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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!?

Dear College Graduate,

By Sterlie Achille, Peer Advisor

I hope this letter finds you well. First off, congratulations on accomplishing your goal of earning a college education! You came, you learned, you conquered. These 4 years as a Hurricane have flown by and formed a stronger and wiser version of your freshman identity. You’ve earned the degree, aced your job interviews, and landed that great job. You may be asking yourself: What’s next? Well, now a new journey awaits…the real world.

When you are out there living your best life, I hope you remember to:

1. Keep up with your fitness

Unlike in college where you walked to get to and from class, most workplaces involve a lot of sitting or limited mobility. As difficult as going to the gym may be, it might be essential for your body’s upkeep. If not through exercise, manage your fitness by eating better and removing unhealthy choices as often as you can.

2. Practice smart financial decisions

It can be as small limiting your eating out to 1x a week (put in the effort to bring your own lunch to work as much as you can since eating out can add up quickly), or creating a budget, or even removing the unnecessary bills like cable (especially if you’re never home).

3. Continue networking

So you found the perfect job? That’s great! However, it is still very crucial for you continue to build professional relationships and meaningful connections at your workplace. This isn’t only good practice to get a reference or referral when moving jobs. It can also benefit your advancement within the company.

4. Ask for help, when needed

In the real world, we don’t always get things right. This is perfectly normal and you are not alone. Whether you need help in your personal life, or in the professional world, there are many knowledgeable people who would be more than willing to help guide you. It may feel uncomfortable at first, but once you ask for help the first time, it gets easier. What’s more important than a few awkward minutes? Your confidence in your ability to tackle the problems you will face!

 

The real world may not only be all fun and games, but there is something exhilarating about making your own decisions and having the freedom to manage your time. In addition to the things above, I hope that you find everything you are looking for. I hope that you roll with the punches, never stop aiming for excellence and continue to show up, and never give up! Carpe diem graduate, and congratulations again!

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End on a High: Productivity

By Sterlie Achille, Peer Advisor

The semester is coming to an end faster than we think and soon finals week will be here. Ever wondered about the ways you could you improve your studying and productivity?

Well, read on for some tips!

1) Do not take on unnecessary tasks

Time is the one thing money can’t buy.  While it is tempting to go through every problem in the book or read every chapter listed on the syllabus, it is important to prioritize and narrow down your studies. Every exam will test on a specific set of materials. Make sure to focus on the areas your professor advises so that you are not overwhelmed. Focus helps to make a study session productive!

2) Create reasonable to-do lists

To-do lists help you keep in mind the things that need to get done and can help motivate you to be productive. However, to-do lists of more than 10 items are counter supportive to helping you reach your goals.  Large lists set a large expectation that can be overwhelming or discouraging if everything from this list isn’t accomplished. Instead, attempt to limit your to-do lists with no more than 6 items at a time. That way you can prioritize your tasks even further and set realistic expectations.

3) Keep an organized working area

An organized workspace will help remove distractions and make for a more productive study session. The last thing you want to happen when motivation hits is to have to search for space to set down your work or fight back the flood of stuff on your desk.

4) Take Study Breaks

Studying for long hours is actually hurting you more than it is helping.  If you spend more than 8-10 hours at a desk without moving around much, then you will notice that you have less energy.  Productivity is not measured by the number of hours you sit at a desk.  So take breaks! 10-15 minutes is usually a great refresher for going back to your task with a clearer mind!

5) Set Self-Imposed deadlines

(AVOID situations like the one above as much as possible)

Set a personal deadline and hold yourself as accountable to it as you would any other important cut-off date. Deadlines are often stressful. Unfortunately, they’re a necessary evil. You may not always meet them but, it will help you to avoid procrastination and get as much done as possible.

College is what you make of it! As the semester comes to a close, best of luck (and preparation) to end strong. Happy studying!

You’ve got this!

Email Etiquette

By Sterlie Achille, Peer Advisor

With the close of Spring Career Expo, many of us might have to reach out to professional recruiters by email. Whether to network, apply for a job, or follow-up after an interview, it is important to keep things professional. An easy way to ruin your chances of success is to send a conversational email filled with grammatical errors.

Here are some tips that can improve and sharpen your professional email writing skills!

1) Strong Subject line

This is one of the simplest parts of the email, but it can often be the hardest to create. Keep the subject line brief and simple to convey the main idea of the email. Avoid leaving the subject area blank or with meaningless words that do not convey the specifics of the email. This section should give the reader an idea about the email before they open it. It should be an accurate description with any relevant dates or deadlines.

2) The Greeting

Most mistakes with the email greeting happen because people get too personal. The best way to greet someone is with formality such as “Ms. Last Name” or “Mr. Last name”. Unless instructed by the person directly, it is generally not a good idea to address them by their first name.

3) Organization

It is important to have a well-organized email that clearly conveys a message. Structurally, the email should include an introduction, body, and closing paragraph. In your intro, highlight your reason for contacting the person, then give all the information they need. Finally, end your email by letting them know if you would like them to contact you, or if you will be reaching out to them at a later date.

4) Timing

Make sure to send follow-up emails after several days have passed.   It is best to allow the person enough time to see your message. However, it is still important to send your reply emails on time to keep the interest of the recruiter. Once you have a reply, it is your responsibility to respond as soon as possible.

5) Proofread

Once your email is complete, proofread it for grammar and punctuation errors. Avoid making the mistake of sending it quickly without reading it over several times. Taking that extra step shows you care and will help you stand out in a positive way!

Happy writing!

Make Time for U

By Sterlie Achille, Peer Advisor

It gets really hard to keep up with everything as the semester starts to takeoff and really become hectic. It seems like just as midterms start to creep up, the professors pick that same time to bombard the student population with projects, papers and assignments. However, it’s important not to throw your self-care into the pile and get too lost in the heavy bustle of being busy.

Self-care, contrary to popular belief should not come second to your responsibilities. As a balanced person will tell you, taking care of your responsibilities becomes much easier when you have taken care of yourself. Here are some quick and easy ways to distress and get back on track:

1) Take small breaks while you study

2) Spend time with friends

3) Take a walk

4) Sing your favorite song at the top of your lungs

5) Volunteer (Sometimes we just need to change our focus for a moment!)

6) Visit the counseling center

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7) Pick up a Hobby

8) Watch a comedy (It’s hard to be upset when you’re laughing. Try it!)

9) Vent to someone you trust

10) Hit the Gym

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Practicing self-care not only helps provide you with the peace of mind needed to succeed, it also helps prevent burnouts.  Burnouts are caused by exhaustion that can lead to low energy and low motivation. Do what you can to make the most out of your college experience.  Even if that means placing yourself first sometimes! Take care and remember: it’s great to be a Miami Hurricane!

Be Prepared For Expo: Do Your Research

By Sterlie Achille, Peer Advisor

As I am sure you are all aware of by now, Expo is a few short days away! The Career Expo will be the place to be on September 19th from 2-6pm. Whether you are looking for a position of hire or just looking to place yourself outside of your comfort zone and grow professionally, it will be an eventful evening!

Expo can be a nerve wracking experience, but do your best to calm your nerves! Don’t forget to smile and be yourself. Oftentimes, a company is looking for a good fit for their team as much as they are looking for a skill set. So rest assured, you have every right to feel confident!

To register for the event, log on to your Handshake account, click on ‘Fairs’ and then Fall Expo. Once you’ve registered, I would recommend checking out the great tips given by Lindsey on creating a successful Expo experience:

Check it out here: https://toppelpeers.com/2016/09/01/5-things-i-learned-from-attending-expo/

In addition to that, I would look a the Do’s and Don’t’s given by Kiera which can be found here: https://toppelpeers.com/2016/09/08/career-expo-do-or-do-not/

To add to Kiera’s point, before going to Career Expo, it is extremely important to fact-find the company’s values and to know how they measure success. A great resource that can help you with this is Vault. To check out the Vault site, go to Hireacane.com then click on ‘Career Resources’ followed by ‘Online Resources’.

Visit Vault to gain access to company information. There you can find intern feedback, company culture, work life balance, the hiring process, information on compensation, a day in the life articles and even training! The best part is, sign up is free!

I would highly recommend checking out Vault once you’ve scoped out the list of companies coming to Expo. During your brief time at their table, ask questions to validate your research or disprove assumptions you made. This will not only help you stand out to potential employers but it will also help you gain more and more confidence throughout the event.

Best of luck and happy Expo!

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