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Compassion in a Cutthroat World

November 10th, 2014 by cmiceli763

Recently I have developed actual fear of post-graduate life. As a senior, it’s all becoming real- and I’m questioning whether I’m ready to have responsibilities, work a 9-5 (or in public relations, 8-8), or pay bills. Yet, while all of that is going to hit hard, they are factors that I am able to control. I can decide (to an extent) which responsibilities I have, what hours I want to work, and what bills I have to pay. It’s the things that are 100% beyond my control that I’m worried about.

These thoughts began flooding my head as I was watching House of DVF the other night. For those of you that are unaware, it’s a new reality show on E! where 10 girls compete to be the global ambassador for Diane von Furstenberg. Let me just say: the show is horrifying and the girls are brutal. And not very smart, but that’s another story. As I’m watching, I’m wondering to myself, is this really how it is? I think that there are certain truths, but it has to be scripted for entertainment purposes, I hope.


April 24th, 2014 by jconole

by Jen Conole, Career Advisor

The National Association of Colleges and Employers recently published a document titled, The Job Outlook for the Class of 2014. It is full of promising statistics and information. A few key pieces of information:

1. Hiring of New Grads is Expected to Rise. The job market has improved for new grads, and hiring is expected to increase by 7.8%

2. Certain Majors are In Demand. Employers are especially interested in bachelor’s degree grads in the business, engineering, computer/information science, sciences, and communications disciplines.

3. Starting Salaries are Sweeter. Benefits, too - and this is an important element to your total employment package. Benefits can mean big money in perks and savings. Research the labor market for your field of interest so that you know what to expect. Visit your Career Advisor for help if you need it.

Turn a Career Fair into a Job Offer

April 1st, 2014 by sressler447

This year’s Career Fair was held in the Recreation Center and had over 80 employers in attendance.  The student attendance was also extremely impressive with over 450 students participating throughout the two and a half time frame. The environment was very professional, including a professional photographer offering free LinkedIn photos.

In the Field House is where all various organizations had their booths set up. There was a floor plan that gave students the opportunity to find the location of employers they were targeting.

Now that the Career Fair is over, students should keep in contact with the professionals they met at the fair. The ultimate goal is to maintain a positive and long lasting relationship with that individual. There are many ways to go about this, such as adding them to your LinkedIn connections or sending them a thank you letter or email and attach your resume. 

Beauty of Versatility

April 1st, 2014 by cmiceli763

Guess what, guys? It’s that time of year- again! Summer internships await. Ah the sweet feeling of boosting your resume. So let’s get right to it. I’m going to focus on the beauty of going outside of your comfort zone in the job world.  

So, because I’m a PR major I’m just going to harp on that a bit. Currently, I’m doing my fourth internship (technically a part-time job) at a 3D rapid prototyping/engineering firm, R&D Technologies. It’s a great marketing position, the only one in the company, and I’m granted complete creative flow. I got the position by taking a walk through the School of Engineering, Computing, and Construction Management Career Fair. I was actually snapchatting a photo of the 3D printer they had on their table when the President of the company encouraged me to send my resume for a marketing position. See how that kind of just fell in my lap? All it took was the slightest bit of interest and I got it!

Prepare for the Career Fair!

March 14th, 2014 by jconole

You love the idea of approaching strangers, pitching your value (or "selling yourself"), and fostering internship and job opportunities, right? Wrong. Most college students cringe at the thought of networking. Here are some quick tips to help you put your best foot forward for the upcoming Career Fair on March 26th!

Social Media: What if I Have Embarrassing or Inappropriate Stuff in my Profile?

March 10th, 2014 by jconole

By Jen Conole, RWU Career Advisor

It happens – you didn’t have your post-grad job search in mind when you posted that embarrassing photo or tweeted that profane comment online. How this might impact your job search will often depend on severity and context. A photo of a candidate that “appears to have been drinking” isn’t usually an immediate disqualifier. It may come down to what exactly the candidate is doing in the photo. Is he holding a beer at a football game? Or is he singing karaoke with a lampshade on his head? Most employers who are serious about a candidate won’t use an embarrassing photo or a couple of inappropriate comments as the sole reason for disqualifying someone.

Social Media: A Make-or-Break Element of Your Job Search

February 10th, 2014 by jconole

Students looking for a career should know what their “online footprint” looks like and how they come across professionally. A simple Google search will show you what an employer will see (and a potential employer WILL look for you on the internet). If you have social media profiles, they will appear in a Google search unless privacy settings prevent it.

If you do not already have a social media profile, I don’t suggest creating one for the purpose of a job search…UNLESS the jobs you are seeking are with companies who appear to value social media (e.g., a radio station, a PR firm, or Google are going to want to see that you have a good grasp on social media outlets!). More companies these days want to see a social media presence, because that is the medium they use for a lot of their marketing.

LinkedIn is a different sort of social media platform – much more professional than Facebook. Since most jobs are acquired through networking, I DO suggest creating and maintaining a professional LinkedIn page for anyone looking for a career.

Warning: Don't Become a "Resolutioner"

January 9th, 2014 by jconole

Following a long and hopefully fulfilling and fruitful holiday season, the New Year brings about inspiration in many of us. After indulging ourselves in various ways, exercise goals, nutrition goals, and money-saving goals abound. For those planning a career transition, this time of year also stimulates motivation (or panic?) to search, network, apply, interview, and secure that coveted dream job upon graduation.

Most of us “Resolutioners” will fall off the wagon sometime between now and March. For those preparing to graduate this spring, a March relapse could spell disaster for your job search efforts. Here are a few simple tips to get you started and keep you on track:

Rediscovering the Passion

November 4th, 2013 by cmiceli763

As the semester progresses, exams become weekly events and studying consumes your life, and it’s easy to lose focus on your endgame. You’re so caught up in just making it through your homework that you forget why you’re doing it. It’s times like these that rediscovering passion for your major will push you through and give you hope.  Here’s how:

Talk to someone about it – This is so simple but entirely effective. Have a conversation with someone about your major and your career goals. Whether it’s a friend, classmate, second cousin twice removed, just talking about your dreams will remind you how hard you have to work towards them.

Look up internships and jobs – even if you don’t want one. Seeing what’s out there, remembering that one day you’re going to be in one of these awesome positions! There is a light at the end of the tunnel, my friends. You may even come across one that you do end up wanting, not a bad side effect.

Why versus What: The Power of Reposition

February 22nd, 2013 by cmiceli763

I recently watched a video for my advertising principles class, exploring the values of “why” and “what.” Yes- this could mean anything, and in the video it was regarding advertising and branding. The speaker set out to explain the value of a company saying “why” the consumers should believe in them, versus “what” they had to believe in. Kind of confusing, I know… but then I got to thinking. A company must connect with the consumers on a deeper level than “here’s my product, it’s great, buy it.” When have you ever bought a product because of its technological advancements...? You buy a product because the company positions it as something you need: “if you’re looking for (great quality), you need this product.” How does this relate to the career center? If this method works SO well with companies and products, then there’s a good chance it’s going to work just as well with applicants and job searches. Hear me out…