Student Spotlight: Zach Brashear

By: Lindsey Heil

As a Business Management major and Sports Management minor, senior Zach Brashear has always had a “passion for leadership and motivating people.” After previously interning with the Muñoz Agency, Total Quality Logistics, and the NFL Character Camp, Zach channeled his experience and hard work into landing a full time job with Speedway after graduation. Starting in May he will begin training in Cincinnati, with the potential of relocating to any of the hundreds of locations in the U.S. after it is complete. During his training he will learn how to manage a store, becoming an Assistant Manager after six months and a District Manager after a year, which will involve him supervising between 6-8 stores on his own.

It’s hard to believe that Zach’s journey began after simply deciding to attend the 2016 all-majors CareerFest in January in Columbus. Immediately intrigued by the company because of their dedication to customers and since their employers “seem to really enjoy what they are doing,” he decided to apply, submitting a resume and cover letter online and getting a call for an interview within a week. A series of five other interviews followed over the next month where Zach interviewed with the Speedway Human Resources Director, all the way up to the Regional Manager, landing the job in February.

Zach believes that the process of applying for this job has allowed him to learn effective organizational and communicative skills that have taught him “how to be able to follow up with people and reach out.” He also seeked support from his professors and Career Services, citing the connections he’s made through his time at Wittenberg as another factor in his success. He’s thankful that the Wittenberg community is “always ready to lend a hand” in order to assist their students in any way possible. Zach stresses the importance of communicating with potential employers, stating that students shouldn’t be afraid to put themselves out there because “the worst thing that could happen is they say no and then you move on.” Zach’s experience is a prime example of what the power of networking and determination can accomplish. We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors, Zach!

Spring 2016 Job and Internship Fair

By: Lindsey Heil

Are you a student who has yet to find a summer job or internship? What about a senior who is still looking for work post-graduation? Summer will be here before we know it, and now is the perfect time to be making plans to further your career. This semester’s Job and Internship Fair held by Career Services will be on Thursday March 31st in the lower level of the student center. With over 35 companies attending, this is sure to be an opportunity that students don’t want to miss!
Companies will full time opportunities include: Ace Hardware, Ahresty Wilmington Corporation, Gordon Food Service, Miami Valley Child Development Center, Mueller Industries, Inc., Restoration Hardware, Stanley Steemer, TEKsystems, and TS Tech Americas, Inc. Internships available include the Springfield City School District, Riverside Research, OIC of Clark County, and Northwestern Mutual. Part time jobs are available from Visual Anatomy, the Springfield Country Club, and Interfaith Hospitality Network. Companies offering internships and full time jobs include: The Sherwin-Williams Company, The Ohio Department of Transportation, D7-Sidney, OH, Stanley Electric U.S., Springleaf Financial, Speedway LLC, ODW Logistics, Nationwide, Modular Assembly Innovations, Excel (DHL Supply Chain), and Consolidated Electrical Distributors Inc. Full time and part time opportunities have opened up for Signet Jewelers, HSG CodeBlue, and CSL Plasma; and Internships and part time jobs are available at Fastenal. Not sure if you want an internship, full time, or part time job? Recreation Unlimited, Five Rivers MetroParks, Dayton Freight Lines, and Cox Media Group Ohio have options in all three areas. The Wittenberg Upward Bound program will also be in attendance, as well as many Wittenberg alum who currently work with a company visiting.
When attending the fair, it’s important to put your best foot forward in order to make connections and a lasting impression. Career Services encourages you to research the companies attending ahead of time so you have a better idea of what interests you. Prepare enticing questions that will help you learn more about the company and be open to talking to representatives from companies you originally weren’t interested in- you never know what opportunities you may find! Bring your resume and leave it with employers when appropriate, and don’t forget to collect brochures, handbooks, and business cards from the companies you are interested in. Admission is free, so don’t miss out on our biggest fair of the year!

Graduate/Professional School Fair

By: Lindsey Heil

The upcoming Graduate and Professional School Fair hosted by Career Services offers many opportunities for students in a wide variety of majors and interests. With over 28 schools already signed up, it’s sure to be an opportunity that students don’t want to miss! Whatever year you may be, it’s never too early or too late to start talking to recruiters about your plans after graduation.

Students interested in law school will have several schools to network with, including: The Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, and The University of Toledo College of Law. There will also be a range of MBA schools present, including: Baldwin Wallace University, Northwood University Devos Graduate School of Management, St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies, The University of Findlay, The University of Cincinnati, and Ursuline College. Wittenberg’s own M.S. in Analytics and Master of Arts in Education programs will also be present for interested students. There will even be some medical-related schools available to talk to students, including: New York Chiropractic College, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, and University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts.  Other schools present include: Antioch University Midwest, Ball State University, Bowling Green State University, Central Michigan University, Miami University, Savannah College of Art and Design, Study Across the Pond, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, University of Dayton, and Xavier University.

Before attending, make sure you’ve researched the schools that you are interested in and have prepared enticing questions to ask them about their programs. It’s also a great idea to collect brochures, handbooks, and business cards from recruiters while you’re there, and don’t forget to send a follow-up note thanking school representatives for their time. Every little bit helps! Even if you’re not sure if graduate school is for you, it never hurts to come see what the Graduate and Professional School Fair is all about. The fair will be held on Thursday, February 25th from 11:30am to 2:30pm in the lower level of the Student Center. Make sure to take advantage of these opportunities and stop by; you’ll never know what you might find!

Alumni Spotlight: Chanteal Hall

By: Lindsey Heil

Chanteal Hall, a Wittenberg alum who graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology, is blazing a trail for current students interested in working with nonprofit organizations after graduation. Hall, who is currently working for AmeriCorps right here in Springfield, knew she wanted to stay local because she was able to “make a lot of connections as an undergraduate,” and could clearly recognize the value in working with the numerous nonprofit organizations in the Clark County area. As a student, she volunteered extensively with Habitat for Humanity and the NAMI office in Springfield, along with participating in Super Service Saturdays, Cru, and working for Career Services. Volunteering as an undergraduate “gave her a passion for social work,” that landed her an internship with the OIC (Opportunities for Individual Change) of Clark County. She quickly became interested in the background work of nonprofits and now currently works “behind the scenes” for the Hagen Center through AmeriCorps Vista. Hall explains that “service work doesn’t happen without the administrative work,” and that working directly with these organizations in our area has taught her how many beneficial resources are available in Clark County.

Chanteal suggests that students should be “open to opportunities and career paths you didn’t think you would go down” because these opportunities could lead you to finding out something about yourself that you didn’t know. Just because you’re majoring in a particular field doesn’t mean you necessarily have to take a job relating to your field. Exploring your options could lead you to a career you’d never even considered. Though she’s learned an enormous amount as an AmeriCorps administrative worker, she believes that the biggest lesson learned is that you need to take care of yourself in any service related field. Since there are so many needs, you “have to know your limit,” and you “have to take care of yourself before you can take care of others,” so that you can perform your job to the best of your ability.

Hall will be starting graduate school next fall, studying Social Work at Case Western Reserve University. It was during her junior year that she met a recruiter working for Case Western at a graduate school fair on campus, and building this relationship every time she came back helped Chanteal get accepted into the university. Through Career Services, she was able to participate in networking events and internship fairs, which exposed her to many different types of social work, including: social workers in hospitals, residential facilities, and schools. She also emphasizes the importance of the job board located on Career Service’s website, which can help students looking for internships, part-time jobs, and postgraduate jobs. Chanteal is a prime example of a student who took her interests and passions and turned them into a career that has given her many different opportunities and experiences.

Student Spotlight: Thomas & Andrew Fuss

By: Lindsey Heil

Amazon has become one of the leading online retailers over the last decade-selling everything from books, DVDs, and CDs to apparel, furniture, and toys. The company has hired over 2,000 people just over the last few months, and seniors Thomas and Andrew Fuss have been among this group to both score job opportunities as observation team leaders at one of the many distribution centers across the United States. After learning of the job through their aunt, both applied, were given an assessment, and eventually were flown out to Milwaukee for an interview. Five days later, they received job offers with the company and will manage between 50-75 people in the inbound, stow, picker, packer, or shipper area starting in June at the distribution center of their choice.
Both credit Career Service’s as giving them the interview skills that allowed them to stand out among competitors. Thomas states to “schedule a meeting with Career Services for a mock interview with Wendy,” which will allow you to develop the confidence in yourself needed to succeed. Thomas urges students to not “sell themselves short” while going into a job interview, because “you’re there for a reason.” The employer has seen something special in you, so “don’t be someone you’re not,” advises Andrew. Understanding the “STAR Method” of interviewing also helped Andrew in his job search. The STAR Method-which stands for Situation, Task, Action, and Result-is a behavioral technique for interviewers to highlight their decision-making and managing skills for employers. Since employers are looking for candidates who can work under pressure and know how to respond to failure, the STAR Method is a valid technique that can help anyone stand out from the crowd. Something as simple as sitting in a chair incorrectly or not being able to vocalize what you’re thinking could mean the difference between walking away with a job or not, and scheduling a mock interview can help you focus on what you’re doing right while exhibiting skills that you can hone in and improve on.
Both have always been interested in Amazon, Andrew calling it “the best company in the world” and that he’s “never had a bad experience with Amazon.” Andrew states that “Amazon is huge and growing at a massive rate. If you have an idea they’ll take it and go with it.” This is apparent in Amazon’s new Prime Now features, which allow customers to order a product online and have it delivered to them within hours. Thomas and Andrew will be at the frontline of these new innovative features, essentially “being the last person to touch the package before it gets sent to the customer.” It’s also beneficial that there’s “room to stay where you are and grow,” working your way up in the company. Both would like to eventually work in the Operations department at this company which is, according to Thomas, “always growing and expanding.”

Student Spotlight: Zoe Irving

By: Lindsey Heil

Zoe Irving, a current junior Psychology major and Communications minor, spent the spring semester of her sophomore year in one of the happiest places on earth: Disney World. When her friends were traipsing through the bitter cold climate of Ohio, Zoe was soaking up the sun and brushing shoulders with all the favorite Disney characters in Orlando, Florida. She originally became interested in the business internship because she’s simply “obsessed with anything Disney,” but it was the valuable lessons she learned and people she met that ultimately made her experience worthwhile.

In the fall of 2014 she was one of almost 20,000 people to apply for the spring semester. Going through the interview process, she was given a web-based interview followed by a phone interview, and within weeks she found out she was one of 2,000 to snag a spot in the program. She credits her success despite her lack of experience in interning to her excitement and passion for the company. She states that you must “be genuine, because it shows through,” and that you must “be yourself, be personable, and be willing to show it.” Internships can come to students regardless of their experience or lack thereof if they possess and highlight these characteristics. It’s also crucial to enjoy being around large groups of people and working with children if you’d like to intern through the Disney College Program, which became one of Zoe’s favorite parts of the job. After arriving in Florida, she started out in Quick-Service working in a bakery in the park, but through her hard work and dedication, was able to snag a position working directly with characters such as: Merida from “Brave,” Mr. Penguin from “Mary Poppins,” Mr. Smee from “Peter Pan,” Elastigirl from “The Incredibles,” Bolt, and Jessie from “Toy Story.” As a Character Attendant, Zoe became the liaison between the characters and guests, providing character visitation information and assisting in guest operation. She was able to meet hundreds of diverse guests on a daily basis, keeping her entertained and immersed in her work. Days usually began before 7am and ended around 2pm, but there was “no ordinary day” for Zoe, which made the experience that much more enjoyable and fulfilling. One of the hardest challenges and lessons learned was figuring out money and time management, since she was so far away from home and working a full-time job.

Zoe is extremely grateful and appreciative for what the Disney College Program has helped her accomplish, especially since it connected her to people all around the world. After graduation, she plans to apply to work at the Shanghai Disney Resort scheduled to open in the spring of 2016. “I just want to work for Disney,” she exclaims with a vast smile on her face. With her attitude and persistence, she just might get her wish.

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LinkedIn of Lagging Behind

By: Kylie Ponn

Many college students have heard about the business networking avenue called LinkedIn but few take advantage of this wonderful social media tool. LinkedIn helps you establish yourself and find potential job connections and references for future endeavors. The sooner you start creating your profile the better, because employment and job searching is very competitive.
Here are 10 ways to improve your LinkedIn profile.
1) Add a professional headshot to your profile. Although you may be skeptical due to privacy reasons, the recruiters and employers often like to connect an image and face to someone. It also works as a first impression as well, so don’t pick a blurry or bad quality image. A tasteful, professional image will give your profile a leg up to those with no image.
2) Join groups that relate to your line of previous, current, and aspiring work. You will be shocked how many connections you can make. Be active in these groups, read posts and also comment back and post your own opinions and comments.
3) Customize your linked in web address so you can add the link on your resume. Make it easy for employers to access your profile and see all that you have accomplished. Even consider making a QR code, which allows phone to scan and directly go to your web address and profile. There are free apps and websites to help with creating your QR code, and modifying your LinkedIn web address is simple, click on “edit” then change the URL to http://www.LinkedIn.com/in/yourname.
4) Keep your feed and profile current. Update your profile by continually posting articles, videos, stories, that you find interesting. Share your interests and what you’re learning and experiencing, employers and those you connect with will like to see your curiosity and that you are up to date with what is going on in the world.
5) Add links to other blogs, personal websites, social media, etc. Under contact information you can add links to various outlets. Share past and current works that provide a sample of what you can do to future employers, also don’t be afraid to spice things up by posting videos of lectures, presentations, or even power points you’ve created or presented.
6) Utilize endorsements. Endorsements are a way for validating your skills listed on your profile. People you connect with are able to endorse any skill you post, you can also choose to hide or delete endorsements from certain people.
7) Add skills. Adding skills shows you are always growing and learning. Employers will like to see your multitude of qualities and skills, as opposed to those stagnant profiles with only a select few skills listed.
8) Always update your workforce history. Employers like to see continuous experience in the workforce; this distinguishes you from the crowd that may only have one previous job listed. That goes for internships as well.
9) Check others profiles. Don’t be afraid to check out your competition. This is a great way to get ideas and formatting designs as well as see what jobs people have had, or have at the moment.
10) Write your own notes when connecting with someone, the generic automated e-vite that is sent out is unfriendly and cold compared to a good old fashioned, personalized note.

Source: http://www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-08-2013/great-ways-to-improve-your-linkedin-profile.html