Five Top Green-Friendly Companies

According to a study distributed by Good.Must.Grow, 30% of respondents stated that they expect to increase the amount of goods and services they buy from socially-responsible companies.

That is a statistic companies cannot afford to ignore, since 60% of those same respondents stated that buying goods from socially-responsible companies is important to them.

It is crucial for companies to give back to the environment, in order to sustain their business and continue to grow within their respective industry.

To celebrate Earth Day, we have compiled the top 5 green-friendly companies. This list will help you when you’re in the market for a new computer, cell phone or even winter jacket that is produced from a green-friendly source.

It will also help you if you’re looking to work for a sustainability-minded company and need a place to start on your job hunt.

1)      Intel

Intel has installed 18 on-site solar plants at several of its facilities. In addition, the company has the equivalent environmental impact of taking more than 455,000 cars off the road annually, or decreasing the amount of electricity that is required to keep the lights on in 327,000 average American homes every year.

2)      Microsoft

 Microsoft has a company wide commitment to achieve carbon neutrality. The company met its goal of reducing carbon emissions by at least 30% per unit of revenue below the company’s 2007 baseline.

3)      Kohl’s Department Stores

The company developed strategies to drive its environmental initiatives: sustainable operations, stakeholder engagement and supply chain sustainability. Kohl’s has been a member of EPA’s Green Power Partnership since 2006 and was recognized three times as the EPA Green Power Partner of the Year.

4)    Google

Google’s facilities consume 50 percent less energy than a typical data center. The company also procures large volumes of renewable power. It has also committed over $2 billion to renewable energy projects. When these projects are added together Google will produce more energy than it consumes. The amount of electricity generated by these projects is the equivalent to the amount consumed by more than 500,000 US homes.

5)      Apple

Apple currently has a goal of achieving a net zero energy program for their data centers, corporate facilities, and retail stores worldwide. This means that Apple wants to create as much energy as it uses for all of those facilities. They also have a preference in grid-purchased renewable energy which is contracted directly with renewable generation sources.

These companies are committed to being more environmentally-friendly. Are you?

Gaining Experience for the Job Search

Here’s a scenario: You just graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. You walk into your first job interview and up to this point, you’ve done everything right. You’re dressed professionally, followed up before the interview and have everything you need for the interviewer.

You sit down and the employer looks you in the eye and asks, “What kind of experience can you bring to this position and company/organization?”

How are you going to answer this question? 

Acquiring experience for your resume and speaking about it in interviews is crucial to landing the job you want.

While gaining this experience proves to be difficult in certain circumstance, UW-Whitewater offers various opportunities to fill your resume with valuable skills.

Not every job seeker is given the chance to intern in a professional environment, so it is crucial for students to be aware of the resources and possible employment opportunities available to be successful in the job search.

The Student Involvement Office in the James R. Connor University Center helps students find campus jobs, clubs and organizations to join and volunteer opportunities on campus and within the region.

From interning for departments on campus to working in student-ran offices, the Student Involvement Office will help any student find their place to develop professional skills on campus.

Another resource for finding internship or employment opportunities on campus is through the Career Counselors that work in Career & Leadership Development.

These professionals are dedicated to helping students find ways to fill their resume with content that will impress any employer. Appointments with one of the Career Counselors can be made by calling (262) 472-5539.

While interning on campus is one of the easiest ways to gain experience for your resume, not everyone is exactly interested in working in an office.

Just ask Ron Swanson.

Participating in community service opportunities is another great way to fill your resume with meaningful experiences.

From joining a service organization to participating in events like Make -A-Difference Day, gaining volunteer and community service experience is a great strategy in gaining content for your resume.

More information on community service opportunities can be found here.

Now that you have a better idea of what to put on your resume, you’ll be able to answer the question posed by the employer.

You’ll be more confident about your chances of getting hired. You’ll be able to talk about all of the great things you’ve accomplished during your time at UW-Whitewater. Finally, you’ll be successful in finding your dream job.

Passion Drives Motivation: Kate Winkler Named March Intern of the Month

Kate Winkler knew there was something missing from her marketing major when she entered the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

It was not until the second semester of her freshman year when she was enrolled in Biology 120, that she discovered what she wanted to study for the duration of her undergraduate collegiate career.

“I’ve always been proficient in science and wanted to take more science courses after that semester,” Winkler said. “After speaking with my adviser, I switched majors and began the path that has brought me to where I am now.”

Winkler, a senior integrated science and business major from Kewaskum, Wis., was awarded the Intern of the Month honor for the month of March. Her marketing internship started in July of 2014 at Spacesaver Corporation.

Spacesaver is an innovator in storage, offering solutions to make every aspect of a business run more efficiently.

A former supervisor from her time as a market researcher for the Wisconsin Innovation Service Center (WISC) contacted Winkler about the internship at Spacesaver.

“While I only completed one project under her direction, she thought that my constant drive for knowledge and diligent work ethic would be a great fit at the company,” Winkler said. “After doing my research on the corporation, I too, knew it would be a great fit for me.”

During her time at Spacesaver, Winkler has created market briefs about different industries, conducted online surveys and phone interviews to gauge the preferences of their audience and collaborated with the marketing team to develop user-friendly product pages.

Winkler is also working to improve Spacesaver’s social media strategy and search engine optimization strategy. This includes working with social media outlets to increase audience engagement and research key words to incorporate into the company’s content.

“What intrigued me about the position at Spacesaver was the fact that I would be able to constantly collaborate with the whole marketing team,” Winkler said. “Most of my market research projects that I had completed at WISC were very individually driven projects and while I can work efficiently on my own, I think that the best work comes out of a team effort.”

Another big part of Winkler’s internship is communicating with several different people, in order to work more efficiently and know the product better.

This has proven to be initially difficult, but has produced substantial benefits, Winkler notes.

“What I had thought were strengths before are even stronger strengths now because the marketing team at Spacesaver has pushed my boundaries,” Winkler said. “Spacesaver has taught me that a job can be fun, yet scary. I have learned that it is okay to take a risk and fail, just as long as you learn and grow from it.

Outside of work experience, Winkler is currently the captain of the UW-Whitewater Women’s Golf Team and has been a member for the past four years.

Golf is individual and team-based at the same time and truly showcases an individual’s work ethic, according to Winkler.

“I came to UW-Whitewater to play golf, but I have found so much more than that,” Winkler said. “I think UW-Whitewater does a tremendous job at giving students all that they need to succeed and pushing students to be their ultimate best, both in the classroom and outside.”

After graduation, Winkler wants to continue working in marketing for a water business. Until then, she will continue to learn and grow as a working professional.

“Take advantage of all opportunities and soak it all in,” Winkler said. “Learn as much as you can and apply it. Push past what you know and try something new. Collaborate and share your ideas. But most of all take advantage of these opportunities and absorb as much as you can while the chance is in your hands.”

 Apply to be our next Intern of the Month and share your story! 

Multicultural Career Fair Recap

Untitled Suit and tie. Padfolio filled with resumes. Business cards. A positive attitude.

These are all things necessary when attending a career fair. When I decided to attend the Multicultural Career Fair here at UW-Whitewater, I had to prepare.

Luckily, this was not my first career fair, so I already knew what to expect and what to do differently than the time before.

I started the morning ensuring that I was going to be comfortable throughout the day. Having a filling breakfast, the “recommended” amount of caffeine, and enough time to get ready in the morning, set the foundation for a positive and productive experience.

I chose to wear a white dress shirt so I did not become too warm during the career fair. No company wants to hire someone drenched in sweat from walking around a room, am I right?

I researched the companies and organizations I wanted to speak to the day before the career fair, making sure I was prepared to hold a conversation with and impress the recruitment representatives.

When I arrived at the Multicultural Career Fair, the first company I wanted to talk to was MilwaukeeJobs.com. The company has an opening for a Community Partners Manager, so I immediately took an interest in speaking to them.

Background: I was a Marketing Intern for this company during the summer after my sophomore year and enjoyed my experience a lot during that time. While this is a very rare case of already having an extensive base of knowledge on the company and position, it made speaking to the company recruiter more meaningful.

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After speaking to MilwaukeeJobs.com, my confidence rose and I was ready to move on the next employer.

I have an interest in state government, so I had to make a stop at each of the state departments and drop off a resume. Every conversation with these representatives was pleasant and went according to plan, besides one.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) can only take job applications online and cannot take resumes at career fairs, in order to offer fair opportunities to all job seekers.

I was not aware of this fact and after our conversation ended, I asked if I could leave a resume and was in the motion of pulling one out of my padfolio. The representative, with a completely straight face, replies “No, sorry.”

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I was very thrown off and it made the rest of the encounter a little awkward. They explained why they couldn’t take a resume and I completely understood.

It’s very important to research the hiring procedures of organizations like the DNR. If I had done that, I could have avoided an uncomfortable situation and left a more positive impression.

Overall, my experience from the Multicultural Career Fair was extremely positive. There’s nothing else like being surrounded by other students looking for employment in their field and professionals eager to offer amazing opportunities for career development.

Whether you’re looking for full-time employment or an internship, I would encourage all job seekers to attend career fairs in the future. If prepared properly, it’s the most effective avenue to take when locking down that next employment opportunity.

If you attended the Multicultural Career Fair, please share your experiences with us! Comment on this post or share your experiences using #WarhawksWork on either Facebook or Twitter!

Big Buildings to Open Roads: Jonathan Fera’s Journey to Happiness at UW-Whitewater

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Being born and raised in a big city, I became naïve of what was outside the Milwaukee city limits. The city was so fast and so vast that any other area seemed unexciting in comparison. That mindset did not last past the age of eighteen.

I decided to come to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater during my senior year of high school. My advisers informed me of the College of Business and Economics at this institution and it’s positive reputation, so it seemed like the perfect fit. That career path only lasted two days into my time at UW-Whitewater until I switched to a communications major with an emphasis in public relations.

During the fall semester of my freshmen year, a strong depression caused by missing home and wanting to be around my family took over my life. I was socializing with people in my residence hall and in my classes, but it was never enough to be happy.

The city was calling my name to come home. After all, I missed the quick pace environment and diverse culture.

How was I going to spend the next three and a half years here? It was not until I opened my eyes to the amazing opportunities at UW-Whitewater that this attitude changed.

After talking to my Resident Assistant, she mentioned attending the spring involvement fair to look for student organizations to join. I had an interest in political communications after dropping the business major, so I joined the UW-Whitewater College Democrats.

I immediately got involved with the organization and started to make friends outside of my residence hall and classes. It was refreshing to have conversations with like-minded individuals that were passionate about the same things I was.

During my sophomore year, I joined the organization’s executive board as their Communications Director and the next year, was elected President.

Besides the College Democrats, I found the Whitewater Student Government (WSG) and the University Marketing and Media Relations Department.

I started attending Whitewater Common Council meetings because of my role as Intergovernmental Affairs Director for WSG. This allowed me to become more engaged in the community and be able to call Whitewater a new home.

It all happened so fast and I was so overwhelmed by my professional involvement that I began to lose sight of why I got involved in the first place: to be happy.

I was asked to join the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity my junior year from some WSG colleagues. I did not think I was the kind of person to join a Greek organization.

When looking back at that decision, I wouldn’t take it back for the world.

This past semester, I assisted in coordinating the grassroots efforts of the WarhawksVote campaign for the gubernatorial election. This allowed me to have a say in promotional material, strategic messaging and online content through both WSG and University Marketing and Media Relations.

After the election was over, I wanted a new opportunity. I wanted a new project before entering the workforce. After all, this is the last semester to make the most out of what became the best four years of my life.

Fast-forwarding to present day, I am now the Career Social Media Intern for UW-Whitewater Career and Leadership Development. While WSG is a part of the Warhawk Connection Center, I have never worked for the department before.

I am excited by this new opportunity and exciting challenge to better myself and my craft, while helping others gain the skills, motivation and resources to find a job or student organization to join.

After the journey I had to pursue in finding my place at UW-Whitewater, I hope to make that process easier and less stressful for other students.

Career and Leadership Development has the resources and guidance to help students find their place at this institution. To motivate them to succeed and take chances. To help them be happy.