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  • Mon 21 Apr 2014 15:01

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    LinkedIn is an incredibly helpful professional networking site that can serve as a useful tool during your job or internship search. If you haven’t already created a profile, you should definitely consider it, particularly if you are currently in the process of searching for work. Here are a few tips for using LinkedIn:

    1. Create a profile

    This is a pretty obvious first step, I know, but there’s a bit more to it than you might realize. Creating a profile doesn’t just mean putting your name and “LSE Student” as a headline. It’s a good idea to fill out as much information as possible, highlighting your strengths and helping potential employers realize why you might be a good fit in their workplace. 

    2. Do some searching and familiarize yourself with the website

    You can search for things by using LinkedIn’s preset categories: People, Jobs, Companies, Groups, Universities, and Articles. If you know specific people and you haven’t used LinkedIn before, start by searching for them and requesting to add them to your network. If you are interested in looking for jobs directly advertised on LinkedIn, try the “Jobs” category. Groups are a great way to find like-minded people, and joining a handful will bring some interesting news and conversations to your home page’s updates.

    3. Be active

    Joining a group and being inactive isn’t really enough to have a presence on LinkedIn. If you join a group related to young marketing professionals, try and comment once in a while. Similarly, if you find a really interesting professional article online somewhere, share it with your connections. The more you put into LinkedIn, the more you get out of it.

    4. Make new connections

    Making LinkedIn connections is both easy and complicated. If you know someone personally or professionally, definitely send them a request to connect. However, there are a few bits of LinkedIn etiquette that you should read about before contacting people you don’t know. Since I’m not a LinkedIn expert, I’m going to provide a few links with advice to help you expand your professional network. Check out these links on how to best pursue new professional connections:

    LinkedIn Professional Community Guidelines (LinkedIn)

    The 3 LinkedIn Etiquette Rules You Should Never Break (Fast Company)

    How to Send LinkedIn Invitations and Messages (About.com)

    Why I Shouldn’t Add You on LinkedIn (Social Media Today)

    5. Ask for recommendations

    One of the best ways to show your strengths on LinkedIn is by asking for recommendations. That way, if someone searches for you, your recommendation will be publicly displayed on your page, making you more attractive to potential employers. 

    And here are just a few additional links to help you with creating a LinkedIn profile and getting the most out of your experience:

    What Every College Student Should Post on LinkedIn (Mashable)

    8 Mistakes You Should Never Make on LinkedIn (Forbes)

    The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Mastering LinkedIn (blog)

  • Sun 20 Apr 2014 23:19

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    Does Abstract Maths (MA103) feel, well, too abstract? Do you need a friendly push to help you prepare yourself for the upcoming examinations in Summer Term? Drop by next Tuesday (29 April) for the LSESU Actuarial Society’s second MA103 Help Session!

    The help session will be coordinated by former president of the society, Run Xian Tan. In the session, he will be covering past-year papers (specifically Year 2013), while providing some problem-solving techniques that will definitely give you an edge in answering examination questions.

    Do sign up for this help session by filling up your details at this Google Form here as soon as possible to avoid letdowns, as we have LIMITED spaces! It’s free-of-charge for LSESU Actuarial Society members, but there’ll be a small charge of £1 for non-members.

    P/S: Run Xian scored a whopping 99 for his MA103 last year, so yeah, rest assured you’ll be in safe hands during this session :).

    Links:
    Facebook Event Page
    Sign-up link (in case you missed the one above)

  • Sat 19 Apr 2014 14:01

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    It’s really hard to eat healthy, particularly when unhealthy foods are so cheap and frequently discounted. But I promise you, you’ll feel a lot better if you make some simple snack replacements in your diet. You’ll thank yourself later when you’ve gotten a bunch of work done, your stomach is satisfied, and your energy levels haven’t crashed. Here are a few of my personal favorite snack replacements ideas from a really great Buzzfeed article I recently came across.

    1. Swap your sodium-filled Pret wrap with “Banana Dog Bites

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    Don’t get me wrong, Pret isn’t as bad as a lot of other prepared foods, but it’s not all that healthy either. If you’re just looking for a snack, try putting some peanut butter on a whole wheat wrap and putting a banana in the middle. On top of being a cute, easy snack, it’s also bound to be delicious. And I’m not just saying that because I’m kind of obsessed with peanut butter. 

    2. Instead of that tub of ice cream, make a delicious yogurt parfait with fruit and granola 

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    Ice cream is pretty tempting, especially now that it’s getting warmer, but there are lots of other foods to enjoy that will keep you feeling refreshed. Try mixing some low-fat yogurt with fresh fruits and granola bits. The recipe recommends also adding agave nectar, but you can make the parfait without it to cut costs and keep it healthier. All of the ingredients should be available at your local grocery store, and you’ll probably end up with enough materials to make it several times. To cut costs even more, try buying frozen fruits to mix with your fresh yogurt. 

    3. Switch any form of chocolate with “Nutella Energy Bites

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    Chocolate is super hard to resist, but you don’t necessarily have to avoid it entirely when it’s featured in so many healthy(ish) snacks. The ingredient list for this delicious dish is a little complicated, and it requires a food processor (sorry!) but it could be a great thing to do on a study break! If this is a little too complicated, remember what I said about dark chocolate in my last post (it’s not really so horrible). 

    4. Avoid that bag of ultra processed crisps and prepare some crisp vegetables with creamy hummus dip

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    When I was first introduced to hummus, I was a little skeptical. I’ve since decided it’s not so bad, but I know a lot of people who really enjoy it, and it’s definitely a very creamy, rich dip. You can get it for fairly cheap at the supermarket, and a lot of times at least one of the brands is discounted. Next time you’re craving crisps, try and grab a bit of hummus and some vegetables instead. You’ll find that it’s really satisfying and it won’t make you feel awful about yourself. To cut costs, try buying a bunch of celery and/or some whole carrots. It takes very little time to prepare the vegetables for dipping instead of buying them precut, so you’ll save money with fairly little effort. 

    Here’s my last blog post for more ideas:

    Studying? Reach for Healthy Foods, Not Crisps (blog)

    And check out the original article for this post here:

    17 Power Snacks for Studying (Buzzfeed)

    *All images in this post are from the above article