Students Learn Importance of Social Media in Job Searches
To increase awareness of the importance of social media in the job search, the Hart Career Center sponsored an “IWU Career Dream” Instagram contest conceptualized and implemented
by Career Center student workers. Students who followed the Career Center’s Instagram
account could submit a photo of themselves pursuing their career dream through an
internship, campus leadership involvement, community service or other professional
“The contest showed how people got involved with their internships or jobs, and gave
students the chance to self-promote themselves via Instagram,” said Karen Thul ’15,
one of the publicity coordinators for the Hart Career Center.
Megan Win ’16 received a Kindle Fire HD6 Tablet as a prize after the Instagram photo
of her volunteer work was selected as the contest winner.
During a Career Center program, Illinois Wesleyan alumni Stacy Kaeding ’08, overseer
of global staffing operations for Honeywell International, and Mike Conti ’09, senior
associate for the Overture Group, spoke about both the positive and negative effects
social media can have on a career, and what actions people should take in utilizing
social media while seeking employment.
Kaeding also donated a one-hour “Rock Your Profile” session to help a student create
an impressive social media presence. Yangyuan Xu ’18 was the winner of the session
with Kaeding through an attendance raffle.