Oh NO! Stood Up Again! Can business students keep a commitment?!

I wanted to re-post this again because it is that time when employers are setting up on-campus interviews and our mock interviews begin this Wednesday.

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Have you ever been stood up?  Oh gosh, it just makes you feel so bad, so embarrassed and SO frustrated!  No one likes to be in this situation.

Here is something I want you to think about.  When you RSVP for a career-related event, sign up for an interview or receive a confirmation for an activity, that is a promise that you are going to be there.  When you don’t show, you have stood us up, and we don’t like it.   If you think I am frustrated about it, imagine how the employer, who is anxious to meet you, must feel.

Tomorrow is the start of our mock interviews and we are having on-campus interviews almost every day.  If you have a scheduled interview and sudden you are not feeling your best, just too tired, too busy, or you just had a change of plans, let us know.  I don’t really care WHY you can’t be here, but I do want to know if you are not going to be here.  If you give us enough notice, maybe we can rearrange the schedule so my employer guests are not sitting in an interviewing room alone, waiting for you.

While we are on the subject, there are a lot of people who want to get on a counselor’s calendar for an appointment.  If you can’t make it, send an email in a timely manner to cancel so we can replace your spot with another students & alumni who is patiently waiting and would be more than happy to have your spot.

Please be respectful of other people’s time.  LET US KNOW IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT.

Questions?  Comments?  Email me at dward@vcu.edu & let me know.

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Students Beware: Scammers are Out There!

 

Scammers are Out There!

It must be the time of the year, but there seems to be a lot of suspicious behavior going on in the world of job searching.  Keep your eye out for possible job scams.  Every job database can have postings that have been “hacked”, even those within a University community.  Three of my students have alerted me to suspicious behavior when they had recently applied for a few of the part-time positions or internships found in Hirebusrams.  In at least one of the situations, I believe the company has no idea that their job posting has been compromised.  Regardless, I have postponed all of the jobs in question until more information is provided.

There were a few things, right away, that caught my students’ eye and they alerted the Business Career Center.  In one of the cases the VCU Police Department has also been notified and is on alert.

What were some of these suspicious behaviors?

  1. Beware of the super quick job offer: one of my students was told she was hired without having a formal interview or meeting the employer. The job offer was extended, via email, after my student answered a series of questions that were emailed from the employer.
  2. Beware of information that changes throughout the process: the email address, the physical address of the company, and the name of the rep who contacted my student had all changed from what was posted in the job description in Hirebusrams.
  3. Beware of the company paying you before work is done: the “company rep” sent a Cashier’s Check to my student and she was told to deposit “quickly”. The check was missing important information which is typically used from banks for the purpose of authenticity.
  4. Beware of the sloppy appearance of the communication: the “company rep’s” emails and other documents are often times full of typos, inconsistencies, excess spacing throughout the documents and clearly not well written.

These clues don’t always mean that there is a scam, but it should make you open your eyes and look very carefully at the process.

As you go through the job search process and you think you are experiencing something odd, then let us know.  Make sure you save any “proof” of the suspicious behavior (save the emails, texts, and any documents they employer may send to you) just in case we would like to see the information or the police would like to have copies.

Helpful Information: The VCU Police provided a link to a brief article about some common scam activities when it comes to applying for positions.  Please take a look and make yourself aware that it could happen to you.

The Top 10 Job Scam Warning Signs by Alison Doyle.

https://www.thebalance.com/top-job-scam-warning-signs-2062181

Thanks to my VCU Business students who shared their experience with me!!

Students Beware: Scammers are Out There!

                                 

Scammers are Out There!

It must be the time of the year, but there seems to be a lot of suspicious behavior going on in the world of job searching.  Keep your eye out for possible job scams.  Every job database can have postings that have been “hacked”, even those within a University community.  Three of my students have alerted me to suspicious behavior when they had recently applied for a few of the part-time positions or internships found in Hirebusrams.  In at least one of the situations, I believe the company has no idea that their job posting has been compromised.  Regardless, I have postponed all of the jobs in question until more information is provided.

There were a few things, right away, that caught my students’ eye and they alerted the Business Career Center.  In one of the cases the VCU Police Department has also been notified and is on alert.

What were some of these suspicious behaviors?

  1. Beware of the super quick job offer: one of my students was told she was hired without having a formal interview or meeting the employer. The job offer was extended, via email, after my student answered a series of questions that were emailed from the employer.
  2. Beware of information that changes throughout the process: the email address, the physical address of the company, and the name of the rep who contacted my student had all changed from what was posted in the job description in Hirebusrams.
  3. Beware of the company paying you before work is done: the “company rep” sent a Cashier’s Check to my student and she was told to deposit “quickly”. The check was missing important information which is typically used from banks for the purpose of authenticity.
  4. Beware of the sloppy appearance of the communication: the “company rep’s” emails and other documents are often times full of typos, inconsistencies, excess spacing throughout the documents and clearly not well written.

These clues don’t always mean that there is a scam, but it should make you open your eyes and look very carefully at the process.

As you go through the job search process and you think you are experiencing something odd, then let us know.  Make sure you save any “proof” of the suspicious behavior (save the emails, texts, and any documents they employer may send to you) just in case we would like to see the information or the police would like to have copies.

Helpful Information: The VCU Police provided a link to a brief article about some common scam activities when it comes to applying for positions.  Please take a look and make yourself aware that it could happen to you.

The Top 10 Job Scam Warning Signs by Alison Doyle.

https://www.thebalance.com/top-job-scam-warning-signs-2062181

Thanks to my VCU Business students who shared their experience with me!!

                                    

 

Job Searching Over the Break? Here are some Electronic Guides & Lists that can Help!!

Keeping a close eye and staying focused on all of the jobs coming into the Business Career Center?

  Stay focused!

Spring Break is a great time to update your resumes and cover letters and to kick your job searching activities into high gear.

Not sure you are looking in the right direction and need a little guidance?

Soon as you turn away, you are going to miss great leads on the Blog and Hirerams! So check these sites at least twice a week and stay current!

Now that you have a little extra time, see the list below additional tools to assist you!

Career-Related Guides:

Resume Guide: http://business.vcu.edu/images/CareerServices/Resume_Writing_Guidelines_022012.pdf

My favorite action verb list for resumes: https://www.livecareer.com/quintessential/action-verbs

Cover Letter Guide: http://business.vcu.edu/images/CareerServices/Job_Correspondence_Guide.pdf

Interviewing: Guide: http://business.vcu.edu/images/CareerServices/Interviewing_Reference_Guide_022012.pdf

Behavioral Interviewing Questions: https://www.themuse.com/advice/30-behavioral-interview-questions-you-should-be-ready-to-answer

Websites for job searching:  Don’t forget about these!

Idealist.org:  Idealist is all about connecting idealists – people who want to do good – with opportunities for action and collaboration.

With more than 100,000 organizations and 1.4 million monthly visitors to our English, Spanish (idealistas.org), and French (idealiste.org) sites, Idealist helps people move from intention to action all over the world.

Vault.com: Career information web site, providing employee surveys of top employers, career advice, job listings, and career guides to individual industries.

Professional Development Opportunities:

Lynda.com: 

Welcome to Lynda!  Through the collaboration of VCU Technology Services and VCU ALT Lab, lynda.com is available for use by VCU faculty, staff, and students!

Lynda is a leading online learning company that has thousands of tutorials aimed at teaching business, software, technology and creative skills to allow its members to achieve personal and professional goals. Lynda’s robust and vast library is able to meet the varied needs of the VCU community.

  • Faculty can utilize Lynda’s vast library of course material to supplement their online and classroom instruction.
  • Staff can find resources that promote professional development, as well as tutorials that provide information on everyday workplace issues.
  • Students can use Lynda for learning, career development, and so much more.

Lynda will run in conjunction with our other online training service, Atomic Learning, until the retirement of Atomic Learning in December 2017.  After this point, Lynda will be the sole online training service at VCU.

GEICO Positions and Info Session: Today at 12 noon!

                               

Students and Alumni,

Geico has an information Session today where they will talk about their multiple openings and give you a good idea of why they are a fantastic employer.

The info Session is from 12-1pm in B-2165. You do not have to RSVP or dress up for this event.

Some of the opportunities they will discuss are their multiple internships in MD and the Northern VA area, their multiple management training positions in VA Beach, Fredericksburg and the DC area, and their Customer Services and Claims Rep positions.

Geico representatives are also going to be participating in the mock interviewing program on Monday, 2/27 in the afternoon so if you are interested, make sure you have submitted a mock interview form to me ASAP. This is a first come, first serve event.

Link to mock interview registration form:

Mock Registration form spring 2017

Thanks!

Are you ready for the Career Fair? Make sure your Elevator Pitch is on point!

The Engineering Career Fair is today from 10-3pm and the Business Career Fair is on Feb.16th, from 10-3pm.  Make sure your resume looks amazing, you are dressed professionally and you are ready to network with employers.  Not sure what to say?  Take a few minutes to practice your elevator pitch.

Greeting

Introduce Yourself: Hello, I’m __________.

Acknowledge Employer: I am pleased to meet you, Mr./Ms./Dr. ______ (repeat employer’s name).

Educational Background

Your year in school or anticipated graduation date.

Your major, minor.

Your GPA, if 3.0 or higher.

Experience and Skills

Be brief! Only discuss most impressive or relevant.

Paid or unpaid experience.

Leadership positions, organizations.

Skills, strengths, personal traits.

Purpose

The kind of experience you’re seeking (or specific position) and why.

Why you’re interested in the company.

This is where you highlight your value proposition (what you offer/why you’re the solution).

Request/Closing

Don’t leave the conversation hanging. Now is the time to convey your interest in continuing the dialog, make a specific request and/or thank the person for his/her time and consideration. For example, if you’re in an interview and you’re using the elevator pitch to respond to “so, tell me about yourself”, you can easily wrap up the elevator pitch by saying, “…I appreciate the opportunity to talk with you further about how I will contribute to XYZ organization”.

Tips for creating and conveying your elevator pitch:

Tailor your pitch for each employer/position/opportunity.

Practice. Don’t memorize it. Your pitch should be natural and comfortable to you. This takes practice, edits and more practice. If you find yourself stumbling over the same statements, this is an indicator that additional tweaking is needed—perhaps just a small change in a word or two will make it feel more comfortable to you.

Print it on a wallet-size card and carry it with you for ready access.

Do focus on how you can benefit the employer and help him/her solve problems. Remember, the listener is mentally waiting for the answer to, “What’s in it for me (or my company)?”

Don’t forget to include your competitive advantage or value proposition.

Don’t leave the conversation hanging. Convey your interest in continuing the dialog, make a specific request and/or thank the person for his/her time and consideration.

 

Hey Information Systems students, Did you know that AITP Means Success?!

Yes it is true!  AITP Means Success!  I can prove it!

How lucky for you if you are an information systems major!  If you follow my Blog and  you are looking at job opportunities, you will see that there is not a shortage of employers seeking technical interns or full-time employees.  If you have strong technical skills and you are an analytical thinker, it is time to put yourself out there to gain first hand experience with one of the MANY companies recruiting for IT talent here at VCU Business.

What is you need to do next??

Join AITP, the Association of Information Technology Professional.  We have a chapter right here at VCU.  These students get plenty of opportunities to network with professionals in the field to learn more about IT career paths.  They have an employer speaker series, an employer Networking Night event twice a year and have several employer panel discussions to allow you to explore more about your major.  Don’t just join, get active with this organization!

Since I have been at VCU Business, I have seen countless AITP members land positions at Accenture, Freddie Mac, Deloitte Consulting, Capital One, Dominion, Altria, Cap Tech, Genworth, The Federal Reserve Bank, Newport News Shipbuilding, UPS Freight, Anthem….. and these are all job offers from this year!

Check out these testimonials!

The current President is Shaye Jarvis: Through being a member of AITP since fall 2015, I was able to realize that I needed to apply for internships. Career services helped me with my resume and cover letter. While AITP helped mock interview me, and prep me to be a young professional through the experiences of my peers. I obtained my internship with Dominion in May 2016. I am a Business Systems Analyst on their IT distribution team. I currently work there part-time during the school year, and I will be in their internship program again in the summer of 2017.

                        shaye-jarvis  Shaye!

I will also share that the past two presidents of AITP have found success at Dominion.  The president prior to them is working full-time at Deloitte Consulting and starting her masters degree in IT.

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Eric Dong is also an AITP member, but you did see him too much this semester because he is in Georgia!!  He has taken this fall off to work as a co-op student at Delta Air Lines.  This is Eric’s second internship/co-op opportunity at Delta in an IT role.  Currently, he is a Data Analyst in the department of Operations, Analysis & Performance.  He will be back this spring and will continue as a full-time student and active member of five student organizations!  Eric graduates in May 2017.

eric-4  Eric!

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Hello! I’m Andrew Peachy and this is my last semester here at VCU as an IS major. I am currently in my second year of interning at WestRock or formerly known as MWV. I truly believe that the reason I was able to get this internship was AITP. I attended the AITP networking night 2 years ago where I was able to meet with companies that were specifically looking for IS interns and positions. AITP also allowed to me to connect and get to know other IS major. If I had any advice for any freshman who is interested in IS it would be join AITP and start networking!

                         peachy Andrew!

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I’m Gary Camper currently I’m a senior with anticipated graduation in May 2017. My major is Information Systems I’m mostly focused on the information security side of IS. This past summer I was a asset management intern at Technology Integration Group while also receiving a job offer for a cyber-security position at TEK systems. Since joining AITP I have learned many valuable skills that have helped me out on my job searches. One in particular was learning the STAR interviewing technique which I use frequently. As well as all of the other informative events AITP host over the semester. AITP has been one of the most influential clubs I have been part of since attending VCU.

student Gary!

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Michael Dillon, a former AITP member, really became engaged with the career center in 2012 and was extremely active with the career fairs, info sessions and workshops.  This former VET did everything he could to get his name and his resume out there to employers, including attending Engineering-related career events and being extremely strategic with his search process. I just received an email from him letting me know that he has received another promotion to Project Manager at Freddie Mac!

Michael Dillon 03-25-14 Michael!

See this article which featured him from Diversity in Action.

http://www.myvirtualpaper.com/doc/diversity-in-action/dia_nov_dec_2016vp/2016110201/#16

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Last, but not least, is Partap Singh!  I just featured him on my Blog recently.  Partap graduated from VCU in May 2016 with an IS Degree.  He landed two full-time positions, and ended up going with Accenture.  Partap was also an active AITP member!!

                    partap Partap!

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If there is one thing that is clear about all of these successes, it is that AITP Means Success!  If you are interested in becoming a member, reach out to Shaye at jarviss@vcu.edu

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Need some guidance? These Electronic Tools and Resources can Help!

This is the time of year when you are probably trying to update your resumes and cover letters.  Maybe now that the holidays are right around the corner, you are kicking your job searching activities into high gear.

Here are some electronic guides or lists to help with that process:

Career Related Guides:

Resume Guide: http://business.vcu.edu/images/CareerServices/Resume_Writing_Guidelines_022012.pdf

My favorite action verb list for resumes: https://www.livecareer.com/quintessential/action-verbs

Cover Letter Guide: http://business.vcu.edu/images/CareerServices/Job_Correspondence_Guide.pdf

Interviewing: Guide: http://business.vcu.edu/images/CareerServices/Interviewing_Reference_Guide_022012.pdf

Behavioral Interviewing Questions: https://www.themuse.com/advice/30-behavioral-interview-questions-you-should-be-ready-to-answer

Websites for job searching:  Don’t forget about these!

Idealist.org:  Idealist is all about connecting idealists – people who want to do good – with opportunities for action and collaboration.

With more than 100,000 organizations and 1.4 million monthly visitors to our English, Spanish (idealistas.org), and French (idealiste.org) sites, Idealist helps people move from intention to action all over the world.

Vault.com: Career information web site, providing employee surveys of top employers, career advice, job listings, and career guides to individual industries.

Professional Development Opportunities:

Lynda.com: 

Welcome to Lynda!  Through the collaboration of VCU Technology Services and VCU ALT Lab, lynda.com is available for use by VCU faculty, staff, and students!

Lynda is a leading online learning company that has thousands of tutorials aimed at teaching business, software, technology and creative skills to allow its members to achieve personal and professional goals. Lynda’s robust and vast library is able to meet the varied needs of the VCU community.

  • Faculty can utilize Lynda’s vast library of course material to supplement their online and classroom instruction.
  • Staff can find resources that promote professional development, as well as tutorials that provide information on everyday workplace issues.
  • Students can use Lynda for learning, career development, and so much more.

Lynda will run in conjunction with our other online training service, Atomic Learning, until the retirement of Atomic Learning in December 2017.  After this point, Lynda will be the sole online training service at VCU.