7 sites that have nothing to do with social media

Sandy Jackiewicz

I have nothing against social media.

But I’m getting sick of Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr.

Are you looking to branch out, too? Here are seven sights worth bookmarking:

  1. GOOD: If adulthood is making you feel cynical and exasperated, head over to GOOD for an idealism boost. It’s all about doing good and living well.
  2. Fast Company: There’s more to Fast Company than business stories. I still haven’t figured out what they mean by “Ethonomics,” but where else can you find articles about $95,000 lab rats?
  3. The Sartorialist: Vogue scares me. Seriously. But thanks to The Sartorialist, I’ve gotten over my fear for fashion and have actually developed some appreciation for it. Plus, I no longer flinch when I hear the word,  “accessorize.”
  4. Paul Kedrosky’s Infectious Greed: Since graduating in 2008, my political science textbooks have sat on a bookshelf, untouched.   Thanks to Paul Kedrosky’s blog, I’ve been able to re-charge my brain cells.
  5. Dezeen: One word: pretty.
  6. The Daily Beast: If you combined TMZ with The New York Times, you’d get something resembling The Daily Beast. Viral videos, breaking stories and gossipy articles–you’re covered.
  7. Smitten Kitchen: If you’re ready to tackle something more complicated than Ramen Noodles, it’s time to visit Smitten Kitchen. Thanks to Smitten Kitchen, I’ve made pretzels, potato pancakes and a two-layered cake.

LinkedIn for millennials: 4 tips for creating a presence

By Jenny Fukumoto

LinkedIn isn’t “Facebook for old people.” A recent survey says that LinkedIn is one of the best tools for millennials to search for their next job.

Are you ready to take your profile to the next level?
Jonny, a fellow millennial co-worker, asked me to explain to him—in 30 seconds or less—how a young professional can build a LinkedIn presence.

I accepted the challenge.

Whoa! Did you get all that? Now that I have more than 30 seconds, let’s go into more detail.
Make sure you have a profile picture. Skip the one of you chugging a beer on Friday night.  Your picture should look professional. Now, that doesn’t mean you have to  shell out hundreds of dollars on glamour shots, but your picture should show your face clearly. This will make you more approachable and recognizable when you’re building your list of connections.
Fill in as much information as you can. Your job search will benefit from having information in all the fields, especially if you’re searching for a job. Recruiters in your field can search for your specific skills, so keywords (such as industry skills or computer programs you’re proficient with) can help you nab your dream job.
Join as many relevant groups as you can. This is the easiest way to network with your professional peers. You’ll also get emails (as frequently as you wish) updating you on discussion threads and job listings within that group.
Be proactive. First, connect with friends and professors you know from school, internships, and extracurricular activities. But it’s also completely appropriate to request to connect with someone you haven’t met yet, but would like to know better. Just make sure you write a  quick, professional note explaining why you want to connect. This could be a great way to meet your next mentor.
Do you have any LinkedIn job success stories to share? We’d love to hear them!