Do What You Love; Love What You Do

Passion rests at the cornerstones of all that we hope to accomplish in our lifetime. This passion extends further beyond the relationships we create along the way, but rather focusing on in the core components that make success possible. As you begin job/internship searching, I encourage you all to think about 3 factors:

  1. Identify what field you are passionate about
  2. Find a mentor in that field that can help share their stories and experiences
  3. Create a plan to help get you where you want to be in the next 5 years

Passion. This feeling can range from a very minimal standpoint to more of a burning sensation. Passion resonates in a special place and it can motivate you in ways unimaginable. Your ability to achieve more, do more, and experience more can be increasingly heightened when you absolutely love the field that you are involved in. I would encourage you to never compromise your values in a workplace. Working someplace that closely aligns with what you find important is critical to working in an environment that meets your needs. Your workplace environment and company culture should provide the infrastructure for your passion to flourish.

Mentor. Establishing relationships with professionals in your field of interest is essential for networking purposes. However, the extended benefit is the stories one is exposed to firsthand. This allows for better insight into operational functions and future career practices. You naturally extend your professional network when you can tap into your mentor’s network. A mentor can also provide you with professional advice on a more personal level. The established relationship has numerous benefits. If you have yet to identify a career mentor, I strongly advise you to start reaching out to those “mentor-like” figures involved in your life.

Plan. We all aspire to hold the more traditional roles in work places, such as being: CEO of a company, President of an organization, or even the PR Director. However, I challenge you to outline the baby steps to get to that place, while still fulfilling your needs of sustaining passion in your field. You will be a bigger and better asset to the company if you can identify and connect with the company’s mission, vision, and goals. I would also encourage you to step outside of your role in the company and shadow others at times in order to expose yourself to more experiences. This will better help you create a 5-year plan. You don’t want to show up to your next interview without any clue of where you see yourself in 5 years. Establish this plan based on your passion, experiences, and goals.

Having passion, a mentor, and a plan will help prepare you for a professional future that you allows for happiness to flourish. Loving what you do and doing what you love can help refine that path to success. Success can always be flirted with, so do not settle for anything less than a field you are passionate about. You will reach success and you will achieve a passionate career.

How to Get Through Finals Week

Hello Ramblers! It’s that time of year again!… Finals week. That one week of the semester that you have been dreading for the past three months. So, how do you get through it? Here are some tips to help you get through the last couple weeks of the semester.

1. Don’t cram- Believe it or not, cramming for an exam is not the best way to study. Don’t wait until the night before your exam to study an entire semester’s worth of information. Be sure to space out your studies and create a timeline for yourself of when and what you’ll study. You’ll be happy you did.

2. Talk with your professors- Stop by your professors’ offices hours if you are having trouble or have any questions about what is going to be on the final. Taking that extra step to sit down one-on-one can really make a difference in your study methods and in your relationship with your professors.

3. Get off Facebook- While studying, make sure to disconnect from social media and your phone. Your friends can wait an hour or two for you to look over your notes. Be sure to turn off your electronics at night, too. This will help you sleep better during the stressful week.

4. Stay Healthy- Even though you probably won’t have time to work out and keep to your normal routine, make sure to keep yourself healthy during finals week. Drink water, get fresh air and try to eat healthy. At the very least, staying healthy during this week will keep you energized for all of your studying and test taking.

5. Take Breaks- Studying for 12 hours can be strenuous. Make sure to take breaks every hour of so, even if it is only for 10 minutes. Step away from all of your books, get some fresh air or just stretch. Resting your brain a bit will allow it to retain all the information you just reviewed.

6. Relax- Take a deep breath and relax! You have studied hard and you have done your best to prepare. You can rest assure that finals will soon be over and you can take a well deserved break.

Now sharpen your pencils and aces those finals!!! Good Luck Ramblers!!

Click HERE to read more about how you can prepare for finals!

Cell Phones in the Workplace

Having proper cell phone etiquette in today’s business world is very important. With everyone being attached to their smart phones, it is good to know some rules when using them around the office.

Throughout your day, you receive emails, texts, social media updates and calendar reminders. So where do you draw the line when it comes to cell phone use in the office? Rachel Wagner, the author of the article Workplace Cell Phone Etiquette – 7 Smart Tips, reveals some great pointers on how to politely use your phone within a business setting. These tips can be used at your internship and will defiantly carry over to your professional life once you graduate.

1. Always give colleges 100% of your attention- Being attached to your cell phone is normal in the work place, but make sure when a colleague comes to talk to you that you are off of your phone and paying attention to the person in front of you. Do not look down at your phone constantly to check for emails or texts, it’s just common courtesy.

2. Your phone is not a part of your place setting- When out to a business lunch remember to keep the phone off the table. Again, it is a common courtesy to your colleagues and clients to have your full attention on them. It is only an hour of your life; you and whoever is trying to get a hold you can wait.

3. Don’t read under the table- Texting or emailing under the table is rude and is very obvious! Paying more attention to your phone during a meeting sends the message that you do not care about what is going on and would rather be somewhere else. Make sure to keep your focus on the meeting and reply to personal texts and emails later or during a break if there is one. If you have an important phone call that might come through during a meeting, mention it before hand and excuse yourself when it comes through.

4. Keep your ringtone professional- This tip is pretty simple. Don’t have your ringtone be your favorite pop song or something inappropriate. If your phone goes off during a meeting and your client or boss hears is “Baby Got Back” they most likely will not take you seriously.

5. Keep it on silent- When you work in a shared space, like a cubicle or an open office floor-plan, keep your phone on silent. It is ok to text and receive emails on your phone, but make sure that you are not disturbing others with your phone going off every five minutes.

6. Personal calls should be taken in a private space- If you don’t have an office to yourself, make sure to take personal calls into a private area so you are not disturbing others. It is ok to take personal calls at work, but keep the conversation to a minimum.

7. Do not take your cell phone calls into the bathroom- This one is pretty simple. Bathrooms tend to echo and you also don’t know who is in those stalls and may be listening to your conversation. Make sure to either find a place in the office that is private, or take it outside so you don’t disturb others.

Cell phones in the work place are more common than not, but make sure to remember these tips before you take out your phone during a meeting or at your desk. Giving more attention to your colleagues and clients will really show your work ethic and give a personal touch to your work.

Click HERE to read Rachel Wagner’s full article on cell phone etiquette.

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How to Write a Thank You Note After an Interview

Writing a thank you note after an interview might be seem a little nerve wrecking and daunting. The questions of how long it should be, when do you send it, and what do you say other than the obvious “thank you” might come to mind. And to be honest, the answers to those questions do not have to be that hard. Sending a thank you note is a simple and easy way to remind the interviewer who you are, why you’re the best fit for the job and to, of course, say “thank you.”

First things first… Write your thank you note the same day as your interview (and try to send it the same day as well). Look back at your notes from the interview and write down some key talking points that you and your interviewer connected on. This reminds the interviewer of your conversation and shows him that you were really interested in the dialogue you had together. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, a simple “I really enjoyed our conversation about a, b, c” will do just fine. Remember, short, simple and to the point is always best. You don’t want to take up too much of their time.

Other small details you can include in your thank you note are a couple of quick facts about your professional skills (just to spark their memory of your qualifications), or even an article you found that relates to a personal connection you had with your interviewer. For example, if you started talking about your love for infographics, send them one that you thought was interesting saying, “I saw this infographic after our conversation and thought you might find this interesting!” Anything you can send them that creates a personal bond is a great way to connect with them and show them that you would be a great fit with their company.

Another detail that some people are worried about is if they should hand write or email their thank you letter. There is a simple answer; if you can mail the letter to them on the same day and if you have neat hand writing, try to write a hand written thank you. If your interview was late in the day or you have really bad penmanship then send them a thoughtful email within 24 hours of the interview.  Whatever way you decided to send your thank you note, just make sure it is sincere and prompt. Interviewers appreciate the gesture and it’s a great way to sell your skills one last time.

Click HERE to learn some more fact about thank you cards with this infographic from Career Builder!
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What Interviewers Wish They Could Tell You

Interviewing for an internship or a job can be very stressful. What should you wear? Did you print a copy of your resume? How firm should your handshake be? Making sure that you have everything prepared can be stressful enough, and then the interview is finally here. But what does the interviewer really want to know when you sit down and start talking? Here are a couple of things that interviewers want you to know about what they are looking for in a potential candidate.

Many interviewer really just want to get to know you and as person. Be professional, but be yourself! They want to make sure that you are a good fit for their company and the people that work within it. Smile, make eye contact and be enthusiastic! Making a good first impression as well as sparking up a good conversation with your interviewer will always make them more interested in you. Another thing that interviewer want you to do is stand out from the crowd. Companies could interview 50 people for the same job and you have to be able to make yourself memorable. Whether it’s with your outfit, a personal story to connect you with, or an awesome project in your portfolio, make sure to grab their attention and remind them of it in your thank you note.

Make sure to ask questions! But, ask appropriate ones. Maybe ask your interviewer how long he has been with the company and what he likes the most about his job. Or you could ask where he sees the company in five years. It’s really up to you, but make sure your not asking for vacation days and salary just yet… those things can come after you get the job. Along with questions, make sure to bring in your portfolio. Show off your skills and show them a project that they can  remember you by. Another great thing to have is a website where they can go to after the interview to look at your past work.

At the end of the day, interviewers want you to show them that you are interested and enthusiastic about their company. Come prepared with resumes, past work and questions about the company. (Taking notes during the interview also might score you some extra points, too.)  Make sure to thank them for their time and follow up with them. Send them a thank you email or hand written note highlighting your strength one last time. After that, you know you did everything in your power to land that dream job or interview. So go get ‘em and good luck out there Ramblers!

 

Learn more and click HERE to read PR Daily’s article, “What Interviewers Wish They Could Tell You.”

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Being Successful While You’re Still in School

There are many people in college that get there professional act together starting their junior or even their senior year, but some people might not realize that you can start way before that. Even though freshman year and senior year seem so far apart, the time flies and before you know it you are applying for your first full-time job. Scary right?! So what can you do to help move your professional career along? When should you start thinking about your career? The answer is, it’s never too early to start! There are a number of things you can do even as a freshman to help ensure your success as a student and as a professional. Inspired by PR Daily’s 5 Keys to Future Success, here are our top SIX things you can do through out college to become successful.

Join a club or organization- getting involed around campus is a great way to get aclimated at college. Being apart of a group can also give you skills that you can put on a resume and help you grow professionally. Join a club or organization that you are interested in or passionate about! Also, its great to be in a sport club or something fun, but make sure you join an organization that is relevant to your career path (like IABC for example).

Work- Having a job in college not only gets you some extra cash but it shows that you are a hard worker and can balance your life between work, class, social-life, clubs, etc. Your boss through out college will also be a great reference on your resume whiether you worked in retail or in an office.

Read- Keeping up to date with current events is always important. It can be a easy as watching the news while you get ready in the morning or reading the paper on your way to class. How ever you choose to keep up with the world around you make sure to check out the changes going on in your chosen industry too. Interviewers through in the “so what are you reading?” question every once in a while so make sure you has something interesting to tell them.

Chat with your professors- Take some time to get to know your professors! They are usually very knowledgable with the industry and might know some alum that you can network with.

Do your homework- Getting good grades is always important, but don’t stress yourself out too hard. Your GPA isn’t everything when it comes to your resume, but an employer is looking for some skills within your field so be sure to pay attention in class and try hard on essays and homework. Tip: those old writing assignments and homework could be very useful when putting together a portfolio.

Get an internship… or two.- A lot of majors require that you have an internship for credit to graduate but having one anyway is always a good idea. Even if its not for credit it is still going to be a great learning experience for you no matter what. Getting to know the different types of positions and places to work within your field will really help you figure out what you want and don’t want in a job. It will also show potential employers that you are serious about the industry. Keep in mind that your internship supervisors usually turn out to be great references on a resume.

 

Click HERE to read PR Daily’s article From College to Career: 5 Keys to Future Success.

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Personal Branding 101

Many of you might have already of “personal branding” and how it can help you with things like marketing yourself and getting a job once you graduate. But how many college students actually know how to, or even where to start?

After stumbling upon an article by Ragan’s PR Daily, we thought we should share our finding with you from Personal branding: 5 components to help you land a job…

1. Logo- Not a pro at InDesign? That’s ok! Just make sure to pick fonts and colors that represent you! It doesn’t need to be fancy, but make it personal to you. Having a pop of color or a font other than Helvetica makes you stand out from the sea of black resumes. Another tip: don’t have your friend who is in graphic design create your logo for you. You don’t want to start a new job when your employer thinks you’re a design pro when you’re not.

2. Tagline- A tagline doesn’t have to be super complicated to make a person stand out. Even in advertising, some of the best taglines and headlines are the simplest. To make it a little easier on yourself, think of your three top professional traits and create a slogan from that. The example from PR Daily was, “say your top three traits are bold thinking, strategizing, and relationship building. One possible tagline to express these traits could be: “Intentionally connecting your ideas.” Seems simple enough, right?

3. Brand tools- We will keep this one short and sweet. Make business cards, a portfolio website and stationary. (And make sure to keep a consistent theme throughout)

4. Social media- Delete your pics from last weekend’s party at the frat and keep your brand present on all of your social media outlets. Facebook, Twitter and especially Linkedin. Making sure your online presents is clean and professional is a very important step in online branding. Your tweet about how much you love partying and how much you hate being at work, is going to reflect very poorly on your application to that fancy PR firm you just sent in.

5. Greeting cards- I am sure all of you have heard that it is best practice to send your interviewer either an email or a note thanking them for their time and basically reminding them how awesome you are. But really think about how you can brand yourself with this card. Creating a card with your logo, tagline and personal information already printed on it shows a huge level of professionalism as well as how much you value your own personal brand. Write your interviewer a little thank you and maybe attach an article about that one thing you both had in common. This ads a little personal touch to an already stellar thank you.

Got any other great personal branding ideas? We would love to hear them! Comment away, start a conversation and learn from your peers!

Click HERE to view the full online article and more on these 5 branding tips.

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Social Recruiting: A New Way to Connect

In this ever-changing world of social media and online EVERYTHING, companies are looking for new ways to reach out to job candidate and new hires. Jobvite’s 2013 Social Recruitment Survey states that 94% of its participants spanning over 50 different industries said that they use sites like Facebook and Twitter for recruiting. Social recruiting is becoming more and more popular because it makes it easier for companies to gain more applications, better quality applications and it enables them to spend less time hiring. Social media allows companies to use a highly efficient, multi-channel approach to hiring, much like advertising to consumers (and it goes without saying that it is free for recruiters to use, which makes hiring cheaper). This also allows jobs to connect with people on a more personal level, check out a candidate’s profile as well as show job candidates what their company’s culture is like through their own social media posts.

So are job boards becoming a thing of the past? Does this make looking for a job easier? What does this mean for people that have less than perfect social media profiles? Talk to us and let us know your thoughts! As more and more companies check social media for hiring it is good to get the facts and be aware of everything that you put online.

Want to learn more about social recruiting? Click HERE to check out Huffington Post’s Infographic about how social recruiting is becoming the new job board.

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Welcome Back!

Hey there Ramblers! Hope the first week of class is treating everyone well and that everyone is getting back into the groove of things. This fall, the International Association of Business Communicators Loyola Chapter is cookin’ up some great events for networking and career development. We are very excited to kick-off this school year with some fresh ideas and welcome all that are interested in joining!

IABC is a global network that provides contentions, credibility and a community to help communication professionals succeed in their careers. This is a great opportunity for all students and all majors. With IABC, one can learn about their chosen career field with the help of other students as well as a professional mentor in their field of study.

Interested in learning more about what IABC has to offer? Be sure to come to one of our info sessions on Tuesday September 3rd in Cuneo Hall, room 117 at 6:00 p.m. Our second info session is on September 10th in room 222 in the School of Communication. Also, don’t for get to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @iabcloyola for all the goings on :) Questions? Email us at iabcloyola@gmail.com

See you there and welcome back Ramblers!

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Just the Beginning

Good afternoon, BusCom Ramblers!

This year has been another exciting year for IABC and it is truly sad to see it end, however, it is really just the beginning of many more successful years to come. As the saying goes “the end is just the beginning” and we want you guys to remember that.  We had many great events this year from agency tours to portfolio workshops and we hope that it has been beneficial for everyone.  Our goal is to make each year’s experience with IABC better and better. That is why there is a lot to look forward to.

Our final executive meeting was solely dedicated to brainstorming and coming up with ways to better IABC. We even brainstormed about new events and activities for next semester, so get excited! Feedback is always important, so feel free to let us know if there are any ideas that you guys might have. Also don’t be shy and let us know what you liked about this year or what you didn’t.

We would also like to congratulate the new executive board for next year and we are so excited to have two new members on board with us. We can’t wait to see the many amazing things the new executive board will accomplish, so here is the new executive board:

Co-presidents: Stephen Mathis and Nealy Doss

Vice President of Programs: Christina Dador

Membership Director: Katherine Luna

Communication Director: Kelly Ahlman

Thank you so much for a wonderful year and we hope that you have enjoyed this year as much as we have. Have a wonderful summer break!

Best,

IABC Executive Board, 2012-2013

 

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