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Seelio vs. LinkedIn

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When I talk to students about Seelio, some questions I often get are “How is Seelio different than LinkedIn?” and “Why should I use Seelio instead of LinkedIn?” After spending 2 years helping students, faculty and administrators at our partner universities use Seelio, I have a lot to say on the topic. I love LinkedIn and use it regularly; in fact, I used to work in career services at the University of Michigan and helped students learn how to use LinkedIn. But the two sites are very different from one another, and Seelio has some very distinct strengths that LinkedIn doesn’t share.

So I’m writing this blog post to clear up any uncertainty. Here are three main reasons college students should be using Seelio.

Student Spotlight: Kaley Young, Purdue University Calumet

Surprised by Seelio- The Difference A Semester Can Make

We know there are lot of choices out there for sharing your professional story. At Seelio, our goal is to make sure that it’s as easy as possible to take the things you’re experiencing in and out of school and connect them to whatever it is that you want to do next.

A lot of students first encounter Seelio in one of their classes, and we know that with papers, projects, exams, and all of the other things that come with school that it can take awhile to get comfortable with something new. That’s where our service team comes in. They’re always at the ready to help students and faculty get started and have a great experience on Seelio.

One day, David, one of our educational service leads struck up a conversation with a student at one of his partner schools to see how things were going. We loved hearing her story and wanted to share it with you in case you just learned about Seelio in one of your classes and you’re wondering what it’s all about.

Without further ado, meet Kaley Young, a recent graduate from Purdue University Calumet who studied Management Information Systems and encountered Seelio in her Honors Capstone course.

Screenshot of Kaley Young's Seelio Profile

This School Year, Bring Your Resume to Life with Seelio and LinkedIn

We’ve shared before how you can spruce up your LinkedIn profile and bring your resume to life with works from your Seelio profile.

Today we want to show you how Michael Baker put that advice into action. Michael is a student we first met at the University of Toledo who graduated, finished one master’s degree at Georgetown University and is now getting a second master’s in economics at American University while working at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Michael Baker on Seelio

Michael hasn’t left many stones unturned throughout his higher education experience. From working on a capstone project with NASA to a going on a service learning trip in Costa Rica, he was on the look out for experiences both in and out of the classroom that could bring his skills to life. Better than just finding the experiences, he saw that he could bring his resume to life by posting about them on Seelio so others could see the skills he developed and the lessons he learned.

Michael first encountered Seelio as a student at The University of Toledo’s Jesup Scott Honors College. But even after he graduated, he saw a way to put his Seelio to work for him– on LinkedIn! When we asked if we could share his profiles as an example for other young professionals we also asked if he had any advice to share. Here’s his great tip:

“Any experience, no matter the field or the scale, helped to develop you to who you are today. Document it and talk about it at length, because if you don’t, no one else will either!”

Michael is absolutely right. Did you work on something this summer that you can share on your Seelio? Take a moment to upload it– you never know how helpful it will be when it’s time to bring your resume to life for a potential graduate school admissions officer or employer!