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Facebook is a great networking tool and is one of the fast-growing social networks. Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with your friends and family.  It was, potentially, an enormous source of personal data. Internet users behaved differently on Facebook than anywhere else online: They used their real names, connected with their real friends, linked to their real email addresses, and shared their real thoughts, tastes, and news. By viewing others Facebook pages, you really get to know who that person is. Is it really safe to display your personal life on the website? What if you’re trying to trying to potentially get a position or currently working for a reputable company? The answer is….NO! Employers are taking advantage of Facebook and using it as part of their background check, before bringing someone aboard. It is quoted that employers are “now scrounging through Facebook to see what dirt they can get o potential employees”, (Jack Cola.)  This is not cool! Therefore, you should only post “things” on your Facebook that you wouldn’t feel ashamed of your grandmas viewing.  Basically everything that you post/upload on Facebook is never fully 100% deleted. Check out “Deleted’ Facebook Posts Not Really Deleted.” for more information. (very scary!)

Securing your Facebook privacy settings is very important and is currently being discussed in the media. Just when you think your page is “locked down, very hard”, the public has access to everything about YOU. Uploading photos and being tagged in photos by your friends need to be appropriate. If you’re hesitant when uploading a picture, your best bet is not to!!  I have provided a list of recommendations on how to protect your privacy on Facebook. 

  •  Have everything set as “Friends Only” (meaning only friends have access to your page.
  •  Turn off Public Search
  •  Set it so only friends  or friends can find you
  •  Set it so only friends can see your friend list, education, location, likes
  • Avoid stating your location or where you will be
  •  Only accept friend requests/add friends that you regularly talk to
  • Delete any comments you make, or status update you write within a month
  • Limit public conversation to a minimum
  • Let only friends see your photo’s tagged photo’s     OR
  •  Only allow “me” to see tagged photos of yourself
  •  Check your PRIVACY SETTING at least ONCE A MONTH for Facebook changes

 

Words of Wisdom.. Keep your Facebook account securitized and professional at all times!        

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Should You Let Your Future Employer Look At Your Facebook Profile? 

 

  

 

The Top 4 Most Popular Social Networking Websites

Facebook.com: Was initially intended for college students — it branched out, and now allows everyone membership. 500 million members.


 
MySpace.com:
130 million members. This site is massive, boasting the largest membership of any social networking site on the Internet. 

Twitter.com: A free social networking service that allows users to send “updates” (text-based posts that are up to 140 characters long) via SMS, instant messaging, email, the Twitter website, or an application such as Twitterrific. The site has become very popular in only a few months — a lot of people are watching it.

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  Linkedin.com: 75 million members — a powerful tool for business networking. 

 
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Belief…
           “Confidence is the feeling by which the mind embarks in the great and honorable courses with    
              A sure hope and trust itself.”      ~Carl W. Ackerman         
                                                                                                                      ….Solution

Networking can often times get you a job or otherwise expand your business horizons. The key to networking is taking the initiative and refining your conversational skills. Networking is extremely important in today’s competitive market.  Being that jobs are scarce many are competing for the same jobs.  It is said that 85% of jobs/internships are never advertised (Penny Loretto.) Therefore, the likelihood of a job opening not being advertised increases the level of the job. Just how do you go about networking? Listed below are successful networking tips.

  • Start by developing a list of contacts such as, people you’ve met through various social and business functions. Your contacts may give you a job leads, offer advice and information about company or industry.  Family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, bosses, teachers and the list goes on of possible contacts.
  • Communicate with your network on daily basics. You can do this by a phone call, email, and mail. Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance. Often times many people enjoy working with others and mentoring them.
  • Set goals for yourself. For example, I want to network with 5 people this week. The purpose of having goals will make you work hard through networking. Setting goals will be well rewarding in the end as you’re on your pathway of success.
                  Always remember….
                             Networking help you uncover all those hidden possibilities.
Source:
http://internships.about.com/od/networking/tp/NetworkingTips.htm 

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Using career websites are a spectacular tool to aid your “job search” and enhance your knowledge of companies worldwide which are hiring. This is a great opportunity to utilize free career board services that may lead to unanticipated job opportunities.  My advice for you as a young, soon-to- be professional, is to check websites regularly even if you’re not looking for employment. It’s great to become familiar with companies and explore the career opportunities out there. Perhaps, if you’re unsure of what career path to go into, looking at job listings could help lead you in the right direction.  When you are searching for a job, you can personally contact the company if you do not see job postings during that time. Contacting a company extends a greater chance that your resume will be looked at, as these job search websites are very competitive in nature.  As a job seeker, it is easy to get lost in the crowd.  Here is a list of useful career websites to check out!     
On the Job-Hunt – Career Websites
 AfterCollege Back Door Jobs (seasonal/short term job opportunities)
CampusCareerCenter 
CareerBuilder
Careerjet
CareerProfiles                                                                       
CareerRookie
Careers.org
CollegeGrad.com
CollegeJobBank
DiversitySearch
EmploymentGuide.com
GetTheJob
Glassdoor
Hound.com
Indeed.com
Jobs.net
Jobcentral                      
Monster.com
Monstertrak.com
NationJob
SHRM
SimplyHired
The Ladders.com
TrueCareers
Urban Employ Network (formerly DINetwork)
USAjobs
WetFeet.com
WorkplaceDiversity
Yahoo! HotJobs

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NO EXPERIENCE, NO JOB

 …That seems to be the trend these days as college graduates leap into the “real world.”
Bravo! You just received your bachelor’s degree, now what’s the next step? Start job searching would be a great answer, but how do I go about getting a full-time job in this economy? There’s a lot of competition in the workforce and as graduates we feel we don’t stand a chance.  Firms that are hiring are often times seeking candidates who have both a college degree AND experience. Even if a business provides a strenuous list of qualities you must possess, it’s worth a shot. It only takes a few minutes of your time to email your resume to a company. In order to stand out from others, you must job “search” on a regular basis. If you’re waiting for the call to say you got the job, think again, few and far between occasions arise this way. In order to get a job, you must display characters of being a self-driven, determined, and diligent individual to be successful in today’s job mark.

“Every day is an opportunity to make a new happy ending.” ~Author Unknown

While you’re exploring possible opportunities in the world, don’t limit yourself to only seeking a job in the field you graduated in. If you do, good luck! Kristina Cooke, Reuters Report stated, “Millions of young professionals are all caught up in the aftermath of the country’s deepest economic crisis since the Great Depression.” So, don’t ever think you’re alone in this situation. Many are going back to school and furthering their education, while others are working part-time. If you’re stuck and spinning your wheels on where to get a part-time job, I have listed a few ideas to help your brain get to thinking!  Good luck and never get too discouraged because  when one door closes, another opens.

“Seize every opportunity along the way, for how sad it would be if the road you chose became the road not taken.” ~Robert Brault

Still searching for a full time position, but need part-time employment NOW? Here are a few suggestions to help you..
–  Retail stores (shopping mall, outlets)
– Grocery stores
–  Gas stations
–  Waitress/Waiter

Sources for this post:

Young fight for full-time work in job market

Summer Employment and Internship Fairs

 

Cumberland County
 2nd Community Job Fair
 Date: June 6, 2011
Time: 9am-1pm
Radisson Hotel
Camp Hill, PA
For more information and a copy of the registration form, go to www.cumberlandbusiness.com; Click “Read More” under “June 2011 Community Job Fair”.

 

Indiana University of PA
HUB, Ohio Room
Date: February 23, 2011                                                                                           Picture taken by: y i_yudai
Time: 11:00am- 2:00pm
career-development@iup.edu
http://www.iup.edu/page.aspx?id=50583 
 
Southern Teachers Fair at NAIS
Gaylord National Conventional Center
201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, MD 2010
Date: February 23-25, 2010
In order to participate, you must apply as a candidate by January 28, 2011.
http://www.southernteachers.com
 
iPipeline Open House
Infromation Session
Whiteland Business Center
750 Springdale Drive
Exton, PA
Date: February, 24, 2011
Time: 5:00-8:00pm
Description:
Want to work for one of the fastest-growing companies in the entire Philadelphia area? This is a successful local software company which is helping the insurance markter, sell and process business faster with innovative online products.
https://www.iPipeline.com
 
Government/Human Services Job Fair
Shippensburg University
Student Recreation Center
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257
Date: February 28, 2011
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
 
http://www.ship.edu/career/

 

 
Science, Mathematics and Technology Job and Internship Fair
Millersville University of PA
Lehr Room, Bolger Conference Center (Gordinier)
Date: March 2, 2011
Time: 11:00am-2:00pm
http://www.collegecentral.com/muscitechfair

 

CareerFest
Shepard University, WV
Wellness Center
Date: March 2, 2011
Time: 11:00am- 3:00pm
http://www.shepherd.edu/jobweb

 

SU Education Job Fair
Shippensburg University
Reisner Dining Hall, Tuscarora Room
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257
Date: March 11, 2011
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  
http://www.ship.edu/career
 Teacher Recruitment Day
Shepard University, WV
Date:  March 17, 2011
Time: 10am- 12:00pm 
http://www.shepherd.edu/jobweb/

 

30th Annual Job Fair for Educators
Kutztown University
Holiday Inn Conference Center
Fogelsville/Breinigsville, PA
Date: March 21, 2011
Time: 10:30am-3:00pm
http://careers.kutztown.edu

 

Humanities Fair
Millersville University of PA
Date:  March 22, 2011
Time: 11am-2:00pm
Major field of study represented include: Art, Business Administration, Communications & Theatre, Economics, English, Foreign Language, Geography, Government & Political Affairs, History, Music, Philosophy, Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology/Anthropology.  Contact Diane Fleishman or Holly Kalbach at 717-872-3774 for more information.

 

Penn State Spring Education Career Day
Penn Stater Conference Center
215 Innovation Boulevard
State College, PA 16803
Date: March 28, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
http://www.fairs.sa.psu.edu/education/

 

North Central PA Education Consortium
Bloomsburg University Kehr Union Building
Bloomsburg, PA
 Date: March 29, 2011
Time:9:00 am-3:00 pm
http://departments.bloomu.edu/career/EdConsort.html

 

Teacher Recruitment Day Consortium
1 South George St.
Millersville, PA 17551
Date: March 30, 2011
Time: 9:00am-3:00pm.
http://www.collegecentral.com/trd

 

 
Kutztown University Job Fair for Educators
Holiday Inn Conference Center
Breinigsville, PA (western Lehigh Valley)
Date: March 31, 2011
Time: 9:00 am- 3:00pm
http://careers.kutztown.edu
IUP Criminology and Government Career Fair
Indiana University of PA
Hadley Union Building
Date: April 6, 2011
Time: 10:00am- 3:00pm
career-development@iup.edu
http://www.iup.edu/page.aspx?id=50583
 

After the Career Fair

Posted: February 15, 2011 in Career Fair

Follow up is important to distinguish yourself from your peers and to maintain contact with employers.  Reflect upon your experience and ask yourself..

Who did you meet?

What company generated the most excitement?

Which company generated interest?

Who do you want to find out more about?  Follow up on promises that you made. For example, references or letters of recommendations.  Following up with your promises shows you’re responsible and very interested in the potential career opportunities within the company.

Also, writing a thank you letter. If you picked up a business card, send a thank you note a day or two after the fair. Sending a thank you is not only polite, but will let professionals know you paid attention, are serious to the position, and that you are the right person for the position. Highlight some clear and concise selling points that will demonstrate your attributes. Also you need to outline your interest in further opportunities that may arise in the future. If you spoke to someone in a large firm, send an email. If you spoke to a small firm business owner, send an email and a post marked letter.  Click the link below,  for an example of a professional thank you letter.

http://www.quintcareers.com/sample_fair_thanks.html

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Always remember…

Career Fairs are great events for identifying employment opportunities, but also for expanding your network, honing your interview skills, learning industry information, gathering information about companies, and collecting business cards.

During the Career Fair

Posted: February 11, 2011 in Career Fair

During the Career Fair

 Your number one goal at a career fair is to make a great impression. This is extremely important if your resume doesn’t necessarily stand out from your peers.  A carefully crafted and professional presentation will ensure that you make a positive and lasting impression.  A few career fair etiquette tips on how to how to present yourself when speaking to professionals are listed below:

Mannerism
  • Demonstrate poise and composure
  • Do not chew gum or smell like smoke
  • Offer a firm handshake
  • Present good eye contact
  • Dress professionally, “look the part”
Communication Skills

  • Speak clearly and concisely
  • Provide brief, targeted answers to questions
  • Provide complete and articulate responses
  • Demonstrate that you prepared for the career fair by having intelligent responses

 

It is important to “know who you are.”
1.  Know your resume
 2.   Know yourself
3.  Know what you want to achieve with each company’s professional (ie: why interested.)                                       

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 Carry a simple portfolio or nice folder to keep your resumes organized and ready to distribute. Companies are going to have materials for you to take, but avoid taking freebies until after the initial conversation. Make a few notes to yourself if you really enjoyed speaking to a professional(s) from a company.  If a business card is not given to you, make sure you inquire about a business card.  

Preparing for a Career Fair

Posted: February 4, 2011 in Career Fair

Why should I attend a career fair if I am not looking for a job?

 If you have not yet experienced the world of career fairs, you should definitely take the opportunity to explore all they have to offer.  Even if you are not getting ready to graduate, or you are not interested in looking for a job, it is still a good idea to attend.  Perhaps you are unsure of the career field in which you would like to study, or maybe you are just trying to narrow your selection process.   Attending a career fair, and talking to a variety employers, will help you gain knowledge and understanding of the exciting career opportunities out there.

Attending a career fair is also a chance for you to practice presenting yourself as a brand.  There will always be a line of people vying for the same job or position that you want.  The key to attaining any position is your ability to market yourself, ensuring that you highlight your best qualities and professional attributes.  There will be several booths, all with different corporate objectives and candidate requirements.  You will not be a best fit at each company, but what better way to execute a few trial runs than a room that has a fresh start just a booth away?  Employers will be quite impressed with you taking an initiative and wanting to stand out among your peers as you market yourself. By the end of just one career fair, you will feel more prepared for a formal interview, more organized with your presentation, and more clear in the vision for your desired career paths.


How do I prepare for a career fair?

Before attending a job fair, it is important to prepare yourself. Here are just a few ways to give yourself an advantage:

1.) Review the list of companies attending and identify the career fields that each would most likely fall under.  Not all companies are going to be of interest you, but it is a good idea to research and learn more about the ones that are. The career list will have relevant information needed, such as, a company overview, positions for which they are hiring, and the regions they service or operate within.

2.)  Prepare a “mini speech” on how you want to stand out among the rest of your peers. For example, “Hello, my name is_John Doe__.  I am a Sophomore in Business Management at Collegiate University, with a minor in Accounting. I am looking for an internship next summer related to my Accounting Minor. I read on your webite that you offer an internship program in your Accounting Department, and I feel that my education and experience could serve as a tremendous asset to your company. I am very interested in your program.”  Each underlined word series should be replaced by your information and distinguishing attributes.  Keep in mind that some employers are going to take control of the conversation, and you may be doing more listening than speaking. That is quite all right. You still want to be prepared and proactive to show interest in their company. When I attended my first career fair, I watched many of my peers walk by various booths, look, and continue walking through the rest of the fair in that same manor.  Stop to talk.  It is important you speak first.  Ask questions.  You may find that your first instinct about a company was not a fair assessment.

3.) Have plenty of copies of your resume ready to distribute.  The worst possible case is that you find a company that intrigues you, and you look down to find that you do not have enough resumes printed out.  If this happens, your best option is to calmly and professionally excuse yourself, heading straight for the closest computer to print off more copies.  Your second option is submitting online or through email. However, this may not be the best choice as employers are going to be receiving a surplus of resumes, and there is significant benefit to putting a face to your name. I personally have had employers jot down a few notes on the back of my resumes as a reminder to them of things we discussed, and opportunities they thought would be a best fit for me.

4.) Knowing the dress code is imperative. Each career fair has its own style or expectation for attire. Career fairs could be Business Casual or Business Professional. If you are unsure, contact the fair sponsor.  Business Professional will require a well-fit suit for both men and women. Women should consider wearing a nicely pressed blouse or button down underneath your jacket.  Men will need to wear a sharp-looking button down, with a good fit and a tie to best compliment your suit jacket.  Color is your preference, but try to avoid wearing a bright red or yellow shirt, while also steering clear of shirts with a satin finish.  I would advise you have everything pressed and hung on hangers the night before, along with your dress shoes. Fit is everything. You want to appear professional and pulled together, not like you’re wearing someone else’s clothing.