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!

Lean In

Photo by Elizabeth M and Forbes.com.

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.

Friday Favorites – What is Your Dream Job?!

Over the past month, I’ve asked UW-Whitewater students, ‘What is your dream job?’ The responses were widely diverse and very interesting. Take a look to see the dream jobs of your peers!

Dare to Dream

Brittney Weiland – ‘To be a press secretary for a politician.’

Jamie Selck – ‘My dream job would making Excel spreadsheets all day long.’

Brian Goetsch – ‘My dream job would be to work in the finance and accounting department of an international insurance company. I would love to travel to different countries for my job.’

Justina Baker – ‘To be a risk analysis.’

Roman Powers – ‘To own a golf course!’

Erin Powers – ‘Working for the Brewers.’

Abbie Reed – ‘A book reviewer!’

Zach Hicks – ‘Sports Illustrated feature writer.’

Danielle Johnson – ‘To be a sports medicine doctor.’

Leah Wasylik – ‘My dream job would be a successful actor on Broadway or in film work!

Dan Schultz – ‘To be a community developer for Google headquarters in Silicon Valley, California.’

Ryan Kolter – ‘Being an involved student leader here at UW-W has already helped me secure my dream job – working for Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity!’

Emily Borkowski – ‘A Walt Disney World College Program Internship Recruiter.’

Allison Duch – ‘My dream job would be opening my own fitness center.’

Anna Seely – ‘A financial investor in real estate.’

Mike Mifflin – ‘To be a professor that engages my students to think openly and critically about life and their purpose in it.’

Patrick Johnson – ‘My dream job is to be an Orchestral Conductor for major symphonies around the world. I dream of conducting symphonies by Mahler, Bruckner, Brahms, and Sibelius. And of course traveling the world performing in Vienna, London, Seoul, New York and Australia.’

Jay Brannan – ‘In my dream job, I would be a Human Resources Consultant for the Boston Consulting Group. I would live in Boston and travel all over the world for my job. I would like to be a top expert in my field and have a lot of recognition for all that I have done. I would live in a nice house and even have a winter home in Arizona. I would make enough money so that I wouldn’t have to worry about what happens in my life. I would retire early and enjoy the rest of my life traveling and exploring the world.’

What is YOUR dream job?! Let me know, either by tweeting me at UWWCareer or sending an e-mail to MediaCLD@uww.edu and I will add your response to this list!

Photo by energy2024.

Friday Favorites – Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

If you’ve been following us on Twitter, you might have noticed that I’ve been posting articles along the lines of how to be happy at work. Now, I know that isn’t easy, but I’ve come up with a few tips to help you have a positive attitude, make friends with that new coworker, make your office space a little more beautiful and see the glass as half full in the workplace!

Reception

  • Focus on what you love about your job. Do you love working with your awesome coworkers, do you love your boss’ great attitude, do you love the work that you do, or do you love the feeling of finally punching out your time card and driving home? Reevaluate why you chose your job in the first place and focus on that.
  • Meet your coworkers! Sure, you may know Joe Schmo who always hangs out at the watercooler or Pam Schmam who always brings in desserts every Friday, but why not try to get to know them a little better? Even if they work in a field vastly different than yours, it doesn’t hurt to make a new friend and to network with someone new.
  • Move around! If you’re the type of person who sits at your desk eating your lunch, and then keeps sitting until the end of the workday, change up your routine! Physical activity is not only good for your mind, it’s good for your body as well. ‘Employees who fill their morning routines, lunch breaks, or happy hours with physical activity tend to be more engaged and energetic on the job than those who stay glued to their chairs.’ – Greatist
  • Spice up your office space! No one likes to look at bare, blank walls. Bring some personal photos into your office, hang pretty posters up on the walls, or have unique tchotchkes on your desk.
  • A friend of mine recently asked me, ‘What was the best thing that happened to you today?’ Ask yourself this whenever you’re feeling down. It can be a big thing, such as nailing a presentation for your boss’ boss, or a small thing, such as someone complimenting you on your necklace that you bought while traveling abroad. You make the standards. Recognize what makes you happy.
  • Stop worrying about the little things. One of my personal mottos goes, ‘If you can’t change something, why worry about it?’ I know plenty of worry-ers and nail-biters. I feel bad for them, because when their minds are cluttered with problems and worries, they could be thinking of new ideas, new products, or new ways to improve themselves or the company they work for. Don’t be a worry wart – be an optimist.
  • I’m a big fan of paying it forward. Never heard of this phrase? What you do is simple: once you are helped by someone doing a good deed, do a good deed back, but to someone else. Random acts of kindness are positive motivators in the workplace and can bring coworkers closer. And mark your calendars for April 25 – it’s Pay It Forward Day!
  • Be kind. Remember those rhymes you learned in kindergarten – treat others the way you wish to be treated. That goes for working and finding a job as well. Applying kindness, gratitude and positiveness will show when you apply for a job, when you interview, when you pitch an idea or show a presentation.

If you’re striving to work for a happy company, check out CareerBliss’ 50 Happiest Companies in 2013. The workers at CareerBliss analyzed thousands of employee reviews to come up with this list, concluding Pfizer as the happiest company!

If you’re a natural Debbie Downer and see the glass as half empty, I hope these tips may help the optimism in you shine through. Do you have any tips that have helped you become happier at work? E-mail me at MediaCLD@uww.edu!

Photo by Evan Bench.

Friday Favorites – Top Job Searching Tips

December has been a busy month. With wrapping up job or internship duties, studying for final exams, figuring out your plans for the holidays and possibly even graduating, you might not have had any time to search for a job. That’s where I come in! I’ve provided you with the best job searching tips – from using a job board to utilizing social media. It’s all there!

Job search

If you’re searching for a job for the first time, have no fear! It’s not as hard and scary as it seems. There are many steps, but what better time to do them than over winter break?!

To get started…

  • First, do research. You need to find out what kind of company you would like to work for and if there are job openings. You can usually find a ‘career’ or ’employment’ tab at the bottom of the page.
  • You can also utilize job boards, such as Hawk Jobs! You can filter your search on many levels, you can post your resume so employers might see it, and you can even get e-mail notifications for when jobs you might be interested in have open positions.
  • Then, narrow your search. Which companies have openings in your state, or near the city where you live? Make sure you target your search so you’re only applying for the job you want, not a job that you might be qualified for and you might enjoy.
  • Beggars can’t be choosers. With that in mind, don’t pass up the good job for your dream job.

Create your personal brand

  • Make sure you create a professional profile on LinkedIn, and if your Twitter or Facebook profiles are public, make sure you clean it up incase an employer searches you. Be yourself, but do it with class. (via Ryan Park)
  • Make sure you know your personal brand as well. Mashable has a great step-by-step  formula to show you how you can create your personal brand!
  • Then, prepare your ‘elevator speech’. Now is no better time to prepare your ’30-second resume’! There are many aspects that go into this, and I suggest checking out this article which is all about preparing your own elevator speech.
  • When was the last time you updated your resume? Now is a good time to do that too, before you’re flooded with networking events and interviews!

Network, network, network!

  • Reach out to your network. Talk to your supervisor, your coworkers, even your aunt Sally. They could have great ideas for you and they might even know someone who works at your dream company.
  • Did you know that you can find a job on Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook? So the next time your mom catches you on Twitter while you’re supposed to be job searching, just present her with this article by Mashable!
  • This goes without saying, but make sure you are on your best behavior when out looking for a job. If you are dropping off your resume or waiting to talk to an employer,  the employer or receptionist won’t be the only one who will notice you. Dress appropriately, be prepared and be organized.
  • Never be afraid to ask questions! I’m sure employers would rather have a person clearly interested in the company by asking questions than a quiet one not saying anything.

While you’re waiting to be called back for that interview…

  • Volunteer! This will look great on your resume, and you’ll be able to mention that during your interview.
  • Read! Whatever job you’re applying for, make sure you’re knowledgeable on the ins and outs on the type of job path you’re going into and the company itself. Knowledge is power.
  • Travel! What better time to travel than now? Your potential interview, job boards, and dream job will still be there when you get back. If you’re worried about all the travel expenses, think about how quickly you’ll be able to pay them off when you score a new job!

What not to do while job searching?

  • Don’t hide out online. Sure, social networks can have their perks and benefits to job searching, but there are other ways to find a job, such as going to networking events, parties and having conversations face-to-face.
  • Don’t forget to prepare! If you do snag an interview, make sure you’ve done research on the company, have your resume up to date and dress nicely.
  • Don’t be a negative Nancy. Keep your head up, keep networking, and keep a smile on your face.
  • Never give up! Job searching can be tough, but if you stick it out, you may score that job you’ve always wanted.

If you’re still looking for more tips, check out Career & Leadership Development’s Job Search Strategies.

Photo by Kate Hiscock.

Friday Favorites – How Pop Culture Can Help You Get a Job

This past week, I’ve noticed and tweeted a few articles about pop culture and how it relates to job searching. I began looking on Brazen Careerist (one of my new favorite websites) for more great articles and found most of what I will share with you. I found some other articles around the web, and they’re equally as good and eye-opening. All of the ten articles are very diverse when it comes to what kind of celebrity/television show/movie/etc. they’re explaining. I think there’s something for everyone here!

Movie Posters in Trivio!

  • I recently got interested in the AMC television drama Mad Men. Don Draper is the man I love to hate, and his lesson goes, ‘Don Draper didn’t get his dream job through normal channels—and you might not, either. In today’s competitive job environment, you’re going to have to be creative to land that job.‘ Check out more of the 5 Unexpected Workplace Lessons From Mad Men.
 
  • Now, if you’re more interested in Disney movies (I mean, come on. Who doesn’t enjoy a great Disney movie once in a while?!), each of them carry a unique lesson of their own. One of my favorite Disney movies is Alice in Wonderland, and a sneak peak of the 7 Grown-Up Lessons From Your Favorite Disney Movies goes, ‘Alice might have dozed off while her sister was trying to help her study, but Wonderland was too intriguing to ignore. Don’t feel the need to stay trapped where you are, doing what you’re doing. If you’ve always wondered what it might be like to quit your jobs and become a freelance photographer, there’s only one way you’ll get to experience what that feels like!’
 
  • The movie Forrest Gump is chalk full of lessons, memorable quotes and superb acting. One of his famous quotes goes, ‘Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.’ ‘There is a lot of truth to it – life never turns out the way you planned. Don’t be scared to take a chance and bite into something new, you might just like it.’ This was taken from the short and sweet list, What Forrest Gump Can Teach You About Being Successful.
 
  • After President Obama won re-election on November 6, Erin Palmer found inspiration in his speech and wrote this gem – Valuable Career Lessons from President Obama’s Victory Speech. One lesson from the article goes, ‘Even if you think you know better than some of your peers, genuinely listen to what they have to say. You can learn the most from the people you least expect to teach you.
 
  • Katy Perry and Jay-Z have it figured out. They know all about personal branding, and it seems effortless. If these two famous singers can build their personal brand, you can too. Take advice from Katy Perry’s career, ‘Think less, do more. It’s that simple. It’s why James Bond shoots first, and asks questions later. Act first, ask questions later. Stop talking yourself out of things before you even start. Katy Perry didn’t ask your permission to bombard your radio with music that personifies how we all want to live. A life where you take action, knowing its a mistake, just to come out the other side, invigorated and ready to do it again. Do something. Anything.’ This article is full of empowerment, so if you need a confidence boost, read What Katy Perry and Jay-Z Can Teach You About Personal Branding.
 
  • If you’re into video games, whether it be Halo, Tetris or Pac-Man, 7 Video Games That Secretly Prepared You for Work is the article for you. I’m sure everyone’s played Tetris at one point or another, and their lesson states, ‘Always plan ahead, even if something seems months and months away. The more preparation you do now, the easier it’ll be when that deadline looms. It also gives you ample time to adjust on the fly, should emergencies or even common problems creep up.’
 
  • For those of you who grew up in the ’90’s, you know about Boy Meets World, Full House, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. I watched Full House when I was a kid, and their work lesson, which definitely applies to real life as well, goes, ‘What happens at the end of every episode of Full House? The sappy music comes on and the members of the Tanner family have a heart-to-heart about their latest conflict and the episode concludes with a hug. Hug (or talk) it out.‘ To check out the Boy Meets World and Sabrina the Teenage Witch lessons, read 3 Life (And Career) Lessons from 90’s TV Shows.
 
  • If you’re a fan of reality television, did you know some shows can teach you about personal branding? ‘Whether someone gets kicked off an island or goes on a blind date with a stranger, the spontaneous nature of reality TV requires that its protagonists adapt quickly and seamlessly to change. Similarly, recognize that today’s market makes industries particularly vulnerable to rapid evolution and change. Therefore, any brand strategy should be very fluid and adaptable.‘ Read more tips here: What Reality Television Can Teach You About Branding.
 
  • For all you sports fan, especially basketball fans, I’m sure you were aware that this summer the Oklahoma City Thunder dominated the 2012 NBA Western Conference Final. They’re the seventh youngest team in the league with an average player age of 25. With millennials, also known as Generation Y (who were born between 1982 and 2002) already taking over the workplace, it’s becoming clear that this younger generation can teach us new things about work, and the writer of this article, 3 Things The Oklahoma City Thunder Can Teach Us About Our Youngest Employees, says, ‘You get old when you stop learning. Age isn’t a function of time—it’s a function of one’s willingness to learn. Millennials, it seems, have an undying love for learning. This desire for learning doesn’t end at college graduation. Millennials want professional growth opportunities on the job.
 
  • If you’re a movie buff, like myself, you love watching movies that have a lesson at the end. When it comes to your career, a funny movie that depicts having a horrible 9 to 5 job in a stuffy office is Office Space. Their lesson goes, ‘Co-workers are everything. The best thing about this movie is the cast and how the characters work together (and sometimes completely mess with each other). Co-workers teach us how you can stand even the worst job when there are awesome people involved.‘ I definitely agree how coworkers can affect how much you like your job. For more lessons based on movies, check out the 8 Best Career Movies of All Time.

I hope some of these pop culture icons, movies or television shows have spoken to you and you have taken a lesson or two away from it. Did I miss anything?! Let me know in the comments, or e-mail me at mediacld@uww.edu!

Photo by madebymangotree.

Friday Favorites – What NOT To Do

This past week, our tweets have been focused on what NOT to do while job hunting, interviewing or at your current job.

Keep these ‘what NOT to do’ tips in mind, and you will avoid wanting to pull your hair out at an interview or at work!

When Networking…

  • Networking is key and takes time and practice. Don’t overwhelm the businessperson you’re talking to.
  • Don’t demand any information about the person you’re talking to, their boss, the address of where they work, etc. Let the conversation pan out smoothly, and when the time is right, then you can ask for their contact information.
  • Genuinely be interested in the people you’re talking to; don’t fake it.
  • Don’t be desperate. Networking is a small albeit important factor in the job-searching process. Don’t blow it by being vain and irrational.
  • Never say no to an opportunity.
  • You don’t have to stick to strictly work-related talk. Small talk can go a long way!

When Job-Hunting…

  • Do not say right off the bat that you need a job.
  • Social media is a great resource to use – don’t pass it up! Create a LinkedIn profile, tweet your way to a job, research about the company through Facebook, or use Pinterest to get a job. You can even use YouTube to find a job!
  • Make sure your resume is up to date. Avoid grammatical and spelling errors as these can make you look very unprofessional.
  • You don’t need to stick to only looking up jobs online. Try checking the newspaper or talking to people who already work at the company you’re interested in. Word of mouth is also very powerful.
  • Don’t do what everyone else is doing. Create a new website or blog, start your own business, have one of your works of art published, or volunteer with an organization you’re passionate about. Be sure to mention that during your interview.
  • Never give up! Job hunting isn’t easy, but with determination and confidence, that dream job will soon be yours.

When at an Interview…

  • Dress appropriately. Don’t look like you’re going to a funeral…or like you’re going out clubbing.
  • Don’t show up unprepared, late, or looking unprofessional.
  • Practice what you are going to say to some of the most popular interview questions. Avoid filler words such as ‘um’ and ‘like’.
  • Don’t chew gum, check your phone, fidget in your seat or fiddle with your hands or hair.
  • Never bad-mouth your former boss, coworkers or situation.
  • Don’t ask if the person you’re talking to if they can pass your resume along to their supervisor. It is their decision what to do with your resume.
  • Interviewing is about the company, not about you. Keep this in mind: What can you do for the company? NOT: What can the company do for you?

At Work…

  • Your job is to work, not to gossip about the new hire or your crazy night at the bars last weekend. Stay productive.
  • Remember: there are two sides to every story. Don’t be closeminded.
  • Avoid drama in the workplace! Try not to mesh your work life with your personal life.
  • Be considerate of your coworkers and managers. Don’t think it’s all about you.
  • Don’t be a debbie-downer. Trust me, nobody likes that person.
  • Don’t create problems. ‘It could be said that the main reason you have a job is to solve a problem.’ From The Fast Track
  • Put your whole heart and effort into any project you complete. Don’t do anything carelessly. I guarantee your boss or manager will notice.

I hope these ‘what NOT to do’ tips have helped you out and will continue to help you out at your future job! Do you have any ‘what NOT to do’ tips?

Photo by Zack Klein.

Friday Favorites – Volunteering & Study Abroad

If I told you that volunteering, joining certain non-profit organizations or studying or working abroad could help you stand out to employers, would you be surprised? Probably not.

Having experience volunteering, studying abroad or working with special organizations can give you an advantage against other candidates. Plus, it will help you learn new skills, it will expose you to a whole new field, with a whole new group of people, and you may possibly be put in a leadership position, which is always attractive to employers.

VISIONS Service Adventures, British Virgin Islands, community service summer programs for high school students

Here are five ways you can get involved on your campus, in your community and even internationally, and a few resources related to them.

Community Service/Organizations on Campus

If you’re looking to volunteer on or near campus, there are multiple places you can volunteer at, such as the Center for Students with Disabilities and at elementary schools in Whitewater. Tutoring other students or reading to children at the Children’s Center on campus are easy and fun ways to volunteer at UW-W.

Getting involved in Greek life is also a great way to volunteer on campus, as they contributed to 83% of the community service completed in the 2011 school year and continue to do many community service and philanthropy projects throughout the year.

Local Organizations

As for local organizations, meaning within Wisconsin, there are tons of organizations and programs you can volunteer with, from working with animals at the Humane Society, to working with underprivledged children for City Year.

National Organizations

Some students still want to volunteer, but don’t want to deal with the hassle of traveling overseas and dealing with a different culture. There are a few national organizations, which work specifically within the United States.

International Organizations

For some students, they might have caught the travel bug, they might want to take a year off after graduation, or just feel that volunteering internationally is their calling. There are various international organizations that students can work with, and programs can last for one week to three years.

Study Abroad

Studying abroad is one way to set you apart from the rest of the crowd. Even some corporate recruiters highly value students who have studied abroad. If UW-Whitewater’s Center for Global Education doesn’t have the right program, university or location you want to study at, there are multiple international organizations you can work with as well, and here is a list of a few of them.

Hopefully these resources will help you look for opportunities to volunteer with, because volunteering is a really irreplacable experience you can have, either while, during, or after college.

Have I missed any important businesses or organizations? Where have you volunteered at? I would love to hear your stories and input!

Photo by Visions Service Adventures.

Friday Favorites – Social Media Facts

For this week’s Friday Favorites, I’ve gathered up some of the Career Social Media tweets from this past week and I have five great articles for you, all having to do with something I love — social media outlets!

  • For those of you who love statistics, here are 20 Stunning Social Media Facts, plus an infographic. This is a great overview of social media and how it is growing in today’s society.
 
  • If you’re looking for more fun statistics and facts, this article 48 Significant Social Media Facts, Figures and Statistics, plus 7 infographics, is the place for you! This article goes over seven main social media outlets, which include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+.
 
  • We all know LinkedIn is probably the most professional social media outlet, yet not a lot of young adults are taking advantage of its resources. How to Reach Out to Recruiters Using LinkedIn is a great article explaining how to do this!
 
  • A lesser known social media outlet, Pinterest, is an interactive, virtual pinboard that lets you save things that you see on the web, but it can also help you get a job! Can Pinterest Help Your Job Search? gives you the ins-and-outs of this fun website and how you can utilize their resources.
 
  • And for the final one, here’s an infographic having to do with personal branding with social media. And if you want  more information about personal branding, be sure to check out last week’s blog post, The Power of Personal Branding.

This infographic was taken from the Hired My Way Blog.