Future-Proof Your Career

Ray - ThumbnailSubmitted by Ray Rogers, Director of Career Services

While no one’s career, or any career field, is truly future-proof, there are some steps you can take now that will help insure your background and skills are a few key concepts to keep in mind that will help you stay relevant in an ever changing job market.  The infographic below highlights some of these.  Read the full article on Ariel Eckstein’s LinkedIn blog for more detail.

 

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Dealing with Uncertainty During Your Job Search

Anne - ThumbnailSubmitted by Anne Meehan, Assistant Director of Career Services

If you have begun an internship or job search, you know how challenging it can be but the reward of landing an opportunity will pay off!  Be sure to read the article below from Glassdoor.com so you can remove those fears and quell that uncertainty right away.  Also, be sure to let the Career Services Team help you launch a successful internship or job search today!  Read on for further tips.

 

4 Tips to Remove Uncertainty From Your Job Search

by Heather Huhman of Glassdoorgraduation-job-search

Dealing with uncertainty during a job search is a feeling many experience.

We’ve all been there. Waiting to hear back from a recruiter or sitting by the phone waiting for the results of an interview can be some of the most nerve-wracking moments of your job search, In fact, 92 percent of adults fear something about the job interview process. Whether it’s landing the interview or knowing exactly what to say during it, many job seekers feel uneasy when it comes to finding a job.

What many job seekers don’t want to accept is the fact that we need to take some risks throughout our careers. These risks can be taking a job you wouldn’t have expected or even starting a freelance career. Whatever has you feeling uneasy during your job search, here are some thoughts to consider to help you feel more calm and less stressed about your job search:

When you stress about tomorrow, you’re taking away from today’s opportunities.

It’s normal to feel stressed about waiting for callbacks or emails from recruiters. However, you cannot allow this stress to consume your life. Sometimes, when we’re so worried about what will happen tomorrow, next week, or in the next five years, we forget about the events that are happening today. Don’t allow yourself to become consumed by the stress of your job search. To help you stay focused on the present, spend time networking, take a class, and attend workshops. If you can keep yourself busy when looking for jobs, new opportunities could enter into your life.  Read the rest of this article here.

 

Effective Follow Up after Meeting with an Employer

Ray - ThumbnailSubmitted by Ray Rogers, Director of Career Services

As the Rollins Career and Internship Expo is now over, many students have asked about next steps following their initial introduction and meeting with an employer. Regardless if it is a career fair, professional networking event, or formal interview, follow up is key.  A short conversation at a career fair or networking event can lead to an employment opportunity with the proper follow up. We have some simple, tried and true action steps you can take to help insure your initial meeting with the recruiter doesn’t blend into the mass of other eager candidates who connected with a particular employer.

  1. Send a thank-you note or email. If you have the name of the recruiter, or collected their business card, write a short note, tIMG_8087thanking the employer for taking time to meet with you and remind them of your interest in their company and any positions you discussed. It also can’t hurt to submit your resume again as an attachment to the email so that they now will also have it in electronic format. You may also write a formal cover letter to accompany that resume, expressing your interest in the company and positions you discussed. Sample thank- you letters may be found on the Office of Career Services website here.
  2. Complete any “next steps” they gave you. If the employer asked that you complete an online application or submit information to them, be sure you do that as soon as possible. Quick follow up on these tasks shows the employer you are task oriented and are enthusiastic about working for them.
  3. Connect on LinkedIn. Now that you have a professional LinkedIn photograph (taken at the LinkedIn booth at the expo), connect with employers you met with on LinkedIn. While some may not always want to connect with applicants through LinkedIn, many will. Also consider following their company’s LinkedIn page. This reinforces your interest to the employer.  New to LinkedIn?  Now is a great time to develop a winning LinkedIn profile.  You may get started by watching one of the LinkedIn webinars on the Office of Career Services website here.
  4. Do your research. You may have heard something new about the company during your meeting with the recruiter or networking contact. Perhaps it is a new program the company is starting, a recent acquisition they made or a new business unit being brought on line. Show your interest in the organization itself, not just the position you are applying for, by researching the company and strategically mentioning what you have learned during your next meeting/communication with the employer.
  5. Call Them (Maybe).  It is difficult to walk the line between appearing eager/enthusiastic and annoying.  You want the employer to think that you are interested but not as a pesky candidate who continues to annoy them.  If you have a legitimate question or were encouraged to call an employer about setting up an interview, by all means, go ahead.  However, if you have completed a formal interview and are eager to know whether you got the job, it is best to stick to less aggressive forms of followup such as those described above.  The exception would be when you are applying for a sales position where a more aggressive approach is in line with the role.

Are You Ready for the Rollins Career & Internship Expo?

Ray - ThumbnailSubmitted by Ray Rogers, Director of Career Services

Rollins annual career fair, the Career & Internship Expo, is almost here.  We have invited a great pool of employers, eager to hire Rollins students and alumni for full-time and part-time jobs and internships.  By doing a little preparation ahead of the event, you will be able to maximize your time and make the best impression possible on employers attending the event.

The info graphic below, developed by Rasmussen College summarizes some great tips when preparing for a career fair.  We also encourage you to attend one of our Insider’s Guide to Expo workshops this week and next.  Visit our Career & Internship Expo page for more information on the workshops, full listing of registered employers and the event itself.

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The Right Way to Connect with a Stranger on LinkedIn

Anne - ThumbnailSubmitted by Anne Meehan, Assistant Director of Career Services

Have you come across a stranger on LinkedIn that you would like to connect with but just don’t know how to craft a message that will get them to respond?  You are not alone. Everyone needs to develop their network and LinkedIn is a professional contact goldmine.  Whether you are looking to develop your network to aid in your job search, expand your industry contacts, or just seek career advice, you must start with a thoughtful, professional, and brief connection message.  Read on to learn more helpful LinkedIn connection tips.

The Right Way to Connect with a Stranger on LinkedIn

by Joshua Waldman on Career Attraction

Last week, I received an informational interview request from a stranger as a direct message on LinkedIn. Despite my very busy schedule, I decided to take his call.

Over the weekend, I asked myself, “Why did I agree?”

Let’s take his email apart and identify its four essential elements so you can use them in your own LinkedIn networking communications. Networking with strangers on LinkedIn can give you great results — if you’re deliberate in the process.

First, here’s the email I got over LinkedIn from J.:

Hi Joshua,

I noticed we are both connected to M. F. — how do you know M.? I first met her at J.P., and she actually photographed my wedding. Small world.

I wanted to touch base with you because I saw an open position at J.R. I thought would be a great fit for me. I’m located in Portland now, and do social media strategy for a digital marketing agency here in town.

It’s a fun role, but you know how agencies are — fingers in a lot of different businesses, but no ability to truly own a marketing program. It looks like I would be able to do that with the Marketing Communications Manager role that is posted.

Would you mind if I called you some time this week to hear about your experience at J.R. and your perspective on the marketing organization there? I’d really appreciate it.

J.

Now, let’s look at the takeaways:

1. Lead with Something in Common

J. begins his email by pointing out our mutual friend M.F., and although I know M.F. from my sister’s college days, what really got my attention was that M.F. was the photographer at his wedding.

With LinkedIn, there is a danger your first-degree connection isn’t really a close friend. I went through an Open Networking phase, and about 100 people in my LinkedIn network are complete strangers to me. Continue reading this blog article here. 

The Interview is Over…Now What? Managing the Post-Interview Aftermath

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We spend a lot of time and work focusing on the interview itself–preparation, appearance, timing, questions to expect and strategies for answering those questions.  However, another, and sometimes as important component in the application-to-hire process is how an applicant manages what could be referred to as the “post-interview aftermath.”  Sharlyn Lauby wrote a great article on Mashable that gives some great tips on the do’s and don’ts applicants should be aware of during the period of time following your interview.

5 Expert Tips for Following Up After a Job Interview

by Sharlyn Lauby on Mashable

Wonderful JobThe big job interview you’ve been prepping for and stressing over for days or weeks is over, and you can finally breathe a sigh of relief — except now comes the hard part: Waiting to hear back.

You’re excited about the opportunity, and you want to do everything in your power to present yourself as the perfect candidate for the job; one way to increase your odds of landing the gig is to follow up in a professional manner.

Landing your dream job requires a degree of finesse, from the initial email or phone conversation to negotiating salary and signing on the dotted line. In the post-interview aftermath, you want to appear interested without crossing the line and coming across as a pest. You want to be memorable in the right way; so what does this entail?

Below, recruiting experts share their insights on the dos and don’ts when following up after a job interview.

1. Yes, You Should Follow Up

Following up is critical in showing your continued interest in a job opportunity, says Allyson Willoughby, senior vice president of people at Glassdoor, a job and career site where employees anonymously post the pros and cons of their companies, positions and salaries.

Willoughby cautions candidates against becoming a burden to the hiring manager — she stresses the importance of politeness.

“You don’t want to pester until you get an answer, but rather keep yourself in [the hiring team's] minds as they make the decision,” she says. “A great approach is to ask about their timeline for making a hiring decision before you leave the interview. This will help you to properly time your follow-up attempts. In addition, a quick ‘thank you’ [email] is always a nice touch.”

Another way to stand out in your follow-up communications is to mention recent news about the company to show that you’re keeping the job opportunity top-of-mind. This tidbit could be in regards to a blog post, industry news or something related to the job you interviewed for — it goes without saying that the news should be positive in nature; don’t send over a note with a mention of a company scandal.

2. Communicate in a Timely, Professional Manner

Nathan Mirizio, content marketing writer at The Resumator, a recruiting software company, agrees that there’s nothing wrong with sending a gracious thank-you message, unless the recruiter explicitly states no follow-ups or replies.

Mirizio suggests using the last form of communication that you had with a recruiter as the best medium for following up (i.e. phone, email, text, mail, etc.). “Go with that medium, or follow whatever instructions have been given to you. Email is always a safe bet, but always contact recruiters through their business accounts. Personal email accounts and phone numbers are for personal friends, and trying to reach [hiring managers] at home can be an awfully quick turnoff.” Continue reading this article here.

6 Video Resume Tips

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The job market is very competitive and more students are being asked to submit creative videos as a way to showcase what they can do as an intern or full-time professional in various industries.  You want to be prepared for this request and can even create a video resume on your own to display on your LinkedIn Profile, personal website or other social media sites you maintain.  Be sure to read the 6 tips to creating a stellar video resume that will help you land interviews offered by Todd Cavanaugh at Careerealism.com.

6 Tips For Crafting A Video Resume That Gets Interviews

by Todd Cavanaugh at Careerealism

With the U-6 unemployment rate currently above 13%, there are millions of Americans  competing for the same jobs. That means it’s still an incredible challenge to  get noticed by recruiters who are looking through hundreds of resumes a day.

I recently started a job search, and I didn’t like what was happening. For  starters, I had no network in California, where I was targeting tech companies.  And, despite feeling qualified for jobs, I wasn’t getting requests for  interviews. I kept thinking, “If only I had the chance to show them  that I can do this!

This led me to create a video resume. Think about it: statistics say  recruiters look at a resume for mere seconds before making a decision to keep it  or not. What if you can get the same recruiter to watch a 60-second commercial  selling you for the job? You just received 10x more exposure than others.

I decided to target Dropbox for a content creation position. I made a humorous video and set up a personal website at DropBoxHireMe.com  So far, my campaign has received great  feedback, so I thought I’d share with the community at CAREEREALISM some  tips on how I did it.

1. Keep Production Values Extremely High

Because TV and movies are so significant in our culture, people are used to  the highest production values possible. Jittery footage, bad lighting, and poor  editing will sabotage your video from standing out, even if the content is  excellent. But the biggest struggle for most people is sound.

For example, in a well-lit scene, even an iPhone’s video quality is good  enough. But it’s the sound that will make you look like an amateur. You need to  use a professional microphone and not the microphones that are built into a  phone or camcorder. See if you can borrow one from your church, a DJ, or your  weird uncle who always has that kind of thing. It makes a huge difference. Continue reading this article here. 

 

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