About Brianna Johnson

I’m a Bronx native named Brianna with a passion for traveling all over the East Coast. I am a Social Work major and a student assistant turned blogger for the Career Center at Saint Rose. When I'm not in my books, you can probably find me eating a chicken parm panini at Camelot, hanging with friends, or my favorite killtime..doing hair. To sum everything about me up, I'll leave you with my favorite quote, "I am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions". Bye !

Oh The Wonderful, Wonderful World of Networking

Hello everyone!

I know it’s been awhile but I’m finally back again.

Usually you get all your job related tips from me, but this time I’ve gotten help to give you guys something a little different.

Rashid Howell is a Communications Major and Career Center Student Assistant here at Saint Rose. What makes Rashid different from all the other student assistants is that he works ‘behind the scenes’ creating videos of all things job related for the Career Center.

Recently, he made a great video about the importance of networking and how it might be one of the most effective ways to find a job. I personally recommend this video to anyone who ever thought that networking takes too much time and effort as a way to show them that it IS actually worth doing. So, check it out, tell a friend about it, and then have them tell a friend about it. :)

Saint Rose Student & Alumni Networking at the Career Roundtables this past Fall

What is Networking? Why Should I Network?

Oh, and special thanks to Rashid again for the video.

Until next time !

Career Fairs … there’s still a chance

If you’re anything like me, you think that the job hunt is a bit of a drag. When you’ve filled out dozens of applications and still receive that dreaded email saying, “We regret to inform you that you have not been selected for the position,” you might feel like giving up. Well, all hope might not be lost. Going to a career fair may be that extra bit of encouragement you’ve been looking for.

Picture from TheVirtualCooler website

Picture from TheVirtualCooler.com

What’s so special about career fairs? The answer is simple. Going to a career fair is the only chance you’ll get at meeting a countless number of employers all in one space. Let’s face it, it’s good practice and the perfect chance to make a great first impression with employers.

Making a good impression at career fairs all comes to preparation. The first step is to do your research. After you find out which employers will be at the fair, it is important to find out about them. You never want to tell an employer you’re interested in a job that you know nothing about. Next, you should prepare a thirty-second speech and do some interview prep (which we can help you with here at the Career Center) just in case employers want to give you an interview on the spot. The last thing to do before going to the fair is to print out as many resumes as the number of employers you’d like to meet, and maybe even a few more just in case!

So today is the day of the career fair and you have no clue what to wear. Two words, DRESS PROFESSIONALLY! Sorry to say but suits are a MUST. Skirt suits are okay but it should be at or right above the knee. (Keep in mind the length of your skirt while your sitting down.) Wear comfortable but professional shoes being that you’ll be doing a lot of walking around and NO flashy jewelry.  Once you’re all dressed and ready to go, it is important to get there early so as to beat the long lines of other people just like you who are waiting to meet employers. Remember to take baby steps – the goal shouldn’t be to get the job, it instead is to get the interview. Lastly, don’t forget to take the employers’ business cards. These will come in handy after the fair and you can also use them to jot down notes about the employer and what you discussed.

The mistake that most people make is that they think that once the fair is over, their job is done. It is important to follow up with employers. Remember that business card you snagged at the fair? — well now you can use the employers’ information to send them a thank you card with your own personal touch. It never hurts to evaluate yourself either. If you take the time to reflect on what you can do better, you can go no where but up from here.

Before I go, I thought I’d mention a great career fair opportunity for seniors or graduate students who are education majors. On Thursday March 27, 2014 (only a month away!), The Education Expo will be taking place from 9 am to 12 pm at the Polish Community Center (225 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, NY 12205) You can always go onto the Career Center website (strose.edu/EdExpo) to find out who will be there this year and RSVP before it’s too late. Good Luck :)

Until next time !

What in the world is Linkedin?

If you’re reading this, there’s a fifty percent chance you have never heard of LinkedIn. If you have, you’re probably one of many college students that think that creating an account wouldn’t be of any help to you. I’ll admit, I thought the same way too. So why should every college student join the LinkedIn community? I’ll explain :)

So I know the first question running through your mind has to be, “Well what the heck IS LinkedIn Brianna?” Good question. LinkedIn is a professional social network. Now, I know you’re probably thinking, “Do I have enough information to start a profile?” or “What’s wrong with just using my Facebook account?” The answer is – if you’ve had a job, volunteered, held a student leadership position, or are enrolled in college, you have more than enough information to get started! And while I love Facebook just as much as the next person, I’m not too sure employers would be interested in seeing pictures of a possible employee from that party Friday night – keep Facebook as your personal social network and move to LinkedIn for the professional you.

So that raises the question of why we, as college students, should use LinkedIn. Well here are a few reasons why:

  •  LinkedIn helps college students to stay in contact with fellow classmates, bosses, and faculty members who they otherwise would lose contact with after graduating, going on to a new job, etc. This is similar to way that you add friends of Facebook to keep in contact with them.
  • Using LinkedIn as a purely professional setting helps make sure you can confidently connect with professional contacts, as compared to Facebook, where you share personal things with your close friends.
  • There are thousands of groups that you can join on LinkedIn, each of them having their own Discussion Board, News Board, and Jobs postings. With that amount of groups, you’re bound to find something you’re interested in no matter what your area of expertise is.
  • Lastly, companies’ needs are constantly changing and therefore your job is not guaranteed. In the case you find yourself unexpectedly unemployed, LinkedIn can help you find potential companies and recruiters as well as be found by them.
Photo credit to: Keppie Careers website.

Photo from www.keppiecareers.com

In the light that you have now found reason to create a LinkedIn account, I thought I’d tell you about a LinkedIn inspired event going on here at Saint Rose! Tuesday February 11th (TOMORROW!), professional photos will be taken in the Main Lounge from 11-1 to be used as profile pictures for your LinkedIn account. Photos will be taken from the chest up so pull off those hoodies and try to come “professionally dressed”. Pull out your favorite button up shirt, cardigan, or suit jacket and you should be fine. This event will be sponsored by the Career Center, iSmile Studios and Northwestern Mutual (with information about job opportunities with both iSmile and Northwestern Mutual!)

With all that being said, I’ve posted some links below to help you further understand what LinkedIn is and help you get started on creating your account. Remember, you can always come to the Career Center and meet with a counselor if you have any other questions.

Career Center Resources
What is LinkedIn & Why Should You Join?

Until next time !