Archive | January, 2014

It’s My Job & I Want it NOW!

14 Jan

hire_me_300x276Waiting in line, waiting in traffic, waiting for your Chick-fil-a order to be filled- have you ever been frustrated at how much time you spend waiting?? Time is money as the saying goes and our lives operate at warp speed on a daily basis. No matter how irritated you get at the daily waiting it cannot compare to waiting for a job. Anyone that has been through the job application process can tell you- it is painful!!

If you have been told that it’s as easy as pushing the submit button online and the phone ringing within the hour to ask to set up an interview, they are either lying or they are the exception to the rule. In honesty, the process looks more like this:

You search for several hours for a few positions that you are qualified for and prepare your resume and cover letter. You fill out all the forms and confidently attach all your documents and with great anticipation hit the submit button. You check daily -if not hourly- to see if the status of your application has changed -each time with less and less enthusiasm. You finally decide to call the place you applied only to find out the status and they say they have already filled the position. You start debating about starting all over again and think about whether you really need money to make it and if you have any friends that have a couch that you can crash on instead.
While this waiting roller coaster ride is all too common, there are steps you can take to make this process a lot less painful.

1. THE POWER OF NETWORKING: Network with friends, family, professors and acquaintances to see who is hiring. This will get the word out and let you know about jobs before they are posted online. Some never make it to posting or are posted after the position has already been filled, so talking to departments and companies gets you ahead of the game.

2. TAKE A WALK: Once you submit that online form, find the office that is conducting the hiring and walk a hard copy of your resume and cover letter printed on resume paper to the office. Make sure and tell them that you already applied online but wanted them to have a hard copy of your information. Dress to do an interview on the spot if they are impressed with your professionalism!

3. DON’T SIT BY THE PHONE: Don’t sit idle waiting for them to contact you – get busy!! Volunteer at places that will develop your skills in the meantime. There are millions of nonprofit organizations and ministries that desperately need help that will keep you busy growing in your skills while giving back to your community. They will understand that it is short term and will be thankful for your service.

4. HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL: Don’t give up hope. A job search is supposed to take time and persistence. If you go into the circumstance knowing that there could be numerous applications and interviews before you get that job, it will help you not become defeated. It is all part of the plan.

Post By: Michele Worley (Career Counselor)

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Intentionality – A Trait to Obtain

6 Jan

intentional“I don’t know what I want to do after I graduate.”

“A Career?  I can’t think about that right now.  I’m too busy with school.”

“When I’m ready to find a job, God will lead me to it.”

Sound familiar?  Maybe this is you speaking.  When a person decides to enter college, they have dreams of what they want to do when they graduate; however, sometime after the first day of school, when all the activities that are part of the collegiate experience start to become a daily routine, that dream seems to become a distant memory for a lot of students.  In a sense, what they intended to become in life becomes unintentional in the practice of how to get there.

Intentionality is a trait that gets things done, and it is something all students can obtain.  Biblically, God intended the world to come into existence and it was so.  He intended men and women to be saved from their sins, and be reconciled back to God, so He intentionally sent His Son, Jesus, to live a sinless life, die on the cross for our sins, and rise again so that man could have eternal life with God.  Jesus intentionally lived this sinless life and intentionally went to the cross to die so that the Father’s plan of salvation would be done.  He now intentionally seeks out mankind to have an everlasting relationship, and He intentionally does this seeking through His children, who are all those who believe on Him and share Him with others.  All this was done and is being done with intentionality regardless of what the world says, what the economies are doing, nor any other circumstance that normally derails the plans of humans.

It all starts with an intentional plan and a perseverance to stick to that plan.  As a Liberty talent, you too have the ability to have this trait, whether you are just starting school, in the middle of your academic studies, graduating, or doing a career change.  It all starts with a dream, and then the intentionality should begin.  Here are some steps that will help you with being intentional about your career:

1.  Assess your strengths and weaknesses.  Weaknesses do not mean that you can’t do what you want to do; it just means you have some hurdles to jump over to overcome these weaknesses.  Remember, God uses us through our strengths, and He works through us in our weaknesses.  A Focus 2 Assessment can help you identify your strengths and weaknesses, and it is free to Liberty University students.

2.  Visit with a Career Counselor to review your assessment and discuss career goals and objectives.  Residential students can meet in person and online students can meet via the phone.  Make an appointment today!

3.  Create a Career Plan, with all the criteria that you will need to be successful in a desired position.  These criteria include:

  • Required degree(s).  This includes an academic plan that will result in the best possible grades.  Fast is good if a person can do it well; however, intentionality also means quality.  If it takes longer to obtain your goal and do it with excellence – make that part of your plan.  A Career Counselor can help here.
  • Certifications.  What is the industry looking for in a qualified candidate? What proprietary, state or federal certifications will be needed to be considered for a position?  This means that you need to research your position, industry and the companies in the industry.
  • Experience.  This is actually working in your field of study.  Internships are a great way to acquire this experience.  You can find internships and full time positions with companies all over the country in LUNETWORK, Liberty’s exclusive employer relations and jobs database.  Thousands of employers purposefully register on LUNETWORK in search of Liberty talent.  Create a profile today and start you search.  Contact the Career Center to see how you can use LUNETWORK effectively.
  • Network.  Keep this in mind – it is NOT “who you know”, it is “who knows you.”  The only way for people to get to know you is for you to get out and meet them.  Liberty has major-specific career fairs each semester.  RSVP and join us if you can, but most certainly review the companies that intend on coming.  Networking opportunities happen all the time, in every geographical location.  Find out what organizations are prevalent in your field of study and JOIN THEM.
  • Cover Letters, Resumes, and Interviews.  Cover Letters and Resumes are the first documentation that an employer sees from a candidate.  First impressions can either make or break you.  Resumes have to be intentional as well; they need to “speak” to the job description as to how you qualify.  Have your Cover Letter and Resume reviewed by a Career Counselor.  Next is the interview.  Interviews need to be intentional.  It is always best for a candidate to be very knowledgeable about the company, the position, what you would do in this position.  You can only do this by research.  Once that research is completed, then you need to practice in talking to someone about the position – an interview.  Practice makes perfect, and the Career Center can perform a mock interview so that you are well prepared when you meet with the employer.

God has set a wonderful example for all of us about being intentional.  Get serious about your career and be intentional in the pursuit of it.  The Career Center can help you accomplish this.

Richard Glass – Career Center Director