Last Friday, I had the pleasure of participating on a panel discussion at my Alma Mater, Clemson University for the university's student diversity initiative. First, it was an honor and a privilege to be asked to be on a panel that was filled with very accomplished Alumni. As panelists, we were able to give student's an 'insider's peek' into the 'real world' with our individual experiences with life after graduation as well as share how we've met challenging situations in diverse working environments with perseverance (my favorite definition of Moxie).
I was very impressed with the students and their questions of us. We really wanted to make sure that they were prepared for internships and careers. There were a couple of points that I made, specifically as a Hiring Manager that I wanted to share to my Moxie friends.
Networking – it’s critical to develop contacts and connect with a varied group of people - especially in a college setting when it's easy to get in a comfort zone and only hang out with people of sameness or like interests. That has the potential to limit you and your opportunities. I also stressed the importance of starting to network while in school. Sending out a plethora of resumes is a common strategy that will eventually yield a job. However, a recommendation from an acquaintance is more likely to yield a more promising career.
Social Media – This is a big one! You have to be careful of what you are posting because employers are trying to find out as much as they can about you before they make an offer. Posting offensive images or language could put you at risk of not receiving job offers. And I would know because I Am a Hiring Manager!
Taking these two tips to heart can make a difference, not only during your college career but in the real working world too. It was fun giving back and connecting with friends I have not seen in a while. I look forward to spreading My Moxie at other upcoming events so stay tuned!