Apr 18, 2014
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The Happinest Countries of 2014 (Coutesy of Career Bliss)

Along with offering good benefits and proving a fun and enjoyable workplace, companies in this day and age are constantly seeking to up their antics in order to make their employees the happiest, in all aspects of their lives. Various companies and organizations have famed themselves on fun bonuses, including slides at work, gourmet and organic lunches, massages and acupuncture, and more. As a new and more relaxed workplace emerges, the opportunity for companies to engage their employees in more fun and creative ways is becoming more popular.

Yet no one expects you to be able to identity companies within a wide variety of industries, let alone their internal relations, politics, and benefits. So CareerBliss has compiled a list of the “50 Happiest Companies”. This list was compiled by employees themselves who all went to Career Bliss to rate their employers. Along with the ranking you will also find their calculated “bliss score”, the companies average salary, as well as open jobs within the company. The picture below is a glimpse of the top five companies, but click on this clink and check out the entire list of 50 companies.

RANK
LAST YEAR

COMPANY

AVERAGE SALARY

OPEN JOBS
01 01 Pfizer 4.139 $83,000 View Jobs
02 15 Kaiser Permanente 4.122 $76,000 View Jobs
03 Texas Instruments 4.120 $81,000 View Jobs
04 43 EMC 4.118 $89,000 View Jobs
05 09 Qualcomm 4.114 $87,000 View Jobs

http://www.careerbliss.com/facts-and-figures/careerbliss-50-happiest-companies-in-america-for-2014/

Apr 17, 2014
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Amy Cuddy: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

How does our body language affect how others see us and how we see ourselves? In this captivating Ted Talk Amy Cuddy discusses body language: how we can physically stand confidently to improve our own view of ourselves as well as how others view us.

 

Apr 15, 2014
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Mental and Emotional Health: Taking Care of Yourself

As the end of the year approaches, Goucher students are hit with a multitude of stresses, questions, concerns, and and confusion. Exams approach, peers began making summer plans away from home, and every so often, tragedy strikes in the most unexpected ways.

Often we get into a routine of going from class to work to the dining halls and back to our rooms. We forget the resources that we have on campus and, most importantly, how supportive the Goucher community can be. When you feel yourself in a place of doubt, insecurity, or stress, consider these resources below to get you through the rough times. Taking care of your mental and emotional health is more important than we realize and thus often forgotten about. Love yourself and love others during the tough times ahead.

Spiritual and Religious Life on Campus: Hillel, the Chapel (Cynthia Terry)

Administrative Offices: Office of Student Engagement, Career Development Office, the Dean of Students, the Presidents Office, Registrar, Admissions, etc.

Academic Center for Excellence

Peer Listeners

Community Advisers

Professors, Academic Advisers, and Staff

Health and Counseling Services (free counselings sessions are available for students)

Friends and Family

Don’t forget any of these resources that are available during these challenging times. While each department and office is trained and works in a specific field, we are all one community working to help and benefit each other. Seek out those around you and be a beacon of support for others as well.

We hope that the rest of the school year is a positive experience for everyone at Goucher College.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns regarding internships, jobs, resume or cover letters, alumni affairs, or your general pursuits of a career, please come down to the CDO for walk-ins or to make an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

 

Apr 15, 2014
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Contacting Companies Regarding Internships and Jobs

Finding the perfect internship is everyone’s goal, isn’t it? We all want to be able to say that we were able to find an internship that combines amazing experience with our own interests and career pursuits, also in the location of our choice. Goucher does a great job of presenting these opportunities through Goucher Recruit, employer information sessions, and much more. We encourage all Goucher students to take advantage of these networks in order to easily find the perfect summer internship.

But what do you do if you cannot find an internship in your area that is in the field/industry that you are interested in? If this is the case, don’t feel discouraged. Now is the time to take charge of your summer plans to further your career pursuits.

If you know of the location that you would like to work in (whether that be your hometown or otherwise), try searching some different companies, non-profits, and organizations in the area on the internet. See if they have a ‘career’ section on their website, and take some time looking to see if they have listed any available internships. If you don’t know what area of interest you would like to pursue, your options are wide open and you will most likely find many opportunities to pursue.

If you know of the company that you would like to work with, but are more flexible about the job type, try contacting the company or checking their website to see if they have any positions available. Knowing you would like to get involved within a specific company can be helpful, because it allows mobility within the various departments. Questions to consider: Are you okay with travel? Will you work at any location? How do you feel about working in various positions within the company? Are there any internship opportunities that you won’t take?

Some students often rule out different organizations if they do not list internships directly. However many organizations have been known to create or announce internships once interest within the company is shown. If you cannot find an internship listed, or the business is small and does not have a website with employment/internship opportunities, try contacting the business/company yourself! You may call or email the company to inquire about different positions that are open, but it is incredibly important that you conduct yourself in a professional manor. Introduce yourself and your education/work experience, and then ask if they have ever hired interns in the past or are currently looking to do so. If they say no then you may thank them for their time and give the person you are speaking to your name and phone number in case any opportunities come up. If they do have postings open or are willing to consider it, find out more information about what the job would entail and pursue the opportunity if you feel that it is right for you!

If you do decide to email the company instead of calling, make sure you make the effort to find the correct person to specifically email. You can also choose to attach a resume or cover letter to the email if you feel as though that it may be helpful in supplying the company/organization with information about why you may be an asset to them as an intern.

Contacting a company can be intimidating, but it can also be extremely helpful in finding an internship that is perfect for you and your interests. Make the effort to communicate and strive for what you want and you may be surprised by the results!

If you have any questions about the internship process, how to contact companies, or how to craft a resume or cover letter please stop by the Career Development Office (located in Dorsey) for more information and assistance!

Apr 11, 2014
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A New Way of Calculating Success: A Ted Talk

What makes life worthwhile to you?

Is it friendships? Family? Success in the workplace? Saving up money? Travel? Whatever your view of success may be, when evaluating you career path it can be helpful to see insight from outside sources. Despite what we think that we know, there can always be more perspectives to be discovered.

A liberal arts education gives us the value of being able to think and analyze the world in a variety of ways. As we begin to discover, we also begin to question. How are success and happiness connected? What do we need versus what do we want?

In this Ted Talk presented by Chip Conley, the ideas of needs, wants, happiness, and success are all addressed as this self-educator and entrepreneur in the hospitality industry shares his views on what it means to live in this age and how to be successful both physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.

An interesting and enlightened watch, check out this video for some perspective on your own career ideas. If there’s anything that I was able to take from his speech, it is that being innovative with your career can help you be successful in ways that you never thought imaginable.

 

Apr 11, 2014
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“3 Ways to Insantly Connect With Your Interviewer”

Interviewing, while a daunting task, is necessary for almost any successful job search. It can be intimidating to think about preparing for an interview when most interviewers have completely different styles of conducting an interview. Some are fast paced and quick, while others like to move at a slower pace and allow you to really think about your answers. Some interviewers prefer the Q&A style of interviewing, while others prefer interviews to seem more like conversations between two individuals. However your interviewer conducts the interview, the most important thing you can do is try to bridge the gap and make personal connections that will make the interview memorable and hopefully secure you a job!

Below are three instant ways to connect with your interviewer and make yourself stand out as a potential candidate. Master these skills and you will be on your way to successful interview – under any circumstance!

If you have any further questions regarding interview technique and strategies, please come stop by the Career Development Office (located in Dorsey) or make an appointment to meet with one of our counselors! We look forward to hearing from you and wish you the best of luck in your job search.

“When you’re prepping for an interview, it’s easy to get caught up in how you’ll respond to tough questions, how you’ll come across to your potential employer, and how you’ll put your best foot forward. In other words, it’s all about you.

But the thing is, there’s another person in the room, too—a person who will ultimately make the decision of whether to hire you or not. And whether you’re paired with a friendly conversationalist or a stone-faced interrogator, you have to make a connection with the interviewer you’re given. Once you do that, you can avoid spitting out rehearsed answers and focus on having a genuine conversation with an actual person (and eventually landing the job!).

So how you can you build a rapport with your interviewer, regardless of his or her demeanor? After being on both sides of the interview table, I’ve learned a few ways to make forging that connection a little easier.

1. Observe, Then Imitate

You’ve undoubtedly heard that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Well, when you want to get on someone’s good side—and quickly—use this to your advantage.

Imitating certain behaviors and attitudes of your interviewer can help make a fast connection between you and the stranger on the other side of the table (it’s called mirroring, and it works).

So, take note of his or her initial demeanor from the get-go—then, match it. For example, if your interviewer has high energy and gestures while he or she talks, strive to express that high level of liveliness. And vice versa: If your questioner is calm and serious, tame your energy down a bit.

Of course, your interview should be a tool to figure out if you’re a good fit for the organization and if it will be a good fit for you. So what I don’t mean by this is to completely override your own personality for the sake of getting the job. But, adjusting to your interviewer’s demeanor can help both of you feel a little more comfortable with each other—and once that connection is built, you’ll have an easier time letting the conversation flow and being able to truly determine if this is the company for you.

2. Don’t Save Your Questions for the End

When you’re nervously trying to get on your interviewer’s good side, it’s easy to fall into a question-answer-question-answer routine. The interviewer asks you a question, you answer, and then you sit back and anxiously wait for the next, like a “please hold all questions until the end” announcement was made before you sat down.

But to make a more genuine connection with your interviewer, I’ve found that it’s helpful to interject relevant questions throughout the conversation, instead of saving them all for the wrap-up.

For example, say the interviewer asks you to talk about your most significant accomplishment at your last job. After you speak to the time you snagged your previous company’s largest client to date, continue with a question that moves the conversation along, like “I’d be excited to start making significant contributions here, as well—what are some of your company’s current goals or projects?”

You’ll spark a little back-and-forth conversation, which will not only help you learn more about the company, but will also prove to the interviewer that you’re truly interested in the position. Overall, you’ll bring a little life into what can often be a very formal, on-your-best-behavior kind of interaction.

3. Pay Attention to the Interviewer’s Answers

Once you start asking questions, you’ll have another powerful tool in your hands—because when you start listening to your interviewer’s responses, you can determine what kind of of answers he or she is looking for.

So, pay close attention: In response to your questions, does your interviewer go into a lot of elaboration? Does he or she tell personal stories or use data sources (like a chart or spreadsheet) as examples?

Then, model your responses the same way: If your interviewer consistently mentions percentages and numbers, make sure to weave those into your answers as well, clearly indicating that you decreased your department’s case backlog by 65%, or that you exceeded your fundraising goal by $1,500 last quarter.

Noticing these tendencies can help you determine what techniques to use as you answer questions yourself—because you’ll gain some insight into how he or she communicates best. And if you’re able to communicate in the same way, you’ll have a much better chance of making a real connection.

Sparking an instant connection with a complete stranger may never be easy—but when you learn to observe and adapt, you and your interviewer will feel more comfortable, and you’ll have an easier time opening up. And that can mean the difference between a suffering through a less-than-stellar interview and landing your dream job.”

Article courtesy of Katie Douthwaite on behalf of themuse.com. Posted July 29, 2013.

Apr 10, 2014
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Volunteer Experience: More than Money

Here in the Career Development Office, especially during the summer months, we are often focusing our interests on internships, employment, summer work, furthering your career, and more. But the summer months, especially while in college, can be filled with valuable experiences of all kinds. Volunteering can be rewarding both in the experience that you gain, the skills that you learn, as well as the memories that you make. Giving back to the community in any area that interests you is a great way to spent the hot summer months while you are taking a break from your hectic collegiate lives. Volunteering is also a great way to expose yourself to the organizations, work, people, that you are considering working with in your future career!

So how do you go about getting involved in a productive and meaningful way? Begin by figuring out where you plan on staying for the summer. If you are going home (within the United States or otherwise), look into organizations and non-profits that reside within your town or city. Most non-profits will have websites that will list ways to get involved and different opportunities for volunteers. If you like to plan ahead, call or email the non-profit/organization to ask some follow up questions about what you would be doing, how many hours a week they need volunteers, and the goals and interests of the non-profit/organization itself.

If you plan on using your volunteer experience to travel or go abroad, there are several sites you can check out which will serve as a resource for learning more about going abroad, volunteering, and various programs in a large array of different countries. Some volunteer programs abroad may require fees while others may not. Check out these sites below to learn more!

1. http://www.handsonnetwork.org/

2. https://www.globalvolunteernetwork.org/

3. http://www.gooverseas.com/blog/how-volunteer-abroad-free (This site provides resources on low-cost volunteering in low-cost countries)

4. http://www.wwoof.net/ (This website provides information on volunteering on organic farms abroad)

While these organizations all showcase opportunities that require a good amount of commitment (in most cases), remember that with most volunteering, organizations are grateful for any amount of time or help that you are willing to give.

Finally, volunteering and giving back to the community can be so much more than working with a specific organization. Beach clean-ups, park clean-ups, food collection, etc. can all be done on your own or with friends and can be amazing experiences.

At the CDO we hope that you make the most out of your summer vacation and have both memorable, influential, and fun experiences throughout time off from school! If you have any further questions about how volunteering can be beneficial to your career path, please visit our office (located in the Dorsey Center).

 

Apr 10, 2014
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April 10th Employer Info Session: Clean Water Action

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Clean Water Action is a one million member organization of diverse people and groups joined together to protect our environment, health, economic well-being and community quality of life. Our goals include clean, safe and affordable water; prevention of health threatening pollution; creation of environmentally safe jobs and businesses; and empowerment of people to make democracy work. Clean Water Action organizes strong grassroots groups and coalitions and campaigns to elect environmental candidates and solve environmental and community problems.

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Apr 9, 2014
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April 10th Employer Info Session: Seed School of Maryland

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The SEED School of Maryland is a statewide, college-preparatory, public boarding school. The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) oversees and supports the ongoing implementation, planning, and development of the school and holds it accountable to state and federal standards for teaching and learning.

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SEED students and faculty incorporate our core values into everything we do at the school. In sixth grade, students are taught lessons on each value. After sixth grade, students focus on two core values per year for in depth understanding and practice.

Responsibility

“Taking ownership and being accountable for your actions all of the time.”
Respect
“Treating others as you want others to treat you.”
Compassion
“Thinking about how your actions impact others before you act.”
Empathy
“Putting yourself in another person’s place and understanding how they are feeling.”
Integrity
“Doing the right thing even when no one is looking.”
Self-Discipline
“Controlling your behavior and actions and doing what is expected of you without reminders.”
Perseverance
“Commitment, hard work, patience, endurance, and not giving up.”
Self-Determination
“The power of making up your own mind about what to think or do.”
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Apr 9, 2014
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Networking as a Simple Conversation

For most people networking can be seen as a daunting task for professionals within an industry. As a way for older individuals to have a cup of coffee or a drink. Under this lens the entire seems very vague and many students don’t understand the various ways to even begin the process of networking.

Fortunately for all, networking is as simple as a conversation. While it can be anything from a professional meeting to a coffee date, as all of us know, conversations can happen anywhere! Whether they are planned or spontaneous, it’s important to remember that you are already networking more than you think – you just need to begin honing your skills!

Places you network without realizing it:

1. Airplanes

2. Coffee Shops

3. Poetry Readings/Concerts

4. While Standing in Line (it’s true, we promise!)

5. While Being Introduced to a Friend

While this list seems to indicate most places you might ever visit, it’s true that you can be networking in all of these locations. Because the act of networking is a simple as a conversation, it truly can occur anywhere. When you are introduced to someone, or happen to strike up a conversation with a stranger, they could be involved in any industry or career networking with a vast array of connections. In the day and age of media and mass travel, the idea of six degrees of separation has never been more apparent.

Imagine this: You’re waiting in line for a cup of coffee with a friend. All of a sudden your friend, Amy, recognizes someone in the coffee shop that she knows from her old job. When you two have your lattes, you follow Amy as she says ‘hello’ to her old co-worker. Amy introduces you to this co-worker, Stacy, and throughout conversing you find out that she knows someone in the fashion industry! You are currently working in retail but are interested in moving into the fashion industry more directly. Stacy gives you her card and tells you to contact her anytime so she can put you in contact with a few of her friends.

Situations like this one arise all of the time. Call it making connections, networking, or mingling – it’s all a more informal and common type of networking. After making these connections don’t hesitate to follow up! Send a quick message, add this new friend on LinkedIn or Facebook, and reach out to thank them for their kindness and express your interest for getting in touch with any connections they may have. It never hurts to simply reach out and try, the worst anyone can say to you is no.

Things to Remember When Networking:

1. Be professional and courteous – You never want to come off as rude or impatient, especially if you are making a new connection. Thank people for their time and willingness to help you in any way they can. It is always polite to go above and beyond and send them a thank you message or card. If appropriate, you can always offer to treat them to a cup of coffee as well!

2. Show interest and knowledge for the field or company you are trying to get more involved in. It is important to make sure that people know why you are interested in networking! If you are trying to network with individuals within a company, explain what you already know! This can include work the company does, recent changes within the company/industry, etc.

3. Don’t be afraid! Ask questions, be professional, but above all simply be yourself. It may sound cliche but it is a job that only you can do yourself. Once you are comfortable, your best qualities will shine and make your networking process that much easier.

 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding networking or your personal job/internship search process, please come visit the Career Development Office in Dorsey Center or call our office at (410)-337-6191. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

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