21 Jun


1: If You’re The Last Interview Of The Day

Consciously or not, hiring managers average out their ratings of applicants over the course of the day–so you want to be the first one in.

2: If You Talk Way Too Much

“Talking over your interviewer is the biggest mistake that interview candidates don’t realize they’re making,” career development coach Stacey Hawley tells LearnVest.

talktoomuchInterview jitters cause the un-gift of gab, she says, leading candidates to talk over their interviewers. That nervousness nips any chance of active listening, making for a boring, one-sided conversation--the kind that doesn't lead to the interviewer investing in you.

3: If You Trash Your Old Job

No one wants to hear how much your last job sucked. But if you are going to criticize your last gig, sketch out the organizational roadblocks that led to dysfunction–as we’ve noted before–rather than carping about how much you hated your boss.

4: If Your Cover Letter Sucks

The cover letter primes the interview. Hawley, the career coach, says that a cover letter should link your stellar work history to the potential gig and show how much you know about the company and how you can enhance it–without, we may add, being a boilerplate career recap or weirdly direct confessional.

5: If You Negotiate Like A Galoot

We tend to get anxious around salary talks when they come up, Hawley says, which can lead us to blurting out our best guess (or hope) of potential pay.

A better play is to let an open-ended inquiry like “What range do you have in mind?”hang in the air and wait for them to answer, she says–and doing your compensation research ahead of time will help, too.

6: If You Don’t Follow Up

Thank-You_followupNo matter how qualified you are, the person that hires you is still doing you an act of kindness. To

help get you there, Hawley says to follow up with a personal, non-formulaic note or email–another sign of how graciousness is a part of a growing career.


How To Make Internships Translate To Employers

14 Jun


Maximize your opportunity on your internship/externship/clinicals. This article gives 6 great steps to reaping the benefits of your time practicing in the field.

1. Set Up A Planning Meeting With Your Boss

On your first day, it is important to sit down with your supervisor to facilitate a brainstorming session to learn about their pain points and set up some structure to what exactly it is that you’ll be working on for them

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2. Suggest Specific Projects That You Will “Own”

Having some kind of start-to-finish project ownership will give you something to wrap your arms around and also provide a concrete example of your abilities. Future employers appreciate seeing some kind of specifics in your resume, so the more you can take on and successfully complete, the more you’ll have to talk about to potential new companies.

3. Determine What Your Project Outcomes Should Be

In order to know whether the project that you work on is successful or not, you should work together with your supervisor to determine what the outcomes should look like so you have measurable targets.

4. Learn New Skills

Proactively plan through your internship experience to include opportunities where you can learn new skills to add to your career portfolio. Ask your supervisor about rotating into different roles in the office, find out if you can attend meetings, or even job shadow. The more you learn, the more diverse your skill sets become to make you a better candidate.

5. Build Networking Contacts

networkingcontactsTap into your supervisor and co-workers to start building your professional network. Leverage your time at the company and ask to be connected to key industry people or thought leaders – they can turn into powerful advocates if you treat them right.

6. Schedule An Internship Exit Interview With Metrics Measurements

Your last day should end with a giant slab of cake and ice cream; you should have a specific sit-down meeting with your boss to go over what you learned, what you accomplished, and how they felt you performed in the internship.

By taking these steps, you can have a much more fulfilling experience which will translate into meaty connections that will build your employability and credibility with future potential employers.

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New Kid on the Block?

9 Mar

You are starting anew where relationships have already been formed and you are the only one who can’t find the restroom, doesn’t know where the break room is, and doesn’t know not to talk to the bosses until they had their first cup of coffee.  There’s so much to learn in addition to the duties related to the position you were hired for. It can be very overwhelming.

Here are some tips to help you get ready:

If it’s possible take some time off between jobs — maybe a week or two. You’ll need this time to separate from your previous workplace. Leaving co-workers behind can be very difficult. The number of hours spent at work far exceeds the number of hours spent anywhere else. The relationships, good and bad, are usually very strong ones. Sometimes it can be very cozy, and other times it can be like a big dysfunctional family. You may not always like those you work with; sometimes you can barely tolerate them. But, you do get used to being around the same people day after day.

Take the time you have before you begin your new position to do some research, like you did for your interview.  Learn all you can about your new employer. Learn about their product lines, their philosophies, and their corporate culture, and everything in between. Call around to see if anyone in your network or career services knows any of your future co-workers and ask that person to introduce you prior to your first day. Wouldn’t it be nice to see a friendly face when you walk through the door on your first day?

Plan what you’re going to wear during the first week of work. Remember, you’ll want to wear your most conservative outfits to start off, until you figure out what’s appropriate and what isn’t. See what needs to be washed and ironed, and what needs to be replaced. This will save you from having to take care of those things when you may be coming home tired. That first week of a new job can be physically and emotionally exhausting.

Plan the route you’ll take to work as well as some alternate routes. Should there be traffic, or if a train line is out of service, you’ll be glad you did this.

These simple tips can save you a headache, help you with adjusting, help you become a better employee, and professional. Remember, there is not such thing as being overly prepared.

Professional Manners & Habits

2 Mar


Here are ten simple but GREAT tips from Harvey Mckay about proper and more productive workplace behavior and professionalism:


  1. Watch your language.  Crude language, naughty jokes, and insensitive comments don’t belong in the workplace.  If you question whether something is safe to say, it probably isn’t.
  2. Don’t criticize or complain in public.  Trashing a colleague, customer, boss, or previous employers where others can hear makes you look unprofessional.  If you have a problem, deal with it in private.
  3. Stay cool.  Take a moment to collect your thoughts and control your emotions before responding to a difficult co-worker or an annoying situation.  If you gain a reputation for losing your temper, few people will want to work with you.
  4. Use technology appropriately.  While email helps avoid face-to-face confrontations, it’s still important to maintain a civil tone in your communications.  Think twice before you hit the send button, and use the “reply all” feature sparingly.  Make sure the recipient of your forwarded jokes, recipes or celebrity gossip really welcomes that computer clutter.
  5. Respond as promptly as possible to requests and questions.  Making co-workers wait for answers unnecessarily disrupts their schedules.  If someone is relying on you for information, be cooperative.
  6. Minmize interruptions to others.  Ask “May I interrupt you?” or “Is this a convenient time for a question?”  And if someone barges into your office when you are especially busy, politely ask when you can get back to them.
  7. Leave a signed note when leaving something on a co-worker’s desk.  Leave a note when borrowing items too.  Be sure to return items when you finish with them.
  8.  Be aware of the workloads of other staff.  Remember, just because it’s a priority for you doesn’t mean it’s a priority for others.  And when you have a lull in your schedule, the person in the next cubicle may have just been assigned a major project.
  9. Remember to say “please” and “thank you.”   So basic, but so important.
  10. Respect each other.  Leave paper in the copy machine.  Clean up after yourself in the break room.  Don’t pry into personal information.  Beware of office gossip.

Please comment below and tell us your office stories of manners, issues,  blunders or anything else.

How to Interview a Potential Employer

24 Feb

Find out as much as you can about the company you may work for before you go to the interview. It could save you time and frustration down the line.

We all know to have questions prepared when we head into an interview. It makes us look interested and on the ball. But the list of questions you ask a potential employer should be as much about you interviewing them, as them interviewing you.

What’s it All About

All titles were not created equal. Just because you think you know what the position is all about, doesn’t mean the responsibilities will be the same. Dig deep when it comes to the details of your potential position.


  • What role does your department play in the overall organization? You may be surprised how differently work flows in different organizations.
  • How many times has this position changed hands? A high number may indicate the supervising manager cannot be pleased or is not a good leader.

Where’s it Going

This position may be perfect for the here and now; but what about tomorrow? Make sure your potential company fits into your long-term career goals.


  • What is a typical career path for someone in this position? Think twice about a company that cannot lay out a clear growth path for you.
  • Does the company promote from within? You will only be able to follow a career path if the company believes in growing employee’s skill sets and responsibilities.

What’s in it for Me

Salary negotiations are the worst. There’s no getting around that fact. But be sure you don’t miss the important—smaller—details in an effort to close the deal. They can make a big difference in your final paycheck.


  • Does the company have a health plan? If so, what percentage of the premium does the company cover? Don’t forget to factor your portion of this cost into your mental salary calculations—it will affect your take-home pay.
  • Does the company contribute to a 401(k) or similar retirement plan?
  • If bonuses have been mentioned as part of your compensation package, what criteria will be used to determine eligibility? Does the bonus depend on your performance only, or does the department or company performance play a part?

How’s it Going

Understand how the company is performing, and how it views itself. Are you joining a winning organization or a sinking ship?


  • Is the company living up to the vision and mission? (You should already know the mission and vision from being prepared for the interview)
  • Companies have personalities. Make sure yours matches by asking your prospective boss and others at the company how they would describe an ideal company employee.

Looking before you leap can help ensure you don’t land in the wrong place; right back where you started, in a job that wasn’t a good fit. Besides, you’re worth every penny and perk the company is offering you!

Source: http://www.careerealism.com

Are You Annoying During Your Job Search?

16 Feb

With employers being flooded with candidates for any job they post, it’s more important than ever to make sure you understand how your behavior may look on the other side of the hiring desk. Here are the top pet peeves that we see and hear from job applicants.

1. Not asking questions. Employers want to know that you’re interested in the details of the job, the department you’ll be working in, your prospective supervisor’s management style, and the culture of the organization. Otherwise, you’re signaling that you’re either not that interested or just haven’t thought very much about it.  
Good questions to ask:
•  Why is this position open?
•  What are the biggest challenges this position will face?
•  What would a successful first year in the position look like?
•  What would make the performance for this position so outstanding?
•  How would you describe the culture here?
•  How would you describe your management style?
•  When do you expect to make a hiring decision?


2. Stalking the Employer(s). Being enthusiastic and proactive is good. But calling more than once a week, emailing obsessively, or following up over and over crosses the line into annoying and may kill your chance at an offer.


3. Showing up without an appointment. Most companies include specific instructions about how they want you to apply, and unless “in person” is included, don’t do it. Hiring managers are busy and want you to follow instructions and respect their time.

4. Being a jerk when you don’t get the job. 
Responding with an angry email to express disbelief or outrage that you didn’t get the job, not only does looks naive, entitled, and rude, it ruins your chances of ever being considered by that employer again. Not a good idea.



If you need help with anything or have questions, please contact your career rep – we are here to hold your hand and help you through one step at a time.

We would love to hear stories and experiences – share yours now!

10 Job Hunting Tips For Those With a “Past”

8 Feb

If you have any type of past that may cause employment issues – DON’T WORRY, it is achievable!

Majority of companies perform background checks or credit checks on job applicants. It can be very difficult for most employers to get past something on an applicant’s record, so be prepared for rejection. You also have to realize you are starting over fresh and must begin the laborious process of gathering experience and gaining society’s trust. Here are some suggestions for getting back to employment:

1. First, consult legal council about the possibility of getting your record expunged, sealed, reduced or whatever the case may be. These actions may not be available for every case, but it is definitely worth looking into. Ask Career Services for more details and help to point you in the right direction.

2. Contact local human services organizations in your area to see if they offer programs and support. Also, don’t forget you have student services and career services here for help to network in the community.

3. Now is not the time to be picky. Take whatever job you can to start rebuilding your experience and credibility. Take the job and use it as an opportunity to showcase good job performance and to rebuild your experience and others’ trust in you.

4. Look to personal contacts and friends to help you get a job, someone who knows you will not be as wary to take a chance on you. Again, you have a whole career team dedicated to your success. You can always utilize those who you know in school too.

5. Seek employment with small and local companies. We promote looking for jobs with small companies and independent businesses and employers, instead of major chains. Local businesses may have less stringent hiring requirements and are more willing to give you a chance.

6. Consider self-employment. We encourage everyone to look into entrepreneurship. You can be your own employer with the skills you obtain from our colleges.

7. Be honest and upfront but don’t put it on your resume. Each case is different so talk to your career rep and see what the best way to disclose it is. Most applications will require you to indicate your past. If the question is not on the application, you don’t want to let the process go too long without coming clean. You should let them know early on that you have a “record” because it will show up in the background check or credit check. Again, check with your career rep to see the best way for your specific situation.

8. Be professional and confident. Your resume is like an ad in the newspaper and yoU are the ‘product,’ you have to go in and ‘sell’ yourself. Some employers will take a chance if there is a nice presentation.

9. Don’t harbor false hope. It’s going to be hard. Having anything on your background or credit is a real obstacle for some employers, you may be rejected but don’t give up because it is possible!

10. Seek emotional support. You have a family community here with us and we are here to support you. You just have to utilize us. Whether it’s family, close friends, or anyone here at school, you will need to talk to someone for encouragement. Having that support system will help you stay focused and motivated when you feel discouraged.

Contact Career Services today to get started on the right track to your new career!