LinkedIn & The Dynamic Duo!

LinkedIn LogoLet’s say you’re in that stage of your academic career where it’s time to start looking to your future professional career. Be it an internship or a full-time job search, it can be difficult to stand out in a competitive job market.

Along with increased competitiveness, the process of the job search has changed significantly in the past decade, with social media taking an essential role. LinkedIn, the social network for working professionals, has become another place to showcase your talents and work history beyond the paper resume.

lynda.comLinkedIn has also harnessed the power of, the online learning website they purchased in 2015, to make your profile stand out even more. Since SMU provides students, faculty and staff free access to, you can complete Lynda courses and obtain a certificate that can be directly posted to your LinkedIn profile. To access your free account, go to and log in with your SMU ID and password. Courses cover many popular business software programs, as well as courses on interviewing and other essential workplace skills.

If you need additional resources to have an edge in your search for the perfect job or internship, take a look at the information available from SMU’s own Hegi Family Career Development Center. The Hegi Center provides many services to help SMU students and alumni in their career decisions.

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Zach Peterson

Zach is a Senior IT Training & Communications Consultant with OIT. Zach began his SMU career at the IT Help Desk in 2012 and joined the Training & Communications Team in 2015. He is a 2011 graduate from the University of North Texas and obtained a Master of Liberal Studies degree from SMU in 2018. He enjoys reading and collecting vintage and antique radio sets. He grew up in Valley View, Texas near Denton.