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20 Suggestions for Incoming College Freshmen

Sally Perez-Ramos, MSD ’14
Manager of Communication and Online Programs

As you prepare for this exciting new chapter of your life, it is imperative you take the time to sit and reflect on the upcoming year. I tell incoming students every year, do not overwhelm yourself your first semester.  Take the time to adjust to this new change in your life, this independence you are now experiencing, this inside look into the world of “adulting”. I really appreciated the article, Twenty Suggestions for Incoming College Freshmen, because it outlines 20 suggestions for freshmen to consider – such as taking advantage of everything the university has to offer.

I encourage all of you to take advantage of the resources that are at your disposal – stop by Career and Professional Development, utilize the Writing Center, partake in Student Life activities, start familiarizing yourself with all the student services available to you at the university. But most important of all, take time for you. Take time to stop and smell the roses, to get a good night’s sleep, exercise your mind, body, and soul, and recognize your study habits and what works best for you. We look forward to having you on campus this fall and can’t wait to meet every single one of you!

 

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Companies Offering Student Loan Assistance

Emily Salazar, Career Counselor

Hey, recent graduates searching for jobs: What benefits are you looking for when you conduct your job search? Is it salary? Is it long vacations? Is it flexible hours? We understand why these things would be important to you, but what would you say if we tell you that there are companies that help you pay down your student loan debt? There aren’t many, but they do exist.  Glassdoor.com recently put together a list of companies that offer student loan benefits AND they are hiring right now! Check out this list of 10 companies that offer this special benefit.

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Establishing a Positive Social Media Presence

Sally Perez-Ramos,
Manager of Communication and Online Programs
Career and Professional Development

When meeting with students and alumni who are searching for job opportunities, one of the first questions I ask them is, what is your social media presence? Many are surprised to learn that many employers check social media profiles when reviewing applications. What surprises them even more, is when they perform a Google search on themselves and bring up access to everything they may have posted on social media sites which may be unguarded. Meaning a friend may have tagged them in a picture without their knowledge or they did not privatize their account settings.

One might be tempted to simply make EVERYTHING private on their various feeds, but what good does that truly do? It makes it seem as you a hiding something. In today’s world, employers want to hire someone who is engaged in technology meaning they are seeking an individual who proposes to engage their followers in positive conversation regarding topics of interest on a professional level. Employers are eager to see someone who is using technology on a daily basis rather than setting up an account and forgetting about it.

In 4 Easy Ways to Improve Your Social Media Profile for Your Job Search, the article shares some important points we all need to be advised on when it comes to our social media accounts. While I’m sure most of us would love to just tweet, post initial reactions, and vent, it is inevitable we will come to regret these posts sometime down the road. So be smart about how you establish yourself on social media. You never know who may be watching what you post.

 

 

 

 

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The Secret Formula to a Winning Resume

Sally Perez-Ramos, MSD '14 Manager of Communication and Online Programs Career and Professional Development

Sally Perez-Ramos,
Manager of Communication and Online Programs
Career and Professional Development

Recently, members of our staff were invited to tour the Austin Google office. It was a great opportunity for us to network and learn more about what type of qualifications they seek in their candidates. Of all the interesting information Google representatives provided, what stood out the most was a question asked from the audience: What do you look for in a resume? A recruiter joining us via Google Hangouts stated that the information that stood out most in resumes is the ability to quantify information.

But what exactly does that mean?

Quantifying on your resume is the ability to provide some sort of numerical impact to your current and past roles. This information really resonates with employers when they are reviewing resumes.  For example, maybe you are the social media manager for your student organization. Did you increase the number of followers during your term? By how much? Or perhaps you were accountable for overseeing the budget. How much money did you oversee? Did you raise the funds significantly from last year? This type of information needs to be documented when you take on a new role or project. Think of as where the project was before you started and how it was after you concluded.

Google representatives shared with us this article, My Personal Formula for a Better Resume which does a fantastic job of demonstrating what employers are looking for in resumes. Some other articles to review are listed below:

Happy resume writing!



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Hindsight Is a Wonderful Thing but Foresight Is Better

Jessica Coronado

Jessica Coronado ’15

I graduated as a New College student from St. Edward’s University in December 2015 with a BA in Public Administration. My commencement ceremony was set for May 7 and by May 9 I learned of my acceptance into Northwestern University’s Masters of Public Policy & Administration online program. Now that I am a fully immersed graduate student I felt it appropriate to reflect upon the valuable lessons obtained at SEU, which now undoubtedly guide me through my graduate studies.

You see, three and a half years ago I became a non-traditional student, which in my case meant I was a working parent attending college. I was both excited and terrified to tackle my two remaining years as an undergrad with a new baby in tow, but I did it. While it may sound cliché, the secret was determination and time management. My advisor initially predicted that I would complete my remaining 60 credit hours in three years but I was determined to finish them in just two, which I eventually did. There was never any time to procrastinate nor was there an option to cut corners on assignments. I took advantage of very early mornings, mid-afternoon lunch breaks, and late evenings to study and stay on top of my schoolwork whilst doing my best to dedicate enough mommy time to my new family. It wasn’t easy but I wouldn’t have changed the experience for any other. Read More

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Tips to Finding Opportunities with the Federal Government

Sally Perez-Ramos, MSD '14 Manage of Communication and Online Programs Career and Professional Development

Sally Perez-Ramos, MSD ’14
Manager of Communication and Online Programs

My senior year of college, I decided it was time to do an internship. Back then, our Career Services office did not have fancy job databases like we do now. Instead, outside of the office there were index cards thumb tacked to a cork bulletin board. I browsed the internships and jobs until my eyes fell upon “Congressional Intern”. Well as a Political Science major I thought perfect! I grabbed the card and went inside the office to get more information.

Fast forward to my internship with U.S. Congressman Ruben Hinojosa. I interned with the Congressman’s local office for approximately a year. Various duties I had included speaking with constituents, researching information for the Congressman and his staff, managing the welcome desk and entering information into their database. It wasn’t the most glamorous of internships, but it gave me major key to success – Networking. To this day I still have close ties to the office and I know that if I ever need anything, I can pick up the phone and call them.

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Leave Politics Out of LinkedIn

Sally Perez-Ramos, MSD '14 Manage of Communication and Online Programs Career and Professional Development

Sally Perez-Ramos
Career and Professional Development

As the 2016 presidential elections come to a head, many of us find ourselves passionate about our political beliefs and want the world to know. Having political discussions amongst trusted friends and family is most likely the best platform for discussing your political concerns and ideologies – and even then I’ve seen the floor drop beneath the feet of those who braved the conversations. However, engaging in political debates on LinkedIn is not an avenue to have these discussions. Read More

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