5 Tips for College Seniors Looking for a Job

By Joscelyn Bivins, Beta Class 

With graduation just around the corner, UCF college grads have begun searching for their first job after graduation. At times, the odd may seem stacked against you, but I am here to tell you that life has a strange way of always making things work out.

With these simple tips, you will definitely increase your odds of finding your first job after graduating.

  1. Connect with your career center

It is never too late to connect with your career center. The career center can assist you with making connections with past alumni, as well as preparing you for interviews and formatting your resume.

  1. Reach out to you connections

Although it may seem that like do not know have any professional connections, you never know who could get you a job. Therefore, it never hurts to reach out to alumni, friends and family.

  1. A Job is better than no job

Do not stress if your first job is not your ideal job. Remember, you’re an adult now. It’s important to create a sense of stability and routine that will make adjusting to the real world easier.

  1. Do your homework

Before applying, research the company you are applying for. You want to try and be aware of the company culture beforehand to decide on whether or not this company is the ideal company for you.

  1. Never stop your follow-up

Persistence is key during the job hunt. The job-seeker who regularly follows up with prospective employers is continuing to build their case that they are interested and a good fit for the organization. These job-seeks are likely to receive serious consideration from the hiring managers.

The Ultimate Juggle

By Brianna Jones, Beta Class

School, friends, sleep and work most people think you can’t have it all without dropping the ball in some area. I say those people just aren’t working hard enough. You can have it all, it just depends on how bad you want it and how hard you are willing to work for it. That’s how I felt when all I had was school.

Sophomore year completely changed that view. Being a part of Zeta has definitely put my “can have it all” attitude into perspective. I have a job, an internship, I am an e board member and a full time student. Juggling seems to be all I do lately. Eight hours of sleep a night? Never happens. Seeing my friends? They can barely recognize me now.

Each week something different gets less attention. But in the end everything gets done.

So I guess in essence you can have it all… Just not all at the same time.

Brothers Give Back

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By Kenya Lipplett, Alpha Class

This past weekend the brothers of Zeta Phi Eta Beta Iota Chapter were feeling extra philanthropic and went to two great charity events.

On Friday April 1st the brothers of Zeta participated in and volunteered with the Junior Achievement 4.01K race. We ran to raise awareness about Junior Achievement, which is a non-profit organization that teaches K-12 graders about different business practices and what it is to be an entrepreneur. Throughout the year we helped to raise $1,000 dollars for JA. The race took place in a scenic area of Baldwin Park, Florida

On Saturday April 2nd a few of our brothers participated in Knight-thon, UCF’s biggest philanthropy on campus, with all proceeds going to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of Florida. At Knight-thon participants must stand for 20 hours, dancing every hour on the hour. The brothers that went to the event got to learn more about the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals that they were raising money for and were able to meet some of the kids they were helping. One brother was even put in Knight-thon “jail” and had to raise 100 dollars in the night to be able to get let out. She was able to raise it in one hour with the help of family and friends. Standing for 20 hours proved to be difficult to the brothers but seeing the amount of money that they helped raise at the end was worth it. Knight-thon overall raised $1,001,678.20 for the children of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and Zeta contributed $1,733 to that. Even as one of the smaller teams we still made an impact.

Zeta is all about fostering the growth of both its brothers and the younger generation and being a part of these two events this weekend really helped us grow the next generation to be healthy both mentally and physically.

Creating Your Own Path

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By Katelyn Sirp, Beta Class

As I travel through my college journey, I see that there are so many things being experienced for the first time: living on your own, supporting yourself, juggling an education with a part-/full-time job, pulling an all-nighter, and so much more. As young adults and young professionals, we tend to see the world with a certain opportunistic and optimistic point of view. We can easily get set into a routine and feel comfortable with our current situation, mainly because the majority of us haven’t truly begun to face the harsh realities of the real world. Earlier this month, I experienced one of these harsh realities.

On March 4th, I lost a childhood friend to Stage 4 Ovarian Cancer. What had made it so hard was that her battle did not last long? She spent all summer trying to diagnose the source of her abdominal pain and didn’t have a confirmation until late September, and at that time, she was Stage 3. By this time, cancer had spread from the reproductive organs to the rest of her abdomen. There were ups and downs and in October, as I was close to crossing into Zeta, she had an episode, and we almost lost her. Her kidneys had completely shut down, and if her mother had not gotten home on time, then she would not have made it. She ended up being either in hospitals or rehab homes until after Christmas.

Her name was Sarah. She and I grew up next door to each other. She was more of a sister than a friend to me. When she came back home, it was obvious that her condition worsened. On March 4th I was getting ready to go to volunteer at my local animal shelter when a feeling came over me that made me stop what I was doing and stare at myself in the mirror.

All I could think was, “She just died.”

When I walked outside minutes later, I saw some of her family outside and I could hear her sister-in-law crying. I considered getting in my car, going to the shelter, and ignoring the situation. I honestly wanted to, but I forced myself to walk over and mourn with her family. I let my notified my family and then I turned to my Brothers.

Immediately I had Brothers letting me know that they would keep her family in their thoughts and prayers and that if I needed anything, to just ask. In a moment when all the stability in my life was suddenly crushed by the reality that at any moment I could lose it all, my Brothers came along and provided that stability by just saying that they were there for me. At our next chapter just days after, the first thing my Big asked me was how I was doing. After Sarah’s passing she advised me to take it easy over Spring Break and to take the time to mourn her properly and even though she stepped back, I still knew that she and the rest of my Brothers were going to be there for me if I needed them.

I know that this event won’t be the last of its kind in my life, but it was the first real event of my adult life that became a wakeup call. Death changes people. When it touches someone’s life in any way it leaves a mark. I’m no longer in a little bubble of naivety, thinking that it’s okay to push things until later. “Oh, I’ll travel later”, “I’ll apply for that promotion later”, “I’ll call my Grandma later”.

Death is something no one wants to experience, but I feel that it is important to reflect on it. Death puts life into perspective. When my stability was shattered, I started to see things differently. My perspective on life was changed because, not to be cliché, but life is short. Use something like death to prioritize what is really important and that taking chances is okay. Go see Rome. Go for that promotion. Talk to that person. Pick up the phone! It is up to us to take life experiences and use them to learn from, because everything happens for a reason and we either learn from it or we willingly ignore it.

Ultimately, we’re the ones who will create our own path.

Work, School, Socialize & Repeat

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Up until college, for most young adults it’s just about working hard in school in order to get into your top pick university and creating memories with friends. Focusing on grades and a social life; sounds like a dream. It used to be the same in college too – just grades and a social life. But now, it’s a whole different story. The competition is tough out there and getting a head start with building your professionalism is a must in order to hang in there with the rest.

 

That’s a lot for one to handle though. And I really understand the struggle. I’ve been juggling work, school and a pretty active social life since high school. Let me be clear though – I’m not going to sit here and tell you my story of how I have it all figured out. The balance between all the above is HARD and I’m still figuring it all out. I just want to share what has worked for me.

 

First off, when trying to master the balancing act, it’s all about prioritizing everything. We shouldn’t have to pick and choose; we want it all and we should be able to have it all. And having it all is definitely possible, all you need is to figure out what’s more important in the moment and a little balance. Finding balance comes in many different shapes and forms but it’s all about what works best for you in the end.

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Make Sure You Sleep

You have to take care of you. That should always be the number one priority. And before the gym, eating right and all of that you NEED sleep. Sleep is such an important factor for a properly functioning body so you have to always try to get that in. That paper you have to do finish, that resume you need to update and those late night WAWA runs are all important in the moment but you have to sometimes take the loss for some Z’s. It’s all about scheduling your time wisely so that you have the time to get what you need done and also get a good night’s sleep. And that sometimes means having to say no to certain events and that’s okay. I know the FOMO exists on both professional and social aspects but you can’t go to everything and be everywhere all the time. Your body needs to rest to be on the go and conquer the world so you have to give your body the time to do that.

 

Invest in a Good Agenda

You can ask my brothers about this one. The agenda you use is everything. A lot of the free agendas we get don’t have the space needed to write down everything that’s going on so it’s really worth it to spend that $10 at the beginning of each fall semester on a nice spacious planner. And you can’t just buy the agenda then forget about it. Really make it a habit to write down what you need to do at the beginning of everyday (or even at the beginning of each week and then just add things that come up). Doing this really helps with staying on top of everything. And as time goes by it becomes more and more satisfying to check off tasks once they are completed!

 

My personal recommendation: Blue Sky Weekly/Monthly Planner – You can find them at Target 🙂

 

Find Low Maintenance Friends

Making new friends in college can be challenging. They may not have the same classes as you so sometimes the only option is seeing them outside of class and it takes time to get comfortable with new people so you can’t always just opt for a night in with your new bud. Honestly it’s like dating and it’s very time consuming in the beginning before it gets comfortable. That’s why I’ve found it beneficial to keep connections with people that I’ve met who seem to skip the ‘dating’ phase. They understand that you’re your own person and are totally okay with the fact that you may only see each other once every week or two. Sometimes this is just what you need. New friendships are fun but they can take a lot of time. Finding people who love and support you without the need for constant contact could be just the thing to destress the social aspect of your life.

 

Mix It Up

Don’t be afraid to mix the social, professional and school related aspects of your life together. It doesn’t always need to be strictly business or pleasure all the time. Next time there’s a networking event that interested in going in bring along a friend who’s in a totally different discipline! You never know who they could meet and the both of you can spend time together catching up and meeting new people which can be really fun. Also, if you’re the type that doesn’t mind company when studying, have a study date! It doesn’t even need to be with someone in your major. You could take turns quizzing each other, take breaks to make fun snacks And when it comes to school, whenever you get the freedom to pick a topic for a project or paper, make it about the field you’re aspiring to be in. You could learn a lot more about said career choice or even create something that could be shown to a future employer one day. It’s a smart move to use your time wisely and by implementing some of these strategies in your life you can save time but still come out on top.

 

These are only some little tricks I’ve learned throughout my life for balancing everything that’s going on. It’s constant work though. It’s easy to forget about other things when your future is so dependent on your professional life and school. But I’ve come to learn that you need to take the time to add some fun to the experience and just your best to make time for it all.

Sometimes You Want to Go

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By Jaisalyn Santiago, Beta Class

We have all seen the 1980’s sitcom “Cheers,” which is about a group of people who live different lives and look forward to seeing each other every evening after a hard day’s work. We all know the show’s beloved theme song. If you can’t think of the chorus let me help you out…

“Sometimes you want to go
Where everybody knows your name,
And they’re always glad you came;
You want to be where you can see,
Our troubles are all the same;
You want to be where everybody knows your name.”

These lyrics remind me of a time where I would lay in bed next to my Dad and we would watch reruns of the show on VHS tapes, but coming to the University of Central Florida and becoming a Brother of Zeta Phi Eta gave the song a whole new meaning.

After accepting my bid with Zeta Phi Eta I found that I was finally surrounded by like-minded people who are striving to achieve similar goals in life. I had never been around such ambitious and headstrong people. As young professionals we live fast-paced lives and we are constantly trying to better ourselves. My Brothers are always networking, improving their personal brands and planning their futures beyond college. Because we are always striving to become better versions of ourselves it’s easy to get overwhelmed. That’s where taking a break comes in.

Where everybody knows your name,
And they’re always glad you came;

We never stop going but in our lives it’s important to remember that we can find comfort in each other. Walking into a room and being greeted by people who care how your day was or how your internship is going is a much needed relief after a hard day or even a hard week. I look forward to the days where I know I will get to spend time with my Brothers. It’s exciting to see everyone together and vent to each other about our professional decisions.

You want to be where you can see,
Our troubles are all the same;

The time spent with my Brothers is different than when I spend time with my family from back home. While my family back home is my number one support system they don’t always understand the struggles we have as millennials. I find myself being frustrated with problems that only my Brothers understand, such as “Which internship opportunity should I take?” Or “Should I stay in school an extra semester or graduate early?” Questions like these come up more often than not in my life and decisions can be hard to make. I am grateful for my Brothers who can give me advice and help me through the difficult decisions that have to be made because they have been in similar situations.

 

Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name.

I see my Brothers constantly striving for greatness, meeting new people and getting their name out there. But sometimes you need a to step back from it all and that is OKAY. Branding yourself as a young professional can take everything out of you. But just when you think you don’t have anything else to give its important to remember that you have your Brotherhood behind you the entire way.

Social Media: Crafting your image as a young professional

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By Samantha Bequer, Beta Class

Our generation is connected through social media. We are constantly checking Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, or whatever the case may be, and we are constantly told how important it is to keep those platforms clean so we can have a “good presence” on social media.

 

But having a good presence goes further than just refraining from posting pictures of your Saturday night adventures. You can easily set your accounts on private and not have to worry about what potential employers might see, but that doesn’t make you stand out. That doesn’t show employers how you will utilize social media to further their company, which is something a lot of employers are seeking in their future interns, employees, etc.

 

Look at your friend’s Instagram or Twitter. Chances are, they aren’t posting about how they attended Intern Pursuit last Wednesday, how they networked with someone high ranking in a company their interested in, or posting pictures of them being a young professional. When you start doing these things, that’s when you begin to stand out.

 

Employers want to be able to look at your page and see that you are pushing yourself to be a better young professional. Everyone can talk about all of the things they do within their university and the internships they’ve had on their resumes, but being able to document it in a modern way shows that you’re able to adapt with changing times, able to utilize resources to your advantage, and able to connect yourself in an innovative way.

 

Your reputation follows you from the minute you begin to put yourself out there as a young professional. Employers can write recommendations for you, and you can be a hard worker, but social media allows you to take charge of your reputation. You control what you post and what you post can have a direct effect on how others view you. Social media is mainly used to highlight the best moments of your life, why not use it to highlight the best moments of your young professional career as well?

 

If you’re not ready to make the total switch on your personal accounts, consider making a separate professional account that you can use to begin branding your image. Twitter is a great platform to show that you’re involved with current events, that you’re retweeting and favoriting companies’ content that pertains to what you want to do, and that you’re sharing your professional thoughts. Instagram on the other hand tells a story through pictures. Try sharing pictures of you at your internship or visiting a place that shows you’re actively involved in furthering your career.

 

Having a LinkedIn is also a great start to putting yourself out there on social media. LinkedIn allows you expand your resume and go into detail about all of your professional accomplishments without being confined to a singular page resume. It allows you to connect with alumni, professionals, and other young driven individuals as well.

 

Overall, your image is the most important thing you can have. We are millennials and we have broader opportunities to put ourselves out there. Google your name and see what comes up. Is it your LinkedIn? Your Twitter account? Or is it an embarrassing picture from your freshman year of college?

 

These are steps you should be following in order to begin your path to succeeding in not only the communications field, but any professional field.

 

  1. Start your social media cleanse. This is something you should be doing constantly, but it never hurts to double check.
  2. Begin posting pictures of yourself accomplishing your goals. Use social media to brag about yourself and your skills, that’s what it’s there for.
  3. Connect with others in the industry that you hope to work with one day, take initiative and follow them on their own social media accounts.
  4. Find your own voice. While it’s great to be a professional on social media, be a professional with your own personality. Make yourself stand out, because a resume will get you an interview, but your personality will get you the job.

 

You already know social media is important, start realizing how you can use it to make yourself stand out and then you’ll start the path to achieving your career goals.