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Workshop for Women: Why YOU Should Negotiate your Salary

By: Grace Hoffmann

Glassdoor recently published a survey that 3 in 5 American employees did not negotiate their salary. Even more shocking, over 68% of women accepted their offers without negotiating as compared to the 52% of men.

According to a Forbes article written by Carol Sankar, “negotiation is the key to closing the pay and value gap in the workplace and business. Women are not encouraged to perceive the value of developing an annual negotiation strategy without feeling penalized and judged. As a result, women will settle for lower compensation agreements and starting salaries.”

In order for change to occur, women need to know their value and be willing to negotiate for higher salaries or benefits.

Here’s a few strategies and tips to close the gender value gap and start negotiating salaries:

  1. Know your unique value proposition and be prepared to make a pitch– Your unique value proposition is what you are going to bring to the table for a job, corporation, or company. Be able to discuss why you are an asset and how you will contribute to the company directly and indirectly!
  2. Discuss more than just money – Negotiations should not only be about your salary. Be willing to take on more responsibility or ask for a new role. Through taking initiative and gaining more responsibility you just may find yourself with an increase in compensation and more potential in the future to earn a higher salary with  more benefits.
  3. Stay positive – Although most people find it uncomfortable to ask for a raise, know that you deserve it and have the right to do so. Keep your head high as you talk about your salary and what you want out of a job. If the offer is lower than you expected, be willing to ask why and what you can do. If it’s too low, be able to say no and move on. Continue the job search and find a job and salary that meets your skills, expertise, and potential.   

“The Center For Career Exploration and Success, Farmer School of Business, and The Women’s Center have joined forces to address the gender wage gap. Women who negotiate increase their potential to earn higher salaries and better benefit packages.”

The salary negotiation workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 27th from 5:30PM-7:30PM in the Shriver Center, Bystrom Room.

The workshop will discuss:

  • The gender pay gap and its long-term consequences
  • Personal value to the workplace – how to identify and articulate it
  • Persuasive responses and strategies when negotiating 
  • Benchmarking target salaries and benefits through market research

The salary negotiation will be followed by a networking event for students to connect with professionals!  

Register for the event on Handshake!



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Pre-recorded interviews: What are they and how can you succeed at them?

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By: Marissa Humayun

As we move into Post-Spring ICE season, students are beginning the interview process for many companies. True to the age of innovating the world of business through technology, many firms, like EY and J.P. Morgan, are beginning to conduct pre-recorded interviews.

As a tool for cost efficiency, firms are now prompting applicants a series of questions, and applicants must record themselves answering the questions. From here, you are given a certain amount of time to give and upload answers. While you may be thinking, “Oh sweet! I can wear my pajama pants and do this interview!”, pre-recorded interviews are a lot harder than what meets the eye. You are tasked with remaining personable through a camera lens, not having someone else’s energy in the room to play off of, and on top of that, you must answer some tough questions with poise.

Here are some tips when trying to have the most successful pre-recorded interview:

1. Dress for success

While a pair of flannel pajama pants and your high school track hoodie sounds like the epitome of comfort, you should dress for the job you want! Wear a suit and look the same as if someone was right in front of you asking you the questions. It will show the interviewer that you take the interview seriously, and it will give you a boost confidence knowing you look your best!

2. Practice!

Practice makes perfect as they say. When given your questions to answer, take a minute and write down some key points and practice moving through each point, and how it connects to your question. Some good things to remember are to give specific examples to an interview question, and the CAR (context, action, result) response structure to interview questions. Another thing to keep in mind is to if possible, practice with your given software beforehand, giving you the best opportunity possible for being prepared. EY, J.P. Morgan, and many other firms in financial services are using Yello as their platform.

3. Be a person, not a robot

Do not read off of a script. Make your answers genuine and fresh. While it may be tempting to write out a detailed response to a tough question, that is definitely not how an in-person interview would go. Show your personality through the way you answer the questions (just be yourself! Something to be e aware of is your web cam/camera angles and lighting as well. Lights, Camera, Action!

4. Speak at a normal pace

As you would in an in-person interview, take pauses, speak loudly and at a normal pace. The cadence of your speech is an indicator of your personality and make you unique, do not lose that because you are behind a screen. If you are given the interview questions beforehand, practice with another person asking you the questions. Looking at another human asking you the questions will help you realize the importance of maintaining your personality.

5. Look on the bright side

The opportunity to do a pre-recorded interview can be a positive thing! You can prepare as much as you’d like, you will not have to deal with in-person interview nerves, and you can conduct it in the comfort of your home.  

Overall, we hope this guide will help you if you are asked to do a pre-recorded interview!

[photo: Goldman Sachs]


6 Tips on How to Best Utilize Handshake

By: Grace Hoffmann

Handshake is Miami University’s platform for students and recruiters to connect for professional opportunities. Over 125,000 employers and 170 universities are using it AND every Fortune 500 company is on it. Handshake exposes students to more diverse opportunities and allows them to filter geographically where they might want to work and in what sector. Handshake is a very effective tool in the job search when used to its full capabilities! With that being said, here are a few tips to make your Handshake profile more successful:

1. Make your profile public

One of the most common mistakes we see is students having their profile set to private. Be sure to make your profile public to employers! When public, over 125,000 employers will be able to view your profile and reach out to you with job or internship opportunities. Check to make sure your profile is public on the “My Profile” page of your Handshake account.

2. Make sure your profile is “Complete”

Just as you take time to create, edit, and revise your resume, you should do the same for your Handshake profile. Similar to LinkedIn, Handshake allows us to add our past or current jobs, extracurricular activities, class projects, skills, and courses. Fill these out! The more complete your profile is, the easier it is for employers to learn about you and begin the recruiting process.

3. Add your Career Interests

The Career Interests tab is found in the drop-down menu under your name. In this section you are able to decide what type of job you are looking for, your ideal locations of employment, and industries that interest you. Be sure to fill this out and click as many of the boxes as you see fit! Handshake will then be able to more accurately recommend jobs or internships that you are interested in.

4. ‘Favorite’ companies you are interested in

Handshake allows us to “favorite” the companies you are interested in. Doing this keeps you updated on the current job openings they have and when the applications are due. You will be able to receive notifications of all of the companies you have starred and favorited.

5. Adjust your notification preferences

Don’t miss out on job postings. Handshake allows you to set and change how you want to be notified about job postings, interviews, career fairs, private messages from employers, applications, and appointments. Emails, notifications, and IOS push messages are the three options you have. This will help you keep track of when your favorite employer is posting a new positions! All of these can be configured in the notification page, found under the drop down panel under name.

6. Check Handshake frequently
Employers update Handshake regularly. Be sure to check Handshake often and continue applying for the jobs or internships that you are interested. Each day more and more jobs are added. Don’t miss out on them!

For more information about Handshake and for help setting up or completing your profile, make an appointment with FSB Careers in FSB 1022.  Check out our website for more information concerning the recruiting process. Stay updated with news and follow our student blog!  


5 Tips for Success at Spring ICE

It is the morning of Spring ICE at Miami University. You put on your suit, smile in the mirror, and give yourself an encouraging “I got this!” before walking out the door. You head over to Millett Hall and begin to notice many other students with padfolios and suits walking that same way. You open the doors to Millett and take your first step in.

Now what? So many employers on your list and only a few hours to try and secure an internship!

What do you do?

From attending Spring ICE three years in a row, I can tell you all I was that nervous (yet very eager) student, hungry for an internship/job, and overwhelmed by the event itself. If I were to give any advice to my past self, I could really point out 5 key tips on how to make Spring ICE the most successful and stress-free experience for you.

  1.       Do your research

Before each Spring ICE, I would look through the list of employers and come up with a list of 10 employers that I would like to visit. Narrowing down 220 employers to my top 10 was challenging, but I found that by matching each employer to my listed criteria (ie. Location, position, industry etc.), it made things much simpler. Now with Handshake, it is super easy to filter your employer search and find opportunities that do fit all or most of your criteria.

  1.       Map out your route

Seriously, make a map. It sounds silly, but as a visual learner, I found making a physical map of Millett and where each of my listed employers were very helpful. The visual map in front of you can help make the sea of booths seem much more manageable, and there is a certain feeling of accomplishment being able to check off a completed visit each employer. Now it’s even easier with the Fairs App (Download Instructions are posted on our website!), which gives you a digital map and  instant access to employer locations at Spring ICE.

  1.       Make a great first impression

There really is no science to it, you just have to let your personality shine while maintaining professionalism. Stand tall, have a copy of your resume in hand, be patient, and give a firm handshake to the recruiter you’re meeting. Vault suggests 5 Tips for Making a Strong First Impression in an Interview if you’d like further reading on first impressions in interviews.

  1.       Prepare answers to some common interview questions

For someone like me who loves to prepare for the unknown variables in an interview, formulating answers to common interview questions ahead of time can give you a sense of control in a somewhat unfamiliar situation. Vault suggests 21 Interview Questions Top Internship Programs Ask (and I think this is a great starting point for preparation!)

  1.       Hand over your resume with confidence

Now is this time to hand your resume to the recruiter. This piece of paper is a showcase of all of your amazing accomplishments thus far. It reflects why you deserve the internship/job, and it is something you should be extremely proud of. Be confident in what you bring to the table, and remember that you are looking for a mutual fit between yourself and the employer.

If you would still like to improve your resume before Spring ICE this Thursday, feel free to stop into our resume drop in hours in FSB 1022 or visit the Center for Career Exploration & Success in ASC 0045.

Whatever your concern may be before Spring ICE, take it from someone who has been there and done that, and use these helpful tips to your advantage before stepping foot into Millett on Thursday.

Good luck to you all on your job search!


Job Searching: Why Networking and Referrals Need to be your Top Priority

By: Grace Hoffmann

As Spring Ice approaches at Miami University, students of all ages and grades are searching sites such as Handshake, LinkedIn, and Indeed in hopes of finding the perfect job or internship to kickstart their career. These job search platforms provide a great amount of information on the companies visiting the university and about job openings, but are they really the most efficient and effective ways to start the hiring process at a company?

The quick answer: NO. Although the platforms listed above are a great way to start your search, there are many more areas that candidates should be focusing on in order to streamline the hiring process.

  1. Start networking early, and never stop

Aesop’s Fable of The Lion and the Mouse is a perfect example to show when discussing the importance of networking. Jim Fergle’s article discusses the fable and the moral of the story, “even the small and the weak may help those who are mightier than themselves” (Fergle). With the story, Fergle points out that there are many other points relevant to the business community and networking. One being, you need to “be ready to network anytime, anyplace and with anyone” (Fergle). It is very important to always be considerate of others and treat others with respect no matter their occupation or position in a company. You never know when you might need someone’s help or their network reach.

To learn more about networking and the extent of your network, take a look at the “Job Search Networking Evaluation”.

  1. Get an employee referral

What is a referral? A referral is a recommendation from an employee or past employee at the company you are applying to. According to an article on U.S. News online, “when an employee refers someone, that candidate is hired about two-thirds of the time” (U.S. News). Referrals are an amazing way to connect with a company! Referrals speed up the hiring process and increase your chances of getting hired.  Over 75% of job seekers and those looking to hire candidates even ranked employee referrals in the category of “high to extremely high importance” (U.S. News). So that being said, research the company and use your contacts within the company to get hired!

With such a strong alumni pool, being a student at Miami University is the perfect reason to start your networking early and to get connected! Check out the LinkedIn Alumni Tool to see where past students are working and living.  Message or email them to learn more about their position or the company and get networking!  



5 Ways to Enhance Your Professional Development Over J-Term

By: Marissa Humayun

As the fall semester is beginning to wrap up, and finals are upon us, we as students are focused on 1) doing well on our finals and 2) packing up and heading home for the remaining weeks of December, and almost the entire month of January.

You may be reading this right now and be thinking to yourself, “What am I going to do for the next month and a half?” That is a genuine concern (that I also have!).

Other than maybe decking the halls, and ringing in the new year, it is important to still consider your professional development in this break between semesters, to maximize your time away from the books.

With that being said, here are 5 tips to kick-start your professional development for 2018 over this J-term.

  1. Become certified to something relevant to your field of study

Are you a marketing major? An article from suggests Google’s free certification offers for Google Adwords and Google Analytics for students looking to boost their skills. Give yourself a competitive advantage and stand out from your peers with a specialized skillset.

  1. Build your portfolio

Your resume is just one snapshot of your accomplishments. It is an extremely important document, however, being able to show examples of your work and capabilities to an interviewer is beyond powerful. Create a collection of what you think are the best reflections of your work to prove to employers that you deserve the job!

  1. Become organized in your career search

Take advantage of this extra time away from academics and get organized with your career search. I know that for myself, I have a running spreadsheet with all of the applications I have sent, the recruiter’s name/contact info, my interview status with them, and any other relevant information pertaining to ongoing interviews. This will give you a clear, nicely systematized way of looking at the status of each potential opportunity, and a visual may even shed some more light on which opportunities excite you the most.

  1. Network with your family connections

Taking time to network during J-term can only help you, not hurt you. Yes, it may be a bit uncomfortable reaching out, and making the first move with a family connection in your desired industry, but a personal connection is bound to get your resume into the hands of the recruiter faster, and may give you more eyes on your resume.

  1. Set goals for yourself

Finally, set goals for yourself! It is so important to be goal-oriented. Think about what you are motivated by, think about the things you have been wanting to improve about yourself. Use this time to reflect upon yourself, and create some attainable targets for the upcoming semester. Accomplishing a goal is one of the most rewarding feelings, and again, can only help you in your search for a professional opportunity.

Overall, J-term seems so much more productive when thinking about your future, rather than watching all 14 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy (I may or may not be guilty of that!). Use this time to jump-start your career search and discover the things that matter most to you in a job.

4 Life Lessons Learned from Rejection

By: Grace Hoffmann

As young professionals, we know what it is like to not get selected for a position or company and how it affects us. We were raised in a generation with an emphasis on “everyone being a winner.” We even received participant trophies for activities we were involved with. News flash: The real world isn’t handing these out! Not everyone gets the job or lands the position at their dream company. Rejection happens. Although it may feel terrible in the moment, it should not deter us from reaching our goals.  It’s how we take the rejection and learn from it that makes us stronger and more successful. As millennials, we need to work to learn humility and grow from rejection.

Nikki Riojas discusses a few reasons why rejection is good:

1. It builds character- and tougher skin.

“Fall down seven times, get up eight.” We are going to fail. We are going to be told no. It’s how we go forward with our lives after rejection that is most important. Rejection will get easier if you see it as a growing experience

2. It probably wasn’t the best job for you anyway.

The fit has to be mutual. Also, if you’re new to an industry, you may not know exactly where you should fall within a company. Gain as much experience as you can in the positions you get to help propel your career.

3. It should fire you up, not beat you down.

Getting rejection should not lead to you giving up. Even if you are not what the company was looking for, you can still learn from the experience. Ask for feedback from your interview! Learn from the mistakes you made and reflect on what you should focus more time on!

4. It allows you to build upon your experiences and make adjustments for future career moves.

Learn to be versatile and to see the big picture. Each and every step you take will impact your career. Stay determined and keep learning.

Rejection helps us grow and learn. It’s our duty to make the best out of a situation and to move forward.  As odd as it seems, rejection can have such a positive impact on our life and career! Who knows what the incredible opportunity ahead for you will be!

Meet Vic!

Meet Vic: Our new Associate Director for FSB Career and Professional Development!

FSB Career & Professional Development would like to welcome our new Associate Director of Professional Development, Victoria Masny (Vic) to our staff! We are so excited to have her as a new addition to our team, as well as a new resource for you all to take advantage of.

Vic is from Cleveland, Ohio (North Royalton). She studied accounting at Xavier University, and after graduating undergrad in 2013, she began pursuing her MBA, also at Xavier. Upon receiving her MBA, Vic worked as an auditor for 2 years, at BKD. She then went on to get her Masters of Science, Student Affairs and Higher Education, here at Miami University! Vic is no stranger to Miami, as she has filled roles in Residence Life as an RD, and as an Assistant Director at the Center for Career Exploration and Success.

When we asked Vic what advice she has for students looking for guidance in the career search, here is what she said:

“You don’t have to have it all figured out! If you come into our office and say, ‘Help, I have no idea what I am doing,’ all the way to, ‘I want help in fixing my resume to get hired at this specific company,’ we can help you! FSB Career and Professional Development is a great resource to obtain career-focused advising. If you are wondering where to begin exploring potential career paths, FSB Career and Professional Development is the best place to start. Take advantage of all we have to offer, when it comes to your career search (ie. Lunch and learns, round table discussions, the executive speaker series). Meeting one-on-one with an advisor in our office is the best way to seek out guidance when it comes to your career in business.”

Vic is also running the Career Leap trip to San Francisco this J-Term, for students interested in Bay area career opportunities. Apply here before December 1st, 2017.

Interested in meeting with Vic one-on-one? Make a career advising appointment on Handshake. Any questions? Email Vic at

Everything But The House: Miami Alumni & Cincinnati Startups

By: Grace Hoffmann

Miami University graduates, Andy and Jon Nielsen, are two brothers who partnered with co-founders of Everything But The House in May of 2012. These two brothers used to go on trips with there mom to antique malls and now they are CEO’s of a very successful online estate sale business! Passion and creativity of the two brothers, as well as the other company leaders, are two forces that have been driving this company.

“Everything But The House” is an online estate sale marketplace that connects buyers to items being sold at estate sales all around the country. Everything But The House (EBTH) could include items from estate sales, businesses, or items from the home. The process of selling on EBTH includes an expert sorting, taking photos of, and writing descriptions for your items and then uploading them to the website. Then, once the sales goes live, the item has 7 days to sell. Each bid starts at $1 and once the item is sold, EBTH manages all payment, pickup, and shipping. Sellers on EBTH are known to make 3-5 times more than they would on a traditional sale.

EBTH has raised over $84.5 million in venture capital and has offices in 27 cities across the United States ( In an article by WCPO, CEO Andy Nielsen explains how technological advances and redesigns of the website into different segments/categories have increased subscribers. He also notes that a future goal of the company is to go global and provide service in Europe and Canada.

Both alum and their families are still very involved with Miami University!

Jon Nielsen’s recent interview for the Miami Alumni Association can be found here.  

EBTH will also be apart of the Cincinnati Immersion Week! If you’re looking for something to do over J-Term and want to visit and learn more about some Fortune 500 companies in the Cincinnati area, apply here.




What do you want to be when you grow up?

By: Marissa Humayun

What do you want to be when you grow up?

An astronaut, exploring the bounds of outer space? An athlete, running down an Olympic track lane? President of the United States, seated in the Oval Office and running the nation?

As children, we dream big, without limits or hesitation. It is liberating to think in this way, but as we get a bit older, we begin to think realistically about our future careers.

When being realistic, this question can seem a bit stressful.

What if you are not dead-set on one career path?

To the many students who are still undecided on their majors or even unsure of their next career move, the best way to combat the stress behind this question of “What do I want to be when I grow up?” is to be proactive in your career search. By doing this, you will maximize your time here at Miami, and hopefully find a path that fits both your personality and skill set nicely.

Here are 5 tips for your early career exploration at Miami:

  1. Pay attention to small details in your day-to-day life

Much of what makes a potential career a good fit is liking your day-to-day work. If you feel that you work best independently, searching for a career that is heavy in collaboration may not be the best fit for you. An article from Muse discussing just this suggests that students should document which tasks during the day are their most and least favorite. From here, students can visually see and align their day-to-day likes/dislikes with a career that would suit them as such.

  1. Grab coffee with someone successful in your interested field

Find a successful person in a potential career path and talk to them! While this may seem a bit daunting, this is an excellent way to hear right from the source what a day in the life would look like in your potential career. Here, you can utilize the LinkedIn Alumni tool to reach out to industry professionals and get their advice on how to advance your career early on. Miami’s alumni network is large, growing, and eager to help students, as they were in your shoes not too long ago. (The link above will take you to our website’s Networking tab, featuring instructions on how to utilize this great resource on LinkedIn.)

  1. Enroll in BUS 206: Career Exploration for Business Majors

Open to first and second year students, this one-credit hour course is extremely helpful in navigating the career search. Taught by Monique Frost, Director of Career and Professional Development, this course showcases all the different majors that Farmer offers, and helps students identify personal skills/interests and how they fit into future career paths. Many students have found this course extremely helpful in confirming or choosing a specific area of study at Miami.

  1. Apply your passions to professional opportunities

What are you passionate about? What are you interested in exploring? Think about these things and start applying them now, to your collegiate extra curriculars. For example, if you are interested in investment banking, interview for a spot in the Investment Banking club on campus! Here, you can get hands-on experience working with a real portfolio, making you extremely marketable for future opportunities in investment banking. If you are interested in marketing, find an exec position within one of your existing organizations. You will find that applying your interests gives you a better direction as to what you do/do not want to do full-time.

  1. Excel in your current job

Whatever your job may be right now, do your absolute best! If your job is being a full-time student, put all your efforts toward excelling in your studies. If your job is making salads at Dividends, try and find leadership opportunities (ie. Student manager positions) to further your personal growth. It doesn’t have to be much, but the actions you take to make yourself marketable to future employers can come from any and every activity.

Keep these tips in mind while trying to answer this question of “What do I want to be when I grow up?”