Time to Go

As a final post, I figured I’d write about letting go of a job. Sometimes, your ideal job, ends up not being so ideal. Other times, you liked your job, but you have a better offer in another. And in times like the end of the semester, you like your job, but it’s time for you to go back to where you live. Under all of these circumstances, the way in which you leave your job is pivotal.

When leaving any job, you should let your boss know in advance–normally two weeks prior. This is usually known as a two week notice. This is a common action done in the business world as a form of respect and to allow the business to compensate for the loss (by looking or hiring for others to fill the position). This can be done through conversation, email, or letter (click here for example).

A key piece of advice if you are leaving a job is to leave on a good note. Let’s say you just don’t want the job anymore, you hate it, or you wish you never worked it, no matter how negatively the job affected you, bridges should not be burned. Let’s say you worked in a day care, and you hated kids screaming and yelling and your boss was rude. Leaving this job isn’t an opportunity to yell at kids and tell him or her off. yes, I know it may be tempting. Reason being is that most future employers will probably call your past employer for a recommendation of you and your work. You don’t want to tell your boss he or she is a *whatever* if your future might rely on their word.

If leaving for a purpose, such as moving away, aside form letting the business know in advance, you can always ask for a transfer opportunity. For example, if you work in Whole Foods in White Plains, and there’s a Whole Foods near your home, you can always ask if there’s a possibility of being transferred. This way you can keep your job, and even get your old one back if you move back (like for school).

Ultimately, leaving a job is difficult. There are several actions you should do out of need or respect. But, with these three major pieces of advice, you can end a job on a good note and not have to worry.

Getting Started

Resumes are always tedious and hard to start off. You have to sell yourself without sounding arrogant. You have to explain on why you’re applying for a job, without basically saying “I need cash.” And the hardest part is, if you have no work experience, how do you even fill out a resume?

If you’ve had a job before, you probably know how to fill out a resume already. If you don’t, here’s a good read for you.

Resumes vary in formats, but here’s what I’ve found to be the most useful. You have to know there’s three different parts.

Part one: Basic information. This includes your name, full address, city, state, zip code, phone number and email. This part is almost always on top and could be centered.

Part two: A short explanation. Your explanation should only be a short statement on why you’re applying to this job. Sometimes this could be a separate part of a job application. Some employers like their applicants to fill out an application, a resume, and a background of how they’ve encountered the job and why they want it. If this is the case, then you can explain yourself more. Maybe someone who works at the place you’re applying to, recommended it to you. If so, state that. It’s a good reference. Never say you need the cash (this should be obvious). Explain why this job will help you and what you can provide to the environment. State your interest for the job. A friend who interns at Full Frontal with Sam Bee recently told me that when they look at resumes for interns, they hate to see “avid fan of the show.”  These kinds of associations want people who have an interest in the job and have knowledge of it, but not fans who wouldn’t be able to focus on what’s necessary.

Part three: Your offerings. Jobs want to know what you can offer. This can be listed in experience, education, and skills. Don’t have work experience? List activities you’ve involved yourself in high school, college or around the community. These could include clubs, organizations, or volunteer work. Name the position you held, or level of involvement you had. State what your duties were and purposes. Aside from this, list your education. If you graduated high school state the year. If you’re currently in college, state your school, graduation year, major, and current year. Graduated college? The same thing, plus courses you’ve taken that could benefit you in your job (you can do this if you’re still in college). If you have no degrees, you can always leave out the education section. Next, list your skills. Experienced in Microsoft programs like Word, PowerPoint, Excel etc. or familiar with social media platforms or other useful bases. If you’re bilingual, state it! Don’t have any of these qualities? Maybe you’re timely, a good multitasker, deal well with stress, organized, a good communicator, or easy to collaborate with.

Aside from these main parts, there’s always a reference list. With references you want to make sure they aren’t relatives or close friends. You want them to be professional connections, for example, a professor, teacher, coach, past employer, co-worker, or classmate. Finally, you want to make sure your references know you’re using them as references as well, so make sure to call them and tell them.

With these categories, you can fill out a solid resume and have an employer be highly interested in you. Though the main three parts are important, and the third part is your selling point, make sure no to write TOO much. The typical employer only takes a minute or two to read a resume, so you want to make sure you sell yourself in a few words and sentences.

Future Employer

There are many jobs offered at Pace University-Pleasantvile, as I have written about in my previous posts, but are student aware of how to apply to these jobs? Transfer and sophomore Erika Anzalone did not know how to get a job on campus until she, “met people who had jobs and said they were easy to get.”

“I still don’t know how to apply to jobs yet. I think there should be more advertisements or tutorials on how to get on campus jobs,” she said.

Pace has a great working system to email students about after-college jobs or jobs out in the city, but what about those students who simply want to work-study? Many students in low income families need help paying their tuition, while simultaneously maintaining their grades. In this case, work-study for these students would be ideal.

“People who don’t have a lot of income to begin with or who need to get their tuition paid should have priority to on-campus jobs. If they don’t apply, that’s on them,” she said.

Some may argue that the idea is wrong and unfair for those who have “job experience and the appropriate qualifications.” However, the jobs the school offers are meant to give work experience, and are usually beginner-friendly.

For more information on how to apply to campus jobs, you can go here

 

Check It Out

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The Media Communications and Visual Arts (MCVA) department requires their students to take courses throughout their semesters that requires technical equipment. As a Digital Journalism major, I’ve already taken Media Production which taught me how to use specific cameras, lighting equipment, and editing software. All of this equipment and software is offered through the department and checked out in the Willcox Media Lab. Here works junior Thomas Sochan.

There are two main aspects to the Tom’s position.

First, the job requires Tom and the other lab assistant, sophomore Juliana Schuyler, to maintain the cleanliness and readiness of the lab and classrooms. They clean the equipment and organize the editing labs. They make sure the computers are clean and ready to use. “We joke around saying we want it to look like an Apple Store,” Tom said. Also, the two make sure certain classes have ready-to-use equipment. For example, in Dr. Fink’s Art of Anchoring class, they make sure to set up the teleprompter. For a Public Relations class, “We’ll set up a camera or take out the news desk we have,” Tom said.

In the other half of the job, Tom and Juliana check out equipment for the MCVA students. What they do is scan the bar code on the equipment students want to use, advise them how to use it, then check it out. “It’s like an inventory system,” Tom said. Though this aspect of the job may seem easy, it’s difficult for Tom when he has to deny students, who aren’t in the MCVA department, accessibility. It’s not that the department doesn’t want others using the equipment, but it’s because they want MCVA students to have priority for projects and practice use.

The job is a load some for just two students to take on. Luckily, Tom and Juliana get along well and have grown to have a strong friendship and collaborative co-worker relationship. Unfortunately though, it would be best if more people were available to receive these jobs to get to learn what these two learn, and develop their hands-on experience. However, MCVA’s budget can only allow so many people to work here. So to create more opportunities, like the one Tom and Juliana have, to other students in the MCVA department, you can donate here and build a even better MCVA community.

http://www.alumni.pace.edu/s/1655/02-alumni/social.aspx?sid=1655&gid=2&pgid=415

A Chance for Everyone

Under Federal Law, institutions, like Pace University, cannot discriminate against students with disabilities. Though these students with disabilities cannot have their content accommodated for them to be “easier,” they can have special programs to help them socialize and learn in a better environment. The Successful Learning Center is one of the programs in which students could help those with disabilities accommodate to the college atmosphere.

Junior Brittany Predmore works in The Successful Learning Center. There, she is paired with an individual who has disabilities, then is given a goal chart that the individual has to accomplish while at school. For example, a student Brittany works with has a goal to eat healthier on campus. He used to eat pizza and drink soda almost every day last semester. This semester, he’s focused on eating non-greasy foods like salads and wraps. Though these accomplishments seem minor, they help students with disabilities know they can accomplish larger tasks, such as completing essays or projects.

Brittany was introduced to the job after her civic engagement class. Her professor said if she was interested, she can continue her community service as a job. After she applied and began working there she felt that, “They make a difference in my day, and it’s morally rewarding.”

To find out more information about the laws regarding college and students with disabilities, click here

On campus career-oriented jobs

Pace has a long list of majors students can choose from. Whether it be Business,  Communications,  Nursing , or other majors, the ultimate reason for getting a degree is to set a career. But, how does it all start with no experience?

Many students, like myself, worry that, when applying to your career-oriented jobs, real world employers won’t hire people with no relative experience. For example, let’s say someone worked as a sales retailer or supermarket cashier, how is that supposed to help them if they’re majoring in nursing? Because they’ve learned “responsibility” and “how to work hard?” Any job does this. Well lucky for Pace students, the Pleasantville campus offers many on campus jobs that are oriented in specific fields.

If you go to Pace’s careers page, a list of hiring jobs will appear. There’s a detailed description of the job title, department, location, and qualifications required for the job. The variety of jobs offers students positions in their work field. For instance, Business majors can work at The Pace Perk or Pace Mart. Communication majors can apply to work in the Media Lab. Marketing majors can apply to Pace Connect. Environmental majors can apply to be animal keepers or student research assistants. The list goes on and on for almost every major.

The good news for students is that, regardless of your year in college or experience in working, job offerings are always available. So apply now, or over summer if you’re interested for a new job in semesters to come.

Summer Workin’

Earlier in the semester, I interviewed sophomore Zach Bradley about his job as a facilities worker at Pace. But what do students like him do after school is over? Go broke for an entire summer? Most students like Zach, get summer jobs.

Zach works as a lifeguard over the summer at Sandy Hook National Park in New Jersey. For five days a week, and 40 hours within those days, Zach gets a $15-an-hour pay.

“Having a job over summer is useful because it keeps you busy and you get good cash. Honestly though, I enjoy my job aside from this. I get to work out an hour before the shift starts, I’m at the beach almost every day, and the people I work with are really cool. It’s an ideal summer job,” he said.

As a lifeguard, he covers different sections of the beach every week or so. Usually, this is done so you’re not covering the same area all the time and have it be repetitive.

“For the most part, every day is similar routine, but every day also has a different and interesting story,” he said.

If anyone wants to make some extra cash during the summer, you can always apply for a temporary job like a lifeguard, camp counselor, or more.

Get a Job

Handshake

As an assigned Digital Journalism major, I receive emails from Pace’s Handshake. I usually delete these emails as a sophomore because I feel I have to focus on the “now” by studying for my classes and training in soccer. The other day though, I actually read the email and realized that pace is basically telling us THESE ARE THE AVAILABLE JOBS THAT YOU CAN ATTAIN.

So many people struggle to get jobs, and especially straight out of college students. Pace students have such an advantage we don’t realize. Even as underclassmen, we are offered jobs that:

a) will pay us

b) give us more experience

c) foretell if we are actually studying what we are interested in

I always worry that I will study everything I need in my major, then get a job relevant to it, and absolutely hate it. This is why we, as current students, must take the opportunities that are given to us, and try out jobs to experiment what we’ll be interested in.

So, if you have a declared major, make sure to create an account on Handshake’s website and receive emails for local job opportunities that will help you in your resume and help you decide if your career path is right for you.

 

A New Point of View

Oftentimes, college students, who work to earn some spare money on the side, look at their jobs as obstacles that have to be worked around just to finish their day. Sophomore Anthony Sigismondi works as a member of Pace’s athletic event staff for the aforementioned reason. Though he finds his job duties tedious and tiresome, throughout the yearlong employment of his job, he discovered that certain aspects of it were rather interesting and delighting.

Anthony has to set and clean up sporting events at Pace. He and his team get to the fields and courts five hours prior to the athletic events to set up the nets for lacrosse, soccer, basketball, volleyball or field hockey, take out the bleachers for basketball or volleyball, and set up the markers for football and lacrosse on game days. Along with this, they have to stay during the games to help with ball distribution and wait until the games end and the players leave so they can clean up.

Despite this monotonous labor, Anthony finds perks to his job. Since the events staff is often on the field, Anthony notices the players’ and coaches’ actions. He hears them talk, yell, and motivate. He watches them sweat, work, and push each other. He gets the up close look that many spectators don’t get when watching from the bleachers. To him, this is his favorite part of the job.

If you’re interested in on-campus jobs, click here

If you’re interested in when the next sporting event is, click here

Preparing for the Real World

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Jobs in college prepare students for the real world, not only with hands-on experience, but with the troubles a job can bring, such as less pay and unemployment.

Normally, in college, student jobs don’t have much competition since they’re within the school’s community and not much rivalry in stores are occurring. This year, however, Pace’s well-renowned Pace Perk has been dealing with on-campus competition–Late Night at Kessel. Late Night at Kessel offers almost all the products The Perk does, along with student favorites like fried Oreos, quesadillas and chicken wings.

According to freshman Morgan Jones, a stock worker for The Perk, has reported that sales have lowered drastically, along with clients, since the opening of Late Night. With this competition, either less students are being hired for work, or more students share the hours, so less pay is available.

Because of the issue they’re having, new strategies have been implemented to help the Perk survive. The ideas are created by students who work there, thus, teaching them conflict-resolution approaches. These methods include hosting events and offering deals for students to want to attend The Perk instead.

Though it is unfortunate that a student ran business is going downhill, students must know that this is how the real-world jobs work. Students must learn that people can get laid-off, have to share work hours, not get hired at all, or can behind left with a company’s existence.