Submitted by Anne Meehan, Assistant Director of Career Services
In a competitive job market, it is important for job seekers to stand out. In addition to impressive, easy-to read resumes and smart, personable cover letters, young professionals need to be aware of what they’re sharing on their social networks. Two months ago, AC Online released a free career resource for young professionals. “How to Clean Up Your Social Profile: 4 Steps to a More Professional Online Presence” reached thousands of college students and professionals seeking internships and employment across the nation. However, social media is an ever-changing marketing platform, and a few social networks have made some changes. The updated guide highlights key places on social profiles where hiring managers look for “red flags”, and offers quick and easy steps to help turn potential disaster into professional success. You can view the updated guide here:
You’re so expressive and such an effective public speaker! You’re a what? Discover the secret powers of Introverts in this article by LinkedIn authority, Bob McIntosh, CPRW:
7 awesome traits of the introvert
When I ask my Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator (MBTI) workshop attendees if they think I’m an introvert or extravert, they usually guess wrong. “But you’re so lively and loud,” they say.
What do they expect from me, Dawn of the Living Dead?
Those of my attendees who guess wrong believe that to be sociable and animated one must be an extravert. I don’t blame them for guessing wrong, because society has been under the impression that showmanship belongs exclusively to the extraverts.
The ability to speak in public is only one of seven traits the introverts demonstrate. Following are the remaining six:
We think before we speak. Dominating a meeting is not our style; we favor something akin to Parliamentary Procedure. That doesn’t mean we don’t have intelligent things to say; we just don’t like to compete with the extraverts who learn by talking. The problem with our method of communicating is we might not get the opportunity to get our brilliant thoughts out in the open. Continue reading this article here.
The Interviewing 101 workshop is scheduled for Friday, November 8th at 3:00pm. I’m sure you were already planning to attend this workshop to hone your interview skills – but before you make your way to Career Services for the workshop, take a minute to read through Jeff Haden’s tips. This article includes the advice recruiters wish they could share with you before your interview.
9 Things You Wish Job Candidates Knew
by Jeff Haden on Inc.
Job candidates say a lot during an interview. As the interviewer, so do you. But there’s a lot you wish you could say to job candidates well before the interview ever takes place:
1. I want you to be likable.
Obvious, sure, but also critical. I want to work with people I like and who like me. So I want you to smile. I want you to make eye contact, sit forward in your chair, and be enthusiastic. The employer-employee relationship truly is a relationship–and that relationship starts with the interview (if not before). A candidate who makes a great first impression and sparks a real connection instantly becomes a big fish in a very small short-list pond. You may have solid qualifications, but if I don’t think I’ll enjoy working with you, I’m probably not going to hire you. Life is too short.
2. I’m taken aback when you say you want the job right away.
Oh, I do want you to want the job–but not before you really know what the job entails. I may need you to work 60-hour weeks, or travel 80% of the time, or report to someone with less experience than you… so hang in there. No matter how much research you’ve done, you can’t know you want the job until you know everything possible about the job.
3. I want you to stand out….
A sad truth of interviewing is that later I often don’t recall, unless I refer to my notes, a significant amount about some of the candidates. (Unfair? Sure. Reality? Absolutely.) The more people I interview for a job and the more spread out those interviews, the more likely I am to remember a candidate by impressions rather than by a long list of facts. So when I meet with staff to discuss potential candidates I might initially refer to someone as, “the guy with the handcuff-ready stainless steel briefcase,” or “the woman who does triathlons,” or “the guy who grew up in Romania.” In short, I may remember you by “hooks”–whether flattering or unflattering–so use that to your advantage. Your hook could be your clothing, or an outside interest, or an unusual fact about your upbringing or career. Better yet your hook could be the project you pulled off in half the expected time, or the huge sale you made. Instead of letting me choose, give me one or two notable ways to remember you. Read more…
Submitted by Ashley Williams, Office of Career Services Graduate Assistant
Ariel Rivera first discovered her Summer 2013 Internship opportunity at the Rollins Career & Internship Expo this past spring. Ariel not only secured an Intern position with Where Orlando magazine, but also received both academic credit and scholarship toward the opportunity due to her thorough investigation and timely follow up.
In this post, she describes her tasks as an intern, the challenges she overcame, and the skills she has developed half-way through her internship.
by Ariel Rivera, Summer 2013 Intern at Where Orlando Magazine in Orlando, FL
As I approach the midpoint of my internship with Where Orlando I have realized the hard work and dedication that goes into not only publishing each issue of the magazine, but organizing advertisements, dealing with clientele, and informing the community of our publications. I feel that I have progressed immensely on completing my learning objectives. For example, as I work closer with the circulation manager and editor, among other personnel, I have learned the process of completing each issue and assignment by working together to make everything from articles to emails as effective as possible. Most of my work entails posting on the company’s social media sites, which has made me proficient in using these tools for successful advertising and as great sources of information. I have always felt intimidated by complicated computer programs and now I find myself using Excel and design software with ease. Embracing the power of online interaction and realizing how useful websites like Facebook and Twitter can be in promoting a company has helped me to feel connected to my community and a helpful asset to the company.
Learning to be in a new environment was initially the hardest part of my internship. I am used to working in fast paced environments so being in a cubicle for hours at a time took a lot of getting used to. However, I now enjoy going to work and I definitely see myself working in this field as a career. Seeing the power of group work has impressed me the most. I am used to doing things on my own, including homework and other assignments. Working together with everyone on staff step by step in creating e-blasts (emails sent out to clients and advertisers), newsletters, and event updates has taught me that it takes a lot of time, energy and teamwork to keep a magazine running. Especially when I attended my first Where Wednesday event at Bon Posh Fashion Jewelry was I able to see how advertisers, concierge, clientele, and those on the magazine came together to create a fun way to connect with each other and sponsor other projects. Helping with that event and finally seeing it unfold was perhaps my most proud moment with the magazine thus far. I was able to see how Where Orlando actually affects the community and it helped me connect to other businesspeople and feel the satisfaction of a job well done. Read More…
Submitted by Chad Chernet, Central and North Florida Recruiter for the US Peace Corps
As the central and north Florida Regional Recruiter I encounter many people with varying levels of knowledge about the United States Peace Corps and what Volunteer service entails. I have heard everything from “Wow, I didn’t know Peace Corps still existed!”, “I am too old to serve”, “If I decide to apply, will I be placed in Iraq or Afghanistan” and “I do not have the money to serve”. In fact, none of these statements or questions is accurate and it is my job to ensure that the next generation of Volunteers is fully informed of all aspects relating to Peace Corps service. For full information regarding Peace Corps, please visit www.peacecorps.gov or contact Chad Chernet at 407-450-8840 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below I have listed the top 10 common myths regarding Peace Corps followed by the facts regarding each topic.
1) MYTH: Peace Corps Volunteers must cover their own expenses while serving abroad.
FACT: Peace Corps service does NOT require any out-of-pocket expenses. As an agency of the Federal government, Peace Corps is in a unique position to cover the costs associated with service. This means that we cover housing, monthly expenses (such as food, local travel and incidentals) as well as travel to/from the country of service. We also fully cover medical and dental expenses. Furthermore, returning Volunteers receive a “readjustment allowance” which helps them transition back to life back in America. Even immunizations and all legal documents (Passport, Work permits, etc.) are covered.
2) MYTH: Peace Corps Volunteers serve in dangerous countries.
FACT: We are a “need based” Agency and only send Volunteers to countries who have requested trained men and women and who are stable enough to ensure the safety and security of our Volunteers.
3) MYTH: As a recent college graduate, I am not competitive.
FACT: The majority of Peace Corps Volunteers are recent college graduates and work in all six of our program areas. They bring energy and creativity to the local community and job assignment. Read More…
Submitted by Julia Larson, Assistant Director of Career Services
Does your resume feature experiences that support your career choice? What if you could get advice from the Professional Business Woman of the Year???! This article by Robin Reshwan (honored as Professional Business Woman of the Year by American Business Women’s Association) reveals tips on communicating passion for your intended career field:
5 Smart Ways College Students Can Display Career Conviction
Hiring is about minimizing risk. An employer is reviewing candidates to determine who is the least risky hire and will result in the best return on his hiring “investment.” Seasoned professionals can convey that they are great investments through their related previous work experience, providing references that can attest to their commitment to their field, listing accomplishments that are applicable to a new opportunity and in general showing a track record of their interest and success in a potential field. For the college student and new graduate who has minimal work experience, the options to display that they will be a secure, long-term hire are limited. One of the best ways to mitigate this risk for an employer is to demonstrate passion in your field of choice. Here are five ways to convey your conviction:
1. Study what you want to pursue. At times, some employers will hire entry-level professionals whose degrees were not directly tied to the field of work. To better your chances of making that jump, take a class or two that relates to your target position. It could be an online course regarding software that is prevalent in that industry or a public speaking class if you want to pursue sales opportunities. Taking relevant courses demonstrates that you have thought through a potential career enough to recognize what might be relevant and that you actually took the time to pursue that knowledge. To an employer, this shows that you can identify an opportunity and take advantage of it. Continue reading this article here.
A couple weeks ago, Lindsey Pfaender submitted a blog entry, describing her career path into commercial real estate, promoting the profession for other women. On October 25th, the CREW Network (Commercial Real Estate Women) will be hosting their second annual university outreach program UCREW 2013. Lindsey describes the event in greater detail below and is inviting any Rollins students who are interested to register and attend as her guest. The deadline to register is October 18.
Submitted by Lindsey Pfaender, Rollins MBA, Class of 2010
Come network with some of the communities top Commercial Real Estate Professionals at our UCREW event on October 25th at the TLC office in Downtown Orlando. Please see flyer for details and registration instructions. You will be exposed to many career paths available to you in Commercial Real Estate like interior decorating, project management, banking, law, and brokerage just to name a few. We also have INTERNSHIP opportunities available! Please see list below for the list of key note speakers.
Please email me if you have any questions: Lindsey.Pfaender@cushwake.com. Hope to meet you all there!
2013 UCREW Speakers
Laura A. Lewis, P.E.
Associate/Structural Project Engineer
TLC Engineering for Architecture
Director of Development
Equinox Development Properties, Inc.
Kelly Eger-Smith R.E.M.
American Environmental Consulting, Inc.
Marketing and Public Relations:
Marketing & Public Relations
Architect and Project Manager:
Jacki Hale, AIA LEEP AP B+C
Cindy Colvin, FVP
SunTrust Community Capital
Heather Himes, Esq.,
Office Leasing Director
Cushman & Wakefield
Multifamily Associate Broker
Cushman & Wakefield
Workplace Interior Architecture
Little Diversified Architectural Consulting