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)

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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!

The Road to Productivity: Exploring How Warhawks Persevere and Prevail

“There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes, but with hard work there are no limits!” –Anonymous 

It’s that time of the year again when workloads outweigh energy levels! Winter is quickly approaching and finals are right around the corner for us Warhawks. During this time of year it’s easy to become stressed out, burnt out, or just down right depressed from the amount of work you have to complete.  So in an effort to alleviate some of that stress, here’s what a few fellow Warhawks from Career and Leadership Development had to say about how they stay productive during late semester chaos:

Lisa Helms: PRIDE Intern

“With school it is a little harder for me to stay focused but I usually pull things together at the last minute. However with work, I stay focused by making to do lists when I get into the office. I start by checking my email to see if there’s someone that I need to communicate with right away and I just take it one step at a time.”

Cherish Golden: PRIDE Intern

“ I usually go to the library and sit at a table in a quite area to stay focused on academics. I don’t get on the computers because then I’d be distracted.  At work, when I’m all out of tasks, I just find little stuff to do to stay busy. Even if it’s just fixing the chairs, I have to stay busy and remain on my feet in order to be productive. “

Radaya Ellis: Biology Major

“Well I have a productive playlist that I listen to when its grind time to get me back focused. Artist on my productive play list include artist such as Lil Boosie, to help motivate me, and Kirk Franklin, to uplift me. Listening to artist along those parameters helps keep me motivated both in work and at school. “

Katie Barbour: Involvement Office Graduate Assistant

 “A lot of times around the end of the semester I have a lot of big projects to do. So for me this semester I have two large group papers, as well as projects in two different classes. So at this point, it’s really a matter of working effectively with my group members and trying to be a leader within those two groups to make sure we get things done. Especially since finals are right before graduation and that’s when those things are due, and frankly I don’t want to be overwhelmed with group projects that late in the semester. So I think just being proactive and making sure you get things done ahead of time really helps relieve some of the stress”

Becky Wintringer: Warhawk Connection Center Intern

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“To-Do Lists are a big thing for me. I have post-its and color coded notes and stuff all over the place. I use my calendar to color code everything! Blue things are for class, green things are for work, and purple things are for organizations. I just try to stay managed by plotting out certain times of the day for individual things so that I’m not just doing all homework for three hours but individual tasks during individual times.

Anthony Richardson: Seal Entertainment Intern

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“In order to stay productive I pretty much just remind myself of why I’m here and I use that as motivation to assure that I persevere throughout the rest of the semester.”

We hope these tips can help you achieve your fullest potential and maximize your productivity during stressful times. Be sure to finish up this semester strong and don’t be afraid to join the dialog. What are some strategies that you live by to manage  stressful times and remain productive? Comment and share your ideas.

How To Navigate Hawk Jobs

Hawk Jobs is a great resource to use to look for jobs, but unfortunately most students and alumni don’t know how to work it efficiently. That’s what this post is for – to help you navigate Hawk Jobs. Take these steps into consideration and you’ll be able to upload your resume, find job openings, and check out which employees will be at an upcoming career fair in no time.

1. Go to the Hawk Jobs login page.

2. Click “Student Login” and enter your Net-ID and password (your Net-ID is the one you use when you login to your e-mail).

First, before anything, fill out your profile. You can click on the My Account tab on the left side of the screen and then click on My Profile. You’ll need to fill out things such as your major, where you live, and when you’re expected to graduate. You can also fill out your GPA, any skills you have, and your achievements.

If you want to upload your resume, click on the My Account tab and then My Documents. Then scroll down to the Employee Related Categories bar and click Add next to resumes.

If you’re looking for a job, complete the next few steps:

3. Hover your mouse over the Job Search tab and click Job Search.

 

4. Click the drop down arrow in the Job Category bar and choose which category you’re majoring in or what you’re interested in.

5. Then, click the drop down arrow in the Position Type bar and choose between four position types: Degree-Required Opportunities, Internships, Off-Campus Jobs or On-Campus Jobs (the two that I use the most are Degree-Required Opportunities and Internships).

If you have any additional questions on how to use Hawk Jobs, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.

 

This Week in Hawk Jobs

What’s new in Hawk Jobs for the week of March 11, 2013.

Jobs Help Wanted

Business & Finance:

  • Teller – Johnson Financial Group (Job ID 25118)
  • Customer Service and Sales Representative – Markel American Insurance Co (Job ID 25249)
  • Budget Specialist Intern – Career & Leadership Development (Job ID 24925)
  • Advertising Sales Representative – Midwest Communications (Job ID 25375)

Arts & Communication:

  • Marketing & Events Coordinator – Nei-Turner Media Group (Job ID 25094)
  • Graphic Designer – University Health & Counseling Services (Job ID 23731)
  • Career Social Media Interns – Career & Leadership Development (Job ID 15517)
  • Graphic Artist and a Video Assistant – University Center (Job Application)

Education & Social Services:

  • Outdoor Environmental Education Instructor – YMCA (Job ID 25099)
  • Cabin Counselor – House in the Wood Outdoor Education Center (Job ID 25045)
  • Personal Assistant – Jeanine Davis (Job ID 19820)
  • Full-Time Social Worker – Fairhaven Corporation (Job ID 25241)

Humanities:

  • Campus Service Officer – UW-W Police Services (Job ID 24212)
  • Front Desk Staff – Career & Leadership Development (Job ID 14588)
  • Safety Administrator – Kronos Products, Inc (Job ID 25360)
  • Compliance Officer – WI Department of Health Services (Job ID 25342)

Science & Technology:

  • Part-Time Lab Assistant – City of Whitewater (Job ID 25061)
  • Environmental Health Work Assistant – City of La Crosse (Job ID 25373)
  • PC Support Technician – Waukesha Bearings Corp (Job ID 25264)
  • Java Developer/Analyst – Mills Fleet Farm (Job ID 25341)

For more student jobs, internships, entry level positions and campus interviews visit: http://www.uww.edu/career/hawkjobs.php.

Use our Twitter hashtag #HawkJobs for anything related to Hawk Jobs or potential jobs that you’ve found through the website!

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This Week in Hawk Jobs

What’s new in Hawk Jobs for the week of March 4, 2013.

Jobs Help Wanted

Business & Finance:

  • Bookkeeper Office Manager – Prairie Craftsman, Inc (Job ID 24767)
  • Logistics Inside Sales Representative – American Transport Group (Job ID 24928)
  • Personal Banker – Johnson Financial Gropu (Job ID 25037)
  • Accountant – Fox River Fiber (Job ID 25074)

Arts & Communication:

  • Multimedia Journalist – WAOW TV9 (Job ID 24933)
  • Multimedia Photographer – WAOW TV9 (Job ID 24707)
  • Print Advertising Technician – Menards, Inc (Job ID 24735)
  • 3D Modeler – Strategic Resources (Job ID 25013)

Education & Social Services:

  • German Education Teacher – Howard-Suamico School District (Job ID 24922)
  • Resident Camp Counselor – YMCA Camp MacLean (Job ID 24813)
  • Youth Counselor – Genesee Lake School & Prader-Willi Homes (Job ID 24908)
  • Special Education Instructional Aide – Genesee Lake School & Prader-Willi Homes (Job ID 24909)

Humanities:

  • Police Officer – City of Sun Prairie (Job ID 24874)
  • Library Clerk – Portage County Public Library (Job ID 25076)
  • Research Associate – Lawrence University (Job ID 25023)
  • Administrative Assistant – State Bank of Cross Plains (Job ID 25093)

Science & Technology:

  • Entry-Level Software Developer – The Waterman Group (Job ID 25080)
  • Software Engineer – API Healthcare (Job ID 25059)
  • Territory Manager – OURLabs (Job ID 24513)
  • IT Applications Analyst/Developer – Neenah Paper (Job ID 25227)

For more student jobs, internships, entry level positions and campus interviews please visit: http://www.uww.edu/career/hawkjobs.php.

Use our Twitter hashtag #HawkJobs for anything related to Hawk Jobs or potential jobs that you’ve found through the website!

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This Week in Hawk Jobs

What’s new in Hawk Jobs for the week of February 25, 2013.

Jobs Help Wanted

Business & Finance:

  • Fund Accountant – UMB Fund Services, Inc (Job ID 24665)
  • Universal Banker – BMO Harris Bank (Job ID 24649)
  • Sales & Service Representative – Markel American Insurance Company (Job ID 24898)
  • Auditor – Hawkins, Ash, Baptie & Company, LLP (Job ID 24873)

Arts & Communication:

  • Production Art Assistant – Footlocker Eastbay (Job ID 24644)
  • Public Relations Assistant – Hess Memorial Hospital (Job ID 24662)
  • News Director – Bliss Communications (Job ID 24897)
  • Marketing Specialist – DeWitt Ross & Stevens (Big Shoes Network)

Education & Social Services:

  • Teacher – Giggles & Wiggles Daycare (Job ID 24712)
  • Speech Therapist – Centrex Rehab (Job ID 24713)
  • Family Worker – St. Charles Youth & Family Services (Job ID 24703)
  • AODA Counselor – Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Job ID 24808)

Humanities:

  • Emergency Preparedness Program Manager – WI Dept. of Health Services (Job ID 24797)
  • Paramedic Instructor – Western Technical College (Job ID 24807)
  • Visitor Services Associate – WI Dept. of Natural Resources (Job ID 24711)
  • Administrative Assistant – Moraine Park Technical College (Job ID 24906)

Science & Technology:

  • Fitness Consultant – Fitness Together (Job ID 24685)
  • Athletic Trainer – Waukesha Memorial Hospital (Job ID 24511)
  • Health & Safety Consultant – Aerotek (Job ID 24675)
  • Research and Development Lab Technician – Better Buds, Inc (Job ID 24831)

For more student jobs, internships, entry level positions and campus interviews please visit: http://www.uww.edu/career/hawkjobs.php.

Use our Twitter hashtag #HawkJobs for anything related to Hawk Jobs or potential jobs that you’ve found through the website!

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This Week in Hawk Jobs

What’s new in Hawk Jobs for the week of February 18, 2013.

Jobs Help Wanted

Business & Finance:

  • Sales and Customer Service Job Openings – Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa (Job ID 24334)
  • Real Estate Administrator – Keefe Real Estate, Inc (Job ID 24307)
  • Business Analyst – Educated Solutions Corp (Job ID 24616)
  • Finance Manager – Integrated Community Solutions, Inc (Job ID 24640)

Arts & Communication:

  • Graphic/Web Designer – Thunder Marketing (Job ID 24390)
  • Camera Operator – WFRV TV (Job ID 24431)
  • Production Artist – Footlocker Eastbay (Job ID 24427)
  • Social Media Analyst – Footlocker Eastbay (Job ID 24643)

Education & Social Services:

  • Mathematics Teacher – The Menta Group (Job ID 24538)
  • Child Protective Services Worker – Manitowoc County (Job ID 24556)
  • Young Adult Educator – Community Action, Inc (Job ID 24630)
  • Speech Therapist – Stoughton Hospital (Job ID 24628)

Humanities:

  • Program and Policy Analyst – WI Department of Administration (Job ID 24563)
  • Zoning Technician – Chippewa County (Job ID 24584)
  • Environmental Coordinator – Kinsa Group (Job ID 24633)
  • Systems Administrator – Manhattan Toy (Job ID 24650)

Science & Technology:

  • Laboratory Technician (Animal and Environment) – DuPont (Job ID 24502)
  • Consumer Horticulture Educator – UW-Extension Walworth County (Job ID 24421)
  • Software Engineer – Orbital Technologies Corporation (Job ID 24638)
  • Athletic Trainer – Monore Clinic (Job ID 24645)

For more student jobs, internships, entry level positions and campus interviews please visit: http://www.uww.edu/career/hawkjobs.php.

Use our Twitter hashtag #HawkJobs for anything related to Hawk Jobs or potential jobs that you’ve found through the website!

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This Week in Hawk Jobs

What’s new in Hawk Jobs for the week of February 11, 2013.

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Business & Finance:

  • Commercial Real Estate Salesperson – Judson & Associates (Job ID 22257)
  • Bilingual Sales Account Executive – WDJT CBS 58 (Job ID 24264)
  • Accounting Assistant – Stay-Lite Lighting (Job ID 24415)

Arts & Communication:

  • Copywriter – Heibing (Big Shoes Network)
  • Public Relations/Social Media Specialist – Thunder Marketing (Job ID 24389)
  • Web Producer – Local TV, LLC (Job ID 24398)

Education & Social Services:

  • Line Staff – Sonnenberg Consultants (Job ID 24168)
  • Community Living Specialist – The Management Group, Inc (Job ID 24414)
  • Human Services Liason – Chippewa County (Job ID 24384)

Humanities:

  • Claims Associate Adjuster Job – American Family Insurance (Job ID 24367)
  • Project Safety Supervisor – Adjustable Forms, Inc (Job ID 24369)
  • Administrative Student Trainee – Department of Health and Human Services (USA Jobs)

Science & Technology:

  • Farmer Relations Associate – Organic Valley (Job ID 24172)
  • Land Conservation Technician – Price County (Job ID 24395)
  • Emergency Medical Technician – Gundersen Tri-County Hospital and Clinics (Job ID 24420)

For more student jobs, internships, entry level positions and campus interviews please visit: http://www.uww.edu/career/hawkjobs.php.

Use our Twitter hashtag #HawkJobs for anything related to Hawk Jobs or potential jobs that you’ve found through the website!

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This Week in Hawk Jobs

What’s new in Hawk Jobs for the week of February 4, 2013.

Jobs Help Wanted

Business & Finance:

  • Event Manager – PrimeTime Event & Race Management LLC (Job ID 23913)
  • Entry Level Marketing and Sales Position – KD Concepts (Job ID 24087)
  • Purchasing Assistant/Junior Buyer – Eriks Seals and Plastics (Job ID 24201)

Arts & Communication:

  • Motion Graphics Designer – Wisconsin Public Television (Job ID 23999)
  • Multi-Media Journalist – WIFR-TV (Job ID 24110)
  • Production Artist – Core Creative (Big Shoes Network)

Education & Social Services:

  • School Social Worker – L.E.A.S.E. (Job ID 24092)
  • Match Teacher Residency – Match Education (Job ID 22931)
  • Mental Health Aide – Journey Mental Health Center (Job ID 24113)

Humanities:

  • Vital Records & Special Services Unit Coordinator – WI Department of Health (Job ID 24258)
  • Administrative Coordinator – Life Style Staffing (Job ID 24177)
  • Deputy Sheriff – Columbia County (Job ID 24251)

Science & Technology:

  • Milk Supply Associate – Organic Valley (Job ID 23998)
  • Dairy Program Associate – Organic Valley (Job ID 23896)
  • Garden Maintenance/Installation Crew Member – Landscape Renovations (Job ID 24136)

For more student jobs, internships, entry level positions and campus interviews please visit: http://www.uww.edu/career/hawkjobs.php.

Use our Twitter hashtag #HawkJobs for anything related to Hawk Jobs or potential jobs that you’ve found through the website!

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This Week in Hawk Jobs

What’s new in Hawk Jobs for the week of January 28, 2013.

Jobs Help Wanted

Business & Finance:

  • Sub-Contract Buyer – Trace-A-Matic Corporation (Job ID 23577)
  • Sports Sales Manager – Visit Eau Claire (Job ID 23880)
  • Sales & Business Management Trainee – Penske Truck Leasing (Job ID 24036)

Arts & Communicaton:

  • Graphic Designer – Beacon Funding (Job ID 23696)
  • Web Designer – Bank-A-Count Corporation (Job ID 23935)
  • Marketing Consultant – Minacs Marketing Solutions (Job ID 23734)

Education & Social Services:

  • Social Worker – Luther Manor (Job ID 23730)
  • Senior Meal Program Director – Interfaith Older Adult Programs (Job ID 23871)
  • Admissions Advisor – National American University (Job ID 24073)

Humanities:

  • Credit Customer Service Associate – 4imprint (Job ID 23976)
  • Budget and Policy Analyst – WI Department of Health Services (Job ID 24022)
  • Deputy Register in Probate – Waupaca County (Job ID 24067)

Science & Technology:

  • Agronomy Sales – Adell Corporation (Job ID 23877)
  • Game Engineers – Filament Games (Job ID 21601)
  • Lab Technical Instructional Assistant – Blackhawk Technical College (Job ID 23906)

For more student jobs, internships, entry level positions and campus interviews please visit: http://www.uww.edu/career/hawkjobs.php.

Use our Twitter hashtag #HawkJobs for anything related to Hawk Jobs or potential jobs that you’ve found through the website!

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