Interview with WSG President

I had the opportunity to talk to the Whitewater Student Government president, Justin Murphy, about involvement, what he loves about WSG, and his advice for freshman students. Justin is a fifth year senior double majoring in finance and integrated science and business with an emphasis in water resource.

Justin transferred from UW-Platteville when he was a junior, and has been in WSG for three years now. He started off as a senator, then became the business and financial services director on executive board, and he was elected president last spring.

One of his favorite things about being president is getting to know the higher-ups, such as the chancellor and the provost.

‘I got to know the chancellor very well and I’m getting to be pretty good friends with the provost. Their opinion matters a lot as far as WSG goes. We run ideas by the provost and see what her opinion is. Her feedback is invaluable. Being on WSG has definitely helped me learn how to interact with all different kinds of people.’

Justin also does a lot of professional development processes.

‘As president, I got to hire five directors, so we had an application process where I looked at resumes, went to interviews, and chose five people who we work with directly. That was good experience to have, to see the whole hiring process, from start to finish. We have to figure out how to handle situations in a professional way and not lose your head over it.’

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He strongly encourages students to get involved. He describes himself as a go-getter, and admits to signing up for a dozen orgs at the Involvement Fair when he transferred to UW-Whitewater a few years ago. His favorite organization he’s involved in is WSG, of course.

‘I met a lot of great people through WSG. They are some of my best friends now. We have a great executive board. I couldn’t ask for a better crew.’

If you’re interested in joining WSG, their open meetings are at 7pm every Monday night in UC 259.

Photo by UWW Career.

Friday Favorites – 5 Professional Outfits for Women

For my last Friday Favorites blog post, I decided to feature some of my friends and coworkers in their favorite interview outfit. I’ve added some tips so you can see why they work, and maybe these outfits will inspire you to dress professionally when you have an interview, networking event or your first day of your new job coming up!

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Outfits 1 Photos by UWW Career.

Friday Favorites – 5 Reasons to Utilize Your College Career Center

Interested in the Disney College Program? We’ve got you covered. Not sure how to navigate Hawk Jobs? We’re on it! Do you want to have an international internship? We have the resources! Career & Leadership Development can help you with these and so much more.

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We as a career center know you have big plans during your college career and after. We plan to help you prepare for the ‘real world’ by offering these five services and much more. Career & Leadership Development can…

Help You Craft Your Resume and Cover Letters

I strongly encourage every college student to have a professional staff look over your resume before you submit it to the hiring manager of your dream job. Professional staff will see things you won’t, will notice little details that need to be added or taken away, and can provide great advice on formatting, layout, and style. The staff can also help you develop a cover letter and can give you advice on what to include, what to leave out, how to format it, and what kind of salutation would be appropriate.

Help You Find Resources to Find an Internship or Job

So, you know you need to have an internship under your belt before you graduate. That’s good! But, how do you go about finding one? The career counselors have many resources and websites to help you find an internship in the field you want to get into. They also know about many resources, online job boards, and about upcoming career fairs to help you find a job. Graduating seniors, it’s not too late to visit the career center and help you secure a job after you graduate!

Help You Prep for Interviews

Being interviewed is a scary thing! But wouldn’t you rather be prepared for one than not? The career counselors are more than willing to perform mock interviews with you – in person, over the phone, over a meal, or even over Skype! Career counselors may meet with you in their office, or you can ask to do it in the Bailey Interview Center.

Help You Get You on Track for Your Post-Grad Life

Unsure about what you want to do after you graduate? Grad school, travel, or find a job?! Or, if you aren’t graduating for a few years, are you thinking of internships, involvement, or various career paths? We provide many career assessments to give you an idea of what career path might be best suited for you, during college and after you graduate.

Help You Get Involved

Career & Leadership Development not only deals with career-related things. We also want you to get involved before you graduate. Getting involved in organizations and taking leadership positions will greatly increase your chance of receiving a job offer!

We encourage you to visit the Involvement Office, which is the room to the left of the Bailey Interview Center. Here you can find out about all the organizations on campus, about Greek life, and what kind of professional organizations you could join. The Connection Center, which is where WSG, LAU, and the Non-Trad Pad is located, is also a great way to get involved and to connect with organizations and students.

See all the great things Career & Leadership Development has to offer?! We’d love to help you in any way possible. If you need help in one or more of these areas, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with one of the career counselors. That is what they’re here for! Simply call Career & Leadership Development at 262-472-1471 or visit us in the University Center, up the ramp/stairs across from Freshens.

Photo by UWW Career.

Interview with SEAL Manager

I had the opportunity to sit down with SEAL manager Sara Molnar, and talk to her about her experience on SEAL, her new-found love for event planning, and how getting involved can help students’ futures! Sara is a fifth year senior, double majoring in history and special education. Last year, Sara was an entertainment intern for SEAL, Student Entertainment Awareness League, and this year she is the manager.

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‘I actually heard about SEAL when I was a sophomore,’ Sara says.’I was working on event crew, and Melissa Grosso was my boss, so we worked pretty closely with SEAL and we went through the same training program, so that’s when I first really knew what it was.’

Sara really enjoyed what she did with the event crew, but it was solely staffing and working the events, and she wanted to do more. Her being on the event crew helped her make a smooth transition to entertainment intern her first year on SEAL.

‘Melissa [Grosso] actually reached out to me and asked me, ‘Have you ever thought about applying for SEAL?’ and I hadn’t really, so her asking if I’d thought about it got me to think about it. I thought it would be a lot of fun to put on your own events for campus.’

Although she wasn’t interested in getting into the event planning field last year, she can definitely see herself being an event planner in the future, and she has SEAL to thank for that!

‘Being on SEAL has definitely opened up a lot of opportunities for me. Not only has it taught me a lot about a potential new career choice that I want to go into, but it’s also allowed me to really grow professionally. When I was on the entertainment team, we had to reach out to the artists and agents, really got me to learn how to communicate with people, more than I had to in the past. Also I think it really showed me what this campus has to offer and how you can give back to the campus by hosting events for students.’

One of the biggest things Sara has learned from being on SEAL is time management and understanding how strict deadlines are, especially in the event planning field.

‘We [the SEAL interns] would be given four or five events per semester, and the event would be set the semester before, so you couldn’t change the date. You had to have everything done by that date. In the classroom, yes, you have to follow a deadline, but sometimes they can be a little more lenient. When an event is coming and you haven’t done anything for it, it can totally flop. You really need to manage your time and prioritize, which is something that I’m still learning. You need to prioritize, what’s most important, what should I get done when.’

SEAL does not only deal with event planning, though. They focus on marketing, promotions, public relations, social media, and mainly bringing an event up from nothing.

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Having an internship is great for networking, and connecting with Career & Leadership Staff and interns is extremely beneficial when it’s time to enter the workforce.

‘When you need something so small like a letter of recommendation, and if you don’t have those experiences, you have no one to help you. Networking and being able to get yourself out there and making a name for yourself now makes your future better. Who knows what kind of opportunities they can provide. Having those resources will help you for the future.’

Sara’s last piece of advice? ‘Get involved. It’s really important, especially when you’re younger, because then you have the opportunity to get bigger positions when you get older.’

Are you interested in being on SEAL? They are hiring for the spring semester! Apply here by November 11!

Photos by UWW Career.

Friday Favorites – Five Worst LinkedIn Photos

As we wrap up the theme of LinkedIn this month, I wanted to leave you with five last tips about what kind of photos you shouldn’t have on your LinkedIn profile, and why they’re bad.

The Group Photo

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Which one of these lovely ladies’ profile am I viewing?! Don’t leave potential employers confused! While it’s understandable that you want to impress potential employers with how social you are, leave that for Facebook and Twitter.

The Cropped Photo

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This one is a profile picture favorite, for any social network. It looks awkward, weird, and completely unprofessional. You literally have a hanging limb in your photo. I totally understand that you might look gorgeous in that one photo that you took that night, and only a Photoshop magician would be able to remove that awkward arm, but please, for the love of professional networking social media sites, stop with the cropped profile photo!

Distance Photo

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While the tree is lovely, and having McGraw Hall in the photo will show your Warhawk pride, what employers really want to see is your face. Even if you’re at the Grand Canyon, the Appalachian Mountains, or in the middle of Times Square, the background should be the least interesting aspect of your photo. Keep the focus of your profile photo on your face.

A Photo of Your Pet

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Don’t. Just don’t. No matter how cute your pet is, resist!

Not Having a Photo

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Yes, not having a photo is just as bad as having one with red Solo cups in it. As bad as it might sound, this is one instance where what you look like is important. So throw on that blazer, ask a friend who’s handy with a camera to help you out, and snap a few photos.

Or better yet, attend our free LinkedIn photoshoot on November 20 in the UC!

The other social media student manager and myself will be taking professional photos for free for you to use for your LinkedIn profile, or any other online profile! Please come and take advantage of this free service and get to know more about what Career & Leadership Development can offer you!

For more tips like these, check out The Worst LinkedIn Photos You Can Have.

Photos by UWW Career.

Friday Favorites – Social Media Best Practices

Last Friday, I wrote about five things you absolutely shouldn’t do on social media. We’re taking a positive turn this week to explain five things that you should do on social media. While nothing beats face-to-face conversation, and I encourage you to have conversations with your peers and friends over coffee and not over the Internet, here are some tips to help you when you are on social media.

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Be Social

Social media is social. It’s about interacting with your friends, your followers, and your subscribers. While you don’t need to tweet, ‘Thanks for the follow!’ to everyone who follows you on Twitter, following them back is good enough.

Following people or companies, or ‘liking’ their page on Facebook, who work in the field you want to get into is a really great idea. If they post something you’re interested in, retweet them, or comment on their post. And, if someone tweets or comments on your post, always comment back or favorite their tweet.

Be Active

When social media was becoming more and more popular a couple of years ago, many people thought it was just a fad. (Hint – it’s not. Social media is here to stay!) You might have jumped on the Twitter bandwagon because all your friends were on Twitter, and then tweeted twice since you started a profile in 2009. If you have a profile on a social media network, make sure you are active on it. Post regularly. You don’t have to go overboard and post 18 times a day. Remember – quality over quantity.

Post About Things You’re Interested In

We all know that potential employers will Google you, and then probably look at your Facebook and Twitter profiles. They will see your recent tweets about how a company recovered from a scandal, and how their public relations managers really pulled things together, and think, ‘Wow, this person is really on top of their game. They’re tweeting about this recent thing that happened in the PR field – that’s awesome.’ Be an opinion leader on social media.

Be Respectful

This one is a no-brainer, for most people, at least. Don’t be a bully, don’t over share, don’t gossip, don’t be disrespectful. If you are nice and polite on social media, potential employers will be more likely to take you seriously than if you were a bully. If you choose to make your social media profiles public, your professors, peers, acquaintances, and supervisors will be able to see everything. Make sure what you’re doing on social media is positive and respectful.

Tweet others the way you would like to be tweeted (Haha. See what I did there?)

Have a Personality

I think that social media is a great way to express yourself. You can upload photos of your recent skydiving trip on Facebook, you can tweet about the funniest cat videos on YouTube, and you can blog about your new job. Different platforms require different ways to express yourself. For example, you wouldn’t post all your skydiving pictures on Twitter. That’s for Facebook! But you can still have fun with Twitter.

Add a little personality when you tweet or post. If you’re retweeting something on Twitter, add a little comment before the RT. If you’re sharing someone’s post on Facebook, add your own opinion. Don’t be stiff – you can have fun on social media!

Are there any other tips you think that are useful to do on social media?

Photo by Aslan Media.

Interview with AMA President

I had the opportunity to talk with American Marketing Association’s president, Briana Roy, about leadership, involvement, and, of course, AMA. Briana Roy is a senior, with a corporate health and communications major and marketing minor. She joined AMA her second week of her freshman year and has loved it ever since.

‘Joining AMA was the best decision I’ve ever made,’ Briana says. ‘I love it. I’ve been involved ever since freshman year. I’ve made so many great connections through networking; I’ve grown in ways that I would not have if I wouldn’t have gotten involved.’

There are about 200 students in AMA, and their meetings are every Wednesday night in the Timmerman Auditorium in Hyland Hall at 4pm. They are always open meetings, so everyone is encouraged to attend! Briana says there are 17 positions on AMA executive board, and every position changes each semester.

‘That gives more students the opportunity to get on e-board faster, say if they don’t join AMA until they’re a junior, they can get on board right away. Also you get to hold more positions that way,’ Briana says.

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Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to be a marketing major to join AMA.

‘AMA is very broad,’ Briana says. ‘We have advertising, we have finance, we have IT, accounting. It’s really open to everyone, especially sincemarketing is such a broad field, that’s one reason why we’re so big. If you really like sales, we do sales. If you’re interested in retail, we do retail. If you’re interested in finance, we do finance. Last year we had Photoshop workshops. There’s so many opportunities that you can’t say that you joined AMA and didn’t find something that was for you.’

AMA is also a professional organization, and students at UW-Whitewater connect with their alumni regularly.

‘An AMA alumni talked to us and one of the biggest things she took from AMA was learning how to talk with professionals. In college you get to talk to other students and professors but you don’t really necessarily get to talk with other professionals but when she got into her job she found it really beneficial that she knew how to talk to higher-up management, whereas some people might be more intimidated by that. If you’re in a leadership role you’ll have that experience.’

Briana’s last thoughts about AMA? ‘It really gives you a hands-on opportunity. You’re not going to go into a classroom and do the kinds of things that you can do with AMA. I can go into a job interview and say ‘I managed a team of 33 people’ and you just don’t get that in a classroom.’

Are you interested in joining AMA? Contact Briana Roy at RoyBC19@uww.edu.

Photo by UWW Career.

Friday Favorites – Five Social Media No-No’s

Raise your hand if you have Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. Raise your hand if you’ve ever posted something you regretted. Now, I can’t see you reading this, but I can imagine you have posted or tweeted something you later regretted, whether it was bashing your former boss, your ex-boyfriend, your professors, your parents, or the driver who cut right in front of you during rush hour.

Bad-mouthing (or should we call it bad-tweeting?) is just one common mistake that many people make online. The thing about having social media accounts is that it lets you ‘hide.’ It provides you a sheath. This can be both good and bad, but when it comes to entering the professional world, which many upperclassmen are about to experience, you shouldn’t have to hide behind the computer.

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The hard truth is this: employers WILL not only Google you, but they will search you on Facebook, Twitter, your personal blog if you have one, and of course, LinkedIn. You do not want a potential employer to see a negative tweet and exile you from the list of promising candidates. Here are five short and sweet tips for what not to do on social media:

Don’t Bash Anyone

This includes former coworkers and supervisors and current coworkers and supervisors. I know it can be tempting to post something about how the person who beat you for the big promotion sounds like a hyena when she laughs, but keep it to yourself or tell a close friend (someone who isn’t your coworker, preferably).

Why not try talking to that person directly about what made you upset? It will show maturity and professionalism, whereas bad-mouthing someone on social media will make you seem immature and ignorant. Also, what’s worse than being called into your supervisor’s office because you tweeted about how your supervisor is just terrible at running meetings? You might get fired, so there’s that.

Don’t Use Expletives

This one should be common sense, right? Wrong. So many people my age swear to their heart’s content on Twitter and Facebook. It’s tasteless, unclassy, and extremely unprofessional. Also, keep slang terms and terms you’ve found on Urban Dictionary down to a bare, BARE minimum (I’m looking at you, YOLO).

I understand that the occasional swear word can help in some extreme cases, but keep it to a minimum. Unless you plan on being a comedian. And if you are, good luck with that.

Don’t Post Inappropriate Pictures

This one should also be common sense, but I see this on Facebook way more often than I’d like to. I understand that many college students want to celebrate their 21st birthday, graduation, and St Patrick’s Day and Homecoming. I get it – I’m a college student, too! Take as many pictures as you’d like – but make sure that the worst ones don’t end up on Facebook. Employers may interpret your constant party pictures as wildly inappropriate and something that wouldn’t fit in to their office culture.

Not sure about which photos to keep and which to delete? Check out this article – 12 Facebook Photos You Should Delete Now

Don’t Pick Fights

We’ve all seen them – the infamous Facebook arguments. Someone posts about a controversial topic, someone else comments about it, more people comment, and all hell breaks loose. While these are undoubtedly hilarious, they’re also embarrassing if you’re caught in the middle of one. Facebook is not the place to have an argument, especially one about politics or religion. I know it’s hard to resist, but your professionalism depends on it!

Don’t Post Without Proofreading

While having a post with a few typos isn’t as bad as having a post filled with swear words and inappropriate pictures, it’s still a bad thing. Potential employers will see your text speak and wonder if you ever went to college. You do not want potential employers to wonder about that sort of thing! So, just like you would with any document, essay, article, or e-mail, proofread your work before you hit ‘send.’

One way to let your feelings out is to write on the computer what you’re mad about. You can even go so far as enter it into the Facebook post box or Twitter tweet box, but before you hit ‘send,’ delete it. Getting your feelings out can make you feel a hundred times better.

I’m not saying that you should not have a personality when you tweet – because by all means, tweet to your heart’s content! But be smart about what you post. Your social media presence should be squeaky clean, especially for those of you entering the workforce!

This post was very negative, but next week’s post will be all positive! It will be all about how to post things of substance, how to connect with potential employers, and how to have a positive experience on social media.

Photo by Jason Howie.

Friday Favorites – 5 Favorite Tips to Succeed on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the top professional social media network out there. Surprised? Probably not. Here are five tips for you to take the most advantage of this website.

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Have an Appropriate Picture

  • One thing that I see all too often are inappropriate, awkward, or just plain terrible headshots on LinkedIn. Having a great picture with a webpage full of text will really balance things out. People will also be able to place a face with a name if they view your profile and then meet you sometime later.
  • If you need a professional headshot, Shannon, the other social media student manager, and I will be providing free headshots at our LinkedIn photoshoot sometime in November. We hosted a LinkedIn headshot photoshoot at the Hawk Career Fair last week and it was a great success! More than 200 students were photographed. You can view the photos on our Facebook page, and stay up to date on the next LinkedIn Headshot Photoshoot through our social media channels.

Make a Unique URL

  • One cool thing you can do on LinkedIn is to create a personalized URL. When you first make a LinkedIn profile, your URL will look something like: LinkedIn.com/329849351982. This looks really messy! Here are step-by-step instructions on how to do this:
  1. Hover over Profile and click Edit Profile.
  2. Click Edit next to your given URL.
  3. There will be a box on the right side of the screen saying Your Public Profile URL. Underneath, Customize Your Public Profile URL
  4. Here is where you can personalize what comes after LinkedIn.com. Most people use their full names when creating a new URL.
  • By personalizing your URL on LinkedIn, it will help your profile look more professional. People will remember LinkedIn.com/KelseyWelke rather than LinkedIn.com/293848611232. This process is really easy but many people don’t take advantage of it.

Give and Receive Recommendations

  • This is probably my favorite aspect to LinkedIn. When you first filled out your profile, you might have listed some skills you possess. These show up under the Skills & Expertise section in your profile. Once you start getting connected with people, they may recommend you for your skills. This is similar to when you +1 on Google+.
  • It’s always nice to get recommended for your skills by your peers and colleagues. As an etiquette tip, always recommend them for the skills they have back!

Join Groups

  • If you’re really interested in your field of study or a specific aspect of it, join a group that is catered to that. Groups on LinkedIn are great ways to connect with your university’s alumni, professionals, staff members, and potential employers.
  • But, don’t go overboard. You only need to join as many groups as you want to have networks in the professional world. You don’t need to join the 3,701 Public Relations groups – only join the ones you are really interested in.

Read Your Home Feed

  • Treat LinkedIn’s home page like you would your Facebook wall. Scroll through it and see if anything catches your eye. Check out some articles, see what your friends are up to in the professional world, and get a feel for what the professional side of LinkedIn is really about.
  • Pro tip: ‘Liking’ an article or commenting is a great idea! Also, if you know of any articles that are relevant to your field of study or things that you want to share with your network, go ahead and share it! You never know who will ‘like’ or comment on it, and who knows what could spark from that conversation.

How To Create a LinkedIn Profile

So you’ve created a Facebook page, you have a Twitter account, you’re on Instagram, Foursquare, and Pinterest, but why aren’t you on LinkedIn?

Turns out, creating a professional account is just as important as having accounts on the ‘fun’ social networks. LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional social network. There are more than 225 million users, and you should be one of them!

Here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to create a LinkedIn profile.

How To LinkedIn

This is the first thing you’ll see when you click onto the LinkedIn website.
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Yes, creating an account is free and doesn’t take much time at all. After you’ve entered your information and click Join Now, this screen will pop up.

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You can choose to add contacts from your e-mail address contact book, or you can skip this step.

This will be the next page that you will be sent to.

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The neat thing about LinkedIn is that you can follow celebrities who you are interested in, sort of like ‘liking’ pages on Facebook. You can always come back and follow individuals if you don’t want to do it at this time.

Nice! This is similar to what your profile will look like so far.

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You’ll be asked a series of questions, which will be in blue boxes above your profile picture. You can answer, add a picture of yourself, or skip and answer later.

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If you click your profile and then click Edit, this screen will pop up. You can always go back and edit sections of your profile by clicking the Edit button or the Improve Your Profile button. You can add parts about what kind of work you did at your last job, you can add college courses, you can add leadership positions you’ve had, and more.

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When you click on the Profile tab, this is similar to what you will see.

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You’ll soon find out that LinkedIn is more than just a social network. It’s more than a place you can post your resume. LinkedIn is a place where you can connect with your peers and staff and faculty, learn more about what kind of career you want to get into through blog posts, comments and special interest groups, and network with professionals who are in the field of interest you want to get into.

I hope this basic tutorial has helped you start your LinkedIn profile! Throughout the month of October we will be posting many more blog posts about how to network by using LinkedIn, sample invitations when asking someone to be your connection, good and bad profile pictures, and many more tips. Stay up to date with other helpful LinkedIn and social media articles by following us on Twitter and Facebook!