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The long and short of LinkedInBy Mary Ashley, Auxiliary Services
Are you linked in to LinkedIn yet? It’s the most popular and fastest-growing professional social network out there. And it’s a great way to build your personal contacts and increase your value and reputation in your field.
Unlike Facebook and Twitter, LinkedIn isn’t used to provide updates on the kids or tweet opinions. It’s a network of professionals who want to increase their knowledge, explore professional opportunities, or collaborate with others in their fields. On LinkedIn, you can make individual connections, join groups based on your professional interests, and ask and answer questions on topics that will help you in your job.
Setting up your LinkedIn account is easy. Just go to www.linkedin.com, click on “Join Today” and follow the steps to set up your personal account. Now you’re ready to link to other people! LinkedIn keeps a running slideshow on your page of “People You May Know” based on your work history, associations, and education. When you see someone you know, send them an invitation to connect. Or search for individuals by name, title or company. You’ll be amazed at everyone who’s already LinkedIn.
Already have a LinkedIn account? You may not be getting the most social equity out of it if you don’t know all the tips and tricks. Here are a few ways to make the most of your LinkedIn:
Complete your profile to 100 percent. LinkedIn will guide you through the profile steps. The final (and often most intimidating) step is asking your connections for recommendations. If you’re tentative about that, try giving your contacts unsolicited recommendations. You just may get one in return without asking.
Decide on a “key phrase” to describe yourself as a professional. Think about what searches you want to appear in. Maybe its “college professor” or “IT manager.” Whatever it is, make sure you include it in these parts of your profile:
Current and past job history, as applicable
Once you have your key phrase included in all of these places, do a LinkedIn search using that phrase. You should appear at the top of the search.
Join and create groups. Set yourself (and Columbus State) up as being at the forefront of an industry or topic by starting a group on LinkedIn. In addition, there are many groups you can join on virtually any topic.
Promote events through LinkedIn. If your group has an event coming up, create an invitation using the “Create an Event” function (click on “More” on your home page and then “Events”). All of your contacts will automatically see your invitation, and when they RSVP, you will know.
Ask and answer questions. The “Answers” function (again, under the “More” tab) is a little like Twitter. You never know what’s going to get asked—or who’s going to answer. But it’s a great way to get opinions, recommendations and suggestions from people who see it. Regularly answering questions that pertain to your field also helps to set you up as a “go-to” expert.
Forward and request introductions. If someone asks you to introduce them to one of your LinkedIn contacts, make that connection. And if there’s someone you want to know, don’t hesitate to ask for an intro. Just search for the person by name, and LinkedIn will show you how many connections you have in common. Ask one of them for an introduction.
LinkedIn is a powerful tool with unlimited potential to connect you to the people—and the information—you need to succeed. Use it to its fullest capacity and find out how LinkedIn can keep you on top of what’s new, what’s next, and who’s making news in your field.
Two degrees follow two tours of duty By David Wayne, Institutional Advancement
It wasn’t the battles in Iraq and Afghanistan that proved to be the biggest hurdle for Bennett Ayebeafo. Rather, it was a leg amputation following an accident on his Navy base in the United
He spent a couple of weeks in a coma with life-threatening injuries. But in December, the honorably discharged officer graduated with two degrees from Columbus State.
The proud new American citizen began his journey in 2000. That’s when Bennett left his hometown in Ghana to explore opportunities in the United States, where he quickly settled on the military.
He spent five years in the Navy, where he eventually took a supply test to qualify for a promotion to petty officer third class, which was followed later by a promotion to second class. Following the 9/11 attacks, he served overseas as a plane captain. (The plane captain is a ground position designed to help the pilot start the aircraft, and then take off.) From the deck of an aircraft carrier, he put the skills to use with his squadron stationed near Afghanistan in 2001 and near Iraq in 2003.
In each mission, Bennett and his squadron loaded fighter jets with supplies so they could be launched into action. While on official standby on his base in the United States in 2004, he was critically injured in a crash involving the military vehicle he was riding in. As he awoke from a coma two weeks later, Bennett discovered his right leg had been amputated just above the knee. He also suffered multiple fractures, breaks and bruises. His long recovery included learning how to walk with a prosthetic leg.
Those enormous challenges could have proved to be a road block for some, but not for Bennett. Once released and independent again, he moved to Columbus and began looking at opportunities in higher education. With the military picking up the tab, there were few restrictions on where he could attend.
He settled on Columbus State and began taking classes during Winter Quarter 2007. “I felt welcome here,” says Bennett. The professors and instructors here treat me as their own son or brother. It was a perfect fit.”
Faculty members give him high marks across the board. “Bennett is one of the most committed students I know,” says Lee Blyth, associate professor of Logistics. “He never hesitates to come to my office for clarification of course material. On several occasions he has told me how much he loves the U.S. and the people in this country. He’s never used his handicap as a crutch. His attitude is the main reason he achieved what he has at this point in his life.”
Bennett Ayebeafo graduated last December 11 with two associate degrees in Logistics: Supply Chain Management and Strategic Procurement. Bennett’s goal is to earn a bachelor’s in Logistics then perhaps settle into a career with a government agency as a purchasing manager. And in Bennett’s case, two tours of duty plus two associate degrees equals a whole lot of experience and opportunity.
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TODAY: Thursday, January 28 - 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, March 19 - 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Reminder about locker roomsThe Athletic Department just wants to remind you that the locker rooms will be closed during home men's and women's basketball games. The next few games are as follows:
Phi Theta Kappa to hold Relay for Life kickoffThe Columbus State Phi Theta Kappa chapter Alpha Rho Epsilon will hold their kick-off event for the 2010 Relay for Life on Saturday, Jan. 30, in the WD Ballroom from 4-6 p.m. If you would like to join the students in their efforts, contact team captain Mark Salerno at marksalernoRFL@yahoo.com.