Professionalism: The Future of the ‘Personal’ in the Workplace

This decade has come in roaring. The assassination of Iranian General Soleimani, the panic of COVID-19, a choatic Democratic primary which preludes a very, very important high stakes election — so where’s our place in this future? Here we are at the cusp of adolescence and true adulthood. And yet, we are expected to keep on with our lives and develop as professionals with a … Continue reading Professionalism: The Future of the ‘Personal’ in the Workplace

Professionalism: Learning How to Network

Picture this: you’re opening an old high school friend’s LinkedIn profile after accepting their request to connect and you’re met with that 500+ glaring back at you and your humble 217, which feels like no match for them. You start to question yourself. How do they even know that many people? What are you doing with your life? To someone brand new to the working … Continue reading Professionalism: Learning How to Network

New Year, New Career: Starting Over Professionally

For the past two years of college, I’ve been engaging in mostly nonprofit work with Asian American organizations. Those experiences have taught me important community conditions, introduced me to inspiring activists, and showed me the importance of justice. They’ve also highlighted the deficits in the American justice system, so much so that I think I’ve become jaded by the lack of tangible impact that I, … Continue reading New Year, New Career: Starting Over Professionally

Professionalism: Caffeine and the Working World

For some more than others, it can be hard to wake up in the mornings. Even still, staying awake throughout the working day becomes an even bigger challenge. Today, there are a plethora of many to ingest caffeine – the central nervous system stimulant that is the active ingredient in coffee, many varieties of tea (including the ever popular Yerba Mate!), many sodas, nearly any … Continue reading Professionalism: Caffeine and the Working World

Professionalism: Finding Your Niche in the Professional World

As college students, we are often faced with the question of what we want to do once we graduate. Heck, some of us may have even had to scramble to find an answer to this question as early as high school. If any of you are like me, it’s not the best feeling being blind-sided by this question that seems to follow us everywhere. So … Continue reading Professionalism: Finding Your Niche in the Professional World

Professionalism: 3 Tips for Writing an Effective Resume

Writing and preparing a resume can be a daunting process especially because this paper is basically our “brag” sheet. In one page, a resume has to convince employers that they should give you the position. So here are 3 tips that will help you write an effective resume. 1. Tailor your resume to what the company is looking for. Despite the popular belief that you … Continue reading Professionalism: 3 Tips for Writing an Effective Resume

Professionalism: How To Prepare For An Interview

I have just recently been hired as a new Writing and Creativity Counselor with WSP. With this application process, I had to face one of my biggest fears: INTERVIEWS. Here are some steps that I followed,  and which could potentially help you prepare for your next interview: Knowing yourself. For most open positions on campus, you are called in for an interview because the organization … Continue reading Professionalism: How To Prepare For An Interview

On the Other Side: An Interviewer’s Perspective

Recently, the Writing Success Program had our second round of staff interviews to round out our team for the 2019-2020 school year. As the assistant director, I had the chance to sit in on the interviews and the five-hour process made me re-evaluate how I approach my interviews and view the whole application process.  First, interviews are more important than you think. Going into the … Continue reading On the Other Side: An Interviewer’s Perspective

Professionalism: Balance

Balance   Juggling school, work, family, social activities, and simple chores makes a lot for us humans to do. Any combination of these categories makes – and breaks – our lives. One thing that I have discovered in my professional development is the maintenance of balance. This has been especially highlighted for me, and perhaps others, recently as it is high Libra season – the … Continue reading Professionalism: Balance

Staying Connected with Your Network

As the school year closes out and as we get close to summer, a question that I commonly get is: How do I maintain the relationships that we made with professors and professionals this year? Networking and going to office hours can only take you so far. What’s more important is what happens after, it’s about how you maintain and develop those relationships throughout the … Continue reading Staying Connected with Your Network

Professionalism: Leading a Team

Professionalism: Leading a Team There is a fine line between being a leader and becoming a dictator. A team needs a leader, someone they can count on, someone who can guide them and give them direction. Then, how does one prevent becoming the latter? There are a few things you can do to help you become the leader your team needs you to be. The … Continue reading Professionalism: Leading a Team

Traits of a Professional

The “aura” of professionalism is a composite of many traits.  Competence in one area is not enough to qualify, and nor is high intelligence.  One doesn’t have to be an extrovert to be a professional.  Socialite status is best served for situations in which you are the sole center of attention.  But that is rarely the case. A professional is someone who is confident, but … Continue reading Traits of a Professional

Facing Rejection in the Professional World

As we enter the world as young professionals in a job market that does not want us, we’re forced to face the harsh reality that our email inboxes will be filled with more nos than yeses, or in the more likely scenario, no response at all. An important aspect of professionalism is learning how to process this rejection, and the negative feelings that go along … Continue reading Facing Rejection in the Professional World

Online and Effective: Tips on Acing Skype/Phone Interviews

Spring may beckon pollen allergies and nice weather, but it is also the month where college students are receiving interview requests from potential summer internships. Those applicants who are unable to go to the site usually have to do Skype/phone interviews. For some, these distant, online alternative interviews may be harder than in-person ones. How do you make yourself seem personable and generate good conversation … Continue reading Online and Effective: Tips on Acing Skype/Phone Interviews

Professionalism: Preparing for the Real World

Graduating can be scary, especially when you are expected to join the workforce, pay off your loans, support your aging parents, get married and have kids. The way I see it, college is my last defense against adulthood. After I graduate, that’s it. No more late night out with the girls, no more spring break trips, no more mindlessness. Graduation marks the death of my … Continue reading Professionalism: Preparing for the Real World

Professionalism- How to Become Memorable

Networking is all about meeting the right people so that they could potentially help you advance in the realm of professionals. While coming in contact with them might be challenging, making yourself memorable is even tougher. What should you do in order to make an impact on them? How do you ensure they walk away with a good impression and not a bad one? How … Continue reading Professionalism- How to Become Memorable

Uh, how do I talk like a professional?

Many of us have been unable to avoid using the words “um” and “uh” in common conversation, or even in public speaking when we’re nervous. Don’t worry; you’re not alone. According to linguist Mark Liberman, who analyzed a massive database of spoken language, one in every sixty words that people pronounce is a combination of “um” or “uh”. This implies that a person uses two … Continue reading Uh, how do I talk like a professional?

Messages About Contracts

Hammering out the details of a legal contract may take several face-to-face meetings.  If the agreement is being made over email or snail mail, even more back-and-forth is to be expected until the clauses of an agreement are written to the satisfaction of all parties.  As a result, emails and letters may sometimes serve as proxy contracts in the interim (possibly until an official copy … Continue reading Messages About Contracts