Social Distancing Sunday: Building & Maintaining Connections

We know this is not exactly how you planned to spend your spring break. We’re guessing that many of your plans for this week have changed, so we’d love for you to spend some time with us! (Let’s face it… if you’re like us and already binged Tiger King, you might have a little free time on your hands.)
It’s important now more than ever to be taking the necessary steps to be career-ready. We’re going to be honest with you – we’re going through some tough and uncertain times right now that will likely impact the job and internship application process. BUT – the Fleishman Center is here to support you! We’ll be sending you weekly emails with info, resources, and a “career-to-do-list” so that you’ll be ready to stand out from the competition when applying to jobs or internships.
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WEEK 1
This week, we want you to focus on building and maintaining your connections. Keeping social distancing in mind, the way to grow your professional network is changing. Now is a great time to follow up with previous connections that you have made at networking events (NYC CONNECT, Job and Internship Fairs, etc.) or professionals you are already connected with on LinkedIn. There are plenty of ways to make a good impression online and grow your network, but we’ll just highlight a few!
What you can do this week:
1. Optimize your LinkedIn Profile
Watch this video of Fleishman Center Career Consultant Jordan Smith (aka LinkedIn Extraordinaire) as he shares tips and tricks to make the most of your LinkedIn, from creating an effective profile that appeals to recruiters to tips on the best way to reach out to professionals so your connection requests will make an impact.
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2. Optimize your hireBING Profile
While you’re at it – update your hireBING profile! It should look just like your LinkedIn profile. Employers use your hireBING to find the candidates who they feel would make a good fit for their organization. Make sure you have set your profile to “public” (update in “Settings and Privacy”) so it is visible to employers, and don’t forget to upload your most recent resume, too!
3. Join Mentor Match
Sign up to get career support from alumni mentors! There are literally hundreds of successful Binghamton alumni in a variety of professional fields waiting to connect with you, share career advice, and help you navigate your future career. Join now! 
Don’t forget… Fleishman Center staff are ready to help! Schedule an appointment in hireBING to speak with a career consultant. We can give you feedback on your LinkedIn profile, answer questions about finding new contacts on Linkedin, or help with any other career-related topics! Questions? You can always reach us at careers@binghamton.edu!
By Alissa Strong
Alissa Strong Sr. Asst. Director, Technology Innovation & Marketing Alissa Strong