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5 Tips for Making the Most of Your Co-op

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:29pm

Before You Leave

Your co-op may be winding down or you may be gearing up for a second term. In either case you have the opportunity to make a positive lasting impression on your employer that can be impactful for your career. Here are five tips on how to make the most of your experience:

1. Make connections and stay connected through LinkedIn

Be very, very vigilant about connecting on LinkedIn after every new face-to-face interaction. A short thank you or kind note to co-workers and supervisors will help to build a robust social network on LinkedIn. Every time you get a business card—assuming you still get paper business cards—enter the person’s information into your contacts and reach out to that person on LinkedIn. Also, asking for recommendations on LinkedIn is a great way to get the most out of your connections on the job.

2. Complete all of your projects

Make sure anything you have outstanding is completed and that you have returned all materials and proprietary information to your employer. Tie up loose ends neatly and make sure projects are submitted in a polished, professional manner.

3. Ask for feedback

Ask for a brief face to face meeting with your supervisor to go over your co-op evaluation and receive feedback on how you performed on the job. Asking for feedback will help you to grow professionally and shows you have an interest in the work you did.

4. Don’t forget your co-op work report!

Make sure you complete your co-op work report. Don’t get an ‘F’ on your transcript because you put off completing the report. Get it done before you leave the co-op. Check with your career services coordinator or look on your department website to see if you need to complete a report and how to submit it, and to whom.

5. Ask about the evaluation

Follow up with your supervisor to make sure they have received, completed and submitted their evaluation. The evaluation is part of your grade so it is critical that it be done. Don’t leave without following up on this as it is sometimes difficult to track people down once you have left. If they have not received it or it may have gone to the wrong person just call us! We can resend it.

6. Update your resume

While it’s fresh in your mind update your resume. Use your job description to highlight the various things you did. Add any accomplishments or new skills you’ve acquired.            

7.  Say ‘Thank You’

Saying thanks goes a long way. End on a positive note by thanking your supervisor as well as your co-workers for taking time to train, mentor and answer your questions.

Career Fair Plus

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:02am


Are you tired of fumbling with print outs, notes and a map at the Career Fair? Frustrated by clicking tons of links to try and find information about the Fair? Well do we have the thing for you! And no, it’s not some online or infomercial scam. The Career Fair Plus App. So what is it, and why should you download it? Let’s dive right in.

First of all, it’s free!

Go to www.careerfairplus.com or you can find it on the App Store or Google play, scroll until you find the one for RIT. It’s that simple!

Convenience of everything in one

This allows you to have all of your Career Fair needs in one place. We'll give you a little tour of each section 
Picture of Home Screen

Companies

Here you will find a list of all the companies attending the Career Fair right a the palm of your hand. Take a look at Apple's page for example. You can see their overview, where they'll be located, majors they're hiring, kinds of degrees and positions they're hiring for and then extra information at the bottom. You can also type your own personal note at the top. Maybe they're a company you want to check out, so write that, or maybe you have a more tailored 60 Second Commercial for them so you want to make note of specific information you want to tell them.







The best part about this section is the filter system. You don't have to sift through all these companies looking for your major. Just like in Job Zone, you can set filters. The picture to the left is how you would filter by major -- at the top do you see those other letters? D stands for degree, I for Industry, P for positions and WA for work authorization. All the info on the company page can be used as a specific filter. It will only display companies that are looking for the specific things you checked off on the filter. Want to start again? Hit "clear filter" and being a new search. Or back on the company page, hit "All" instead of filter to just see all the companies. 










Fair Map

Currently there is no map because we haven't released that yet, but this is where you would find it. Unlike the paper copy, there is way more interactivity. You can mark favorites and click on booths to see what company is there. This is WAY easier than checking it off on the paper copy. 



Events

Here will be posting all of our office's events such as Info Sessions, Networking Events and Workshops leading up to the fair. Many of them will help you prep for the Fair. Any event that is usually on our Job Zone calendar will be here with all of the info you need at your convenience. The best part? You can add events to your phone's calendar (as long as you allow the app to access your calendar, which is encouraged). How easy is that?!




Announcements

The Career Fair is hectic and you might miss some important updates (companies adding/dropping majors, moving booths, not coming, etc.). We always make it a priority to get that information to you as fast as possible through our Twitter account (@RITCareers, #RITCF), and posted on an announcement board on the field house floor, but you may miss it. Here we will try and post the same information. This is similar to how you can expect the announcements to look.




Career Fair 101

Do you get lost in our endless catalog of Career Fair Tips? We want to make it even easier for you to find when you're getting ready for the Fair. This is where they will be. Similar to our web page articles, these will be nice resources to go through before the Career Fair.



And that's the Career Fair Plus app! Download it, get familiar with it and dominate the Career Fair!

Career Fair: A Literal First-Person Perspective

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:01am
Do you want to go to the Career Fair but have never gone? Are you afraid of what it might be like? Never fear! Now you don't have to wake up during the Fair and call your friends pretending that you're sick so you don't have to go. Using some amazing new technologies (also known as a GoPro camera) we have captured the career fair from a student's perspective. Do you think the companies noticed? Probably, considering it was strapped onto the head of Tom Weekes, a New Media Marketing major here at Saunders College of Business. His embarrassment is your gain. Enjoy!




Value of Joining a Professional Association

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 2:06pm
Professionals associations can offer a lot of value to their members -- as a vehicle to learn more about and/or make contributions to your chosen field, to network with other members or as a source out job opportunities posted by members for members. So think carefully about the association you join because some are more active than others, and the benefits do vary. Read on to learn more about associations and how they may be a helpful in starting or developing your career.

What Exactly is a Professional Association?

A Professional Association is a structured group of like-minded individuals who gather to pursue their common interests, exchange information, and network with each other, for personal and professional benefits.

There are professional associations for every career field, and some general associations that are focused on other criteria and accept members from all fields, such as the Rochester Women’s Network and Rochester Young Professionals.

Professional associations are an excellent resource for career exploration when you are starting out, and for networking as you grow in your new profession. They are also one of the most powerful networking and job search tools available. Student memberships in professional associations are often free, or at significantly reduced rates compared to professional memberships.

Professional associations serve a wide variety of purposes, including establishing and monitoring industry standards and professional codes of practice, promoting the profession in the community, producing professional and industry publications, and maintaining a professional library for members. One of the main goals of many professional associations is to promote the career advancement of their members. Many offer career development information, networking opportunities between members, conferences, and even exclusive job and internship listings.

 

Why Join a Professional Network?

Professional Associations are a powerful resource for job seekers. Through their various activities and services (meetings, conferences, publications, websites, etc.) professional associations provide information about career fields, job opportunities, and employers in the professions they serve. They can be particularly helpful if you need to create a network to help you conduct a long-distance job search.

As a resume builder, associations indicate your dedication to and strong interest in your field to potential employers, and can also ensure your resume will matched in a keyword search by a recruiter searching through an applicant database on a Web search engine.

By participating in the activities of professional associations, students/alumni can gain practical experience and meet professionals already working in the field. You can also:
  • increase your knowledge of the profession and industry you are interested in, which will help you to decide whether you wish to pursue a career in this field
  • increase your knowledge of companies and organizations and the career opportunities they offer
  •  improve your business etiquette and communication skills
  • work for the association on projects and develop new skills
  • receive assistance with job-seeking through workshops, seminars, site visits, employer functions, vacancy listings etc.
  • learn about and apply for co-op placements and other job opportunities
  • develop skills through participation in professional development activities
  • socialize with fellow students who share similar interests and career goals
  • network with prospective colleagues and employers
  • remain up-to-date with developments in the field
  • learn about day-to-day issues you will face in the workplace

 

How do I use Professional Associations in my Job Search?

  • Association websites - check out the association website, if there is one. It can be a treasure trove of useful material: job listings, conferences, meeting and event calendars, member directories, news, emailed newsletters, etc.
  • Meetings/events - if it is a national organization with a local chapter, or a local organization, go to a couple of meetings (don't stop at just one meeting!) to see who is there and what they do.
  • Conferences/trade shows - check out the exhibitors to see who they are, what they do, what their new products and services might be, and, with luck, employment opportunities they may have.
  • Member directories - think of them as catalogs of potential employers and/or potential coworkers. You can use these directories to network and conduct informational interviews with potential employment contacts.
  • Committees - the best way to meet colleagues at other companies (where you may soon be working) is to join one of the association's committees. At a minimum, it will give you people with whom you can talk when you go to the next meeting. At best, it will give you visibility with everyone in the organization and the opportunity to demonstrate your expertise as well as establishing a good reputation.

 

How do I find a Professional Association?

There are professional associations available for every career field, and the Internet is a great starting place to find an association that matches your interests. You can do a general search for your field + professional associations, or use the general lists of professional associations below to find specific associations by category.   
Check with your program coordinator in the Co-op and Career Services Office for the associations they recommend for your field of interest. We have also organized our "staff picks" on our Lists of Recommended Sites by program on our site-- so look them over!

Co-op Student Newsletter - Spring 2014 Issue

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 11:53am


Stay connected to RIT, while gaining experience
Spring 2014 Issue Topics:Co-op Factoids | Greetings From...Co-op Student Postcard | Etiquette For On The Job Success | Make The Most Of Your Co-op: How To Be Social At Work | Are You Number One?| A Little Humor

Fall Co-op Factoids
Number of students on co-op: 1264
Number of students on co-op internationally: 26
Number of companies employing co-op students: 736
Top 5 companies hiring the most students this quarter: GE Aviation, Wegmans, BorgWarner Morse, Paychex, Welch Allyn, Bendix, Thomson Reuters, Harris Corp., Vicor, RIT
Co-op city trivia:   Founded in 1757, Lynchburg Virginia is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains along the banks of the James River. Lynchburg is known as the City of Seven Hills and was the only major city in Virginia that did not fall to the Union Army before the end of the American Civil War.

Greetings From Walt Disney World – Co-op Student PostcardIt may not be obvious, but it makes a lot of sense that Walt Disney World hires engineers. We asked Matt Purcell to share his co-op experiences along with some tips and stories related to how to make the best of your co-op!
Greetings From Disney Postcard front
Disney Postcard -- Matt Purcell Co-op Experience
Send us your own co-op greetings --share your experience! Email Gretchen at geboce@rit.eduif you are interested in being featured – include an engaging photo of you at work. Thanks!

Etiquette For On The Job Success
All that hard work and you’ve finally landed that great co-op job!  Now it’s time to focus on making your co-op turn into another success story for you by being aware of proper office etiquette. Follow some of the simple tips below to help you enhance your experience and be a good citizen at your company!
Dress to impress – Most companies will give you some sort of orientation and talk about the proper dress code, so if they tell you the dress code is business or business casual – that’s what you wear. If you’re not sure, just look around you – does what you have on fit in with the attire of your supervisor or senior members? Start out on the formal side until you are on the job for a week or two and can observe what’s accepted. Things to avoid – bare feet, flip flops, clothing that’s too revealing, jeans, work-out clothes, shorts and tank tops. Dress for the job you want, not the one you’ve got!Punctuality – Find out your assigned work hours and then come in on time and don’t leave before the agreed upon time.  If you are sick or unavoidably late, be sure to call in to let someone know. Never mind what your boss or “everyone else is doing” – stick to your hours – it will always come up at review time!Company culture – Getting the lay of the land is vital. Is the work environment casual or a little more formal? Do employees address managers by their first names or Mr. and Ms.? Know the organizational and reporting structure. What are the rules about taking breaks, using the internet, Facebook and other social media during work or free time? Is listening to music with your ear buds in allowed while working? Remember, this is a place of business, not the dorm room, so if you’re not sure what is acceptable, ask your supervisor!Ditch the dorm life – Falling asleep at the desk is one of the most common problems reported by employers. Now that you’re in a professional setting, eating right and getting enough sleep is a must. A healthy lifestyle will keep you alert and make you more productive on the job. So if you’re used to socializing or playing video games until 3:00 am, now’s the time to adjust your schedule to avoid those heavy eyelids during the day.What else can I do? – If you’re not busy enough or just want to get more experience, ask what you can do next – time is money so productivity is important.  Show them that you are a hard worker and take assignments seriously. Ask questions and absorb as much information and knowledge as you can to get the most out of your co-op. Try to get yourself included in meetings and projects – show initiative and go beyond the basic co-op tasks when you can. Enthusiasm goes a long way!Be respectful – We all have our opinions and in increasingly diverse workplaces, we don’t always agree. Listen carefully, act maturely and honor others ideas in a non-judgmental way. It may appear to be a dumb way to do things to you, but you may not be aware of the big picture and others may have been there awhile and have a lot more experience. Offering your ideas is fine, just always be respectful of the fact that many people bring many different perspectives.  It’s confidential! –Intellectual property, trade secrets, product designs, formulas and algorithms, ideas for future developments, company reports, etc. are all proprietary information. The same is true for all customer/vendor lists, employee directories and email/address lists, work notebooks. Ask yourself if the information would be valuable to a competitor or anyone on the outside? Treat everything that you see and hear as though it is confidential - when in doubt, don’t share!Check your ego – We all have to do things that sometimes seem below our skill level. Avoid the “it’s not my job” attitude and accept tasks willingly. The quicker you get the little stuff over with, the more time you have to focus on the more meaningful work. Do the best job you can no matter what is asked!It’s company property – Everything from scotch tape, the copy machine to laptops belongs to the company and is not there for your personal use. Stick to the rules for use of company cars and travel expenses and always ask permission before using company equipment.Keep records and get feedback – document your work, keep good records and track your work and projects. This will come in very handy when it is time for your review, to prepare your departmental work report and to update your resume. Time goes by quickly and it is easy to forget details! Consult your supervisor regularly and get feedback about your work.  Are you meeting expectations? Clarify any questions you have about projects and procedures. Make him/her aware of any conflicts or problems.Prepare to stay connected – network with co-workers for future co-op or full time work. Get to know customers and others in internal departments. Start building your network now! Line up your references at the end of your co-op and stay in touch after you leave.The grandma check – Always conduct yourself in a professional manner as though someone is watching you in and around the office and also during “off hours” at informal parties and gatherings where you might feel it is ok to let your guard down (especially situations when alcohol may be available).  Avoid gossip and involvement in “office politics”. Make efficient use of your time and personal calls and emails should not be made on company time. Emails and conversations (even though in perhaps an informal or social situation) should always contain clean language and you should never say anything that can’t be shared with everyone. If you wouldn’t do it or say it around grandma, don’t do it at work either!

Make the Most of Your Co-op Tip: How To Be Social At Work
Work sometimes can be stressful, and so can managing your social life. You may feel like being at work is like being in a middle school cafeteria, especially right when you start. Who do you talk to? Who do you fit in with? Who will I sit with at lunch? There are some good ways to blend right into these questions and let them answer themselves:
1.       Work EventsOne of the best ways to get assimilated into company culture is by going to work events. This can range from office parties to community events that the organization goes to or hosts. A lot of offices have bulletin boards, sign ups and email listings so make sure you find where these are and get on those lists. It doesn’t have to be something you’re really passionate about; it can be something basic like a community service event, or a sporting game.

Many companies hire co-ops in groups, especially in the summer. Typically these companies will organize events specifically for the co-ops such as picnics, baseball games or things that might be unique to that city. Make sure you go to these! It’s a perfect opportunity to meet people of your age group.If your office doesn’t really have a lot of this, be courageous and organize and event yourself that revolves around something you’re interested in. Maybe try something as simple as going to see a movie, play or concert.
2.       Make your cubicle/office welcomingA problem a lot of people have is that they become introverted at work. Sometimes this is a good thing when you’re really busy and need to pound out work, but during more relaxed times try something as simple as just having your door open. Even if that just means them walking by and saying “hello!” A lot of conversations have just in a doorway of an office.
Some of you might have cubicles or smaller work areas. Since this is always open, try decorating it to make your area inviting. You can read more about this in our other blog post, “Decorating Your Cube” http://ritcareers.blogspot.com/2013/10/decorating-your-cube.html. Long story short, decorate your area with things that represent you (a movie/TV show poster, pictures, etc.). It gives other people something to talk about with you and shows your personality.


3.       Have your lunch with other peopleDon’t be a hermit and eat your lunch hiding away in your office or go off site to eat. Bring your lunch and eat in an employee break room, or invite other people to go out for lunch or don’t be afraid to join in on a group of people going out to lunch. Just being around other people in the workplace allows for conversation and relationship building.
4.       Don’t be too socialSo yeah, we just told you how to be modestly social at work, but there IS a way to go too far. Even though you are trying to be friends with these individuals, you are still on a professional level with them, especially at work. It’s great to go to work events, but keep some things in mind:-Some of these work parties have alcohol, so control yourself. This isn’t a college frat party. If you are under 21, DON’T DRINK!
-Some people might not be comfortable with certain information, so don’t spill out personal details of your life on just anyone. This puts other employees and the employers in an awkward position and some people have gotten fired for this.
-Be careful with work relationships. You may not know the other person too well and the last thing you want is to be accused of sexual harassment or a complaint to your supervisor. It’s not a situation to be taken lightly. A good rule is to avoid office romances altogether.
Bottom line is, don’t be afraid. You got hired because you fit into the office atmosphere, and chances are the people in the office want to get to know you. The earlier you start this process, the easier it will be, so start making some work friends!

Are You Number One?
Are you the first co-op student your company has ever had? If you’ve had a good co-op experience, but are now leaving, this is your chance to help your company and other RIT students too!
Before you go, talk with your supervisor about the possibility of hiring another RIT student, to continue the work you started, or work on a new project. It’s easy to post a co-op position on our employer web site – www.rit.edu/recruit, and if they have any questions, you can refer them to your program coordinator, or our main office – 585.475.2301. Your supervisor may even want you to be involved in recruiting your successor!
Thank you for helping us maintain a good relationship with your company, and develop co-op opportunities for other RIT students.

A Little HumorApplying for a job at IKEA cartoon 




Etiquette For On The Job Success

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 4:27pm

All that hard work and you’ve finally landed that great co-op job! Now it’s time to focus on making your co-op turn into another success story for you by being aware of proper office etiquette. Follow some of the simple tips below to help you enhance your experience and be a good citizen at your company!

Dress to impress – Most companies will give you some sort of orientation and talk about the proper dress code, so if they tell you business or business casual – that’s what you wear. If you’re not sure, just look around you – does what you have on fit in with the attire of your supervisor or senior members? Start out on the formal side until you are on the job for a week or two and can observe what’s accepted. Things to avoid – bare feet, flip flops, see-through and clothing that’s too revealing, jeans, work-out clothes, shorts and tank tops. Dress for the job you want, not the one you’ve got! Punctuality – Find out your assigned work hours and then come in on time and don’t leave before the agreed upon time.  If you are sick or unavoidably late, be sure to call in to let someone know. Never mind what your boss or “everyone else is doing” – stick to your hours – it will always come up at review time! Company culture – Getting the lay of the land is vital. Is the work environment casual or a little more formal? Do employees address managers by their first names or Mr. and Ms.? Know the organizational and reporting structure. What are the rules about taking breaks, using the internet, Facebook and other social media during work or free time? Is listening to music with earbuds on allowed while working? Remember, this is a place of business, not the dorm room, so if you’re not sure what is acceptable, ask your supervisor! Ditch the dorm life – Falling asleep at the desk is one of the most common problems reported by employers. Now that you’re in a professional setting, eating right and getting enough sleep is a must. A healthy lifestyle will keep you alert and make you more productive on the job. So if you’re used to socializing or playing video games until 3:00 am, now’s the time to adjust your schedule to avoid those heavy eyelids during the day. What else can I do? – If you’re not busy enough or just want to get more experience, ask what you can do next – time is money so productivity is important.  Show them that you are a hard worker and take assignments seriously. Ask questions and absorb as much information and knowledge as you can to get the most out of your co-op. Try to get yourself included in meetings and projects – show initiative and go beyond the basic co-op tasks when you can. Enthusiasm goes a long way! Be respectful – We all have our opinions and in increasingly diverse workplaces, we don’t always agree. Listen carefully, act maturely and honor others ideas in a non- judgmental way. It may appear to be a dumb way to do things to you, but you may not be aware of the big picture and others may have been there awhile and have a lot more experience. Offering your ideas is fine, just always be respectful of the fact that many people bring many different perspectives.  It’s confidential! –Intellectual property, trade secrets, product designs, formulas and algorithms, ideas for future developments, company reports, etc. are all proprietary information. The same is true for all customer/vendor lists, employee directories and email/address lists, work notebooks. Ask yourself if the information would be valuable to a competitor or anyone on the outside? Treat everything that you see and hear as though it is confidential - when in doubt, don’t share! Check your ego – We all have to do things that sometimes seem below our skill level. Avoid the “it’s not my job” attitude and accept tasks willingly. The quicker you get the little stuff over with, the more time you have to focus on the more meaningful work. Do the best job you can no matter what is asked! It’s company property – Everything from scotch tape, the copy machine to laptops belongs to the company and is not there for your personal use. Stick to the rules for use of company cars and travel expenses and always ask permission before using company equipment. Keep records and get feedback – document your work, keep good records and track your work and projects. This will come in very handy when it is time for your review, to prepare your departmental work report and to update your resume. Time goes by quickly and it is easy to forget details! Consult your supervisor regularly and get feedback about your work.  Are you meeting expectations? Clarify any questions you have about projects and procedures. Make him/her aware of any conflicts or problems. Prepare to stay connected – network with co-workers for future co-op or full time work. Get to know customers and others in internal departments. Start building your network now! Line up your references at the end of your co-op and stay in touch after you leave. The grandma check – Always conduct yourself in a professional manner as though someone is watching you in and around the office and also during “off hours” at informal parties and gatherings where you might feel it is ok to let your guard down (especially situations when alcohol may be available).  Avoid gossip and involvement in “office politics”. Make efficient use of your time and personal calls and emails should not be made on company time. Emails and conversations (even though in perhaps an informal or social situation) should always contain clean language and you should never say anything that can’t be shared with everyone. If you wouldn’t do it or say it around grandma, don’t do it at work either!

Tips For Graduating Students and Recent Grads Still Looking For A Job

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 3:29pm
If you’re still looking for a job, it’s important to take advantage of all
available resources through the RIT Office of Co-op and Career Services and develop a comprehensive job search strategy. Here are some tips and resources you may find helpful. You have FREE lifetime access to our office’s services! (Even after you graduate). Many resources and connections to social media can be accessed through our site.
1. RIT Job Zone is our job listing database. If you have not been using it - take advantage of it now. Before you leave campus, set up an alumni account so that you can continue to access Job Zone after graduation. Make sure your search criteria is not too narrow. Using multiple sources is smart – but don’t ignore some of the most obvious, like Job Zone! Have you uploaded your most recent resume? Set up a search agent that will email you with new postings, use it as a saved search. Instructions are on the main Job Zone page.2. Follow up with all companies where your application is pending. If a company has your resume, and you have not heard from them, give them a follow up call or e-mail. If you have interviewed with a company, touch base with them to check your status and offer to answer any questions they may have.3. Meet with your Program Coordinator (in person or phone appointment) for tips to strengthen your job search strategy. Your Program Coordinator is also a great source of job search resources and industry information specific to your career field. Get a job search diagnosis and move ahead with fresh focus. Double check your resume and cover letter - have us review them, perhaps there is room for improvement, especially as you transition from student to new grad.4. Use resources to identify prospective employers. Find job boards and professional organizations specific to your field on our web site -- general sites like Vault, CareerSearch, Glassdoor and Internships.com that we subscribe to. There are also numerous major-specific lists to choose from. Here is a link to those Web Resources you may find helpful. Each of our program coordinators has gather helpful sites for their majors, you can find a list of them on the right side of this page or Web Resources page.5. Think positively. Devoted time to your job search; strategize, plan, set goals and keep good records.6. Be flexible. Be willing to move and work in a different geographic location than you had planned; consider doing a different kind of work or working in a different industry other than what you believe would be ideal; if necessary, consider a lower starting salary than you had hoped for – at least to start with.7. Become active in professional organizations. Start establishing contacts; volunteer your time; ask about job search services or job databases that may be available to members. For more info visit Using Professional Associations.8. Network! Networking is a critical part of how most people find their first jobs, and in a competitive job market it becomes particularly important. Join professional organizations and take advantage of every opportunity to meet and interact with professionals in your fields of interest, extend your knowledge of preferred career fields, find out who is hiring and get personal referrals to hiring managers.Contacts are anyone you know - ANYONE. When first creating your list, don’t exclude those who aren't working in your field or due to thinking they may not know anyone of interest to you. You don’t know their network! Let your contacts know what you would like to pursue and ask if they know of anyone you could talk with related to your interests.RIT’s Alumni Relations Office also provides graduating students and alumni with free access to the Alumni Online Community, which includes the Tiger Locator database. The Tiger Locator allows you to browse and connect with over 100,000 alumni contacts. Use the Advanced Search feature to find alumni working at companies you’re interested in!LinkedIn is the online tool for professionals and a very productive way to identify employers, potential contacts, alumni groups, industry affinity groups, specific job opportunities (internships/co-op, entry-level, experienced) and much more. Like your resume, you should spend some time creating a very well-written LinkedIn profile and include links to an on-line version of your resume, your own blogs if appropriate (professional), and examples of your work. Connect with RIT alumni – under the Network toolbar pick, select Find Alumni from the drop down. Join the RIT Career Services group. Visit our Networking & LinkedIn page for more advice on using LinkedIn!9. Consider the "hot" geographic areas. Review articles to identify areas with the most potential for your field. Read news from that area, use the web to identify employers/opportunities geographically. Contact a chamber of commerce for list of industries or employment fairs.10. Register with at least one employment agency. Contract firms are doing more hiring these days -often times it is a good way to get the foot your the door. It should cost you nothing and does not take much effort on your part. But ask questions about how their agency works and what your obligation will be. Check out Working with Search Firms for more info.11. Be Optimistic and Persistent. Inquire about each of your applications within a few days with an email or phone call. Be proactive - position yourself as a candidate that “wants the job the most”. One of the biggest weaknesses to a job search is being passive – make it easy for a potential employer to connect with you, effort should be on your part. Employers respond to job seekers who make the extra effort to write follow-up thank you notes and continue to reconfirm interest. 12. Fake it - even if you are not feeling very confident, it is important to project a positive attitude. You have to believe you are the best person for the job before you can convince others that you are. Be prepared going into an interview. Preparation will alleviate some of your nervousness and you will appear more relaxed and confident.13. Don’t give up. Everyone knows that the economy is not great right now – but that doesn’t mean that you should postpone looking for a job until it improves. Jobs are out there you just need to be more flexible and work harder to get one.Good luck! And please don't hesitate to ask for help -- 585-475-2301.

Spring 2014 Student Newsletter

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 9:55am

JOB ZONE E-NEWS Spring 2014TOPICS:  Job Zone Tip| Evaluating Job Offers  | Still Looking for a Job? We can Help! | Upcoming Events |  Connect with us on Social Media

Job Zone Tip: Search Agents

How to Use Search AgentsSchedule a search agent to run and "ping" you with new job postings. Using the search agent tool in Job Zone is one of the most effective ways for you learn about job opportunities! Also use a saved search – saves time.How To: Go to Jobs/select Advanced Search/check Save As check box/ pick your criteria (the less you pick the better)/Submit. Now this search will show on Search Agent Tab under Jobs. Select your saved search and Schedule it to run.
Evaluating Job Offers

It is that time of year when students are getting co-op job offers and graduating students are weighing jobs after graduation. An offer is comprised of more than a salary. Carefully weigh all the important factors listed below in considering the offer and don't hesitate to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your program coordinator in our office. (Visit our Evaluating Offers and Salary Negotiation page for more information).

  •   Job content or nature of the work
  •   Your future boss
  •   Salary and benefits
  •   Co-workers and corporate culture
  •   Typical work week
  •   Location
Acknowledge receipt of all job offers right away and pursue one of the following options:

Accepting/Rejecting an OfferJob offer options:
  •   Stall - Not Ready To Make A Decision: Express appreciation for the offer. Tell them that because this is an important decision you would like some time to carefully think about it. Agree on a reasonable time frame to get back to the company. You should not need to accept any offer on the spot. If you are waiting to hear back from other companies with whom you have interviewed, contact those companies and find out when they will be making a decision, informing candidates, and, if you can, find out whether you are being considered for the position.
  •  Accept - You Really Want This Job: Show your appreciation for the offer. Ask the employer to confirm the offer in writing. Do not interview for any other positions. Reject all other offers immediately by telephone or e-mail. Report your job to the Office of Co-op and Career Services. 
  •   Reject - Thanks, But No Thanks: Express appreciation for the offer. Say something positive about the organization and be diplomatic.

Ethics of Accepting/Rejecting an OfferOnce you accept a co-op job offer, even verbally, you must not back out, or renege on the job, to work for another employer. If you have any questions/concerns about this, discuss with your program coordinator before taking action! Good employer relations are vital to RIT's relationship with employers, and you, the student, are a critical link in this relationship. In addition, reneging on an offer could damage your chances of future employment with that company or with that person. Therefore, consider carefully before accepting a position.
  •   Discuss offers thoroughly with employers so you understand the terms and reach a mutually acceptable date to respond to their offer. 
  •   Request extensions from employers if you need more time to consider other offers. Do not ignore deadline dates you have agreed upon.
  •   Notify employers that you are accepting or rejecting an offer as soon as you make your decision - never later than the arranged date.  
  •   Once you accept a job offer, immediately inform other employers who have offers pending that you are no longer available (be sure to thank them for their time and consideration). Honor your acceptance of an offer as a contractual agreement with the employer. 
  •   Cancel any other scheduled interviews or on-site visits.

Recommended Resources:RIT Student/Graduate Salary page http://www.rit.edu/emcs/oce/students/salary. Compare you offers (co-op and entry level) with the data we collect from RIT students.Glassdoor We have Unlimited Glassdoor access for RIT students and alumni! Glassdoor provides an inside look at salaries, reviews and interview questions posted by employees at over 100,000 organizations. Content includes actual interview questions and reviews for specific employers from previous interview candidates; specific salary, bonus, and commission details; and reviews of the company culture and working conditionsSalary.com Salary wizard, compensation, cost of living calculators, negotiation tips and more.

Still Looking For a Job? We Can Help!


If you’re still looking for a job, it’s important to take advantage of all available resources through the RIT Office of Co-op and Career Services and develop a comprehensive job search strategy. Here are some tips and resources you may find helpful.

Use all our Office’s services and resources. You have FREE lifetime access to our office’s services! (Even after you graduate). Many resources and connections to social media are through our site www.rit.edu.oce.

Meet with your Program Coordinator to have your resume and other job search correspondence reviewed and for tips to strengthen your job search strategy. Your Program Coordinator is also a great source of job search resources and industry information specific to your career field. Get a job search diagnosis and move ahead with fresh focus.

Continue to use RIT Job Zone to search for opportunities – make sure your search criteria is not too narrow. Using multiple sources is smart – but don’t ignore some of the most obvious. Have you uploaded your most recent resume? Set up a search agent that will email you with new postings, use it as a saved search. Instructions are on the main Job Zone page.
Find job boards and professional organizationsspecific to your field on our web site – from the Student page's top navigation bar, select “Web Resource Lists” on that page are general sites like Vault, CareerSearch, Glassdoor and Internships.com that we subscribe to. There are also numerous major-specific lists to choose from.
Attend career fairs, company networking sessions, info sessions and job search workshops – all listed on our site www.rit.edu/careerevents. There are often speakers and programs throughout the university as well that may spark an interest or offer a connection.

Networking is a critical part of how most people find their first jobs, and in a competitive job market it becomes particularly important. Join professional organizations and take advantage of every opportunity to meet and interact with professionals in your fields of interest, extend your knowledge of preferred career fields, find out who is hiring and get personal referrals to hiring managers.

Contacts are anyone you know - ANYONE. When first creating your list, don’t exclude those who aren't working in your field or due to thinking they may not know anyone of interest to you. You don’t know their network! Let your contacts know what you would like to pursue and ask if they know of anyone you could talk with related to your interests.

RIT’s Alumni Relations Office also provides graduating students and alumni with free access to the Alumni Online Community, which includes the Tiger Locator database. The Tiger Locator allows you to browse and connect with over 100,000 alumni contacts. Use the Advanced Search feature to find alumni working at companies you’re interested in!
Use LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com) an online tool for professionals and a very productive way to identify employers, potential contacts, alumni groups, industry affinity groups, specific job opportunities (internships/co-op, entry-level, experienced) and much more. Like your resume, you should spend some time creating a very well-written LinkedIn profile and include links to an on-line version of your resume, your own blogs if appropriate (professional), and examples of your work. Connect with RIT alumni – under the Network toolbar pick, select Find Alumni from the drop down. Join the RIT Career Services group. Visit our Networking & LinkedIn page for more advice on using LinkedIn!
Be Flexible. Be willing to move and work in a different geographic location than you had planned; consider doing a different kind of work or working in a different industry other than what you believe would be ideal; if necessary, consider a lower starting salary than you had hoped for – at least to start with.

Be Optimistic and Persistent. Inquire about each of your applications within a few days with an email or phone call. Be proactive - position yourself as a candidate that “wants the job the most”. One of the biggest weaknesses to a job search is being passive – make it easy for a potential employer to connect with you, effort should be on your part.
Employers respond to job seekers who make the extra effort to write follow-up thank you notes and continue to reconfirm interest.

Consider Temporary Agencies. Temp agencies or employment agencies provide another gateway into organizations or fields of interest. Temping or contract work is a great way to get your foot in the door, network, and prove yourself.
Target Growth Industries. Set your sights on industries and sectors that have strong hiring needs including professional, scientific and technical services; healthcare and social assistance; educational services, government, manufacturing.

Overall, try to remain positive – with persistence and a good job search strategy in place something will come through for you! Remember too that we are always here to help. If you would like to schedule an appointment to discuss your search, please contact us at 585.475.2301.
Upcoming Events
[for a complete list, visit http://www.rit.edu/careerevents]

ROC TECH SHOWCASEThursday, April 10, 2014
12-2pm Golisano College Atrium – Company Exhibits and NetworkingWondering what’s new & exciting in Rochester? Join us as local companies demonstrate and display their technologies!Stop by and find out all of the interesting things many of our Rochester area companies are doing. ROC Tech Showcase is an informal opportunity for you to meet CTOs, business owners and computing experts, learn about local innovation, the skills necessary for success in the computing field, and what career paths and opportunities may be of interest to you! List of Participating Companies:CaterTrax, iCardiac Technologies Inc, Innovative Solutions, IP.com, NimbleUser, OffSiteDataSync, OS-Cubed Inc, Paychex, Rochester Clinical Research, Rochester Software Associates, SMP, Star Fantasy Leagues, Inc, Syncurity Networks, The Gleason Works, Vnomics, Corp
At the conclusion of the showcase, RIT graduate, Tristan O’Tierney, co-founder of mobile payment company, Square, will speak in the Golisano Hall Auditorium at 2:30 that afternoon. His entrepreneurial success can be an inspiration to all of us!All RIT students and alumni are welcome to attend.
Co-sponsored by the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences Dean's Advisory Board and the Office of Co-op and Career Services.http://www.rit.edu/emcs/oce/students/roc-tech-showcase  
CAREER WEEK APRIL 7-11  

“May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor.” Let us help you navigate your way through the job search arena and come out a victor!  You will need training, a strategy and an ally.   Advice and free swag available throughout the week; candy, giveaways, RIT T-shirts and Hunger Games DVD’s – all part of the spoils available at the cornucopia! To request an interpreter for any Career Week events, go to: https://myaccess.rit.edu/2/
TUESDAY APRIL 8, 2014Tick, Tock….Tick, Tock The clock is ticking but it’s not time to panic! Let the Co-op and Career Services staff help you navigate your way through the job search arena and come out a victor. (Offered Monday through Thursday)
11:30am-1:30pm
SAU Lobby
Don’t go Hungry, Hunt for Your Future: Finding the Right Career with Your Major
2-3pm
CCL Bamboo Room
Happy Hunger Games!
The job search games are tough even on the most experienced tributes. Come learn strategies for stress reduction to remain relaxed and in control.
3-4pm
CCL Bamboo RoomWEDNESDAY APRIL 9, 2014Tick, Tock….Tick, Tock The clock is ticking but it’s not time to panic! Let the Co-op and Career Services staff help you navigate your way through the job search arena and come out a victor. (Offered Monday through Thursday)
11:30am-1:30pm
SAU Lobby
How to Evaluate Competing Job Offers
12-1pm
Eastman 3381
Find Your Own Haymitch: Meet-A-Mentor
(Food provided!)
12-1pm
SAU Interfaith Ctr, Skalny
How to Keep Your Winnings: 12 Financial Mistakes & How To Avoid them with Adam Mark
3-4pm
B&L A190
THURSDAY APRIL 10, 2014Tick, Tock….Tick, Tock The clock is ticking but it’s not time to panic! Let the Co-op and Career Services staff help you navigate your way through the job search arena and come out a victor. (Offered Monday through Thursday)
11:30am-1:30pm
SAU Lobby
Become a Gamemaker
How I Became an Entrepreneur: With Tristan O’Tierney (co-founder of Square, a mobile payment company).
2:30pm-3:30pm
GOL - 1400
Victor’s Village
A panel of young professionals who have won the Job Search Games
5:30-6:30pm
SAU Interfaith Cntr, Skalny – food provided
FRIDAY APRIL 11, 2014Prepare for Your Tribute Interview: Mock Interviews
Practice and get feedback on your interviewing skills.
9am-12pm
B&L CenterUpdate: This session is FILLED – you can make an appointment to practice interviewing with your program coordinator by calling 475-2301.

Connect With Us On Social Media

In the Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services, we strive to provide effective and personalized career education. One way we do that is by connecting with students, alumni, employers and community partners in their own language and on their own timeframe – through social media! We use social media to share information and events, create conversation and interchange, and respond to questions and feedback! We want to be the platform for employers to connect to YOU, and you all to connect to each other and our office. Visit our official accounts and join the exchange! Links to all of our social media sites can be found on our home page, http://www.rit.edu/emcs/oce/




We’re on Twitter
Co-op & Career Services uses Twitter to share the latest information, pictures, and resources throughout the day and during career events. We frequently feature advice, articles, employer visits, key dates, live tweeting of events and sometimes even giveaways. We like to converse with students and alumni by answering questions and tweeting back. Twitter is the most personal of all our accounts, so it’s the best to get primary information from us and directly connect to employers. Follow our account, @RITCareers
We Have an Interest in PinterestFood, art, fashion – and now career inspiration. Co-op & Career Services has joined Pinterest. Discover the latest advice on interview attire, resume writing, and words of encouragement like this: “If you can dream it, you can do it.” These words from Walt Disney are enough to get me through interviews! Find the latest career tips by following and repinning our boards, http://pinterest.com/ritcareerserv





Don’t Be Left Out: Become LinkedInLinkedIn is a professional networking site that allows you to connect with like-minded professionals, groups, and discussions. Networking is a key component of job and co-op searches; so begin now. Connect with Co-op and Career Service’s LinkedIn group, along with over 3,000 students, alumni, and employers! We have up-to-date job postings and discussions waiting for you. Visit http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=4577501&trk=anet_ug_hm



Become a part of our timelineWe like you, will you like us on Facebook? Find the latest information about Co-op & Career Services events. We welcome shares, likes, comments, any engagement from you! Connect with our Co-op & Career Services Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/RITCareerServices






Be our “You” in “Youtube”
RIT’s Co-op & Career Services’ Career Channel provides relevant and engaging videos on job search strategies, career fair, interview tips, and much more. Videos feature our staff, co-op students, alumni, recruiters, and employers. You should view our videos and improve your skills! Visit www.youtube.com/user/RITCoopCareer   

Matt Purcell - Orlando, Florida (Walt Disney World)

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 11:01am



Where are you co-oping? Give us a brief overview of what your co-op is

I did two co-op terms with the Planning and Industrial Engineering department at Walt Disney World. My first was March-August 2012 where I supported clients from the Park Operations line of business. There I was primarily focused on projects at Disney’s Hollywood Studios related to attraction operations—wait time models, standard attraction loading procedures, and increasing throughput and efficiency. My second term was from August-December 2013 where I supported Distribution Services working on warehouse utilization, forecasting future SKU growth, and facility layout.
  How did you assert yourself into company culture?
The Disney Company is rich with heritage and culture. To align myself with the company culture I made sure to sign up for every opportunity the came along outside of my daily responsibilities. I took part in Cast Member activities such as recreation leagues, backstage tours, volunteer events, and signed up for front-line shifts in the theme parks some weekends.
How did you meet other co-op students, or interns?
There are thousands of college students working at Walt Disney World between Professional Internships (co-ops) and the Disney College Program there are a variety of opportunities to meet others. Most of my closest friends from my co-op came from intern housing and housing events. Also, I met tons of other interns during backstage tours, volunteer events, and at work.
What do you do outside of work?
Disney provides its Cast Members with unlimited admission to the theme parks—so I spent a lot of time riding rides and having a blast in the parks. Outside of work I spent a time enjoying the other attractions in the Orlando area such as SeaWorld, Universal, and Busch Gardens. Also, my roommates and I took day trips to Tampa, Naples, and Cocoa Beach. Also, during my first internship at Disney some friends and I flew to California to visit Disneyland. Orlando is a great place, there’s never a dull moment.
What’s your favorite part about the city/location you are in?
Orlando’s weather is beautiful. Although the summers are hot, the sky is always bright and blue. In addition to the weather there are more things to do in Central Florida than there is time to do it. Between the short distances to the Gulf or Atlantic Ocean, attractions, restaurants, professional sports, and festivals there is always a unique experience ready to be had.
 Give us your favorite co-op memory so far
My favorite memory from co-op at Disney was being in one of the theme parks before they were open for the day. There are few things as magical in the world as seeing the sunrise over the Magic Kingdom castle and realizing that you work there.
What’s one tip you would give to other students on co-op currently?

Get excited over any project work you’re given. Often, interns don’t get the most exhilarating responsibilities at first—but showing that you can put your skills to work on even the dull projects speaks a lot about your personality. Also, take time to network with the other departments in your company. It provides you a better understanding on how your company operates, sets you up for future job opportunities, and most of all it helps you know exactly what type of work interests you.

Following Up

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 11:20am
So you went to the Career Fair, or any networking event and you met some important people, shared some contact info, and now you've been staring at your email inbox with sweaty palms for days.  Well we’re here to fix that. We want to share with you the importance of the “follow-up” and how to handle it for different situations.

Career Fair/Networking Event


Okay so there are some things you should do at these events (and if you didn't, there are some things you can do and we can get to that later).

  • ALWAYS get a contact (preferably business card) and really engrave their name into your brain
  • If they don’t give you a time frame they’ll contact you, ask them when to expect an email/phone call
  • Email them right after the event thanking them for their time and information (also consider reattaching the documents you gave them in person just to be safe). Include any information you may have forgot to mention as well. 


So if you’re still within that time frame and haven’t heard anything, you have nothing to worry about. Once you pass 24 hours after that time frame, shoot them an email reminded them of who you are, when you talked with them and what you talked about.

Remember when we said there are things you can do if you missed one of those steps during the event? Well luckily our office is full of staff members who work directly with these recruiters, which means you can email your program coordinator asking for the recruiter contact of a specific company


Interview



The interview follow up is arguably more important than the initial one. Remember, this is the best of the best now, and small things can help them filter out who they hire. Make sure you...


  • Email them within 24 hours thanking them for the interview opportunity
  • Include any information you forgot to mention a the interview
  • In the email, use specific names and information of things they gave you. The more you show that you listened and retained knowledge from the interview, the better you look.



In any situation in your life where you need information from somebody, following up is vital. It shows that you take initiative and that you’re confident. It doesn't have to be just for obtaining a job, but in your career when you need to contact a client, or even in general with a friend/family member. Don’t be timid, and you’ll earn respect and possibly, in this case, a job. 

Be A Sponge - An Interview With Intuit's Ron Jones

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 3:30pm
Ron Jones, VP Product Development, Intuit Inc.We had the pleasure to talk to Ron Jones, who was on campus recruiting for Intuit, and we want to share some words of wisdom from a company representative and former co-op student from the University of Cincinnati.
Why does Intuit have a co-op program? What’s the point?

“We’re really about helping students with their careers… We want people coming out of universities to have great experiences, bring in great innovation and find their passion.”

The co-op program is about learning and growing. Employers are there to learn from the experience and to see if there can be further chemistry for a potential full-time position.

Ron phrased it by saying, “Coming out of college, you want to be a sponge in a bucket” absorbing from those around you and the experiences you go through.

How can students ensure they will further themselves in the screening process?

“It boils down to skills. There’s a quote by a football coach that goes something like, ‘Lead with skill while on the field, lead with example off the field, but always show your love of the game.’”

And for those of you who are jaded by sports metaphors…

Skills on the field: Sharing your technical skills during a technical interview and thinking on your feet
Leading off the field: Show how you used the skills on your resume
Love the game: Show your passion about your industry and field

But can you get a job with just technical skills and no soft skills? The answer is no -- it is important to have strengths in both areas.

“If you get a 50% on a test, you’ll get an F. You can be the best technical person but if you don’t have the soft skills, it’s just not going to work.”
How do you know if the work you are doing as a co-op is the right path for your future career?

“Your brain is always engaged, if you’re truly passionate about it it’s truly hard to turn off. You have to show all of that in this brief moment in time.”

So aside from being a sponge, how can students get the most out of their co-op experience?
It’s not all about passing classes and learning, but the passion to want to learn. This has to happen when you’re on co-op and when you’re not on co-op. If you absorb every moment of your co-op and spend time outside of work and classes to learn, you will get the most from your co-op and it will help you land your next big co-op (or your dream full-time job after graduation).

How can you help with that process? Ron talked about having mentors.

“If you come to Intuit, you get assigned 2 mentors. They are usually recent college grads so still have that passion. What you can do is bring yourself to work every day, 100% of yourself.”

Your mentors aren't doing you a favor to expect some kind of return. They are also very passionate about what they do, and they see that in you. They sincerely want you to grow because they care. To reflect that respect, it’s important to give them your all if they’re giving you their time and wisdom.

As convenient as Intuit makes it, sometimes you won’t have assigned mentors. Ron didn't have specified mentors for his co-ops in college, but found mentor figures in his managers. Sometimes it’s up to you to take that step forward in your career because…

“As a co-op student you are in charge of your career, don’t let someone else drive your career”

 So get excited about the Spring Career Fair Wednesday because this is your time, your career, your passion and you are in the driver’s seat.  


Written by Tom Weekes
Bold quotes from an interview with Ron Jones,VP Product Development, Intuit, Inc.

Are YOU Ready for the Spring Career Fair?

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 11:28am

Fortunately for you we have materials on ALL of these items

Researching Companies:

http://www.rit.edu/emcs/oce/students/researching-companies

Resume Writing:

http://www.rit.edu/emcs/oce/students/intro-resume-writing

Social Media (LinkedIn and more):

http://www.rit.edu/emcs/oce/student/Job-Searching-with-Social-Media

60 Second Commercial:

http://www.rit.edu/emcs/oce/students/intro-career-fairs#2.1

What to Wear:

http://www.rit.edu/emcs/oce/students/interviewing#1.3

Interviewing:

http://www.rit.edu/emcs/oce/students/interviewing

And if that wasn't enough, you can also read up on general information about the fair

Intro to Career Fairs:

http://www.rit.edu/emcs/oce/students/intro-career-fairs


Written by Tom Weekes

Remember When Our Office Gave You Dating Tips?

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 11:57am


You’re probably thinking to yourself, “Woah! Wait did I miss that blog post?!” and are now anxiously navigating the search bar. Hold on there pal. What we are trying to say is that the tips we gave you about finding a job are pretty much the same as going on a date.

Don’t look so disappointed. Let us explain and maybe you’ll get a job and a date by February 26th (The Spring Career Fair!)

Doing Your Research:


STOP! No that does NOT mean creep on all of your potential love interests on Facebook. Seriously. Stop that.

Have you ever went on a date with someone and found out they are friends with your ex and you think to yourself “Oh God this is awkward, please let this stop, I need to get out of here, where’s the waitress with that water I WANT THE CHECK”? Or you find out they want to move to California and you want to move to NYC? Well the questions you ask an employer get to the same issues. Does the chemistry match? Your job/employer is your partner in a different sense, but can be affected by the same problems. Know what you want and also know what they want.
So when you’re looking for a job you need to do your research on a few things, the first being the employer. Does the company fit in with your goals? Do your qualifications match up? Is their long term objective (including geographical location) make sense with what you want to do 10 years from now. You don’t want to jump into anything, you want to get a feel for what you want and what they want and how you can compromise those two things. See that last sentence sounds like advice you get about dating someone isn't it? You don’t want to commit to something and have it be an awkward discovery that… well… it isn't going to work out. A company might imply that you can be a manager within a year. Does that commitment scare or worry you? A date might bring up goals to get married and have children one day. Does that commitment scare or worry you? Point proven.

**Side note you probably shouldn't talk about marriage or children on the first date

First Impressions:


Picking your nose. Scratching yourself. Not showering. Only talking about your cats.
What do these things have in common? BINGO! They won’t get you a second date… or a job… or friends… okay you get the point. Bottom line is that your first impression in ANY social scenario matters SO much. There isn't an absolute seal of fate that you will get a date, or a job, or whatever the situation might be. Sometimes it literally comes down to the first impression. Maybe you did your research as mentioned before and you’d be a perfect fit, but it gets screwed up by something awkward and unplanned. You can’t plan for everything BUT you can try. Put on your nicest clothes, shower and maybe put a little cologne/perfume on (emphasis on A LITTLE), comb your hair, and (it sounds tacky) have a list of things to talk about in your head.  For a date maybe you want to get to know more about the other person so you have ideas of things you want to talk about. Well with companies you also want to know more about them so you should have a list of questions and conversation starters as well. Just have self-awareness when you meet. Be aware of your body language and how you look to the other person. This might staring into a mirror once in a while, or whatever it means to you.

Be Yourself!



You know what people like the most? People. Real people, not robots. It seems so risky in BOTH the dating and job search scenarios to just be yourself because you think, “What if they hate the real me”, well we’re sorry to break it to you but your employer and/or your partner will find out who your real self is eventually. Unlike in electronic stores, when you wear around a proverbial “what you see is what you get sign”, it is more reassuring. What are employers for? Someone they can work with 40 hours a week.
What is your partner inevitably looking for? Someone they can live with… like forever.
No, not technical skills, not abilities (that doesn't mean those aren't important, but they do take the back burner). So make sure to show your personality. You would hire someone you like, and you will date someone you like (as obvious as that sounds). So show yourself, stand away from the crowd. 



Pretty much what we are trying to say is that you need to treat both of these things the same way and what you will notice about most things in life, is that everything requires similar work, objectives, steps, etc. and that everything you learn can help you in other fields of interest in your life. 
Alright we're done being philosophical, so Happy Valentines Day! Now go get a date... er.. we mean job. Or both. Yeah go get both. 


Written by Tom Weekes

Working with Search Firms

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:27am

What is a Search Firm?

What exactly are search firms and how can you use them to your best advantage? Using a search firm can be a good job search strategy because with little effort on your part, your resume will be submitted to openings that may not be advertised. Using a search firm can be an integral part of your job search, but don’t limit yourself to this one resource. Use all available resources, contacts, and job listing sites to conduct a thorough job search.

Employers use search firms when they do not have the time or expertise to fill positions using their own resources. Reasons may include the need to fill contract positions, rapid company growth, interest in luring a competitor to the company, a needed internal change requiring an outsider, or higher level or specialized openings where there are fewer qualified candidates. A company may work with one preferred search firm or several firms.

Recruiters earn a living by identifying, selecting the best candidate for a specific job vacancy, and placing candidates for their clients. They usually understand the sector or industry they work within and many were once employed in the very discipline or industry in which they specialize.

Search firms are typically divided into large global companies or small specialists or “boutiques”. Global search firms can be organized either as highly centralized and integrated or as independently run branches or networks. Integrated firms can have more consistent standards and adopt a common way of conducting searches while branches can be more entrepreneurial. Boutique firms tend to be specialized by sector or industry niches, for example biotechnology, financial services media, software, and emerging technologies.


How Search Firms Work

Before approaching a firm, it is important to know how they work. The search firm exists to help client companies find employees, not to help people find jobs (even though that is the outcome)! The client company pays their fee. Fees are usually a percentage of the annual salary for the position being filled. Positions can range from entry level to upper level for experienced individuals. Many recruiters try to coax individuals already working into making a change based on motivating factors including advancement, greater challenges, different management style and company direction. It’s not uncommon for a recruiter to place the same candidate numerous times in their career.

The process usually includes the following: the recruiter creates an initial list of possible candidates for an assignment, these candidates are then screened and appraised to create the final short list of highest quality individuals (usually 3-4 contenders who have all expressed real interest in the position) presented by the recruiter to the client. The client will then interview the short listed candidates possibly resulting in an offer to the best candidate. Hiring decisions are always made by the client.

Be aware that in your initial conversation and evaluation as a potential candidate, the recruiter may not divulge confidential information about the client or position until after you have been identified as a legitimate candidate. Even then, there are times when certain client information must remain confidential. 

Types of Search Firms

Search firms can run from "traditional" temporary help services such as office/clerical and industrial to firms that provide more highly skilled workers in technical and professional areas. They can offer a wide range of employment-related services and solutions to their client companies, including temporary and contract staffing, recruiting and permanent placement, outsourcing and outplacement, training, and human resource consulting.

For contract and temporary services, the jobs may last from a few hours, to several months or even years depending on the industry. The contract employee may be paid directly by the client company or they may work for and be paid by the staffing agency. A company may contract regularly to handle peak production or seasonal periods, special projects, and to supplement their permanent workforce. This may include the use of temporary-to-permanent hiring- a concept where a client company plans to make a permanent placement hiring decision during or after a temporary help assignment.

Executive Search Firms mainly recruit for exempt-level managers or professionals at an executive level. The recruiter is sometimes referred to as a “headhunter”. Headhunters are generally considered more aggressive than in-house recruiters or may have preexisting industry experience and contacts.


How You Can Use Search Firms


Choosing a Firm

As with any potential employer, do your homework before selecting a search firm with which to work. Research to gather information on industries and functions served, geographic locations, and whether they are general or boutique firms. Check their legitimacy as a recruiting agency, review their website, and get information on their reputation by asking for references and some of their clients. Above all, do not sign with a search firm who tries to charge you a fee; reputable agencies collect their fees from the client companies for which they fill positions.


Connecting with a Search Firm

How do you approach a firm with whom you are interested in working? Here are some tips for making that initial connection, and developing a productive relationship:
  • Get a referral to the company from a client, colleague or friend who has worked with the firm. A recommendation from a known source will put you at the top of their candidate pile. 
  • Contact a specific person within the firm, preferably the contact for your field of interest, if the firm represents many industries. You will be better able to establish a connection with someone who shares your industry knowledge and interests. 
  • Be professional and ethical at all times; respect your relationship with the recruiter and treat them as an employer. Limit the number of recruiting firms with which you work, and if you do work with multiple firms, let them know, so they don’t promote you to the same employer. Also, don’t “back door” the firm, or go behind their backs to send your resume directly to the client company. 
  • It’s important to establish a good rapport with the recruiter, so he/she can represent you well to their client companies. Make sure you feel comfortable with the recruiter and fairly treated by the firm. 
  • Give the recruiter specifics on what type of job you’re looking for, so they don’t waste their and their clients’ time; discuss things like preferred location, job type, and salary range in detail. 
  • For Executive Search firms, you may wish to register with Blue Steps https://www.bluesteps.com, a service of the Association of Executive Search Consultants, to raise your visibility within the search firm community, as reputable firms use this service to search for candidates. 
  • Employment Crossing has a good list of agencies by focus areas with a nice ranking: http://www.employmentcrossing.com/recruiter-ranking/ 


What Recruiters Look For in a Candidate

Recruiters will be selling you to potential clients, so they will select candidates based on a combination of experiences, achievements, relevant skills, and personal attributes which match well with their clients’ needs.


Maintaining a Relationship with a Recruiter

Once you’ve begun working with a recruiter, you will both need to put forth effort to maintain a productive relationship.
  • Realize how search firms work and work with them within these parameters. The recruiter works for their client companies, not for you. You are a resource they use to fill their open positions. 
  • Give the recruiter a list of companies that you would like to work for; it’s possible they may have contacts at these companies, and can check for available positions that may fit your qualifications. 
  • If the recruiter sets you up for an interview with a client company, get as much information about the company as possible before the interview, so you can research and prepare for the interview. 
  • Be realistic -- research the industry and salary norms so that your expectations are in line with the market. 
  • Keep in contact -- email the recruiter at least once a week to demonstrate your enthusiasm. This will keep you in the forefront of the recruiter’s mind, and they’ll hopefully make more effort to place you. 
  • Once you accept a position at a client company, continue to ask the recruiter for advice, or if you have any concerns or problems.

60 Second Commercial

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 9:08am
The SituationYou’re at a career fair, in an interview or at a networking event. You shake hands with the recruiter – then what? The 60 second commercial (or “elevator speech”) is an introduction you can use in a number of different scenarios that quickly explains who you are, what your interests and goals are and what you know about the company.
If you have thought this through ahead of time, you will be able to make the most of your brief conversation and hopefully it will lead to an interview!
The GoalsTo quickly articulate what you want, leave a positive impression, and create interest in you as a candidate.
How to Create Your CommercialAsk yourself:
1.        Who are you?
Name__________________________________________________________________________
Year level_______________________________________________________________________
Major/Minor____________________________________________________________________

2.        What are you looking for?_______________________________________________________________________________
3.        What have you done? What are your accomplishments?_______________________________________________________________________________
4.        What interests you about this company?______________________________________________________________________________
5.        Closing/next step_______________________________________________________________________________

6.        Put it all together!

Examples
Hi my name is _________________. I will be graduating/just graduated from ______ with a degree in __________________. I am looking for ___________. I found in my research that your company is strong in_____________________. I’m very interested in finding out more about the opportunities you have. May I have your business card so I can follow up with you?
Hi my name is ______________. I am a ____________major. I’m looking for a co-op in corporate finance. In my last co-op at XYZ Company I was able to gain valuable experience in _________________. I know that your company specializes in _________. I would be very interested in hearing about any opportunities you may have in this field. 
“Good morning/afternoon, I’m______.  I have reviewed the job posting listed on the RIT website and am interested in ___________.  I have applied for this position(s) through your website and would like the opportunity to discuss my qualifications in greater detail.  I will be graduating in May with a degree in ________, and through my co-ops, have gained the experience you are looking for.
“Good morning/afternoon, I’m______. I am a ______year student majoring in ______.   I have reviewed your co-op job posting/s listed on RIT website and I am interested in ___________.  I have already applied for this/these position(s) through your website and would like the opportunity to discuss my qualifications in greater detail. Through numerous class projects, I have experience in__________.

Do’s & Don’ts
§  Do research the company§  Do make your commercial sound natural and unrehearsed§  Do make it memorable§  Do practice it§  Do project friendliness, confidence, enthusiasm§  Do end with action items – i.e. collect a business card or contact information§  Do follow up with the recruiter§  Don’t make the conversation focused on what you want, rather what you can do §  Don’t ask: “So what does your company do??” -- This will turn off the recruiter immediately§  Don’t ramble or take up too much of the recruiters time§  Don’t be disappointed if you are asked to apply for an opening through the company website. You have not wasted your time. Many companies need to track candidates through their site.

Rochester Institute of Technology Office of Co-op and Career ServicesOffice of Cooperative Education and Career Services 57 Lomb Memorial Drive · Rochester, NY 14623 · (585) 475-2301
www.rit.edu/co-op/careers 

Spring Career Fair: February 26, 2014!

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 9:03am
SPRING CAREER FAIR
Career Fair: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from 11am-4pm
Interview Day: Thursday, February 27, 2014
Rochester Institute of Technology, Gordon Field House
All majors, all levels of jobs. Open to RIT students and alumni only.

Holiday Message from RIT's Office of Co-op and Career Services

Fri, 12/20/2013 - 2:17pm



We would like to wish all of our friends the very best!From the RIT Co-op and Career Services staff

5 Things You Need to do Over Intersession

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 10:57am

We know what you're thinking, "Intersession? Let me just curl up into a ball and disappear for 6 weeks" but HOLD ON don't do that... yet. First things first... 

Update EVERYTHING


So you have just spent 15 weeks busy with classes, clubs, side projects, and work, everything that makes college life a roller coaster. You may have put a couple things on the back burner, including eating, sleeping and basic hygiene. Something that probably also slipped in that "did-not-do" list is your career search. If you’re not actively looking for a co-op or job (and sometimes even when you are), it’s hard to fit it in your schedule, so intersession is the PERFECT time to do so. You may still have work and family to attend to, but chances are you have a lot more free time. Take this time to update your resume, LinkedIn profile (and join LinkedIn groups, including our own RIT Career Services one), set up a professional Twitter account, create/update your portfolio (or personal website), make a cover letter template that you can modify for different applications, and anything else you can think of. Also upload your resume to RIT Job Zone so that employers can look at it on their own accord and so that you can apply right from there. That way you can go into spring with everything fresh and ready to go.
Here are some good resources gathered by our office to read:
Resume writing: http://www.rit.edu/emcs/oce/students/intro-resume-writing
Making a good LinkedIn account: http://university.linkedin.com/university/global/en_us/index/linkedin-for-students.html
Putting together a portfolio: http://www.rit.edu/emcs/oce/students/portfolio-preparation
Cover letters: http://www.rit.edu/emcs/oce/students/letters-employers

Network


During the holiday season there are A LOT of networking opportunities. There may be work holiday parties (even if it’s your part-time job, or maybe get your parents to invite you along to their office party), community events and much more. Can’t really find the opportune moment to network? You can at least practice networking at a regular family/friend gathering or possibly invite your neighbors over for some small casual get together. If you have a large extended family party, make it a point to talk to members of your family you don’t normally talk to or haven’t in a long time. If you and your friends are having a holiday get together, make it a goal to meet someone new or catch up with an old friend. The trick is to treat it as if you ARE networking (because in all actuality, making friends IS building your network). Ask questions that you would ask at a networking event like, “So what kind of work are you up to?” or “What have you been doing outside of work?” and maybe try some basic name dropping like “Have you heard from ____ in a while?” Have a good back and forth with someone at a semi-professional level (you don’t have to do that the WHOLE time but just try it out, because you are an adult now and it’s nice to have an adult conversation once in a while). 

Clothes Shopping


Many of you complain that you need a suit, or certain dress clothes for interviews/career fairs mainly because you don’t own anything like that. This is the perfect time to go out and get some nice clothes/accessories. During the holidays, plenty of places have great deals on dress clothes. On top of that, you can always as for nice clothes as a gift for the holidays (it’s a step up from getting socks).
Men think about getting:
  • A man’s suit (a normal 2 piece is fine or just a blazer)
  • New ties (that match different shirts)
  • Button up shirts (plain colors and patterns like striped or checkered)
  • Black and/or brown dress shoes
  • Black/Brown dress socks
  • A nice dress belt
  • A watch (optional)
  • A padfolio/business cards

Women think about getting:
  •  Nice button up shirts or blouses
  •  A Blazer
  • Nice skirt
  • Heels/nice flats
  • Cardigan/nice sweater
  • A woman’s suit
  • A padfolio/business cards


   Check out our “Dress for Success” Pinterest boards: http://www.pinterest.com/ritcareerserv/


Plan NOW


Now you have everything in order, you just need to know what you’re getting yourself into. If you plan on attending the career fair in the spring for a co-op or a job after graduation, this is the time to start looking at potential employers and maybe connecting on LinkedIn/emailing them about your interest. If you’re not immediately looking for a co-op, at least plan when you are and get a handle on what you expect out of it (what kind of co-op you want, with what kind company and when?). This is also a time to set goals for yourself whether they are personal or specifically career related. Maybe by the end of intersession, learn how to use a new program, read 3 books, lose 10 pounds, get in touch with 3 recruiters, have a one-on-one with a manager, anything that will make YOU feel more actualized into the person YOU want to be. Personal and career goals are all intertwined because they affect each other, so plan achievable and practical goals.

Rest Up


Here's the tip you were hoping we'd say. You just fought through the trenches of RIT, battled some professors most likely, conquered finals… Now it’s time for a little R&R. To put it in perspective, the average college student gets about 6 hours of sleep a night (and maybe that’s a luxury for some of you). Studies have shown that getting 6 or less hours of sleep a night for a week straight affects your body the same as if you have gone without sleep for 48 hours (read more about that here: http://www.uhs.uga.edu/sleep/). With this math, the majority of you are legally dead. Therefore, GET SOME SLEEP. You deserve it. Resting up also doesn't just mean sleep, but having some you time. Play some video games, watch some movies, or maybe go on a weekend trip somewhere. This rest for your mind and body is crucial for your success over intersession and it carries over into the spring as well.

If you do these 5 things over intersession, we guarantee that you will be successful not only in the spring, but for the summer and fall as well. If you do this now, everything along the way will be basic maintenance (small touch-ups here and there). We want you to succeed and, more importantly, for you to WANT to succeed. However, we don’t want this to consume your break, so make sure you also take a deep breath and smell the roses along the way. Make 2014 a good year by starting in a good place.

Written by Tom Weekes 

Social Media - More Than Just Social

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 12:37pm



Maybe you’re on Instagram looking up #catsofinstagram, or Tumblr looking up reaction gifs. There are so many social media platforms with so much to do on them. They are a stress reliever, a good healthy distraction (to an extent), and a way to connect to become a part of a community. BUT did you know that now more than ever, companies are using social media to scout candidates for positions? This means that social media is beyond just for social use. It’s a job hunting tool. WHAT? Crazy right?!

Here are 5 tactics you can use on social media and where is the best place to use that tactic

1. Networking

Social media is PERFECT for networking. You can instantly connect with anyone.

LinkedIn – The term is literally “connect”. Instead of “friends” you build a network by just connecting with people. Once you connect you are 1stconnections. Here’s the thing, you become 2nd connections with their 1st connections. It continues for 3rd connections. By just connecting to 20 people, you could have a network of a couple thousand. Now any time you want a job, or know about a company, you can search that company and see who in your network has a connection with that company and reach out to them

2. Let them know you’re looking

You know when you’re interested in someone and you want them to know you’re interested by dropping hints here and there? It’s the same way with job searching (except don’t flirt with recruiters please).

Twitter – First off, you should have a professional Twitter. That way you can post articles relating to your field, live tweet events (like conferences), and all that real-world stuff without seeming boring to your friends. Try to be active on Twitter by following industry leaders, companies, recruiters, and professionals, anyone who can be relevant to your job search. Once you get a substantial amount of followers start dropping those hints. “Just updated my #resume to add my summer experience – check it out!” *insert link to where your resume is and tag accounts that of companies you are interested in*and BOOM, suddenly you’re in the dating… er... job search game. Other hints include announcing that you have an interview, “I have an interview with @Googlejobs today – wish me luck!” And now everyone knows you’re on the market. Just don’t be obnoxious.



3. Professional groups and lists

The best way to begin your job search is to organize and pinpoint your targets. Most social media platforms have ways to create groups and lists.

LinkedIn – Here there are “groups” and they range from hobbyists, professionals, residential, companies, pretty much anything. What you can do is join these groups, and discuss things with people of that same interest. Start a discussion about the latest stories from Wall Street in your professional business group, or a discussion about the latest movie release in your film fanatics group. It helps you connect with the right people

Facebook- Facebook has groups as well, but more so they have pages to like. Like company pages and don’t be afraid to engage with their status updates. On top of that, you can create “lists” as well. Create a professional list if you are friends with people who you might be considered more in your professional network. When you post a status you can select which list can and cannot see certain posts.
Twitter- You can create lists to organize your news feed. When you follow 100 people it’s manageable, but when you follow 2,000 suddenly your feed becomes a battle. Organize the people you follow into different lists (friends, work, news, and bands, whatever categories of accounts you follow). That way you can be more efficient with your Twitter use

4. Digital Portfolio

To be job searching online, it would be nice to have a reference of your work for employers to look at. This can range from digital files to Job Zone, making a personal website, or social media.

LinkedIn – LinkedIn has this great, fairly new feature where you can upload portfolio work on your profile page. You can even upload stuff to specific positions. So if you had a job with, let’s say, Microsoft you can upload work you did (that you’re allowed to post) underneath that job description. If you have classwork you want to show off, you can upload that underneath your educational experience from RIT. This is useful for anyone, but especially art/design students who practically need an online portfolio.

5. Clean up your act

You’ve probably seen a lot of our Digital Dirt info at review sessions on campus or on our webpage (if you haven’t, check it out: http://www.rit.edu/emcs/oce/student/Job-Searching-with-Social-Media#digital). Either way, a huge part about using social media to find a job is to be professional online. Look through your privacy settings and edit it the way you want. A good rule of thumb is…
Facebook should be 100% private and for social use (you can use it to find jobs through company pages, but don’t add recruiters or employers as Facebook friends and make sure only friends can see your content. Direct them to a personal brand page if you have one instead of your account).Twitter is half and half (you should have a personal and a professional account, adjust the privacy settings accordingly. You want your professional to appear more than your personal)LinkedIn is 100% professional, keep privacy settings open and keep it up to date and relevant




Bottom line, there is so much more to social media than just being social. Each platform is a hidden gem for your job search and we recommend you explore each to discover the professional side of social media to have an advantage over other candidates.

Written by Tom Weekes


Give a Little, Get a Little: Volunteering Matters

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 1:13pm


On top of doing your co-op, it’s always nice to have extra experience. What looks nearly as good as paid experience is unpaid volunteer experience. Why? Well there are a number of reasons and we’re going to dive right into them.
Work Ethic – Someone who is willing to take time out of their busy day to do free work has one heck of a work ethic. An employer is going to ask themselves, “Well if they are willing to do that without a paycheck, I wonder what kind of work they are willing to put out WITH a paycheck.” And that answer is usually, “A lot.” So you’re looking pretty good in the employer’s eyes.
Passion – Going off of work ethic, working for no money means that whatever you are volunteering for, you have some passion for. This could be a charity or good cause, just something in your field you do for free because you are driven, or something related to your hobbies. All of these things show that you care about something outside of work, and caring is the difference between a good worker and an average worker.
Easy Entry – The best part about volunteer work is that it is NOT competitive. Most of the time, you will have no problem finding volunteer work -- there is always room for good volunteers because not everyone is willing to make that commitment. It’s free, and easy to find, experience.
Extra Experience – The most basic reason, it’s just more experience. Even if it’s not directly related to your field you are getting experience working in teams, organizing, and overall life experience. Often there is a chance to take a leadership role. It’s something to add onto your resume besides an actual job (and that looks nice especially if you've only had a part-time job).
Character – Someone who is willing to work for free, especially if it's philanthropy work, is generally a good person. That doesn't mean if you don’t volunteer, you’re a bad person. It just means that if you volunteer you must have SOME level of integrity and an employer will assume you’re a responsible and mature individual.
Self-Actualization – Lastly this is 100% internal for you with a positive external outcome. People usually overlook this aspect, but volunteering makes you FEEL good. When you feel good, you tend to put out more work, are a happier and friendlier person, become more outgoing and gain the confidence you need in life.

Maslov's Hierarchy of Needs

Volunteering doesn't necessarily have to be with an organization; sometimes the company you work for has volunteer opportunities. This could be community services your company does OR it can just be an event that your company is hosting and needs people to help out off the clock. It’s good to just say yes to these opportunities if you can manage it. Check with your supervisors if there is ever an opportunity to volunteer within your organization.
You may be extremely busy during school, but if you find the right opportunity, you can fit it right into your schedule. A great time to volunteer is during the summer when you have more free time. Help your community and build your resume at the same time!

Volunteer Resources:

http://www.volunteermatch.org/
http://www.idealist.org/http://www.handsonnetwork.org/

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