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I Don’t Have Time to….

“I don’t have time to _________.”  Fill in the blank.

Right now mine would read, “I don’t have time to blog.”

I received an email from the “blog police” at PC, (you know who you are) letting me know it had been something like 4 weeks since my last blog post. It was a gentle reminder, but I could read between the lines. She was telling me “THE TIME IS NOW” to blog. No more excuses. At the time I was shocked to learn it had been that long since I last blogged. Where had the time gone?! And that was two weeks ago…

The good news is, the world didn’t end. People’s lives weren’t turned upside down by my lack of blogging. No one complained to my boss. I guess that’s why it’s the thing that I let slip, I knew deep down that more important things needed my attention. And that’s pretty much my time management strategy right now.  Do the most important things, and get to the others as you can. The trick is knowing which things are important, hence my true blog topic below.

“It’s now time to __________.”  Fill in the blank.

Right now mine would read, “it’s now time to blog.”

For most sophomores and juniors, yours should read, “it’s now time to begin looking for a summer internship.”

For many seniors, yours should read, “it’s now time to begin my job search.”

If those statements seem overwhelming, don’t worry. I’m going to break it down into steps to help make it less daunting.

Step 1.
Create or update your resume. Go online or come to Slavin 108 and get a resume guide first.

Step 2.

Have your resume checked during daily Quick Question Hours before sending out to an employer.

Step 3.

Decide where you are in your job or internship search. I find most student fall into one of two categories.

Category 1. I just need to start looking at job or internship openings and network with others in a career field or organization I am interested in, so I can start applying.

Category 2. I have no idea what I want to do, where to start looking, how to start looking, why to start looking, who I want to be, what I want to do with my degree…etc.

No matter which category you find yourself in, the best thing for you to do is call the Center for Career Education & Professional Development at 401-865-1290 and make an appointment to see a Career Advisor. That’s it. Just come in and talk to us. We will give you the tools and knowledge you need to get started, no matter where you are in your search.

Step 4.

This is entirely dependent on what you do after your meeting with a Career Advisor. It could be LinkedIn, eFriars, Indeed, Idealist, ONET, Alumni-Student Networking Nights in January,  Gradschools.com (because you realized grad school was an option!) and the list goes on.  The point is we can help you get to step 4.

Right now, all you have to do is get started on Step 1 and 2.

THE TIME IS NOW.

 

And for those of you like me, who look ahead to the few weeks or months and think, “How am I going to get everything done that I need to do???” I’ve listed some resources on time management below that may be helpful.

1. Office of Academic Services has some great time management strategies on their webpage.

2. Book by Jill Farmer that’s supposed to be life changing, called “There’s Not Enough Time…and other lies we tell ourselves.” It’s been on my reading list for over a year.

3. How to Manage Time with 10 Tips that Work

4. 8 Ways to Take Control of Your Time

5. 3 Time Management Tips that will Improve Your Health and Productivity

6. 12 Best Time Management Tips for Bloggers

I bookmarked all of these so I can read them when I have time…

 

Career Expo is Over…Now What?

1,100 students attended the Fall Career Expo last Wednesday, which featured our Major/Minor Fair, Internship Showcase, Graduate School Fair and Career Fair.

The feedback from employers is that they were thoroughly impressed by the student participation and their preparedness for this event!

The big question is, now what?

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1. If you haven’t yet, follow up with any/all employers or graduate school representatives with whom you had conversations. If you have their business cards/contact information, email them a thank you for attending the expo. If you want to stand out, mail them a handwritten thank you note.

  • Reiterate your interest in their company/position and what your next steps are (will you be applying online? attending their information session? awaiting job or internship postings on their web page so you can apply? taking a course that will make you better suited for their industry? etc.)
  • Keep it short and to the point, use proper greetings and grammar (an informal, poorly written email can ruin that professional image you want to project) and try to refer to the conversation you had at the expo to help them remember you.

2. Apply to any positions that you learned about and were interested in, whether that’s via eFriars or on the company’s webpage.

3. Email the recruiter you met at the expo if you’ve applied to their open position and let them know that you did so, and that you look forward to a personal interview.  Thank them for sharing the information about the company/position with you as it helped you better understand what type of candidate they need.

4. Save that recruiter’s contact information.  You may need it in the future, don’t be afraid to use it!

Remember that if you didn’t find what you wanted at the Expo, we want to meet with you individually to help you find what you need. Call 401-865-1290 for an appointment with a Career Advisor.

SAVE THE DATE: Spring Career Expo is March 4, 2015!

You Spoke, We Listened! Career Expo 9-24-14

The feedback we receive most often from students regarding our annual Fall Career Fair boils down to two major issues:

1. “I’m too busy to attend”

2. “There’s nothing there for me”

Please know that we heard you, and the Fall Career Expo being held in Peterson is our solution. We’ve combined our major Fall events into one big Career Expo to give you one stop shopping. Students of all ages and majors should attend this event, as it features something for everyone.

1.  MAJOR/MINOR FAIR – 2-4pm: Freshmen and Sophomores can explore majors and minors at PC by talking to professors and students from each academic area

2. INTERNSHIP SHOWCASE – 2-4pm: Speak with fellow friars who’ve completed internships. Get insider information on how they obtained them & what type of work they did. Many students find their internships as a result of this student to student networking event.

3. GRADUATE SCHOOL FAIR – 2-5pm: Over 30 graduate and professional schools will be in attendance. If you are considering graduate school you should speak to the representatives and ask what they are looking for on your grad school applications and explore what types of programs they offer.

4. FALL CAREER FAIR – 2-5pm:  Over 100 organizations will be in attendance recruiting PC students for jobs and internships.  It is recruiting season for accounting and finance companies so yes, there will be a lot of them there, however we have made a concerted effort to attract other companies like Hasbro, American Greetings, Care New England Health Systems, Eliot Community Human Services, NBC Universal, The Kraft Group, the FBI and more.  Please see eFriars for complete list of attending organizations.

And the secret thing about career fairs that you don’t know until you attend? Employers give away tons of free stuff!

See you there!

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Welcome Back and Don’t Wait to Visit Slavin 108

PC just isn’t PC without our students and faculty on campus.  You may even think it closes down in the summer, but it doesn’t. We are here all summer preparing for the year ahead, and now it’s here!

The first year of college can be a scary time. Leaving home, meeting new people, not knowing where you’re going on campus, or in your life, can leave you feeling a little unnerved.  Please know the staff in The Center for Career Education & Professional Development is here to help you manage some of that by providing guidance and resources on what things you can do during your first year to alleviate some of the stress that comes with not having a direction or plan.  Your first year is a great time for self assessment in terms of becoming aware of those skills and strengths that you may not even realize you possess.  Did you know that we can help you select a major that goes along with your interests, skills, and any future plans you may already have?

For sophomores and juniors, this may be what you’ve been waiting for all summer. Back to living on your own (sort of), living with your friends, learning, socializing, and growing as a person for one more year, in a way you could never do at home. But it’s also time to prepare for your life after graduation, no matter how daunting that sounds. Mark my words, if you start now, your senior year will be that much more enjoyable. And remember, at this point, you still have the luxury of having a general “What do I want to do when I grow up?” conversation with a career advisor and exploring many options. The longer you wait, the less time you have to explore your options and make connections. Just ask a senior who hasn’t done it yet…

For seniors, it’s probably the year you’ve been both waiting for and dreading the most.  The good news is we are here to help you with the part you may have been dreading, the job search.  You probably won’t believe me, but this is actually an exciting time for you. A time to take steps towards finding a career that you love, making a change or impact in a field that needs you, or connecting with people who are already doing what you want to do and can help you get there!

Don’t Wait…come on in and see us no matter what year, what major, or what stage of career planning in which you find yourself. Our door is always open. And we often have candy…

We look forward to working with you!

Welcome Back and Don’t Wait to visit Slavin 108!

PC just isn’t PC without our students and faculty on campus.  You may even think it closes down in the summer, but it doesn’t. We are here all summer preparing for the year ahead, and now it’s here!

The first year of college can be a scary time. Leaving home, meeting new people, not knowing where you’re going on campus, or in your life, can leave you feeling a little unnerved.  Please know the staff in The Center for Career Education & Professional Development is here to help you manage some of that by providing guidance and resources on what things you can do during your first year to alleviate some of the stress that comes with not having a direction or plan.  Your first year is a great time for self assessment in terms of becoming aware of those skills and strengths that you may not even realize you possess.  Did you know that we can help you select a major that goes along with your interests, skills, and any future plans you may already have?

For sophomores and juniors, this may be what you’ve been waiting for all summer. Back to living on your own (sort of), living with your friends, learning, socializing, and growing as a person for one more year, in a way you could never do at home. But it’s also time to prepare for your life after graduation, no matter how daunting that sounds. Mark my words, if you start now, your senior year will be that much more enjoyable. And remember, at this point, you still have the luxury of having a general “What do I want to do when I grow up?” conversation with a career advisor and exploring many options. The longer you wait, the less time you have to explore your options and make connections. Just ask a senior who hasn’t done it yet…

For seniors, it’s probably the year you’ve been both waiting for and dreading the most.  The good news is we are here to help you with the part you may have been dreading, the job search.  You probably won’t believe me, but this is actually an exciting time for you. A time to take steps towards finding a career that you love, making a change or impact in a field that needs you, or connecting with people who are already doing what you want to do and can help you get there!

Don’t Wait…come on in and see us no matter what year, what major, or what stage of career planning in which you find yourself. Our door is always open. And we often have candy…

We look forward to working with you!

Never Underestimate the Power of a Thank You Note

If you are interviewing for jobs or internships and not sending a thank you note after each interview, you are missing a very simple opportunity to connect positively with this potential employer.  Below are  suggestions I give to students when it comes to writing great thank you notes.

1. Put it on paper.  That’s right. Send an actual thank you note, not an email. Emailed thank you’s are not unacceptable, and may be preferred by some recruiters, but I’ve yet to hear a recruiter complain about receiving a note in the mail.  And in this world of overflowing email in-boxes, your thank you email becomes just one more to delete or file after simply reading the subject line.  Getting a thank you note in the mail these days is like getting really good customer service. We expect it, but it’s still a pleasant surprise when it actually happens. And more importantly for you, it shows follow through and thoughtfulness. Who doesn’t want that in an employee?

2 Timing is key.  Send your thank you note (or thank you email) within 1-2 days of your interview.  Do not send it from your phone as you are walking out of the interview, that’s too soon! It’s like the  old 3 day rule of calling after someone a great date.  You don’t want to look desperate by calling too soon, but you don’t want to be forgotten either!

3. Even if you interviewed with several people, don’t send a group thank you.  While it’s better than no thank you at all, it’s also like getting a gift from an aunt that you have to share with your siblings. An individual gift (or thank you note) makes us all feel special.

4. Don’t send individual notes containing the same exact content.  While they can be very similar, try changin at least one or two sentences to make it specific to the person you are sending it to. Reference something that person did or said, or something you may have observed.

5. Keep it short and sweet.  No one wants to read a full reiteration of your interview.

Happy writing!

 

 

 

Top 5 things I want my residents to know about the Career Education Center

montyGUEST BLOGGER: Montgomery Thomas, Complex Director and Coordinator of Housing Operations, Office of Residence Life at Providence College. Montgomery received has B.S. in Sociology from Central Michigan University and will be completing his M. Ed. from Providence College this summer. He has spent the past 2 1/2 years at Providence College and has previous experience as a Resident Director at Regis College.

 

 

As a Hall Director, I work and live with students. I see my role as “laying down the law” in my assigned residence hall or halls, but providing development and growth outside the classroom is of the utmost important to me.

Many residents are unaware that I am a live-in professional who works to develop my skill set to better assist with their overall college experience. Low and behold, as I develop myself more, I have been able to work towards completing my internship for my Master’s degree in Counseling, in the Career Education Center at Providence College. Through this experience and my own, I wanted to highlight the Top 5 things I would want my residents to know about the Career Education Center

 

Available even in the Summer!

  • Even though the school year is no longer is session, professional development does not stop. Appointments can be made in the summer for your career development needs.

Develop that LinkedIn profile!

  • Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are great, but developing a LinkedIn account allows for professional networking instead of social, and opportunities to build connections with alumni and others already established in careers and organizations of interest to you!

Resumes, Cover Letters, Internships, oh my!

  • Among other assistance and resources, these are three basic components that could help you land that future job! Use your down time this summer to get them perfected. (or started!)

Interview Preparation

  • Learn how to dress the part, talk the talk, and walk the walk.

Alumni Networking

  • It is never to early to network with Alumni to understand who they are and the types of jobs and careers they have! In addition to an alumni-student networking night in Washington DC on 6/18/14, and a NY alumni student networking night for the class of 2014 on 6/26/14, you can do informational interviews all summer long with PC alumni in person or by phone.

 

REMEMBER: Don’t wait, Slavin 108!

 

The Successful Interview – Telling Your Story

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GUEST BLOGGER: Joe McCarthy, Career Advisor, Career Education Center at Providence College. Joe received a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy from the Jesuit University of Scranton and an M.A. in Holistic Counseling from Salve Regina University. He spent many years as a Human Resources professional in the insurance, banking, chemical and textile industries. He has been married for 48 years to his wife, Marlene, and they have 4 children and 4 grandchildren.

 

 

Years ago I worked in the Human Resources Department of a chemical plant in Louisville. A unique aspect of the factory was the rotational shift schedule that was in place for all manufacturing employees. On the rotating shift, employees alternated their schedule: two weeks on day shift, followed by two weeks on the afternoon shift and then two weeks on the night schedule.  Anyone who worked a rotating shift would tell you that it was a very tough schedule to follow since daily living routines were dramatically changed every two weeks.

When we interviewed applicants for jobs in the plant, we asked for their reaction to working a rotating shift. Of course, most candidates responded that it would be a very difficult challenge, but they felt that the good pay and the promotional opportunities made the schedule acceptable. This reasoning made sense to our HR interviewers.

But there were always candidates who sang the praises of the rotating shift and acted as though they had been anticipating the opportunity to work a three-shift schedule since second grade! Of course, none of the interviewers believed these testimonials. Such a response could lead the interviewer to wonder about the accuracy and integrity of the interviewees’ other responses.  Were they accurately stating what they believed?  Or were they merely trying to answer the questions in the way they thought the interviewer wanted to hear them?  This type of response didn’t necessarily exclude the candidates from consideration, but it certainly did not cause their applications to jump to the top of the pile.

One of the key interviewing lessons that can be learned from this is: BE TRUE TO YOURSELF!  Don’t shape your answers to fit the responses that you believe the interviewer is seeking.  Your integrity is too important!  If you know that you would never want to hold a commission sales position in Missoula, Montana, then don’t indicate that your bags are packed and your UM Grizzlies jacket just came back from the cleaners.

It is important to focus on the reality that an interview is not an oral quiz with a variety of right and wrong answers (thank goodness!). Rather, consider an interview as a conversation. The interviewer wants to get to know you — your values, your interests, your strengths and experiences. When you think of an interview as a conversation and realize that it is about you, you’ll recognize that you are the leading expert on this topic. This will enhance your comfort level.

What about feeling nervous before an interview? It helps to realize that virtually everyone feels some level of anxiety going into an interview. But the good news is that as soon as you begin to talk, the butterflies tend to go away. Also, participating in a practice interview through the Career Education Center is a good way to encourage the butterflies to begin an early migration! Sign up via eFriars.

So, as you head toward an interview, visualize what a good communicator you are.  Affirm your skills and anticipate the opportunity to share your unique story — you are very special and an interview is your chance to show how truly remarkable you are.

 

 

 

 

Get That Job!

You’ve got this!

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Whether you are just beginning your job search, in the middle of your job search, or fed up with your job search, we can help.

Come in during daily Quick Question hours or call 401-865-1031 to make an appointment with a Career Advisor today!

4 Secrets Of People Who Always Get The Job Offer

 

I Attended the Spring Career & Internship Fair, Now What?

Over 700 students (including multiple athletic teams who took advantage of the opportunity to attend during practice hours in uniform) attended the Spring Career & Internship Fair.

The feedback from employers is that they were thoroughly impressed by the student participation and their preparedness for this event!

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The question is, now what do I do?

1. Follow up with any/all employers that interested you. Hopefully you collected some business cards/contact information. Email them a thank you for attending the fair and speaking with you. If you want to stand out, mail them a handwritten thank you note.

  • Reiterate your interest in their company/position and what your next steps are (will  you be applying online? attending their information session? awaiting job or internship postings on their web page so you can apply? taking a course that will make you better suited for their industry? etc.)
  • Keep it short and to the point, use proper greetings and grammar (an informal, poorly written email can ruin that professional image you want to project) and try to refer to the conversation you had with them to help them remember you.

2. Apply to any positions that you learned about and were interested in, and would like to pursue formally.

3. Email the recruiter you met at the fair if you have applied to their open position and let them know that you did so, and that you look forward to a personal interview.  Thank them for sharing the information about the company/position with you at the fair as it helped you better understand what type of candidate they were looking for.

4. Save that recruiter’s contact information.  You may need it in the future, don’t be afraid to use it!

5. Take advantage of the “What’s Next” workshop series listed in eFriars where you can attend follow up workshops on a variety of career topics such as job & internship searching, networking and more.

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Remember that if you didn’t find what you wanted at the fair, we want to meet with you individually to help you find that in other ways. Call 401-865-1290 for an appointment with a Career Advisor.

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