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  • Natasha Bavolar 2:40 am on October 25, 2011 Permalink
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    Personality: What to Do When You Have A lot of it 

    Being a loquacious person in the working world can be a difficult struggle. Trying to balance witty banter and constructive discussion of your current work projects can be a tricky one. But, who says you have to choose one or the other? So many interviewees have extremely similar resumes filled with student positions, great internships or just overall good experiences they feel have provided them with superior skills for the job. However, if everyone has the same basics, what will make you stand out? You.

    Don’t read those articles that tell you to dim down your nail polish, don’t listen to those people who say to wear neutral and conservative colors, and definitely do NOT listen to anyone who tells you to not be yourself in an interview or job setting, to a certain extent. These are the little pieces that will allow YOU to stay fresh in the employers mind and friendly with coworkers around the office. They are looking for that special spark; this can come in the way you speak passionately about your goals or interests, in your desire to improve an aspect of an organization, approach or process, or just having a creative idea you want to explore.

    However, this isn’t to say you should get carried away.
    1. Make sure you are listening to what the interviewer is saying and asking; stay on topic, be alert and to the point when it is your turn to respond.
    2. Always be respectful, from your outfit choice to your demeanor to your language choice.
    3. Ask questions. Go into any meeting, interview or conference with questions to ask and write down more as you think of them! This will show your enthusiasm and desire to be more engaged and knowledgable.

    9 times out of 10 that will land YOU the position and not someone else who’s GPA may have been slightly higher than yours. People want to work with other people; someone who can help push the company further in a new direction or can be that positive energy in the office they have been needing. Let yourself shine with that shattered nail polish you did at 2AM while you were procrastinating, wear that funky patterned tie with your favorite suit combination because that describes you, and definitely do not be afraid to share with your potential employer what makes you special and unique.

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    • Francine Blume 9:19 pm on October 26, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You are absolutely right about listening!

      You are absolutely right about asking questions!

      You are absolutely right that employers are looking more at who can push the company along and contribute rather than just what your GPA was!

      I love the attitude and the spirit of the advice about what to wear, but I have to disagree with you when it comes to going all out. It really is important to be YOU, so maybe the question is not what to wear at your interview as much as doing your research to find a place where, if you really want, you can wear a funky tie and shattered nail polish because everyone else there does, too!

      But sometimes, you just need a job. I’d say be yourself, but at least consider it as a living anthropological experiment. Dress like your subjects in order to blend in, so that you don’t make them uncomfortable. Find out who they are and what they’re about. Then, if action research allows, choose what part of your funky self you’re going to share with everyone else and when you’re going to share it. But honestly, if folks perceive that you’re going to an interview dressed in a disrespectful manner, they’re not getting care who you are or what you have offer. You said that yourself and number two!

  • Natasha Bavolar 5:35 pm on October 17, 2011 Permalink  

    Name on the Big Screen…or at least on the door. 

    Hey everyone!

    My name is Natasha and I’m a senior here at American studying Psychology and minoring in Health Promotions. Last fall I applied to become a volunteer research assistant for a group at USUHS (Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences) which works in conjunction with the NIH (National Institutes of Health). I began working for them in January 2011 and really clicked with all of my supervisors and boss. I had several incredible learning and training opportunities so I decided to stay on for the summer. This internship turned into the position I have now: a paid position at the National Institutes of Health in the Section of Growth and Obesity. I even now have my name on the office door with some of the leading researchers and scientists in this field! Even though it says I have already earned my BA degree, partially true since I earned it credit wise, I’m definitely not complaining.

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    • Marie Spaulding 10:35 pm on October 30, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Natasha – You sound as if you have a great job. Going from an unpaid internship to a paid position is everyone’s dream! Good for you. Can you share more about what you do on a daily basis? I am sure we all would like to know.

      Thank you,

      Marie

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