April 2012 Archives

heat track resume 1.jpgThe article, "What Recruiters Look at During the 6 Seconds They Spend on Your Resume," from LinkedIn's Business Insider writer, Vivian Giang (4/9/12)reports on a fascinating study. Eye tracking, which examines eye movements to analyze the time someone spends on the text, was used to understand what recruiters look at when they quickly review resumes.

Click here to see in greater detail the heat map indicating how they spent their time and read more about how you can tweak your resume to gain the coveted interview!

 "I do have an unusual name," is how Kamini Singha, an associate professor in the Geosciences Department, begins her story of how her father, who is from India, and her mother, who is from the United States, searched for a name to give her a sense of her heritage. Dr. Kamini Singha is our Featured Voice for the sparkling new addition to our EMS website:  Voices of Our College.  You can learn more about her unusual name and her teaching, research and love of students at http://voices.ems.psu.edu/.

Stories have the power to connect us and to encourage our sense of community. We hope you'll be inspired and entertained as you listen to the stories of both past and present people of EMS! You'll find audio files and view photographs of current students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends.

In addition to Dr. Singha's stories, you can take a trip down memory lane as Simone Gleicher, EMS THON overall chair for two years, puts the feeling of THON into words. Don't miss Dr. Cathy Lyons, the former Associate Dean for Educational Equity, as she speaks about growing up in rural South Carolina as one of seven children. And fly high with Casey Webster, a non-traditional student, as he describes his "ride the wind" experience.

This is the first edition of Voices.  Help us capture and record our rich heritage and traditions of excellence through sharing the spoken words of the many people who have influenced our College.   Because Voices is a collaborative project, we seek story contributions from students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends.

Do you have a good story or know of one about our College?  If so, complete the "share your story" form (http://voices.ems.psu.edu/shareyourstory), or contact me at kdb9@psu.edu.

I'd love to hear from you!

Hoovers1.jpgIn last week's blog, I promised to give you more information about two of my favorite sources of information for job search preparation: the Occupational Outlook Handbook and Hoover's Online. Both of these reliable sources are available through the Penn State University Libraries.

You can easily find them by going to the Business Library online and clicking "Career Information." The "Career Resources" page will be displayed. Under the category, "General Career Guide for all Majors," click the first link (Explore Careers & Internships). Here you will find the links to many valuable career information websites. When you enter these sites through the PSU Libraries, you are making use of your tuition dollars! (Abridged versions of some of these sites are available with a Google search.)

The third link on this page is the Occupational Outlook Handbook. The Handbook is compiled by the Bureau of Labor of our federal government. It contains information about types of jobs, educational and training requirements, advancement opportunities, job growth, career descriptions and more.  It also has salary information collected from a large sample of businesses and individuals; this can be an excellent source of information, particularly when negotiating your salary.

Scroll down the page farther to find another wonderful source of information--Hoover's. Dun & Bradstreet, a business research company, uses an in-house staff to compile information and sells it as a subscription to businesses and individuals. You'll find information about companies, industries, and people. One of the best features is the contact information, including phone numbers and mailing addresses, of personnel at specific companies you may be interested in exploring.

Here's how it worked for one student. He came to my office this week and wanted to find out what companies might employ him. He's a petroleum and natural gas major, and although he's only a freshman, he was curious who were some prospective employers. He knew about Exxon Mobil and Chevron, but when I showed him how to select the industry tab at the top of the page  and search "oil and gas exploration," he learned Anadarko Petroleum, Apache Corporation, Devon Energy, ConocoPhillips, and Marathon Oil might be good matches too. In addition, he could search under each of these individual companies and become better informed and get contact information for each.

I love watching your reactions as you discover how valuable this information is, but amazingly only a few students use these tools. Aren't you tired of paying for something you never use? Begin today by using your PSU Libraries in your job search, and you'll be making those tuition dollars pay off. 

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