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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.

3 Reasons to Start Your Portfolio Freshman Year

As the semester comes to a close, it’s a great time to step back and think about projects or experiences you’ve had that could be great additions to your portfolio. While you might think portfolio building is only important for juniors and seniors, it’s actually a great thing to start right at the beginning of your college of experience so you can build up a showcase of your skills and experiences throughout college. Check out this advice from USA Today about 3 Steps to Build a Winning College Portfolio:

“Begin working on your portfolio during your freshman year of college, and continue adding to it each year. Besides making it easier to keep track of and organize your work in a chronological manner, organizing your portfolio by year shows a progression over time. Potential employers and graduate school admissions officers tend to seek out candidates who show incremental improvement in their skills and abilities, so having a portfolio that is organized in such a manner is likely to give you a leg up on your competition.”

Three more reasons to start your portfolio freshman year or sophomore year:

New Features on Seelio Including Statistics, Video Uploads, and More!

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So far 2015 has been a busy one at Seelio HQ. Over the last few months we’ve been working hard on some new features that we think you’ll be pretty excited about. We’ve heard that you want more insights and analytics about your works and portfolios. You’ve also asked us for the ability to directly upload video files, not just link to ‘em on sites like YouTube and Vimeo.

And we’ve also got some exciting updates for anyone who is ready to move past their identity as a student. When you’re browsing Seelio liking, commenting on, or posting works, your identity doesn’t have to be limited to your alma mater because now you can customize your headline information.

Want more details? Read on to see the specific updates we’ve been making on Seelio, or check out our post about updates we’ve recently made for educators. As always, we love to hear from you so drop us a line anytime to ask questions or share your new feature ideas!