Be Your Own Boss: A Discussion on Entrepreneurship…

Since the start of the new millennium, there have been numerous new companies that have sprung up and taken the world by storm.  It’s difficult to imagine a world without Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, or Youtube but all of these companies were created after the year 2005.  Every day, entrepreneurs are thinking of new ideas and starting new companies.  Both Facebook and Reddit were created while their founders were still attending college.

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When creating a new business, there is a lot of preparation that needs to go into the idea.  Things that a new entrepreneur needs to consider include thinking about the needs of their clientele, decide the business entity (how the company will be structured), how many employees can the company support, advertising and marketing methods, and financing.  An entrepreneur also needs to think about liability insurance, legal resources, and create a business plan for the first three years.

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Many entrepreneurs do not turn a profit for their new business until the third year of operation.  It’s important for any new entrepreneur to think about controlling budget needs and think about the size of their operation.  It probably won’t be until after the third year that an entrepreneur can start to think about growth opportunities and expanding their workforce.

Here at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, we offer an entire major concentrating on entrepreneurship.  If a student is interested in pursuing this major, we definitely recommend checking out the explore majors section of our website, csc.uncg.edu.  It would also be beneficial to either do some informational interviewing or take a couple 100 or 200 level classes to see if the major would be a good fit for the student.  Some of the workplaces that our student entrepreneurs have worked at in the past include venture capital groups, health care, non-profits, think tanks and research groups, universities and various corporations.

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Some national organizations that provide resources for exploring entrepreneurship interests include the US Association for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship, the Family Firm Institute, the National Collegiate Inventers and Innovators Alliance, the Academy of Management, and the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization.  Local resources for people who are thinking of starting a business includes actiongressnboro.org, the Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship, and Energizing Startups (an organization on campus).

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It’s always a good idea to do your research before starting any new business venture.  Students who are looking to start a new business should consult with a financial planner, an accountant or legal representation to make sure that everything they are planning is legal.

Have You Googled Yourself Lately?

As we all know, social media has become a huge part of our world and it’s important for students to protect their image and brands. More and more, employers are turning to social media platforms to screen potential employees for jobs.  Thus, it’s important to be mindful of the type of image we portray online, as organizations are looking to social media applications to screen out individuals who do not fit their needs and expectations.

Have You Googled Yourself Lately? is an exciting new program that encourages students to think more critically about their online presence. At the Career Services Center, we define online presence as “knowing who you appear to be online. Use social media to connect with others and to create opportunities to expand your network.” Thus, social media can be an excellent way to expand your professional network and meet other people who can help you grow and develop as a professional.

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It’s never too early to start thinking about how you want to make a good first impression online.  Below you’ll find some helpful hints to help you get started:

Step 1. “Google Yourself.” Simply type in your name in Google and see what pops up for you.

Step 2. Begin cleaning up/removing items that you can from social media websites that don’t represent how you would like potential employers to see you online using Rep’n Up. Rep’n Up is a free service that you can use to clean up your social media profile before you start your job search or apply to graduate school! Sign in through Facebook and receive a full report of any problematic text you have posted, e.g. sexual text, curse words, complaints about your boss.

Note that more recent activity hides older content.  Consider asking yourself the following questions:

  • Did you trash someone, or something, in a review on Amazon?
  • Did you write a controversial Letter to the Editor to a newspaper or other publication?
  • Did you add comments to an article on a news site?
  • Did you make comments on someone else’s blog?
  • Did you “Tweet” a raunchy post on Twitter?
  • Did you post a crude picture on Facebook or Instagram?
  • Do you have a personal website with ‘less than professional’ material?
  • Did you trash a former employer on a chat site?

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Step 3. Create a professional social media profile with LinkedIn, a fast-growing professional networking site that allows members to create business contacts, search for jobs, and find potential clients. View the video below to learn more about creating a professional LinkedIn profile.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8WZxYFaSmI

Step 4. Join “UNCG Spartans Network” on LinkedIn to connect with UNCG alumni!

Have you Googled Yourself Lately? will take place on Friday, April 15, 2016 from 11:00am – 12:30pm in the Career Services Center Large Conference Room (bottom floor of the EUC next to Subway).  The event will feature a brief presentation, pizza, drinks, and a fun group activity!

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And remember, our drop-in hours are available Monday – Friday, 10:00am – 4:30pm for brief questions. In addition, feel free to make an appointment with a career counselor to discuss your online presence further or any other career-related need. Our office is open M-F, 8:00am – 5:00pm. Visit us at csc.uncg.edu for more details!

We hope to see you soon!

How Do You Negotiate For Salary?

How do you respond whenever a discussion of salary comes up? The hard fact is most of us are anxious and uncomfortable during those situations when we know we want, or need, to discuss salary requirements. Here’s how to get started:

Take time to evaluate the offer at hand – whether for:

  • a job offer
  • a job promotion, or
  • a position advancement

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Have the right reasons to negotiate.

  • your skills, education, and experience are worth more than the salary offered
  • you have multiple job offers with similar salary offers
  • cost-of-living is higher in the area where the job is and the offer does not reflect that
  • salary for the position is less than the industry average

Do your homework.

  • document your skills and accomplishments, and be prepared to talk about them
  • research salary information resources such as: Payscale.com, Salary.com, Glassdoor.com, and SimplyHired.com
  • prepare a budget to determine your financial needs
  • salary is not the only area to negotiate – consider your options and evaluate your total compensation package which may also include: benefits, incentives, allowances, paid days off, flexibility, parking passes, etc.

Prepare for your negotiation conversation.

    • decide, before you go, what salary you want to earn, what you know you need to live on, and what you will be willing to settle for

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  • don’t be the first person to mention salary during the interview

 

  • be realistic; entry level salaries are less negotiable than salaries for mid-level or executive positions
  • practice your salary negotiation skills out loud
  • try to relax; it’s natural to feel embarrassed or uncomfortable when you are discussing salary

To Learn More – Check Out These Resources

NC Health Career Expo Tour 2016

Are you interested in a career in the healthcare field? Are you considering continuing your education?

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If so, don’t miss out on the Health Career Expo Tour when it makes a stop at UNCG on Wednesday, March 30! The Health Career Expo Tour is week-long event during which healthcare programs travel across North Carolina and make stops at different university campuses along the way. We are expecting 40 – 50 graduate and professional healthcare programs to be in attendance, with representatives from each program on site to share about their program and answer any questions you may have. We are excited to host the Tour for the first time at UNCG.

When? Wednesday, March 30 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Where? Coleman Gym (Cole 248) in the Coleman Building

What should I wear? Professional dress is recommended for this event. Check out the Career Services Pinterest board for examples of professional dress.

Who should come? The event is open to students and alumni of all majors interested in all aspects of the healthcare field.

Why should I come? This is your chance to meet representatives from highly respected healthcare programs. By engaging with these representatives you have a chance to set yourself apart from others applying, by putting a face with your name. Take this opportunity to network, build connections, and gain information from several healthcare programs all in one location.

Which healthcare programs will be in attendance? Programs attending include…

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

NC State University Physiology Graduate Program

Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Medical University of South Carolina

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

…and many more. Check SpartanCareers to view a full list of programs attending.

How should I prepare?

Treat the Health Career Expo as you would a Career Fair – meaning dress the part, do your research, develop a game plan, prepare your elevator pitch, and come prepared with questions.

  1. Dress the part. Put your best foot forward when interacting with graduate and professional school representatives. Dressing professionally shows that you are prepared for the next step in your career.
  2. Do your research. View the full list of graduate and professional programs attending the expo on SpartanCareers. Explore their websites and jot down any questions that arise during your research.
  3. Develop a game plan. With over 40 programs in attendance, the Expo could be bit overwhelming to some. Preparing a game plan ahead of time can eliminate anxiety. Make a list of the top 5 programs you are interested in learning more about. Speak with representatives from these programs first, and then use your remaining time to speak with representatives from other programs.
  4. Prepare your elevator pitch/30 second commercial. Your 30-second commercial is your opportunity to verbally express your professional self to a program representative. Your pitch will allow you to succinctly describe your academic background, professional experience, and discuss your interest in the healthcare field and/or the professional degree program. Practice at home or with a friend to build confidence delivering your pitch.
  5. Prepare your questions. There is a lot to consider when exploring graduate and professional degree programs. After doing your research, identify gaps in your knowledge or understanding of the programs. Questions you may ask a representative include: What is the estimated time to complete this program? What characteristics do you look for in applicants for this program? What type of clinical sites are available? How is your curriculum formatted?

If you have any questions about how to prepare for the Health Career Expo, schedule an appointment with a career counselor. Drop by our office in the EUC or call 336-334-5454 to schedule an appointment.

We look forward to seeing you at the Expo!

What the Heck is a Career Trek?

What is a Career Trek?

A Career Trek is the opportunity for UNCG students to travel to a specific company to learn about their business and meet with their current employees.  They are designed to give students an inside scoop on many different industries through visits to prominent organizations. It is an opportunity to hone informational interviewing and networking skills with UNCG alumni and employers. While you can learn a lot about an organization in the classroom, a career trek is the opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture of that company.  Check out the photo below of our Career Trek to Vanguard last semester!

Describe the Typical Day:

The average Career Trek lasts only a few hours and usually begins with a short networking breakfast. Each company will prepare the logistics of their Career Trek. For the most past, they will all consist of:

  • Background and information on the company
  • Panel of new hires
  • Panel of higher executives
  • Networking Lunch
  • Office tour
  • Q&A session

Application Process

Students apply to the Career Treks by submitting their resume to the Career Services Center staff. Resumes must be approved through our office. Once the deadline has passed, the Career Services Center staff members will vet through applications to find those most qualified to attend the Career Trek. The CSC staff are looking for students who have either worked a part-time job, completed an internship, or have taken on leadership positions in student organizations. Don’t forget! You are being evaluated from the time you turn in your resume. Be sure to send a professional email to the staff who will be receiving your resume. It is important to always be professional!

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Students will hear from the newest employees at the company about their experience, talk to the recruiters about how they can stand out during the interview process, and see the amenities that the company offers through a tour of the office. Students also appreciate lots of unstructured time for networking, as this is when they really can make connections.

How Should Students Dress During Treks?

Students are required to wear a suit to each Career Trek! Not sure what we mean by a suit? Visit our Pinterest page for some ideas!

Hope to see your application at our next Career Trek!

Education Career Fair – Not Just for Education Majors!

THE EDUCATION FAIR IS NOT JUST FOR EDUCATION MAJORS!!!!!

Do you have a desire to teach? Are you an aspiring educator? Are you curious about what it would be like to work in a private school or public school system? If so, prepare to participate in our Education Career Fair on Wednesday, March 16th!

Here is what you need to do to prepare:

  • Buy, clean and prep your professional attire.
    1. Yes, this is the education industry and professional dress/suits will likely not be what you wear everyday but administrators and recruiters will still expect you to show them your best!
  • Develop a game plan.
    1. Because this is a huge fair, we encourage you to pick at least your top 5-7 school representatives that you would like to meet.
      1. Research each school to get an idea of who they serve, where they are located and what they are most known for (or another way to put it – what is their mission and vision)
      2. Print off several copies of your resume and even tailor your resume and/or draft a cover letter for the schools that you really want to impress.
    2. Once you have visited with your top choice schools, use the rest of your time visiting others. You may not have been interested in them originally, but making professional connections and learning about the education industry is still very helpful to your professional career. And who knows?! You may learn something new about another system that will attract you. And when possible, consider the smaller school systems as well! The hiring process may not take as long as some of the bigger systems.

If you have any questions or would like to prepare for the Education Fair with a career counselor, please visit our office. We are located in the EUC, on the first floor next to Subway!

Education Career Fair – Wednesday, March 16, 10am – 2pm, Cone Ballroom

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It’s Career Fair Time!

93 companies in one place all with job openings! Don’t miss the Spring Career Fair, March 2nd at UNCG in the Elliott University Center Cone Ballroom. The event is from 10am-2pm with employers from multiple industries and locations. If you’re looking for an internship for the summer or a full time position – make every effort to attend this Wednesday!

Prepare for the Career Fair –

  1. Research companies who are attending using our app!

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  1. Decide what to wear (suits are required). Check out our Pinterest page for ideas!
    https://www.pinterest.com/uncgcareerserv/career-fair-ready/

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  1. See the event – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wE4MhDM4TE
  1. Plan what you’re going to say to employers. Convey confidence and preparation!
  • Tell the recruiter:
  • your name
  • your class year
  • your major(s)
  • whether you’re interested in a full-time or internship position
  • your career interest and why you came to the company’s table

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  1. Prepare some questions to ask:
  • Would you tell me more about your organization?
  • How do I apply for these opportunities?
  • What skills/qualities do you typically seek in candidates for these positions?
  • How might one progress within your organization?

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  1. Closing the conversation:
    • With enthusiasm – tell them you’ll apply or that you enjoyed getting the information (smile)
    • Ask for contact info to follow up (a business card or email
    • Say thank you
    • *Whole interaction is just a few minutes

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  2.  Follow up!
  • Develop your To-Do list
  • Write thank you letters to employers who you are interested in pursuing
  • Connect with those you met on LinkedIn or in an email
  • Actually apply online to any you decide on
  • Set up some visits if possible – to those companies.

Stop by the Career Services Center for any assistance on the suggestions discussed above.  We hope to see you next Wednesday at the Spring Career Fair!