The Benefits of Using LinkedIn

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Hello Fellow Argos!

Times have changed, 20 years ago if you were trying to find a job you would have to go door to door and check the newspapers for any openings. In today’s society if you are looking to apply for a job you have many more resources at your disposal in order to network, including LinkedIn!

LinkedIn was established in 2003 and increased 20 million users in 2006 but as of 2015 there are over 300 million users in 200 different countries and territories.

There are many different resources within LinkedIn:

  • It is a great way to network with individuals and connect with millions of employers, in today’s time
  • Build your professional identity online and stay in touch with colleagues and classmates
  • Discover professional opportunities, business deals, and new ventures.
  • Get the latest news, inspiration, and insight you need to be successful in your field

LinkedIn is a great way to look for jobs and follow companies you are interested in working for. They have hundreds of jobs that you can apply for with just a tap of a finger. They also have recommended jobs that they believe fit your qualifications making it easier to find additional opportunities.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Hakeem Douglas

Oracle Resource Coach

Dress for Success

Hey Argos!

What does it mean to you all to “Dress for Success?” What does that look like? Your attire has a real impact on your job search and your clothes say a lot about you! Here are some tips to dress successfully for your interview!

There are 3 main categories of attire:

  1. Casual
  2. Business Casual
  3. Business Professional

So What Is…

Business Casual?

  • Men-
    • Nice slacks or khakis
    • Nice, clean, ironed button up or polo
    • Blazer (optional)
  • Women-
    • Nice slacks, black pants or khakis
    • Skirts and dresses may be appropriate
    • Make sure clothes are not too tight or revealing

Business Professional?

  • Men-
    • Clean, well-fit 2 piece suit in navy, black, or charcoal
    • Pressed, white dress shirt
    • Tie with a simple pattern or solid color that matches the suit
    • Dress shoes, high dark socks, and a leather belt
  • Women-
    • Clean, well-fit 2 piece suit in navy, black, or charcoal
    • White or light-colored long sleeve blouse (all buttons buttoned)
    • Dark shoes with a low heel
    • Wear appropriate undergarments

What Types of Events are Appropriate for…

Business Casual?

  • Picking up a job application
  • Church
  • Certain School Functions

Business Professional?

  • Job Interview
  • Weddings or funerals
  • Graduation
  • An Awards Ceremony

Remember you can only make a first impression once!

Have a great week!


Life Coach

Hey Argos,

Not sure what to do with your life? Don’t know what to study? Career Services is here to help!

We offer Career and Major Coaching appointments that can help you narrow down your interests and plan out the next steps. I spoke with Ciara Bacon, one of our fantastic graduate students, about these appointments and what you can expect if you make one!

First and foremost, these appointments are brainstorming sessions. You will most likely not walk out of these appointments knowing exactly what you want to do, because this is a decision only you can make! Another thing to keep in mind is that there is a difference between Career and Major Coaching appointments, and those differences are outlined below:

For Major Coaching, students will always start out identifying their VIPS (Values, Interests, Personality, and Skills). Identifying your VIPS will help you narrow your interests and discover where you would be the best fit. These types of appointments are intended for students who are not sure what major they want or students who are thinking about changing their major. Often, a major elimination sheet will be used that helps students cross of majors that they aren’t interested in or that do not align with their VIPS.  A key aspect of these appointments is using the website MyPlan. MyPlan is a great resource that quizzes you on your VIPS in order to help you identify majors/careers that you would enjoy and excel in. The important thing to remember is that it is “not always a linear path from one major or career,” says Ciara. One major may lead you to many career opportunities. These appointments will always end with an action plan that defines your SMART goals.

Career Coaching begins like the Major appointments, with a discussion about the student’s VIPS. These appointments are typically for student who know what their major is but are not sure what do with their degree once they graduate. MyPlan is also used for these appointments, as it recommends certain career paths based on your VIPS and the associated quizzes. A vital part of these appointments is learning about the specific job requirements of each job. If the majority of the job sounds interesting, it may be a career to explore!  Like with the Major Coaching, each of these appointment ends with a Smart Goals assessment.

I hope this helps you learn more about the great resources we have to offer here at Career Services! Come by and see us!

Until next time,


Personal Social Media Branding

Hey Argos,

Can you believe it’s that halfway point in the semester? Many of you will be graduating soon, and if you’re like me, are in the process of applying to graduate schools! Even if you don’t fall into this category, it’s never too early to make sure your social media is as professional and effective as possible. Here are  5 easy tips to help guide you!

#1: Do a personal online audit: Google, Yahoo, and Bing yourself for a start. If you notice some inappropriate content that pops up, remove it! Employers and potential employers will see this information!

#2: If in doubt, delete: Comb through your posts and check for information that is unprofessional. This can include inappropriate pictures, extreme/politically charged posts, or even disparaging remarks about a current job or client. Again, if in doubt about how that information will be viewed, delete it! 

# 3: Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date: If you have a LinkedIn, update it! Employers and admission officers look at your LinkedIn, and it can damage your chances if you have an incomplete profile. Plus it’s a great networking tool!

#4: Start cultivating a more professional side on Facebook, Twitter, and similar platforms: Enhance your brand by following, liking, re-tweeting etc. graduate schools that you are interested in, or potential employers/leaders in your industry. This will help you stay up to date and give you some good talking points for potential interviews.

#5: Consider changing your privacy settings: If you are in doubt concerning what to keep and what not to keep or how an employer will view your social media, change your privacy settings so that only select groups can see your info. Don’t let something from your past interfere with your future!

Until next time,


Why you should volunteer

Throughout your life, volunteering is an amazing experience to take part in. As college students, we may have more direct benefits that can assist with our professional careers. Here are the top 3 reasons college students should volunteer.

  1. Help Yourself, While Helping Others

You never know who you are going to meet or what connections you create just by volunteering. While volunteering, you can network with other community members. This will allow you to build relationships with people that connect you to different resources or refer you to people and help you get employed.

Even if you are not able to network while volunteering, the experience you gain from volunteering in your community can be communicated on your resume. Employers hold community service in high-regard and may have a connection to an organization you worked with.

Volunteer work is an excellent addition to any resume. If an employer sees you work hard for others when there is “nothing” in it for you, they will be excited about your efforts as a paid employee.

  1. Connect with Your Community

Volunteering is an excellent way to meet people and learn more about the community you reside in. If you are not from Pensacola, it may be difficult to find a tie to the community. Volunteering creates a connection between you and your community. It gives you something to take pride in. Whether you are building homes for Habitat for Humanity, or taking care of animals at the Humane Society, volunteering can give you a sense of purpose.

  1. It Feels Good

After completing community service there is a strange sensation that almost always occurs, satisfaction and fulfillment.  I have never seen someone walk away from a service project looking sad. Volunteering experiences are inspiring and motivating. In fact, after building a house with one of my organizations for Habitat for Humanity, they asked to go back again. Some members described the experience as addicting.

There are also biological benefits to volunteering. Being kind to others means you are being kind to yourself. Here is a link to great article in Time magazine: article discusses how being kind can improve your health.

When you volunteer you have the opportunity to network, connect to your community, and add some happiness to your life. Invest some time in your community and I guarantee you will see the benefits. Find something you are passionate about and find a way to give back to the community using your talents. For more information on volunteer opportunities, please visit JasonQuest accessible through your MyUWF desktop.

Get out there Argos, and make great things happen!


Resume Advice

Hey Argos!

Being a Career Peer at Career Services, I see about 5 resumes every day! Here are the top 5 mistakes I consistently see on resumes I review:

  1. Not Listing Your Degree Title Properly

I recommend looking at the UWF Academic Catalog to properly list your degree title. For example, I often see students studying public relations listing their degree as follows:

Bachelors of Arts, Public Relations

This is incorrect, here is the proper degree title:

Bachelor of Arts, Communication Arts

Specialization: Public Relations

So always check the academic catalog to ensure you are listing your actual degree.

  1. Including High School Information

It can be tempting to bulk up your resume with information about high school involvement and academics. But now that you are at UWF, fill your resume with information about the experiences and skills you have acquired during your time here.

  1. Writing Job Descriptions Instead of Achievement Statements

When writing bullet points for your experience section, make sure you are giving details about the accomplishments and skills involved in your position. For more information about how to write bullet points, stop by Career Services and schedule an appointment!

  1. Not Including Enough Details About Volunteering or Organization Involvement

When listing information about your volunteer work or organization involvement, make sure to list:

Your position title, the name of the organization, and the hours or accomplishments.

  1. Too Much, or Too Little Information

A resume is not the place to write a paragraph summary about all your skills and qualities. Incorporate this information into your resume through the education, experience, skills and abilities, organizational involvement, and volunteer involvement sections. An employer only spends about 6 seconds on a resume before deciding whether or not to continue, so limit your resume to one page.

Attempt to fill up your resume with as much relevant information as possible, You do not want empty white space throughout your resume, so to fill up the extra room, I recommend aligning your dates to the right side of the page.

There you have it Argos! Always remember you can make an appointment with Career Services to review or create your resume. If you already have a resume, stop by during our drop-in hours so we can look it over for you.

Have a great week!


Interview Tips

Hello fellow Argos!

I hope you are staying dry in this rain. This week’s topic is on interviewing tips and advice on how to address unethical situations. There are two types of interviews: traditional and behavioral. Traditional interviews focus more on your resume. The interviewers will use your resume as a guidepost on how your experience explains your values, interests, personalities, and skills to see how compatible one is with the company. Another type of interview is behavioral. During these interviews the focus is more on actions and behaviors and not on hypothetical situations. During these interviews, the hiring managers are looking more for evaluation about behaviors that are needed to be successful on the job. Below is some interview advice:

  • Answer the questions directly. When you are in an interview make, sure you are addressing their questions and not “fluffing” your responses.
  • Have your one-minute commercial speech ready. During interviews, you will be asked to “tell a little about yourself.” When you are asked to, make sure you focus on relevant information (like your major, work experience, and the types of position you are seeking). Also, make sure you address what you can offer the company.
  • Try not to ramble and don’t be repetitive.
  • Provide real examples. Don’t give hypothetical situations.
  • Use the STAR technique. This technique stands for Situation, Task, Action, and Result. You want to make sure you use this technique when addressing tough questions like, “Tell me about a time you had a conflict with a manager or co-worker?” During this question is vital that you address the result, because that will interviewer a lot about how you will likely address future situations.

Now we will turn our eyes on unethical situations and how to best address such dilemmas. Although I hope you will never have to encounter this, it is important for us to address this. Potential employers are supposed to ask you questions that relate to the job position. Some questions are protected by law from being asked, such as race, color, sex, and marital status, number of children, religion, and national origin. Additional questions based on sexual orientation or disabilities are prohibited from being asked.

What to do when faced with a potential unethical situation:

  • You can rephrase the question. For example, if an employer asks you “This job requires many hours traveling, will your spouse be alright with that?” You can rephrase and say, “Are you asking me with I will be able to travel many hours for the job? If so yes.”
  • You can choose respond (or not to respond) to the question, although you may jeopardize your chances of being hired.
  • You can examine the question for its intent and respond to the question that applies to the job.

If you have further questions/concerns be sure to call Career Services! We are located in building 19 across from the commons.

Until next time, GO ARGOS!

Allee Millsap

How To: Write a Bomb Cover Letter & the Benefits of Joining a Student Organization

Hello Argos,

As midterms are passing and graduation is nearing many of you will be moving on from college into the job market. Cover letters are a great way to market yourself to employers before an interview. Below are four tips to help write an awesome cover letter!

  1. Determine which type of cover letter you need to write:

There are different types of cover letters. Some are used for networking purposes and others are used when you apply for a specific job. Make sure you read up on the differences

  1. Put the work in:

Hard work does pay off. Taking the time to write a quality cover letter for each position that is specific will be beneficial. It shows the employer that you not only want that specific job but also have the work ethic to maintain the job.

  1. The more personal, the better:

When writing a cover letter you should put an emphasis on why you are the best candidate for the position. What better way to do that than highlight the experience you have that is related to the position. One strategy is to visit the company website and look for the job description, then tailor your cover letter to fit that description.

Using the STAR technique:

The STAR technique is one simple way of exhibiting the transferable skills you have acquired during your college career. Start by stating the Situation, explain the Task you were assigned, the Action you took to resolve an issue or the steps you took, and finally what the ultimate Result was.

6 Benefits of joining a student organization

  1. Joining a student organization is one of the easiest ways to meet like minded people.
  2. Joining a student organization that is related to your major is great for networking.
  3. Joining one student organization will get you connected to others on campus, which means more networking.
  4. Joining a student organization will most likely result in community involvement.
  5. It gives you the opportunity to develop leadership experience, which is highly beneficial for every career field.
  6. Involvement looks great on a resume!

Below is a quick interview with a student, Grace Tennyson, who is involved with an organization that is related to her major:

Q: What is your major?

A: Communication Arts, specializing in Public Relations.

Q: Which organizations are you involved in that is related to your major?

A: Florida Public Relations Association

Q: What is your role in the organization?

A: I serve the Board of Directors as the Student Liaison.

Q: What skill have you acquired in your role?

A: My professional communication skills have improved. For example, I am learning how to respond to emails professionally and how to speak-up at meetings.

Q: How is being in an organization related to your major beneficial to you?

A: It is allowing me to learn more about the skills of a public relations professional and network with established professionals in the community.

Good Luck with the semester and come see us in Career Services!

Kabria Shelley

SMART Goals & The Career Development Guide

Hello Fellow Argos!

The University of West Florida career development guide is one of career services greatest resources. The career development guide is not only a resource that your traditional college student can use, but can be used to develop professional skills throughout your entire career, some of those skills include, but are not limited to:

  • Resume Examples
  • Interviewing Tips
  • Job Searching
  • Dining Etiquette
  • Career Exploration

How to Set SMART Goals

Setting goals can be a very challenging thing to do at times; there are plenty of factors that go into setting the perfect goal. Thus, why using“SMART” goals, make the goal setting process that much easier.

What the acronym SMART goals stand for is: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely; each specific letter plays a distinct role in setting a goal. Which means each and every goal you set must be as specific as possible, be able to be measured, be something you actually can achieve, and a goal that can be met in a realistic timeframe.

For example, instead of making a goal, such as: Make good grades. Try using a SMART goal, such as: Make the President List in fall 2015 by attending all classes, studying 3 hours a day and, developing a study group for Anatomy.

After you set out your goal, write out an action plan that can help you attain it.

Have a great week!

Hakeem Douglas

How to Ace a Phone Interview & The Importance of Thank You Letters

Hello UWF Argos!

Today I will be sharing some phone interview tips and tricks since they can look a little different from an in person interview. With the entire job search process you are always interviewing until you receive the job offer and you want to make sure you stand out. One way to do this is by sending a thank you letter to the employer, below are some guidelines for how to write a stellar thank you note.

Here are some “Do’s and Don’ts” for phone interviews.


  1. Answer the phone professionally.
  2. Know something about the company.
  3. Understand the position duties and requirements.
  4. Ask good questions.
  5. Conclude by thanking employer, expressing confidence


  1. Eat, drink, or chew gum.
  2. Breathe loudly into the phone
  3. Have music or other noise in the background.
  4. Type during interview.
  5. Appear hesitant or unenthusiastic about the job.
  6. Put employer on hold for call waiting.

Want to continue to make a good impression after completing the interview? Send a thank you letter!

Here are some guidelines to follow:

  1. A thank you letter can be used for both phone interviews and in-person interviews.
  2. A thank you letter should be sent no later than 48 hours after your interview.
  3. A thank you letter that is handwritten is always recommended.
  4. A thank you letter is a reminder of your interview and expresses sincere appreciation.

Here is what to include:

  1. Thank the person for having the opportunity to interview with the business.
  2. Re-emphasize your qualifications and highlight how well your skills align with the job.
  3. Clarify any information that is necessary.
  4. Reiterate your interest and thank the person again for their time and consideration.

Have a great day!