April 14, 2015

Salary Negotiation

So, you nailed the interview and the company makes you an offer. Congrats!
Now, how do you handle salary negotiation? 

Check out these "9 Failproof Salary Negotiation Tricks" from Kate White. This article may be catered toward women, but it is definitely applicable for everyone. 

April 8, 2015

Top 7 Questions to Ask Your Interviewer

Wondering what will give you a leg up on the competition during your next job or internship interview? 

Here are 7 suggestions for questions to ask your interviewer to show that you are engaged, prepared, and have a vested interest in their company. 

What questions have you asked a potential employer that nailed you the job?


April 2, 2015

Crystal's Internship Experience

Crystal Pittman is the Career Services intern for the Spring semester. We asked her a few questions to find out more about her experience in our office. She also offers some suggestions to other students for their internship experiences. 

Can you tell us about your internship experience?
My internship is at Armstrong’s Career Services department, which is located in Armstrong’s Memorial College Center.  Our department assists Armstrong students and alumni with resume and cover letter critiques, job interviewing, job searches, and degree exploration.  We administer the Self-Directed Search (SDS) and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to direct students toward a career path that best fits.

What influenced you to apply for this internship position?
I chose this position because I was interested in human resources and guidance counseling and saw that career services fell slightly in the middle of my two interests at the time. 

What aspect of the internship experience did you enjoy the most?
I really enjoyed working on the two events, Clothing Closet and Spring Career Fair, which were hosted while I was doing my internship at Career Services.  However, my favorite part of my experience was helping the career counselors with Self-Directed Search assessments to help students choose their major or specialize their degree.  It was very rewarding to see students get excited about their future.  
What surprised you about the internship?
It surprised me to see how much work and effort it takes to run an event, especially the Clothing Closet.  There are so many things that need to be done before the event can take place, and even more things must be done to fully wrap-up the event. 

What did you learn about yourself?
I learned that I am able to open up more during appointments once I am knowledgeable in the subject matter, which surprised me because I am usually a very introverted, quiet person.   

What is next for you?
After graduation. I hope to continue my education in a master’s program in communication sciences and disorders. 

What advice do you have for other internship-seeking students in your major?
My advice would be to look into internships in fields in which you are interested and find something that will challenge you to get out of your comfort zone. Also, I would advise other psychology majors to seek out multiple internships throughout your college career to build your resume.   

What advice do you have for freshman?
I would advise freshman to seek out as many volunteer opportunities as possible and join clubs and organizations that interest you.  Study hard, but do not forget to build relationships with classmates and professors.

March 25, 2015

12 Things Killer Employees Do Before Noon

Graduation is getting near... Have you thought about how you can be most effective in the office during your summer job or internship?

These tips from U.S. News highlight the task highly efficient employees make sure to cross off their to-do lists before lunchtime rolls around. The U.S. News site gives in-depth descriptions for each of the 12 tips, but blogger from Val Marie Paper puts the tips into a more skim-worthy list.

March 24, 2015

Meet Our New Professional Pirate Staff

I am a graduate student at Armstrong in the Professional Communications and Leadership (PCL) program. I graduated from the University of Georgia in 2014. Go Dawgs! When it was time to look at grad schools, of course I came straight back to Savannah with all my favorites: Soho South Cafe, First Friday Fireworks and the beautiful Bluff Drive in Isle of Hope!

I am a transfer student from Augusta State University in Augusta, GA, attending Armstrong State University. I am studying Psychology in hopes of pursuing a Master's in Clinical Psychology. I strongly suggest anyone who is seeking to further their education to consider this awesome school! There are so many activities to become involved in and plenty of helpful staff, such as the Career Services team, to aid students in fulfilling their lifetime goals!

December 10, 2014

Plan For A Planner

It's the end of the semester and the end of the year, which is the perfect time to get a planner!

People who make goals and write them down are more likely to reach them. A planner that helps you identify your goals and reach them is a great place to start! Here's the Passion Planner:

If you're looking for a planner that is more  flexible, check out the Bullet Journal. This is more of a way to plan than a planner itself.  You can used in any notebook that you have handy to make one! If you can  get all your thoughts, ideas, and tasks into one notebook and use the little symbols suggested as bullet points, the structure builds itself. You don't necessarily need to know what a priority is at the beginning, just leave a blank page for an index and let your daily lists develop. By the end of a few weeks, you'll know!

The best part about the new year is that everything is new! New calendar, new goals, new planner, new you!

If you have an awesome planner or a great plan that served you well this year, let us know!

December 1, 2014

Procrastinating In The Best Way

If you're anything like me, finals looming means a major spike in time spent on the computer--looking at Pinterest and hanging out on Tumblr. If you're going to waste time on social media anyway, do it right with sites that will motivate and inspire you. 
If you're on Pinterest, searching for study motivation and study inspiration can be just the push that you need. 
Folks on Pinterest also post pretty pictures of their well-organized study spaces and their gorgeous notes. Did you know biochem notes could be this lovely? Inspiration!

Tumblr has entire blogs devoted to studying, called studyblrs. Search for anything tagged studyblr and you’ll find a treasure trove of aspirational study spaces and tips from people who really love studying and are really good at it! I really enjoy Eat Well Study Hard, for obvious reasons. 

I'm going to treat myself with macarons after this first round of paper writing!

Remember that Armstrong also has a Tumblr that’s full of helpful hints. Following a couple of studyblrs taught me about the Pomodoro Technique, taught me the perfect way to execute an all-nighter, and got me excited about getting back to work, which is exactly what you need to finish strong this semester!

Pirates, good luck out there!