Three Body Movements You May Have Misinterpreted

By: Brittany Walker, Graduate Assistant

“The Body Language Handbook” by authors Gregory Hartley and Maryann Karinch unpacks the power of nonverbal language. The authors maintain that barriers, adapters, regulators, and illustrators are the “four parts of speech” that comprise a non-verbal sentence. Barriers allow us to protect ourselves and create a natural space. This may be physical space from an intimidating person or space to gather one’s thoughts. Adapters are seen as evolutionary habits to quell nervous energy and is often done out of habit. Regulators are typically commanding actions that hold the same value if verbal language were to be used. For example, holding up one’s hand to signal someone to stop an action. Lastly, illustrators “punctuate” our words by signaling which aspects of speech should be accentuated. These four elements are crucial when interpreting body language. The handbook proved valuable in interpreting the meaning of common nonverbal poses.


1.    Arms Folded

a.    Having one’s arms crossed is the general example used to convey aggression or anger. But what if it also conveyed annoyance, fear, or confidence. Individuals may use the arms are a barrier to protect the physical body from unintentionally signaling harmful messages. In addition, folded arms can serve as an adaptive response to providing space for reflection. A conversation may necessitate time to think and folding one’s arms provides the time needed to properly respond.

2.    Rapid Eye Movement

a.    Many believe that the moving of the eyes quickly serve as a predecessor to being dishonest. However, the authors maintain that eye movement is simply a signal of thinking. Eye movement aligns with how an individual processes and stores memories. Whether the thought is associated with a visual cue, reasoning, or creativity the eyes will redirect themselves into the brain region that processes that information.

3.    Drooping Shoulders

a.    Generally, the action is associated with being bored. However, the action can serve as a regulator to command aspects of the conversation to end or shift to another topic. Drooping shoulders can also signal defeat and illustrate one’s internal feelings of sadness.

It is important to avoid viewing body language in a narrow sense in the professional world. In order to continue to meet workplace standards and accomplish goals, one’s body language intelligence needs to be elevated to include the multiple meanings that are being expressed in a simple gesture.

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Prepare for your opportunities!

By: Anthony Moreira
Job Development and Recruitment Coordinator

You may have heard of getting your “Summer Body” ready for the summer (defined muscles, appearing svelte, and healthy) during the wintertime when outdoor conditions are not so desirable. Well I am here to encourage you to get your summer opportunities ready!

What does this mean? While open to interpretation, I believe this means getting your career/ internship search tools in order and exercising those “career development muscles”!

Tools include:

  • Scheduling a career coaching appointment
  • Preparing your resume
  • Understanding your professional pitch
  • Building online presence
  • Seeking out career fairs/ internship opportunities

This list is not inclusive, however NOW is the time to secure your opportunities for the spring/summer & post-graduation.

“Summer Career Opportunities are built in the winter”

Engage Your Network

By Brittany Walker, Graduate Assistant


So, you are new to the job search process? Stuck on how to transition into a career straight from earning your degree? Look no further than…who’s around you. That’s right, the individuals you are already connected with could serve as a fundamental resource in securing your dream job.


As career coaches, a frequent sentiment shared between students is for them to connect more with their network. Individuals of previous and/or current professional experiences, professors, colleagues, or even former business acquaintances can prove helpful in raising one’s awareness to available job opportunities. The necessary steps to engage your network can be found below:


  • Update Your LinkedIn
    • Take a new profile photo: Research shows that an inviting photo attracts 14 times more viewers to your profile. Choosing an image that is as close to your likeness as possible and appropriately fills the frame helps improve one’s likeability to potential employers. In addition, inviting, solid colors and a warm smile contributes to one’s branding techniques. Don’t be scared to invest in just the right photo to increase your chances of catching a recruiter’s eye.


  • Profile reflects your resume: Don’t think of your LinkedIn and resume as two completely different tools. Maximize your effectiveness by accurately displaying your professional, education, and/or volunteer experiences by mirroring information on your resume. One should be updated the same time as another as you are constantly involved in building skills and accomplishing tasks at your current experiences.


  • Notify Your Network
    • Update your summary on your LinkedIn profile! Make clear that you are seeking experiences in your industry of choice. Drop hints to those in your network and send them your resume to check over. This way, others are knowledgeable about what you have accomplished and what you would like to achieve in your field. They are now more likely to send any opportunities your way because you’ve advocated for yourself.


Lastly, remember to always engage your network. Find creative ways to stay in contact with individuals even after you have obtained your desired position. If there is anyway for you to provide your expertise or assist a fellow professional, be sure to extend yourself. Always remind your network of your appreciation for them and by doing so, you’ll remain at the forefront of the employment conversation when your interests and job searches are concerned.

Focus on your Career Goals in Spring 2017!

By: Lakeisha Mathews, CPRW, CPCC, GCDF (Director)

Welcome to spring 2017!  As we wrap up with the winter season and prepare to enter into the sunny days of spring there is no better time to focus on your career goals.  This semester the Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC) has planned a great slate of events to help you explore your career options, connect with employers, and/or improve your workplace excellence skills.  Of note is the Maryland Career Consortium annual career fair being held on February 24th at Notre Dame of Maryland University from 10 am. – 2 pm.  If you are graduating and looking for a new job or hoping to secure a summer internship, we highly encourage you to attend.  Transportation is being provided by the CPDC from UB to Notre Dame.  More details are on our website here.


CPDC Spring 2017 Event Highlights


Internship Week is geared towards students seeking to gain experience in their career field through for-credit, paid, or unpaid internships.  Students will gain a better understanding of how to find internships and make the most of their internship opportunities.  Events include:


  • Be Ready Workshop: Effective Resume and Cover Letter Writing
    Tuesday, Feb. 7, 3:45-4:45 p.m. (SC 301) (log into UBworks to register)
  • Special Virtual Webinar:  How to get Class Credit for an Internship
    Wednesday, Feb. 8, noon-1:00 pm (log into UBworks to register)
  • Internship Drop-in Hours
    Wednesday, Feb. 8, 3:00-5:00 p.m. (SC 306)


Maryland Career Consortium Career Fair

Over 100 of the region’s top employers expected.  Move your career in the right direction, seek out full-time, part-time, and internship positions.  For a full list of confirmed employers go to:


When: Friday, February 24, 2017

Time: 10 am – 2:00 pm

Where: Notre Dame of Maryland University (MBK Gymnasium)

*Transportation will be provided from UB (contact the Career and Professional Development Center for additional information)


Start-Up Networking Event

Wednesday, Mar. 29, 6:00-8:00 p.m. (John and Frances Angelos Law Center, 12th floor Reading Room)

Come meet the fastest growing startup companies based in Baltimore. Network with innovative entrepreneurs, discover internship and job opportunities and learn about the skills required to enter this specialized workforce. Business casual attire is required.

LinkedIn Photoshoot

Thursday, Apr. 6, 2:00-6:00 p.m. (UB Student Center, Room 306)

Come by the Career Center in your business attire and have your picture taken for your LinkedIn profile.


More Events

Professional Development Workshops


Beyond Friending – Networking

By: Brittany Walker, Graduate Assistant

Imagine this concept: It’s months away from graduation and you receive an email notification. The email is informing you that someone new wants to join your professional network. Naturally, you quickly press “add” or “confirm” to accept this person, and that’s the last true interaction between you two. There isn’t much thought put into approving requests nor connecting beyond the brief acknowledgment.

Professional networking sites were created for more of a purpose than accepting requests. They are opportunities to expand one’s network while interacting with individuals immersed in their own career journeys. While connecting on these forums provides insight into the other’s career history, it is not a sufficient means of engaging a professional network. Below are three features that can enhance the user’s experience on popular networking site, LinkedIn, and offer more opportunities to build connections!

  1. Share Content!  The news feed is an effective mean to spread knowledge both related to one’s profession or any topic that incites creativity and productive discussions. A good article, picture, or video can break the monotony and spark interesting dialogue to learn more about those within your professional network.

  2. Profile BadgesProfile badges are a promotional tool to insert a direct link to one’s profile to be placed on a personal blog, portfolio, Facebook, and the list goes on. It serves as a subtle reminder that with the easy click of mouse, others can learn more about your talents, skills, and achievements.

  3. EndorsementsA recently added feature that allows users to endorse someone within their network of a skill advertised on their profile. It enhances the credibility of one’s profile and allows for real-time feedback on skills that have contributed to one’s growth as a professional. Instead of simply liking a component of your profile, they can endorse and/or add an additional skill you may not have mentioned!

These are just a few examples of ways to branch out through professional networking sites and remain proactive in building a dynamic network.


Mentorship: What is it and why is it useful?

By: Brittany Walker, Graduate Assistant

“My mentor said, ‘Let’s go do it,’ not ‘You go do it.’ How powerful when someone says, ‘Let’s!’”
— Jim Rohn

The above-mentioned quote illustrates the gift of mentorship because it addresses many students’ fears – accomplishing their dreams alone. Mentorship is a unique relationship between two individuals that encourages bilateral learning. The relationship involves a strong level of accountability and is not limited by time or even distance because the prime goal is optimal professional and personal development.

The mentor serves as a valuable asset because of their experience and expertise in the professional world. Individuals typically seek mentors to serve as a source of support and guiding them along their personal and professional journey. The role of a mentor can expand from knowledge sharing and general support to facilitating the growth of one’s professional network. Mentors also have more access to industry resources that could prove advantageous to one’s skill development and future success in their field.

As stated earlier, mentorship is not a one-sided relationship. Mentees produce a significant amount of change in the life of mentor’s as well. Mentee’s provide an opportunity for a mentor to develop leadership skills as they are now tasked with the duty to serve as a role model and effectively communicate the values of the field. Mentors also can develop a great sense of pride in their new role and as a result, improve work performance.

Mentorship fosters vital connections that will allow both parties to be engaged in the success of another. While many believe that the ladder to success entails greed and self-centeredness, mentorship allows individuals to be just as concerned about another’s success as they are their own. This is a progressive method to ensure that passionate individuals are investing their time and energy to protect the values of the field. As we begin National Career Development Month, remember that an essential step to building connections is to seek a mentoring relationship!

November is National Career Development Month

November is National Career Development Month and our theme is Creating Career Connections.  Join the Career and Professional Development Center at the events listed below to help you expand your professional network.  In addition, we encourage you to gain experience in your industry.  To learn more about gaining experience see the UB Career Cycle.

Government & Nonprofit Career Fair

Nov. 16; 3 – 6 pm
Bogomolny Room 

Come connect with employers in the government and nonprofit sectors seeking candidates for full-time positions and internships.

LinkedIn Photoshoot

Nov. 17; 3:30 – 6:30 pm (students, staff, and faculty welcome)
Student Center, room 306

Workshops (see the attached for details)
Writing an Effective Federal Resume (11/9)
The Federal Job Search (11/10)
How to Work a Career Fair (11/10)