Starting Your Job Search Early

Seniors graduating in December – this post is for you! It is imperative to start your job search months before you graduate, because you don’t want to graduate in December and not have a job lined up. Job searching is a full time job in itself! That’s why you should start early and set yourself apart from the rest of the competitive candidates.

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Below I’ve listed five of my favorite job search tips that have worked for others and will probably work for you, too!

Attend the Hawk Career Fair

The Hawk Career Fair, an annual event put on by Career & Leadership Development, will be held on Wednesday, September 25 from noon to 4 in the Williams Center. You can RSVP to the fair through our Facebook page to get updates and information about the fair. More than 100 employers will be there looking for interns and employees. Some employers include Target, Maurices, Generac, We Energies, and Quad/Graphics.

Juniors and seniors are strongly encouraged to attend the Hawk Career Fair. Business professional or business casual dress is recommended. What else should you bring besides your snazzy self? At least ten copies of your resume, a padfolio (we’re going to be giving away a bunch of padfolios during the school year, so keep us on your radar!), pens, and business cards, if you have them. Also make sure to prepare your elevator speech. We’ll be going over more information about the career fair in the next few weeks.

Attending the career fair will help you get your foot in the door, especially if you want to work for one of the companies attending the fair. Make sure you do your research on the fair, which can be found on Hawk Jobs, to secure a great job after graduation.

Create and Maintain Relationships

As a senior, you’ve probably made tons of friends and connections, through your peers, coworkers, professors, supervisors, and friends-of-friends. Remember when you were a freshman and didn’t know anyone, not even your roommate? Look how far you’ve come. Use those connections to your advantage!

Having lots of friends isn’t just good for your social life. It’s good for your professional life as well. Knowing people is everything. You may have gotten to know professors, managers, student leaders, or advisors. Spread the word that you’re looking for a job in a particular field, and one of your colleagues or friends may stumble upon something that is right up your alley.

Use Social Media to Your Advantage

I’ll admit it – I’m a Twitter fanatic. Having been the UWW Career Twitter manager for the past year, I know a bit about utilizing Twitter to your advantage. There are many ways you can get resources off of Twitter. For example, you can search for something using hashtags. The #1 word to find a hiring company is… #hiring. Next up? #tweetmyjobs and #jobopening. Why not tweet and give it a shot?

You can also follow career centers on Twitter. My favorites are Career Bliss, Career Realism, Brazen Careerist, and Career Builder. These accounts constantly tweet out job openings, interview tips, job search advice, and interesting career-related articles. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, too!

Visit Career & Leadership Development

If you’re a senior and you have yet to take advantage of our career services, it’s not too late! We would rather see you late than never at all. Some of our services include resume checking, doing mock interviews, helping you get involved, and figuring out your career path. The career staff also has many resources to help you find a job in the field you want to get into. They may refer you to job boards such as Big Shoes Network (most commonly used by students in the College of Arts & Communication) or Hawk Jobs (our own job board).

Polish Your LinkedIn Profile

While some may say that your online presence may replace resumes in a few years, you can’t argue with the fact that what you post, tweet, or blog about online is more influential than ever. Once you click send, that tweet or blog post is on the Internet forever. If you want your digital footprint to be a positive and professional one, make sure you have a profile on LinkedIn.

LinkedIn is a networking tool that helps you discover inside connections to recommended job candidates, industry experts and business partners.’ It is a great website to be on, so I highly recommend setting up a profile. If you do already have a profile, start networking with other professionals on LinkedIn. Connect with your peers, endorse them for skills, join groups, and have conversations. Make your presence known. Who knows – maybe that HR professional you had a conversation with on a LinkedIn article will mention a job to you?

Many of my peers have LinkedIn profiles, but not the best profile pictures. Having a professional picture is key – that is one of the first things employers look at when they view your profile! The two other social media managers and I will be hosting a free LinkedIn Headshot Photoshoot outside the Hawk Career Fair on September 25. It will be quick and painless, and we encourage you to stop by and get your picture taken!

December grads, what other steps have you taken towards your job search?

Photo by UWW Career.

Friday Favorites

For the last Friday Favorites of the school year, I’ve rounded up five of my favorite events that Heather and I put on while we were the social media interns for the 2012-13 school year. Enjoy!

The first big event that Heather and I worked at was the Hawk Career Fair in September of 2012. I was live tweeting and Heather was taking pictures of students and employers. To see more pictures, visit our Facebook page.

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Heather and I hosted a Halloween Table at Esker and the UC with a custom-made Face-In-Hole! It was a huge hit and Heather snapped a lot of photos of friends pretending to be Frankenstein and Mrs. Frankenstein.

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Heather and I hit it off right away. I’m so lucky to have had such an awesome coworker. We bonded over many things, but the one thing we really had in common was our love for social media. We went on a little photoshoot down by the lakefront last semester and got some great pictures!

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Heather and I did a lot of tabling during different times during the school year. It was really important for us to get out name out and to represent Career & Leadership Development in a positive light, so many of our tables included free goodies and chances to win padfolios.

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Valentines Day Table

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The last big event Heather and I worked at was Make a Difference Day. I live tweeting and Heather took pictures during this event.

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I know I can speak for Heather and say that we’ve had an amazing and successful school year. This internship was a dream come true for both of us and we gained so much experience and knowledge. I hope you’ve enjoyed the posts on this blog. Be sure to check it out next year for even more great blogs posts!

Photos by UWW Career.

Kelsey’s Internship Wrap-Up

As I look back on this social media internship, I can’t help but think about when I interviewed for this position. I was studying abroad in Ireland in the spring of 2012 when I received an e-mail about the social media position. I utilized social media to its fullest extent when I was abroad. I didn’t have a cell phone, so using social media and blogging was one of the only ways I could keep in contact with my friends and family back home in the states. I wanted to get better at using social media, too, so this internship was a dream come true. I managed a blog that semester when I was studying abroad, called The Book of Kels. I knew I wasn’t a fantastic writer by any means, but I definitely wanted to get better at blogging.

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The afternoon that I had my Skype interview with Laura Jacobs, I was so nervous! I even posted notes around my computer screen so I could reference them. Thankfully my Skype interview went smoother than expected, and a few days later, when I was traveling in Poland for the weekend, I received the congrats! e-mail. Little did I know, that spur of the moment decision to apply for a social media internship did me wonders and changed my life for the better.

I always thought that I wanted to travel abroad, to take pictures and write for a magazine, to basically live the dream life. I spent this whole year using Hootsuite and blogging like a madman and I can safely say that being an international reporter isn’t my dream any more. Being a social media specialist is my dream (I know, how dorky does that sound?!).

I know I can speak for Heather and say that her and I had a really great year. We hosted tables in the UC, had fun contests, attended diversity events, and made friendships with other Career & Leadership Development interns. I really enjoyed live tweeting during the Hawk Career Fair in September and during Make a Difference Day.

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This internship was a dream come true. I now know what I want to do after I graduate, and I have Career & Leadership Development to thank for that.

I will be the career social media intern for the 2013-14 school year, but next year I will be focusing on blogging, so be sure to check out the Career Spotlight Blog for some great posts! I’m ecstatic that I will have this internship again next year and I can’t wait to see what great things will come from it.

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Friday Favorites – Make a Difference Day

Last Friday, the staff of Career & Leadership Development, Greek organizations, and other prominent UW-Whitewater students and staff took part in Make a Difference Day. The weather was beautiful and everyone volunteering was smiling and having a great time! Enjoy some pictures from the event!

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Career & Leadership Development staff Brian Goetsch, Jay Bazylewicz and Nicole Golden.

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Career & Leadership Development staff Glenn Carson, Jessica Kearney, Cat Gangi and Mandy Shepherd.

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Check out all the volunteers in their bright yellow t-shirts!

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Career Social Media interns Heather Schwartz and Kelsey Welke.

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Chancellor Richard Telfer made an appearance at the event!

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Here are some volunteers cleaning up the parking lot by Drumlin Dining Hall.

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These volunteers picked up trash in downtown Whitewater.

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After the event, we celebrated by eating Qdoba and Toppers in Starin Park!

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The Community Service intern Jay Bazylewicz did an amazing job managing the event!

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Here we see Career & Leadership Development associate director Jan Bilgen and Kristi Pedersen share a moment.

To see more pictures from Make a Difference Day, check out our UWW Career Facebook page.

Photos by Heather Schwartz.

5 LinkedIn Tips for Upcoming Graduates

This post was written by Thomas Wolff. Thomas Wolff is the Managing Editor of Resume Mastermind, a boutique resume writing firm that works with clients ranging from students to senior executives to create interview-winning resumes, job search letters, bios, and social media profiles.

As upperclassman start thinking about internships and their first position after graduation, it’s more important than ever to start building a professional online presence. Employers want to pre-qualify each candidate, and with the availability of online information out there, even if you don’t share your online profiles, they are going to do a search for your name anyway to see what pops up. So why not point them in the right direction by proactively establishing a professional profile that you can confidently include in your resume and/or cover letter?

While Facebook and Twitter are fun and great ways to share photos and personal information with your closest friends and family members, LinkedIn is the one online platform that can actually shape your future. LinkedIn is the biggest and most powerful social network specifically designed for professionals. With over 200 million users, it is likely that every company you may be thinking of applying to right now will have at least one employee on LinkedIn.

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Here are six tips to make the most of LinkedIn as you prepare to enter the professional world.

1) Understand LinkedIn’s Value In The Social World

LinkedIn isn’t necessarily “sexy,” and it’s unlikely that you’ll spend hours each day browsing the site, like you would Facebook. Nor is it a source of immediate gratification or entertainment, as photos, videos, and constant status updates aren’t a primary component of the platform. LinkedIn is basically a dynamic version of your online resume, enabling you to research, connect, and engage with the people and companies who can help propel your career.

2) Write An Informative Profile Headline

Your headline should give people a brief and clear way to understand the professional version of you. Think of the headline as a slogan for your professional profile. You can get creative, using something like, “Emerging marketing practitioner with interests in public relations and marketing communications.” Or, you can include more specific information: “Finance student at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater seeking a position in investment banking in the Chicago area.”

3) Use A Professional Photo

To prove your credibility and attract the attention of employers, it is important to build and promote a professional appearance. Use a professional quality headshot, not an angled picture that you snapped with your cell phone in front of the bathroom mirror, and definitely not a Facebook profile picture of you out on the town. If you can’t afford to pay for a professional photoshoot, then find a friend who knows their way around a digital camera. Check out some truly awful LinkedIn headshots.

4) Tell A Story In The Summary Section

The summary presents a great opportunity to share with your network who you are, what you’re aspiring to do after graduation, and how your unique experiences and academic achievements will help you get there. Be clear and specific about what you want. People are much more likely to find you and to help you if you state you’re “in search of a brand management position with a leading consumer product goods company” than they are if you say you are just “looking for a job.”

5) Show You’ve Done Something Worthwhile

In a perfect world, you’ve already completed a fantastic summer internship with a company that aligns perfectly with your targeted post-graduation job. Unfortunately, not everybody can say that, so include any relevant volunteer work, extracurricular activities, college jobs, or freelance work you can and describe the impact that you had in each role.

6) Build Your Network

I would recommend starting to connect with your core network of classmates, friends, colleagues and others whom you have in your immediate circles. Then you can grow your reach and influence through direct engagements, sharing content, and following groups. If the people you are reaching out to do not know you, it’s important to give them a reason to talk to you, and provide the reason you want to talk to them. Also, don’t be shy about asking for recommendations from your colleagues, managers, or professors.

Like any good media platform, LinkedIn is intuitive and easy to use. Any time you invest now in crafting your profile and connecting with those who can open the right doors for you will pay dividends once your job search is underway.

If you would like help setting up your own LinkedIn account, schedule an appointment with one of the career counselors!

Photo by Southern Arkansas University.

Friday Favorites – Career Lessons From Popular TV Shows

Lessons can often come from unexpected places, such as from television shows. If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, The Real Housewives, Arrested Development, or other popular television shows – read on! These 10 tips from popular shows give you perfect career-related advice, ranging from dealing with drama in the workplace to how to craft your personal brand, from dealing with your mistakes at work to how to deal with time management.

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The Walking Dead on Job Hunting

‘There aren’t zombies roaming the streets yet, but in some ways, the post-grad climate is not unlike the post-apocalyptic world facing the gang on The Walking Dead. It can be filled with uncertainty, anxiety and the occasional zombie-like former college roommate.’

One lesson from The Walking Dead is to always be on the lookout. In this show, someone in the group is always perched on Dale’s RV looking out for killer zombies. After you graduate college, you won’t need to search for zombies – you’ll need to search for jobs! Job hunting can be exhausting, just like running away from zombies can be exhausting, but your hard work will pay off once you score an interview! (Or kill a zombie!) For other tips on how to survive your post-grad life (or a zombie apocalypse), check out this article, Five Post-Grad Lessons From The Walking Dead.

Mad Men on Working Hard

‘Everyone scoffed when Peggy tried to break into the boys’ club at the agency, but it didn’t take long for her hard work and perseverance to pay off. She had to endure a fair amount of grief, but eventually she surpassed many of her naysayers and landed a role she loved.’

While you probably shouldn’t look up to the men of Mad Men’s conniving ways, you should look up to Peggy and how headstrong she is. Many people didn’t think Peggy could land a prestigious job, for she was only Don Draper’s secretary. But she had a dream in her mind and didn’t give up on it. Work hard for what you want and you’ll eventually climb your way up the ladder at work. For more tips from this show, check out 5 Career Lessons I’ve Learned From Mad Men.

The Big Bang Theory on Grad School

In this popular TV sitcom, four brainy scientists interact with a waitress, Penny, who lives across the hall from them. In this article, What The Big Bang Theory Teaches Us About Grad School, it states that those in the science fields may make fun of you if you stop at a masters degree.

‘Some people will not take you seriously if you stop at a masters. You know the saying, the masters is the new bachelors? Well now it’s becoming, the PhD is the new masters. Soon the post-doc is going to be the new PhD. If you can’t find a job, keep going back to school. But this will also narrow your job search,’ my older sister, Beth, said, who is currently attending grad school in Indianapolis.

If you’re thinking of going to grad school, don’t worry too much about being made fun of. ‘The show’s chemistry is not complex: It’s funny, we laugh. Take the grad school lessons with a grain of salt and a smile.’

Catfish Host on Success

‘When Nev Schulman found himself in the middle of an online fake relationship, he could have either been embarrassed and receded into a dark corner or have made a documentary chronicling his situation for the world to watch. He chose the latter.’ From Catfish Host Shares Advice.

Schulman found success unconventionally. ‘Catfish’ was originally a homemade movie turned into a television series on MTV. ‘‘I failed my way to success’,’ Schulman declared, quoting Thomas Jefferson. ‘I’ve done a lot of things that haven’t worked out.’ It’s okay to fail. Remember to pick yourself up, brush it off or laugh at yourself, and move on. The only way to be successful is to fail. And remember – not everything on the Internet is true!

Jersey Shore on Personal Branding

Jersey Shore. You either hate it or you love it. But if I showed you a group picture of the guidos and the guidettes, you could probably recognize and name every one. There’s Snooki, with her signature hair poof, there’s ‘The Situation,’ with his six-pack abs, and there’s Pauly D, with his spiky hair and cheesy smile.

These celebs have branded themselves by their looks, which is important in the workplace (just remember to take it easy on the tanning and wear professional clothes!), but there are more ways to brand yourself than by appearance. You can brand yourself by what you put on your online profiles, how you walk, talk, and even how you interact with others. You are living your personal brand 24/7. For more tips from our favorite guidos, read 5 Career Lessons From Jersey Shore, or check out The Power of Personal Branding.

The Real Housewives on Drama in the Workplace

‘If there’s one thing you learn from ‘The Real Housewives’ series, it’s that cattiness should be left in high school. We all went through our gossiping, rebel phase in high school, and that phase should not be brought into college or into the workplace.’ via Four Real Life Lessons of Reality TV.

‘The prevalence of reality TV has made it acceptable for almost anyone to ‘act out’ in the office,’ Amanda Mitchell, founder of Our Corporate Life, said. ‘There have always been ‘drama queens’ at work, but it seems that they are more accepted and that there are more of them now.’ via Coping With Drama in the Workplace. If you associate yourself with the workplace drama queen, or if you are the drama queen yourself, your credibility and reputation may suffer. Stay away from the drama and your satisfaction at work will increase.

Keeping Up With the Kardashians on Pushing Through Hard Times

If you feel like you’ve been slacking at work, dropping the ball on projects, or pushing aside work-related problems, if might feel like you are Scott Disick, the boyfriend of Kourtney, who we all love to hate. Scott and Kourtney have had struggles defining their relationship and he has repeatedly bailed on her, according to How The Kardashians Can Help You Succeed In College.

My advice? Don’t become a Scott Disick! Even when you get handed a project you might not be able to handle on your own, or if your coworker is driving you nuts, don’t push things under the rug, and don’t throw a temper tantrum like Mr. Disick. When things get tough at work, there are many ways you can ride it out. Talk to your coworkers to compromise, have a discussion with your supervisor, expand your social circle at work. Things will get a lot better, I promise.

Game of Thrones on Public Relations

‘Drinking while hunting on horseback might not be the wisest of decisions, as King Robert quickly learns. Using one’s better judgment in social media management is certainly not life or death, but a misguided or accidental post can cause problems.’

Make sure you don’t link your work social media accounts with your personal social media accounts, otherwise your tweet about your wild birthday party could do some serious damage to the company you work for. For more social media tips from the Stark family, Daenerys Targaryen, and your other favorite Game of Thrones characters, visit this article, 3 Social Media Lessons From Game of Thrones.

Arrested Development on Admitting When You Make a Mistake

There is rarely an episode that goes by without one of the main characters exclaiming with disdain, ‘I’ve made a huge mistake.’

When you make a mistake at work, own up to it! Your supervisor or boss will appreciate your honesty. The worst part about making a mistake is having to explain to your boss what went wrong. After that, you can learn from it and do better the next time. For more tips from this funny sitcom, check out 7 Career Lessons From Arrested Development.

Duck Dynasty on Time Management

A popular quote that the bearded men on Duck Dynasty like to live by is, ‘If you’re too busy to duck hunt or fish, you’re too busy.’ The Duck Dynasty family will occasionally leave their work to host donut-eating contests. But, at the end of the day, their work always gets done, according to 4 Management Lessons From Duck Dynasty.

Take the Robertson family’s words of wisdom and apply it to your job. Everyone needs a vacation once in a while! While I don’t recommend hosting donut-eating contests during your lunch break, take advantage of your weekends to de-stress and unwind. When you come back to work on Monday, you’ll be refreshed and ready to take on a new project. Your happiness and satisfaction will be sure to increase.

Here’s a bonus tip from Dr. Seuss – ‘You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.’

Take charge of your life! You have so many opportunities to connect with people, volunteer for a good cause, or work for your dream company. Forge your own path and make things happen. ‘You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So … get on your way!’ For more tips from our favorite children’s book author, check out 15 Social Media Tips from Dr. Suess.

Do you have any career-related tips from popular TV shows?

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April Cover Model Winner

Congratulations to junior Hannah Jean, our April cover model winner! She had an internship with the Disney College program.

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What did you love most about your internship?

My internship with Disney provided me many friendships and memories that I will never forget. Every day I went to work was wonderful because I was a part of the Disney magic, and I felt like I was a part of a family. Seeing smiles on kids’ faces because I gave them a birthday pin with their name on it or because I traded a pin with them that they had been looking for all day made each day not only magical for my guests, but for me as well.

One day, I was trading pins at the fruit cart in Tomorrowland. A little girl came up to me who had been looking for a specific pin, and I had it. She was so excited when she saw that I had it. The little girl and her dad thanked me, and left. A few moments later the little girl came back to give me a hug! Moments like this are why I loved my job so much.

Although I am back in Whitewater, the magic from my internship with The Disney College Program is still with me. I have an amazing team of campus representatives for the Disney College Program that make each day I spend with them full of magic!

What did you learn about yourself through this job/internship/career-related experience?

I learned how to live on my own and how to network with professionals. I also learned that you can make people happy even with the smallest actions.

What advice would you give students about the job/internship/career development process?

Keep your eyes and ears open for opportunities. They can come from anywhere. I didn’t even know my internship existed until I walked into the University Center and saw that an information session was about to start. The process of finding a job or internship can be difficult, but I promise you it will pay off when you land one! There’s nothing like the feeling of being hired for a position you worked hard to get.

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Friday Favorites – Career Advice From Famous Figures

If you’re a graduating senior, I can bet that you’re stressed out about graduating, trying to find a job right away, and then going through the whole process of interviewing and getting call backs. Relax. You will find a job, you will get an interview, and you will get a call back, and when you do, listen to these wise words by these five influential people.

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Pro Athletes on Interviews

You scored an interview for your dream job or internship. That’s great! What should you do next? Take advice from gymnast Mary Lou Retton. ‘At the 1984 Olympics, Retton became the first gymnast to win the all-around gold medal. Following the win, Time magazine reported in an Olympics story, ‘On the night before the finals in women’s gymnastics, famous athlete Mary Lou Retton, then 16, lay in bed at the Olympic Village mentally rehearsing her performance ritual.”

Before you interview, try visualizing your performance. Try to see yourself in the interview room, conversing with your interviewer. Practice your questions just like gymnasts practice their routine. You might not win a gold medal because of this, but you might score a second interview! This tip was brought to you by 7 Job Search Tips You Can Learn From Pro Athletes.

 

Abraham Lincoln on Reputation

Abe Lincoln was a man of few words, but the words he did express spoke volumes about communication, determination, and wisdom. Honest Abe said, “Reputation is like fine china: once broken it’s very hard to repair.” To read more quotes, check out the 6 Abraham Lincoln Quotes to Inspire Communicators.

Your reputation in the workplace is more important than you think it may be. How you dress, what you say, how you socialize, and how you use social media can all be manipulated by you and only you. Once your reputation is tarnished, your coworkers and boss may not be able to see you the same way. Your peers will see you in a certain light. Make sure it’s a positive light.

 

Michelle Obama on Leadership and Gratitude

Even if you’re not a fan of the Obama administration, you should take this into consideration. The First Lady shares some wise words on leadership in this article, 5 Leadership Lessons From Michelle Obama.

Michelle Obama says, ‘President Obama believes that when you’ve worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity…you do not slam it shut behind you…you reach back, and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.’ Pay gratitude to the people who have helped you get where you are today, and give chances and opportunities to those less fortunate than you.

 

Celebrities on Going to Grad School

Did you know that James Franco, most famous for his roles in 127 Hours, Pineapple Express and Milk, went to graduate school? He got his MFA in creative writing at Columbia University in New York City. He also taught classes at New York University! ‘He’s stated in many interviews that he just loves education and learn what he wants,’ according to 5 Celebrities Who Went to Grad School.

Over the course of a lifetime, a person with a master’s degree tends to earn $400,000 more than someone with only a bachelor’s, according to Graduate School: Should You Get Another Degree? It’s no secret that receiving a degree from graduate school may provide you with more opportunities in your field. Understand how attending graduate school might benefit you, and be sure to check out the list of graduate studies degree programs available at UW-Whitewater.

 

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg on Leaning In

‘Lean In,’ the new book by Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, has become a movement of its own. The book is geared towards encouraging women to lean into their careers, rather than stepping back to worry. If you’re deep into your career, take some advice from Facebook’s COO.

‘Leaning in means never letting fear drive your decisions. What’s one of the biggest things holding professionals from all industries, at all levels, back? Fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of trying something new. Fear of other people’s opinions. Fear that choosing one options means abandoning all your other possibilities.’ For more tips, read 5 Career Lessons from Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, or the book itself!

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Photo by Elizabeth M and Forbes.com.

Friday Favorites – Seniors Job Search

For this week’s Friday Favorites, I had the chance to interview five UW-Whitewater students who are graduating in May and searching for jobs. They’re all at different points during the job search process and all have very different experiences and advice to give to other seniors. Check out their interviews below!

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Nelson Ritthaler, a senior, is majoring in organizational communication and minoring in philosophy.

Are you worried about not finding a job? “Yes, sometimes more than other times but I’m trying to be optimistic. The closer I get to graduation, the more anxious I get.”

What advice would you give students who are going through the same thing you are? “Keep applying and keep getting feedback on your resume. A well written and well formatted resume can open more doors. The more you apply, the higher chances you give yourself to land a job.”

 

Jamie Selck is majoring in management with a human resource emphasis.

What kinds of platforms did you used when searching for a job? “I mostly used Hawk Jobs because it was so precise. The other job boards were very broad. With Hawk Jobs, everything was in one place.”

Were you worried about not finding a job after graduation? “I was worried, but I just got offered a job with Colony Brands. They were on Hawk Jobs and had a bunch of jobs listed so I submitted my resume for one of them, got an interview, got invited back for a second round of interviews at Monroe, which is where their headquarters are, and then they offered me the internship!”

What advice would you give students who are going through the same thing you are? “Start early, make sure you have a Hawk Jobs profile and a LinkedIn profile, so when it comes time to apply, you aren’t overwhelmed. Make sure you have a resume that you always update. Have copies of your resume and copies of your references with you at your interviews. Apply for everything; even if there isn’t an job you might not want, you should do the interview for practice.”

 

Patrick Johnson will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts with Instrumental Music degree and is minoring in advertising.

What kinds of jobs are you looking for? “Music administration, but also anything in public relations/advertising agencies.”

Do you have any worries or concerns about not finding a job? “Very. As far as jobs come, it’s very hard to find a job, so I’ve applied for internships. I’m worried the internship might not pay enough.”

What advice would you give to students who are in the same place you are, graduating soon and haven’t found a job yet? “Be patient. And don’t be afraid to apply for everything.”

 

Britt Asbach, a senior, is majoring in organizational communication with a minor in special education. She will be going to graduate school.

What kinds of platforms have you used when searching for a graduate school or job? “I use a lot of social media (LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, and various career blogs and books) to research potential jobs and schools. Networking is also extremely important when searching for a job and this is a skill I’m always looking to improve upon. Half the battle is learning creative and innovative techniques to tap into the right medium to connect to new networks and interesting people.”

What kind of job would you like to get after you finish grad school? “After grad school, I would like to get a job with a medium size company or nonprofit organization and work in the human resources department as a director of staff training and development. I’m extremely interested in transforming leadership in the workplace and helping people to reach their full potential. I also want to understand the parallels between the family unit and the workplace. I desire to conduct training seminars, conferences, and travel internationally as a motivational speaker. Ultimately, I would like to end up working at an international children’s organization or at a big church in family ministry where I can use my leadership and development training to help children and their families.”

What advice would you give students who are going through the same thing you are? “Start thinking about your plans for post graduation by the end of your sophomore year. Time flies so fast in college and what you do with your time matters. I was lucky because my parents always kept me thinking about my graduation plans years ahead of time. They encouraged me to pursue my passions, but also keep a level head about my professional expectations after college ends. I would also encourage students to stop listening to much of the new stories about job markets today. The fact is that economy is always going to be changing and it is more important for you personally and professionally to continue to foster those “learning relationships” and key networks. You will be much more happier if you learn early on how to communicate your values successfully and live out your passion in the workplace.”

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Cameron Schultheis is majoring in media arts and game development with a minor in advertising.

What kinds of platforms have you used when searching for a graduate school or job? “The platforms I primarily use in job searching are agency website directories (agencypimp.com), and Big Shoes Network.”

What kinds of jobs are you looking for? “The jobs I’m looking for junior art director or art director intern positions. I’m heavily interested in the creative side of the advertising process.”

What advice would you give students who are going through the same thing you are? “If you work hard enough, and don’t give up, you have nothing to worry about. My advice to other students is to chase your dream and never give up. The moment you give up is the moment you forfeit everything you’ve worked for to get to that point.”
 
Thank you to all the students I interviewed! I know you all will be successful in whatever path you choose to take in life.
 
Photo by UWW Career.

Friday Favorites – Using Social Media In Your Job Search

Did you know that there are over 1 billion Facebook users? That there are 340 million new tweets per day? That 4 billion YouTube videos are viewed every day? And that 92% of companies use LinkedIn, Facebook, and/or Twitter for recruiting?!

Social media has a huge part in our lives (especially if you’re a social media junkie like I am!). Besides posting embarrassing pictures of your friends on Facebook, tweeting about what you had for lunch or looking up videos of babies laughing, social media can also be used for job searching, and here’s how:

Social Media Explained (with Donuts)

Facebook

  • If you’re passionate about working for a specific company, ‘like’ their Facebook page. They will post information about what they’re up to and possible jobs that they need filled. Even if you don’t find a job through their Facebook page, it’s a great resource to use to get informed about the company.
  • It will never hurt to post an update about what kind of job you’re looking for and the experience you have. Who knows – one of your friends might know of a job perfect for you!
  • Join groups on Facebook. They are similar to groups on LinkedIn. You can join groups specific to the industry you want to get into or of hobbies you’re interested in. Networking with other group members and being active in the group is a surefire way to help you find a job that you’ll love.
  • As a last tip, make sure you manipulate your privacy settings to make sure potential employers only see what you want them to see. It’s not a bad idea to untag yourself from those embarrassing photos from last night’s party either!

Twitter

Twitter might be an unconventional site to use when searching for a job, but it has more resources than you know. Twitter might seem confusing and silly. I definitely cringe when I see my friends posting hour-by-hour updates of their life. But if you tweet effectively, it won’t be hard to form relationships and find jobs that you’re interested in.

  • Fill out your profile. That includes adding a picture, adding a cover photo, and a description of where you live and what you do. I guarantee employers will spend more time on your profile than on someone who still has a picture of an egg for their profile picture.
  • Follow companies you’re interested in. They will post job openings, advice, information about their company. Once you’ve got a steady Twitter account, start interacting with those companies.
  • Use hashtags effectively, such as #hiring, #jobopening and #joblisting. Check out these 50 Hottest Twitter Hashtags for Job Seekers for more hashtags.
  • ‘A lot of successful Twitter job stories actually end with the punchline, “I wasn’t even looking for a job.” In many cases, these lucky new hires just found interesting opportunities serendipitously, which makes sense given that it’s Twitter we’re talking about,’ according to 6 Ways To Score A Job Through Twitter on Mashable.com.
  • Twitter is a great place to showcase your personality. Tweet articles you find interesting, stay away from retweeting too much, and interact with a substantial number of followers. Remember – you are what you tweet.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the most popular career-related site, so it’s no wonder that every day more than 86,000 users join LinkedIn and 89% of recruiters have hired through LinkedIn. This website is all about developing relationships with colleagues and potential employers. If you’re new to LinkedIn, these tips will help you get started.

  • Make sure you fill out your profile completely. More employers will check out your profile if it is 100% complete.
  • Don’t forget to add a picture of yourself! And not a picture of you from a group photo and then cropping out the others so it’s just a picture of you with random people’s arms. Get a friend to take professional photos of you.
  • Connect with your friends. Once you have a stable profile, then you can connect with employers.
  • You can endorse your friends for skills such as blogging, photo-editing, customer service, or many others. They’ll be more likely to endorse you for skills you have experience in.
  • Join groups. There are groups for pretty much every interest or hobby! You can connect with people who have the same interests as you and possibly find a job through your group friends!

YouTube

One unique thing about YouTube is that 64% of people will finish watching a video but only 24% of people will finish reading an article online, via Classy Career Girl.

  • If you’re a musician, use YouTube to your advantage! It doesn’t take a lot of work to record a video of you singing or playing an instrument and upload it to YouTube.
  • Try the Justin Bieber approach – post and hope. Justin Bieber was discovered on YouTube and is now an international pop star! It doesn’t hurt to post a video of yourself doing what you do best and then hope that someone famous watches it and wants to collaborate with you.
  • You can also create a video resume if you’re planning on going into a creative field. Make sure it’s short and appropriate, according to 5 Tips for Creating a Video Resume via Mashable.
  • Enter YouTube contests! This is a great way to show the contest host how you shine.

Blogger/WordPress/Weebly/Tumblr

These blog and professional profile sites are there to give you space to publish and highlight your work, photography, prose, poetry, or anything you wish! If you’re thinking that only nerds write and read blogs, you may be right, but having a place where your work is published may give you an advantage to those without a unique profile like this.

  • If you’re new to blog sites, I’ll help to clear up some confusion. BloggerWordPressWeebly and Tumblr are blog sites each unique in their own way. If you plan on blogging every other day, Blogger would be a good website to use, but if you want to create an online profile, Weebly might be better for you. Figure out which one works best for what kind of online profile you want to create.
  • Blogs are great to use if you’re going into journalism, public relations, communications or arts. You need a virtual space to spotlight your writing or artwork, and a blog is a great place to do that!
  • A blog might be just what you need to stand out from the rest of the candidates. ‘Just as it looks like your chances of interview are hit and miss, your blog propels you into top spot! Scanning the content you’ve posted, the recruiter is increasingly convinced you have the expertise they are looking for in this domain. Your blog has endorsed your candidacy in a way that your simple LinkedIn profile alone could never have achieved!’ From Forget LinkedIn Profiles – What Your Career Really Needs is… from Social Hire.
  • Don’t forget to link your online profile to your social media sites, and regularly post or tweet your blog posts to Facebook or Twitter to get more traffic to your blog.

If you have a social media profile like these, why not use it to your advantage and start using it to search for jobs?! Let me know how it goes, and if I’m missing any tips you’d like to share, don’t hesitate to email me at MediaCLD@uww.edu.

Photo by Chris Lott.