Diversity Employers

December 2015

Editorial objective:1- give diverse jobseekers sound information on job opportunities and how to successfully navigate the job search process,2- invite “employers of choice” to share success secrets and valuable information on where the jobs are.

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Diversity Employers | DiversityEmployers.com | December 2015 15 career path I chose I wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. Then that's when it dawned on me. My ex- perience in the NFL opened my eyes up to a world I never saw prior to be- ing signed by the Saints. Never before in my life have I been around so many individuals that close to me who made millions of dollars. Unfortunately not all of these guys were making the best decisions with their money. I want to enable individuals such as these profes- sional athletes, who make a great deal of money to invest it wisely to ensure that their future fnancial situation is just as stable, if not more, than their current fnancial situation. After doing vast research on the in- dustry, I began to develop a list of the top-tier wealth management frms I'd like to work for and made an effort to get in touch with the HR department of each. It was tough just to get an in- terview over the phone but I didn't give up. Networking was the key, so I began to reach out to my former AD at Tulane as well as to multiple successful alumni. These very short emails turned into long discussions by phone, which led to even more contacts, which led to lunch meet- ings with these contacts, and eventually I was in a position where I'd made so many new connections that I knew at least one employee who was in an up- per-level, managerial role and worked at the top 3 frms on my list. Lo and behold through that networking I was able to land an interview with Merrill Lynch in the New Orleans, Louisiana area. By the time I had that interview, I had already spoken with and developed personal relationships with multiple senior advisors in the offce, the direc- tor of the offce (whom I had my inter- view with), as well as some clients who he used to manage that played in the NFL for the Saints. I was given an offer shortly after the interview. Now I have the opportunity to do something I have a passion for, make a difference in the lives of others, and use my educational background in fnance as well as the relationships I've built through football to make a living. It's really a blessing. In conclusion, to make a long story short, as I'm sure it has been stressed and emphasized more than anything; net- working really is one of the most simple, yet valuable tools we have at our discre- tion. Use it wisely and the possibilities are endless. I am a great testimony to that fact. Also, I want to say that once you have a plan, don't deter from that just because things aren't looking good for you at the time. Keep your faith, work hard, and don't settle. Those are three things I recommend in achieving your goals and landing that dream job you've always wanted. For many seniors, the reality check has fnally come! Senior year is a real- ity check because it is flled with many transitions. Transitions that are known and unknown. This year is flled with excitement and possibly life altering decisions. There are resources, prepa- ration and guidance that I offer the students to make this time of their lives exciting and smooth. The career journey begins with frst meeting with a career advisor to assess their career goals and expectations. This meeting might consist of directing the student to take a career assessment or it might mean directing students to research potential employers. Students are directed to ask themselves questions such as: What jobs or job titles are you most interested in? Where do I want to live? What kind of life style do I want? Creating the essential tools that are needed to network and job search are very important. Creating a resume, cover letter and business cards are the key elements needed. It is also very important to have a career advisor critique the documents to make sure they are great representa - tion of the student. This is a student's opportunity to share with an employer what they have to offer. Next prepare for interviews by participating in mock interviews and practicing answering typi- cal questions ask by an employer. Shine during your interviews and relax…put on your "game face"…smile! A career advisor will provide information about dressing for success and making the frst great impression. Students are encouraged to attend on campus information sessions and career panels. Attending on campus informa- tion session may facilitate other career directions. Networking is essential to job search success. Students are directed and encouraged to attend networking events. Then students develop a 30-second eleva- tor speech or what we like to call your own 30-second commercial that students can use in a variety of situations to introduce themselves and what they have to offer. Students are encouraged to NETWORK! Network and do more networking with all the contacts they can develop. It is also very important to attend career fair opportunities! A career fair is an event that will help a student to meet recruiters and ask questions about avail- able opportunities. Next students are asked …what do your online presences look like? Manage your Google, Facebook and any social media. Make sure your online presence is very positive. Create a professional profle on LinkedIn.com and make sure that the information is appro- priate and professional. Also make sure all photos are professional. While a student is going through the process of the job search, there are opportunities provided for employers to host on-campus inter- views, on-campus information sessions, employee of the day and more. u Tracey Jackson, Career Advisor/ Employer Relations Manager Tulane University, New Orleans, LA Students are encouraged to attend on campus information sessions and career panels.

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