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Month: April 2017

How to build an all-star LinkedIn profile

LinkedIn is a great place to start building your personal brand. It’s an online network where you can make connections, gain access to opportunities, and research career paths! But the only way you can use LinkedIn to its fullest potential is to build a great profile! Here are some tips on how to create a great LinkedIn Profile:

HEADSHOT: Make sure your profile has a professional headshot. It’s a given fact the recruiters will most likely view your profile if it has a picture. Don’t use selfies and remember to smile!

HEADLINE: Along with your headshot, your headline is one of the first things people see. You can use your headline to tell people what you’re interested in or what you’re doing now. For example: “Aspiring Engineer,” “Business | Marketing | Operations,” or “Leading Communications and Digital Marketing Strategies.”

SUMMARY: Your summary is your chance to tell your story. It’s also known as your elevator pitch. Make sure to include:
1. Who you are (education and experience)
2. What you have done (skills and achievements)
3. Where you want to go next
4. Your career goals

To stay consistent with your personal brand, it’s recommended to have a professional email such as firstname.lastname@gmail.com.

EDUCATION: Where do you go to school? Be sure to include your extra-curricular activities, additional courses or other programs.

EXPERIENCE: Add all relevant experience to your profile! This will show recruiters what skills you already have and will also give them an insight of what types of jobs you are interested in. Think outside the box –What experiences are part of your professional brand?

RECOMMENDATIONS: Back up what you highlighted in your profile with endorsements and recommendations! Add at least 5 skills, and if you endorse other people, they will most likely endorse you back. This also gives you extra credibility. Ask your managers, teachers, mentors, and classmates to write you a recommendation to strengthen your profile.

LinkedIn is a great way to maintain contact with people and stay in touch. You never know where your network will take you! The best way to meet people is through the people you already know. Send invitations to your friends, teachers, mentors, family members, organization leaders. Always send a personalized note so they know who you are and why you want to connect with them.

Lastly, keep your profile up to date! Similar to Facebook and Instagram, you can post updates on LinkedIn too. You can showcase what you have been doing professionally, share articles and communicate with your network. There’s also a mobile app you can download so you can check LinkedIn on the go!

Photo Credits: TopResume

Fatima Waheed: Why become a GEMgirl?

Fatima Waheed was one of our amazing GEMgirls in 2015-16. Her mentor was Natalie Ceccato. We interviewed her about her experience in The GEM Program.

-What did you love about the GEM program?
-My favorite part about the GEM program was being part of the Influencers of Tomorrow Summit. I found the event very engaging and knowledgeable. I enjoyed being surrounded by strong independent women who were trying to help Toronto become more inclusive. Attending the summit affirmed the idea that girls can make a difference and that we can change tomorrow.

-How did GEM impact your life?
-GEM is my greatest achievement. The GEM program equipped me with skills for my future and gave me something to be proud of. Not only did they help me to be more confidence, but also opened many doors for me. I had the opportunity to apply and win one of the GEM scholarships because of the skills I received from the GEMinars. GEM made me believe that change is possible and that we need to help empower all.

-What are you doing now?
-I’m currently a first- year student at the University of Toronto Scarborough. I’m studying Psychology and Health Science. Also, I’m the Finance Director of the school’s Muslim Student Association.

-What would you say to someone who may be interested in joining GEM program?
-It’s a life changing experience where you will develop skills that will benefit your future. GEM will open so many doors for you. You will also make great connections that will always be there for you. GEM is a great support system that will help keep you on task and make sure you are taking the right steps to have a successful future.

Scholarship applications are open!

On May 13th, at our final GEMinar, we will be celebrating the end of the 2016-17 GEM program by awarding four scholarships.  All GEMgirls  are invited to submit their applications.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

  • GEM Scholarship ($1000)
  • GEM Scholarship ($1000)
  • The Bishop Strachan School, Summer Academy Grade 10 (Math/Canadian History/Science)
  • The Bishop Strachan School, Summer Academy Grade 11 (Math Functions/Chemistry/Physics/Biology)

 

ELEGIBILITY
1. All GEMgirls from our 2016-17 cohort are eligible to apply for the GEM Scholarships.

2. The Bishop Strachan School (BSS) is a private girls school in Toronto that is offering two GEMgirls (one going into Grade 10 and one going into Grade 11) the chance to earn a credit at their school. BSS will provide textbook and lunch.

  • The Bishop Strachan School, Summer Academy Grade 10: Looking for a Grade 9 Student going into Grade 10 for the following courses: Math MCR 3U, Canadian History CHC 2D, Science SNC 2D.
  • The Bishop Strachan School, Summer Academy Grade 11: Looking for a Grade 10 Student going into Grade 11 for the following courses: Math (Functions) MCR 3U, Biology SBI 3U, Chemistry SCH 3U, Physics SPH 3U.

For more information about the BSS Scholarships click here.

 

APPLY TODAY!
Scholarship applications are now open and are due May 1st, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST. Late applications will not be accepted.

Please take your time to fill out your application. Each application will be reviewed and scored by a Scholarship Committee. Feedback from your mentor, GEMinar attendance, and GEM community participation will be considered along with your application.

Please contact us at cass@girlsementorship.com  if you have any questions.
Good luck!

 

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