. This shows that you are not just reading industry-specific news; you are also engaging with it analytically.
Ask questions in LinkedIn groups.
LinkedIn groups are a great way to engage directly with people in your industry and establish yourself as a contributor rather than a passive reader.
“One of the best ways to get noticed is to elicit conversations and ask smart questions,” Williams advises.
While the saying “there are no stupid questions” may ring true in most situations, be conscientious of what you ask in groups. Do a bit of research, or at the very least a Google search, before you ask a question. This will ensure you convey an informed professional persona, and your questions will most likely be stronger if they don’t have an easy answer.
Look into different career paths.
LinkedIn lets today’s college students access information on career paths in a way no other generation could. Now, you not only see where someone has gotten in her career, but how she got there. More often than not, people are surprised to see how non-linear careers are today. And who knows, looking at someone else’s career path may inspire you to take a chance you otherwise wouldn’t.
Check for spelling and grammar errors.
As is the case with any professional work, your LinkedIn profile should be error-free. After you’ve combed through your profile for spelling errors, ask a friend to look it over for unclear phrases or grammatical faux pas.
What kinds of posts do you find most engaging on LinkedIn? Let us know in the comments section below.
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Microsoft’s New Asia Global Delivery Centers to Increase Capacity for Growth

Chongqing, China

As part of our commitment to delivering quality support to customers, Microsoft recently announced a new Global Service Delivery Center in Chongqing, China, to support our China growth plans and a near-shore practice in Japan.
A contract was signed between the Chongqing Municipal Government and Microsoft on 29 May 2013 to support Microsoft Consulting Services China customers, with an initial focus on building cloud-based citizen services solutions for the IT ecosystem in Chongqing. In Japan, a team of 5 technical consultants will provide increased agility, strengthen delivery capability and address other Time Zone requirements.
Saravana Kandaswamy (Sara) from the Microsoft Services Global Delivery organization leads the Center in Chongqing and the near-shore talent pool in Japan. We are excited to see the fruits of careful strategic planning resulting in this implementation of infrastructure paving the way for growth in FY14!

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“How Joseph managed to secure a job at Microsoft through Networking”


Getting your dream job is all about the attitude! You must be proactive, visible and up to date on social media, be open to criticism, take advice onboard and listen to your guts. Joseph recently secured an exciting job at Microsoft in Nigeria. Take a read at his unusual application journey.

“My career goal, like most IT professionals is to work with a globally rated company specifically Microsoft Corporation, and like for many others, this goal seemed unreachable. As a dynamic Microsoft job seeker, I was conscientiously following new job offers on both Microsoft career pages and LinkedIn. More than I imagined, Microsoft recruiters from all over the world are actively engaged in talent acquisitions, Internet recruiting, head-hunting potential candidates with the necessary skillsets needed for available roles.

Hurrah!!! I got a profile match mail for a PFE SCOM position in Lagos, Nigeria from a Microsoft EMEA recruiter presenting an opportunity for enlistment for this role. I received this with excitement and shock because the recruiter was quick to identify that I have been “actively” on a job search for a position in Microsoft – This implied that my profile was monitored on their vast database, annulling the impressions I had that nobody looks at applications in Microsoft. I was prompt in my feedback to the recruiter’s mail which is notable; you need to act fast as they appreciate your timely response so that they could present you to the recruiting department.

I was first considered for a PFE (Premier Field Engineer) role; I learnt to professionally draft my resume to represent information that corresponds to the role I am applying for. With a quick glance of less than a minute per resume amongst thousands of applications received, a Microsoft recruiter or hiring manager should have a clear idea of what type of role would best utilize your skills.

The interview process commenced with screening from the recruiter via a phone call. Subsequently, I had two technical phone interviews with the team members with increasing complex questionnaires to ascertain my technical specialties for this role. I proceeded to have my next phone interview with the PFE Manager (Hiring Manager) who accessed my soft skills, influence, potential to grow in the team amongst others. It was very expressive as practicable work scenarios questions were asked which was very enlightening.

I was successful and was asked to proceed to the final face-to-face interview with the Nigerian team. I met with the Practice Manager (PM) for TAM based in Nigeria as PFEs usually have some interactions with his team. My entire interview focus got a change from this interaction.

Interestingly, the PM was keen to explore my soft skills; he evaluated my service delivery and customer management skills. The emphasis was no longer on PFE but a general perception on Effective Service delivery and management. Having attained a positive affirmation, He scheduled an interview for a TAM role whilst I progressed further in my PFE interview process. “Microsoft looks out for passion and your innate potentials, we got the atmosphere to harness them”- He said. I was perplexed though it was an amazing opportunity to have myself interviewed for two great roles.

Summarily, I went through additional interviews for the TAM role with confidence in my abilities and positive expectations. I finally got a call from my recruiter extending an offer for a TAM role which was great and I enthusiastically accepted!”

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Microsoft confirmed it will hold a Gamescom Showcase event on August 20th


Microsoft Confirms Xbox One Gamescom Event

Showcase will be hosted by Phil Spencer and Phil Harrison.

Story by Andrew Goldfarb is IGN’s news editor.
July 26, 2013

Microsoft has confirmed that it will hold an Xbox One Gamescom Showcase event on August 20th. The showcase will be hosted by corporate vice presidents Phil Spencer and Phil Harrison and will provide media “the opportunity to get hands-on with a range of Xbox One titles, speak with developers and be the first to hear our Gamescom news.”

This will mark Microsoft’s return to Gamescom after it skipped the show in 2012. Earlier this week, Microsoft’s Marc Whitten announced that independent devs can self-publish on Xbox One and confirmed that “more details on the program and the timeline” will be revealed at Gamescom.

Microsoft said back in May that Xbox One will have 15 exclusive games in its first year, not all of which have been announced. While nothing has been confirmed, Gamescom could be when we find out more.

Gamescom will run from August 21-25 in Cologne, Germany and both Nintendo and Sony will also attend. Be sure to check back to IGN in August for all the news from the show as it’s announced.

Andrew Goldfarb is IGN’s news editor.

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