Fashion Friday: Professor Dougan

“I coach students how to present. Just like in theater, the costume conveys who you are. The same goes for the business world, the people are your audience. Within a few seconds these people see you and your future. You have to be aware of the person on the other side of the conversation. Try to match and/or accelerate their level of formality. Students should always be aware.”

Dougan at the 9th Annual Warhawk Business Plan Competition on April 6th, 2016.

Presented by Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO)

Fashion Friday: Ryan Barnard

 Fashion Friday is Career & Leadership Development’s newest blog series! Dressing for success leads to success, so we’re showcasing fashionable Warhawks across campus. Interested in being featured? Catch us around campus or contact us at mediacld@uww.edu!

Ryan Barnard, Senior, Finance

“You need to dress well to look professional. If you want to be a professional, it is important that you dress like one.”

Barnard before his job interview with Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial at the Richard L. Bailey Interview center.

Spread The Love: Increasing Positivity (And Productivity) In The Workplace

Performing even the smallest tasks to show appreciation can go a long way in the workplace, no matter what your rank may be. Making others around you feel valuable is vital for a positive and efficient work environment. Unfortunately, not every company you work for may show you their appreciation towards you and the work you do. If you’re looking to bring some positivity to your company, or want to show your coworkers your appreciation, here are a few ideas that may help!

Say Thank You

Something as simple as this mannerism should be obvious, but sometimes it’s not. Telling someone thank you, no matter how big or little the reason behind it, can go a long way. Being told thank you shows your appreciation for the work that others do within your company.

Praise Someone When They Deserve It

It’s amazing to see how far a “good job” can go with some people. Praising, when appropriate, lets someone know that they are performing their job well. To make it even more meaningful, praise someone for their specific actions Take time to notice the little things that people at your company are doing well.

Bring Food in to Say Thanks

Food is always a great way to let people know that they are appreciated. Order in lunch one day, or bring in a dish to share to express your gratitude for the hard work that is being done.

Provide Opportunity

Professionals are always looking to grow in their positions, but sometimes it’s important to provide opportunity for workers to try new things and learn about different components of the company. In all, giving opportunity for advancement and training shows that you appreciate the career goals of others and want to help them advance however you can.

Celebrate!

One idea that we came across was a Celebration Calendar. Post and follow a large calendar with coworkers birthdays and special occasions in your workplace. This gives your workplace more of a personal connection and you will never miss out on telling someone congratulations or happy birthday!

Organize Fun Work Outings

Give people the opportunity to get to know one another better. Planning an outing outside of work, allows for a more casual environment for coworkers to talk to one another. Having fun outings also tells employees that what they are doing has not gone unnoticed.

Start a Staff Appreciation Program

Here at Career and Leadership Development, we pass around what we call a “Jam Jar” at the beginning of our bi-weekly meetings. Each staff member writes a “jam” down on a piece of paper and puts it in the jar. These jams are a way to give a shot out to any of our coworkers to let them know that we think they’re doing a great job! It’s a great way to give recognition, while letting everyone in the office know what some people have been doing great! At the end of our meetings, we pass the jar back around, allowing everyone to grab a jam, and go around the room reading off what other people have said about one another in the office.

After everyone has gone around, you can see the smiles all around the room. It’s always nice to stop and let people know that their hard work is noticed. I know that whenever someone gives me a shout out it definitely leaves a smile on my face for the rest of the day!

Make it Public

As you can tell from the picture above, publicizing appreciation can be super effective as well. We dedicated a bulletin board for the jams that the office wrote about one another and hung it up right where everyone walks by so that we are always reminded of them. Making your appreciation public is a great way to boost motivation and your team’s confidence!

Practicing some of these strategies can increase positivity in the workplace, employees’ morale, and overall productivity! There are many ways to show your appreciation, but in order to achieve positive results, you must be sure to actively try these different approaches with your company!

5 Video Resume Tips Recruiters Want You To Know

In our last blog post, we told you a little bit about the video resume and who should potentially use one if they’re looking for a little something extra they could do to stand out. If you’re thinking that this tactic might increase your chances of getting noticed and you’re interested in learning how to go about making one, here are a few tips to make a successful video resume!

  • Treat it like an interview

Dress professionally, talk professionally, and above all, act professionally. Employers are NOT going to want hire someone that isn’t taking their video seriously. Treat your video resume the same you would treat an interview! Also be sure that you’re filming in a professional and appropriate setting. Sit at a desk or in front of a blank wall/screen. You don’t want your viewers to be distracted with a noise in the background or any clutter around you.

  • Keep it short

You are ENHANCING the resume you already have. Do NOT just simply read off your resume to a camera. Tell your viewers about something that isn’t on your resume, or expand on a point that you may have listed on it. Don’t just tell them what you might of achieved in the past, but what you are capable of achieving in the future (with their company). Aim between a 30 second minimum and 2-minute maximum to avoid excessive and unnecessary information.

  • Be creative

If you are capable of adding in visuals post production, go for it! Show of your skills with your video. As seen in one of the extreme examples mentioned in our previous post, you could be outrageous in your approach or keep it clean and simple; the choice is ultimately up to you and the type of person you want to come across as. A rule of thumb with this is typically: the more creative of a job it is, the more creative you can be with your video.

  • Write a script and PRACTICE

Like you would with most speeches, make an outline of some sort so you know what points you want to cover in your video. More importantly though, be sure that you practice a few times before actually filming it: this will help both with your delivery and the effectiveness of your content.

  • If you don’t have the resources to produce a quality video, DON’T make one.

The last thing that you want to do is submit a video that looks like you recorded it off of a flip-phone (remember those?). If you’re going to make a video, be sure that you are putting in as much effort as you would for a traditional resume or an actual interview. Check out this video just for some reassurance on the fact.

Here’s what some people are saying about them..

Mike Ramer, president of Ramer Search Consultants—a professional recruiting firm specializing in the financial, energy, biomedical, and human resources fields—agrees that video resumes are a useful way for some candidates to demonstrate their professionalism and to help them differentiate from the crowd. According to him, “If I received a video resume, I would review it, and if it’s impressive, it can absolutely help the candidate.”

“These industries are extremely competitive and a video introduction can be the difference in helping you stand out from the competition.” 

 


Below are a few examples of different approaches to the video resume. Career & Leadership Development can offer assistance with both traditional and video resumes. We encourage you to share your video resume with us if you choose to make one!

Video Resume examples:

 

  1. Simple, straightforward


2. Creative, “awkward,” memorable

3. Funny, outrageous, creative

4. Visual

Intern of the Month: Molly Schlecht

 

Acquiring an internship is (major) key when it comes to gaining real world, on the job experience. Internships are a great way to learn, network, and even explore your career path more thoroughly.

They also serve as an opportunity to help you meet professionals that can offer you advice that you may not get otherwise. That was the case for Molly Schlecht.

Molly is an individual who has always been intrigued by art. From selling her handmade jewelry in middle school to now having an online Etsy shop for her assortment of painted shoes, it only makes sense that she is now pursuing a major in graphic design.
         

As a freshman, Schlecht wasn’t sure what minor would best compliment her graphic design major; that’s when she decided to do some networking and talk to someone who was already immersed in the industry.

Cher Moore is the head of the Public Relations office at the Elmhurst Public Library, the place where Molly had worked the previous summer. Schlecht reached out to her looking for career advice on the situation she found herself in.

“She explained that I had multiple options I could explore, but the best action for me to take would be to take on an internship, thus gaining real life experience.”

Moore was hosting her first internship opportunity that summer and encouraged Molly to apply for it in order to help her find out if that was the direction she might want to take her future career. Upon doing some research on what the internship would consist of, she discovered that it was exactly the opportunity she had been looking for.

“I would gain real life experience, have the opportunity to build my portfolio, and add to my resume. Additionally, I would have the opportunity to learn more about graphic design, and become better prepared for my classes on campus.”

As the new intern for Elmhurst Public Library, Molly took on new responsibilities dealing with both public relations and graphic design. She was able to get hands on experience making digital signage for the various programs the library hosted, editing their magazine, “The Fine Print,” and got to see her hard work displayed all throughout the library.

“My responsibilities didn’t end with The Fine Print and program promotion. I had the opportunity to plan the grand re-opening celebration, write featurettes for the city newsletter/paper, host a photo contest at the library’s Comic Con and perhaps the most crucial was being able to attend meetings with my supervisor.”

It wasn’t the hands-on practice or the job title she would add to her resume (although they were great outcomes as well). What Schecht wanted most from this internship was a chance to learn more about the career path she had chosen, and to get the assurance that she’d be happy with her future career decisions. Through guidance and from simply observing Cher, after three months of interning at the library, Molly learned more than she ever had expected to.

“It is invaluable experience to be able to shadow somebody in your chosen profession, and it was incredibly beneficial for me… The experiences I gained this past summer were that of a lifetime, and I know they helped develop my sense of professionalism.”

Schlecht has officially chosen advertising as her minor and plans on graduating in the Fall of 2017. Her ideal job is to work as a graphic designer for an in-house agency. She encourages her peers to take on an internship if they ever have the opportunity as the experience she gained from this one has set her apart and given her a deeper insight into the real-world work experience.

“…take advantage of any internship you are offered. Internships, even when unpaid, are an opportunity to gain real world experience while in college. From my personal experience I can honestly say that I have excelled in my classes and on campus job because of my internship. When fully immersed in a job, you learn tips and tricks that you can’t learn in a classroom, which puts you one step ahead of your classmates.”

Interested in checking out some of the work Molly has completed? Be sure to check out her website!

Share your intern story and apply to be our next Intern of the Month!

Fashion Friday: Abdallah Jiffry

Abdallah Jiffry, Junior, Marketing Major

“It’s important to dress in full suit as apposed to business casual. It gives potential employers and other professionals a good impression. By dressing well you’re showing employers or speakers your time and respect. If you took the time  to look presentable for those in your presence, they’ll recognize that.”

Jiffry when attending AMA’s Business to Business Marketing certificate event on 2/23.

The Age of the Video Resume

In today’s job market, it’s becoming more common to utilize technology, and your creativity in order to stand out amongst all of the others who may be applying for the same position as you. We’ve seen some crazy tactics online that people have tried in order to stand out in the crowd. Although some of these are pretty extreme, you have to admit that they’re pretty creative and probably caught the attention of the Hiring Manager. Lately, (and less outrageous) one of the biggest trends we’ve seen has been the video resume.

What is a video resume you may ask? Well it’s exactly what it sounds like: a brief overview of the job applicant’s experience, skills, and qualifications submitted to a potential employer–in the form of a video. 

It’s important to keep in mind that a video resume is untraditional. This can come across either as a good thing that may get you noticed by a prospect employer, or it could violate the standard procedure of the hiring process. It’s all about knowing your audience, the company you have to work for, while considering the culture of the industry and more specifically, the company itself.

So who should use a video resume?

Like previously stated, you have to really get a sense for who will be reviewing your resume. Some companies may even have policies against video submissions. Monster.com did some research on the topic of video resumes and what some employers think them:

“According to a survey released by Robert Half Finance & Accounting, most companies do not even accept video resumes, with a scant one in four respondents revealing that their employers utilize them.

Lauren Milligan, founder of ResuMAYDAY.com, says that’s because video resumes are a bad idea. “Because of [Equal Employment Opportunity Commission]-compliance issues, applicants shouldn’t even put their photos on a resume let alone submit a video resume of themselves,” she says.

Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International, agrees that employers are reluctant to accept video resumes for fear of bias claims from applicants. “Before submitting a video resume, job candidates should check with the hiring manager to ensure the company does not have a policy against their use in evaluating candidates,” he says.

Even if a few will accept a video, ask yourself if it’s going to help or hurt your chances at employment.

‘Most video resumes are just these one-sided conversations that attempt to sum up everything about a person in two minutes,’ says Milligan. ‘The problem is, you don’t know what a potential employer really wants from you, what their goals might be for you within that organization. You could be putting the wrong message out there.’ ”

Although not every company or industry may be all for video resumes, there are many advantages to making one if you think it fits with the position you want.

Video resumes tend to work more for people who are looking for a creative position, or are applying for a job in a creative industry. The audience viewing your video resume is more likely to be open to this idea, and perhaps even impressed if you take the time to make one! You could also show off your creativity or your software skills with a well-produced video for submission.

Video resumes offer a deeper look into the person behind a traditional resume. They can allow employers to see more of your personality, how you communicate, and even if you might be a fit for their company! In all, it’s important to remember that a video resume is an enhancement, NOT a replacement of a traditional resume.

If a video resume is still something you might want to try, stay tuned for our next blog for tips on making your own video resume!

10 Ways to Help Enhance Productivity

If you’re like me, you have a million and one things going on at all times. It can become overwhelming at times and eventually lead to poor productivity: whether that be academically or professionally.

Staying productive with your everyday tasks isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but it is vital that you do so, especially in a work or academic setting. Poor productivity can lead to lower quality work than what’s expected from you and that can eventually lead to disciplinary action and added stress.

With the end of the semester quickly approaching (and winter break in sight), it’s important to make sure you’re staying on top of your work. If you’re feeling like you’re not getting the most out of your day, here are a couple things we came up with in order to help you enhance your productivity.

1. Minimize Distractions

Close out your Twitter and Instagram feed. Constantly getting caught up in social media and endless Reddit pages will ensure that you get absolutely nothing done.

2. Make a List

Writing down what you need to get done is a great way to prioritize and organize. By listing your goals for the day, you’re more likely going to work towards what you want to accomplish.

3. Reward Yourself

Have some sort of incentive for getting that one tricky task done that you were dreading all day. Maybe you tell yourself that you can take your lunch after you finish your to-do (because food is always a great way to motivate yourself). Treat yo self.

200

4. Take It One Step At A Time

Taking on a bunch of things at once will only overwhelm you. By breaking down bigger tasks into smaller ones, you can approach it with more ease and knock them out one at a time.

5. Stay organized

Make sure your work area is organized. Not being able to find that one document you need will only cause you stress and waste your time. Taking the time to reorganize will both serve as a distraction and take you longer to do otherwise simple tasks.

6. Avoid being monotonous

Switch up your daily routine to keep from feeling like you’re stuck on repeat every day. There’s nothing worse than feeling like you’re stuck on autopilot from the moment you wake up until you’re done with your busy day. By switching up your tasks or the way you approach them, you won’t have that feeling and will find yourself having a more productive day.

7. Get feedback: find out what’s working and what isn’t.

Get opinions and feedback from your coworkers, supervisors, professors, etc. They can tell you what needs improvement and what’s working well. By receiving this input, you can improve your work habits and grow both professionally and academically.

8. Ask for help when you need it

Don’t feel bad asking for assistance. Sometimes you can’t do everything yourself, and that’s completely okay. The last thing you want to do is realize you had too much pride when you actually needed the help. A lot of times employees and students find that they asked for help too late. Avoid this mistake and take everything as an opportunity to learn and grow!

tumblr_inline_nw1tmh97Uh1szwxbl_500

9. Take a break

Get up and walk around. Sitting in one place all day will drive you crazy and cause you to lose both your interest in what your working on and your focus on it. Try to determine when you’re typically most productive during the day. For some people that’s in the morning whereas others find themselves doing their best work in the afternoon. Get your essential to-do’s done during your peak time frame.

10. Take advantage of your downtime

Walking to class? Commuting to work? Knock out some tasks while you do so! Obviously you can’t (and probably shouldn’t) do most of the things you need to get done, but you can use this time to plan out your day! Make a mental list or even write out in your phone what you plan on getting done when you get to where you need to be. This will help with organizing your day and give you more time to knock out these tasks instead of planning them out once you get to work, class, the library, etc.

By implementing these simple suggestions, you can find yourself being more successful in your workplace and it WILL get noticed!

Intern of the Month: Karlee Nimmer

Getting that perfect internship can be a tedious task that requires a lot of work, but the payout from it can be extremely valuable for your future job-hunting endeavors. Internships allow you to grow professionally and gain some real word experience in the job field you’re heading into.

There are a lot of internships out there that will cater specifically to your major and that allow you to grow the skills you’ve been learning in your classes.

In Karlee Nimmer’s case, she was able to land an internship that allowed her to implement skills from BOTH of her majors.

Nimmer, a senior broadcast journalism and marketing double major from Kewaunee, Wisc., was September’s Intern of the Month winner. Her internship began last fall with DLK Enterprises.

While Nimmer became interested in broadcast journalism in eighth grade, it wasn’t until her sophomore year at UW-Whitewater that she decided that she wanted to get involved in the marketing industry as well.

At the beginning of last summer she was approached with the opportunity to work for DLK Enterprises as a Sales and Marketing Intern, where was able to implement skills that she learned from both of her majors into this internship and gained professional experience by doing so.

DLK is one of Whitewater’s leading student rental companies and holds a very large presence in the community.

“The position sparked my interest because I believed it would be influential to a career in real estate sales in the future.”

Nimmer was responsible for creating a social media marketing campaign for the company that allowed her to combine both of her skillsets in order to successfully reach a large audience base.

Her other responsibilities included using the sales process in order to identify the needs of the clients while searching for housing options, and conducting the lease signing process.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at DLK Enterprises. They are a company that has been built on family values, and supports our Whitewater campus and community whole-heartedly,” Nimmer stated. “I can confidently look back at my work experience with DLK Enterprises and be satisfied of the work that I accomplished and the relationships I made.”

Nimmer has enhanced her problem solving skills, and ability to deal with different client concerns and questions through this internship. Angry customers are not always the easiest of people to have to deal with, but she learned from these experiences and can apply these situations to ones she may encounter in her future career.

Aside from the knowledge she learned in her classes, being a member of the American Marketing Association’s Sales Team also helped her succeed with her internship by developing confidence in her leadership skills and helping her determine her objectives.

After graduating in December, Nimmer wants to use her experience to get a job in sales and marketing and aspires to eventually be the Manager of a Sales Team.

A word of advice she wanted to share with those looking for internships and opportunities for skill enhancement: “Get involved and give your 100%. The work you put in is what you’ll get out. Make sure you’re doing your best to ensure that you get the best experiences you can.”

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

Dress for Success…Without Breaking Your Fragile Bank Account

We’ve all been there. We were even warned that it would happen; that we would eventually face the sad reality that we’re actually living and breathing the stereotype of a broke college student. You’ve probably found yourself heating up your Ramen Noodles in the microwave, while looking for spare change in your couch cushions, just so you can have somewhat of a social life and see the $1 movie playing in the UC.

When it comes down to it, being broke can become a pretty stressful problem you have to deal with.

This stress becomes amplified when you finally get that interview, or attend a job fair, and you realize you’ve yet to begin building your professional wardrobe. How does one make money when one cannot get the job because one does not have the appropriate wardrobe in order to land that job?!


It’s a cycle that adds on to the stress and often discourages students from trying to get the job they really want. That’s why we’re here to tell you to stress no more! Here are some alternatives we’ve found for when it comes to getting that budget-friendly professional wardrobe.

Maybe you have some old dress clothes from your parents, or found a suit at the thrift store. I know it’s not the most ideal option, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. Take what you already have and try to modify it so it looks like it was made to fit you. There are some great inexpensive tailors that can get the job done and get you ready for that interview!

Although we would all love to sport the latest Calvin Klein business wear, we know that our bank accounts would probably not cooperate with a purchase that hefty. Try to focus on the basic elements you need (not want). You probably don’t need 10 different dress shirts and 3 pairs of shoes when you’re just starting out. Start with the absolute basics and build up from there once you’ve finally secured a job. Many stores like H&M, J.C. Penny, Kohls and Sears, just to name a few, offer a good variety of professional attire for a reasonable price. Get your basics and only buy what you absolutely need!

One benefit that actually comes from being labeled a broke college student, is that handy student ID card. What most people don’t know is that your ID card can get you lots of discounts! Stores like Charlotte Russe, J. Crew, Banana Republic, and ASOS all offer students discounts, so take advantage of them! (Here’s a list of more discounts that your student card can get you! http://bit.ly/1gsRZct)

post animated GIF

Another option is to go through your closet and get rid of things you no longer wear or need. You can try to sell these items at stores or online and use that money towards your new professional closet! Ebay offers used clothing at reasonable prices and you can sell your old stuff at the same time! You can also search for your area to see if your community offers any local clothing swaps!  Freecycle.org, is a site that aims to encourage people to reuse and recycle their old clothes. You can find your nearest group on their website and start saving your money!

Universities all over also usually offer some resources when it comes to getting your wardrobe ready for professional events or interviews. UW-Whitewater has the “Warhawk Success Closet” that gives all students the chance to get free professional business attire that has been donated to the university. The Warhawk Success Closet will be held on September 24th and 25th from 11am-5pm in the University Center (9/24 UC69 and 9/25 UC264).

Now there’s really no excuse for wearing jeans and sandals to the next career fair. Keep these simple tips in mind and you’ll be dressed for success without enduring the guilt of breaking your bank!