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  • Sara Cecilia 3:06 am on April 8, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , awkward, , dress for success, professor, recommendation, reference   

    Awkward. How to Get a Reference 

    It’s an essential end to every internship or job to ask your boss for a letter of recommendation. This task seems simple in concept, but in actuality it can turn into something that makes you question yourself.

    It’s been a tough road for me to travel on the quest for references. I’ve transferred schools, which disrupts ties with professors, and I’ve jumped around a lot through short internships. These things hinder getting a good reference letter. Why? Because your boss or supervisor needs to get to know you in order to write something good about you!

    I’ve had bosses and professors tell me quite often that they are too busy to write me a reference or that they frankly don’t know me well enough to write anything about me. These problems can be solved in a few easy steps:

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    1. Be Outgoing- even if you’re not a peppy soul, do your best and make an effort to get to know those around you. Those short conversations during your lunch break matter 10 times more than the work you produce. This goes for professors too. Try to participate in class or, it you’re not comfortable with that, speak to them during their office hours and share a little bit of yourself with them. It means a lot to them and you’ll reap the benefits once they can give you a good reference!

    2. Appearances- despite that we would like to believe, appearance is all that matters. If you look like you are succeeding, then your boss/professor probably thinks you are. Dress for success and leave that cell phone in your backpack! If you look and act professional, your superiors will have a better attitude towards you and respect you more.dress-for-success

    Thinking ahead will get you ahead. This way, when it comes time to ask for a reference, your supervisor will be glad to give one.simpsons boss bff

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  • Sara Cecilia 7:44 pm on March 15, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , awkward, , , emotional intelligence, group project, , , , ,   

    How do you know you have a good boss? 

    Adjusting to the workplace can be a struggle after being able to sit in the back of the classroom for 4 years, having minimal interactions with classmates or professors. Professional communication and learning to work with others is something that can’t be taught in school and is something that you develop throughout your career. Communication between coworkers and bosses can be uncomfortable or difficult, but I was lucky enough to attend a seminar that taught me how to develop good communication skills in the workplace.

    The Smithsonian provided a short one-day seminar on Emotional Intelligence. I’m not sure most people (or college student at least) are familiar with the term. Wikipedia defines it as “the ability to identify, assess, and control the emotions of oneself, of others, and of groups.” This sounds easy enough, right? (More …)

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  • Eliza Brashares 5:42 pm on June 22, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: awkward, , , , tool, , uncomfortable   

    Personal social media enters professional life 

    Everyone and their mother has heard that social media is the new frontier. Here is a list of all our new vocab in case you aren’t up to date on your web 2.0 lingo. Our personal lives were the first targets.  Who remembers Myspace? That’s right: everyone. Myspace’s furious rise and rather anti-climactic fizzle out were just a few short years ago. It was all good fun until you couldn’t log onto myspace without 7 bands wanting to be added as a friend. The infamous “myspace picture” pose will go down as a joke for our generation, and our generation only, will understand. While a few social media sites came before myspace, I was blissfully unaware.

    Then came Facebook; procrastinator extraordinaire, and now everyone and their mom has one. Literally, when my mom got one I was a little weirded out. While its original purpose, I’m sure, was useful(-ish, I haven’t seen The Social Network), it’s mostly been a major distraction and a source of information I really didn’t need to know in my life. Now, Facebook is both a professional and personal tool. Most businesses, musicians, and organizations have Facebook pages. Hey, there are lots of us. Might as well use it.

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