Think Before You Post

More and more social media can come in the way of candidates getting jobs or cause an employee to lose his/her job. More often than not, people believe that what they post on their personal accounts will not have consequences in the workplace, this however is not the case.

Here are three different articles that show how different people have lost their jobs because of social media posts:

10 People Who Learned Social Media Can Get You Fired

10 Social Media Blunders That Cost a Millennial a Job

7 Social Media Mistakes That Could Damage Your Career

This is just a reminder to think before you post, Captains!

Don’t let the Job Search Spook you!

Halloween is coming up next week and there will be haunted houses, mummies, zombies, ghosts and more that may scare you. However, don’t let the job search be one of them! Take some of these easy steps to start the process when talking to prospective employers and friends.
1.) Informational Interviewing – This is a wonderful tool within the job search process as it is a casual conversation to learn more about a particular career path and company, as well as gain advice for your search. This should be a brief 10-30 minutes and alumni are a great place to start.
2.) Shadowing – This is when you ask to observe a professional as he/she goes about his/her day. This can last for an afternoon or as long as an entire day. It is another method for getting an inside scoop on what a career is like, to see how the organization functions and to build contacts.
3.) Let’s do Lunch – Everyone is busy throughout their day and has so many other commitments; however everyone has to eat at some point. During lunch you can ask them questions about their current job, career path, job search advice, etc.Halloween-Pumpkins-HD-Wallpapers

Connecting with Alumni

Happy Thursday Captains!

Homecoming is next week and that can only mean one thing: Alumni will be in town!

Alumni are a great resource as you explore careers and look for opportunities. Why, you ask? Because they are currently living out students’ dream jobs AND they love to talk about what they do and give advice, especially to fellow Captains!

Reaching out to alumni may seem daunting, but trust us, it’s not! The best tool to do this with is LinkedIn. If you haven’t yet, join the CNU Alumni Page on LinkedIn! Through this page you can search what job, company, or even major that you are looking for and it will narrow down the search to CNU alumni in that specific area.

From there, connect with different alumni who have a job/career in which you have an interest. Once the connection goes through, go ahead and write them a message just explaining who you are and what you’re looking for. An important part about this step is to be very mindful of their time. A short message will do, it doesn’t have to be an essay! Be sure to ask thoughtful questions that will give you good insight into what their career is like and how you should prepare to enter the field. After you receive their response, send a thank you message to show you appreciate their time and the information shared. This keeps the relationship positive and shows you are considerate.

With that being said, stop by the CCP for any more questions you may have about LinkedIn or connecting with Alumni!

And remember, you get jobs by talking to people!

LinkedIn Tips

Fall Break starts today and you are probably just as excited as I am to kick up your feet and relax for the next few days! While you are taking a break, set aside some time to improve your LinkedIn profile. Or better yet if you don’t have one, now is the time!

LinkedIn is similar to Facebook, but more of a professional online site where you can network with employers. Put in time to make it great and this will pay off! Here are some tips that will help you:

  • Choose a Great Picture. Not one from last weekend when you were at Plaza with your friends and nothing from tailgating either. This should be a professional headshot of yourself dressed in a blouse or blazer. A picture can tell 1,000 words.
  • Write a descriptive headline. Utilize 3 adjectives that describe your personality and work ethic. This quick summary should explain yourself and what your goal is. Are you graduating this May? What is your major? What skills do you have? What kinds of job are you trying to apply for? All of these should be answered in the headline.
  • Summary is important. Don’t waste this space as it’s very vital and should walk the reader through your work passions, key skills, unique qualifications, and list the various companies you have worked for. Sum up all of this within 1-2 short paragraphs and if you can, include a bulleted section in the middle.
  • Treat this like your Resume. Your resume isn’t a list of job duties, but instead a place to highlight your best accomplishments. Within the experience section, use bullet points to describe what you did, how well you did it, and who it impacted. Show your achievements, awards, certifications, or volunteer experience – anything that will make you stand out more to an employer.
  • Include a current job title. Being a full-time student is a job in itself, so include this! When many employers search prospective candidates, they utilize the “current title” box in most searches. Include phrases such as “In Transition” or “Seeking New Opportunity” to prevent employers from missing out on your name!
  • Request a recommendation. If someone congratulates you at work, ask them to include it on your profile. Be specific when asking your employer for a recommendation as this will help them describe the type of assignment that you contributed to the company.

With some of these basic tips, you will be off to a great start! Good luck and come on by to the CCP if you have any questions.

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The Graduate School Fair is this Thursday, October 8th!!

Make sure to dress professionally, this is the first impression that a recruiter will have of you, so be sure to make it a good one!

Do your research! Know who you want to talk to and what questions that you want to ask ahead of time! Check out the Profile Book, it is a great resource to start with!

Just like with the Career Fair, look up the recruiters on LinkedIn and send them an email before the fair to have them looking for you! This is a great way to show that you are interested in that graduate school!

Also be sure to attend these upcoming workshops to prepare:

10/6 – 12:30 – 1:30PM in Luter 121: Going to Graduate School: CNU Faculty Panel

10/6 – 4:00PM in DSU Madison: Graduate School Fair Preparation Workshop

10/7 – 12:00PM in DSU Madison: Graduate School Fair Preparation Workshop