Five Ways to Prepare for an Interview

By: Christine Robinson

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Have you ever thought to yourself “Have I done everything possible to better formulate myself for this interview?” If so, here are great tips to enhance the possibilities of getting the available position in comparison to someone who may not have prepared. Planning in advance can also benefit you for any unexpected questions the employer may ask. As the expression goes, you only have one chance to make a strong first impression!
1. Do your research. Some questions that will be asked in your interview will be based upon your knowledge on the company’s mission statement, morals, values, and goals. Knowing the history of the company could potentially differentiate you from the other candidates in getting the position.
2. Practice interviewing. Take advantage of mock interviews; they will help improve your interviewing skills and make you more comfortable answering challenging questions in a timely manner. Also, rehearsing possible questions and accumulating what information you would like to use can help build your confidence for the interview.
3. Nail down your travel time. You do not want to be late to your interview because you did not plan ahead. Doing a test drive to the location could help you calculate how much time it takes to get there and which building it is located in.
4. Have multiple copies of your resume. Make sure your resume has been updated, revised, and edited by the Wichita State University Career Development Center to ensure it is ready for the viewing of an employer. Also, having multiple copies of your resume in a natural colored folder shows professionalism and preparedness.
5. Have two or three questions to ask. Having a few questions for the end of the interview demonstrates your interest in the position. Asking questions will help provide you with valuable information in determining if the job is a good fit for you.

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Maintaining a Positive Social Media Presence

By: Rachel Olson

As college students, social media is an integral aspect of our daily lives, and while it can be easy to get caught up in the fun of posting photos with our friends, and sharing memes, it is important to remember that our social media presence can be observed by anyone, specifically possible future employers.

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Here are a few tips for maintaining a positive social media presence:

  1. “Would I want Grandma to see this?” – A good rule of thumb when looking to post something to any of your social media platforms is to ask yourself if you would want your grandmother, or another highly respected person in your life, to see the post. If you would feel embarrassed if your grandmother saw it, you probably should not be posting it. You want your social media platforms to represent yourself in a positive context, not a negative one.
  2. Not only what YOU post – Do not forget that you can easily be associated with information on social media even if you were not the person actually posting the information. Your account can easily be tagged in photos, videos, or other posts with which you may not want to be associated. You may consider changing your account to private, so that you can review items that other people want to tag you in before they are distributed. Additionally, pay attention to what you are sharing and “liking” on your social media platforms. This information can easily be accessed and could say a lot about who you are to someone who might not actually know you.
  3. Highlight the GOOD – Social media is a great place to share your accomplishments and is a perfect way to demonstrate to possible future employers that you care about what you look like to others. Use your social media platforms to share about volunteer activities that you are involved in, extracurricular organizations that you are passionate about, and even successes you are having in your academics! All of these are things to be proud of, and can absolutely be shared on social media.
  4. Be sure to go back in time – Remember that the internet lasts forever, and things from the past can always be found again. Be sure to review posts made on your account in the past, and consider deleting items that do not have a positive connotation. You never know when these might be the first posts that a possible future employer could find, and immediately get the wrong idea about you.
  5. Grammar Matters! – Lastly, do not forget that while there are many different methods of communication on social media, proper grammar is a vital aspect of professional communication. Be sure to display proper grammar and methods of communication while sharing information about yourself and do not forget that this includes avoiding the use of profanities!Surprised business man with computer

Benefits of Networking

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1.      Learn from others’ wins and mistakes.  If knowledge is being shared with you when networking, it is important that you pay close attention to the mistakes and wins that they have made to save yourself of future faults. Mistakes and wins all depend on a person’s mindset. A mistake to one person might mean something different for another. The point is to learn from others’ experiences.

2.      Receive free career advice. A key benefit of networking is receiving advice from fellow experienced peers. Discussing common career related topics can lead to valuable suggestions and guidance.  v

3.      Support. The more networking you do the more support you will gain. When you build relationships with experienced peers you are gaining long-lasting, supportive connections.

4.      Access to opportunities. Not only can networking expand your personal growth and relationships but it can also present you with more career opportunities. When new job opportunities arise, having those connections with peers will keep you in their mind on who to refer.

5.      Increased Confidence. When you put yourself in situations that may be out of your comfort zone, you are essentially building your confidence. You are going to build self-confidence and social skills that will be forever useful.

How to Deal With Stress in College

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  • Make sure you get enough sleep. You may be out of your parents’ house for the first time and want to party or stay up until the crack of dawn. However, research shows that lack of sleep will increase your stress levels. Adults need an average of 7-9 hours of sleep, and studies show that it’s best to go to sleep before midnight and then wake up when the sun comes out.

 

  • Practice time management. This is not a skill every college student has when they first set foot on campus, but it is an important skill to have in order to be successful in college. By mastering time management you will have less stress when it comes to due dates and finals, and most of all, you will avoid procrastination.

 

  • What you put in is what out get out. This means to eat well. I know we all have college tuition to pay, so living on ramen noodles and mac & cheese would make sense. It may be satisfying to eat junk food but you would eventually feel worse; instead, make and plan your own meals accordingly.

 

  • Work out. I don’t mean you have to be a gym rat, but instead of taking the elevator to the second floor, walk the stairs. You don’t have to exercise intensely; a brief walk around a park for 20-30 minutes would be a great alternative.

 

  • Find a Hobby. It is something that a college student can easily overlook. Between class, work, and, for some raising children, we can tell ourselves we don’t have time for a hobby. However, it is very important to find something you enjoy and make some time for yourself. If you plan your schedule out, you can find the time.

 

Or you can just get a puppy……..

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5 Ways to Better Your Professional Self

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  1. Look at Your Decisions. One contrast between extraordinary leaders and mediocre ones is the ability to form an analysis on past choices in order to make better ones. So when it comes to the realm of success make sure you are taking time to perform self-evaluations.
  2. Don’t think about what you have to gain, think about what you have to give. More often than not, employers want to see what exactly you can bring to the table that will be progressive and beneficial to their company and their customers. The benefits are a nice touch, but they are not all that matter when it comes to finding a career.
  3. Don’t be afraid to reach out and grab it. Many jobs have specific qualifications and preferences for applicants, so while going through the description you may notice that you are lacking a qualification or preference for that company. However, that does not mean that you should abandon that job possibility all together. If you truly believe that you can bring something alternative to said company then trust your gut and go for it!
  4. Utilize your online resources. The Career Development Center uses Handshake in order to provide Wichita state University students with a multitude of job and internship opportunities. Job listings are posted on Handshake and our employer partners then share those listings with our Center so that we can share them with you! So if you do not have a Handshake account, I strongly recommend making one.  
  5. Don’t be scared to ask questions. If you’re in an interview or simply just visiting our Center, never hesitate to ask questions. If you happen to be in an interview, try to be specific while going about asking your question. This will show the employer that you not only have taken the time to read the job description, you have genuine interest in regards to the company and what would be expected of you.