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What is Nonverbal Communication?

No matter what environment you are in – a job setting, an interview, a networking event; your nonverbal communication is equally as important as what you say.  In fact, I’d argue that it is MORE important.  Take this example:  your supervisor asks you to come in on a Saturday to complete a project, and you say “yes”.  However, you say it with an obvious eye roll.  While you are being agreeable, he will know that you are unhappy with the idea of working on the weekend.  Our gestures often say more than our words and can indicate our true feelings. 

“Nonverbal cues” refers to all communication between people that do not have a direct verbal translation.  Examples of these are body movements and facial expressions.  These nonverbal cues are extremely important in the work place because how others perceive you impacts … 

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Consider a Professional Mentor

Have you ever wondered what your classmates are talking about when they refer to their mentor? Why are they important? And how do you go about finding one?

A mentor could be younger or older than the mentee, but what sets them apart is the mentor's level of experience or depth of knowledge in a particular area or field. A mentorship program is beneficial for personal development as well as professional development. Typically a mentorship program would include a person of less experience and a person of more experience sharing ideas and thoughts over the area of interest.

Aside from building a professional relationship with someone in the workforce, mentorships may provide you with new skills, knowledge, contacts, or even new job opportunities. More than likely, if you find a mentor that is really interested in your professional development, they will become more of a career coach helping you build … 

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When to Use Your Major GPA

If you are like most students, you know your cumulative GPA.  If it is high, you’re probably satisfied with it and will willingly supply it to any recruiter who asks.  If it is not as high as you'd like, and a recruiter brings it up, it can potentially create some uncomfortable moments, even causing you to break out in an audible sweat.  You start silently yelling at yourself for not taking your history classes more seriously. 

All is not lost.  If you have worked hard in your engineering classes, with strong grades reflecting that hard work, then it is likely that your major GPA is significantly higher than your cumulative GPA.  You can calculate your major GPA, and present it to a recruiter with confidence.  (But be sure to present it as your major GPA; it is never okay to mislead or lie to … 

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Managing Job Search Stress

Are you stressed out with your job search? You are not alone! Frustration and tension can often be side effects of searching for a job. Here are a few tips that will help you conquer the process:

Analyze your search.

You should create a long-term plan for your search, recognizing that it may take several months to land a position. ECS recommends that students apply to 30 postings per semester. Setting a weekly application goal is a great way to prevent you from feeling overwhelmed. Poor time management can cause a lot of unnecessary stress. If you plan ahead and make sure you don’t exceed your limits, you’ll find yourself calmer and more focused.

Students should also be persistent with the job search. Remain constant with your networking efforts – attend information sessions, career fairs and follow up with recruiters you meet after events. Also, bring your best self to interviews- … 

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Common Mistakes New Grads Make at Their First Job

A college diploma may get you a full-time job after graduation, but it doesn’t guarantee that you will stay employed or get promoted. Once you do secure that dream job, it’s time to work just as hard at getting off on the right foot. While making a mistake or two is, well, part of the job—and part of the learning process—below are a few common ones that new graduates often make:

Misdirection

We all get stumped or puzzled with a problem at work. Realize that unexpected problems are expected, and a manager’s job is to ensure his/her team is operating at top performance. Rather than waste hours or even days on trying to figure this issue out on your own, ask your colleagues or supervisor for direction and advice. Most bosses are more understanding than you’d think. Asking specific questions is expected. In fact, asking the right questions will show … 

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