Thursday, May 28, 2009

NCORE 2009: Job Search tips

 I am currently in San Diego, CA at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) with a group of students from ONU. While here, I will be posting some of the things that I learn that stand out to me, particularly in relation to public relations, professional development and things that I can use to help groups I am in understand and improve their diversity.

Today I attended a preconference Institute session that dealt with finding a job in a tight job market. Brian Guerrero of the University of California, San Diego and Marc Johnston from the University of Arizona led the session. They provided many great insights into the job search and one thing I found particularly interesting was their suggestions for networking and also for negotiating salaries.


·      Use it to maintain connections and gather information

·      Social networks count!

·      At networking events, place your name tag on the right side of your body

·      Organize your business cards and contacts in Excel

Negotiating Salary:

·      Be prepared to be direct and assertive

·      Express genuine interest

·      Determine if negotiation is necessary

·      Ask yourself “How did I calculate my necessary salary?”

·      Have reasons for changing the offer

·      Get offer in writing

·      Negotiate other things if salary is not flexible (benefits, stock options, professional development, one-time extras)

Although there were many more tips presented, I felt these are the ones that are the most universal and applicable for me. I will be adding more from other sessions as time allows. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Personal Development

I'm going to have to learn to speak up when something bothers me, and not be timid about it. Also I am going to have to invest in some earphones.

Update: I originally wrote this post about a situation that was frustrating me. I didn't confront the issue because I do not really like conflict (at all) and in retrospect it wasn't that big a deal. Thing is, I got mad when I was by myself, instead of at the moment. I only see this as a problem because I sometimes feel like people might see me as a pushover. The internship I'm doing this summer does a personality test, so in order to figure out what was really bothering me (and cause I'm nosey), I paid for it and took it looked at the free example online. Here's the evaluation I think fit me the closest, really close actually.

The fact that I have this (as a communications major) is incredible, sense I'm a "high self-monitor" and love looking for ways to improve interpersonally. It's also good because when I found this on the site, I realized that I am going to be in the right place this summer. I mean, these tests are freakin expensive and any company that is willing to pay the money for this kinda thing, use it on interns and put it into action in the work place, can only be interested in helping me grow as a person and a student. Not to mention they are pretty darn accurate. I couldn't have picked (or been picked by) a better spot for my first internship. I'm even more excited about this summer now :) (I put a smiley face cause a girl in campaigns class told me exclamation points (!) are unprofessional lol)

K sweet, night

Why we REALLY aren't buying into social you want us to

Everyone knows that this generation of young adults will be a force to be reckoned with in the business world. Even we know it. We are the generation of teen tech bloggers, nerds turned CEOs and whole television shows based on Webcasts. But according to recent findings, most of the demo latching on to SM is not in our age bracket, but instead, the much older Baby Boomer generation (zinger). One post posed that this anti-rush is due to a "coolness" factor that we all can't help shaping our interests around (like we're still in high school). But I have a couple of different reasons why I think my generation has not abandoned other media for all things social. 

1.We're anxious/nervous about it: Look at the world we are growing up in. Freakin' Craigslist killers, swine flu, the economy, school shootings and let's not forget, Britney is still making "music." It's a mess out there and having a bunch of know-it-all adults tell us we need to be engaging in these "tools" or we're failures at life isn't exactly a stress-reliever. 

2. We're rebellious: I mean think about it. If you were a teen/college kid and adults told you to do something (even if it's a helpful tip to get you a job later on...), you're going to want to do it? Thought not.

3. It's no longer an escape: Facebook was "cool" because of it's exclusivity. So many college students were using it everyday because it had nothing to do with the real world, it was an online extension of the fantasy life we were living everyday. Why would you want to mix that up with advertisers, parents, celebs and your boss back home?

4. We've got other stuff to do: This one should speak for itself. We play sports, are in a ton of extracurriculars, hang out with friends, text, even watch tv. And usually these are solitary engagements, although some overlap, like texting and doing anything else.

5. It's not going anywhere: You are. Baby Boomers are on their way out. Let's be real. Sure those born on the end are only hitting their mid-40s but that leaves only 30 years to use this stuff. We've got 50+...what's the rush?

All and all, if you believe the stats, you would think Gen Yers want nothing to do with SM and that's not true. If you really think about it, why should a large majority of the young adult population jump on social media when most of us will only use it recreationally? No, we're probably not going to be the early adopters on this one but best believe we will be with trends to come. Now I know I'm all over SM but I personally have always been one to try new things. Plus I'm only partially rebellious, don't have a cell phone, own a MacBook, and am so relaxed I once had a nurse tell me to do some jumping jacks after taking my pulse for a physical. But most Gen Yers are more like what I describe above, than they are like myself. 

So cheer up, no we're not the first in SM. But at least we will each have our own robots...