Spring Career Fair!

Thank goodness it’s Friday! The first week back after spring break is always difficult but this week was an all out struggle. I am sure I was not the only COB student stressed with multiple group projects and trying to get myself ready for the career fair.

With summer quickly approaching panic is beginning to set in because I have not yet accepted an internship. I felt that the career fair would be the perfect opportunity to get face to face with employers and hopefully make some good contacts. Unfortunately, not many of the companies that were in attendance offered summer internships and almost none were in marketing and advertising. On the upside it was really good to get more experience with making my pitch statement and speaking with employers.

Haley and I at the Career Fair!

Haley and I at the Career Fair!

Although I didn’t find any companies that were directly related to advertising, there were over 100 companies represented! Most of the companies I saw were construction and accounting related, however I did see a few retail chains represented as well. I also heard a lot of feedback from other students and everyone said that the companies had a lot of entry-level positions available and they were looking to hire students right after graduation!

I hope that if you attended that you had a great and successful experience speaking with employers! If you are confused or need pointers on what steps to take next, follow the ECU COB Pinterest boards for tips on thank you notes and follow ups!

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Spring Into Action

Happy Wednesday all my followers, I hope everyone had a fantastic Spring Break. What did I do? Well for as long as my wife and I have lived in Greenville, we never leave for Spring Break. We are always so busy or working, and Greenville clears out and when the population gets cut in half for a week, it’s nice to have a quiet slow town for a while.

This time was a little different, we did have to bring my father-in-law to Annapolis, Maryland. His friend purchased a boat (with two rooms) so their wives were joining them for a week long excursion to the New Bern Marina.

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As a reward for driving them to Annapolis, my father-in-law paid for us to stay in a hotel for two nights. This was also in case they needed to get some parts for the boat there would be a vehicle handy for a couple days. The romantic getaway for the weekend was nice, and it gave me and my wife a chance to swing by Fredericksburg on the way home to see my family for lunch. Although the time was short, it was nice.

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I wanted to spend the break doing school work, but once the break started, I actually found myself cleaning up around the house a lot and getting ready for school to start. Once school started back, I would be somewhat stress free from house chores for a while and focus would be back on class.

This following Sunday I forced myself to get back into school mode. After my wife left for work, I spend a majority of the day (6 hours) in the library doing some well needed school work. It looks like my priorities for the time being are back in order, and with this momentum I feel great about the outcome of this semester.

Thanks again to everyone who reads my weekly blog. Be sure to make suggestions for next weeks topic and follow me on twitter @ECUCOB^CP.

Transitioning from Spring Break Back To Reality

As I scrolled through my Instagram newsfeed throughout break, every other picture was of someone on a cruise or in a tropical paradise such as the Bahamas or Miami. Of course, this naturally striked a tiny bit of jealousy within me, considering I was at home in Raleigh twiddling my thumbs and petting my dog. Not to mention, nothing about the pastiness of my skin was changing. Some could call this poor planning or being broke, and they would be completely correct. On a brighter note, it was great to be able to spend some time with my family and have some time to unwind and relax, get a mini-vacation away from school work, and enjoy some home cooked meals.

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          And it’s always nice to hangout with this cutie :)

The past month or two I had been thinking about donating to Locks of Love. For anyone that isn’t familiar with what Locks of Love is, it’s a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under 21 years of age, suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis, mainly cancer. Having very long hair all throughout my college career it was definitely a big decision to make, but I figured it’s time for a change!

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I got 10 inches chopped off to donate, and hopefully it makes some little girl as happy as it has made me! Hair always grows and that’s how I viewed it :)

On a more business related note, the career fair is THIS Thursday!! It has definitely snuck up on us but if you are on the fence about attending just do it! Last semester was my first time going to a career fair, but I am very glad that I did. It gives you great practice on talking to employer’s, presenting and selling yourself and just basic communication skills. Last fall, I was initially pretty nervous to approach employers, but after I did one I was perfectly fine approaching others after. It gives you a better idea of what qualities companies are looking for, and I wish I had started going to career fairs earlier in my college career.
Some tips I have found helpful from preparing for the career fair last semester are pretty simple but helpful:

1.) Looking sharp. I strongly believe the way you present yourself is the way others see and believe in you. Even if you have a lot to offer and have all the qualities for the job, if you look like a bum no employer will give you a second look.

2.) Have a mentor/professor/professional look over your resume. There is always room for improvement, even if you think everything is fixed to a tee. There is always something that can be worded more professionally, or maybe a grammar error or two you overlooked.

3.) Have confidence. Not only in the way you present yourself, but in the abilities and talents you have to offer as well. Not only in the business world, but in the real world as well people can sense if you are not sure of yourself. Nothing is more attractive than the right level of modesty and confidence.

4.) Research. It’s vital to make sure you are aware of what companies will be there. It’s even better to narrow down to approximately 5 main companies you have a genuine interest in working for. Find their web page and absorb as much as you can about them! Nothing looks better than knowing exactly what you are talking about in relation to an employer’s company, and even be able to incorporate some background information or even fun facts to really show you did your research.

5.) Practice, practice, practice! As cliché as it sounds, if you have an idea of what you want to say to employers, it provides you more confidence and avoids making you come off as unprepared.

I hope everyone has a great first week back from break, and I hope to see you guys at the Career Fair this Thursday, March 20th! The College of Business will be doing the Suit Up Instagram contest again this semester, so make sure you bring you’re “A” game! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Blog by: Haley Nowlin

NYC and ATL!

Happy Friday everyone! I cannot believe it is almost the end of spring break…why? Although I would’ve preferred to have been sunning myself all week on a beach, I still had a great break in New York City and Atlanta!

The first half of this week I spent it visiting my Dad in Manhattan (he was relocated there in January for work) and now I am in Atlanta until Sunday visiting a few friends. It was great to finally get a chance to visit my Dad and see his new apartment that’s located right in the center of the city in Midtown, such a great area! He is close to Grand Central Station, Central Park, 5th avenue shopping, and my favorite, Bloomingdales! My mom and I spent our time walking all over the concrete jungle, eating great food and shopping great sales! We spent a day exploring Soho and we also started our mornings with a run around Central Park through the Reservoir which is a 2 mile track with great views of the city.

Mom and I stopping for a photo in Central Park.

Mom and I stopping for a photo in Central Park.

Today I head off to Atlanta to hang out with friends for the weekend and go on two interviews with advertising agencies in the area. As you may have read previously, I have been on the hunt for the perfect summer internship in advertising so it was great to be contacted for interviews! Hopefully this trip is fun and ends in an opportunity for the summer!

I hope everyone has a great rest of their break and has a safe trip back to Greenville, wherever you may be. Here’s hoping the next few days move as slowly as possible!

Spring is Upon Us!

Last week might have seemed like you were never going to see the light at the end of the tunnel, at least that’s how it felt for me anyways. Having multiple tests and assignments due is the last thing you want to tackle knowing a break from school is so close, but I think it’s safe to say we all survived and thankfully, Spring Break is officially here! Most people are going somewhere tropical and amazing but I celebrated the first day of Spring Break in bed with a tub of ice cream and Orange is the New Black on NetFlix. Not as exciting as a cruise to the Bahamas, but I have to start saving some money and also start applying to some more jobs!

With that in mind, the Career Fair is right around the corner, being the week we come back from break! Katie Bellino and myself will be at the Career Fair taking pictures of everyone looking spiffy in their suits and business attire for our Instagram Suit Up contest! Stay tuned the Monday we come back from break for helpful tips and advice in relation to preparation for the Career Fair!
Everyone have a fun, safe and hopefully warm Spring Break :)

Blog by: Haley Nowlin

Finally Spring Break!

Happy Friday everyone! I cannot believe I made it to then end of this week, and more importantly, I cannot believe it’s finally spring break!

After so many midterms, projects, papers, and battling a fever all in one week I have never been so happy to have a week off. I’m sure I am not the only one who is absolutely exhausted, which is why this weeks blog is going to be short and sweet.

Although I would love to be traveling to some place warm and topical, this week I am lucky enough to get to visit two of the east coast’s best cities—New York City and Atlanta! I will be in New York from Saturday to Wednesday and then off to Atlanta from Thursday to Sunday. I cannot wait to just relax, sightsee, spend time with my family and friends, and most importantly shop!

Cannot wait to be here tomorrow!

Cannot wait to be here tomorrow!

Stay tuned for next week’s blog to read all about my experiences in both great cities! I urge all of you to have a wonderful spring break, stay safe, and spend a little time preparing for the Spring 2014 Career Fair which is Thursday March 20th—the week we get back!

Re-Evaluate

Good morning followers! This weeks post is a reflection from my past few weeks and I’ll be using the College of Businesses DECIDE model to push focus on how important this is and how it can apply to our everyday lives.

As I’ve already shared with you, my past few weeks academically have been a wake up call. After “TWO” not so incredible test grades and a few less than stellar workout sessions at my gym, I had to do a bit of soul searching this weekend. I’ve come to the realization that my priorities were unorganized.

Just like the DECIDE model we use at ECU, I had set a course of action and was bound and determined to complete these goals. I wanted to get good grades and stay focused on my education, I wanted to perform exceptionally well at my new gym, and I wanted to continue a healthy balance in my home life. I was demanding a lot from myself, and I needed to Re-Evaluate my current goals. My education was becoming affected because I was putting too much of a focus on my gym performance.

We all have to develop this skill, clearly I still have some work to do. The positive for me is once I hit that “wall” and things aren’t turning out exactly as planned, I recognize that something has to change. Everyone will come to this crossroads and it’s important to recognize some important cues, specific to your goals, that you can look for which will allow you to re-evaluate your current situation and get you back on track. For me? The gym will always be there, and unless I’m getting paid to perform, school and my family will come first.

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As expected, I have yet another exam this week. I’ve been proactive and studying hard to make sure my grades get turned around. I hope to report back over spring break to inform you I am well on my well to completing my first semester in the MBA program, successfully.

Anxious for Spring Break!

As spring break is quickly approaching us, I’m sure I’m not the only one that has a crazy week coming up! Between multiple tests and projects due, it’s definitely going to be a long stressful week. Thankfully by the time Thursday afternoon rolls around, I can breathe again and have a relaxing little break from school :) (just got to get through it first!)
This past Friday I attended the UNC Retailing Conference in Chapel Hill. Myself, and a handful of other College of Business students from Mrs. Robinson’s Retail Management class and also some members of the American Marketing Association attended.

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We listened to two panels, one about Retail Marketing in the Digital Age, and the second about Global Channel Management in a changing Retail Environment. We also had Steven Tanger, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers as an opening speaker, speaking about Tanger Outlets and general Retail Marketing. My favorite person speaking at this conference was Parker Wilson, Assistant Manager from Lululemon Athletica. Doing cross country all throughout high school I’ve always been into fitness, and stayed in a general routine since, so her company was the one I could relate to the most since they sell fitness and yoga wear for women. Parker spoke about social media experience saying their company’s technique for using social media has “nothing to do with what we sell”. She highlighted how storytelling, conversation, communication, and human connection is what makes a social media presence spark and connect to the consumers.

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            The group at the end of the day!

    Even though I had a good amount of studying and school work to get done this weekend, I felt guilty not spending at least a little bit of time outside on this past Sunday so I headed to the Greenway to spend the afternoon, it was a beautiful! Plus, it’s supposed to get chilly and cloudy once again this week…Where is summer?!

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    Hope everyone has a fun and safe Spring Break! Enjoy your time off :)

            Blog by: Haley Nowlin

The Dreaded Group Project

Happy Friday COB students! Its almost March, which means one thing—midterms and group projects galore for all of your classes, especially in your business classes. The midterms I don’t mind because at this point I am used to all the studying, or shall I say cramming. However, I cannot say the same for the dreaded group projects.

This semester I have a group project in 4 out of 5 of my classes, which is way too many to keep up with if you ask me. I am sure you can all relate to facing the two main difficulties surrounding these projects. First, that you can never find a time to meet because everyone has a different class and work schedules, which means you probably end up meeting at 9:30pm on a Sunday. Second, you always have that one commuter in your group that probably drives from Timbuktu and has no time to meet you in the library.

Working on one of my group projects....alone.

Working on one of my group projects….alone.

If you haven’t figured it out already, I am a tiny bit of a control freak. So naturally I do not enjoy being put into the group project setting. I know it is supposed to help because in the real world you will always have to work in teams, but can we just save it for after graduation and put off the stress and uncertainty that are group projects?

I guess it’s not all bad—this semester I have been lucky enough to have some great people and great friends in my groups. They are willing to work hard and really help out when one person can’t make it to a group meeting. Plus, it’s nice to have a friend when suffering through a 15 page paper at 9:30pm on a Sunday.

Comment and let me know how your group projects are going this semester!

Bouncing Back

Well folks, It’s been a rough week. I took my first MBA exam and I am now at the realization that my efforts need to improve in order to keep up with the strict demands our MBA program expects from their students.

Was I disappointed? Yes. Was I mad? Yes. Will I quit? NO.

I was disappointed because I’m sure if I studied harder regardless of the study guide, I could have received a better grade. I was mad at myself not because the grade I received was below university standards, but below my standards. Finally, of course I won’t quit. This is true Corey (Pulido) fashion. As I’ve already told you, I excel in high tense situations and bounce back in glorious fashion when others would not prevail.

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I stayed up late to study for this exam, and now I think my body is punishing me for everything I’ve thrown at it the past few week because I’m getting SICK. I don’t get sick too often, but when I do I am sure it’s very similar to the rest of you. Body aches, head is congested, and for me I have trouble sleeping.

I have another exam this week so wish me luck all you followers. Although this exam may not be a direct representation of who I am, I feel it’s given me a push in the right direction. A “wake up call” if you will. A friendly reminder that we all sometimes need that allows us to periodically re-prioritize what is currently most important in our near future.

Come back next week to find out how I did on my latest exam.