Career Articles https://alumni.ucdavis.edu/articles.rss Career Articles for One Aggie Network en Generation Z Characteristics in the Workplace https://alumni.ucdavis.edu/news/generation-z-characteristics-workplace <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Generation Z Characteristics in the Workplace</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"> <span lang="" about="/user/18786" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ermross</span> </span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">December 10, 2019</span> <div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style addthis_32x32_style" addthis:url="https://alumni.ucdavis.edu/articles.rss" addthis:title="Career Articles" addthis:description="Current managers and bosses would be wise to learn what makes Gen Zers tick at work By Robin Reshwan, Contributor LIVE CHILLING AT WORK? Maybe not yet, but with approximately 80 million teens to young adults heading to the American workforce over the next decade, this may become a familiar work expression for leaving video chat apps open with friends or colleagues. Generation Z is a term used to describe people born between roughly 1996 and 2010. Not to be confused with their older, employed millennial colleagues, Gen Zers are either just entering the workforce or still in school. Here are four characteristics to look for in Gen Z interns, entry-level workers and future co-workers. Multitasking Masters &quot;Switching between different tasks and paying simultaneous attention to a wide range of stimuli comes naturally to them,&quot; notes entrepreneur and Forbes Leadership writer Deep Patel. A lifetime of fast moving and constantly updating media and technology has strengthened this generation&#039;s ability to transition rapidly and effectively. With a documented average attention span of eight seconds, the younger generation can absorb new information quickly and feels at ease with dynamic change. This is a huge advantage in modern business, where variables are many and staying in front of industry trends is a competitive advantage. Committed to Intellectual Growth Although many have yet to finish school, Gen Z is on track to be the most highly educated generation yet, according to Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. They are growing up and launching careers in an era where knowledge, both tactical &quot;how to&#039;s&quot; and explanations of more academic subjects, can be accessed quickly and cheaply online. Sites like Khan Academy, Udemy and LinkedIn Learning enable real time learning for personal and professional benefit. Additionally, schools and colleges now offer a range of online courses, certifications and degrees. Early indicators show that the desire and ability to learn, unlearn and relearn will be a core competency of this generation. A recent survey from Instructure and Harris Poll showed that 55% of Gen Zers seek out new job skills on their own, without expecting help or guidance from their company or boss. With the emphasis on learning as a competency, it is important for managers of Gen Z employees to foster intellectually stimulating environments. Encouraging ongoing training and creating active mentoring programs can be cost-effective ways to engage these new-to-career professionals. Tentative About Tacit Knowledge &quot;Tacit knowledge, or specific information about process or customers (along with other subtleties such as culture), is usually passed down within organizations through decades of in-person collaboration and communication and is critical for long-term success and leadership development.&quot; In Deloitte Insights&#039; &quot;Generation Z Enters the Workforce,&quot; the authors give weight to the gap between the information gained online and deeper concepts like context that come from relationships, observation and interaction. Gen Z employees and companies alike should be careful not to equate complex technical proficiency with knowledge of the more subtle nuances and judgment required to make business decisions independently. Internships and entry-level roles should clearly delineate technical requirements as well as &quot;experience appropriate&quot; challenges and decisions. A Gen Z employee may be an expert at getting 1,000 people to attend a business networking event, but that does not mean she knows what to do once they arrive. Diverse The definition of diversity has expanded rapidly during the last 10 years. In a recent Deloitte study on Generation Z versus millennials, &quot;Generation Z put nearly as much emphasis on the importance of diversity of gender, age, disability and education, but they put more emphasis on diversity relating to LGBT identity and religion than their elders.&quot; As executives and hiring managers actively strive to attract a wider range of backgrounds and viewpoints, Gen Z employees will seek out and embrace diversity. Their comfort with diversity will have a positive impact on inclusivity and productivity among different teams and environments. Generation Z already represents $44 billion in annual purchasing power, with 85% learning about new products via social media. These digital natives are not only target customers of many growing companies, but they offer a range of modern skills to strengthen the workforce. Internal apprenticeship programs, latticed career plans and matching skills to projects will allow for better success in staffing and development. Employers who create dynamic opportunities to leverage Gen Z&#039;s robust technical skills and fluency combined with ample opportunities for professional growth will be set up to thrive in the years to come. "> <a class="addthis_button_facebook"></a> <a class="addthis_button_linkedin"></a> <script> var addthis_share = { templates: { twitter: "Current managers and bosses would be wise to learn what makes Gen Zers tick at work By Robin Reshwan, Contributor" } } </script> <a class="addthis_button_twitter"></a> <a class="addthis_button_email"></a> <a class="addthis_button_compact"></a> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><h2><span><span><span><strong><span>Current managers and bosses would be wise to learn what makes Gen Zers tick at work</span></strong></span></span></span></h2> <p class="xdefault"><em><span><span><span><span>By Robin Reshwan, Contributor</span></span></span></span></em></p> <p class="xdefault"><span><span><span><strong><span>LIVE CHILLING AT WORK? </span></strong><span>Maybe not yet, but with approximately 80 million teens to young adults heading to the American workforce over the next decade, this may become a familiar work expression for leaving video chat apps open with friends or colleagues. Generation Z is a term used to describe people born between roughly 1996 and 2010. Not to be confused with their older, employed millennial colleagues, Gen Zers are either just entering the workforce or still in school. Here are four characteristics to look for in Gen Z interns, entry-level workers and future co-workers. </span></span></span></span></p> <p class="xdefault"><span><span><span><strong><span>Multitasking Masters </span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p class="xdefault"><span><span><span><span>"Switching between different tasks and paying simultaneous attention to a wide range of stimuli comes naturally to them," notes entrepreneur and Forbes Leadership writer Deep Patel. A lifetime of fast moving and constantly updating media and technology has strengthened this generation's ability to transition rapidly and effectively. </span></span></span></span></p> <p class="xdefault"><span><span><span><span>With a documented average attention span of eight seconds, the younger generation can absorb new information quickly and feels at ease with dynamic change. This is a huge advantage in modern business, where variables are many and staying in front of industry trends is a competitive advantage. </span></span></span></span></p> <p class="xdefault"><span><span><span><strong><span>Committed to Intellectual Growth </span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p class="xdefault"><span><span><span><span>Although many have yet to finish school, Gen Z is on track to be the most highly educated generation yet, according to Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. They are growing up and launching careers in an era where knowledge, both tactical "how to's" and explanations of more academic subjects, can be accessed quickly and cheaply online. Sites like Khan Academy, Udemy and LinkedIn Learning enable real time learning for personal and professional benefit. </span></span></span></span></p> <p class="xdefault"><span><span><span><span>Additionally, schools and colleges now offer a range of online courses, certifications and degrees. Early indicators show that the desire and ability to learn, unlearn and relearn will be a core competency of this generation. </span></span></span></span></p> <p class="xdefault"><span><span><span><span>A recent survey from Instructure and Harris Poll showed that 55% of Gen Zers seek out new job skills on their own, without expecting help or guidance from their company or boss. With the emphasis on learning as a competency, it is important for managers of Gen Z employees to foster intellectually stimulating environments. Encouraging ongoing training and creating active mentoring programs can be cost-effective ways to engage these new-to-career professionals. </span></span></span></span></p> <p class="xdefault"><span><span><span><strong><span>Tentative About Tacit Knowledge</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p class="xdefault"><span><span><span><span>"Tacit knowledge, or specific information about process or customers (along with other subtleties such as culture), is usually passed down within organizations through decades of in-person collaboration and communication and is critical for long-term success and leadership development." In Deloitte Insights' "Generation Z Enters the Workforce," the authors give weight to the gap between the information gained online and deeper concepts like context that come from relationships, observation and interaction. </span></span></span></span></p> <p class="xdefault"><span><span><span><span>Gen Z employees and companies alike should be careful not to equate complex technical proficiency with knowledge of the more subtle nuances and judgment required to make business decisions independently. Internships and entry-level roles should clearly delineate technical requirements as well as "experience appropriate" challenges and decisions. A Gen Z employee may be an expert at getting 1,000 people to attend a business networking event, but that does not mean she knows what to do once they arrive. </span></span></span></span></p> <p class="xdefault"><span><span><span><strong><span>Diverse </span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p class="xdefault"><span><span><span><span>The definition of diversity has expanded rapidly during the last 10 years. In a recent Deloitte study on Generation Z versus millennials, "Generation Z put nearly as much emphasis on the importance of diversity of gender, age, disability and education, but they put more emphasis on diversity relating to LGBT identity and religion than their elders." As executives and hiring managers actively strive to attract a wider range of backgrounds and viewpoints, Gen Z employees will seek out and embrace diversity. </span></span></span></span></p> <p class="xdefault"><span><span><span><span>Their comfort with diversity will have a positive impact on inclusivity and productivity among different teams and environments. </span></span></span></span></p> <p class="x"><span><span><span><span>Generation Z already represents $44 billion in annual purchasing power, with 85% learning about new products via social media. These digital natives are not only target customers of many growing companies, but they offer a range of modern skills to strengthen the workforce. Internal apprenticeship programs, latticed career plans and matching skills to projects will allow for better success in staffing and development. Employers who create dynamic opportunities to leverage Gen Z's robust technical skills and fluency combined with ample opportunities for professional growth will be set up to thrive in the years to come.</span></span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-article-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Category</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/articles/parent-news" hreflang="en">Parent News</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/parent" hreflang="en">Parent</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/career-resources/career-articles" hreflang="en">Career Articles</a></div> </div> </div> Wed, 11 Dec 2019 00:58:00 +0000 ermross 6201 at https://alumni.ucdavis.edu Resource: UC Alumni Career Network https://alumni.ucdavis.edu/news/resource-uc-alumni-career-network <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Resource: UC Alumni Career Network</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"> <span lang="" about="/user/15861" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">bmwbro</span> </span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">November 20, 2019</span> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-primary-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/dgvnsk451/files/styles/sf_landscape_16x9/public/images/article/Alumni%20Career%20Network%20Word.png?h=cad69a20&amp;itok=obBUsPIR" width="1280" height="720" alt="Alumni Career Network written" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-sf-landscape-16x9" /> </div> <div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style addthis_32x32_style" addthis:url="https://alumni.ucdavis.edu/articles.rss" addthis:title="Career Articles" addthis:description="Expand your knowledge and reach with the University of California’s Alumni Career Network. This amazing resource provides high-impact, online webinar series designed to provide UC alumni with insights, information, and connections to launch, grow and expand your career opportunities. Topics have ranged from Navigating the Job Search to Discovering a Meaningful 2nd Act Career. Each month the Alumni Career Network will tackle a different career topic and provide tips and insights to help you make the most of your UC Network. Take the opportunity to review the ever growing library of content and subscribe to stay up to date on all the latest topics. Want more or want to give back? Jump in and get involved by participating in an event or volunteering as a panelist, moderator, or speaker for our webinar career series. The webinars and content is volunteer driven and is made possible by UC alumni! "> <a class="addthis_button_facebook"></a> <a class="addthis_button_linkedin"></a> <script> var addthis_share = { templates: { twitter: "Expand your knowledge and reach with the University of California’s Alumni Career Network. This amazing resource provides high-impact, online webinar series designed to provide UC alumni with insights, information, and connections to launch, grow and expand your career opportunities. Topics have ranged from Navigating the Job Search to Discovering a Meaningful 2nd Act Career." } } </script> <a class="addthis_button_twitter"></a> <a class="addthis_button_email"></a> <a class="addthis_button_compact"></a> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span>Expand your knowledge and reach with the University of California’s <a href="https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/support-uc/connect/alumni-career-network">Alumni Career Network</a>. This amazing resource provides high-impact, online webinar series designed to provide UC alumni with insights, information, and connections to launch, grow and expand your career opportunities. Topics have ranged from Navigating the Job Search to Discovering a Meaningful 2nd Act Career. Each month the <a href="https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/support-uc/connect/alumni-career-network">Alumni Career Network</a> will tackle a different career topic and provide tips and insights to help you make the most of your UC Network.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Take the opportunity to review the ever growing library of content and <a href="https://universityofcalifornia.us12.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=9280abae5db38ffc80930a230&amp;id=2447d7f1bd">subscribe</a> to stay up to date on all the latest topics. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Want more or want to give back? Jump in and get involved by participating in an event or <a href="http://sgiz.mobi/s3/UC-Virtual-Career-Series-Interest-Form">volunteering as a panelist, moderator, or speaker</a> for our webinar career series. The webinars and content is volunteer driven and is made possible by UC alumni!</span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-article-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Category</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/articles/alumni-stories" hreflang="en">Alumni News</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/career-resources/career-articles" hreflang="en">Career Articles</a></div> </div> </div> Wed, 20 Nov 2019 20:42:45 +0000 bmwbro 5896 at https://alumni.ucdavis.edu Establishing a Professional Network https://alumni.ucdavis.edu/news/establishing-professional-network <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Establishing a Professional Network</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"> <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype=""> (not verified)</span> </span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">September 04, 2019</span> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-primary-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/dgvnsk451/files/styles/sf_landscape_16x9/public/images/article/people-shaking-hands-uc-davis.jpg?h=242cd5c8&amp;itok=1OT5Byx7" width="1280" height="720" alt="People shaking hands" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-sf-landscape-16x9" /> </div> <div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style addthis_32x32_style" addthis:url="https://alumni.ucdavis.edu/articles.rss" addthis:title="Career Articles" addthis:description="Networking is the process of cultivating relationships to obtain or provide information, resources and/or support.  Building and maintaining a professional network is essential to success in today’s job market. Establishing relationships through network connections can serve you well in determining your next job, career path and future. Here at the UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association, we are here to help connect you to the extensive Aggie network across the globe. Whether you’re searching for your first job or an established professional, networking can assist with your career aspirations. Where do I start? Almost anyone can be a networking contact. Start by thinking about all of the people you may already know: family, friends, friends of friends, neighbors, former roommates, fellow alumni, professional associations, fellow job seekers, mentors, club associates, doctors, dentists, lawyers, accountants, insurance agents, real estate agents, bankers and all past associates. Networking is a lifelong investment in becoming a successful professional. Whatever direction your career takes, building and nurturing relationships will be essential. Invest time and energy in the people component of your career. Tips for Networking: Be fully present in your conversation and listen more than you talk. Think long term; not just what you think you want in the short term. Give more than you get, but do not over commit yourself. If you do commit to something, take action immediately. Be honest Only go to networking events that excite you Connect with a regional or special interest alumni network (hyperlink) Networking Guides How to introduce yourself How to network online "> <a class="addthis_button_facebook"></a> <a class="addthis_button_linkedin"></a> <script> var addthis_share = { templates: { twitter: "Here at the UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association, we are here to help connect you to the extensive Aggie network across the globe. Whether you’re searching for your first job or an established professional, networking can assist with your career aspirations. " } } </script> <a class="addthis_button_twitter"></a> <a class="addthis_button_email"></a> <a class="addthis_button_compact"></a> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span><span>Networking is the process of cultivating relationships to obtain or provide information, resources and/or support.  Building and maintaining a professional network is essential to success in today’s job market.</span></span> <span><span>Establishing relationships through network connections can serve you well in determining your next job, career path and future. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Here at the UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association, we are here to help connect you to the extensive Aggie network across the globe. Whether you’re searching for your first job or an established professional, networking can assist with your career aspirations.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <h4><span><span><span><strong><span><span>Where do I start?</span></span></strong></span></span></span></h4> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Almost anyone can be a networking contact. Start by thinking about all of the people you may already know: family, friends, friends of friends, neighbors, former roommates, fellow alumni, professional associations, fellow job seekers, mentors, club associates, doctors, dentists, lawyers, accountants, insurance agents, real estate agents, bankers and all past associates.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Networking is a lifelong investment in becoming a successful professional. Whatever direction your career takes, building and nurturing relationships will be essential. Invest time and energy in the people component of your career.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <h4><span><span><span><strong><span><span>Tips for Networking:</span></span></strong></span></span></span></h4> <ul class="list--arrow"><li><span><span><span><span><span>Be fully present in your conversation and listen more than you talk.</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Think long term; not just what you think you want in the short term.</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Give more than you get, but do not over commit yourself. If you do commit to something, take action immediately.</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Be honest</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Only go to networking events that excite you</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Connect with a regional or special interest alumni network (hyperlink)</span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul><h4><span><span><span><strong><span><span>Networking Guides</span></span></strong></span></span></span></h4> <ul class="list--arrow"><li><span><span><span><a href="https://icc.ucdavis.edu/sites/g/files/dgvnsk2236/files/find/resources/networking/Networking-Pitch-Handout.pdf"><span><span>How to introduce yourself </span></span></a></span></span></span></li> <li><a href="http:// https://icc.ucdavis.edu/find/resources/networking/networking-online"><span><span><span>How to network online</span></span></span></a></li> </ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-article-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Category</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/articles/alumni-stories" hreflang="en">Alumni News</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/career-resources/career-articles" hreflang="en">Career Articles</a></div> </div> </div> Wed, 04 Sep 2019 18:27:07 +0000 Anonymous 5296 at https://alumni.ucdavis.edu Acing the Job Interview https://alumni.ucdavis.edu/news/acing-job-interview <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Acing the Job Interview</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"> <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype=""> (not verified)</span> </span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">September 03, 2019</span> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-primary-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/dgvnsk451/files/styles/sf_landscape_16x9/public/images/article/20171016_studentcenter_007.jpg?h=242cd5c8&amp;itok=LWsVLZ4P" width="1280" height="720" alt="People talking to each other across a table" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-sf-landscape-16x9" /> </div> <div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style addthis_32x32_style" addthis:url="https://alumni.ucdavis.edu/articles.rss" addthis:title="Career Articles" addthis:description="Interviewing can be a stressful experience –– but it doesn’t have to be. With the right preparation tools, interviewing can be an insightful way to discover what job is right for you, whatever stage you are at in your career. These resources from the UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association will prepare you for even the toughest interview questions. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or someone looking for your first career job, these materials below will help you land your first job, change career paths or get that promotion. Interviewing The interview is one of the most important phases of the job search process. It is your opportunity to convince an employer that you are the right person for the job. The goal of interviewing Communicate information about yourself, your experience, your skills and your abilities as they relate to the position Seek further information about the job and the organization Evaluate the match between your needs and what the job offers How to answer interview questions Think through possible questions that the interviewer might ask and practice your answers. Click here for samples of questions you can use to prep for an interview: Before your interview, research the company, job description and your industry. Incorporate your findings into your responses to questions in the interview, showing your experience in relation to the job, company, and industry. Use these tips from the Internship and Career Center to prepare. Show your experience through examples of previous work and project experience. Your goal is to show the employer how hiring you will tackle their obstacles. Questions to ask in an interview Have questions prepared for the end of the interview. Ask questions related to the position and company like: What are the top successes and challenges that previous employees have had in this role? What does a typical day look like in this role? Do not ask questions about salary or benefits. These questions should be saved for when an offer is made. "> <a class="addthis_button_facebook"></a> <a class="addthis_button_linkedin"></a> <script> var addthis_share = { templates: { twitter: "These resources from the UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association will prepare you for even the toughest interview questions. " } } </script> <a class="addthis_button_twitter"></a> <a class="addthis_button_email"></a> <a class="addthis_button_compact"></a> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span><span>Interviewing can be a stressful experience –– but it doesn’t have to be. With the right preparation tools, interviewing can be an insightful way to discover what job is right for you, whatever stage you are at in your career.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>These resources from the </span></span><span><span><span><span>UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association </span></span></span></span><span><span>will prepare you for even the toughest interview questions. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or someone looking for your first career job, these materials below will help you land your first job, change career paths or get that promotion.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <h4><span><span><span><strong><span><span>Interviewing</span></span></strong></span></span></span></h4> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The interview is one of the most important phases of the job search process. It is your opportunity to convince an employer that you are the right person for the job.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <h4><span><span><span><strong><span><span>The goal of interviewing</span></span></strong></span></span></span></h4> <ul><li><span><span><span><span><span>Communicate information about yourself, your experience, your skills and your abilities as they relate to the position</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Seek further information about the job and the organization</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Evaluate the match between your needs and what the job offers</span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul><h4><span><span><span><strong><span><span>How to answer interview questions</span></span></strong></span></span></span></h4> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Think through possible questions that the interviewer might ask and practice your answers. <strong><a href="https://icc.ucdavis.edu/interview/questions">Click here for samples of questions</a></strong> you can use to prep for an interview:</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Before your interview, research the company, job description and your industry. Incorporate your findings into your responses to questions in the interview, showing your experience in relation to the job, company, and industry. <strong><a href="https://icc.ucdavis.edu/interview/prepare">Use these tips</a></strong> from the Internship and Career Center to prepare.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Show your experience through examples of previous work and project experience. Your goal is to show the employer how hiring you will tackle their obstacles.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <h4><span><span><span><strong><span><span>Questions to ask in an interview</span></span></strong></span></span></span></h4> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Have questions prepared for the end of the interview. Ask questions related to the position and company like:</span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul class="list--arrow"><li><span><span><span><span><span>What are the top successes and challenges that previous employees have had in this role?</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>What does a typical day look like in this role?</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Do not ask questions about salary or benefits. These questions should be saved for when an offer is made.</span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-article-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Category</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/articles/alumni-stories" hreflang="en">Alumni News</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/career-resources/career-articles" hreflang="en">Career Articles</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 03 Sep 2019 22:29:52 +0000 Anonymous 5286 at https://alumni.ucdavis.edu Find the Right Job https://alumni.ucdavis.edu/news/find-right-job <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Find the Right Job</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"> <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype=""> (not verified)</span> </span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">September 03, 2019</span> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-primary-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/dgvnsk451/files/styles/sf_landscape_16x9/public/images/article/20171205_VSC_11.jpg?h=6f3285a6&amp;itok=-CSJKq8j" width="1280" height="720" alt="Two people looking at a piece of paper" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-sf-landscape-16x9" /> </div> <div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style addthis_32x32_style" addthis:url="https://alumni.ucdavis.edu/articles.rss" addthis:title="Career Articles" addthis:description="Achieving your career goals should include organizing a job search campaign, consisting of a combination of strategies -- from networking to job boards. Searching for a new job can be a daunting prospect for anyone. Securing the right position takes hard work, research, persistence and good instincts. Fortunately, the UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association can assist you in your job search. And don’t forget to use that extensive Aggie network to help connect you to jobs in your field. Tips for the job search Assess your interests, abilities, and values. Then, align your job search with them. Establish your career path and goals. Then, use your goals to focus your job search. Update your resume and cover letter.  Research the companies and industries that interest you. Assess your online brand. Check your social media privacy settings and ensure your content is professional. Consider conducting information interviews and attend career fairs to learn about employers. Conduct targeted job searches on job boards and industry association websites. Keep records of all materials, job descriptions and interactions in relation to your job search. Use these materials to prepare for the interview.  For more ideas and resources check out the UC Davis Internship and Career Center’s job search resources. Check out Handshake. Avoid job phishing. "> <a class="addthis_button_facebook"></a> <a class="addthis_button_linkedin"></a> <script> var addthis_share = { templates: { twitter: "These resources from the UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association will prepare you for even the toughest interview questions. " } } </script> <a class="addthis_button_twitter"></a> <a class="addthis_button_email"></a> <a class="addthis_button_compact"></a> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span><span>Achieving your career goals should include organizing a job search campaign, consisting of a combination of strategies -- from networking to job boards. Searching for a new job can be a daunting prospect for anyone. Securing the right position takes hard work, research, persistence and good instincts.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Fortunately, the UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association can assist you in your job search. And don’t forget to use that extensive Aggie network to help connect you to jobs in your field.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <h4><span><span><span><strong><span><span>Tips for the job search</span></span></strong></span></span></span></h4> <ul><li><span><span><span><span><span>Assess your interests, abilities, and values. Then, align your job search with them.</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Establish your career path and goals. Then, use your goals to focus your job search.</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://alumni.ucdavis.edu/news/how-stand-out-competitive-job-market">Update your resume and cover letter</a>. </span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Research the companies and industries that interest you.</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Assess your online brand. Check your social media privacy settings and ensure your content is professional.</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Consider conducting information interviews and attend career fairs to learn about employers.</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Conduct targeted job searches on job boards and industry association websites.</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Keep records of all materials, job descriptions and interactions in relation to your job search. Use these materials to prepare for the interview. </span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>For more ideas and resources check out the <a href="https://icc.ucdavis.edu/find">UC Davis Internship and Career Center’s job search resources</a>.</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Check out <a href="https://ucdavis.joinhandshake.com/login">Handshake</a>.</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><a href="https://www.ucdavis.edu/majors/blog/tips-trends/7-ways-safeguard-yourself-from-job-phishing-scams">Avoid job phishing</a>.</span></span></span></li> </ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-article-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Category</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/articles/alumni-stories" hreflang="en">Alumni News</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/career-resources/career-articles" hreflang="en">Career Articles</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 03 Sep 2019 22:20:40 +0000 Anonymous 5281 at https://alumni.ucdavis.edu Professional Development Tips for Alumni https://alumni.ucdavis.edu/news/professional-development-tips-alumni <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Professional Development Tips for Alumni</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"> <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype=""> (not verified)</span> </span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">September 03, 2019</span> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-primary-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/dgvnsk451/files/styles/sf_landscape_16x9/public/images/article/20199212-design-hall-6062.jpg?h=242cd5c8&amp;itok=VtU7vdYg" width="1280" height="720" alt="A person presenting to a gropu" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-sf-landscape-16x9" /> </div> <div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style addthis_32x32_style" addthis:url="https://alumni.ucdavis.edu/articles.rss" addthis:title="Career Articles" addthis:description="Never Stop Learning “Lifelong learner” is a popularized term, but it is the correct approach to your career. Understanding your strengths and how to apply them, as well as knowing where you can improve is vital to career growth. Regardless of where you are in your career journey, it is never too late to learn new skills or update existing ones. The UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association is here to help. Below are some tips and tricks to get the most out of professional development courses. Professional development comes in all shapes and sizes. Start by reading articles in your industry or finding articles on how to improve your soft skills at work. Periodically, perform a career evaluation of your career plan. If you don’t have a plan, create one. Think about what you want to accomplish, then detail the steps, skills and jobs you would need to have to get there. Click here for a guide, courtesy of UC Davis. Know Yourself Career management begins with exploring who you are, what you want, where you want to go and knowing how you can get there. As the foundation of career management, self-assessment encourages you to identify and explore your values, personality, interests and skills. The more insight gained from self-assessment, the more informed and focused your career decisions will be. Additional Career Resources Learn About Yourself Explore Your Career Take Action Set Goals How to Be Happy at Work Explore Careers in Data Make a Lasting Impression Optimize Your LinkedIn "> <a class="addthis_button_facebook"></a> <a class="addthis_button_linkedin"></a> <script> var addthis_share = { templates: { twitter: "Regardless of where you are in your career journey, it is never too late to learn new skills or update existing ones. " } } </script> <a class="addthis_button_twitter"></a> <a class="addthis_button_email"></a> <a class="addthis_button_compact"></a> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><h4>Never Stop Learning</h4> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Lifelong learner” is a popularized term, but it is the correct approach to your career. Understanding your strengths and how to apply them, as well as knowing where you can improve is vital to career growth. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Regardless of where you are in your career journey, it is never too late to learn new skills or update existing ones. The UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association is here to help. Below are some tips and tricks to get the most out of professional development courses.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Professional development comes in all shapes and sizes. Start by reading articles in your industry or finding articles on how to improve your soft skills at work.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Periodically, perform a career evaluation of your career plan. If you don’t have a plan, create one. Think about what you want to accomplish, then detail the steps, skills and jobs you would need to have to get there. <a href="https://hr.ucdavis.edu/departments/learning-dev/toolkits/career-mgmt/next-steps">Click here for a guide</a>, courtesy of UC Davis. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h4><span><span><span><strong><span><span>Know Yourself</span></span></strong></span></span></span></h4> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Career management begins with exploring who you are, what you want, where you want to go and knowing how you can get there. As the foundation of career management, self-assessment encourages you to identify and explore your values, personality, interests and skills. The more insight gained from self-assessment, the more informed and focused your career decisions will be.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <h4><span><span><span><span><span>Additional Career Resources</span></span></span></span></span></h4> <ul class="list--arrow"><li><a href="https://hr.ucdavis.edu/departments/learning-dev/toolkits/career-mgmt/assess">Learn About Yourself</a></li> <li><a href="https://hr.ucdavis.edu/departments/learning-dev/toolkits/career-mgmt/career-exploration">Explore Your Career</a></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://hr.ucdavis.edu/departments/learning-dev/toolkits/career-mgmt/action">T</a></span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://hr.ucdavis.edu/departments/learning-dev/toolkits/career-mgmt/action"><span><span><span><span><span>ake Action</span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li><a href="https://hr.ucdavis.edu/departments/learning-dev/toolkits/career-mgmt/next-steps/goals">Set Goals</a></li> <li><a href="https://alumni.ucdavis.edu/news/how-be-happy-work">How to Be Happy at Work</a></li> <li><a href="https://alumni.ucdavis.edu/news/data-careers">Explore Careers in Data</a></li> <li><a href="https://alumni.ucdavis.edu/news/janet-elsea-how-make-lasting-impression-your-field">Make a Lasting Impression</a></li> <li><a href="https://alumni.ucdavis.edu/news/8-tips-optimizing-your-linkedin">Optimize Your LinkedIn</a></li> </ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-article-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Category</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/articles/alumni-stories" hreflang="en">Alumni News</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/career-resources/career-articles" hreflang="en">Career Articles</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 03 Sep 2019 22:00:04 +0000 Anonymous 5276 at https://alumni.ucdavis.edu How to Stand Out in a Competitive Job Market https://alumni.ucdavis.edu/news/how-stand-out-competitive-job-market <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">How to Stand Out in a Competitive Job Market</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"> <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype=""> (not verified)</span> </span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">September 03, 2019</span> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-primary-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/dgvnsk451/files/styles/sf_landscape_16x9/public/images/article/students-at-table-uc-davis.jpg?h=242cd5c8&amp;itok=KYpkWmq_" width="1280" height="720" alt="People sitting around a table looking at a computer screen" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-sf-landscape-16x9" /> </div> <div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style addthis_32x32_style" addthis:url="https://alumni.ucdavis.edu/articles.rss" addthis:title="Career Articles" addthis:description="A UC Davis alumni guide to writing your resume and cover letter In today’s competitive market, your resume and cover letter need to be a focused, concise summary of your qualifications, customized for the specific position for which you are applying. Your resume is a critical marketing tool that presents your accomplishments, strengths and experience to prospective employers. Your cover letter explains who you are, what your qualifications are and why an employer should want to spend valuable time meeting you in person. No matter if you are looking for your first job out of college or are an experienced job seeker, the resources below – courtesy of the UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association – are here to help. And don’t forget about the amazing network of fellow Aggies within your chosen industry; they can help you learn about specific keywords to use on your resume and cover letter in order to stand out to recruiters. Tips for writing a great resume or CV Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume, what is right for you? Click here for a great description of each option. A well-written resume highlighting your most relevant qualifications for the job will help you get selected for an interview. Above all, your resume needs to be consistent, concise and easy to read. You should tailor your resume or CV to show you are a good fit for the position. You will need to clearly understand the mission, focus, goals and objectives of the organization and job that you are applying to. Research is key. Follow these three steps for success from the UC Davis Internship and Career Center: Brainstorm and Collect Experiences/Skills Tailor and Format Submit Tips for writing a great cover letter The cover letter acts as your introduction to a prospective employer. Highlight your enthusiasm for the position and clearly explain why your previous job, internship, and/or skills are a good fit for the employer. You should always include a cover letter with your application unless specifically told not to by the employer. Include: your contact information the date a greeting  a few paragraphs highlight qualifications and examples a summary of qualifications For more do’s and don’ts of cover letter writing check out the UC Davis Internship and Career Center’s tips here. "> <a class="addthis_button_facebook"></a> <a class="addthis_button_linkedin"></a> <script> var addthis_share = { templates: { twitter: "In today’s competitive market, an effective resume and cover letter needs to be a focused, concise summary of your qualifications, customized for the specific position for which you are applying. " } } </script> <a class="addthis_button_twitter"></a> <a class="addthis_button_email"></a> <a class="addthis_button_compact"></a> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>A UC Davis alumni guide to writing your resume and cover letter</h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span>In today’s competitive market, your resume and cover letter need to be a focused, concise summary of your qualifications, customized for the specific position for which you are applying. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><em>Your resume</em> is a critical marketing tool that presents your accomplishments, strengths and experience to prospective employers. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><em>Your cover letter</em> explains who you are, what your qualifications are and why an employer should want to spend valuable time meeting you in person.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>No matter if you are looking for your first job out of college or are an experienced job seeker, the resources below – courtesy of the UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association – are here to help. And don’t forget about the amazing network of fellow Aggies within your chosen industry; they can help you learn about specific keywords to use on your resume and cover letter in order to stand out to recruiters.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <h4><span><span><span><strong><span><span>Tips for writing a great resume or CV</span></span></strong></span></span></span></h4> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume, what is right for you? <a href="https://icc.ucdavis.edu/materials/resume/resumecv">Click here for a great description</a> of each option.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>A well-written resume highlighting your most relevant qualifications for the job will help you get selected for an interview. Above all, your resume needs to be consistent, concise and easy to read.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>You should tailor your resume or CV to show you are a good fit for the position. You will need to clearly understand the mission, focus, goals and objectives of the organization and job that you are applying to. Research is key. Follow these three steps for success from the UC Davis Internship and Career Center:</span></span></span></span></span></p> <ol><li><span><span><span><a href="https://icc.ucdavis.edu/materials/resume/step1"><span><span>Brainstorm and Collect Experiences/Skills</span></span></a></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><a href="https://icc.ucdavis.edu/materials/resume/step2"><span><span>Tailor and Format</span></span></a></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><a href="https://icc.ucdavis.edu/materials/resume/step3"><span><span>Submit</span></span></a></span></span></span></li> </ol><h4><span><span><span><strong><span><span>Tips for writing a great cover letter</span></span></strong></span></span></span></h4> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The cover letter acts as your introduction to a prospective employer. Highlight your enthusiasm for the position and clearly explain why your previous job, internship, and/or skills are a good fit for the employer. You should always include a cover letter with your application unless specifically told not to by the employer.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Include:</span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul class="list--arrow"><li><span><span><span><span><span>your contact information</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>the date</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>a greeting </span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>a few paragraphs highlight qualifications and examples </span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>a summary of qualifications</span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul><p><span><span><span><span><span>For more do’s and don’ts of cover letter writing check out the <a href="https://icc.ucdavis.edu/materials/cover-letters">UC Davis Internship and Career Center’s tips here.</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-article-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Category</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/articles/alumni-stories" hreflang="en">Alumni News</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/career-resources/career-articles" hreflang="en">Career Articles</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 03 Sep 2019 18:57:35 +0000 Anonymous 5271 at https://alumni.ucdavis.edu What to Expect in a Second Interview https://alumni.ucdavis.edu/news/what-expect-second-interview <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">What to Expect in a Second Interview</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"> <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype=""> (not verified)</span> </span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">August 23, 2019</span> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-primary-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/dgvnsk451/files/styles/sf_landscape_16x9/public/images/article/interview2.png?h=d09b6c17&amp;itok=Mvp2pIBz" width="1280" height="720" alt="An illustration of four people sitting at at table with one person facing them. " typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-sf-landscape-16x9" /> </div> <div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style addthis_32x32_style" addthis:url="https://alumni.ucdavis.edu/articles.rss" addthis:title="Career Articles" addthis:description="By Robin Reshwan  Raise your hand if you remember Shalamar&#039;s &#039;70s hit &quot;The Second Time Around.&quot; According to the lyrics, when it comes to romantic love, &quot;the second time is so much better, baby.&quot; The same can be said of job interviews, too. Modern companies should use multiple rounds of interviews in the hiring process, according to Power Moves, a book by psychologist Adam Grant, professor at the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania. Second interviews help hiring managers discern whether job seekers are genuinely qualified instead of simply well-rehearsed. Candidates with fake or hyperbolic answers will likely have a difficult time maintaining that façade over the course of several conversations. To provide a 360-degree view of an applicant, second interview questions may differ in topic and style from those asked during first interviews. Preparing for probing second interview questions will help you understand what to expect in a second interview. Read on for tips on how to succeed when you move to round two. To prepare for second interview questions: Be yourself in the interview process. Dive deep with your answers. Communicate your value. I recently heard an exceptionally wise tip from a professional contact: &quot;Show how you can be a culture add.&quot; For years, people have advised candidates to make sure they can fit in with the company culture. But this outstanding candidate threw down the gauntlet by showing how the culture would be even better if he joined the team. In your second interview, make sure you clearly communicate how your unique skills, personality and experiences can improve the organization. In doing so, you are demonstrating your understanding of where the company is today and you are committing to add value with your unique contributions. It is not an easy order to fill, but it&#039;s a worthwhile approach to consider and a huge plus when you succeed. When it comes to interviews, a &quot;one and done&quot; approach simply doesn&#039;t provide enough information for either party to make the best decision. But multiple meetings don&#039;t have to only serve the needs of the company. The second interview gives discerning candidates excellent opportunities to differentiate themselves and vet companies to ensure a good fit. With both parties seeking to make the most of their time together, it increases the odds of making an ideal match. "> <a class="addthis_button_facebook"></a> <a class="addthis_button_linkedin"></a> <script> var addthis_share = { templates: { twitter: "By Robin Reshwan  Raise your hand if you remember Shalamar&#039;s &#039;70s hit &quot;The Second Time Around.&quot; According to the lyrics, when it comes to romantic love, &quot;the second time is so much better, baby.&quot; The same can be said of job interviews, too." } } </script> <a class="addthis_button_twitter"></a> <a class="addthis_button_email"></a> <a class="addthis_button_compact"></a> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><h5><em>By Robin Reshwan </em></h5> <p>Raise your hand if you remember Shalamar's '70s hit "The Second Time Around." According to the lyrics, when it comes to romantic love, "the second time is so much better, baby."</p> <p>The same can be said of job interviews, too.</p> <p>Modern companies should use multiple rounds of interviews in the hiring process, according to Power Moves, a book by psychologist Adam Grant, professor at the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania. Second interviews help hiring managers discern whether job seekers are genuinely qualified instead of simply well-rehearsed. Candidates with fake or hyperbolic answers will likely have a difficult time maintaining that façade over the course of several conversations.</p> <p>To provide a 360-degree view of an applicant, second interview questions may differ in topic and style from those asked during first interviews. Preparing for probing second interview questions will help you understand what to expect in a second interview.<br /> Read on for tips on how to succeed when you move to round two.</p> <p>To prepare for second interview questions:</p> <ul class="list--arrow"><li>Be yourself in the interview process.</li> <li>Dive deep with your answers.</li> <li>Communicate your value.</li> </ul><p>I recently heard an exceptionally wise tip from a professional contact: "Show how you can be a culture add." For years, people have advised candidates to make sure they can fit in with the company culture. But this outstanding candidate threw down the gauntlet by showing how the culture would be even better if he joined the team.</p> <p>In your second interview, make sure you clearly communicate how your unique skills, personality and experiences can improve the organization. In doing so, you are demonstrating your understanding of where the company is today and you are committing to add value with your unique contributions. It is not an easy order to fill, but it's a worthwhile approach to consider and a huge plus when you succeed.</p> <p>When it comes to interviews, a "one and done" approach simply doesn't provide enough information for either party to make the best decision. But multiple meetings don't have to only serve the needs of the company. The second interview gives discerning candidates excellent opportunities to differentiate themselves and vet companies to ensure a good fit. With both parties seeking to make the most of their time together, it increases the odds of making an ideal match.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-article-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Category</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/articles/parent-news" hreflang="en">Parent News</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/career-resources/career-articles" hreflang="en">Career Articles</a></div> </div> </div> Fri, 23 Aug 2019 22:46:17 +0000 Anonymous 5221 at https://alumni.ucdavis.edu How to Be Happy at Work https://alumni.ucdavis.edu/news/how-be-happy-work <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">How to Be Happy at Work</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"> <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype=""> (not verified)</span> </span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">May 22, 2019</span> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-primary-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/dgvnsk451/files/styles/sf_landscape_16x9/public/images/article/happy%20at%20work%202.jpg?h=3f7cf8c9&amp;itok=QjdVYjIx" width="1280" height="720" alt="How to Be Happy at Work" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-sf-landscape-16x9" /> </div> <div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style addthis_32x32_style" addthis:url="https://alumni.ucdavis.edu/articles.rss" addthis:title="Career Articles" addthis:description="Written by Robin Reshwan Think fulfilling careers require your employer to offer free food, massages and pay better than the market? Think again. You don&#039;t need to work for a unicorn tech company to find happiness at work. Research shows that true professional satisfaction stems at least partially from factors within your individual control. Read on to learn about three things you can do today to increase your joy in your job.  Think about the big picture. Being intentional is essential to achieving goals and feeling satisfied about your accomplishments. Part of being intentional means taking a big-picture view of daily tasks and responsibilities. Doing so can boost happiness at work by underscoring their value and putting the time they require into perspective, according to research by psychology and marketing professors Jennifer Aaker, Cassie Mogilner Holmes and Hal Hershfield. They write that &quot;this elevated perspective involves optimizing one&#039;s weeks, rather than any given moment.&quot;With a larger purpose in mind, you can turn convert tasks from mundane to meaningful. You may already have productivity goals created with your manager, but you should strive to set one or two each month, quarter or year that are exclusively for your own development, then look for ways to reach them through your daily work. Maybe you want to strengthen your public speaking skills. With that in mind, the short departmental update you have to give every week can turn into an opportunity to get closer to your goal by engaging your audience and shifting co-workers&#039; perspectives of your value. Look for opportunities to learn. Lifelong learning is beneficial for your career. Its value extends to employees and also to their organizations, which reap the benefits of a better-educated and better-trained workforce. Additionally, using your brain to grow and learn raises your engagement at work. Only 32 percent of employees are very satisfied with the commitment their organizations demonstrate toward professional development opportunities, according to a 2017 survey conducted by the Society for Human Resources Management. Luckily, your employer does not have to be the gateway to your professional development. You can take matters into your own hands to get the same (or even better, customized) results. Learning doesn&#039;t have to be expensive or consume a lot of time. It can be as simple as trying out different tools or seeking new environments. You can sign up for online courses, listen to podcasts, participate in webinars or attend professional association conferences. Consider taking a tutorial class to learn an advanced feature of any of the technology or productivity tools you use at work. In short, you have control over your knowledge. Look for opportunities to strengthen it regularly. Connect with a community. Getting outside perspectives and having others to learn from are critically important to building fulfilling careers. Yet according to the 2019 Marketer Happiness Report, &quot;Only a quarter of us are meeting regularly with others outside of our own companies to exchange ideas. We&#039;re often trapped in our own bubbles or echo chambers.&quot; Seeking and building a community can be very simple. Find others in your profession who work outside of your team, then follow them on social media, schedule phone calls or attend events with them. If you aren&#039;t doing this at all, start by doing it once a year. Or you can increase the interaction frequency to quarterly, monthly or even weekly depending on your needs and goals. The effort is small, but the benefits are enormous. Alleviating your feelings of being unhappy at work does not have to be a difficult, expensive or time-consuming process. Start with a big-picture plan, layer in learning and lean into your community. That will put you on your way to increased professional satisfaction. "> <a class="addthis_button_facebook"></a> <a class="addthis_button_linkedin"></a> <script> var addthis_share = { templates: { twitter: "Written by Robin Reshwan Think fulfilling careers require your employer to offer free food, massages and pay better than the market? Think again. You don&#039;t need to work for a unicorn tech company to find happiness at work. Research shows that true professional satisfaction stems at least partially from factors within your individual control." } } </script> <a class="addthis_button_twitter"></a> <a class="addthis_button_email"></a> <a class="addthis_button_compact"></a> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span>Written by Robin Reshwan </span></span></span></p> <p class="MsoBodyText"><span><span>Think fulfilling careers require your employer to offer free food, massages a<a href="https://money.usnews.com/careers/salaries-and-benefits/articles/where-is-the-wage-growth"><span><span>nd pay better than the market</span></span></a>? Think again. You don't need to work for a unicorn tech company to find happiness at work. Research shows that true professional satisfaction stems at least partially from factors within your individual control.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoBodyText"><span><span>Read on to learn about three things you can do today to increase your joy in your job. </span></span></p> <p class="MsoBodyText"><strong><span><span><span><span>Think about the big picture.</span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p class="MsoBodyText"><span><span>Being intentional is essential to achieving goals and feeling satisfied about your accomplishments. Part of being intentional means taking a big-picture view of daily tasks and responsibilities. Doing so can boost happiness at work by underscoring their value and putting the time they require <span>into</span> perspective, according to research by psychology and marketing professors Jennifer Aaker, Cassie Mogilner Holmes and Hal Hershfield. They write that "this elevated perspective involves optimizing one's weeks, rather than any given moment."</span></span><br /><span><span>With a larger purpose in mind, you can turn convert tasks from mundane to meaningful. You may already have productivity goals created with your manager, but you should strive to set one or two each month, quarter or year that are exclusively for your own development, then look for ways to reach them through your daily work.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoBodyText"><span><span>Maybe you want to strengthen your public speaking skills. With that in mind, the short departmental update you have to give every week can turn into an opportunity to get closer to your goal by engaging your audience and <a href="https://money.usnews.com/careers/company-culture/articles/strategies-for-getting-clients-and-co-workers-to-take-me-seriously"><span><span>shifting</span></span></a> <a href="https://money.usnews.com/careers/company-culture/articles/strategies-for-getting-clients-and-co-workers-to-take-me-seriously"><span><span>co-workers' perspectives of your value</span></span></a>.</span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span>Look for opportunities to learn.</span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p class="MsoBodyText"><span><span><a href="https://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/articles/2017-03-13/how-to-find-professional-success-through-lifelong-learning"><span><span>Lifelong learning is beneficial </span></span></a>for your career. Its value extends to employees and also to their organizations, which reap the benefits of a better-educated and better-trained workforce. Additionally, using your brain to grow and learn raises your engagement at work.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoBodyText"><span><span>Only 32 percent of employees are very satisfied with the commitment their organizations demonstrate toward professional development opportunities, according to a 2017 survey conducted by the Society for Human Resources Management. Luckily, your employer does not have to be the gateway to your professional development. You can take matters into your own hands to get the same (or even better, customized) results.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoBodyText"><span><span>Learning doesn't have to be expensive or consume a lot of time. It can be as simple as trying out different tools or seeking new environments. You can sign up for online courses, listen to podcasts, participate in webinars or attend<a href="https://money.usnews.com/careers/company-culture/articles/2018-09-05/the-perks-of-professional-organizations"><span><span> professional association conferences</span></span></a>. Consider taking a tutorial class to learn an advanced feature of any of the technology or productivity tools you use at work.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoBodyText"><span><span>In short, you have control over your knowledge. Look for opportunities to strengthen it regularly.</span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span>Connect with a community.</span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p class="MsoBodyText"><span><span>Getting outside perspectives and having others to learn from are critically important to building fulfilling careers. Yet according to the 2019 Marketer Happiness Report, "Only a quarter of us are meeting regularly with others outside of our own companies to exchange ideas. We're often trapped in our own bubbles or echo chambers."</span></span></p> <p class="MsoBodyText"><span><span>Seeking and building a community can be very simple. Find others in your profession <a href="https://money.usnews.com/careers/company-culture/slideshows/the-most-important-allies-to-make-at-work"><span><span>who work outside of your team</span></span></a>, then follow them on social media, schedule phone calls or attend events with them. If you aren't doing this at all, start by doing it once a year. Or you can increase the interaction frequency to quarterly, monthly or even weekly depending on your needs and goals. The effort is small, but the benefits are enormous.</span></span></p> <p class="MsoBodyText"><span><span>Alleviating your feelings of being unhappy at work does not have to be a difficult, expensive or time-consuming process. Start with a big-picture plan, layer in learning and lean into your community. That will put you on your way to increased professional satisfaction.</span></span></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-article-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Category</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/articles/parent-news" hreflang="en">Parent News</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/career-resources/career-articles" hreflang="en">Career Articles</a></div> </div> </div> Wed, 22 May 2019 22:06:12 +0000 Anonymous 4791 at https://alumni.ucdavis.edu What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do https://alumni.ucdavis.edu/news/what-do-when-you-dont-know-what-do <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"> <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype=""> (not verified)</span> </span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">April 15, 2019</span> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-primary-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/dgvnsk451/files/styles/sf_landscape_16x9/public/images/article/uc-davis-career-events.jpg?h=242cd5c8&amp;itok=qMpi5Olg" width="1280" height="720" alt="Two people sitting at a table, looking as though they&#039;re lost in thought." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-sf-landscape-16x9" /> </div> <div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style addthis_32x32_style" addthis:url="https://alumni.ucdavis.edu/articles.rss" addthis:title="Career Articles" addthis:description="By Ken Barnes This article is part of our Career Corner series for members of our Parent and Family Association. Your student has been in school for a while now –– long enough to go through their first, second and sometimes third round of midterms, as well as their first-ever college finals. They may have realized a few things: Chemistry is a lot harder than before Calculus is a lot harder than before Physics is a lot harder than before Becoming a doctor (or engineer, physicist, chemist, etc.) may not be in their future Your student may have serious questions about their future, and this is a great time to help them figure out sound ways of developing meaningful answers and finding clarity. One excellent resource to steer them toward is AMS 95: Careers and Identity in American Culture. This course will be offered during the spring and will include career self-assessments, as well as tools to help students kick-start their career planning. They will not only take some of the best assessments on the market, they will also learn the fundamentals of making a resume, interviewing and learning about different careers. Other activities you can encourage them to do: Using breaks to conduct informational interviews (https://icc.ucdavis.edu/find/resources/networking/informational-interviews.htm) Take a career self-assessment through Student Health and Counseling Services (the Strong Interest Inventory is highly recommended) (https://shcs.ucdavis.edu/topics/career-assessments.html) Investigate career options through the Occupational Outlook Handbook put out by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/ooh/) Participate in Student Alumni Association activities that connect current students to alumni in related/interested areas (http://www.alumni.ucdavis.edu/membership/students/programs)  Regardless of the situation your students find themselves in, take the opportunity to have a meaningful dialogue with them about their future, career choices and finding out what will make them happy. Point them to resources that will give them insight into the vast amount of options they have available. Places to send them at UC Davis include: The Internship and Career Center (https://icc.ucdavis.edu/) The Office of Educational Opportunity and Enrichment Services (https://opportunity.ucdavis.edu/) The One Aggie Network (http://www.alumni.ucdavis.edu/) Student Health and Counseling Services (https://shcs.ucdavis.edu/) "> <a class="addthis_button_facebook"></a> <a class="addthis_button_linkedin"></a> <script> var addthis_share = { templates: { twitter: "Your student may have serious questions about their future, and this is a great time to help them figure out sound ways of developing meaningful answers. " } } </script> <a class="addthis_button_twitter"></a> <a class="addthis_button_email"></a> <a class="addthis_button_compact"></a> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><em><span><span><span>By Ken Barnes</span></span></span></em></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span><strong><span><em>This article is part of our Career Corner series for members of our <a href="https://alumni.ucdavis.edu/membership/parentsandfamilies">Parent and Family Association</a>.</em></span></strong></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span><span>Your student has been in school for a while now –– long enough to go through their first, second and sometimes third round of midterms, as well as their first-ever college finals. They may have realized a few things:</span></span></span></p> <ul class="list--arrow"><li><span><span><span>Chemistry is a lot harder than before</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Calculus is a lot harder than before</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Physics is a lot harder than before</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Becoming a doctor (or engineer, physicist, chemist, etc.) may not be in their future </span></span></span></li> </ul><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span><span>Your student may have serious questions about their future, and this is a great time to help them figure out sound ways of developing meaningful answers and finding clarity. One excellent resource to steer them toward is <em>AMS 95: Careers and Identity in American Culture</em>. This course will be offered during the spring and will include career self-assessments, as well as tools to help students kick-start their career planning. They will not only take some of the best assessments on the market, they will also learn the fundamentals of making a resume, interviewing and learning about different careers.</span></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span><span>Other activities you can encourage them to do:</span></span></span></p> <ul class="list--arrow"><li><span><span><span>Using breaks to conduct <span><span><a href="https://icc.ucdavis.edu/find/resources/networking/informational-interviews.htm">informational interviews</a></span></span> (<span><span><a href="https://icc.ucdavis.edu/find/resources/networking/informational-interviews.htm">https://icc.ucdavis.edu/find/resources/networking/informational-interviews.htm</a></span></span>)</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Take a <span><span><a href="https://shcs.ucdavis.edu/topics/career-assessments.html">career self-assessment</a></span></span> through Student Health and Counseling Services (the Strong Interest Inventory is highly recommended) (<span><span><a href="https://shcs.ucdavis.edu/topics/career-assessments.html">https://shcs.ucdavis.edu/topics/career-assessments.html</a></span></span>) </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Investigate career options through the <span><span><a href="http://www.bls.gov/ooh/">Occupational Outlook Handbook</a></span></span> put out by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (<span><span><a href="http://www.bls.gov/ooh/">http://www.bls.gov/ooh/</a></span></span>) </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Participate in <span><span><a href="http://www.alumni.ucdavis.edu/membership/students/programs">Student Alumni Association activities</a></span></span> that connect current students to alumni in related/interested areas (<span><span><a href="http://www.alumni.ucdavis.edu/membership/students/programs">http://www.alumni.ucdavis.edu/membership/students/programs</a></span></span>)  </span></span></span></li> </ul><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span><span><span>Regardless of the situation your students find themselves in, take the opportunity to have a meaningful dialogue with them about their future, career choices and finding out what will make them happy. Point them to resources that will give them insight into the vast amount of options they have available. Places to send them at UC Davis include:</span></span></span></p> <ul class="list--arrow"><li><span><span><span>The <span><span><a href="https://icc.ucdavis.edu/">Internship and Career Center</a></span></span> (<span><span><a href="https://icc.ucdavis.edu/">https://icc.ucdavis.edu/</a></span></span>) </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>The <span><span><a href="https://opportunity.ucdavis.edu/">Office of Educational Opportunity and Enrichment Services</a></span></span> (<span><span><a href="https://opportunity.ucdavis.edu/">https://opportunity.ucdavis.edu/</a></span></span>) </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>The <span><span><a href="https://www.alumni.ucdavis.edu/">One Aggie Network</a></span></span> (<span><span><a href="http://www.alumni.ucdavis.edu/">http://www.alumni.ucdavis.edu/</a></span></span>) </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://shcs.ucdavis.edu/">Student Health and Counseling Services</a></span></span></span><span> (<span><span><a href="https://shcs.ucdavis.edu/">https://shcs.ucdavis.edu/</a></span></span>) </span></span></span></li> </ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-article-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Category</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/articles/parent-news" hreflang="en">Parent News</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sf-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/career-resources/career-articles" hreflang="en">Career Articles</a></div> </div> </div> Mon, 15 Apr 2019 16:12:38 +0000 Anonymous 4531 at https://alumni.ucdavis.edu