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2017 Grad Lands Job at Facebook

2017 Grad Lands Job at Facebook

When it came time to start applying for jobs, 2017 UD graduate Alesia Gonzalez didn’t wait for her dream career to fall into her lap. “I started thinking about my passions and interests and how they related to my major in psychology and concentration in business,” she said.

Alesia Gonzalez

After extensively researching companies she found both interesting and inspiring, Gonzalez landed on Facebook’s corporate page and found a job posting for a recent college graduate. “The application process was really easy,” she said. “I just uploaded my resume.” And within a month, she had an offer for a position as an account manager in Facebook’s small and medium-sized business division.

Gonzalez believes that two factors contributed to her getting the job. “I’ve done two internships, one with a big company and one with a smaller company,” she said. “So my experience spoke for itself.” She also said that her time as an intern in a change-management role helped her see how her psychology degree translated into a career in sales and marketing. “Real world experience is invaluable,” she said. “It really helped me decide what I wanted to do in the future.”

Another important part of Gonzalez’s success was her commitment to learning everything she could about the Facebook as a company, as well as its goals and priorities. “I’m a research freak,” she said. “So I read everything I could and made sure I was prepared for the interview process.” That process turned out to be four rounds of interviews, including a case study for a fictional client. Even though she only received the details of that case study hours before the interview, Gonzalez said that her previous research and preparation helped her focus on what she knew about Facebook’s. “I could tell they want go-getters, people with intrinsic passion for doing things outside of school” Gonzalez said. “So I focused in the interviews on my ability to jump in and get things done.” Gonzalez will relocate to Austin to start her position in July.

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6 Keys to a Professional LinkedIn Profile

6 Keys to a Professional LinkedIn Profile

This post originally appeared on June 30, 2016.

Statistics show that about 80 percent of today’s jobs are landed through networking. But how, exactly, do you go about finding opportunities to network? Robert Yale, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business, spoke to Director of Career Services & QEP Julie Janik’s career development class about making professional connections and building your personal brand through LinkedIn. “LinkedIn is not Facebook for the over-40 crowd,” said Yale. “It’s a social network for professionals with over 450 million users. It can be the bridge between you and potential employers if you work diligently to create a profile that sets you apart.”

Here are the dos and don’ts that make for a successful student LinkedIn profile:

Get a professional photo
Eye tracking studies show that recruiters spend 20 percent of their time focused on the photo in a LinkedIn profile. Because of this, Yale says you must use a professional image: “Use a tightly cropped photo. Wear business attire and make sure you’re recognizable.” And make sure you’re the only person/animal/object in the photo: “Don’t use an image of you with a dolphin unless you’re a dolphin trainer.” And beware: if you don’t upload a photo, LinkedIn will choose one from another of your social media accounts. What first impression do you want to make?

Don’t list your class year
According to Yale, listing your class year (freshman, sophomore, etc.) can exclude you from a recruiter’s searches. If, for instance, you forget to update your status from sophomore to junior, any keyword searches looking for juniors will bypass your profile. Another note about searches: list your degree by its acronym (BA, MBA). That’s what automatic searches are programmed to look for.

Complete the experience section with future employers in mind
This means don’t list your title as “student” in the experience section. “College is about more than being a student,” said Yale. “So in the experience section, list all of your volunteer and extracurricular activities, as well as your internships and summer jobs.” Think hard about what you learned and how those experiences translate into transferable skills. List those skills in your profile.

Don’t sell yourself short
When writing about your experience, don’t minimize the work you did by over-clarifying the position. If you were a student worker, list your job title only — do not list it as “student worker for XYZ Department.” Don’t describe your work at a day camp as a “short summer job.” Instead, focus on how you met your employer’s expectations and what skills you gained as a result of the experience.

Be definitive and declarative in all your profile entries
Don’t say you are “planning to go to graduate school” or “hoping to land an internship with a large accounting firm.” Instead, show the steps you are taking to reach that goal. Statements like “preparing for medical school” or “completing course work required to secure internship” are straightforward and goal oriented. As Yoda says, “Do or do not. There is no try.”

Make connections
Yale hears many students say they don’t have connections beyond school. “So get creative,” he said. “Start thinking about your parents and their friends, aunts, uncles, and your friends’ parents. Once you make your first layer of connections, the doors are open for you to connect with their connections, and so on.” This is also where networking comes in. When you go to a job fair, pick up cards from employers that interest you and add them to your network. If you notice that one of your connections is linked to a person that could help you or a company you’d like to work for, ask your connection if they will introduce you. “Be diligent, and your network will grow exponentially,” said Yale.

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2017 Grad Named Fulbright Teaching Assistant in Germany

2017 Grad Named Fulbright Teaching Assistant in Germany

Emily Collins, a 2017 graduate of the University of Dallas, has been named a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Andernach, Germany. Her ten-month assignment begins in September.

Emily Collins

An English and Economics double major, Collins lived in Germany as a child, an experience which helped her decide to concentrate in German at UD. As part of her concentration, she worked as a marketing and communications intern at the Dallas Goethe Center, where she interacted with other staff members in German.

Collins gained classroom experience while at UD by teaching German to third graders at Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic school. “I created my own lesson plans centered around the German version of “Little Red Riding Hood” (“Rotkaeppchen”),” she said. “Each week I taught them different vocabulary pertaining to the story–first food vocabulary, then parts of the body, family members, clothing, furniture, etc. I then reinforced the vocabulary with songs and activities.”

Collins believes this combination of experience made her Fulbright application competitive. “Having been exposed to a non-profit and teaching the class was a plus,” she said. Collins said that the application process consisted of two essays and an on-campus interview. Her application was then sanctioned by the university and submitted for the award.

During her time in Germany, Collins is looking forward to becoming part of the Andernach community. “One of the most important aspects of the program is community involvement,” she said. “One of the application questions asks what you would do to become part of the community.”

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College of Business Newsletter Notes from the OPCD: Does Your LinkedIn Impress?

College of Business Newsletter Notes from the OPCD: Does Your LinkedIn Impress?

In case there is any question about this topic – LinkedIn is useful. In my role, I regularly use it to recommend candidates to my connections, ask professionals from in my network industry-specific questions, solicit speakers for campus events, and more.  With more than 2,000 connections, I am always surprised at what a useful networking tool LinkedIn is (when it seems like it could be so overwhelming). Here are a few of my thoughts based on my experience with LinkedIn.

Update. Seriously. Be smart about it though. 
Even if you are not actively looking for a new position, updating your LinkedIn profile makes good professional sense. I receive lots of requests to link in, and I see that more and more candidates are adding their LinkedIn address to their resumes (also smart).
 
Be sure to format your address so it reflects your NAME..  Go to “Edit your public profile,” and by clicking on “Edit public profile URL” you can edit yours to reflect your name.  Mine is linkedin.com/in/julieajernigan (feel free to link in with me, by the way).
And that’s just the beginning. Updating sections takes diligence, reflection, and strategic thinking. You also have to decide when to attach a copy of your resume. For example, I typically do not attach a copy of my resume to my LinkedIn, but if I began to seek a SPECIFIC type of position, I would tailor my resume to the skills and experience that recruiters would look for in that industry and post it.  If you know that you want a specific type of role with skills and experience that are generally accepted within that field, then you might want to keep a copy of your resume updated and attached to your profile.
 UPDATE all sections of your profile frequently and with accuracy and with the dual intent of impressing recruiters and serving as a professional resource within your field to the LinkedIn community.
A word about your photo – read THIS posting from Dr. Yale, and if you still don’t think the photo you choose is important, read THIS.
Read THIS advice about LinkedIn from a recruiter’s perspective.
Caution: LinkedIn sloppiness, errors, and lack of content make a bad impression…
Your profile is a marketing tool and you will either build credibility with your profile or… NOT.  Personally, I am skeptical of profiles with strange or grainy photos, lack of detail about accomplishments, out-of-date and missing information from the education and employment sections.
Read some Do’s and Don’ts about LinkedIn here (all shared with us by Dr. Yale).
When to Link and when to wait…
Link in with folks you can help. Link in with folks who might be able to help you.  That’s what this site is for.  If your page is not aligned with some of the professional interests of the person with whom you want to link, they are more likely to ignore your request.  As an example, I receive requests from people who do not seem to have connection to my past or present professional and educational background.  I ignore these.  At times, I receive requests from candidates who have really poorly constructed pages, and upon looking at their profile I am able to ascertain that they are UD students.  I (reluctantly) accept these, but I am concerned that the candidate is not someone I can refer to one of my colleagues.
Link in at will UNLESS you are submitting an application to the person with whom you want to LinkIn. For example – if I am applying for a job and know that Mr. Jones from ABC company is receiving my resume, I will hold off on linking in with him. Preferably, I will be selected for an interview at which time I’ll ask if I might link in. If I don’t hear back about the position after applying, I might wait a week or so and send a cordial message to accompany my LinkedIn request.  If he accepts – well, that’s not a bad sign!  An even better sign?  If you are seeking a position, and the recruiter or hiring manager asks to link in with you, at least you know that you are on their radar!
Know that if you are in the midst of applying for a job, the folks receiving your resume will look at your LinkedIn sites. My recommendation is that you build the best LinkedIn page possible and edit your settings to PUBLIC – making for easier viewing.

Do you have questions about your career search?  Ask Amy Young, Associate Director of Career Services: ayoung@udallas.edu