What Can I Learn from Career Services and Alumni Relations Staff?
June 27, 2017
This week we look at the best advice that Career Services and Alumni Relations staff give to their students. We look at what can make your résumé stand out, and at how to navigate the transition from student to full-time employee.
A Facebook director who interviews up to 100 candidates a year reveals how to make your résumé stand out
The best résumés show your passions. Make sure that your résumé is proofread carefully, it’s not formatted in a strange way, and it just tells a really clear story about who you are and what you’ve done. It doesn’t really matter what it is you’ve done as long as it comes across as impactful, that you did it well, and that you’re eager to bring those skills to a potential employer. If you’ve been out of work for a while, find open source projects you can work on and/or find community service projects you can do. If you look dedicated, you’ll be more likely to stand out. Read Article»
What ‘Seinfeld’ Can Teach You About Leadership Blind Spots
Elaine’s dancing is unforgettable… unforgettably terrible. In fact, it was so bad that it caused her employees to lose respect for her when she was acting president of her company. No one had the courage to tell her she couldn’t dance expect for Kramer. As leaders climb the corporate ladder, their subordinates and colleagues become less and less likely to point out their weaknesses, leaving them with blind spots. Simply asking your team for honest feedback and listening for the coded truth can help any leader grow. It also helps the people asked to feel valued in a way that financial rewards can not. Read Article»
University Career Leaders Give Advice to Recent Graduates
Career Services and Alumni Relations departments are the unsung heroes of any university. Robbie Abed interviewed 12 directors and assistant directors from both departments to get their takes on what graduates can do to set themselves apart. They remind alumni that their alma maters are still there to help their careers if they call. That they can smartly network and find mentors, and that graduates should remember that employers know they are fresh when they are hired straight out of college. They are hiring you because you have the necessary skills – or the ability to learn them – and because they believe you can do the job. Read Article»
How to Manage the College-to-Corporate Transition
You’ve graduated. Now what? Managing the transition from student to a working adult can be very difficult. Don’t be too hard on yourself, but think about how your decisions can set you up for your future. Learn to make professional relationships. College can be cliquey, but in the workplace, it’s important to work well with everyone and to treat people with respect. Remember that your reputation follows you after you leave a company thanks to tools like LinkedIn where you can get endorsements. And, even though you’re young, don’t forget to start saving some money for retirement. Read Article»
To Make Your Meetings More Productive, Do 1 of These 4 Things
There is nothing worse than a pointless meeting. Employees everywhere complain about how much of their time is spent talking about work and how little time they have to do their work. If you are planning a meeting, think about setting an agenda and sending it out ahead of time. Add a little physical activity to jolt participants into engaging with you. Divide the meeting into sections, and set your meetings in the afternoon so your colleagues can have time to accomplish some work and prepare before you speak. Read Article»
A VC says the 3 things an intern needs to do to score a full-time job have nothing to do with education or skill
You’ve scored your dream internship, but now the real work begins. Internships are a great way to get your foot in the door. You can set yourself apart from the crowd and get the inside track for a job after you graduate. However, everyone around you has the same idea. Don’t limit yourself to the tasks you are assigned. Be proactive and ask what other ways you can help. Ask questions of those you’re working with. Curiosity is valued in the workplace. Finally, don’t be afraid. Don’t hide at your desk doing work. Make sure you introduce yourself to people and mingle around the water cooler. Being seen as proactive, friendly, and courageous can help you turn a summer internship into the beginning of a successful career. Read Article»