Asking For Help on LinkedIn

By Aleah Sexton

Navigating your career may seem daunting, especially when there are so many moving parts. Networking seems to be the core of the career strategy, and LinkedIn is your best friend throughout the process. People are mostly willing to hop on a phone call or message back with their perspective and advice on approaching their company. However, you have to make sure you’re reaching out the right way. LinkedIn is your best friend in networking, and these tips will ensure you’re able to build your network.

 

  1. Do your research! LinkedIn makes it easy to find exactly who you’re looking for. In the search bar, you can type in the name of the company you’re looking for, and Miami University to see which alumni work at the company. You can do the same thing for professional fraternities, sororities, or clubs to add a bit more connection when you reach out to a specific contact.
  2. Include a message when you ask the contact to connect. This gives the contact a bit of background on why you’re asking to be a part of their network.
  3. In the message, it’s important that you ask for help, and don’t try to pitch yourself. You can speak on your credentials later on once you’ve built a relationship with the contact. To begin, make sure the message is about your desire to learn from the contact.
  4. It’s smart to keep the message sweet and simple. Start by introducing yourself, and then state why you admire the company. Finish the message by asking for their availability to possibly speak further on a phone call. End the message by giving your thanks!
  5. After the phone call, make sure to ask for their email to thank them for their time.
  6. Once an initial relationship has been built, don’t be afraid to ask your contact to look over your resume or provide tips as you go through the recruiting process. If you touch base with them every so often, they’ll be more likely to recommend your name to HR.  

When you reach out to different people, it helps if you’re energetic and passionate about the company. Do your research on their position so you can ask meaningful questions beyond their daily work. Good luck!

Considering a Career in Consulting?

During our time in FSB, we hear about other students graduating and going into consulting. But what exactly is consulting? Consulting is defined as the practice of providing a third party with expertise on a matter in exchange for a fee. The service can involve either advisory or implementation services. There are many types of consulting, but in order to be successful in any of these fields you must have a few key traits.

 

Enjoy The Lifestyle

Depending on the type of life you want to live, consulting may or may not be right for you. Most consultants travel to different clients Monday through Thursday. This means spending a lot of time in airports and away from family and friends. While most of the time this sounds fun to a lot of people, it can become very tiresome and be hard on a family or relationships. To make sure consulting is right for you, you have to consider if this is a lifestyle you would want to have.

 

Communication

One of the most important skills a consultant utilizes daily is there communication skills. A vital part of the job is being able to make connections internally in the company and externally with clients. These relationships will propel your career in the right direction. It is also extremely important to be able to communicate and sell your thoughts and ideas.

 

Flexibility

With a career in consulting, each day is different. When you go into work, you may end up working one something completely different than you thought you would that day. It is important to have a flexible mindset and to be able to adapt and adjust to any situation as it is thrown at you.

 

Confidence

Having confidence in yourself and your findings is key in consulting. Because you are going to clients with solutions to their problems, sometimes they may feel as if you’re insulting their current systems of operation. That is why it is important to create a strong argument that you can back up, and be confident in your answer. This will help them understand that you are only there to help.

 

One of the many cool parts of consulting is that there are so many different kinds of consulting. Many common types of consulting for business majors are management consulting, marketing consulting, financial consulting, strategy consulting, risk and compliance consulting, sales consulting and more. This means that no matter what your major, there is probably a consulting career out there for you.

 

If you are interesting in a career in consulting, talk to a careers advisor! You can also apply online to Hankshake to top consulting firms like Deloitte, PwC, Accenture, and many more. Researching the profession and reaching out to the FSB Careers Office will help you decide if this is a career you want, and how to get started if it is.

Ways to Tackle the Job Search with a Low GPA

By: Grace Hoffmann

 

So, your GPA is not as high as you would like it. If it’s below a 3.0 — you don’t even have it showing on your resume. With some companies having GPA cut offs, how is it possible for you to find a job you might be thinking? Well, there are many ways to make the process more doable!

 

Networking

It is extremely important to focus on networking when you have a low GPA. The more people you meet and stay in contact with, the better chance you have finding a job. It is important to show interest in who you network with and look beyond using them to find a job. The relationship you should have should be mutual— ask for career advice and show how capable you are.

  • Continuous Networking – reach out on through LinkedIn or email, send updates throughout the year or greetings around the holidays! Our main point here is to show initiative and make them remember you and want to refer you to a position or company .

 

Campus Involvement & Leadership Roles

  • Join organizations – Get involved! It is vital to join extracurricular organizations and do what you are passionate about. Be open to learning about new clubs and participating in events.  
  • Get elected – Run for a leadership role within your organization; this shows that you strive to take initiative and can handle responsibility.
  • Become a Teacher’s Assistant (TA) – Reach out to a professor of a class you did well in and discuss the opportunity of possibly being a Teacher’s assistant and aiding in the day-to-day tasks of the class.

 

Be Proactive

Before Career Fair or Spring Ice happens, there are many employer touch points going on throughout FSB the entire year.

 

  • Lunch and Learns – Sign up for employee Lunch and Learns! Learn more about the company and position available while networking with employers.
  • Employer Tables in the Commons – Don’t just walk past employers. Say hello to them and discuss what your major is, who you are, and what type of position you are looking for!
  • Pre-Nights – Attend Career Fair Pre-Nights and and use them as a way to get to know even more people at the company you are looking into.

 

 

Work with Faculty

  • Career Advisor – Schedule an appointment with an FSB Career advisor; discuss your options and get more advice on your path to finding a job or who would be a great fit for you to look into when going through the job search
  • Professors – who better to ask for help than a teacher? Reach out to your professors and discuss the job search with them, they are very well connected throughout many fields and if they don’t have what you’re looking for, are more than happy to connect you to a fellow professor or faculty member who can help you.

Evaluating a Job Offer

By Aleah Sexton

With post career fair in full swing, it is now the season of offers. If you have received an offer for an internship or full-time position – congratulations! Accepting a position is an exciting time, and there are a couple of points to keep in mind when evaluating a job offer.

  1. Salary : It’s always a good idea to do some extra research to see what the average salary is for candidates in a similar situation as yourself. Websites such as Glassdoor can give some estimates of salary. Do some research on the median salaries for your major, experience, geographic location, and industry.
  2. Position : Although you might have a good idea of what the job entails, it’s great to schedule some phone calls with current employees in the position to ask questions about their day to day activities. Perhaps they can give you insight on something you didn’t learn about during the interview process.
  3. Manager : Much like setting up phone calls with the employees of your position, speaking to the manager you would report to is an important task, as well. You can ask honest questions about how they lead and figure out if you would respond well to that management. New graduates should have managers excited to fuel the new hires’ career path.
  4. Location : Once you find out what office you’d be located in, be sure to do research on average rent, utilities, and expenditure costs. If you have a specific hobby, lookup if the city offers activities toward your interest.
  5. Benefits :  Based on your own values and preferences, it’s extremely important to be well-versed with the companies benefits. What is the leave? Are stock options available? What insurance is offered? Is there tuition reimbursement? By learning about the specific benefits, you can begin to analyze the pros and cons of your offers and understand which culture might best suit your style.
  6. Mobility : If you are interested in potentially exploring other positions or moving upward in the company, make sure to do research on the ability to explore other careers or promotions within the company. If longevity is highly regarded, it might be best to consider another company if you wanted great experience in your first few years.

 

By taking the time to research some important factors about the company, you can begin to narrow in on the pros and cons of the company. You will have a greater sense of the culture and your fit, and you can feel if your values align with their goal.

Utilizing Handshake

Utilizing Handshake

By Jaclyn Geygan

 

When students first come to Miami, and even once students are a couple years into their college careers, Handshake can be a confusing website to navigate. Handshake is a “state of the art recruiting system” offered by Miami and many other great colleges. Now is the time to learn how to use Handshake and what it can do for you!

 

Register your Account

The first important step to using Handshake is to set up your profile. Handshake gives you the opportunity to show potential employers who you are and what you’ve accomplished at Miami. These are some important tips to keep in mind when creating an account.

  • Include all relevant information! Handshake gives you places to describe past work experience, campus involvement, and projects you’ve completed. Make sure to include everything you’ve accomplished and explain why it is important!
  • Make sure your information is accurate. Like on your resume, it is important to be completely honest about the experiences you include on your profile. You also will want to make sure your year in school and your graduation dates are correct.
  • Contact Miami if any information is incorrect. Miami has an algorithm that inserts your major, GPA, and email for you. If you notice any of these are incorrect, contact FSB Careers or the Center for Career Exploration and Success to have them changed!

 

Search Events

Handshake can show you any event coming up on campus and gives you a way to sign up or RSVP for events you’d like to attend! These events include workshops, seminars, mixers, information sessions, and employer events. Below are explanations of what some of these events could entail.

Workshops: workshops cover many different topics including resume building, time management skills, networking, and more! If a class requires you to attend a workshop, you will sign up for it on Handshake!

Mixers: learn about focused social events where you can discuss topics important to you, as well as meet like minded people that have similar interests as you.

Employer Events: Handshake shows you which employers are visiting campus when, and how to get into contact with them. This is a great opportunity to discover companies you may not get to talk to otherwise.

 

On-Campus Interviews and Job Applications

Handshake can show you which employers are planning to have On-Campus interviews in the future. It gives you the date of the interview, and provides the application deadline. This feature is neat because it shows you the position each company is seeking, explains how to apply to the job, and provides the type of interview you will complete.

Another great feature of Handshake that it filters jobs to show you the ones that are compatible with your major and your GPA. This provides students with companies that are trying to hire students like them.

Handshake also shows jobs that are not necessarily hosting On-Campus interviews. You can apply online many different types of jobs in any location. This is a great way to secure a summer internship or job offer!

 

Handshake vs. LinkedIn

Handshake and LinkedIn are both great resources, and it is important to use both of them together. LinkedIn provides a way to stay in contact with connections. It is a great way to keep up with people that you meet, and helps them remember who you are. Handshake serves a different purpose – actually learning about and applying to jobs that you want. By using Handshake and LinkedIn, students can take the next step to securing their dream job!

 

What is Digital Networking?

By Grace Hoffman

In a world where you can order your groceries online, be given recommendations based on past Amazon orders, and connect with past friends across the world, you should be networking online! Digital networking – or the act of using online sites or apps to converse and network with peers or professionals – is vital!

 

Every heard of LinkedIn? Let’s hope so! But, have you heard of or used the Alumni Tool on LinkedIn?

 

Alumni Tool – LinkedIn

The Alumni Tool is a great resource to see where alumni from your university are working or in what industry they are. The alumni tool allows you to see which alumni are at each company and therefore, you can connect with them.

For more information on the Alumni Tool – check out this article written on Business Insider.

 

  • ‘Cold’ Messaging
    • Cold messaging is a great way to connect with someone on LinkedIn. Cold messaging is contacting and direct messaging a person on LinkedIn without having spoken to them before. This is a great way to ask about their position or to try to set up an opportunity to speak with them.
    • Ask if you can schedule an informational interview with them!
  • Storytelling
    • Storytelling in the business world involves how you tell your story to connect your experiences with a current position or company.
    • This could be used when initially discussing your experience with someone you meet through LinkedIn.

 

Miami Alumni Connect

Miami Alumni Connect is an online network for Miami alumni and students to connect. The platform allows for students to reach out to past alumni and talk with them about their time at Miami and their current job.

  • Find a mentor
    • Through joining Miami Alumni Connect, students can connect with alumni in their field and find a mentor. You can be involved in “flash mentoring” and set up a 30 minute call or also keep the same mentor for over the course of 12 weeks!
  • Connect post graduation
    • For alumni, you are able to talk with fellow Miami graduates and connect. Open positions at companies can also be posted on Miami Connect.

 

Cardinal Rules of Networking:

  • Ask questions to learn, not to get employed
    • Do not reach out to someone and think that they can get you a job automatically. Form a relationship with them and get to know them and what qualities they possess.
  • Don’t be pushy
    • Be kind and ask questions when networking. Being too aggressive will come off poorly with a recruiter and a person you have never met before.
  • Be honest
    • When networking, explain what you’re really looking for in a position. Be honest about your schooling and graduation date.
  • Reciprocate
    • Networking is not just one way. In order to help yourself, you should be helping others. You never know who might be helping you to find a new job, so help others too!

 

For another great read, check out “Job Searching: Why Networking and Referrals need to be your Top Priority.”

 

Additional Resources:

https://idealistcareers.org/digital-networking/

https://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2017/06/19/how-to-network-in-todays-digital-world/#67e438bf499b

https://social.hays.com/2017/10/03/6-things-need-know-networking-online/

https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/tips-for-social-networking-online

https://www.careerfaqs.com.au/news/news-and-views/five-rules-for-good-networking-etiquette

Interviewing Best Practices

By Aleah Sexton

By now, the madness of Career Fair is over and interviewing season is upon us. If you were offered a first round interview – congratulations! It’s now time to buckle down and take the time to review the best practices of interviews.

  • To begin, it’s important to thoroughly research the industry and company. It can be daunting to learn many facts about different companies, but it’s crucial for the basic questions recruiters will ask. Be sure to elaborate on why you want the position and how the industry is interesting to you.
  • Remember how important first impressions are! Make sure you’re dressed according to the company environment, offer a firm handshake, and smile. Have a conversation with the person and ask general questions about their day. Building rapport with the interviewer is important!
  • Make sure you know your selling points! Much like an elevator pitch, execute your best qualities. Whether it be a past extracurricular activity or internship, be sure to elaborate on your best experiences and how they shaped you into who you are today. Also, have an answer for something they want to know about you that isn’t on your resume. Here, feel free to talk about your passions!
  • Try to compliment the company as you’re answering questions. When you speak about past experiences, rope in why you’re interested about the company and how they would build you as a person!
  • Be confident, but not too confident! It’s important to believe you’re qualified for the position, however, make sure you do not come across as cocky. Don’t oversaturate the interview by primarily speaking on all the experiences you have. Make sure it plays off as a conversation and always remember to keep the company first!
  • Appear calm, cool, and collected. Try not to fidget and be cautious of your own nervous habits. Maintain good eye contact and relax yourself! It’s always a good idea to practice interview questions in the mirror.
  • Ask good questions! Many recruiters have heard the same question over and over again, so come prepared with questions that are creative and will make you stand out and show you did your research. Also, tying in questions that relate back to the interviewer’s own experiences always show you were listening to them.
  • Send a thank you! Whether it be an email or a handwritten note, this step shows you were truly invested in the interview and you are still interested in the company. Many candidates skip this part, so this will make you stand out!

Overall, it’s important to be prepared. If you have an interview, they are interested and believe you are a good candidate for the job. Make sure to talk about how you can establish goodwill with the company and be confident in your answers!

How Big Interview Can Help You

By: Jaclyn Geygan

 

With Career Fair quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about perfecting your resumes and figuring out how to score an interview with your dream company! However, it is important not to stop your career fair preparation there. Once you secure an interview with a company, be ready to talk to your future employer!

Along with mock interviews offered by the Center for Career Exploration & Success, there is another extremely helpful resource Miami students can use to prepare for their interviews, called Big Interview! Big Interview is an online resources that give students the chance to learn proper interviewing techniques, and put them into practice!

 

Big Interview Layout

Big Interview works in three helpful steps to ensure you are ready and confident when you walk into your Interview. First you will learn how to answer different types of interview question, then you can practice responses that will show potential employers who you are, and lastly you will analyze the answers you have given!

  1. Learn

Big interview offers helpful tips on all types of interviews you need to know about. These include tips on how to conduct yourself in 1 on 1 interviews, group interviews, panel interviews, phone interviews, online interviews, and any other type you may be asked to participate in by a company. There are general videos and tips on proper body language, rhetoric, and ways to answer questions. Big Interview also offer tips on how to answer different types of questions, such as inquiries about your strengths and weaknesses, why you want to work there, behavioral questions, and many more. You will leave knowing all possible questions you may be asked, and given a way to answer them that expresses who you are and why you are the perfect fit for the job.

 

  1.  Practice

After watching these training videos and learning the do’s and don’ts of interviewing, you will be given the chance to practice these questions. Big interview has a feature that allows you to record yourself answering any type of question. This gives you the chance to hear yourself answer, and Big Interview will even give you feedback on your answers!

 

  1.  Analyze

Once you have learned how to interview and answered some practice questions, Big Interview gives you the chance to watch your answers back. This may be the most helpful facet of Big Interview, because you can see what your interviewer will be seeing, and it gives you the chance to notice anything you may want to improve on.

 

Industry Specific

Another extremely helpful feature of Big Interview is how it provides industry specific questions. Depending on what type of job you are interviewing for, you may be asked different types questions. For example, if you are interviewing with a Big 4 Accounting firm, they may ask you about your analytical skills. And if you are interviewing for a marketing position, you may be asked how you showcase your creativity.

These questions can be tricky to answer, but luckily Big Interview has you covered. You can practice questions for when you interview for different business divisions, the government sector, admissions boards, and more. These specialized questions are vital to your success in an interview, so this is a perfect opportunity to learn what type of questions they will be asking you and how to answer them!

 

Ways Big Interview can Help You

Big Interview will give you the confidence to nail interview questions without second guessing yourself. You’ll go to your interviews prepared for any questions they could throw at you and know exactly how to answer them while conducting yourself in a professional manner. Big Interview will make you feel comfortable and ready, putting you one step closer to receiving a job offer!

Why You Should Consider a Career In Sales

By: Grace Hoffmann

Welcome back! It’s that time of year again to start talking about Career Fair and future internships and jobs! As you prepare for Career Fair (quickly approaching on September 19th and 20th), and look at Handshake for which employers are attending and which jobs you are interested, you may notice many jobs that include the title “sales.”

You may be wondering, “What is sales?” and “Why is sales important?”

By definition: “The activity or business of selling products or services.”

Sales involves many different jobs and tasks but is commonly referred to a job where the main focus is to generate revenue through selling a product to a consumer, or business to business sales where you are selling a company’s skills, product, or capabilities.

Sales is apparent in consulting jobs and advertising. Business development has a sales aspect within the job too. When in a customer facing position, sales is normally being enacted.

Although the description above may sound vague — it is quite accurate. Sales has an immense amount of different jobs and a variety of positions with different characteristics. “Don’t knock it til you’ve tried it” is a common phrase in sales classes. Many professionals find their careers in sales to be extremely rewarding.

Qualities of a Salesperson may include: (Not just for extroverts)

  • Good listener
  • Ability to think quickly
  • Problem solver
  • Innovative
  • Analytical Mindset
  • Creative
  • Empathetic
  • Passionate
  • Goal oriented

Common Myths of Sales Positions:

  1. Myth: Sales people are always extroverts! Truth: This statement is WRONG. Anyone can become a good salesperson with the right training and mentors. Sales is about
  2. Myth: Sales jobs are solely commision based. Truth: Most sales jobs have a base salary and commission on top of it. Sales people are normally invented through commission and other extras in order to surpass quota and aid in the company’s success.

Company Highlight: Dotloop

Located in Cincinnati, Dotloop is a “real estate transaction management solution company.” Dotloop aids in connecting all documents that are used in a real estate transaction.

Dotloop is having an open house on September 18 from 5:30pm-7:30pm to introduce people to their new office and to give customers or students the chance to learn more about the company and the sales team.

Dotloop’s parent company is Zillow. Zillow will be attending career fair! Look for open positions on Handshake and their table in Millet Hall on September 19th!.

For more information about sales, check out the following resources!

https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-commission-works-plus-everything-else-youve-ever-wanted-to-know-about-working-in-sales

https://www.thebalancecareers.com/why-choose-a-career-in-sales-2918259

https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-qualities-of-truly-epic-salespeople

https://zillow.recsolu.com/external/events/-OCqlIdoJUMAYEfhdKXfIA

https://www.saleshacker.com/common-traits-successful-sales-people/

Advice from a Graduating Senior

By: Marissa Humayun

Learning and growing. I guess that would be the common theme of my time here at Miami. Learning, of course in the classroom, but unexpectedly much more outside the classroom. Learning about life, relationships, friendships, the importance of family, how to face rejection, how to stay humble in your successes, trying new things, and letting go of old things. Each of these things I learned how to grow from. Taking pieces of the past to shape your future. Making sure that nothing you do goes without some sort of take away.

If I were to give an underclassman advice, these are the things I would say:

 

  • Try new things

 

One of the coolest things I was involved in throughout all 4 years at Miami was Global Business Brigades. If you didn’t already know, Global Business Brigades is a national organization that sponsors service trips to Panama, Honduras and Ghana to improve the economic stability of third world communities. I was a freshman at Mega Fair, very overwhelmed by all the ways I could get involved in here. I randomly stumbled upon the booth for Global Business Brigades, went to the first meeting, and from there, started an incredible journey with this organization. I went from a general member, to Director of Recruitment, to President, and all of that would not have been possible if I didn’t try something new.

I urge you to try something out of your comfort zone. I had never been to a third world country by myself before! That scared me! However, I wouldn’t trade that experience for the world.

 

  • Find a mentor

 

If it is your mom, call your mom. If it is your boss, have a sit-down meeting with them. If you connected with a certain professor, go into their office hours. Having people in your corner will help you through the tough moments of college. Whoever it may be, a mentor will have great advice for you, will be another ear to listen, and willne who knows YOU. I have had the fortune to find mentors in my boss, Monique Frost, and some fantastic professors here. I will always carry forward their words of advice and suggestions for my future.

 

  • It is okay to do things by yourself

 

I remember that was the weirdest transition when first coming to college. You are used to eating all your meals with someone, going to class with someone, always having someone. College will be the place you become independent. It is okay to eat by yourself. It is okay to take a class by yourself. It is okay to join a club by yourself. Be adventurous! This is the perfect time to do so.

 

  • Pick your friends wisely

 

I have had the fortune of making a few really quality friendships here at Miami, but that is due to how selective I was making friends. Put your time into people that care about you. If your gut is telling you different, listen to it! Surround yourself with people with similar values to you. And remember to lean on your friends, you are not annoying or needy or anything when you ask a friend for support. That’s why they are your friend!

 

  • Focus on balance, not perfection

 

This is advice my mom has given me since Day #1. Balance is key. There is no sense creating more stress for yourself, or making yourself unhappy for any reason. Be observant in your day to day, and if something is creating undue distress in your life, balance it out in whatever way you think is best. Long term, you will be so happy you did.

College has its ups downs, no doubt about it. No matter what though, you are learning and growing. Reminding yourself of that will make the 4 years you have on this beautiful campus so much more enjoyable.

Be humble, be kind, and soak up every moment here! Thanks for reading 🙂