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A Successful Summer

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Megan Lehman Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

In my previous blog, I told you all about how to make a great summer bucket list.  And now I am back to give you a little professional advice on how to make this summer work for you in more ways than just fun. With the collaboration of advice from local professionals, the following are a few sure ways to get ahead this summer.

1. Make A Goals List

Just like on a road trip, you may know where you want to go but unless you have a GPS or road map you are not going to know how to get there. Write down what you want to do. Set your goals high and motivate yourself to reach beyond what you think is possible. No one ever accomplished much if only reaching for the lowest branch.

2. Make Contacts Or Build A Fan Base

Take advantage of all the free time you are going to have now that you won’t be working on papers and assignments for hours a day. Make some contacts in the field you want to be in. You have heard the phrase, “It’s all about who you know.”  That could not be any more true. Are you a blogger? Start blogging daily. Create a blog theme and begin making social network pages. Do what you can to build your readership and your fan base while you have the time.

3. Shadowing

Now that you have your contacts, figure out how to make them work for you.  Shadow an executive, show them your work, do an internship. You have the power to make a difference in your future if you know how to work your sources to your advantage. Future employers are looking for ambitious, determined, and experienced employees. Make yourself that employee.

4. Accomplish Something

Besides your big goals, make a few little goals that are not as related to the professional field you hope to find yourself in, like running a 5K or learning to cook.  Accomplishing small goals like this will build your confidence. Confidence leads to success. So break out the running shoes or check out what Paula Deen is cooking this week and accomplish something!

Getting started is always the hardest part, but it gets easier once you get going. So brace yourself for the best and prep yourself for your future. Do you have any pieces of advice or stories about professional successes? Share them in the comments below.

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How To Dress For Success: Women’s Edition

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Angelina Bossone Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

As a college student, it is completely okay to have those lazy days where we roll out of bed and spend an entire day in our sweats to lounge around to study and do homework. Although, it is important to remember how to dress professionally when going to those job interviews, career fairs, and when starting out at a new job. Keep in mind that your outfit says a lot about you and is the first impression you leave of yourself. Make sure your outfit is clean, not wrinkled, and tailored to fit.

1. Suit

Every lady should have a black button-up suit jacket (not a blazer) with matching pants and a matching skirt. Navy and gray suits are good as well.

2. Blouse

Get a nice button-up collared shirt with a pop of color to add some style. It would be best to have a white one as well. It is okay to pair your suit with a blouse that doesn’t have a collar, however make sure there is no cleavage exposed and that if you place your hand on your chest, your thumb should be touching your collar bone and your shirt should not be below your pinky.

3. Shoes

Make sure your shoes are comfortable to be worn all day. Heels shouldn’t exceed a couple of inches and you should avoid open-toed shoes. Black is the most professional color, but grays and nudes are okay as well.

4. Make Up

Keep it simple, keep it clean. Easy on the eyeliner and wear little or no eye-shadow. Stick to daytime makeup and keep it natural.

5. Jewelry

A simple pendant or pearls is desired. Avoid anything too flashy, but do allow a little creativity to show some self-expression. Also avoid wearing bracelets that will jingle and keep earrings to only studs.

Your first impression can have a major impact on how other’s perceive your character. Dress for success to come across as a business professional. Watch this video below for further tips and be sure to check back for my next blog, “How To Dress For Success: Men’s Edition.”

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5 Things To Wrap Up The School Year

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Doesn’t time fly by quickly? It seems like just yesterday we were buying our textbooks to get ready for the first day of school, and now we only have one term left! You may be busy with classes and studying, but don’t get so busy that you forget to do these five things before the end of the school year:

1. Connect

Not with friends, but with your professors! You’re going to want to establish and maintain a relationship with them before parting. Letters of recommendation may be needed for any internship or job you want to apply for over the summer, or if you’re graduating. (This is why it’s helpful to introduce yourself to your professors before the start of the term.)

2. Link Up

On LinkedIn! Sure, you’ve heard your classmates and professors talk about this site, but is it really helpful? Turns out, 93 percent of job recruiters look to LinkedIn for their next employee. This is a growing trend for future employment. Connect with professors, classmates, co-workers, and other business professionals. Just remember that LinkedIn has a different purpose than Facebook.

3. Portfolio

Put it together. Why before the school year is over? A lot of universities have advanced computer programs to assist in portfolio building. Movie editing software, resume templates, etc. All will help with putting the finishing touches on your secret weapon. When you’re finished, have someone in the career center look it over.

4. Stay On Track

I can’t stress enough the importance of meeting with a counselor to be sure you’re on track to graduating when you want to. Make sure the classes you’re taking count toward your degree.

5. Be Prepared

At the end of each term, you may feel differently about post-grad plans. Make sure that any options you are considering will still be available (ex. Peace Corp, AmeriCorp, etc.), and that you will be a qualified candidate. Some programs only take young adults up to a certain age, or require you to have a specific degree or course experience. Consider following the programs you’re interested in via Twitter or Facebook – that way, if any changes are made, you’ll know right away.

Have any other tips for finishing the year on a positive note? Let us know in the comments!

Good luck with the rest of the term!

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Working in Public Relations

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Public relations is a growing field, it is estimated that the industry will grow 23% by 2020. I recently returned from a public relations internship in Washington D.C. with Edelman, an international public relations firm. I learned quite a bit about working in the field while at Edelman and wanted to pass along some of the most helpful knowledge, which can help in any student internship or job after (or during) college.

Tip 1: Ask Questions

I know that sounds cliché, but if you are given an assignment and you aren’t entirely sure about the perimeters in which you should do it, make sure to ask questions. It is better for both you and your supervisors if you fully understand the assignment so that it doesn’t need to be redone.

Tip 2: Gain Work Experience

If you want to get a job in a PR agency, make sure to identify the agencies you would like to work for and approach them about work experience opportunities.

Tip 3: Understand The Media

Watch the news, read newspapers, and read online news. Understand the differences between all news shows and watch other channels beside the ones you like.

Tip 4: Become A Social Media Expert

Public relations and media are an ever-changing landscape, it is essential to understand the social media aspects of it now. Facebook, Twitter, and blogs are the new gateway to mainstream media.

Tip 5: Have A Digital Footprint

Potential employers search Google and social media websites for new hires. Make sure to have a clean footprint that will tell the company about you. A blog is a good place to start, but if that is too much, then try starting a Twitter or LinkedIn.

Don’t be afraid to get out there, be creative in getting potential employers’ attention. If you want to work in public relations badly enough, then you will find a way to stand out from the crowd.

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Post-Grad Depression

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

If I’m completely honest, there have been quite a few times lately where I’m just about to fall asleep at night, and that sneaky little thought creeps into my mind: What if I fall into that group of people who are depressed after graduating? From talking to some friends, I’m not the only one imagining the worst. I know a few people who recently graduated and haven’t had the luck they were hoping for. Some have had to ask their parents for financial help, some have had to give up having a place of their own, and some have had to stay in jobs they aren’t remotely interested in. They’re discouraged, defeated, and depressed.

Of course, post-grad depression doesn’t just occur from lack of finding a job. Everything changes. Your daily routine, how you spend your time, the friends you see/don’t see, etc. It means starting all over again and it can be a pretty scary thing. Rest assured, you aren’t the only one to go through this, and you won’t be the last. Below are some tips for dealing with post-grad depression.

1. Talk About It

Talk to your friends and family, and even old professors. Venting your worries and struggles is a great form of therapy and healing. They also may have suggestions and advice as to where to go from here.

2. Keep Busy

Make sure you’re doing everything you can to job hunt, take care of yourself, and stay busy. That way, you won’t be able to blame yourself for not having success, as a lot of us tend to do when things aren’t going our way.

3. Consider Seeing A Doctor

Sometimes simply eating right and exercising aren’t enough. A doctor can tell you if you should consider taking anti-anxiety medication or vitamins to help you with your mental health.

4. Therapy

Your family and friends mean well, but a therapist can offer solutions and draw negative emotions out of you that your family otherwise couldn’t. A lot of therapists charge on a sliding scale, so call around for the best price.

5. Pinterest

Didn’t expect this one, did you? Creating a Pinterest board of all the things related to your dream job is a fun and creative way of staying optimistic and hopeful. Create one for outfits you’ll wear, what you’ll buy with your first paycheck, where you’ll be living in a year, etc. It may be just a dream right now, but let your boards be your motivation for making your dreams a reality.

It’s tough out there, but remember to stay optimistic and don’t give up!

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