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 (Next Week)
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: http://marylandcareerconsortium.org/students/career_fair.

 

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)

Book of the Month: How to Win Friends & Influence People

By Lori Moss Bielek – UB Career Coach

Book written by Dale Carnegie

This month’s book is related to the third phase of the UB Career Cycle — Communicate Your Brand. In this classic best-selling book, Dale Carnegie encourages readers to think of ways that they can be more successful in developing positive relationships with others. Using his guidelines, you can seek to improve your ability to influence others’ behavior and get them to support your personal or professional goals.

One of the main themes of the book is that in order to win over others, you need to get to know them. In a nutshell, here are the six ways that Carnegie proposes to get people to like you:

  • Principle 1: Become genuinely interested in other people.
  • Principle 2: Smile.
  • Principle 3: Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
  • Principle 4: Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.
  • Principle 5: Talk in terms of the other person’s interests.
  • Principle 6: Make the other person feel important—and do it sincerely.

How could you use these principles in building and communicating your personal brand?Do you think these principles can be used when networking with others? Attending career fairs? Writing cover letters?

One tip for using the first principle is to remember to show genuine interest in a company and/or that particular position when writing a cover letter.  This will demonstrate to the employer that you are interested in them and not just seeking a paycheck.

Another big theme in the book is to avoid arguments and to not criticize others.  Instead, Carnegie recommends that you seek to praise others:

“Praise is like sunlight to the warm human spirit; we cannot flower and grow without it. And yet, while most of us are only too ready to apply to others the cold wind of criticism, we are somehow reluctant to give our fellow the warm sunshine of praise.”

Carnegie argues that no one wins in an argument.  Even if you are right, the other person is left unhappy and this harms the relationship.

Check out the book for a multitude of personal anecdotes and stories that illustrate several situations when Carnegie’s tips and learned wisdom have been useful to others.

Do you agree with Carnegie’s principles? Why or why not? Please comment below.