Making a Good Impression Starts NowCollege ismuch morethan booksand classes
Congratulations Graduate. Your jobapplication just got tossed in the trash. Many college students are so focused on their studies and social life that they completely overlook working on some of the most important skills needed after graduation. Job seekers now outnumber openings four to one, according to the Labor Department’s latest numbers. (2011)
80% of the final exam will be based on the one lecture you missed and the one book you didnt read Don’t pass up opportunities to hone your job skills while you’re in school
Attitude Mike Bunner calls it a cowboy mentality, the attitude he sees in so many people who come seeking jobs from him. Applicants routinely fail to show up for scheduled interviews at Electro Chemical Engineering and Manufacturing, the company he runs in Emmaus, Pa. Half of those who accepted job offers there last year couldnt pass the drug test. And some who did pass didnt stay long -- they had too much trouble getting to work on time and following orders. "Frankly, most people lose their job today not because they cant perform the technical skills," he said. "They lose it because of poor work ethic." - the morningcall.com
The best place to start is to look in the mirror Dress to impress Always look presentable when meeting with a department’s advisor or your roommate’s parents. These people may be a liaison to potential contacts or future opportunities.
Social Media: Facebook, Twitter and more College professors, advisors and employers have discovered that social media sites provide useful information about their students and employees Dont post anything you wouldnt want your mother, or future boss, to see. Especially avoid illegal and unsavory images It’s OK to have fun while in college; just don’t record it!
The Tale of the Drunken Pirate What shall you do with a drunken sailor? Well, if you’re Millersville University of Pennsylvania, you deny her a degree, and you get sued for doing so. Stacy Snyder, an aspiring teacher who is now 27 years old, was set to graduate in 2006 from Millersville’s School of Education. But just days before commencement, campus officials discovered Ms. Snyder’s MySpace page, which featured a photograph of the student wearing a pirate hat and sipping from a plastic cup. The picture’s caption: “Drunken Pirate.” Although Ms. Snyder was of legal drinking age when the photo was taken, Millersville administrators deemed the image “unprofessional,” and they refused to award her an education degree and the teaching certificate that came along with it. (Instead they issued her a degree in English.) – Chronicle of Higher Education 4/27/2007
If you have a “family emergency," be sureyour Facebook page says the same thing. Who says Facebook is the province of the young? Increasingly, the 30something bosses of naive recent college grads are proving adept at turning the social network against its earliest adopters. Kevin Colvin, an intern at Anglo Irish Banks North American arm, was busted when he told his manager, Paul Davis, that hed miss work due to what colleagues took to be a "family emergency". Davis turned up the photo above, freshly posted to Facebook from the Halloween party Colvin apparently missed work to attend, and attached it to his reply, copying the rest of the office as he did it.
Twitter Don’t use Twitter to repeat personal and confidential correspondence. If you’re not happy with the way an email communication progressed about a private matter, take it up with the person who you were emailing to square things away. Certainly, don’t broadcast your dissatisfaction with the turnout to your entire Twitter audience. It looks unprofessional for you and makes you appear untrustworthy Read more: http://www.techipedia.com/2008/ social-media-etiquette- handbook/#ixzz0SmfmtRec
http://www.linkedin.com/ The purpose of the site is to allow registered users to maintain a list of contact details of people they know and trust in business. The people in the list are called Connections. Users can invite anyone (whether a site user or not) to become a connection.This list of connections can then be used in a number of ways: A contact network is built up consisting of their direct connections, the connections of each of their connections (termed second-degree connections) and also the connections of second-degree connections (termed third-degree connections). This can be used to gain an introduction to someone a person wishes to know through a mutual, trusted contact. It can then be used to find jobs, people and business opportunities recommended by someone in ones contact network. Employers can list jobs and search for potential candidates. Job seekers can review the profile of hiring managers and discover which of their existing contacts can introduce them. Users can post their own photos and view photos of others to aid in identification. Users can now follow different companies and can get notification about the new joining and offers available. Users can save (i.e. bookmark) jobs which they would like to apply for.
Social Media ExplainedI am eating a donutHere I am eating a donutI like donutsMy skills include donut eatingThis is where I eat donutsI’m a Google employee who eats donuts
Voicemail and email Keep your voicemail PG-13: Sometimes, a person will meet your voicemail before they meet you. Stay away from love songs, street talk, and other informalities in your voicemail message Use a professional email address for all professional correspondence: avoid using something like email@example.com
Be Punctual The trouble with being punctual is that nobodys there to appreciate it. Tardiness will get the professor to know you for all the wrong reasons.Avoid being late by: Being conscious of time Go to sleep on time Wake up when you’re supposed to Plan ahead and don’t be optimistic Being aware of “time sinkholes”
Engage in Your EducationDon’t sleep in class!Sleepy students cannot learn. They cannot retain. They cannot grasp. They cannot analyze. But they can drool, snore and look foolish
Improve your People Skills Catch names: Try to remember a person’s name when introduced and use it in your conversation Focus: Important people in your life need your attention Save the jokes: If you really don’t know someone well, you really don’t know about their sense of humor, so don’t let the joke be on youGetting along: communicate wellbe flexiblebe understanding
Are you experienced? Start working now on gaining valuable experience towards your career goals. Student clubs Student Gov’t Church Community Organizations
Networking Students often think networking is something people do on Wall Street Everyone you meet while at college is a potential important contactBe a curious friendLearn all about your professorsCreate networking cardsBe genuineVolunteer
Take ActionThe road to nowhere ispaved with good intentions:Stop talking about whatyou’re going to do, and just start doing it! “As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.” - Andrew Carnegie
Have you set course?Having no direction and/ornot understanding yourdestination can havenegative consequences Be aware of all your options. Taking the university track often means a total of 3-5 more years of college and all the money and personal commitment and sacrifice that goes along with that much more school. Your major determines the setting on your compass. It guides you in class selection, student life, and the important contacts you ought to be making. Take time to make sure that you are headed in the right direction.
Current Earnings for Florida Graduates Initial Earnings for 2008-09 Graduates/Completers with Full Time Employment in 2009. This is a state average. H.S. Grads $20,960.00 F.C.S. Certificate $37,356.00 F.C.S. AS Degree $45,886.00 F.C.S. AA Degree $31,838.00 F.C.S. Bachelors $47,080.00 Univ. Bachelors $36,552.00 Univ. Masters $57,728.00 University PhD $65,471.00 F.C.S. = Florida College System These salaries may be viewed on the internet at: http://www.fldoe.org/fetpip/initqtrearn.asp 65% of today’s workforce requires skill and technical training
Start Today Stay positive Everybody you meet in college has the potential to be important in your life You only have one chance at making a first impression Be sure you understand the career you wish to pursue Actions speak louder than words
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