Monday, October 1, 2012

This Blog has Moved!

We are pleased to announced that we have combined our blog postings with the Kelley Undergrad Program blog! Bookmark the Kelley blog or, more specifically, our Undergraduate Career Services (UCSO) category! Become a subscriber and you won’t miss a thing!

Oh, and don’t worry, this one will be around for awhile, we simply won’t be updating it.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Actual Recruiter Feedback: What impression am I making via nonverbal interaction?

By Marie Haraburda

You can’t “not communicate” even if you try. Besides what you say and how you say it, others gain information and form opinions about you by how you look and what you do, by the way you smell whether it’s of fine cologne or spicy foods, whether or not you are punctual or tardy, and with every communication via resume, letter, and email. So, how do you impress a recruiter?

Here are some tips directly taken from survey feedback the UCSO has received from recruiters recently:

Demonstrate professional business writing skills.
  • Thoroughly proofread and spellcheck any communication you send to recruiters.
  • Don’t ever send a thank you or any communication via phone.
  • Texting a recruiter is not the same as texting your friends; never spell “you” as “u.”
Follow through on commitments you make.
  • For information sessions that require advance sign-up: Consider this like signing up for an “interview,” and if you sign up, please attend. If you sign-up and don’t attend, recruiters get a negative impression of you.
Make a positive first impression.
  • Print your resume on “nice” paper – you will stand out from your peers!
Need help with writing a professional resume, cover letter, or thank you letter? Visit the UCSO Website and make a coach appointment today!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Got an Interview? Here are Some Tips for Researching the Company

By Marie Haraburda

You’ve worked hard this semester to develop your job search strategy early in the game – you revised your resume, had a UCSO Career Coach review it – you practiced your small talk and networking skills, and attended career fairs and industry days – and now you have an interview!

Congratulations! But don’t drop the ball now! So, what’s next?

Make sure you take the time to research the Industry and Company thoroughly before the interview, so that you come across as “interested” and “motivated.” In recent years, recruiters have provided feedback to the UCSO that some students were not very well informed about company or industry events.

Basic information, such as past year company revenues, core values, products, services, and locations, is easy to find on company Websites when you Google it. But for more in-depth information, you’ll want to use additional UCSO resources, such as:
  • HIRE ED: This service is free, and gives you a ten-minute consultation with an “information expert” who will provide you with the company and industry research knowledge to help you “ACE” your interview! Make an appointment now via email at
  • Vault: This resource is available on the UCSO Website at and gives you the “inside scoop” from others who have worked at the company.
  • Kelley InCircle: Also available at, provides a way to build a relationship and network with a Kelley Alum who might be working for the company where you desire to work. There are approximately 108 “Student Career Advisors” available via this network, and they welcome your questions about their careers, companies, and community!
So, get going; do your research, “WOW" them at the interview with your vast knowledge and thought-provoking questions, and get that internship or full-time offer you’ve been dreaming of!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Networking Events Revealed

By: Chandler Smith

Office Hours? Meet and Greet? Info Session? Industry Days? Career Fair?

Every good Kelley upperclassman, and the ambitious underclassman, has a planner full of these elusive networking events. Recruiting season is in full swing and from the number of on-campus networking events, it seems like some recruiters live in Bloomington. We know it’s important to attend all these events but when thinking about them two questions come to mind: What is it and what do I wear?

Let’s break it down.

Office Hours
What is it? Office Hours for a company are a lot like office hours with your professors. Come and enjoy open networking in a more quiet and relaxed environment than at a Presentation or Career fair. It’s best if you come with information about the company and their positions so you can discuss job specifics, ask questions, and have a good conversation rather than listen to a mini presentation.

What do I wear? Office Hours are casual so you can wear nice casual clothes. Don’t come in the outfit you slept in the night before but jeans and a nicer top are perfect.

Meet and Greet
What is it? Meet and Greets are casual like Office Hours but are a little more informational. As the name suggests, they provide an opportunity for you to get to know a little about the company and the kind of people who work there. You can come prepared with questions specific to a title or to generally inquire about the company.

What do I wear? The rules for Office Hours apply here.

Info Session
What is it? Info Sessions are presentations about the company and their offered positions followed by open networking. They generally last around an hour and you should expect to stay for the whole event. Some are more formal than others and they may include food. Be sure to bring something to take notes with so you can use what you learned in conversation with recruiters and interviews.

What do I wear? Conservative Business Casual, think suit without the jacket.

Note: For more conservative companies you should wear a suit. When in doubt, wear it and you can always take off the jacket.

Industry Days
What is it? Industry Days are a great way to learn about multiple companies in one event. Each company will give a short presentation followed by open networking at the end. Like Info Sessions, be prepared to stay for the entire event.

What do I wear? Conservative Business Casual- Business Professional

Note: Many people stay for the presentations and leave right after. Take the time to talk to the recruiters without the long lines of Career Fairs and Presentations.

Career Fair
What is it? I like to think of Career Fairs like Disney World (minus the rides). Each company has an information booth with a few recruiters. You wait in line to talk with recruiters from the companies you’re interested in like you would wait to get your picture with Mickey Mouse. Career Fairs are the prime opportunity for you to talk to representatives from more than one company in a single event. However, since there are so many students at Career Fairs it is vital you research companies in advance to have an educated and memorable conversation.

What do I wear? Business Professional, suit up my friends!

Now that you know what to expect, get out there and network like a champion!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Let Go of the Elevator Speech at Career Fairs; Make Introductions a Two-Way Street!

By Marie Haraburda

Many of you have learned to develop an “elevator speech” in preparation for networking events such as career fairs. The word “speech” though gives the impression that you are expected to memorize five minutes of information about yourself to recite non-stop in one breath to each recruiter you meet. This is not true! So, it’s time we dispel this misconception right now!

Before you speak with recruiters, you need to decide what information you will use to create your personal brand to market yourself to recruiters. What skills and experience will be of value and interest to recruiters? Why are you a great fit for their company? What accomplishments make you stand out from your peers? This information gathering process has been called an Elevator Speech, but it's important to go beyond this step, and learn how to introduce yourself to recruiters in a conversational but professional style.

Practicing your professional small talk skills with a career coach helps you to get comfortable talking about yourself in a professional context -- and thinking about your personal “brand” – the information that distinguishes you from others, and that you want the recruiter to take away from your conversation. Let’s face it, career fairs and networking opportunities can be stressful, and stress makes concentration difficult, so practicing with a career coach before these events makes sense.

A UCSO career coach helps you get from Elevator Speech-maker to Professional Conversationalist so that you are ready to meet with recruiters and exchange information in a smooth and comfortable “sharing” kind of way. Just like conversations with peers or professors, remember to take a breath and pause to give the other person a chance to interject and speak.

Recruiters are people, too, so go ahead and ask questions about their careers, the company, or the industry as a whole; have a business conversation. It’s imperative that you research the company, the industry, and available positions beforehand so that you don’t come across as unprepared or uninterested. Doing your homework on your personal brand, your target companies, the industries, and positions all demonstrate to recruiters how motivated you are to work with their company, and leaves them with a positive, professional impression of you!

Monday, September 10, 2012

What Recruiters Want Candidates to Know

It is common knowledge that you have a very short amount of time to make a positive impression when you or your resume gets in front of a potential employer…typically five minutes or less. Improve your chances by knowing what recruiters really want…

Top 5 Candidate Actions Recommended by Recruiters
Only apply for positions where you meet most of the qualifications (53% of recruiters selected this as one of their top five)

Tailor your resume to the job (53% of recruiters selected in their top five)

Be more specific in examples of your previous experience in interviews (52% of recruiters selected in their top five)

Read the job description before applying (47% of recruiters selected in their top five)

Proofread application materials (44% of recruiters selected in their top five)

Read more from this Job Searching article, by Alison Doyle.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Tips for a Successful Career Fair Experience-A Student's Point of View

Student 2 Student

By: Paige Babala
Paige is a Senior majoring in Marketing & International Business. This is her second year working in the UCSO, and found her internship at Eli Lilly through on-campus recruiting. She just returned from studying and an internship with a headhunter in Barcelona, and is excited to be back in Bloomington and start the job search!

CAREER FAIRS- Two words that I have witnessed strike fear into any Kelley student. Whether it’s your first career fair or you’re a seasoned pro, career fairs have a tendency to make students nervous. However, with the following tips you’ll be on your way to a nerve-free, successful career fair experience!
  1. Get your suit dry-cleaned- Dress for success! If you have a clean, pressed suit, you will be even more confident when approaching recruiters Print more resumes than you think you’ll need- Especially with the career fairs located off-campus; you don’t want to be stranded at the convention center without a resume.
  2. Do your research- Before showing up at the Bloomington Convention Center; check out the UCSO website’s list of companies that will be at the career fair. This way, you can develop a strategy of exactly what companies you want to speak to, in addition to being able to ask educated questions about the company and the position.
  3. Practice your elevator speech- When a recruiter says, “Tell me about yourself,” you want to have an impressive, yet brief and conversational, response.
  4. Be aware- While you are in line waiting to speak with a recruiter, pick up on the cues they are giving other students. Does this recruiter seem tired? Are they excited to be there? Depending on non-verbal hints, you can start to gauge where your conversation may go, and how long it should last.
  5. Remember, recruiters are people too! - While being professional is key, remember that recruiters have lives outside of their job as well. This might help calm your nerves!
  6. Have fun!!- Career fairs are actually really fun if you are properly prepared. Think about it as a professional speed-dating session where you get to check out tons of companies that you could have a future with.
Hopefully after reading these tips, you are feeling better about tackling that upcoming career fair. As a Kelley student, you have the basic skills to get your dream job, but no one can have a successful career fair without proper preparation.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

How Do I Prepare for a Career Fair? Here’s a Check-List for You!

It’s time to dust off the resume and update it with your summer internship or activities. You’ll want to do this first, and have it reviewed by a UCSO Career Coach if possible. You might also want to review the Resume Guide on the UCSO Website. And make sure you hit “spell check!” Then upload it on the UCSO Website and update your registration information to read “Yes, release my resume and data to employers.”

Review Companies Coming to Campus:
This is an importance aspect of preparation, since last year the UCSO received feedback that some recruiters mentioned a lack of company information students demonstrated. So, once you’ve selected the companies you’ll be targeting, research the companies and industries to “wow” the recruiters with your interest and knowledge!

Practice Your Skills:
Have you practiced your elevator speech or business small talk lately? Recruiters meet many students and some visit multiple campuses. What can you say about yourself to make a position impression and help the recruiter to remember you? Make an appointment with a UCSO Career Coach to practice if you have any doubts at all!

Business Attire:
Unless otherwise stated, a career fair requires professional business attire. Pull your suit out of the closet and inspect it for cleanliness and tears. Have it cleaned or repaired to ensure you look your best, and inspect your shoes, too. Also, how do your hair and nails look? Professional appearances make a big impact on recruiters!

Network at the Career Fairs:
If you’re seeking an internship or full-time job for next summer, then you’ll want to attend career fairs to build relationships with the many recruiters who visit campus. Bring your student ID to register at the door and several copies of your resume to hand to recruiters. And now it’s time to visit the career fair with confidence!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Great Advice from Newell Rubbermaid Interns across North America

by Emily, Digital Marketing Intern, Newell Rubbermaid

After 12 weeks, my Newell Rubbermaid internship is coming to an end, and I can honestly say that this experience has been one-of-a-kind and will most certainly serve as the basis to my entire career.

This week, summer interns have been presenting final presentations to fellow interns, mentors, managers, and co-workers. The topics varied from memorable experiences, to specific projects, to key takeaways. But the overall theme was the same – and that is that Newell Rubbermaid’s summer internship program is the best of the best.

Every intern learned. Every intern networked. And every intern is leaving this experience ready to take on professors, peers, or professionals and show off what he or she has learned this summer.

Personally, I cannot wait to apply what I have learned and apply it in the classroom or in real life situations. I know how important it is for brands to exist online as well as the benefits of having a distinct brand personality. Because of the e-commerce research I did, I now notice a website’s overall online shopping experience, from the minute I enter a site to the final click when I purchase my product. Whenever I search the web or am logged in to a social media platform, I am thinking about what our brands could do and how they could engage with consumers.

Just 12 weeks. That’s all it took. And now the Newell Rubbermaid interns are ready to tackle anything that comes their way.

Here is some advice from our interns across North America:
  • Get to know your intern class! I’ve built great friendships and learned so much from my peers. –Cara, Human Resources Intern
  • Take initiative. It’s your internship experience...make the most of it! Whether it’s in the office, on a store walk, or exploring a new city – take advantage of all opportunities to experience new things with great people –Stephanie, Product Marketing Intern
  • Ask questions! Never be afraid to ask your manager, mentor or team members questions. Being an intern means that you’re at the company to LEARN! -Sydney, Channel Marketing Intern
  • Seek mentors. Try and meet as many people as you can and take advantage of their knowledge, networks and advice. –Alex, Brand Management Intern
  • Be prepared and flexible. Sometimes it takes a lot of failures to make a success, but that’s part of learning and the process. You can learn and grow just as much (and sometimes more) through the things that go wrong. –Randall, R&D Intern
  • Network! Set up shadow days with professionals in different functions and positions. It’s great to understand the big picture and learn how your projects as an intern really do make a difference. –Kate, Brand Management Intern
  • Leave your mark! Do your job well and go above what’s expected of you on every project. –Bridget, SAP Intern
  • Have fun! I’ve had a great experience getting to know my peers and co-workers. We’ve done some great things over the summer like White Water Rafting and going a Charlotte Knights game! -Elizabeth, Brand Management Intern
  • Be open to feedback. It will only help you become a better professional in the long-run. –Sydney, Internal Audit Intern
  • Experience the Culture. Your internship is the best way to learn more about a company and see if it’s the right fit for you. –Ali, Brand Management Intern

Monday, September 3, 2012

First Impressions, Lasting Impact at Career Fairs

Career fairs are a great opportunity to make connections with recruiters of your target companies. Your first impression needs to have a lasting, positive impact. Recruiters will take note when you have clearly taken the time to dress appropriately and more so if you have not! Plan in advance what you will wear and make sure it has been cleaned and pressed (do not wait until the day before). Your confidence is naturally boosted when you know you look sharp! Follow some of these tips from the National Career Fairs.
  • If you need to choose one new suit- focus on conservative colors like navy, black, grey or brown.
  • Polish your shoes! Wear socks and your belt should be black or match the color of your shoes.
  • Pay attention to details- make sure your clothes are free from lint or pet hair.
  • Avoid strong scents- some people are allergic.
  • Keep make-up natural, not overdone.
  • Bring mints, but do not have them in your mouth when you approach a recruiter.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

UCSO Global Practice Session August topic: Networking

Brush up on your business etiquette and small talk skills!
Whether you’re just inexperienced or a bit shy, here’s your opportunity to learn or practice your BUSINESS NETWORKING SKILLS in a comfortable environment at the UCSO, where a faux pas won’t cost you a business opportunity!

You’ll interact with business professionals, UCSO staff, and students from a variety of backgrounds to help you develop your skills at small talk and getting acquainted in global business situations. What do you say to a potential employer? How do you interact with a coworker from a different country? How do you juggle a plate of hors de oeuvres and manage to converse in a business situation?

This practice session is OPEN to ALL STUDENTS of ALL SKILL LEVELS who will be seeking employment in the global business world in the next year or two or three; this session is for YOU! Come see for yourself what you can gain from a Global Practice Session - we’ll be meeting in the KSB UCSO lunchroom-P100 on Thursday, August 30 from 6 – 8 pm. Appetizers will be provided. No RSVP required for the August session.

Sponsored by the Chinese Business Association

Monday, August 27, 2012

Fall semester starts off with a bang...

...and you can’t afford to miss these events! Coming at you beginning THIS Friday is the first of many important dates that will be critical to your future job search.

On-campus Interviews
Friday, August 31: Resume drops begin for "preference list" consideration. Use the Career Street Journal listings to participate.
Friday, September 14: Bidding begins for the first week of on-campus interviews.
Week of September 24: On-campus interviews begin.

If you’re interested in firms that are scheduled to interview first, be sure to update your Registration Information and upload your newly updated resume to the UCSO system by Friday, August 31 so you can begin submitting your resume for preference list consideration.

For a comprehensive list of campus recruiting activity and important dates this fall, please use the “Companies on Campus” and “Important Deadlines” links on the UCSO Student Page.

NOTE: If you have decided to accept an offer of full-time employment (most likely from your summer internship), you should not participate in on-campus recruiting and should report the details to us as soon as possible. We’ve established guidelines for employers about early offers, but please come see us if you have any questions.

We have many valuable workshops planned with topics that include leveraging social media, career fair and interview preparation, and how to apply for on-campus jobs. Check out the student Event Calendar for details on these workshops as well as others that may be relevant to you.

Career Fairs
New this year...our spectacular Career Fairs are being held at the Bloomington Convention Center! Get ready by checking all the details online.

Company Presentations
Due to the Hodge Hall construction, space for companies to offer general information and night before presentations is extremely limited. You will find that many such presentations will be hosted off-campus or elsewhere around campus, so plan accordingly for these networking opportunities. Check the Presentation Schedule for details.

For questions, please come and see us at the UCSO Help Desk in P100 or email us.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Career Coach's Comments

by Mike Lavender, UCSO Career Coach

Welcome back! Summer break is over. Your internship was great (or not). You had a fantastic summer job or academic adventure (or not). Or perhaps you don’t have a clue as to how to move forward with your career goals. Whatever your situation might be, it may be time for you to meet face to face with a Career Coach at the UCSO

My name is Mike Lavender and I am a Career Coach at the Kelley School of Business. I want to share with you a few brief comments about your opportunities to meet one on one with a Coach to assist you achieve your career goals.

What can you expect from a Career Coach? We won’t guarantee you an internship or full time job, but we will help you utilize the tools to make it happen through a one on one session. Examples of subjects covered in a typical meeting are:
  • Reviewiew resume for content and format
  • Setting specific, achievable career goals
  • Identifying target industries and positions
  • Preparing you for interviews
  • Assisting you in understanding the bid process
  • Accepting/Rejecting Offers
  • Networking & Career Fairs
You can make an appointment at your convenience online through the UCSO web site. During the fall semester, career coach appointments are available from 10am until 7pm Monday – Thursday and 10am until 4pm on Fridays. Appointments last for 30 minutes.

NOTE: From now until August 29, you may email or drop your resume at the UCSO Help desk for a RESUME EXPRESS review. You are guaranteed a 48 hour turn around with comments on your resume after being reviewed by a UCSO Student Services team member.

If you have a quick question or are having difficulty making an on line appointment, stop by the UCSO help desk in room P100 for assistance from our help desk staff. Help desk Hours are 8am–8pm Monday-Thursday and 8am–5pm on Fridays.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me with “Career Coach” in the subject line.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Hello Students and Welcome Back!

With fall semester classes now underway, we want to make you aware of a few items that will help you get things off to a good start.

Important Notices for New and Returning Students
Successfully using the UCSO entails more than just updating/uploading your resume(s). Please be sure to review the Important Notices: New and Returning Students section of the UCSO Policies and Definitions manual for details on first steps.

Staying Informed
If you haven’t already, subscribe to our blog (by clicking the box to the right) to receive notifications of new posts so you don’t miss all the great things we have coming up! And don't forget to Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter so you can receive timely information about upcoming events, which companies have submitted preference lists, and other information relevant to your internship or job search.

Also, it will serve you well to get familiar with the UCSO website. The Student page features important "Announcements" as well as the "Event Calendar".

Career Coaching
If you have any questions about your internship or full-time job search, make a career coach appointment using our online system. Got a quick question? Drop by the Help Desk in P100...we are always happy to help!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Top Ten Tips for College Students- Creating Goals and Objectives for a Successful Year

Fall classes are but a few days away from starting and you may be thinking about creating some goals and objectives for your academic year. Here are ten tips for setting goals as college students. You can read more detail about each tip at Top Ten Tips for College Students.
  1. Create a list of personal and professional goals and objectives
  2. Seek to understand your individual personality, values, interests, and skills
  3. Do your research- career options, internship/job opportunities
  4. Create/Polish your resume and cover letter- you’re going to need them!
  5. Develop a professional network
  6. Conduct informational interviews
  7. Seek a summer 2013 internship (that process starts now!)
  8. Consider volunteering
  9. Participate in a club or activity on campus
  10. Get to know your faculty

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

What has impressed you most about working for this company?

by Mabel Shiu

Overall, I was very impressed with Cardinal Health's investment in every employee's continual development. Whether you held an entry level position or led a department, opportunities to develop skills and training were available and encouraged. Some opportunities I learned about this summer included the Toastmasters club, various leadership tracks (i.e. EMERGE and LEAD), high level workshops (i.e. Lean Six Sigma), comprehensive performance reviews, and many ERG (Employee Resource Groups) sponsored events.

On the same note, I was impressed with Cardinal Health's attitude toward industry changes. Mike Kaufman, the CFO of Cardinal Health's pharmaceutical segment, has witnessed many transitions during his time with Cardinal Health. When he spoke to our intern class, in addition to role modeling genuine leadership, Kaufman challenged us to not be afraid of change and even to embrace relocation/lateral moves to gain more experiences. Seizing career opportunities and being open to change was definitely the most reoccurring piece of advice from our Executive Speakers.

* The views expressed in this blog post are those of an intern and does not necessarily represent Cardinal Health.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Who knew? Things that have surprised me about my internship

by Mabel Shiu

I was surprised by how casual and relaxed Cardinal Health’s culture was while still promoting professionalism and efficiency. I had expected an intense and highly bureaucratic corporate environment. Instead, I’ve developed some great relationships over coffee, happy hour, grabbing lunch off campus, etc. with a variety of managers, directors, and even executives. Everyone here is approachable.

Cardinal Health’s investment in intern development and the number of built-in opportunities to get involved were also surprises to me. There are endless leadership opportunities in our intern committees which coordinate activities such as community service events, tours (I went on an all day tour in West Virginia), and professional development workshops. Additionally, the Intern Executive Speaker Series brings in a Cardinal Health executive almost weekly to speak to our intern class. With that said, “an internship is only what you make out of it” so I try to take advantage of every opportunity in order to experience as much as I can this summer.

* The views expressed in this blog post are those of an intern and does not necessarily represent Cardinal Health.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

What has been one of your biggest challenges as an intern so far, and how are you meeting those challenges?

by Mabel Shiu

First Hurdle
The first challenge I encountered this summer was the adjustment from my flexible schedule at IU to an 8:00am-5:00pm workday. I had to discipline myself to get to bed at a reasonable hour since I had to be up and ready to work on my project, attend meetings, and network for eight hours instead of the one to two hours of class I was accustomed to. Bringing light snacks with me to work, and drinking a fair share of black coffee or green tea helped me stay alert and productive. Also, I discovered that having a change in scenery was refreshing for me, such as bringing my laptop outside on the patio to work.

Another challenge I face this summer is clearly understanding what is expected of me and, from there, finding opportunities to go above and beyond. Although my manager and I filled out an expectations sheet provided by Cardinal Health during my first week, there were still deadlines and details that needed clarification. This challenge was magnified since I was still adjusting to my manager’s hands-off management style. For instance, I grew anxious about how often I should touch-base with my manager. Not until I worked up the courage to ask about his expectations in regards to checking-in, deadlines, etc., did I feel confident in my progress. I learned to be proactive in communicating; whether it’s clarifying expectations or asking for more work.

* The views expressed in this blog post are those of an intern and does not necessarily represent Cardinal Health.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Mentors and Networking with Peers at Your Internship

by Mabel Shiu

A Summer to Remember
During our lunch dates, my mentor gave me professional advice on effective communication and connected me with managers in different departments so I could explore my interest in having an international career. My mentor signed up to be a Cardinal Health mentor because she wants my internship to be as amazing as hers was when she was in college. She explained how back then there weren’t as many structured events and developed programs, but learning about her interests/disinterests and hanging out with interns (soon-to-be lifelong friends) made her summer unforgettable. “I’ll never forget that summer”.

"Networking” with Peers
From talking to an IU alumni finishing up their first year in a Cardinal Health rotational program, I learned how important it is to always keep the future in mind. In addition to his internship experience which was similar to my mentors, he shared his perspective on “networking” with my peers. He currently works full-time with over a dozen interns from his previous summer. Understanding that I can’t be best friends with all 80+ interns, he encouraged me to at least get to know everyone because I’ll never know who I’ll end up working with in the future.

* The views expressed in this blog post are those of an intern and does not necessarily represent Cardinal Health.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Follow Mabel Shiu's Internship Experience at Cardinal Health this Summer

by Mabel Shiu

Ready Set Go
This summer I am a finance intern working with Generic Pharmaceuticals at Cardinal Health’s corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ohio. Having an all-day orientation as my first day at Cardinal Health eased my nerves about starting my first internship at the headquarters of a very large company; I met approximately 20 other interns, toured both campuses, and had lunch with my manager.

Take the Initiative
Over the next few days, I meet with my mentor over lunch, had a conference call with my intern advisor (a recent graduate participating in the rotational EMERGE program), and reconnected with several IU alumni who I met during recruiting. I’m really glad that I took the initiative to set up lunch meetings with people on my team and IU alumni to ask questions and learn more about the company because hearing their advice and perspectives were priceless. My manager and I also discussed our expectations for the summer before jumping into my first project for the summer; consolidating Excel databases to increase efficiency. Overall, I was overwhelmed by the welcoming company culture of Cardinal Health, and everyone’s willingness to lend a hand despite their busy schedule.

I’ve been told countless times that this summer interning will be my best summer yet. In addition to already applying what I’ve learned in the classroom and experiencing the corporate world hands-on, I’m having fun connecting with other interns. I’ve gotten to know interns through planned events (bowling, dinners, movie nights, community service, etc) as well as exploring the city of Columbus together on the weekends. I’m looking forward to meeting all of the 60+ interns who will eventually be in Columbus this summer.

* The views expressed in this blog post are those of an intern and does not necessarily represent Cardinal Health.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Make the Most of Your Internship this Summer

If you are starting an internship soon, or already getting your feet wet at the office, here are some tips from for really taking advantage of your opportunities in the next couple of months:
  • Set personal goals. Decide what you want to get out of this internship experience. Is it learning a new skill, deciding what you want to specialize in, or building your network? Whatever your goals are, have a plan to achieve them.
  • Tackle all tasks with ENTHUSIASM! Sure, this may be hard sometimes when a task assigned to you seems menial, but the way in which you receive the assignment and complete it will be noticed by your supervisor.
  • Learn as much as you can about the company. Attend company or industry meetings when possible, participate in training offerings, read company materials and ask questions.
  • Take initiative. Employers really take notice of the people who dive into tough tasks or who are creative in solving difficult problems. While showing your knowledge also be mindful of your role and boundaries - make sure you work closely with your supervisor when presenting new ideas.
Internships are more than resume builders - they are platforms for you to grow as a professional and make connections with people who can help launch your future full-time career. Optimize your opportunity!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Remembering Basic Business Etiquette

As you get comfortable in your summer job or internship, it is important to remember to follow proper business protocol and etiquette even when the atmosphere is relaxed. The impression you make while working during this short time period does make a difference. The supervisor you report to or the colleague you share a space with may be a future reference for a full-time position. This short article by Eliza Browning from Inc. touches on five rules of business etiquette that really focus on being socially comfortable versus stodgy rule-following. This is a quick read – worth the valuable tips!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

DiversityInc names Top 50 Companies for Diversity 2012

Billed as the leading assessment of diversity management in corporate America and globally and now in its 13th year, the Top 50 Companies for Diversity list is derived exclusively from corporate survey submissions. Participation in the survey has increased dramatically, up 11 percent in 2012 to 587 companies. DiversityInc provides access to previous diversity lists as well as other specialty lists derived from same data submission.

Friday, April 20, 2012

AskUCSO: Summer, the UCSO and the Career Street Journal (CSJ)!

Even though the UCSO Help Desk closes for the summer, the Undergraduate Career Services Office (P101) is buzzing with activity. The Employer Relations team of four is planning the fall semester interview schedules, career fairs and much more. The Student Services team continues to provide career coaching and they are looking at new and innovative ways of supporting students and their activities.

Great jobs and internship possibilities don’t stop just because it’s summer. Please keep checking the CSJ, every week, for the job postings throughout the summer months and beyond.

We receive great job postings from companies and you may be asked to submit your resume on the UCSO website, directly to the company using the information provided in the job posting, or on the company’s website. You can identify job postings in the CSJ by checking the ‘Listing Type’ column: ‘Forward Resume to Employer’ or ‘Contact Employer Directly’. Be sure to click on the blue highlighted link for the position Job Description. If this listing type states ‘Contact Employer Directly’, the link will also tell you if your resume should be submitted directly to a person or via the website through an online application. Job postings may remain on the CSJ for one or two weeks, usually starting on Friday and ending at 4:00 p.m. on the following Thursday.

The resumes submitted are reviewed by the company representatives and the student may then be contacted directly to arrange for an interview. Initially, this could be a Skype or telephone interview.

The UCSO is here for you, so please send your questions via email ( or call us at 812-855-5317.

Have a GREAT summer!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Start Small, Win Big

I recently received an offer from a small consulting firm. After talking with the founder of that company, I started to see the power of small business. Sometimes we are so focused on large companies that we don’t see the rewards small companies can bring to us.

Working in a comparably small business can give us a solid foundation and appropriate attitudes to be a long-run winner. In a small scale business, most of the time we need to figure out by ourselves that the decisions we made were right for the firm. We are able to be more independent and really get a taste of the “real-world”.

We can also have a chance to immerse in different areas of the business. Someone who works in marketing department may gain experience in information technology area. In our college years, from my perspective, we don’t need to limit ourselves to a small list of favorites. Taking advantage of every opportunity and making the most out of it will give us more experience than we expected.

It’s not a bad idea to set yourself a challenging goal for your career. It can give you motivation and help you to find a direction in your life. However, no one can reach the goals in their sleep. No matter how bad we want it, the process of achieving our final goals will take a lot of time and effort. Many of us have a dream of being a successful business man or woman, but it's hard to make the dream come true if we don't have what it takes to survive in the business world.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

AskUCSO - What are your plans? We want to know.

by Marcia Vander Linden, UCSO Help Desk

What are your plans for this summer and beyond? Please report your job/internship/graduate school/military or other plans so we can update our records!

When the Kelley School (and others) needs statistics about each graduating class, they turn to the UCSO for data, so it’s important for each and every one of you to report your plans even if they don’t seem to involve the UCSO at all. This is especially true for each Kelley junior and senior class, but we collect ‘status’ information from all students, regardless of your major or expected graduation date. In this case, your ‘status’ refers to any plans you have that relate to your future and your career.

The more information we know about where you are working, your job location, the types of work you are doing, your rate of pay, and so forth, the better we can extrapolate trends and helpful information for our student coaching and employer outreach efforts. This all culminates in helping us to provide you and your fellow students the best support and encouragement as you make critical decisions about your career path.

As always, the specific details of your ‘status’ are kept entirely confidential, but through your reporting you can influence the way in which Indiana University, current and future students, employers, and the world at large, relate to the opportunities to be found at the Kelley School of Business. In addition, we at the UCSO couldn’t be happier anytime we know that you are on your way to achieving the next step in your career goals. Thank you for your help!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Don’t Ever Reveal your Logins/Passwords, even if asked!

We’ve heard recent reports in the media that some employers ask job candidates to reveal their login/password information for social networking sites or even their email accounts as part of the interview process. This is apparently one way that recruiters could get around the fact that you may have privacy settings in FaceBook and other services that prevent people you haven’t marked as “friends” from seeing your private profile, pictures, and other entries on the site.

We want you to know that you should never feel pressured to reveal such information to employers and this was recently backed-up by a statement we received from our professional organization, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE):
“NACE’s position is that this practice violates ethical standards. Employers should not require or request that job candidates provide password/login information to their personal social network accounts as a condition of employment or as a condition of consideration for employment.

NACE’s “Principles for Professional Practice” provides for a recruitment process that is consistent with EEO and privacy laws and a process in which students are free from undue pressure.”
They go on to advise us to counsel students that employers do not have a right to require you to provide your logins and passwords during the employment recruiting process, and we certainly agree.

We haven’t heard of any situations where that has happened with any of our students, but if you have any questions or concerns please come talk to our staff so we can address the situation promptly.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

My Job Shadow Experience

Luckily, I had a chance to visit a company’s global headquarters during the spring break this year. I shadowed with the Global Information Technology team and Internal Audit team. Truth be told, the whole experience was unforgettable, and I learned lessons that possibly would never be learned at school.

The path to career success is not always straight. To find the one thing that you really love is very important.
While talking with the IT Director, he told me that he used to be in different positions before his current position. Sometimes, we unconsciously limit ourselves because we are trying so hard to follow the mainstream demand of the society, or only focusing on the areas that fit into our majors. However, life is unpredictable. There is seldom a straight path to the success of our career. After graduation, our job will be a major part of our life. No one wants to spend eight hours a day, five days a week on something that we don’t even love. More importantly, it will be very difficult to achieve success if we are not enjoying what we are doing. Therefore, it would be a better idea spending more time discovering what you are really interested in, than follow the rest of your peers.

The role of teamwork.
It’s self-evident that teamwork is extremely important when it comes to team projects, but I didn’t realize the real-life meaning until then. I was fortunate enough to have an opportunity to join in a phone call conference with different parties from Europe simultaneously. The purpose of the phone call was to discuss about the process of a major on-going multi-million IT project. The work is very challenging due to the goals of the project itself, the number of people involved, and the culture and language barriers. Without effective teamwork, not to mention about such multi-million global project, even a department-wide project could fail miserably.

Flexibility and adaptability.
In terms of the company’s internal audit department, young auditors are required to rotate from one factory to another and from one department to another. From the perspective of managers, they can have an opportunity to assess young auditors and place them in the correct places. For young auditors, before they finally become competent auditors, they need to know the organization and its activities as well. With that being said, they need to have strong flexibility and adaptability. Such abilities are often desired by many other different industries. Other than the skills and specialties required by a particular job, we should also know how to manage our time, and to adapt to new environments and situations. Those abilities can not only help us in our career, but also in our life.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Read Real Reviews From Recruiters: What They Said About YOU, the Interviewing Student

The UCSO often receives feedback from recruiters who have interviewed students on campus. We hear the good, the not so good and yes, the ugly. While a vast majority of recruiter feedback is positive, the miscues need to be acknowledged. Mastering a strategy to avoid common interview pitfalls is not hard, but it takes attention to ALL the details and dedication to success- PREPARATION!

Here is a sampling of the interview casualties in the past two weeks:
“Most of the students were energized and excited to be there. A few seemed to be going through the motions rather than becoming fully engaged.

“I was rather disappointed in some basic interviewing details the students were missing (ironed shirts, requesting business cards, ability to answer in STAR format, language, online presence, thank you, and follow up). All students have been through X220 and X420, they really should take more to heart the advice they are given.

“We had one student show up late and then he burped twice under his breath in the interview. We had to ask him on every question for more detail so we could get a complete answer although he seemed intelligent, just a poor communicator.
Learn more about interview blunders and how to avoid from recruiters in this Career Builder article 10 Unusual Interview mistakes, and 6 that are all-too-common.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Job Search Advice: Do NOT apply online...YET

Applying on line for a job posting may seem like a logical step in your job search process, but before you click the “apply online”, here is an insider tip to help you understand why this method may not always be the most effective path to landing an interview.
As a former recruiter and hiring manager, this was my review process for selecting interview candidates:
  1. Resumes are constantly uploaded into an electronic system as candidates apply online. We had thousands of applicants in our data base. It is a sea of potentials in which a hiring manager knows only a small percentage will stand out and be the right fit for the company.
  2. A job is posted online via internal company channels first - meaning people already within the organization will know about the opening before you- then it is placed on general job posting boards like CareerBuilder, Monster, etc.
  3. The recruiter conducts a key word search with the help of the hiring manager and the top candidates are identified by the system- usually 10-20 candidates are selected. (This is why it is critical your resume speaks directly to the job opening.)
  4. The recruiter evaluates the choices, conducts phone interviews, and narrows the list further.
  5. The top 3-5 candidates are forwarded to the hiring manager for interview consideration. At this point the hiring manager may also have a personal referral that was not in the database (this is why networking is so vital!).
The moral of this recruiter’s story - instead of tossing your resume into a sea of potential candidates, go directly to the hiring manager - the person who is making the hiring decision for that specific job posting. You want to stand out by convincing them you are the qualified person for the job. If you can get the hiring manager’s buy-in first, then when you do apply online, your odds of getting noticed have just improved. Need advice on the best way to reach out to a hiring manager? Make an appointment with a UCSO coach!