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Ask the Recruiter Series! Submit now!

Although many of us give great job search advice to students on a daily basis, we all know the value for students to hear that advice directly from a recruiter. As a result, the EACE Trending Blog is excited to announce the start of a new series called “Ask the Recruiter.”

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The goal of this series is to have recruiters share their expertise and advice on the internship and job search process so that career development professionals can better address students’ concerns. Some questions may include, “Do you actually read cover letters?” or “What do want to hear in the ‘Tell me about yourself’ question?” We aim to feature a different industry recruiter each month to showcase a breadth of industry-specific advice as well as general job search advice.

If you’re a recruiter interested in sharing your expertise with us, please fill out this https://goo.gl/forms/SUTLfwgPo6PEc69l2 and we’ll be able to feature your advice in the coming months!

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5 Reasons You Should Visit HubSpot for EACE Road Trips to the Real World!

5 Reasons You Should Register to Visit HubSpot for RTRW by December 7th, 2018

Hi, we’re HubSpot!

Founded in 2006, we provide marketing, sales and customer service software that helps businesses attract, engage and delight customers on the web. Through this road trip, we’re excited to open our offices to you to share more about what we do and what it’s like to work here.

For example, here are 5 things that we’re looking forward to talking about during this road trip:

1) It’s a great place to work.

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We’re proud of our strong commitment to employee culture, especially as we continue to scale globally. Recently, HubSpot was named a Best Place to Work in 2019 thanks to employee reviews on Glassdoor, a Top Place to Work in Massachusetts by the Boston Globe, and also a Best Workplace for Women by Great Place to Work and Fortune.

2) For students, we’re a great place to start your career.

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We offer career opportunities just for students in the form of internships, co-ops, and entry-level positions across HubSpot. We’re growing fast and that means there’s endless opportunity for you to do the same. We’re invested in helping you build a career you love from day one and have the culture to prove it.

3) You can have a big impact here and give you complete autonomy to do so.

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From marketing to engineering, there are big challenges yet to be solved at HubSpot. Because we care more about curiosity than experience, you’ll work on tasks alongside experienced team members that directly impact our customers, business, and employees. Additionally, transparency is at the heart of HubSpot culture. You’ll have access to all the resources and information you need to take ownership and make key decisions.

4) We’re passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity.

Hubspot 4At HubSpot, we’re proud to have employee-led resource groups (ERGs) that help create safe, open environments for personal and professional growth for everyone. In addition, we also are passionate about promoting diversity not just at HubSpot, but within our global community. Through our ERGs, we host programming in our offices to provide a forum to have a dialogue around current issues impacting individuals in our communities and the workplace.

For example, McKinsey’s recent Women in the Workplace 2018 report revealed that women continue to be underrepresented in leadership – and that gap is even larger for women of color. That’s why HubSpot and female leaders of color from different industries are coming together for a candid talk about why this gap in leadership exists and how businesses can support and advance the careers of women of color. (Want to join the conversation? You’re invited to! Learn more and register for a spot here.)

5) HubSpot is in an exciting period of incredible growth.

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As we help businesses grow better, we’re also growing with them all over the the world.

We currently have offices all over the globe in the US (Cambridge, MA and Portsmouth, NH), Dublin, Berlin, Tokyo, Singapore, Sydney, and Bogota. We’re opening new offices in locations like Paris and Bogota to meet more communities in these regions and support demand for HubSpot’s software solutions. We’re also expanding our current offices, such as our Dublin and Singapore offices, in order to support our continued growth where we already are.

Looking forward to talking about HubSpot more and seeing our culture in-person at our global headquarters here in Cambridge, MA? Register for your Road Trip spot here!

Last Call for EACE19 Proposals! The Deadline is Friday, November 30th

Time is running out to submit your proposal(s) to present at the 2019 EACE Annual Conference June 24-26 in Hartford, Connecticut. The Programming Committee is looking for session proposals to cover a variety of topics including, but not limited to:

  • Assessment and strategic planning (best practices, new approaches to program assessment, learning outcomes and graduate outcomes)
  • Community colleges and small school best practices
  • Career coaching and counseling best practices
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Marketing and technology
  • Employer relations and recruiting (best practices for HR recruiters and diversity recruiting)
  • University partnerships (faculty/academic and alumni affairs/development partnerships with career centers)
  • Organizational leadership, hiring and/or training best practices

You do not need to be an EACE member. Anyone who has a relevant topic to share is encouraged to submit a proposal! Click here for tips and sample proposals.

Back by popular demand, EACE is offering ONE FREE conference registration (a $659 value!) per accepted break-out session.

For questions, please contact the Annual Conference Programming Committee Co-Chairs: Kristin Eicholtz (kristin.eicholtz@desales.edu) and Gerald Tang (gerald.tang@baruch.edu).

Click here for more information and to submit your proposal(s).

Aligning Students’ Study Abroad Choices with their Career Interests

By: Chelsea Keen, Penn State University

“What made you choose your study abroad program?”

As a career professional who deeply believes that international experiences can be pivotal for students’ career development, this question is integral for the work I do. I frequently challenge students to consider their motivation for selecting a particular international experience and encourage them to verbalize the skills they gained abroad. The way that students typically respond to this simple inquiry is often a missed opportunity for them to articulate the connection between their global experiences and professional interests.

“My friend told me the country was beautiful.”

Rather than choosing a study abroad program based on specific interests (such as a student’s desire to study business in a global economic hub or to learn how another country approaches public policy), students are often influenced more by their friends than their career interests – more by their #squadgoals than by their #careergoals.

In order to effectively prepare students to market their study abroad experiences to future employers, we should start at the very beginning, before they select their study abroad program. As career professionals, we can partner with our colleagues in education abroad offices to proactively encourage first-year and sophomore students to think intentionally about how they can select an international experience that aligns with their career goals.

Identifying Partners & Opportunities

This Fall, Penn State offered its first workshop – which can be readily adapted for other institutions – to prepare students for the Education Abroad Fair. It was strategically titled “Study Abroad and Your #CareerGoals” to begin connecting the two subjects in students’ minds. By bringing together colleagues from college career services offices and education abroad offices, we were able to educate students about how to choose an international experience that could offer skill-building opportunities to enhance their future professional pursuits.

Tailoring the Message for Your Students

The workshop was intentionally designed with the audience of first-year and sophomore students in mind – many of whom are in the beginning stages of exploring both their study abroad options and their career interests. For this reason, we broadly introduced the professional value of international experiences and the marketable skills they could develop abroad – including adaptability, cross-cultural communication, and problem-solving skills, to name a few.

Next, we provided an overview of the types of study abroad opportunities available to Penn State students, and we highlighted several opportunities students should consider in order to develop valuable skills – such as living in a homestay, taking classes at a local university, or pursuing an international internship.

Making it Click

The workshop culminated with an interactive activity that prompted students to identify 1) their area of professional interest 2) the relevant skills they want develop abroad, and 3) which types of study abroad programs they could pursue to develop those professional skills. This activity prepared students to explore potential programs that aligned with their career interests at the Education Abroad Fair or through their own research.

Challenging students to choose a study abroad program that aligns with their career interests not only offered students a new, intentional way of considering their international experiences, but it also provided a valuable opportunity for cross-departmental collaboration. By capitalizing on the expertise of our university partners and proactively supporting our students before they study abroad, we can better equip them to maximize the career benefits of their global experiences.

Chelsea Keen, M.Ed., is a career coach at Penn State University, specializing in promoting professional development through international experiences. She is passionate about empowering students to identify and articulate the valuable, unique skills they bring to the table.  

Top 5 Reasons for Employers to Join EACE

By Zoe Makropoulos, Rutgers University

Calling all recruiters and employer partners! We’ve all been bombarded with a growing amount of professional organizations to join. But how do we really know which of these is worth our time? How do we know if one is a better fit than another? What are we really looking to get out of a professional organization? To all those questions, EACE may just be the answer we’ve been looking for. EACE, formally known as the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers, offers a vast variety of professional resources and opportunities to connect to students and career services teams all with a regionally tailored audience. But let’s get down to what we really want to know, here are the top 5 reasons why you should join EACE:

 

  1. Connection to wide variety of regional schools!

EACE gives a one stop shop to connect with over 250 schools from Main to Virginia and everywhere in between. The organization has grown to over 1500 members over the years and includes representation from 2 year and 4 year colleges. Through EACE employers have found an ideal way to make connections with schools in their recruiting territories covering the North East and Mid-Atlantic regions. In addition to the EACE Annual Conference , EACE offers employers the opportunity to host Professional Exchanges at their offices to give career services representatives the chance to see first-hand what your company is all about!

 

  1. The best bang for your buck!

In comparison to other professional organizations, EACE offers an affordable membership package. Individual employer packages are $140 annually and group membership is $625 for an UNLIMITED amount of members. While it is not required to be a member to attend the EACE Annual Conference, members do receive reduced rates.  In addition, members receive exclusive access to a variety of resources (see reason number 4 for resource details).

 

  1. Opportunities to engage directly with students!

EACE offers several ways to connect directly with students from all of our member schools.  One of the most notable programs coordinated is the Road Trips to the Real World. Similar to professional exchanges, employers are able to open up their doors to EACE member school students for a day to see what your company is all about. This signature program has been connecting students and employers for over 15 years!

 

  1. A wealth of resources at your fingertips!

With the membership package, companies who join EACE can obtain access to our online employer resource center which covers a variety of trending topics in the recruiting field. In addition, EACE hosts webinars with industry professionals which offer flexibility to those unable to travel.  Community members can also tune into the EACE blog and monthly Twitter chats to see updates and hear from their fellow members.

 

  1. Receive HRCI & SHRM credit

As an added bonus, many of our recruiting and employer partners who attend the EACE Annual Conference receive HRCI and/or SHRM credit while attending conference workshops. Each year the conference covers a wide variety of topics and professional development opportunities. The EACE 2019 Conference will be held in Hartford, CT at the Connecticut Convention Center from June 24-26. We hope to see you there and at future EACE events!

 

“Zoe Makropoulos is a Program Coordinator at the Rutgers Business School in New Brunswick. As a recent alumni of RBS, she was active in the Career Management department as an undergraduate intern for nearly 3 years. Following graduation she joined the team full time and loves the fact that she is able to pay it forward to the Rutgers community that provided her with so many opportunities. Outside of the office Zoe is currently pursuing her Masters in Human Resource Management, teaches traditional Greek folk dance and loves to watch movies.”

Do you know a Digital Champion? The Deadline for Nominations is Nov. 15th!

Hello EACE Colleagues,

Greetings from one of your Spring Digital Champions! Before I brag about this fantastic opportunity, I want to share a bit about my own digital journey.

Launch Pad: EACE 2016, Philadelphia, PA, Newcomers Breakfast.

Setting: As newcomers were greeted at the door, it was requested of us to sit at a table labeled with a placard of an area of interest that you want to explore. I sat at a table with a jovial, energetic colleague, who warmly welcomed me.

Launch: @PatrickYoung, through his #TechnologySpeak and engagement around the breakfast table thrust me into a digital world that I dared not to embark on before. Of course, @Patrick Young had some friends that continued to encourage me to join the Technology Committee. Though “technology challenged”, @AmySmith and @RachelWobrak encouraged me to sign-up. Rachel then quelled my angst and guided me as I tackled my first major digital challenge- a Twitter chat.

Well, I’ve come a long way since that initial @PatrickYoung experience. I am thankful for the Spring Digital Champion recognition. Getting a “gold star” for my digi-efforts is significant. Although I’m not a digi-wizard, I am thrilled and humbled to have my efforts in this area acknowledged. With this said, I welcome each of you to the #EACE Digital Champions initiative!

Each quarter, the Technology Committee recognizes those who utilize technology in new or innovative ways, are new to technology, but going full-force, or those who are engaging the EACE community through exceptional social media use.

If you know an EACE member who is doing great things in this digital age, we want to hear about it. The online nomination form is simple to fill out and the process is as easy as 1- 2- 3. The champion selected, will be recognized by the EACE community and the nominee AND nominator both win $25 Amazon e-gift cards!

The deadline for the Fall Digital Champion is fast approaching. November 15th is the deadline, so the time to acknowledge those exceptional digi-efforts is now. Thank you, in advance, for your participation in this #EACEExciting effort.

 

Warm regards,

 

Alicia Monroe, Ed.D.

Rowan University

#EACE Digital Champions Sub-Committee

#itsALLaboutthestudents

#transformingWE

On the Spot (Science Industry Prep)

by Shirley Farrar, Rowan University

The ON THE SPOT campaign is always in preparation for our next ‘Big Event” at the Office of Career Advancement at Rowan University. I was privileged to create and design the 1st Annual Science Industry Event on October 3, 2018, and to partner with the College of Science and Mathematics (CSM), and the American Chemical Society Club (ACSC). Our
efforts to provide our underrepresented science students and alumni an opportunity to network exclusively with 13 prominent science employers specifically hiring, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, and Chemical Engineering. Inside the state of the art Jean & Ric Edelman Planetarium, employers were afforded the opportunity to present a PowerPoint
presentation to students. With our limited marketing, this 1st Science Industry Event, yielded approximately 200 students. This was a great day for our students, which has reflected popularly on LinkedIn.

Prior to the event, I tried hurriedly to meet with my CSM students, to discuss mock interview questions, and to prep resumes. However, the planned science event was in haste to arrive, and there wasn’t enough time to prep and to meet all students. Being a part of a career center, always planning our next ‘Big Event’, the ON THE SPOT campaign partnered with the Chemistry and Physics advisors. If we were going to have our science student’s network with prominent employers, then we assuredly better equip them for the event. This process involved providing the convenience of Speed Walk-In days, for Advising and Career Counseling. There were two additional specialized Science Industry Prep days for resume critique which included the 30-Second Elevator Pitch.

Students were very curious about the ‘concept’ of the 30-Second Elevator Pitch derived, and I was obliged to tell them the anecdote. In 1852, an American Engineer, Elisha Graves Otis, invented a ‘locking system’ called an elevator pitch’. This device was used to catch and secure any elevator from plunging straight into the ground (NIHF, 2016). This same concept, “catch and secure”, is used in a career concept, “to catch the attention of the potential employer and to secure a networking opportunity”. This concept is being used to assist higher education students, particularly at Rowan University, and universally it’s called the “30-Second Elevator Pitch”. There is always a 50/50 split, of students believing this tale.

Previously in *Fall 2018, EACE, ON THE SPOT blog, I mentioned that I’m constantly reflecting on the data and preparing for the next year’s campaign. As a career counselor, in the Office of Career Advancement, we recognize the necessity for students to attend events such as workshops, career fairs, and industry events. More important they help to
engage our students with the career information we’ve provided them. Our career workshops are based on theory, framework, and concepts; in order to promote life planning, decision making strategies, career knowledge, and inner development to perform to one’s personal potential (Williams, 2012).

I’m very proud that our Rowan University students continue to remind me of my purpose at the university level. I look forward to “engaging with students, understanding and meeting their needs, and partnering with them on their college to career journey”. Thank you to all the ACS Club volunteers, participants of the 1st Science Industry event, who continue to inspire me with ideas to help my higher education community.
In the next few months ON THE SPOT campaign will expand its territory by partnering with several science organizations, advisors, and establish across campus collaborations. This process of discovery has intrigued me.

Shirley Farrar is a Career Counselor for the Office of Career Advancement at Rowan University. She has over ten years of community and faith-based advisement experience, a Bachelor degree in Psychology, a Masters in Higher Education in Administration, and a Masters in Counseling in Educational Settings. Shirley has a published thesis entitled Motivations for participation in adult education of predominately African Americans in a religious organization, in addition to an action research thesis entitled On The Spot Career Readiness Awareness. She is currently working on community consultation and education through a New Jersey 501C3 nonprofit organization.

References:
NIHF, (2016) National Inventors Hall of Fame, Retrieved October 16, 2018
http://www.invent.org/honor/inductees/inductee-detail/?IID=115
Williams, D.F., (2012) THE IMPACT OF CAREER WORKSHOPS ON FRESHMAN COLLEGE STUDENTS AT-RISK FOR DROPOUT: AN ACTION RESEARCH STUDY. Retrieved online at http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.2190/CS.13.1.c J.
COLLEGE STUDENT RETENTION, Vol. 13(1) 37-62, 2011-2012

EACE Virginia

by Mohamed Sesay, Mills College

As a relatively new professional in the field of career services, attending professional development opportunities such as conferences provide invaluable exposure to the different aspect of our field. I was able to engage in meaningful learning and networking with peers within career services and HR/recruiting attending the 2018 EACE conference as the Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship recipient! Being able to learn, brainstorm, debate, bond, and even vent about the work we do was truly a great opportunity, and I would not have had this fabulous experience without the support of EACE!

 

A personal goal of mine for this conference was to branch out and learn more about the HR/recruiter perspective. As the majority of my role is consulting students, having a stronger understanding of the experience people who are on the hiring side will help me engage and educate students on what employers are looking for in talent. Attending the Confessions of Recruiters: an Interactive Panel was a great opportunity to hear first-hand from a diverse range of panelist who hire our students, and they provided invaluable information regarding best practices for their unique organizations. Additionally, engaging with the panelist and learning from the attendees in the room allowed me to understand how other employers and career services staff were managing recruitment in their own setting.

 

Attending the It’s the Law: Trending Issues Impacting Students and University Recruitment session was an additional highlight of the EACE conference because it allowed me to understand how current legislation impact student hiring, and how best to serve students regarding any situations that have legal implications. From reviewing the American Disabilities Act (ADA), Title IX, and a few risk management strategies regarding crafting your own in-house policy, I took away a wealth of knowledge that I will continue to draw on in my career going forward.

 

On a bittersweet note, bonding and spend time with my amazing Binghamton colleagues before moving across the country to start a new role was another highlight of the conference. Being able to Dine for a Cause/Charity, attend the Entertainment Night, and share our thoughts from the different sessions we attended was a great way to spend time together.

 

Attending EACE conference this year was a great professional opportunity, and I was able to walk away with new ideas that will benefit students going forward. Additionally, I am excited to be joining the Grants and Scholarships Committee this upcoming year to select the future recipients of the Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship for the 2019 conference in Hartford, CT.  I know the future receipts will have just of an amazing time too!

Mohamed Sesay is the Assistant Director of Advising, Career, and Global Learning of Mills College. He previously worked as a Career Consultant at Binghamton University.

Coaching Students to Market Their International Experiences

By: Chelsea Keen, Penn State University

Students’ international experiences can be a secret weapon that make them a more marketable job or internship candidate. As career professionals, we have the opportunity to coach students on how to effectively integrate their experiences abroad – whether a semester-long program, an international internship, or a service learning trip – into their job search strategy.

As the world of work becomes increasingly globalized, employers are eager to hire individuals who can demonstrate intercultural communication skills, an appreciation for diversity, and the ability to adapt to new situations. Regardless of a student’s professional area of interest, they can leverage their international experiences by distinguishing themselves as a candidate who is culturally curious and maintains a global worldview.

Unfortunately, students too often mistake demonstrating their intercultural competencies with simply telling an employer about their sightseeing excursions. So how can we, as career professionals, help students to dig deeper and connect the professionally relevant skills they developed abroad to their future career?

Prompt students to reflect on their experiences abroad. A key part of coaching students to ace an interview or build their personal brand is helping them to recognize that they have a distinctively interesting story to tell – and international travel tends to be ripe with interesting stories. Encourage students to reflect on specific experiences that challenged them, changed their outlook, or taught them something new about themselves or the world in which we live. Workshops, individual appointments, and professional development courses are ideal settings for these reflection exercises.

Coach students to identify the skills they developed during those experiences. The stories about students’ time abroad become professionally relevant if, and only if, they can clearly articulate the skills that they developed during these experiences. Career professionals can help students to identify these skills by asking strategic guiding questions: “How did navigating a train station in a foreign country help you develop problem solving skills and the ability to think on your feet? What did your international travels teach you about different social, religious or political customs and becoming more open-minded? What did you learn about adapting to a new style of communication while interacting with a host family – and how will you demonstrate those communication skills in the workplace?”

Empower students to market their skills to future employers. We can support students in becoming more marketable job candidates by encouraging them to internalize and incorporate their intercultural skill set into their job search strategy.

  • Remind students to add study abroad to their resume and LinkedIn profile, and to include bullet points expanding on the cultural or academic value of the experience.
  • Coach students to strategically weave their cross-cultural skills into their elevator pitch.
  • Encourage students to leverage their cultural curiosity during networking opportunities – you never know who has also studied in Brazil, or always wanted to visit Greece.

As career professionals, we can help students use their international experiences to their advantage as they pursue their career goals – and maybe even jet off on a few adventures of our own!

Chelsea Keen, M.Ed., is a career coach at Penn State University, specializing in promoting professional development through international experiences. She is passionate about empowering students to identify and articulate the valuable, unique skills they bring to the table.  

Recharged and Reengaged in Reston: #EACE18 Recap!

Recharged and Reengaged in Reston: #EACE18 Recap! By Kasey Fausak, Fordham University Last year, I was lucky enough to be able to attend the EACE 2017 Annual Conference at Niagara Falls. This was my first conference at that scale, and I was blown away by the sheer quantity of wonderful new ideas, programs, and techniques being […]

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