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 What are you thinking?

Welcome the Career Services Career Blog. Let us know what  you are doing in your job search.  We are here to help studetns and alumni.
March 04
Follow Up etiquette

You have sent in a resume. You wonder if you should do a follow-up message.  How long do you wait to follow up? What is the best way to follow up? How often? Email, phone call, snail mail?

Not all employers take the  time to let you know that they received your materials and sometimes you may even be left hanging as to whether you will get an interview or not.  It may feel like your resume went into a black hole!

Follow up is always a good idea. It can help settle your mind as to whether your materials did indeed get to the right person . It also gets your name across to the decision maker again.

I suggest a phone call as the top choice for following up. Allow 2-3 days to pass after you sent your materials. Call early before people get too busy with their day, try before 8:30am. Be friendly and casual and ask about your materials and they also inquire as to the time frame for making decisions on candidates. Also clearly state your interest in the job.

My second choice would be email.  Be sure though, that your subject line is specific enough to get attention.  If you want to send additional materials for the employer to review such as examples of your work or maybe your own website, this would be a good opportunity to do so.  Again ask about the hiring time frame and express your interest in the job.

I would save snail mail for your thank you note after an interview.


Remember to visit Career Services anytime you have a career question. Call 663-2281 for an appointment

November 11
employers say professionalism is lacking in new college grads
According to a survey ( 2010 Professionalism in the Workplace Poll) conducted by York College of Pennsylvania, employers are looking for more professionalism in recent grads.  Employers cited 8 problem areas:
-accepting personal responsibility
-displaying a sense of ethics
-being competent in verbal/written communication
-taking initiative
-projecting a professional image
-thinking independently
-demonstrating passion for their work'
-being opne to criticism
Also cited was the lack of IT-related etiquette. It is the same thing we see in the classroom. Students are text messaging, surfing the Internet, and answering phone calls at inappropriate times.  Doing this at work is even a bigger no-no.  Not professional at all!
So what image do you want to portray to a potential employer?  This is something you should start thinking about sooner rather than later.
Need help?  Call Career Services at 663-2281 to set up an appt with a career counselor to get yourself started on the path to professionalism!
September 30
Picking a major & picking a career: Two different things
You may not believe it, but choosing a major isn't the same as choosing a future career.  Most majors are generally more flexilbe than they seem, particularly in the liberal arts.   So for instance you could study political science and learn analytical skills you'll need to work in business. The key is to throw in an internship or other work experience ( volunteerting counts as well) so that you graduate with skills any employer would want.
Wanna talk about choosing your major - make an appt with Career Services in the Student Resource Center , 206 Dericci Hall.  663-2281