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.
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!
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