Biggest Presentation of my Life- Comst. 404

When you come down to the last few weeks left of your college career, you start to experience some very important presentations. I did a research study and would like to explain the study I implemented. I interviewed 4 people and asked them what are the things they look for most in interviewing someone.

Perhaps the most interesting finding in this research is that while previous research has shown that professionalism has not left the business world, my study has shown it has. With that being said, a major finding of this study is that three out of four people described that professionalism is not what it used to be. In looking at what the participants had said, there was no use of language describing that is was a negative, but an underlying feeling described it as something that they would not consider positive. It is important for candidates to know that you should always dress professional and look the part. Another finding in my study was that a key part in receiving an employment offer, is thoroughly preparing for the interview. Something that we can take away from this study is preparing to learn everything you can about the organization. Research the company history, products, services and goals. Being able to display a working knowledge of the industry is impressive to potential employers. The last major finding in my study involves constructing complete answers for the interviewer. Constructing complete answers is telling us that we need to answer each question fully. This is important in every interview that we do because it shows how serious we are about the employment opportunity. In our interviews, we want to go above and beyond in answering each question fully and completely.
            Expectancy Violation Theory sees communication as the exchange of information which is high in relational content and can be used to violate the expectations of another which will be perceived as either positively or negatively depending on the liking between the two people (Asumb, 2008). This theory can be applied to my research because it interprets the relationship between the candidate and the interviewer and then makes a decision whether or not to violate the expectations of the other person depending on what outcome they would like to achieve.

Limitations to this study would include the small participant number from the same geographical area. To improve this in future research, one could include using a broader and more diverse set of participants. This would allow for the results to represent more of the population. Another limitation would be that it is possible that participants held back their true feelings in a business setting. Because the interview was based in their offices, this could have limited the feelings and truth that they wanted to say, but couldn’t because they were in a business setting. A more in depth interview specifically about their feelings towards violations of etiquette in employment interviews would have been a better route to proceed with.

            The most important element in obtaining a job is the job interview. Potential employers look for candidates that are confident, sharp and equipped for the position. The interview process offers job seekers an opportunity to rise to the top of the candidate pool. Often several equally qualified candidates apply for the same position, which makes the interview session even more important. The purpose of this interview study is to understand the violations of etiquette we make in the employment process and to see how we can learn from this study and better ourselves in the employment interview process. The three important tasks that we can take away from this study is to look professional, prepare yourself, and construct complete answers. In doing this, your future will be bright with the company that you are applying for. When you under­stand how impor­tant an interview is, apply these tips, and make it your habit and the results will be rewarding. 

 

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Just a few websites that realllly helped me

Just a few websites that realllly helped me narrow down my search for careers. These websites helped with not only narrowing down my search, by also locating what job I was looking for without having to do a lot of research. 

 

http://www.career.iastate.edu/

 

http://www.monster.com/

 

here is also a story from Forbes that helped me:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2011/06/07/getting-a-job-out-of-college-three-true-stories-and-some-tips/

Just some inspiration :)

Hey guys! Here is a little info I found when researching about graduating. I found it to be a little inspiring and not so serious. Enjoy!!

When you graduate college, you’re inundated with cookie-cutter advice like, “Follow your DREAMS!” and “Believe in yourself!!!!”

Let’s get real, guys: this advice means nothing once you step out into the real world.

So let’s dig into some advice that’s actually useful. Today I present to you: The top three things that I wish someone had told me when I graduated college.

(You’re welcome!)

1. It’s OK not to know what’s next

When I graduated college in 2006, I had no clue what I wanted to do next.

The result? Constant anxiety.

I wish someone had told me that it’s OK — in fact, it’s more than OK — not to know the answers.

I wish someone had told me that I wasn’t gonna die if I didn’t have it all figured out, that it often takes time and experience to live your way into the answers, and that despite feeling the world is gonna end, it won’t. Confusion or no confusion, you will continue breathing and you’re gonna be just fine.

What’s more, I wish someone had told me that not knowing in no way dooms you to failure. In fact, some of the most happy, successful people I know started out without knowing where they’d end up.

If you feel like you have to have your whole career planned out, think again. Not only is this expectation unrealistic for most of us, but it’s often ineffective as well. Consider your current confusion a prerequisite to a clarity that can only come with trust and with time.

It’s OK not to know. Embrace it.

2. You have the rest of your life to be serious

If you want to jump straight into a serious career, then by all means go for it.

But if travel or adventure or soul searching are whispering in your ear, don’t feel pressured to jump into “real life” right away. You’re still young. You’re still free. You’ve got THE REST OF YOUR LIFE to go to work. You’ve got THE REST OF YOUR LIFE to be serious.

If you want to take a chance, take it now. Lose everything before you feel like you have everything to lose. Do it before it’s too late, before you’re old and wrinkly and looking back on your life with regrets.

The year after I graduated college, I took off to Australia for three months and allowed myself to wander and to explore and to experience life. When I came back home, I secured a desk job in corporate accounting, and I was able to do this without feeling a sense of regret about the risks I’d failed to take.

Your degree isn’t going anywhere. Work isn’t going anywhere. You have years and years and YEARS ahead of you. Don’t feel pressured to rush into a “real person job” — instead, try considering that living may be your real job. And living doesn’t have to be so serious.

Which leads me into my third point…

3. There are no “shoulds”

The horrible affliction of shoulditis is running rampant in today’s society.

“I should have it all figured out,” we tell ourselves over and over again in our heads.

“I should get a good job and do what’s expected of me.”

“Should should should, blah blah blah.”

THIS IS BS!

Allow me to let you in on a little secret of life: You WILL NOT DIE if you drop the “shoulds.”

I repeat: YOU WILL NOT DIE IF YOU DROP THE “SHOULDS!”

At the age of 28, I just quit my corporate job to travel around the country, to live my passions and live more simply, and to slow down. And LOOK, I’m still alive! What’s more, I’m happier than ever.

There are no “shoulds,” guys. Listen to your heart and don’t ever let other peoples’ expectations dictate how you should or shouldn’t live your life.

If you want to go travel the world, do it.

If you want to teach English in Thailand, do it!

If you want to go bartend on a tropical island for awhile, who am I to stop you?

If you want to go straight into real life and get a “real job,” that’s fine too — just make sure you’re doing it because it’s what you want, not because it’s what you think other people expect of you.

In the end, you’re the only one who has to live your life. Others may have their thoughts or expectations, and that’s fine — they get to live their life how they want to do it, but only you can know what’s right for you.

 

Troubles With The Future

Finding a job before you get out of college is a job in itself. As a senior, you are coming in on your last year of college and the work loads are sometimes unbearable. This is a problem for most college seniors and it is difficult for us to have the drive to not only finish strong in the last semester of our schooling, but also find a job to start our lives after school.

I used ISU CMS website to find my job. I recently got a job with Aerotek, a recruiting staffing agency in West Des Moines. This is a big deal for me because it was such a long process. I went from screenings, to three hour long phone interivews, to three hour long face to face interviews and then a job shadow after that, a four week long process quickly turned into a nightmare and I couldn’t escape it. I was a nervous wreck.

Bottom line is….

It all worked out. If there is one thing that you will take away from my blog posts it is that everything works out how it should. You can worry all you want, but worrying won’t get you any farther. Just work hard and show the employers what you can do for them and their company.

“Why worry? If you have done all you possibly can do, then worrying won’t fix anything.”- Walt Disney

The Older We Get…

Hi JLMC Class, 

I am a senior, as most of us in this class are. Something that I have come to find out is that (obviously) college gets harder the older you get. In my opinion, if you are involved in your major and have an interest in the major, your classes become harder because you are evolving in your area of expertise, but it also becomes easier because the further you travel in your college years, the more you know about your major. College always pushes you to take more credits and take on a work load that is monstrous. I feel that we take so much energy to finish our course work, that we don’t realize that when we are seniors, in my case, we are finished with our major qualifications and now just have to take electives to finish our credits as Iowa State students. Being a senior and involved in classes that are not involved in our major, is actually harder for us. I have experienced that since I have become a high junior and senior, my elective classes have become harder because I am not experienced in those fields. Oh, the problems we face as seniors. 

My next problem that I can see is job hunting, which in my opinion, is a job in itself. 

My next post will describe my journey through looking for employment in the months following graduation. Until then, have a great weekend everyone and stay safe! 🙂 

-Carrie 

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Hello everyone,

Welcome to my page and I hope you enjoy what you read here! I hope that my blog can connect with a lot of people my age and show others that the last year in college is nothing to take lightly. My blog will be about the journey my life takes in the last semester of college, going through job interviews, getting a job, finding out living situations and dealing with my boyfriend training for the NFL. Hopefully some of you can relate your life to mine and see that graduating is a great thing and very exciting, but also extremely problematic in looking at your next step in life.

I am eager to read all of our classes blogs and see what their topics are as well. I have never blogged before so bare with me! 🙂 Thanks for reading everyone!

-Carrie