Twitter – Because Why Not?

If I had a nickel for every time someone told me they weren’t on Twitter, I would have. . .  A LOT of nickels. How are people not on Twitter nowadays? If you aren’t on Twitter, why not? It’s easier than Facebook and even Instagram. You don’t have to wait for pictures to load. You don’t have to scroll through newsfeeds of a video that a friend from high school liked of a dog that can say “I love you”. Twitter has the most recent news in the most condensed format. Who doesn’t love that? If you are a skimmer like me, Twitter is a match for you.


I would say that I’m relatively new to Twitter, less than a year on it, so I’m no “Twitter expert”. But I go to it now for a wealth of information: career development articles and quick tips, recent news and announcements, weather updates, celebrity gossip, recipes, everything! The beauty of it is that you can follow the companies, people and groups that interest you. The information is more dynamic, instant and educational than following the same organizations or people on Facebook. During Hurricane Sandy two years ago, my friend was able to get power updates instantly from our town on Twitter. And who doesn’t want to miss all the insightful things Amanda Bynes, Kim Kardashian or Justin Bieber have to share? Only teasing.


From a recruiting perspective, Twitter can help you in so many ways. You can follow career professionals (like Career University!) to get quick tips or links to articles for information on writing resumes, interviewing, career advancement, social media branding and more. In your job search, you can follow the companies you are interested in working for and, more importantly, follow their career handles to find out about new or hot jobs. You can also engage with recruiters, who will post about their searches on Twitter. Engaging with them shows you have a strong interest in the company or opportunity.


So if you aren’t on Twitter, did I provide you with a little nudge to create a profile? It will take less than 5 minutes – download the app, create a profile, link it to your Facebook account, have it search your contacts to start following some friends and start searching for individuals or institutions that interest you. Then start scrolling and start engaging! Most importantly, when you join or if you are already on, follow @career_univ!

 Happy Tweeting!


Dress for the Job You Want . . .

We have all heard the phrase “dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” It has been repeated to new hires, college students, people interviewing and individuals being coached for a promotion. Strangely enough this phrase is still ignored and can ruin a job interview or send a manager running to HR for help on delivering a difficult message.

Being in HR for years and working with entry-level hires for the majority of it, I’ve had many awkward conversations with people about their dress attire. My favorite one so far is telling a woman wearing a Bermuda-short suit that it wasn’t appropriate to wear to a job on Wall Street. “When was the last time you saw a man walking around the office in a suit with shorts? So why would we think that it would be okay for a woman to wear shorts in the office?”

But I was not always an angel when it came to following the dress code rules. When I was a summer analyst at Merrill Lynch, I remember wearing these modest (yet painfully ugly) mules to the office one day. The dress code at Merrill Lynch specifically said no open-toe shoes, but I always saw women walking around the office in strappy sandals or peep-toe shoes. I decided one day to wear those mules to the office when I blindly thought they would look fashionable with my skirt and button-down.  Within 10 minutes of being in the office, the second year analyst on the team shouted down the hall to me “Look at you, breaking the dress code policy rules as an intern!” My face lit up like a Christmas tree and remained that shameful, scarlet shade the rest of the day.

I could rattle off 100 tips for dressing the part, but I’ll keep it to 5 simple tips:

  1. Stick with the right color – and keep it neutral. CareerBuilder does a study every year of the most powerful colors to wear. Always at the top of the list are black, navy blue, and gray. Always at the bottom of the list are yellow, orange and purple.
  1. Know your industry. If you work in a creative industry, don’t show up to work everyday in a business suit to dress for the part you want. Incorporate some creativity into your wardrobe. If you work in a more conservative industry such as financial services, don’t show up to work or a job interview with blue nail polish.
  1. Look at what your mentors and leaders in the office are wearing.No matter what type of work environment you are in (business attire, business casual or casual) always look at what your mentors are wearing or the senior people in the organization. They are setting the example for you. If I had looked to my mentors when I was a summer analyst, I would have never worn those open-toed shoes.
  1. Wear clothes that fit you well. This works for both genders. Make sure you wear pants and a jacket that fit YOU – not your dad or the image of you 5 pounds ago. If your suit is too big, you may look like Tom Hank’s character at the end of the movie Big.


For the women, watch your hemline. And your neckline. And the tightness of your clothes. You want to be remembered for what say and how you operate in the office. Not for being the “girl with the short skirts” or the “low-cut tops”. We’ve seen this too many times. When was the last time you saw Sheryl Sandberg, Marissa Mayer or Sallie Krawcheck wearing a short skirt or dress? Never.

  1. Keep it clean. For you, this means showering and having a professional appearance free of tattoos, body piercings, etc. For your clothes, this means wrinkle-free and stain-free. If you follow me on Twitter (@career_univ), I did a #tbt this past week from one of my favorite Super Bowl commercials. Like having food in your teeth, a stain on your shirt can be just as distracting. Coming from the person who always spills coffee or food on herself, I always have to be armed with a shout-wipe or tide-pen at all times.

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Your clothes shouldn’t be a distraction from who you are professionally and the impression you want to others to have of you. Lastly, if you have clothes that don’t fit anymore or that you no longer need, pay it forward and look to donate them to someone that could use them. Dress for Success and Career Gear are two examples of organizations that accept donations.

Happy Dressing!

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5 Ways to Exercise Your Networking Muscles

You have your daily routine set. Wake up. Maybe exercise. Maybe think about it. Get dressed and start your day. Answer calls, respond to emails and tackle that “to do” list. But don’t forget to exercise your networking muscles as part of your daily routine.  In my posting from last week I discussed starting a career development routine. I stressed the importance of networking on my list of suggestions.

Not sure where to start? Here are 5 suggestions for exercising those networking muscles this week.

  1. Tap into social media. This is the easy one that you can do from the comfort of your own desk or home. Example: Log into Linkedin, check out some recommended connections to “friend” and send 2 – 3 messages to people from your network that you haven’t spoken to in awhile.
  1. Utilize your company. Larger organizations normally have a host of development events, professional networking groups and other opportunities that fosters networking with fellow colleagues. Check out what your company currently has to offer and find time in your schedule to take advantage of it.
  1. Network in person. Schedule a lunch break, coffee chat or catch-up with a colleague or friend close to your office. Dedicating 20 minutes once a week for these face-to-face interactions can provide you insight and potentially open doors to different opportunities.
  1. Connect with alumni networks. Colleges and even high schools have networking opportunities just waiting for you to take advantage of. If you already graduated from school, see if your school’s career service center has an employee dedicated to alumni networking and development. If you are a current student, visit the office and tell them about the industry or companies you are interested in. They will be able to provide you with names of people to contact. If you aren’t already a member of your school’s alumni network on Linkedin, Twitter or Facebook, join it now! Those groups have discussions, articles and loads of contacts ready for networking.
  1. Join a virtual networking event. Aside from #1, this is the second easiest way to network. You again join an event from the comfort of your own computer or desk. No dresscode attire to worry about. Does your hair look good? Who cares! You can join virtual career fairs, conferences, women’s events, diversity events, industry specific conferences, etc. The options are endless.

Try one or try them all. The importance is to try. Happy networking!

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