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Career Expo Craze!

By Morgan Henry, Peer Advisor

Get Hyped for Spring Career Expo 2018!

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The University of Miami’s Spring Career Expo is Wednesday, February 21st from 1-5pm at the Watsco Center. This event will feature over 100 companies that are eager to make connections with both students and alumni from UM. It’s a great way for you to make connections to strengthen your personal network, discover different potential career paths, as well as continue to develop yourself professionally. With all these benefits on the line, it’s important to stay on top of things and budget yourself enough time to have a great Expo experience.

  1. Use Toppel! Whether your resume needs tweaking or you want to start from scratch, Toppel Career Center has great resources to help you out. Walk-in Advising is Monday through Friday from 9AM to 4:30PM, so be sure to stop by in the dates leading up to Expo. We can also help you develop the perfect elevator pitch!
  2. Research the Companies. After you register for Spring Expo using your Handshake account, there’s a great feature that lets you see a list of every company that’s attending the fair. Go through, pick out your favorites, and learn more about them. Prepare some questions for the company representatives and stand out from the other hundreds of students that will attend.
  3. Make a Strategy. Whether this is your first Expo or you’re a seasoned vet, it never hurts to have a bit of networking practice. MAXIMUS will be coming to Toppel as Expo time nears to give students valuable input on what networking means and how play to your strengths within this setting (February 20th, 5:30pm). Make sure to register for this event using Handshake!

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Remember, there are so many resources out there that want to help you! Take advantage of them, and give yourself plenty of time to prepare. See you at Spring Expo 2018!

Good Luck, Canes!

Dressing the Part to Rock the Interview

By Kara Davis, Peer Advisor

Congratulations! You scored an interview for the job of your dreams, but what are you going to wear?! Proper business attire can make or break your chances of being offered that position.  Since you’re going for an interview, it is safer to go with business professional rather than business casual.  What’s the difference? Business casual is often worn in a casual office setting, but is still considered appropriate for the workplace. This includes khakis or slacks and casual button-down shirts for men and a skirt or pants with a dress shirt or a dress for women.  Typically, business casual does not include jeans, flip flops, or tank tops.

Business professional is exactly as it sounds, professional. For men, this is usually a dark-colored suit with a tie and dress shoes. For women, business professional can include either a dress with a blazer or a suit with pants or knee-length skirt; shoes can either be closed-toe heels or closed-toe flats. Wearing business professional attire to your interview will be a benefit to your future employer’s first impression of you. Are you worried that you don’t have the right items to put together your professional look? Come to Toppel and make use of Sebastian’s Closet! Here you can borrow various items of professional clothing for FREE. It’s better to be dressed for success than under dressed without your dream job!

Good luck, Canes!

Why Career Expo?

By Sterlie Achille, Peer Advisor

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Career Expo will be the place NEXT WEEK on September 6th from 1pm to 5pm! Join us at the Watsco center to engage in an incredible chance to explore internship options, full-time job opportunities, and graduate programs. You absolutely DO NOT want to miss this event. There are several reasons why attending this career fair will be a great way to progress your job search.

1) Attending Career Expo allows you to meet directly with the hiring managers and or representatives who have an impact on hiring decisions. Career expo has nearly 100 registered employers that will be attending this year. These recruiters are from a variety of industries ranging from American Express, Carnival, Chewy, Maximus, Miami Heat, Stryker, Visa and so much more! What better way to learn which companies you might want to work for and which open positions would be most relevant to you, than in person?

2) Career Expo will be a less-formal setting to practice your elevator speech and get to know more about the company’s you are interested in. Even if you only get to communicate with them briefly, you will have the practice of talking about yourself and your strengths. Be bold. Take advantage of the fact that you can talk to a variety of people that could have a need for your skill set and experiences. You have so much to offer!

3) Attending this signature recruiting event would allow you to better align your resume with the company’s needs! Knowing what these companies are looking for sets you apart from the competition. So come join us and talk to employers, build your network (and your LinkedIn connections) and most importantly, practice your elevator speech! Make sure to come professionally dressed, bring your University of Miami Cane ID, and have at least 20 copies of your resume.

Are U  excited, yet!?

Interview Questions

By Kiera Adams, Peer Advisor

The Spring Career Expo is coming up February 22nd, 2017! This is a great way to make connections in order to get an interview for a job or internship. There are many components that make a good, solid interview. A part that isn’t always utilized or is forgotten about is asking the interviewer questions. Monster.com gives a nice quote saying, “Interviews aren’t just about giving the right answers—they’re about asking the right questions.” Here are some good questions that you can ask an interviewer:

About the Job:

1) What’s the most important thing I can accomplish in the first 60 days?

This is a good question to ask because the interviewer will be able to explain what the expectations are for you right away. This can help you determine how demanding a job will be and if you will be able to handle those demands.

About the Company:

1) What do you enjoy most about working here?

2) Can you give me some examples of the company’s culture?

Both of these questions give you an idea about the type of work environment you will be immersed in. For some, type of environment is super important so you don’t want to go through the whole employment process just to enter a culture that isn’t something you would be happy or thrive in.

To the Interviewer:

1) Has your role changed since you’ve been here?

This question will tell you about opportunities for growth within the company. You want to join a company or organization that will support you growing as a person. Even if it’s a short, summer internship, so you should get all the information you need now just in case the company becomes a long-term option in the future.

Questions not to ask:

1) What are the requirements of the job?

2) What does the person in this job do?

It’s important to do your research before going into an interview. You should have a general idea of what the position you’re applying for does. But feel free to ask the employer about more expectations they have, examples of what you would be expected to do, etc.

3) What is the salary for this position?

Even though this answer is important, you shouldn’t ask this question right off the bat.  This is a better question to ask once you’ve been offered a position.

 

Good luck interviewing, Canes!

Resume Quick Tips!

By Kimberly Wilks, Peer Advisor

It’s that time of the semester again! Dust off your dress shoes, grab your best suit, and brush up your resume because it’s time for Career Expo! On Wednesday February 22nd from 1:00 -5:00 PM, there will be a long list of employers and grad schools here waiting to meet YOU!

Be sure to stop by Toppel beforehand to prepare. Your resume is the paper representation of you and it needs to be spick and span! You can find sample resumes on hireacane.com! Toppel’s Peer Advisors, such as myself, are very excited about helping our peers land their dream job or internship. You’ll definitely want to stop by before the career fair to make sure that you are ready to impress these employers.

Here are six quick tips to remember when working on your resume:

1) Your name should be the largest words on the page. Employers shouldn’t have to search in a tiny corner to find out who’s resume they’re holding. Claim all the hard work that you put in and on that resume!

2) Avoid having paragraphs of information. Use bullet points!!! These will aid in the flow of your resume.

3) Use your experience statements to talk about what you did in the company and include results if possible. Employers are more interested in what you did, rather than what the company did altogether. However, avoid personal pronouns such as I, me, or my.

4) If you don’t have relevant experience, then emphasize the relevant skills that you have gained from the experiences you do have.

5) Find the right balance of information to make your resume look just right. Your resume should not have too much white space but it also should not be packed with information in size 8 font.

6) Last but not definitely not least, be completely honest! This way you can get a position that fits!

Toppel Peer Advisors are here to help! Good Luck Canes!

Last Minute Tips for Career Expo

By Tina Humphrey, Peer Advisor

Practice your Elevator Speech

Perfect practice makes perfect. The more you practice saying your name, major, what you are looking for in the company, and how you will make a contribution, the more confident you will be.

Perfect Your Knowledge

Have at least one to two facts ready about each company’s booth you are planning on visiting. Career Expo’s are for you to network with the company. Per Vault, employers are looking for students who interested in their companies. “I think that the thing that I look for is whether they first ask me about SecondMarket, or they already know about it,” says Sarah Robinson. She’s the recruitment coordinator for the investment trading company, and the “resume keeper” after fairs. “I usually take notes on resumes of people who stand out,” she says. “I definitely put my two cents in about how they made an impact on me, how I think they’d be a culture fit, how I think the candidate would contribute to second market.”

Prepare your Suit

Here’s a guide below on what to wear:

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Follow Up

Most of the companies at a career Fair recommend sending a thank you/follow up email with an electronic copy of your resume to whomever you spoke to at the fair. If you didn’t get a card, try emailing through the company’s web site, especially if it’s a small company.

Here are great samples of “thank you” and follow up emails.

https://www.hofstra.edu/pdf/studentaffairs/studentservices/career/zarbcar/zarbcar-thankyou-note-tips.pdf

https://www.thebalance.com/job-fair-follow-up-2060750

Good Luck Canes!

 

Toppel is Hiring!

Not everyone can say they love their job. But I can. I have been with the Toppel Career Center for almost 6 months as the Graduate Assistant for the Career Education team. Hi, I’m Jess. I am a University of Miami graduate student working toward my M.S.Ed. in Higher Education Administration (code for I want to work at colleges and universities in administrative roles #forever). At Toppel, my main responsibility is to oversee our walk-in advising which includes supervising our Peer Advisors. I have done a lot in the short time that I have worked here. But one of the most exciting and rewarding parts of my job is being able to work with the Peer Advisors to assist students who come in for walk-in advising. If you told me a year ago that I would be giving advice on how to improve resumes, I would have called you crazy. But, I learned that it isn’t rocket science, and that if you are willing to be taught, you can do it, too! Working at Toppel is a lot of fun and every day is a new adventure.

Check out my mini collection of just a few pictures from my first 5 months on the job:

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Toppel Values Wall in the Toppel Career Center #toppelcollection 

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Toppel Professional Staff at the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Networking Event at the Lennar Center

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Working the photo booth for cap & gown distribution #classof2016 #hireacane #iamready

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Working my first outreach event with Toppel at Canefest and teaching new students what resources Toppel has to offer them! (Peer Advisors Josh and Lindsey on the left) #lovethem

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Roaming campus with Sebastian to promote Fall Career Expo!

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Wearing purple to support pancreatic cancer awareness month

Toppel is actively searching for students who are energetic, willing to learn, flexible, and genuinely enjoy helping others. Working at the Toppel Career Center has many benefits, but the ones that come straight to mind are as follows: opportunity to connect with employers, grow personally and professionally, gain experience in a professional environment, have co-workers that support you, and have immediate access to resources that can help you land a job or internship.

To work at Toppel you must be Miami Commitment or Work Study eligible. If you are interested in applying for an immediate opening for the spring 2017 semester to work as a Peer Advisor, please call 305-284-1822 and ask for Jess.

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If you are interested in openings for the 2017-2018 academic year, I insist that you join us for one of our info sessions (February 8th or February 28th at 6pm – sign up on Handshake). Here you will have the opportunity to ask questions and gain greater insight about what it means to work in one of our Toppel student staff positions.

Toppel Hearts,

Jess

Crawl to NYC

By Jessica Sublette, Graduate Assistant, Career Education

Let’s Crawl. No, not on the floor as if you’re looking for an earring you dropped. Besides that would take you long time to crawl from the University of Miami to NYC…No I’m talking about a Career Crawl.

The University of Miami Toppel Career Center is proud to announce our FOURTH Career Crawl and this time we are headed to New York City! Here’s what you need to know:

Who: UM sophomores and juniors with a 2.4 or higher GPA and in good standing with the university

What: New York City Career Crawl

When: Monday, March 13 – Thursday, March 16, 2017 (spring break week)

Where: New York City!!

Why: Interested in exploring career opportunities in media and branding? Eager to connect with UM alumni and employers in the New York City area? Apply now to join the Toppel Career Center in this week-long immersion experience that will give you the opportunity to explore career paths in media outlets and brand strategy and development, visit New York City area employers on site, meet UM alumni from a variety of New York organizations and industries, and discover what it’s really like to live and work in New York.

How: For more information and application instructions: https://miami.joinhandshake.com/events/34619

Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 5pm

 

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Professional Dining Etiquette Basics

By Jake Ducharme, Peer Advisor

Where things are:

Above is the general set up of a formal dinner. The number of glasses and utensils varies but the rest is relatively constant. An important thing to remember is to start with the outermost utensil and work your way inward.

Table Manners:

TURN YOUR CELL PHONE OFF

Seating

When you arrive be mindful that your host may have seating arrangements in place. If the meal is honoring somebody wait for them to sit before you sit. Once seated, practice good posture and remain upright in the chair without your back against the chair. Additionally, when eating, remain upright and don’t lean over your plate

Napkin

Unfold napkin in one smooth motion without shaking and immediately place it in your lap after being seated

Utensils

  • Hold your fork in your left hand, tines downward.
  • Hold your knife in your right hand, an inch or two above the plate.
  • Extend your index finger along the top of the blade.
  • Use your fork to spear and lift food to your mouth.
  • When you are not actively using your knife, but it has food on it, you should rest it on your plate with the sharp edge facing toward you; this symbolizes that you are peaceful and non-aggressive.
  • If your knife is not needed, it remains on the table.

Dinner Conversation

FOUR KEYS TO CONVERSATION: STOP, LOOK, LISTEN, AND WATCH

  • “stop” – do not speak without stopping to think about what you are about to say;
  • “look” – pay attention to the expression of the person with whom you are talking;
  • “listen” – listening is the most important conversational skill.
  • “watch” – keep your eyes on whomever you are talking with.

 

Small Talk

Many times you will be engaged in small talk with a variety of people. The best way to be prepared for small talk is to be up to date on current events. Other appropriate topics include work, hobbies, family, pop culture etc. Keep the conversation light and don’t bring up controversial topics. Those may include religious beliefs, politics, financial situation, illness, divorce or an affair, someone’s weight, height, shoe size, age or mental health, harmful gossip, and racial, ethnic or sexually oriented jokes.

 

Remember F.O.R.M. for conversation safety:

Family

Occupation

Recreation

Motivation

 

Be Prepared for Business Meals

Execute proper table manners as well as:

  • Be sure of the date and time of your meal
  • If you are unsure of the location of the restaurant scope it out before hand
  • Dress well. Over dressing is better than under
  • Arrive 10-15 minutes early
  • Wait to discuss business
  • Follow up and send a thank you note after the meal

 

Always remember: TURN YOUR PHONE OFF

Good Luck Canes!

 

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