Learn about Internships and Jobs through Campus Interviews

Are you a senior looking for a full-time job? Interested in a summer internship? Participating in on-campus interviews is an excellent way to learn more about the companies that are hiring and your options for jobs or internships. Log into Career Connect to learn the details and apply! All applications are due by midnight on Thursday, 9/28 (except Target – 12 pm on 9/25)! Plan to meet these employers at the Career Fair as well!

Making the Most of LinkedIn in College

According to their website, LinkedIn “operates the world’s largest professional network on the Internet with more than 500 million members in over 200 countries and territories.”  Sounds like you should create a LinkedIn account when you graduate from college and begin your career…right?

Wrong.  Here’s why:

  1. There are over 500,000,000 people on LinkedIn.  This means one thing:  networking.  As we say here in the Center for Career Planning, “You get jobs by talking to people.”  What better place to start than the place where 500,000,000 people are a click away?  LinkedIn updates you on your connections’ activity and makes it easy to reach out to professionals in your field for advice.  On LinkedIn, opportunity can find you instead of the other way around.
  2. “There are more than 40 million students and recent college graduates on LinkedIn. They are LinkedIn’s fastest-growing demographic.”  Your peers are joining LinkedIn and making connections before they graduate.  Stay ahead of the game by joining now, and help each other out by giving each other recommendations and endorsements for their skills.
  3. Many companies post their job openings on LinkedIn.  Not only does this make your job and internship search easier (think of the countless hours you’ve spent on Indeed or Monster), but it allows you to explore career paths and learn more about what you can do with your Bachelor’s degree in a given field.  Because your LinkedIn profile is essentially your online resume, it’s easier than ever to see how a business management professional started out as a graduate with little experience and climbed the ladder to become the CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
  4. A new feature called Lynda.com allows you to watch videos and learn valuable skills using your LinkedIn account.  Lynda.com gives you access to over 5,000 online video courses in business, technology, and creativity.  Not only can you market yourself on LinkedIn, but you can also make yourself more marketable by learning new skills from these courses.

So get out there, create an account on LinkedIn, market yourself and your experience, and connect with people you know!  Don’t wait until graduation.  Start your professional career now!

Professional Attire

The first steps are complete:  You created a stellar resume, applied for a job, and now have an interview this Friday!  Then… this crisis happens.

Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves, friends.  The Center for Career Planning is here to help you dress for success!  Here are our tips on wearing professional attire:

  1. Research the company to figure out how they dress on a day-to-day basis.  While wearing a suit is impressive, it’s a little too over-the-top for a cashier position interview.  If the company’s norm is casual, dress a little more tailored – think back to what you wore for your CNU admissions interview.  If the company norm is dressy, make sure to match that.  What you wear says a lot about you.  If you don’t know, it is better to ask your interviewer ahead of time about their ‘dress code’ than just to guess.
  2. Stick to neutral, dark colors like navy, gray, and black.  While bright colors may be in style, you will stand out to your employer by blending in.  The focus should be on you, not your hot pink blazer.
  3. If something is obviously too large or too small, elect against it.  Similarly, do not wear a skirt that is too short – it should hit just above, at, or right below the knee.  Make sure your clothing items are not wrinkly.  Even the most professional-looking outfit will fail if it doesn’t fit correctly or match conservative business norms.  Remember, the goal is to look professional, competent, and capable.
  4. If you love jewelry, pick one simple necklace or bracelet and/or simple earrings.  Again, a job interview is not the time to be flashy.  Your outfit should not be distracting but rather should make you look ready and put-together.
  5. Black, not white, socks.  Don’t forget this, gentlemen!
  6. It is important to appear well-groomed.  Although your attire makes a great first impression, that goes out the window if you look messy.  Keep your hair neat and short, makeup to a minimum and neutral, and nails and facial hair trimmed.  Avoid wacky colored hair dye and shower at least the day before.  Don’t go crazy with perfume or cologne.  Brush your teeth and remember to put on deodorant!

As always, you are more than welcome to stop by the Center for Career Planning (CNH 305) if you would like our second opinion on your interview outfit.  Good luck, Captains!

Internship Update from Nassir

Hey Captains! Check out what Nassir has to say about his internship thus far:

Describe a typical day/your major projects/responsibilities on your internship.

Usually I’m at work about 15 minutes early cause that’s how long it takes me to set up everything. An average day usually involves me working interchangeably with a couple of different projects. I usually start the day using Pipedrive, to compile potential leads and customers, I call those leads and give them some product knowledge to see if they’d be interested in using our service. I’ll spend maybe a few hours doing that then I shift gears to partnership negotiating. Currently, Skopenow is in the works of trying to partner with a few major banks, insurance agencies, and magazines. So I’ll do some research, gather evidence, and then reach out to these people either to set up a one on one meeting in person, or a Google Hangout where we can discuss the parameters of what our partnership might look like and where we would mutually benefit. I’m usually in charge of brand awareness, noticing trends and making strategic decisions from them, and making sure that my product knowledge matches that of my CEO, so any time I encounter someone I can speak to them with as much information as possible.

Describe the workplace culture/environment.

My office is in the WeWork building, Tower 49, on 5th and 49th Street. WeWork is a collaborative effort of some brilliant minded people who decided they wanted space to work, but wanted to ditch the corporate office feel. What you get now is a ton of entrepreneurs, small businesses, and start ups, all working in the spaces WeWork provides. It’s an awesome environment, they have free coffee, beverages, and food. They have personal spaces, conference rooms, game rooms and a lot more. It makes the environment of working 8 hours a day feel a lot less daunting.

Share what you are using from your classes, things your involved in, etc.

I’d have to give all my credit to interpersonal communication and rhetoric for the success I’ve had in working with Skopenow so far. A lot of what I do in business development, especially when talking to other people, involves persuasion and understanding the dynamics of communication with people. I have to be attentive and understand why they’re saying what they’re saying, what verbal and nonverbal cues I can pick up on, and then once I know those, I have to know how to persuade them based on something I believe they’ll resonate with. I find myself constantly negotiating power balance in conversation with customers frequently to make sure they feel as if they’re getting the best offer possible while I’m still making sure I do my job efficiently.