Utilizing RIT’s Resources to Find a Job

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So it’s the last week of classes and you may be scrambling to find an internship, or if you graduate next week, a full-time position. Hopefully you’ve already begun to apply for jobs but if you haven’t, it’s never too late to start. If you’re not sure how or where to start, or just need a little help, I’ve put together some RIT resources that you can use to assist you in your job search.

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One major resource RIT provides for students and alumni is JobZone. It can, or maybe already has, help you tremendously when searching for a full time position or a co-op. JobZone can be found on the Career Services students page. When you get there, you are able to do an “advanced search” for jobs. You can search by your major, whether you need a co-op or full time position, and even location.

Always make sure your profile is up to date! Make sure you marked your profile as published if you’re searching for a full time job or co-op position. Be sure you have the correct resume and cover letter uploaded.

You can also go into documents > opt-in books and opt-in to your major’s “grads seeking full-time” or “2017 co-op” books. This will make you available to any employers looking at RIT for positions in your major to be filled.

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Another option is meeting with your career services coordinator to discuss your job search, your resume or cover letter, or the interview process. An important thing to remember is that they are still available to you after you graduate! Take advantage of their assistance and make sure you’re in great shape to be hired! To find out who your career services coordinator is, visit https://www.rit.edu/emcs/oce/staff and use the search bar at the top to search by major.

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Make sure your LinkedIn profile is updated and contains a bunch of relevant, professional information about you. You can apply to jobs on LinkedIn as well under the “Jobs” tab. You are able to pick your search term and location. There are usually “easy apply” options where you click apply and the employer is simply sent to your profile. Again, make sure your profile is updated first!

Other options that I have had success with include ZipRecruiter and Indeed. I signed up for the daily emails from ZipRecruiter and downloaded the app to make it even easier. The more, the merrier.

Best of luck on your job search, Tigers!

Meet Your SG President & Vice President

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Voting has ended and the Tigers have spoken! Farid Barquet and Bobby Moakley have been elected as next year’s Student Government President and Vice President respectively. I asked Farid and Bobby a few questions about themselves and their platform so you can get to know them a little better.

Student Government’s new president Farid is a 3rd year Biotech and Biomedical Sciences major from Mexico City. I asked Farid how he ended up all the way in Rochester, NY.

“I knew I wanted to major in Biotechnology, and I didn’t know of any schools that offered the program. I Googled ‘schools with Biotechnology programs’ and I found that RIT was the first school to offer Biotech as a major. I thought that was really cool, and after I came and visited campus I was convinced that this is where I wanted to be.”

Farid has a very busy schedule so naturally I was curious about what he does when he’s not working, in class, or studying.

“Taking a nap most likely. Or playing the piano in the Fireside lounge. If I’m at home, probably watching Friends.”

I think we all can relate.

Becoming SG President is a huge commitment and I had to know Farid’s reasoning for running.

“Having been a part of Student Government for the past two years, I have seen the impact that SG can actually have on this campus, and I want to continue the efforts that were started by the previous administrations. RIT has given me so much, and I want to give back by helping other students be as happy and successful as I have been in my time here.”

I’ve always wondered what somebody does after they find out that they’ve won an election. I  was a little surprised by Farid’s response. “I called my parents. And then I went home and took a nap. Campaigning week was incredibly stressful, and in the end I just wanted to relax before my new responsibilities started.”

But again, I think many of us can relate.

Next up is our SG Vice President, Bobby Moakley. Bobby is a 2nd year Environmental Science and Global Studies major from Boston, MA. I asked Bobby how he ended up at RIT.

“I ended up at RIT for two major reasons. The primary reason is that I loved the idea of having large deaf and hearing communities together on campus. Second, I knew I wanted to be an environmental scientist and I was fascinated not only with the program, but all of the sustainability efforts going on across campus.”

Bobby’s schedule is busy as well, but I was curious what he does when he’s got some free time. “Definitely out exploring the woods, hiking, taking pictures, or hanging out with friends.”

What was Bobby doing when he found out he and Farid had won the election?

“I was actually in Puerto Rico doing some research at the time of announcements. Once I found out (which was a few hours later due to spotty reception) I went for a hike in the rainforest and had a small celebration with my peers.”

How did Farid and Bobby end up as running mates? First, I asked Farid what drove him to choose Bobby as his Vice President.

“I met Bobby at the beginning of this academic year through SG. I immediately recognized his drive and ambition, and his willingness to help other students. He is very passionate about RIT and the community, and I knew that he would do amazing in any position he found himself in. Above everything else, I consider him a friend, and I know that our personalities will balance each other very well.”

Then, of course, I had to ask Bobby why he took Farid up on his offer.

“I took Farid up on his offer because I knew that he and I covered many areas of campus together. Combined, we have experience with SG, CLCE, admissions, Orientation, ASC, the Deaf, Greek, International, LGBTQ communities, and so much more. Because of this, I felt that we would be able to advocate for the RIT population in amazing ways.”

Farid and Bobby told me about their goals they plan to achieve in the next academic year as President and Vice President.

“Our platform revolves around forming connections between RIT students and different resources. Primarily, we will be focused on bringing the RIT and Rochester communities together. We think that life on campus has found a pretty good balance, but that most students haven’t really explored Rochester or the surrounding areas. There’s so much to do around here, from museums, to urban exploring, to events at other schools and great eating locations, we would like to see more students get off campus and take advantage of everything Rochester has to offer. This includes working closely with other schools’ Student Governments to form a more unified Rochester Student Community.”

If you’re looking for advice, who better to receive it from than your SG President and Vice President?

Farid’s advice for any RIT student: “Do not get discouraged if you don’t get what you want in the beginning. I lost every election for positions that I cared about before I won the Presidency. RIT has many different ways to get involved, so if one thing fails, look out for the next opportunity. And never say no to an opportunity because you think you are not ready, say yes and figure out how to do it later.”

Bobby’s advice: “Follow your own path! My biggest failures have always come out of trying to follow someone else’s path. When you identify an important goal, trust your best judgment and do what it takes for YOU to reach that goal. If you compare yourself to others or hold yourself to the expectations you have of others, you will disappoint yourself.”

Both Farid and Bobby mentioned they are extremely excited to begin their term and are very thankful for everyone who believed in them. You picked some great ones, Tigers!

And the Spring Fest Concert is…

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ANDY GRAMMER!

For those of you who may not be familiar with Andy, I have put together some information that might help you get excited for Spring Fest. For those of you who do know who Andy is, keep reading!

Andy Grammer is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. His first self-titled debut album was released in 2011 and had the hit singles “Keep Your Head Up” and “Fine by Me”. His second album, Magazines or Novels, was released in 2014, with “Back Home” as the first single. Listen here! The album’s second single, “Honey I’m Good”, is his most successful song to date, ending up at number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100.

On the new album, Grammer says, “My ultimate goal is to try to be real. It just so happens that I’m usually more happy than sad when I’m writing. And in general I think that life is pretty great, and it’s cool to be here, so that comes through in my music. I don’t have a dismal outlook, but I don’t aim to make positive music. It’s just what I am.”

Here’s some songs you may know by Andy:

  • Keep Your Head Up (2011)
  • Fine by Me (2011)
  • Honey, I’m Good (2014)
  • Good to be Alive (Hallelujah) (2015)
  • Fresh Eyes (2016)

On his influences, Grammer says, “I have three different places that I draw inspiration from. There’s the guitar guys like Jason Mraz, John Mayer and Jack Johnson; piano influences like Coldplay, The Fray and OneRepublic. I also really love how hip-hop creates complexity in words. I love Common, Lauryn Hill, Jay-Z and Kanye West.”

Here are some of Andy Grammer’s performances:

Thanksgiving Halftime Performance in Detroit, 11/24/16:

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Dancing with the Stars Season 23 finale performance of “Fresh Eyes”:

Dancing with the Stars performance of “Honey, I’m Good”:

You can see Andy Grammer LIVE at Spring Fest on Saturday, April 29th at 8:00pm in the Gordon Field House! Tickets are now available at the RIT Box Office or online at RITtickets.com!

Top Moments of the 2016 – 2017 Men’s Hockey Season

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What a great, hard-fought season by our Tigers! Attending hockey games is very important as an RIT student, and they usually don’t disappoint. Whether or not you’re a fan of hockey, everyone appreciates the hard work these men put in every day. With the men’s hockey season coming to a close, we take a look at these unforgettable top moments.

A Goal that “Defies the Law of Physics”

Before you read on, you need to watch this. Kerins takes a shot on goal and it’s deflected by Brown. The “possessed” puck flies backwards into the net. Click the link in the headline to see the video!

Brown’s Game Winning Goal

With 49 seconds left in the game, Brown finds a breakaway and skates through the defenders to end up with a game-winning goal. RIT defeated Mercyhurst 4-3.

Destler’s Puck Drop

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I’m so happy I was lucky enough to witness Destler dropping the puck at the game vs. Air Force on Feb. 17th. The men’s hockey team also presented Destler with lifelong season tickets, which makes sense since he’s certainly their biggest fan. During the game, our video (shared on our Facebook page) titled “Thanks Destler” played on the big screens. It was a great night to be an RIT student!

Senior Night

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Senior Tigers this year include Danny Smith, Todd Skirving, Michael Holland, Garrett McMullen, Caleb Cameron, Alex Perron-Fontaine, and Mike Rotolo. We wish them all nothing but luck and success in their future endeavors. Senior night was a meaningful night for these men. Once a Tiger, always a Tiger!

It was a great season and we hope you were able to enjoy a few games! The men’s hockey team always gives it all they have. Go Tigers!

Following Up After the Career Fair

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So after multiple nights spent preparing your elevator speech and perfecting your resume, the career fair came and went faster than you ever thought it would. It’s all over and won’t happen again until fall. Now what do you do? I’ve put together a list of things I’ve done after talking to employers at past career fairs.

Follow Up

I’m sure you’ve heard this many times over the past few days from many different people, but it’s extremely important. During the career fair, I heard a few recruiters mention that they prefer you “bombard” them with emails and be persistent. It shows that you really want the job and are truly interested. Send them a follow up email as soon as you can! Within 24 hours is preferable since you might be fresh in the recruiter’s mind. If you mentioned something unique to the recruiter, put that in your email. It will help you stand out and make you more memorable!

I’ll admit, I sent an email to a recruiter that really liked me as soon as I got back from the career fair. I was very interested in the job and I wanted to make sure that was apparent.

The Career Services Office has also said that if you went to the career fair and forgot a specific recruiter’s name, the office has permission to share these names with students. They will be available Monday, March 6th and you can contact your career services coordinator or the career services office to get that information.

Update your LinkedIn

Of course, make sure your LinkedIn is updated! If you had your photo taken at the career fair, update that as soon as you receive it. Also, make sure your experience, skills, and major is up to date.

Update JobZone

Make sure you update JobZone too! Update your major, minor, GPA, and whether you’re seeking a full time job, part time job, or co-op. Be sure you have your most updated resume on JobZone as well.

I hope the career fair was successful and not too stressful! Happy job hunting, Tigers!

Let’s Cure that Cabin Fever!

We’re in the middle of winter and the semester is getting a little chaotic. If you’re like me, you feel like you’ve been stuck in your apartment for weeks doing homework and studying. Why go outside? It’s freezing! Well, I have a few cures for your cabin fever.  RIT has a lot to offer and you don’t want to miss out on any of it, no matter how cold it is outside!

Tiger TV

tigertvSo if you haven’t heard by now, RIT is offering an Internet-based TV service called Tiger TV.  This means that if you live in RIT Housing, you can watch your shows whenever you’re connected to the RIT network. This could be on your computer, tablet, phone, or TV. If you don’t have a Smart TV, you will need a Roku or Apple TV. Google Chromecast does not work with RIT’s network and Amazon Fire has not been properly tested.

What’s so great about it? It has HBO and lots of other great channels! This means you won’t miss the new Game of Thrones episode! Or, if you’re like me, you can finally catch TJ Miller on Silicon Valley!

Click here to find out more about Tiger TV.

Public Skate

publicskateSomething that’s almost always available, and as an RIT student you have to try, is public skate at Ritter. It’s only $2 for RIT students at $3 for a skate rental if you don’t have your own skates. It’s a lot of fun (and super exhausting). Grab a few friends and head over to Ritter! More information on pricing and hours can be found here.

 

CAB Movie Nights

cabThe College Activities Board has movie nights (Thursday Night Cinema) with a few other events throughout the week too. Free entertainment is always a necessity as a college student.

Some upcoming Thursday Night Cinemas include Hugo, Monsters University, The Heat, and Paper Towns.

Some other upcoming events offered by CAB include Zumba night, a Genesee Brew House tour for seniors, a trip to Corning Museum of Glass, and a trip to the Rochester Museum & Science Center.

You can find out more about CAB’s movie nights and events here.

Fitness Center

fitnesscenterSomething everyone should be taking advantage of is a free workout at the Hale-Andrews Student Life Center or Gordon Field House! While it seems to be a lot easier to stay in your warm apartment, it would be a lot more rewarding to head on over to the Fitness Center. They have many machines and weights, even a swimming pool, so you’ll be sure to find something that’s right for you. Visit the Fitness Center website for their hours and more information.

What do you do to stay active and beat the winter blues? Leave your advice in the comments section.

TJ Miller Preview!

Time has flown by and FreezeFest 2017 is this week! As the headlining event, comedian TJ Miller will be performing at the Gordon Field House Saturday, February 19 at 9 p.m.! You might know him best from the HBO show Silicon Valley, but he’s hilarious when he’s off the script too. Can’t wait till Saturday to laugh with (or at) TJ Miller? No worries, I’ve got your back. I put together a few videos of TJ’s funniest moments outside Silicon Valley. And trust me, you’ve got to see these!

Well, everybody loves Ellen and the way she can make just about anything funny. This skit shows TJ with a few children discussing the holidays. What makes it funny is that TJ has an answer for everything the kids say.

I know, another Ellen video. This one is a game that Ellen plays called “last word.” It’s pretty self-explanatory. She states at topic and there’s 45 seconds on the clock, whoever says the last word wins. Of course, with Ellen and TJ Miller, this skit is pretty hilarious.

Here’s TJ’s appearance on Stephen Colbert from last year. The two of them together is pretty hysterical and something everyone should see.

Of course, mixing TJ and Conan is going to give you something interesting. This video is too funny!

Make sure to catch TJ Miller at the Gordon Field House this Saturday, Feb. 19 at 9 p.m.! Tickets can be found here and you can RSVP on the Facebook event page here. You won’t want to miss it!

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