MQP, Job Search, and even more on LinkedIn.

Filed in From the Staff by on April 1, 2011

Let me start off by talking about the LinkedIn Workshop. At first I was a little iffy about going but I am so glad I went РI really feel like I learned a lot. Before my extent of using LinkedIn was basically just to update my profile and then connect with a few people I already knew. However, I know relize how powerful a tool LinkedIn can be in Networking. Here are a few of the facts that I took away.

  • Make sure you keep connecting with people you know on LinkedIn, but remember that a quality is better than quantity.
  • If you join groups you can contact active members who may have good advice.
  • If you search for a particular company, you can see if any employees come up in your 2nd network and you can ask your mutual contact to introduce you. (Sometimes you’ll realize you have a contact that you already know or you’ll realize that you know someone who know’s someone who can help you.)
  • While looking for a particular company you can also see people entering the company, leaving the company, and being promoted. It could give you clues into potential job openings.
  • You can actually search for jobs via LinkedIn. Both within a company and in general.
  • Unless you’re applying for a particular job posting, don’t straight out just ask for a job. Make a connection. Strike up a conversation or ask for some advice. Builidning a relationship is more important and could be helpful in the future.

Okay, so now the Job Search. I’ve been applying to a few companies but I can’t get the thought out of my head about the company I interviewed with recently. I’m supposidly hearing next week if I’m going tohave a job or not. Yikes! Hopefully they email me Monday morning at 8am. It would be such a relief to get an offer this week. It’s a program that I’m actually genuinely itnerested in so fingers crossed.

And MQP..ugh. I don’t even know what else to say. We have so much to do and so little time. And I’m not sure my MQP partners are feeling the same anxiety that I am…which is making me even more anxious. After this weekend we have 3 weeks left. With no paper, no prototype, and I’m not convinced we don’t have all the details ironed out. And everytime we ask someone to help us with something manufacturing-wise they seem to help a little bit and then tell us to come back in 2 or 3 days. And that’s been happing for 2 weeks. Blah. Even talking about this is making me anxious. Wish me luck that this all turns out okay. :/

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Hi everyone! My name is Kelly and I'm from Andover, MA. I'm a senior in Mechanical Engineering, and it's my second year as a Peer Advisor for WPI's Career Development Center. I'm also in one of the sororities on campus, Phi Sigma Sigma, and a part of EPICS (Engineering Projects In Community Service). I'm going to be keeping you updated on my senior year and what I'm doing to figure out my life after college (jobs, grad school, etc). Enjoy!

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