Making Yourself More Marketable

standing-outIn our ever changing, growingly competitive workforce, we can inevitably see the technological economic and social forces that are transforming so many industries in different areas of work.  The end goal is to stay updated and know what those skills are, how to acquire them, and what the payoff will be. It is essential not to remain stagnant, but at all times open to learning new things, giving you great exposure for your own personal professional advancement.


Being Socially Intelligent:

  • Ability to collaborate well and work with others. Knowing how to act and react appropriately in various situations.
  • Ability to interact with others and develop meaningful relationships.

Being Adaptable:

  • Ability to adjust to new work environments and changing conditions.

Bilingual or Multilingual

  • The economy is more global than ever. Picking up a second or third language can only set you apart from future competition.

Cross-Culturally adept

  • Learn to adapt to different cultural norms. Whether your work brings you to another country or you interact with those of varying backgrounds on a daily basis.


  • Processing skills and knowledge in more than one area of work. This will only increase your ability to solve multifaceted problems.


Come to the Center for Career Planning for advice on enhancing your professional development. We are glad to help you identify your career goals and get to know your industry area! Make an appointment today by calling 757-594-8887 or visiting Christopher Newport Hall 305.

Apply to Teach For America Today!



APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, October 19th

Start your application today!

See the Impact you can have as a Teacher:

  • An overview of our organization (2 minute video)
  • Our mission in a nutshell (2 minute video)

The Basics and Benefits of Teach For America:

  • All academic majors and backgrounds accepted
  • Select your regional placement (not random assignment) from our 53 communities
  • Teach any grade level (preK-12) and subject including ELL and SpEd
  • Salary ranging from $24,000-$55,000 a year with health insurance and retirement benefits
  • Americorps Education Award of $11,550 and loan deferment/forbearance
  • Option to earn your certification and/or Masters in Education/teaching
  • Graduate school and employer partnerships for alum to continue their leadership and impact
  • DACA recipients are eligible to apply.

Teach For America is developing a movement of leaders who will help drive change at every level of our education system toward the goal of closing the opportunity gap in America. These leaders start their paths as corps members who teach for two years in urban and rural high-need communities and help students make the academic progress that expands their opportunities. Deeply affected by their teaching experience, our alumni continue to advocate for students and build lasting change in many different roles and fields.

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Utilizing Social Media in Your Job Search!

There are many different ways to network using social media these days, but did you know you could potentially find your next job using LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook or even Tumblr? Read ahead for some tips on getting a job through your social media accounts!

LinkedIn: Look up the hiring manager for a job you’re interested in using LinkedIn! Do this before sending off your resume so you can learn who is doing the hiring. This may be more helpful than you’d think! Use the information you find to better suit your cover letter to what they are looking for.

Twitter: Actively engage with potential employers on Twitter! You can show interest by responding and retweeting their company’s account. You may even make a new connection with someone at the company who could answer your questions and give you advice.

Pinterest: You can pin your resume on Pinterest and add all sorts of pizazz to show off your creative side. Believe it or not, there are also plenty of helpful job search boards on Pinterest that you can follow to help you with all your career-related questions.

Facebook: Connect with people! You can use all sorts of social media outlets to – surprise! – connect with others. Let your Facebook friends know you’re looking for a job in a specific industry or reach out to old bosses and mentors you had a good relationship with. You probably know more people than you think!

Tumblr: Utilize your account by putting up your work or blogging about your experiences! This is especially useful for photographers, artists, writers, designers, etc. Having an online portfolio of your work you can point to is especially helpful in today’s world!

Leaving Lasting Impressions After an Interview

Be yourself:  People hire people they like.  Stop trying to be who you think employers may want you to be.  You want to fit in the prospective organization as the person you are and not the person you are trying to be.

Dress for the job you want:  Appearances matter.  When you are dressed in a neatly pressed suit you will come across as professional and people will take you seriously.

Show passion: Enthusiasm is infectious and any employer looking to hire potential candidates is looking for those which are really interested in the position being offered.  A passionate interviewee can be an indicator of someone who will take intuitive, work hard and bring new ideas to the table.

Be specific: Be prepared to tell the story surrounding your achievements and challenges.

Achieve a balance between humble and confident: It is good to sound confident in your abilities.  This could be displayed in having a good posture by sitting up straight. The delivery of your words also matters so it is important to practice describing your previous experience and how it could impact the future.  Just keep in mind an interviewer will grow tired of an arrogant know-it- all type.

The Center for Career Planning is glad to help you prepare for interviews!

Interview Prep Workshops will be held on

Wednesday, 10/12 at 4 pm as well as

Monday, 10/17 at 4 pm.

Both workshops will take place in the Center for Career Planning.

You may also call 757-594-8887 to schedule a mock interview or

visit us during Career Café every Monday, Wednesday and Friday

from 11:30 am to 1 pm in Einstein’s.