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 – Different Types of Interviews

With graduation only two months away, many seniors are in the midst of their job hunt. One-on-one interviews are becoming less common, making way for unconventional types of interviews, such as phone interviews and group interviews. In this week’s Friday Favorites, I’m going to spotlight five types of interviews and tips on how to ace them.

Interview Pictures

One-on-One Interview

This is definitely the most common type of interview. These can also be the most nerve-wracking! At one point or another, you’ve probably experienced a one-on-one interview, where one person interviews you in their office or another private room. The tips below will help you calm your nerves before the interview and have confidence all the way through.

  • Be prepared. Do your research on the company beforehand so you won’t struggle to come up with answers having to do with the company.
  • Assemble a survival kit! For example, bring along a bottle of water, breath mints, hand sanitizer, lotion, and extra business cards. This tip came from the Top 5 Interview Tips Nobody Mentions.
  • Be confident. Even if you aren’t – pretend to be. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer, smile and be engaged in the conversation.
  • Body language says a lot about who you are. The way you stand, interact and how you talk can say volumes more than what you are actually saying.
  • Here is where you can talk all about your achievements, your proudest moments, or when you solved a problem at your previous job. Own it!
  • For more in-depth tips, check out a previous blog post, Top Interview Tips, and for advice on how to answer frequently asked questions, read Common Interview Questions & Answers.

Phone Interview

The good thing about phone interviews is that you can be more relaxed – not to mention, you can have notes sitting on your desk! What should you include on your ‘cheat sheet’? A short history of the company, bullet points highlighting your career-related achievements, and questions to ask the employer.

  • Prepare. Make sure you have a fully charged cell phone, a glass of water with you, a copy of your resume, your planner, and a notepad and pen handy so you can take notes if you wish.
  • Disable phone features, such as noise notifications if you get a text message or beeping noises if someone else calls you.
  • Plan to be at a quiet location when your interviewer calls. Your bedroom or study room is a good place to be. If you have pets, tie them outside or lock them in another room. You don’t want to be distracted playing with Fido while your interviewer asks you why you quit your previous job.
  • Give yourself time. Some people try to squeeze a phone interview in during their lunch break, but most interviews these days take about a half hour. Always plan for the unexpected.
  • While it’s a good idea to have notes to reference, be careful not to doodle or zone off.
  • It sounds silly, but don’t forget to smile! ‘Smiling will express confidence and positivity, even if the employer can’t see your face,’ according to USA Today College.

Skype Interview

With the advancement of technology, having an interview over Skype is more common than you think. While phone interviews might be the preferred way to interview, interviewing via video can present its own advantages.

When I was studying abroad in Ireland, I didn’t have access to a telephone, so the only way I could interview for this social media internship is over Skype. Luckily for me, I didn’t experience any internet connection hiccups. Skype interviews can be very tricky, but these tips should prepare you for one!

  • Perfect your video background setting. Check which angle gives you the best lighting (natural lighting is the best), make sure the background is clean, and test your microphone and volume.
  • Check your background. ‘Beer bottles, dirty laundry and your 12 cats shouldn’t be visible!’ via 5 Ways to Wow an Interviewer via Video.
  • Set up a back-up plan. If, for some reason, your internet shuts down or the connection is very fuzzy, plan with your interviewer a second time to interview or to do it over telephone.
  • Sit up tall, relax your shoulders, and make sure the camera angle is a flattering one. You have power over the video and how it can make you look. Make it work to your advantage!
  • Dress professionally. Even if the interviewer won’t be able to see below your collarbone, if you need to get up to grab an important document, your planner or to get a glass of water, you don’t want your interviewer to see you wearing sweatpants with your blazer.
  • As hard as this is, make sure you look into the camera, not the computer screen. This is one of the most noticable errors interviewers make.

Group Interviews

Group interviews are used when there are a number of positions to fill, or when the position includes having to work with other coworkers most of the time. There might be a potential situation that you and your group will have to figure out, working on a team-building exercise and possibly a personal assessment to finish with. Some employers choose to interview candidates in groups to assess how you work in a team, your leadership skills and interpersonal skills.

  • Remember – you will be watched from the moment you enter to the moment you leave. This type of interview will test your behaivor and personality, so be on your best behaivor!
  • Dress to impress. People may think that group interviews are more relaxed than one-on-one interviews, but they’re not. Dress for this interview as you would for a one-on-one interview.
  • Be prepared for role-playing activities. These type of activities will test your ethics.
  • Good communication, listening, and team playing is key in this type of interview. Here is a review: what is communication? The process of transferring signals or messages between a sender and receiver through various methods. These include written words, nonverbal clues and spoken words, according to How To Develop Good Communication Skills.
  • Don’t take over the group discussion, but don’t sit in the corner staring at the floor. Balance is key. Contribute to the discussion and encourage the shy group members to speak up as well.
  • You need to stand out among many other candidates. Put on your game face, be a team player, and you’ll be sure to ace that group interview!

Lunch or Dinner Interviews

The last type of common interview I’ll go over is the interview over lunch or dinner. These might occur when your interviewer wants to ‘evaluate your social skills and see if you can handle yourself gracefully under pressure,’ according to Alison Doyle for About.com. Interviewing over a meal can be stressful as it is, but hopefully these tips will help you succeed!

  • Prepare for these kinds of interviews by attending etiquette dinners hosted by your university. They will teach you all about table manners and social skills.
  • Check out the restaurant ahead of time to find out what kind of food they serve and where the bathrooms are located. This will hopefully prevent anxiety the day of the interview!
  • If your interviewer has been to the restaurant before, ask them what their favorite dish is. They’ll be flattered that you want non-career-related advice from them.
  • How you treat a waiter says a lot about you. Be polite to everyone you come in contact with.
  • Follow the lead of your host or interviewer. Don’t start eating before them and always engage them in conversation.
  • Your interviewer will be expected to pay for the tab and tip. To thank them, follow up with a personalized thank you note.

Career & Leadership Development holds mock interviews for most of these interviews listed above. If you’re nervous about an upcoming interview, the career advisors would be more than happy to conduct a mock interview with you. Hopefully the advice above will help you in your next interview!

Photos by francoisepSos.de, Tamaki Sono and Dominic Alves.

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 – Multicultural Career Fair

The Multicultural Career Fair was held this past Wednesday in the Hamilton Room. There were about 60 employers there, including US Bank, Target, Cintas, Kohl’s and Six Flags Great America, looking to fill internship and job spots. Enjoy some pictures from the career fair!

sherwin

prudential

travelers

wellsfargo

target

Heather, the other social media intern, and I had the opportunity to attend an etiquette dinner this past Monday. We were nervous at first, never having been to an etiquette dinner before. It was also a networking event. Companies such as Cintas, Target, Sherwin-Williams and others were present. Heather and I sat with two very nice Target employers at the dinner and we actually saw one of the Target employers at the career fair!

Before the etiquette dinner portion of the event, the employers each gave a piece of advice about networking and attending a career fair. Hopefully this will give you some great insight from the employers and that you might be able to use these tips at the next career fair you attend!

  • Come prepared and do your research about which companies you want to invest your time in.
  • First impressions are very important. Know your elevator speech.
  • Be polite, friendly, appreciative, and don’t forget to smile! Watch your body language.
  • Don’t be shy. Know what the companies are looking for. Confidence is key.
  • All of the companies are looking for leaders, whether it is for an internship position or job position. Keep that in mind.
  • How will you set yourself apart from everyone else? Remember that while you are talking to employers at the career fair.
  • ‘You’ll likely never get what you deserve. You’ll get what you negotiate.’ Thanks Michael LaBroscian for this tip!

Are you an employer and have some career fair tips for students? Email me at MediaCLD@uww.edu, tweet me or post to our Facebook page!

Photos by UWW Career.

Friday Favorites – Tweetable Resume Tips

Going along with our theme for this month and taking some advice from Monday’s blog entry, what I’ve written below are short, sweet tips about creating or updating your resume. What’s different about this post is that all the tips are of 140 characters or less – which means that you could tweet these tips!

If you don’t have Twitter, I would be happy to help you set up an account and show you the wonderful world of Twitter! You can e-mail me at mediacld@uww.edu if you have any questions or comments.

Twitter

Resume Outline

  • Your resume should include your name, contact information, education, activities, awards/scholarships, and experience/skills.
  • On average, hiring managers look at resumes for 6 seconds. Keep yours clean, simple and easy to skim over.
  • Utilize the bold text to make certain things stand out. Make sure your type is around 12 point.
  • Make sure you have a readable typeface, use bullet points, use horizontal lines wisely, and utilize white space.
  • A resume should be about one page long. Fill up that space!

Resume Details

  • Use action words! Verbs show hiring managers what you’ve accomplished.
  • Be professional! Use a professional e-mail, not PartyAnimal999@gmail.com.
  • Under your contact information, add your LinkedIn profile, your website, or your blog name.
  • Proofread, proofread, proofread. I know – we all make mistakes. But when someone is looking at your resume, your credibility is on the line.

Use Your Resources

  • Make an appointment with one of the Career & Leadership Development career counselors. They will sit down and go over your resume with you.
  • If your resume needs a serious face-lift, be sure to stop by the Resume Doctor events on April 2,3 and 4th from 1-4pm in the library.
  • Check out the resume resources on the Career & Leadership Development webpage.
  • Talk to your friends about resumes. Share advice. What does their resume look like? What works for them might or might not work for you.
  • Upate your resume regularly. If you’re in college, you probably change jobs every year or so and have had an internship or two.

What NOT to Do

  • Do not try to spice up your resume with funky fonts and borders around every heading on bring pink paper. Be creative, but be subtle.
  • Do not lie and say you studied law when you only took one law class in college.
  • Do not have a ‘My Hobbies’ heading in your resume. Your interviewer will not be impressed that you collect Pokemon cards or like to work out.
  • Do not include your picture. Do not include any picture! If you want to add a picture, set up a LinkedIn account.
  • Do not use any slang or jargon on your resume.
  • Do not spray your resume with perfume, ala Elle Woods in Legally Blonde style. Yes, it will make your resume stand out, but not in a good way.

Do you have any tweetable resume tips? Tweet me @UWWCareer and your tip might make it on this blog post!

Photo by West McGowan.

Friday Favorites – Five Awesome Upcoming Events

This semester, Career & Leadership Development, as well as other UW-W departments and colleges, are hosting five exciting events coming up which you can all take part in!

C&LD Front Desk

UWW Career Cover Model: Valentines Day Contest

The other social media intern, Heather, and myself, will be hosting a Facebook Cover Photo Contest that starts today! Students can submit a completed form explaining their experiences from a job, internship, or career-related experience that they loved. The chosen student will be featured on our Facebook Cover Photo and this blog and will also recieve some awesome prizes! For more details, visit the official contest rules and entry form.

Remember, this contest starts today and ends on February 7th so hop on the UWW Career Cover Model Contest bandwagon and start sending us your submissions!

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Resume Doctor

The career counselors of Career & Leadership Development will be holding their annual event, Resume Doctor, on Tuesday, January 29, Wednesday, January 30, and Thursday, January 31, from 1-4pm in the Andersen Library. There are separate Facebook event pages for each day: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

  • What do you need to bring? Your resume, a pen, questions, if you have any, and a good attitude!

Look out for three more Resume Doctor events at the end of the semester, on Tuesday, April 2, Wednesday, April 3, and Thursday, April 4. They will be from 1-4pm in Andersen Library as well. There are separate Facebook event pages for each day: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Individuals in need of accommodations or those with questions should contact Laura Jacobs for more information.

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Multicultural Career Fair

‘The Multicultural Career Fair is an annual event co-sponsored by the College of Business & Economics, the College of Education and the UW-Whitewater Minority Business and Teacher Preparation Program. The event will include freshman through graduate students and will provide them with the opportunity to network with the representatives from the public and private sectors, as well as with school personnel.’ This information was taken from the College of Business & Economics website.

The Multicultural Career Fair will take place on Wednesday, February 6, from 12-4pm in the UC Hamilton Room. For more information, contact Freda Briscoe or Kathy Milnar. Check out the Facebook event page too!

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Disney College Program Information Night

For those of you who are interested in the Disney College Program, there will be an information night on Tuesday, February 19, from 5:30-6:30pm in the Timmerman Auditorium, Hyland 1000. Be sure to sign up on the Facebook event page.

If you’re ready to apply to the program now, you can attend the Disney College Program Apply NOW Session or sign up on the Facebook event page. The UW-Whitewater campus advisor for the program, Laura Jacobs, will be hosting the event along with the UW-W Campus Reps, students who have already completed the Disney College Program. They will be able to offer assistance and answer any questions you may have. This event will be held on Wednesday, February 20, from 5:30-7:30pm in McGraw 19A, which is a computer lab. You can stop in whenever you can and don’t need to stay for the whole time.

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Community & Human Services Career Fair

The Community & Human Services Career Fair helps to connect students in Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Women’s Studies, and Counseling with employers looking for interns, volunteers, or permanent employees. It is a smaller fair with only 20-30 organizations who will be present, but it is very focused for students looking to go into the human services profession or nonprofit sector.

This event will be on Wednesday, April 10, from 2-5pm in the UC Hamilton Room.

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I hope you all take advantage of these great events throughout the semester! If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to send an e-mail to mediacld@uww.edu. Have a great semester!

Photo by UWW Career.

Kick Off Your Spring Semester The Right Way

Welcome back to campus, UW-W students and staff! I hope you all had a nice, relaxing break, but are ready to hit the books again, embark on a brand new semester of internship or job duties, and to get back into the swing of things.

Hyland Hall

For those of you who took some pieces of advice from our last post, about doing career-related projects over the break, you’re ahead of the game! No matter what grade you’re in and how far along you are on your internship or job hunt, completing those projects will help to make your semester less stressful. If you haven’t done some career-related projects yet, don’t worry! You can start by doing these three things:

Polish Your Resume

I know, I know – we’ve heard this all before. Updating your resume is the first step in jump-starting your job hunt. I hope you all have a resume somewhere, whether it be in a folder on your computer or on your online website. Before you start anything else, make sure your resume is up to date. Check out this article from our archives, which includes five links about sharpening your resume.

Use Your Resources

No matter if you’re a freshman, senior, or graduate student, Career & Leadership Development can help you in many career-related areas. The staff can help you fix and spice up your resume, they can conduct practice interviews with you, they can help you figure out the best way to search for a job, and I know for a fact that they’re more than happy to talk to you about internship/searching and deciding what path you should take during and after college. Check out the staff list to find out which staff member would be best fit to help you.

Job Search

If you’re not looking for a job yet, start looking for internships instead! Visit the UW-W Internship Blog for information and advice on scoring a great internship. Employers will definitely notice if you have had one or two internships, so don’t pass up any opportunity to apply for one!

For those of you who are graduating within the year, try looking at job boards on the web, such as Hawk Jobs. If you’re new to job searching, look out for a post coming up in the next few weeks, titled ‘How To Navigate Hawk Jobs’. If looking at job boards isn’t your thing, you can also check potential employers’ websites to see if there are any job openings, and definitely mention your pursuit to your friends, parents, and colleagues. Networking is a great skill to have, especially if you’re looking for a job!

We post current job openings on this blog, as well as on our Twitter page and Facebook page, so be sure to follow us on these social media sites!

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I hope you’ve taken some of the advice into consideration and will stop by the offices of Career & Leadership Development sometime. We’re happy to help with all of your college and career concerns!

Photo by UWW Career.

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.