CareerBeam Can Help!

On June 29, 2016, in Uncategorized, by alumni

CareerBeam is a tool for both alumni and students to help enhance their career search.  If you haven’t signed up for CareerBeam you can do so by using your myfranklin account or if you didn’t have a myfrankin account you can email careerbeam@franklin.edu.

5 ways CareerBeam can help you!

We encourage to take a look at everything it can do for you by clicking here.  These are just a few highlights.

1) Career Exploration-Career Exploration can help you identify key characteristics about yourself by assessing your: Values, Temperament, Personality, Interests, Skills and Talents.

2) Career Planning– How to get organized, plan your strategy, set goals, and identify barriers for your career search are all covered in Create a Career Plan. This module contains many exercises to help you plan an effective search strategy, identify target companies and make good career decisions.

3) How To Land The Job– This section contains the guts of what is needed to create your marketing materials (pitch, resume, cover letter, follow-up materials for your career search.  Each section walks you through a step-by-step process to create effective, accomplishment-based materials with easy to use “builders”. Also included in this section is an interview and preparation area.

4) Research Tools– The CareerBeam Research Tools provide a variety of resources for researching: Companies, Contacts, Associations, and Locations.  Each resource has been reviewed in detail and selected for the quality and timeliness of information.

5) Account Menu– CareerBeam’s ‘Account’ menu is rich with information, features and settings. The user can set up their system profile or review documents uploaded or completed in the system including resumes, cover letters, assessments or exercises.

 

Franklin Career Fair May 24th- Tips

On May 18, 2016, in Uncategorized, by alumni

The Franklin annual career fair is fast approaching.  With over 30 companies and organizations (see attached flyer) this year is sure to be an excellent event.  The event is free to Franklin alumni, students and prospective students.

Here are a few (simple but valuable) tips on how to stand out during the fair.

  • Dress as if you are headed to an interview.
  • Bring extra copies of your resume- a good rule to follow is 2-3 copies per company.  Have a general copy that can be used to a variety of jobs.  But if you know of a position that you really want- bring a specific copy of your resume and cover letter that speaks to that position.
  • Plan out your strategy.  Know the companies you want to visit with and what jobs they have open.  Also make sure you have a few questions to ask the representative.  Research the company before you visit them.
  •  Use the opportunity to network with other job seekers.
  • Be prepared to explain how your skill set and education are valuable to the jobs they are offering.  Have a ‘sales pitch’ ready about yourself.
  • Follow up with ‘thank you’ notes or phone calls to those you spoke with at the job fair.  Remember if at all possible, add (relevant) specifics about the conversation you had with the company representative to help them remember you.  Keep the follow up detailed but concise.

 

Franklin Job Fair 524

 

Spring Tips!

On April 14, 2016, in Uncategorized, by alumni

Spring is finally here (except for the small snow fall Central Ohio received on last week).  Spring is a great time to take inventory on what needs accomplished in the coming months.  Before you do that, you may want to take time to ‘spring clean’ your work area.  Today we have 5 ideas on spring cleaning your office ( at home or at work).

  1. Clean your computer desktop and email- Take a look at your computer desktop.  What can be deleted and what can be put in to individual folders? Is your email inbox full of messages?  Create individual folders for emails as well.  This will save you time when searching for correspondents down the road.
  2. Inventory your social media– ‘Spring cleaning’ should involve a look at your social media footprint.  What have you posted in the past, what pictures have been added that you might not know about? “Googling’ your name isn’t a bad idea either to ensure you know what information about you is on the web.
  3. Shred files– While you might put unneeded files on your computer in the ‘recycle’ bin, take a look at old paper files, too.  Ask yourself what can you get rid of, what are you not using anymore, and what can be consolidated.
  4. Supply drawer- Have a dedicated desk drawer or desk organizer for all of your office supplies.  This also gives you an opportunity to get rid of the office supplies that no longer work (like those pens with no ink) and allows you to see what supplies you need in the coming months.
  5. Efficient desk space- Having a messy and unorganized work area can be distracting and limit efficiency.  During your ‘spring clean’ make sure to declutter your work space.  File the pile that has been building up, throw away or recycle old paper or supplies, and give your desk and the electronics on it a good wipe down from all the dust and dirt build-up from winter.
 

Statistics now show that millennials could have upwards of 8 jobs throughout their career. This can often be a nightmare for HR personal, as they have to first determine if the time and money they invest in the new employee is worth the possibility of leaving. An article from the Ivy Business Journal gives a good in-depth look on how millennials are best engaged at work. One way companies are trying to combat the quick turnaround time of new employees leaving is through ‘thinking outside the box’ and offering unique benefits. A recent blog by HR Cloud breaks down some of the things that are important to millennials, and the best way to keep them engaged.  And Business News Daily talks about some really neat benefits that some well known companies are doing to keep employees happy.  Here is an overview of just a few of those, you can read the full article here!

No official work hours

Time off

Family time

Speaker Series

On-site health service

Continuing education

Game Time

 

2015 saw great advances in technology. The IPhone 6 was released along with the Apple Watch. Paying with a smart phone became as easy as swiping a credit card. Also in 2015, drones started making their mark, becoming so popular that now many have to be registered with the FCC, while companies like Amazon experimented with using them to deliver packages hours after an order.

2016 promises to build and add new advances to technology. There is talk that new smart phones will no longer have a headphone port, rather it will be Bluetooth that delivers the sound to your headphones. Many car manufactures are putting 4G ability in automobiles allowing people to have access to the internet without using their phone. Virtual reality is also slated to become bigger in 2016 with the possible launch of games being able to be played virtually that would be normally played on gaming consoles. And the use of mobile banking will continue to increase, as well the opportunities for advanced financial planning, which once had to be done face to face.

With all the advancement comes the big question of how do we keep all the data that is going to be transmitted in the evolving theology driven world safe, and private? Recently the BBC had an article where they explained how the cyber security is going to have to play a huge role in keeping up with the advances.

To check out the article from the BBC click here.

Also, don’t forget that Franklin offers a degree in Information Security preparing students with relevant and up-to-date skills for one of the most in demand careers coming in the next few years.

 

Learning To Be Philanthropic At An Early Age

On December 18, 2015, in Uncategorized, by alumni

Aaron Cassady, Alumni Engagement Coordinator- Franklin University

It was early December in 1990.  My mom and I were going to do some holiday shopping.  Clenched in my hand was $10 that I earned for doing chores around the house.  On the way to the store my mind dreamed of the things that I could buy during our trip.  As an eight year old, $10 could buy the world.  But as we parked and approached the entrance of the store, I saw a man ringing a bell with a red kettle next to him with people putting money in it.  I remembered a conversation from a few weeks before when my mom explained to me why people were ringing bells outside stores during that time of year.

As we walked by, I stopped, turned around and put my $10 in the red kettle.  My mom’s voice from those few weeks before, telling me that the money was used to help those in need (epically little boys and girls my age) have a better holiday echoed in my head.  With a stunned look on his face the man ringing the bell thanked me, and when I turned my mom couldn’t have seemed more proud.  My own happiness of being recognized from giving this gift soon wore off as we walked the store, and I realized everything I could have bought for myself that night.

Deep down I wanted badly for my mom to ‘reward’ me for giving.  Maybe she would buy me the toy I wanted if I hinted around about it enough as we walked through the store.  After all, I just did something really good for someone else.  But it became evident as we finished shopping (and I was empty handed) that my good deed was going to go unrewarded, as we said farewell to the bell ringing man and drove home with my mom not saying anything more about giving the money.  I would soon learn though the lesson of giving.

Later that evening I overheard a conversation my mom was having with my grandma.  She told her how proud she was of me for giving my money, and that I seemed so proud of myself for doing so (this must have been from all the hints I gave while walking around the store).  A few days later she would tell me how proud she was of my philanthropic spirit, but most of all she was happy that I gave up something for someone else.  I would later find out my mom knew what I was trying to do with my little ‘hints’, and she wanted to reinforce why giving was so important in our family- thus her lack of complements to me that night at the store.  After our conversation I came clean about how good it felt in the moment to give, but how I struggled with not having the money for myself.

That night she taught me true giving wasn’t about me, rather it was about the impact it would have on others.  One of the best parts of being the Alumni Engagement Coordinator here at Franklin is I get to see the lesson I was taught on that trip to the local store nearly 25 years ago.  Every day I work with our alumni and friends who make it possible for others to realize their dreams of a college education.

 

Continue to look at Franklin from the past!

On November 20, 2015, in Uncategorized, by alumni

This week we take a look back to the early 2000’s when then Franklin student Stephanie Meisberger (and employee at the time) was headed to Atlantic City for the Miss America pageant!  Miss Ohio

 

Franklin’s History Post 2

On October 28, 2015, in Uncategorized, by alumni

We continue on our series of posts from the archives we have found from Franklin’s past.  This blog we take a look at Eldon Hall- an alum who has supported Franklin in some many capacities over the years.  Here is an article from 1996- where Eldon was named Outstanding Alumnus of the Year.

 

 Eldon look back!

 

Trip In The Time Machine!

On August 19, 2015, in Uncategorized, by alumni

Over the next few months in our blogs we will take a look at some historical information, pictures, and articles from Franklin’s past.  A recent find of historical information from our library staff has allowed us to take a look at Franklin’s rich tradition in a new way!  We look forward to the next few months and sharing this information with you.  The first of the series is a Q&A we have from when Dr. Decker when he took over as president in 2007.  As you can see from his answers- his vision for Franklin then has stayed the course and taken us to where we are today, allowing Franklin to be the University of Opportunity.

DDR page 1DDR page 2

 

Creating a Personal Brand

On July 10, 2015, in Uncategorized, by alumni

Aaron Cassady- Alumni Engagement Coordinator

This week I attended a leadership session led by faculty member Dr. Joel Gardner here at Franklin.  His topic was Creating Personal Change Through Self-Leadership.  It was a brilliant topic and even better presentation (which was recorded and will be available in a few weeks to the public).  Part of the presentation talked about self-awareness and creating your own personal brand.  I was so inspired by the topic and presentation that I ‘checked in’ on Dr. Gardner’s blog (which I encourage you to follow).  Recently Dr. Gardner posted about these very important building blocks which are vital to exploring your strengths and using them to your advantage as a leader.  Using his personal examples and the outline provided, it was easy to explore my own self-awareness and start thinking about my own personal brand.  Don’t miss this one- check out the blog here! 

Follow Dr. Gardner and his blog today!

 
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