Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Resume/Cover Letter Workshop

There will be a workshop tonight to help students work on their resumes and cover letters.  If you need someone to look over your resume/cover letter then stop in anytime from 5-7 pm tonight, September 26th in room 211 of the University Center. 

Haven't started your resume yet and don't know where to begin?  Stop in and have one of the University Center staff members get you started.  Check out the Job Application Information Packet available on the UCRC website, otherwise a few printed copies will be available at the workshop for students to use and take.

Finally, there will also be representatives from the Veterans Upward Bound program on hand to assist our veteran students on many different topics.  Take advantage of these free opportunities!

If you cannot make it to the workshop but would like assistance with any job application materials, contact Career Services at the University Center at 605-718-4142 and ask for Susie.  Individual appointments are always available to assist you in your career search.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Popinator

OK University Center readers, what do you think, should we add the Popinator to the building?  Check out this story HERE and let us know what you think.

Those of us in the officer were just talking about it and can foresee popcorn eating contests popping up left and right in the bookstore.

Monday, September 17, 2012

10 Things to do to Reach your Dreams

As we were searching for something profound to talk about on the blog today, I came across a list of 10 things successful people do to reach their dreams.  It is a great list of actions that is appropriate all across your life.

  1. No ExcusesWe all have several voices in our minds that speak to us.  There is the voice that tells us to work hard, never quit and focus on the task that is presented to us.  It also pushes us to finish the task before we move on to the next and aspire towards our utmost potential.  On the contrary, we unfortunately also have a voice that tells us to take a break, procrastinate, be lazy or hang out on Facebook.

    Listen to your excuses.  Understand why you have them.  Then figure out how you can use them for good.  Excuses will only slow you down, making it imperative to find a way to erase them from your mind.
  2. It's not just about materialism
    Materialistic items are surely a part of your motivation, but they should be a tiny part of the motivation within you.  The truly successful in life always get there because they created change in the lives of others, not just their own.

    Find the motivators besides materialistic objects that will drive you-more fundamental motivations instead of just objects that can just come and go.  It will be something within you that will trigger your ambition.
  3. Early mornings and late nightsThe early bird gets the worm, as the saying goes.  Successful people didn't sleep in late or take days off.  They worked extremely hard and passionately every single day until they reached their goals.  Your personal life and social life will be toned down, but your focus will completely be on your goals with early mornings and late nights.

    Abraham Lincoln said, "Things may come to those who wait...but only the things left by those who hustle."  If you want to be successful, you're going to have to out hustle everyone else.
  4. The greatest commodityThe greatest commodity we all have is time, but energy is just as important as time.  The more energy we have within us, the easier it is to focus, and a higher quality of work is the result.  Your output equals your input.

    One of Richard Branson's "keys to success" is staying in great physical shape.  So would raised energy levels be the greatest benefit to working out?  It may be!
  5. Principles
    Principles and morals are two things that are in-existent in our modern day society.  It has almost become a thing of the past.

    Take a look at Winston Churchill.  The man had principles like no other.  The difference between him and the general populace is that he stuck to his principles at all costs.  If you want to be successful, you will emulate Churchill and have faith in your ambitions.  Live your life by what you believe, don't just change because it's the cool thing to do.
  6. Wavering and unbreakable faith
    It cannot be stressed how important it is to have unbreakable faith instilled within yourself and in your mind.  Many people question if their dream is going to come true.  The strong have unbreakable faith and believe what they are doing is right.

    Even if you have moments of doubt, take your unbreakable faith to defeat your self-doubt.  Have your moments, you are human.  Just don't let that doubt eat you up.  Instead let it motivate you to prove your optimism right.
  7. A reasonYou would be surprised how insecure many successful people are.  What has motivated many of them to succeed is having something to prove to others to help alleviate their insecurities.  If you want to be successful you have to have that powerful driving force behind you to stay motivated.

    Understand why.  You have that reason to work when others sleep, to sacrifice a safe life for a risky one with no ceiling.  Find it by asking why, and not stopping until you hit your core, emotional reason for wanting to change your status, or the status of others.
  8. Persevere when other don't
    Perseverance is one of the biggest tools to success.  Success can come tomorrow or 5 years from you, you truly never know.

    Quitting should never be an option or even a thought.  The only time you should stop is when you ultimately reach your goal and then create a new mission.  Don't guarantee your failure by quitting.  You can adapt, change and evolve, but never, ever quit!
  9. Great people relentlessly studied their craftIf you know the system then you will understand how to beat it.  Our society downgrades how important it is to know the craft, but it is incredibly important.  Take hours of your time and study to perfection.  Be humble and know the craft better than anyone.

    Being a drone and simply going through the motions is no way to achieve greatness.  Assuming success is something you want, you have to study your craft.  Learn it inside and out.  Build a wealth of knowledge.  It'll help you create great, inspiring and unique work.
  10. RiskAs the saying goes, with no risk comes no reward at all.  Those who achieved the most success have laid it all on the line for what they passionately believed in.  It truly takes guts to risk it all, but eventually that is what you are going to have to do.  Do you really want to sit there in regret with a bunch of "what ifs" in your mind?

    "The greatest tragedy in life is wasted talent"-A Bronx Tale.  Risk if you truly want to see the reward.  Find your dream.  Then risk everything to get it.  The world is yours, you just have to take it!
This article was originally found here:  The information above is a portion of the full article, please read it for full information.  We thank them for the information.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Tips for the job search

Here is a brief overview of three different articles containing tips for job searching, extending your career "shelf-life" and a positive outlook for job growth!

First, here are 5 tips for recent college graduates who are currently searching for jobs.  As you read the article, yes it is based on information from Canada, however it is good advice for all job seekers.
  1. Don't get discouraged
  2. Job seeking is a full time job
  3. Pound the pavement
  4. Follow up
  5. Use all resources
Speaking of using your resources, all students taking classes at the University Center in Rapid City have access to the job search websites appropriate to their home schools.  Also, just because you are a USD student, if you log onto Coyote Careers you have access to job listing not only across the state, but across the country and even internationally.  To link to your home school website, click HERE.  To read the full article mentioned above, click HERE.

Another area to think about is once you have landed a job, how do you stay current and fresh?  Here are six tips from MSN Careers on how to extend your career "shelf-life."
  1. Show a willingness to embrace change.
  2. Be easy to work with
  3. Discover the ability to tab both sides of your brain
  4. Develop cultural literacy
  5. Embark on a quest for self-improvement
  6. Versatility
To read the full article with more in-depth discussions of these tips, click HERE.

Finally, some good news for the Manufacturing Technology and Applied Technical Science majors.  According to THIS article on AOL Jobs, there has been a sharp increase in jobs for skilled factory workers and skilled laborers in the manufacturing field.

Friday, September 7, 2012

2 Weeks Down

Well, it is the end of the 2nd week of classes and it appears that everyone has survived unscathed.  As a quick recap, the following events have occurred over the last two and a half weeks:
  • New Student Orientation
  • New Faculty Orientation
  • Fall Welcome Back for faculty and staff
  • Welcome week, featuring treats for students every day of the week
  • 1st Student Newsletter was published
  • 1st Annual Fall Job Fair
I has been a crazy busy last couple of weeks, but we at the UCRC hope it has been enjoyable and helpful for all of the students we are serving!

A few announcements to share:
  • The "Name the Newsletter" contest is still going on.  If you are a UCRC student and have a great idea for what the newsletter should be named, please submit it to Susie Leahy no later than 5 pm on September 14th.  The submitter with the winning name will receive a gift card to the bookstore.
  • Keep checking the UCRC events calendar as new activities and opportunities are always being added.
  • If you are interested in starting a student organization of any kind, now is the time to act.  UCRC is supporting and encouraging the growth of student organizations, whether they are academic groups or special interest groups.  Contact us at 605-718-4142 for more information.
That's it for now, enjoy the weekend everyone!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Job Fair Employer List

For those of you who are interested in knowing what companies will be on hand at the Job Fair on the 6th, here is a list:
Links are included for as many of the businesses as possible.  This will allow you to research the organizations and companies before you arrive at the job fair.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Job Fair Tips

As you may have read already, the UCRC is holding their first ever job fair on September 6th, 3:30-6:30 pm.  If you plan on attending the job fair, here are a few tips to keep in mind as you talk with potential employers.

Before the Fair
  1. Know what your goal is for attending the fair and design your entire effort around that aim.
  2. Research companies, agencies, or organizations that will be attending the career fair.
  3. Take steps towards making a good impression
    • Think about your strong points, your goals, the company and where you want to go within the company.  Prepare a "one minute commercial" about yourself.
    • Prepare your own job fair kit complete with resumes (enough for all employers you want to talk with) and other items which support your interests and abilities such as references, written works or a portfolio.
    • Develop a list of questions to ask employers based on your research of their organization.
    • Know what skills are needed for specific careers.
    • Know how to relate your past work, academic and out-of-class experiences to the career field.
    • Know how to express what you are looking for and what you want.
At the Fair
  1. Dress professionally.  You want to present the best image possible.  Old jeans, sweats and tank tops won't cut it.  You will only have a few minutes to make an impression as a job candidate.  Positive first impressions are critical.
  2. Smile, make eye contact, and shake hands firmly and confidently.  Introduce yourself with your full name, major and graduation date.
  3. Do not bring drinks, food or chew gum.
  4. Listen to what the recruiter has to say.
  5. Don't ramble.  Provide a concise, well-prepared overall view of what you have to offer.
  6. Network while in line, talk to other students about recruiters they have spoken to already.
  7. Carry a pen and notepad to take notes that can help you recall conversations with recruiters.
  8. Ask for the recruiter's business card for future follow up.
 After the Fair
  1. Be patient, some organizations may be "long-term" leads.
  2. Follow up with company representatives.
  3. Mail a thank-you note as soon as possible to each organization you targeted for further interest to reinforce your good image and to "strike while the iron is still hot!"
If you have questions or concerns about the fair or need assistance with your resume, please do not hesitate to contact Career Services at UCRC, 605-718-4142.