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Body Language and the Interview… Does it really Matter?

Body language is as much a part of your communication style as what you say verbally – it’s really about how you say it. Impressions are made within seconds of reviewing body language. For that reason, it is extremely important that you are aware of how you communicate non verbally before you go into an interview. Do you have any nervous habits such as tapping your foot, scratching your face, or twirling your hair? If you do, you are not alone… But it is important that you are aware of these habits so you can control them when you need to.

Non verbal communication refers to more than just nervous habits. According to Best-Job-Interview.com non-verbal communication accounts for over 90% of the message you are sending in your job interview! Your verbal content only provides 7% of the message the interviewer is receiving from you. Consider the handshake. While it may take less than 10 seconds to complete a handshake, in that time, the interviewer has already developed an impression of your character based on eye contact and the firmness of your shake. The same goes for eye contact and the way you sit in your chair. These things might seem small, but they say a lot about your communication style and who you are.

The blog Careerrealism points out that a weak handshake and lack of eye contact can leave the impression you are timid and insecure. A sincere and firm handshake with eye contact expresses professionalism and confidence. An overpowering handshake with a fixed gaze may come across as overconfident and arrogant. So, be cautious with your next handshake and start the interview off with a positive impression.

Here are some other tips to avoid common non verbal mistakes.

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Sue Quinlivan

Sue Quinlivan

Associate Director, Career Planning Center

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Taking a Virtual Internship – The Positives & Negatives

vi 12Over the last 6 months the Career Planning Center (@FairfieldCPC) has been tweeting jobs like crazy.  Every day when I go on to Twitter to scan for hot jobs/internships, I frequently come across “Virtual Internships” or positions that don’t require students ever to set foot in an actual office.  Sometimes referred to as “telecommuting” or “offsite work,” virtual employment has officially become a trend. Many of the opportunities that we have  seen come from Internships.com, which lists more than 8,000 virtual positions, a 20% increase over last year.

What does a virtual internship entail you might ask? Well, it really depends on the company you are working for. Generally speaking many of the positions available are in fields that are most conducive to working independently and in an online setting. Currently, the greatest number of virtual internship opportunities are in sales, marketing, and social media; though a growing number are showing up in graphic design and software development. Seeing that this is a new trend, we wanted to discuss some of the positives and negatives to taking a virtual internship.

POSITIVES

Flexible Hours: With virtual internships students have the opportunity to gain professional experience without interrupting their everyday life. That means they could still be the Vice President of their student organization, play Division I athletics, and take a full load of classes all while interning. Remote interns enjoy flexible hours, allowing them to juggle class schedules and even part-time jobs.

No Costs: Another plus is students won’t incur commuting and housing expenses, which we all know can really add up.

Double Time: If you could handle the work load, virtual internships allow you to take on more than 1 internship at a time. With virtual employment, the focus is on completing your assigned duties, not spending time in an office twiddling your thumbs.

It’s EXPERIENCE: One of the biggest and most obvious perks to taking a virtual internship is the fact that you are getting professional experience. In this day and age getting experience and having internships on your resume is absolutely paramount when looking for full-time employment.

NEGATIVES

Miss Out on Some Important Lessons: One real downside to taking a virtual internship is they don’t always provide the crucial lessons that can come from actually being in the office like insight into professional expectations, corporate culture and office etiquette.

Personal Relationships: Students who work virtually might not have the opportunity to develop close relationships with staff members or managers, which is one of easiest ways to build your personal network. As we all know, networking is key in the job search process and when looking to move up the corporate ladder.

To find virtual internships visit Internships.com, keep your eyes on Twitter, or come in to meet with one of the Career Planning Counselors.

     

Steph Grejtak

 Assistant Director,  Career Planning Center

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Alumni Spotlight: Julianne Whittaker ’12, Fulbright Scholarship – Amman, Jordan



Julianne Whittaker in garbAs I have walked around the streets of Amman, Jordan, I often catch myself thinking, how did I even get here? One year ago, I was applying to jobs left and right, praying Dr. Lane wouldn’t make us seniors take a final, and honing my Powder Puff football skills. Now I am teaching English to university students, practicing Arabic over falafel sandwiches with friends, and volunteering in refugee camps. This year has been the best possible post-graduate plan for me.

I had known about the Fulbright Scholarship since my freshman year. My advisor, Dr. Crawford, outlined the idea to me and it was reinforced by multiple IL events and Career Fairs thereafter. The Fulbright Scholarship funds Americans to either teach English or undertake a research project for a year in another country. The major goal is cultural exchange: young Americans work abroad, build friendships and a new life within their host community, and strengthen mutual understanding between the two nations. The program offers a beautiful mission and a year of adventure, which is probably why it has become very competitive over the years. Now, the Fulbright is considered one of the most prestige post-graduate scholarships.

…which leads me to the next thought I always have when I catch a breath from my routine in Amman: who do I think I am? who am I to live this life? There has actually not been a single minute of my Fulbright year when I have been bored. Of course, sometimes life is not perfect – living in a new culture can be tiring and challenging. Yet, I have not spent a single minute unfulfilled. Every day I am meeting new people, learning new things, memorizing new vocabulary, trying new food, exploring new communities, and charting my future path. Who did I think I was? Casually applying to a Fulbright, reaching out for this life?

Julianne Whittaker and Emily Jindak on camelsI still don’t know the answer… but I’m sure it has a lot to do with Fairfield. A lot to do with the professors who listened to my ideas and constantly pushed me. Somebody has to fill those 10 English Teaching Assistant positions for Jordan… why not you?

I’m so grateful for that push, and it’s my best lesson learned from Fairfield. As you look down the road ahead — whether it’s a Fulbright, a scholarship, a job, a graduate program, or another adventure – that’s the important thing to remember. Someone gets to live that life… why not me?

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.

Live the life you have imagined.”

- Henry David Thoreau

 

 

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Be sure to follow up with employers!

Terrific, you got the interview… But it doesn’t stop there! The follow up after the interview is viewed by employers as as critical and expected.  It shows them you are sincerely interested in the position and can demonstrate your professionalism. This is not to say to hound them. Email a note within 24 hours thanking them for their time and reiterating your interest in the position and the company. Try to tie in key points that came up in the interview. Maybe you talked about a project they are working on or some new launch they want to make. Essentially, you want to be thoughtful in communicating your desire to work for them. Lastly, if you see an article that is related to their industry or business include that in your note. It shows you are thinking of them and staying on top of current events within the industry.

Check out the article below for more tips published by Fox Business on handling the follow up.

http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2013/04/08/how-students-should-follow-up-with-employers/

 

Sue Quinlivan

Sue Quinlivan

Associate Director, Career Planning Center

 

 

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Get your “Code” on….

What do Mark Zuckerberg, Chris Bosh, and Michael Bloomberg all agree on? More students need to learn computer programming. If that strikes you as a little odd then you might be surprised to learn that by 2020 there will be 1 million more computer programming jobs than qualified students. This huge demand for computer programmers is making these jobs among the highest paid in America with no signs of stopping. The average salary for computer programmers is $77,000 which is 15% higher than average salaries for all job postings nationwide according to Indeed.com. If you are like the majority of students who were never exposed to computer programming during your education then I’d suggest trying your hand at coding by visiting http://www.code.org

Code.org is non-profit foundation dedicated to growing computer programming education. You can find a variety of FREE online courses and tutorials that can teach you everything from simple coding to how to design a mobile app. I played around with their interactive tutorial, Codecademy, and had fun learning some simple coding commands.

 

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If you think you have a knack for coding then you should seriously consider taking a computer science class at Fairfield. Who knows, maybe you will find a new minor or even a major you had never considered before. If nothing else, coding helps you think outside of the box and develop critical thinking skills – something every employer wants!

Still not convinced? I bet you think those nap pods you’ve heard about at Google are pretty cool. Guess who works there? Computer programmers! Check out this video to learn even more from actual programmers.

Meredith Marquez

Meredith Marquez, Associate Director

mmarquez@fairfield.edu

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Career Planning Center Peer Educator Program

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Looking for a way to volunteer and help other students on campus? The Career Planning Center has the opportunity you are looking for! Starting this fall the Career Planning Center will be launching a Peer Educator program. Upperclassmen will have the opportunity to assist underclassmen as they prepare for their journey to finding a career. These students will help with resumes, cover letters, and basic interviewing prep. Remember when you were an underclassman and had no idea where to begin when looking for a career? Well this is a great way to get involved and help out your fellow Stags.

This opportunity is also great to help boost your resume and give you experience in whatever field you are looking to enter. Psychology major? This is a great way to practice coaching/helping a person. Marketing major? What better way to get practice helping someone market themselves? English major? Who doesn’t need help with grammar and spelling? Whatever your field of study is, becoming a Peer Educator can give you firsthand experience and that extra bullet in your resume.

Below is the link to the application to get the ball rolling on this great experience!

https://www.axiommentor.com/pages/instTools/app/apply/viewCat.cfm?catID=84

Applications are due April 8th.

 

 

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St. Robert Bellarmine Pre-Law Society Alumni Speaker Series: WEDS 3/20, Alumni House

 

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On Wednesday, March 20, 2013 the St. Robert Bellarmine Pre-Law Society is hosting an Alumni Speaker Series. Patrick Marano, a 2001 graduate from Fairfield University, will talk about his experiences as a student and his decision to attend law school. Patrick is Vice President with Barclays Capital IBD & Syndicate Compliance Specialties.

Prior to Patrick at 4:00p.m., there will be a presentation on the personal statement required for the law school application.

We hope you can join us for this event.

DATE: Wednesday, March 20,2013

TIME:    4:00p.m. An Overview on   the Personal Statement

5:00p.m. -6:00 p.m. Patrick Marano, Vice President with Barclays Capital IBD & Syndicate  Compliance Specialties

LOCATION: Alumni House

 

Refreshments will be provided.

Sue Quinlivan

 

Sue Quinlivan

Associate Director, Career Planning Center

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3 Ways to Use Twitter During your Job Search

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As we have mentioned time and time again, the Career Planning Center LOVES social media. Whether it’s LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, or even Tumblr, we recognize and appreciate the power of social media when it comes to finding and securing a job/internship. Today we want to focus on Twitter, so below we outlined 3 ways you can use Twitter to further your career.

1.  Who you follow matters!

Who you follow on Twitter determines what you get out of Twitter. If you only follow your friends, Justin Bieber, and Taylor Swift you are going to get JUST that; some funny banter, a handful of “selfies”, and the occasional cheesy love quote.  But if you follow companies, news outlets, and even industry leaders your feed will transform into a pool of information – knowledge that you might be able to fall back on during an interview.

Also, Twitter is CHOCK-FULL of great people who are tweeting jobs. For example if you are looking for internships or jobs in the New York area a simple search will suggest that you follow:

@NYinterns

@Urbaninterns

@nymarketingjobs

@nyeventsjobs

You can take this approach with any career field. If you are interested in fashion, there are handles that tweet fashion jobs all day, the same goes for sports jobs, engineering jobs, PR, so on and so forth. If there is an industry you are interested in, someone is posting jobs on Twitter.  Of course, FOLLOW @FairfieldCPC because we retweet jobs that make sense for Fairfield students.

2. Participate in the Conversation

Using Twitter effectively involves more than just reading tweets. Instead it involves tweeting, retweeting, quoting, and favoriting. At its core, Twitter is a medium that is driven by participation. From a “Twitter Career” perspective one effective way for you to actively participate in conversations within various industries is to find and follow Chats using hashtags. For example, if you are interested in working in higher education I suggest you tune into the daily #SAChat where student affairs practitioners take on a different topic every day. But again, you can’t just read the conversation – you have to participate! Talk at people and be sure utilize the hashtag created for the conversation.  Since these chats are live, they usually take place on a particular day and time every week. Imagine this as your opportunity to go to coffee with industry leaders.  Most industries have chats like this going on, so do your research, find the hashtag, and participate. You will be amazed with what you learn and who you could meet!  Below are some notable Chat’s that you might want to check out.

#hcsm – Sundays at 9pm ET: Bringing together health care professionals to discuss the benefits of social media for health care communication strategies.

#pinchat – Wednesdays at 9pm ET: Discussing best practices, showcasing new uses, highlighting brand usage, and sharing a passion for Pinterest.

#smmanners – Tuesdays at 10pm ET: Topics range from building business relationships through social media, to the appropriate ways of requesting RTs or recommendations on LinkedIn.

#brandchat – Wednesdays at 11am ET: Each week they focus on one of the following themes: big business brands & non-profit brands, small business brands, personal brands, all about brands, and occasionally they run “open chats” about brands.

#linkedinchat – Tuesday at 8pm ET: Conversing about ways to use the LinkedIn platform, associated applications, and other social media platforms to improve results on LinkedIn.

#mmchat – Mondays at 9pm ET: Featuring a special guest who discusses a relevant social media topic and answers questions from participants.

#wjchat – Wednesdays at 8pm ET: Talking about all things content, technology, ethics & business for journalism on the web.

#pr20chat – Tuesdays at 8pm ET: Helping PR professionals understand how new media is shaping the public relations industry.

#journchat – Mondays at 8pm ET: Facilitating conversations between journalists, bloggers, and public relations professionals.

#Likeable –Sunday at 10pm ET: Social media marketing chat that commonly draws over 100 participants

2. Engage Employers

Whether you believe it or not, Employers (specifically HR professionals/recruiters) who are on Twitter want people to tweet at them. To prove this point check out the conversation below:

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Viacom Internships – the parent company of MTV, Comedy Central, VH1 and more – ASKED us to come to them with questions via Twitter. Immediately after this tweet, I told the students that were applying to the Viacom Internships to connect with them via Twitter. They could ask questions or even just reiterate their interest in the internship. In many ways, Twitter could be a way for them to make a good first impression.

Either way, Twitter is a great resource and tool for you to use during your job search… Remember to be smart tweeting during spring break and if you have any questions, feel free to come by the Career Planning Center!

 

     

Steph Gallo

 Associate Director,  Career Planning Center

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The Last Hurrah!

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It’s finally here, Spring Break.  You have been planning this with your roommates for months and you are all leaving early in the morning for Cabo San Lucas…WOO-WOO!!!!  Party time!!!

Before your start going wild, remember a few critical things:

1.  Make sure you have a handle on your privacy settings for both Facebook and Twitter. You might be on the beach but employers who wish they were might be creeping on your posts!

2.   Avoid uploading pictures of you in a compromising situation.  This includes you as a bystander.  People make judgments based on photos whether they are accurate or not.

3.   If all of your friends decide to get tattoos at 2:00 a.m. make sure you put it somewhere you can cover up in the workplace.  The vacation is a week but the tattoo is pretty much forever.

4.   If you are expecting a job offer any day now, remember, it might be your future employer calling when the phone rings.  If you can’t be professional let it go to voicemail and return the call ASAP once you have “gathered your thoughts.”

If you are staying at home this Spring Break, there are some things you can do to be productive.

1.   Update your resume

2.   Call at least two people that could help you network and invite them to coffee.  This is a perfect time to catch up and begin asking for advice on navigating the internship/job search.

3.    Don’t have an interview suit?  This is a perfect time to visit Marshall’s, TJ Maxx or a consignment shop and see what you can find.  Did you know you can sometimes go to Goodwill and find suits with the tags still on?

4.   Begin lists of organizations you would be interested in learning more about or working for within your preferred geographic area.  Don’t know what is out there?  Starting researching.

Finally, wherever you go and whatever you do, remember to be safe and come back to campus with lots of stories!

Cathleen Borgman

 

 

 

 

 

Cath Borgman

Director, Career Planning Center

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