Hired from the Hilltop

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Are Your Social Media Channels Hurting You?

 

Rosie Kamau,
Student Career Educator

The quick transfer and communication in this day and age have made life sufficiently easier for the modern day citizen, yet in some ways, it has complicated our lives. These complications that come due to growing technology is especially evident on the impact social media has on our careers. It is now possible to get hired through Facebook, hired by Facebook, and just as likely fired because of Facebook. What we usually only share with our close friends and family has the potential to be accessible to all sorts of crowds including your next hiring manager. Therefore, it is important to make sure not to board the train of career self-destruction when posting about an outing last weekend or by badmouthing employers and co-workers on your social media.

 

Similarly, it is just as important to remember to be social on your social media. Use social media to share and network with individuals, just make sure to set boundaries. Include private settings and filter out what you decide to share- the world doesn’t need to know it all. Aim to use social media to promote career growth and build a circle of not simply loved ones and friends, but also a circle of like-minded individuals just as ambitious as you are.

To learn more on what to avoid when it comes to social media, I encourage you to read more here.

 

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5 Tips for Better Super-Connecting

Laura Briceno,
Graduate Intern

Besides your stellar cover letter and killer resume, networking is a great tool that can open doors to many life changing opportunities! As you build relationships with professionals in your industry, consider connecting with others outside of your area of interest. Building these connections not only for yourself but also to help connect other people to each other is a great way to foster rapport and reputation. At some point, they may repay you with the introductions you need to get your foot in the door.

Don’t know how to start? Head over to a networking event. Here you can begin to meet like-minded individuals that are passionate about your industry and others as well. As spring break approaches here in Austin, TX start looking at all of the free networking events that SXSW has to offer. You can find some here: https://www.eventbrite.com/d/tx–austin/networking/

The article that follows will help you while you’re out making connections. It outlines 5 tips for strong super-connecting! Take a look: https://www.workitdaily.com/super-connecting-tips/

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How to Connect on LinkedIn

Bridget Henderson,
Student Career Educator

Many LinkedIn users try to expand their network by sending out connection invites, but too often they’re plagued by the basic, “I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn” default message. Can you imagine scrolling through your invites, seeing that same message over and over again? It’s boring. It’s not specific. Most importantly, it is likely to get deleted by someone that doesn’t know you on a first-name basis. So, what should you send? What makes up a connection invite that actually gets those connections?

First, understand that a LinkedIn invitation should be 3 things: meaningful, targeted, and professional. When constructing an invitation, be sure to have a clear purpose for your request. Let Steve from your favorite marketing company know that you want to connect with him to collaborate or just have coffee and chat- just don’t leave that purpose unmentioned.

Personalize your message. Let them know how you discovered them, why your messaging, and most importantly, who you are. Here is an example of a polite, personalized, meaningful invite:

Dear Roger,

I am a junior in college interested in Advertising. For the past few months, I’ve been following your work in the newest Ralph Lauren campaign. I loved the recent spread in Elle magazine. I would love to chat with you further and hear about how you began working in the field and what skills are necessary to become a great advertiser. Thank you for your time!

Sincerely,

Do you see how the message was direct, yet detailed? It is hard for anyone to delete a message that includes praise and interest. Although messages should always be professional, it is okay to add in a playful connector. If you’re messaging someone from your hometown or you went to the same school, you can include a line like “Hello fellow Hilltopper!” or end it with “Go Eagles!” People love to feel special and it creates a great common connection between whoever you’re messaging.

You should always browse the person’s profile before sending an invite to see what specifics you can mention in your message. The more personal, the better. Don’t forget to spellcheck, and you’re ready to send the perfect LinkedIn invitation.

 

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Are Thank You Notes About Them or You?

Clarissa Jones,
Student Career Educator

If you have an interview coming up, then this is a must-read for you. This article discusses the best way to send post-interview thank you notes. We have previously been told to focus on ourselves when writing thank you notes, but it seems we might have forgotten something. We have forgotten that we are not thanking ourselves, but we are thanking the interviewer. Job search sites tell us to:

Reiterate your core strengths.” –Monster

Reiterate why you are the best person for the job.” –Business News Daily

Bring yourself back to mind for the interviewer.” –Forbes

Laura Riley shares some tips to write an effective and selfless thank you note. She suggests note taking during your interview to make a more personalized thank you note recounting specifics about you and the interviewer’s earlier discussion. Notes from the interview can also help to “make the match”. Riley describes this as explaining how you would integrate well with their current team, what you like about the interviewer’s leadership style, and why you would love to work for them.

Try to bring the focus back to the interviewer and the position. Mention what you like about the company, the interview, and make a connection with the interviewer.  Mention something you may have bonded over during the interview, or perhaps thank the interviewer for explaining a certain concept to you. Let them know that you have been thinking about some ideas for the company and would love to share them when you meet again.

Do you have more questions or want to practice before your big interview? Stop by and see us at Career and Professional Development in Moody 134.

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Law School Application Advice

Alex Smith, J.D.
Career Counselor

While the law school admissions process can appear daunting, Michelle Kim Hall’s “4 Ways Undergraduates Can Strengthen Law School Profile” offers good basic advice for getting the most out of the various aspects of the law school application.

Most law school applications consist of a few basic parts: undergraduate GPA, LSAT score, letters of recommendation, professional resume, and a personal statement. Hall analyzes these pieces (minus the personal statement) one at a time, explains their value to law school admissions councils, and offers straightforward advice on how to make each part of the law school application into a strength, in turn making the applicant more likely to gain admission to his or her law school of choice.

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Just What is a Cover Letter? How do you Write one?

Hillary Hogle,
Graduate Intern

As a student applying for jobs you have probably noticed postings asking for you to upload a cover letter. Many students spend a lot of time updating and focusing on a solid resume. However,  having an impressive cover letter is just as important. Often times the cover letter may be the only part of your application that a job site reads thoroughly. Writing an impressive cover letter may sound challenging but there are a few simple steps that you can follow to help put your cover letter on the right track.

This article By Recia Lee will help break down writing your cover letter in a few steps. This article is a quick read and focuses on structure, tailoring, grammar, and the conclusion of your cover letter. This is a good introduction read to creating a cover letter. For more assistance with you cover letter you can always book an appointment at Careers and Professional Development.

 

 

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