Friday Favorites – 5 Pinterest Pages on What to Wear to a Career Fair

Every Friday will mark a new lineup on the Career Spotlight Blog. We will show five favorite links, articles, blogs, infographics, or pictures that connect with our theme of the month.

The Hawk Career Fair is coming up next week Wednesday and many of you might be stumped on how to dress for a career fair. No worries – we’ve got you covered. Check out these five awesome Pinterest pages with tips, advice and great links so you can look your best.

What to Wear – Women 

What to Wear – Men

Interview Attire for Men and Women

Professional Outfit Sets for Women

Outfits for an Interview

Going to an Interview {Outfit Post}

Don’t forget – the Hawk Career Fair is next Wednesday from 1-4pm in the Williams Center – Gym 1. There will be 114 businesses looking for interns and full time workers.

See you there!

Careers in Biology: Tips from Sciences Employers

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Each year, Career & Leadership Development compiles an Annual Report of Employment & Continuing Education, a record of where the past year’s graduates are employed or are attending graduate or professional school. Here is a sample of where some of the biology grads from the past several years were employed after graduation:

I recently contacted some of the employers that have hired UW-W science grads, and here are some selected comments from them about employment preparation.

Online Image

  • Facebook is fine, but control access and privacy, and pay attention to what’s on your page. If you’d be embarrassed for your mother to see it, it is most likely not going to make a good impression on an employer.
  • LinkedIn – Use it! This is where you can really refine your professional online presence. Highlight your education, publications, accomplishments, and get recommendations from reputable sources (professors, respected researchers) as appropriate. Read LinkedIn profiles of recent grads from your major/profession to get an idea of what should be present on your page.
  • Twitter is good too, but tweets should be relevant. Tweeting every weekend about how awesome the latest party was won’t help you in the long run.

Resumes

  • Creative resume formats are not rewarded in science professions. Your resume should be professional, clean, and very easy to read.
  • Highlight your research topics and skills along with your talents and accomplishments.
  • Be succinct. Writing should be short and to the point. Run-on sentences or entire paragraphs will just get glossed over by a hiring manager.
  • Employers don’t care about anything from your high school unless you are an undergraduate looking for internships.

References

  • Be sure to contact your references to verify that their contact information is correct and to inform them that they may be contacted to serve as a reference. It is always most professional to ask permission of each person you desire to use as a reference. You want your references to be prepared to speak to your strengths.
  • Once a person agrees to serve as a reference, you should help them understand the company and type of role you are pursuing. This will allow the referee to tailor their comments accordingly.

Interviews

  • Go through mock interviews. Ask a career counselor, professor, or science professional to interview you as if they might hire you. Ask for honest feedback after the fact about your interview performance and demeanor. Make sure you do not have any nervous habits that can be distracting to a potential employer.
  • It’s difficult to overcome an unfavorable first impression. Portraying yourself in a professional manner is crucial for a successful interview. A significant part of a hiring decision is based on grooming, clothing, accessories, body language, eye contact and listening skills. It is important to carefully plan the professional image you want to project. Campus clothing and work clothing are two completely different worlds. Unfortunately, many recent grads underestimate the importance of conservative, professional clothing when interviewing.
  • Get a suit or other appropriate business attire. This is especially important when trying to get a job in industry. Showing up in jeans and your “nice” shirt will not send the message that you are serious. Consider the money for a good interview outfit to be an investment in your future.

Several science employers have scheduled recruitment visits to UW-Whitewater in April, and several others are in the process of scheduling. Watch for announcements for those events, and be prepared to impress the employers based upon the tips that they’ve provided.

Photo by Joseph Elsbernd.

Managing Your Online and Social Media Presence

It’s no secret—social media is a growing industry these days, and it’s growing fast. This being said, whether you like it or not, embracing social media is a must in this day and age.

First off, it’s a way to brand yourself. Social media branding is low cost and it’s a way to communicate with people inside and outside your company. According to a study conducted by Harris Interactive, 45 percent of employers said that they were using social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to screen their candidates. When viewing social media presence, 35 percent of employers said that they decided not to offer a position after viewing one of the previously mentioned sites. More than half of the employers who participated said that the main reason for not offering a job was because of provocative photos.

Secondly, social media is a way to engage, simultaneously, with a broad range of people. You can engage with your peers, employers, consumers, and especially with the younger generations. Social media can be a time consuming thing, but you can reach numerous people at the same time. Make sure to set some time aside each day to upkeep your social media presence, check your Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for chatter and new ways to network every day.

Finally, social media can also be a learning tool. Yes, that’s right, a learning tool.  Information and feedback is given to you instantly. Take the time to check out those discussion groups you’ve joined on LinkedIn, and comment on the topics. This is not only a way to boost knowledge, but you may stumble upon a networking opportunity by giving feedback. Twitter has millions of companies and organizations that tweet out interesting articles every day. Local news stations are beginning to use Twitter, big name websites such as Mashable tweet out useful information, and you can even find jobs through Twitter.

Managing a social media and online presence can be a time consuming thing, but just remember that 45 percent of employers are now using social media as a tool to screen there contacts.  It will be well worth your time to keep your presence clean and up to par.

Photos by ivanpw and daniel_iversen

Green Career Resources: Twitter

With this week being Earth Week, I thought going through some green career resources would be most appropriate. The biggest thing to remember is that the green economy is growing and constantly changing. If you really want to be a part of it, keep up with the current events, the changes, the trends, and the major players.

Here are some previous posts we’ve done on green careers that you might find useful and interesting:

Another great resource to learn more about and keep up with the green economy is through Twitter! Increase your social media skills by connecting, interacting, and contributing to the green economy landscape. Here’s a listing of some entities to follow to find out about news, jobs/internships, and general information.

UWW Career (@UWWCareer) – we give you general job search/career advice, event notices, and links to great articles

National Park Service (@NatlParkService) – find out how you can get involved with the 390+ sites within the National Park Service

Student Conservation Association (SCA) (@the_sca) – connecting students with a variety of conservation opportunities all around the country

SCA Internships (@SCAInternships) – internship postings through the SCA

The Nature Conservancy (@nature_org) – great news source

Tree Hugger (@TreeHugger) – news, ideas, & links; also check out their blog

Jobs in Sustainability (@JobsinSustain)

Sustainable Biz (@SustainableBiz) – news from the green business world

Idealist (@idealist) – helping put your passion into action; large job/internship/volunteer search site for a wide variety of causes

Green Collar Jobs (@GreenCollarJobs) – initiative for creating green jobs in the Chicago area

Green Job Spider (@greenjobspider) – job search engine for green jobs

Carol McClelland (@CarolMcClelland) – expert in the process of finding green jobs; also check out her website and her book, Green Careers for Dummies

National Wildlife Federation (@NWF) – work to protect wildlife

Sierra Club (@Sierra_Club) – follow in the footsteps of founder John Muir to help protect communities, the environment, wild places, and the planet.

Zero Foot Print (@zerofootprint) – helping to reduce our environmental footprint

Sustain Lane (@SustainLane) – learning more about sustainable living; make sure to check out their job board

Cool Works (@coolworks) – find a career or seasonal job in some of the coolest places on Earth; their job board also has come cool job search categories (i.e. Jobs on Horseback or Jobs on Water)

Photo by Moyan Brenn.