April 8, 2015
Twice a year, once each spring and fall semester, the Chamber hosts Get Linked in partnership with Jacksonville State and Gadsden State.The goal of this event is to provide students the opportunity to connect with area professionals and employers of all levels.
The first hour always consists of a q&a time with a panel of area professionals ranging from different fields, followed by a meet and mingle time. The spring 2015 panel consisted of Brigitte Sailors of Kelly Services, Tommie Goggans of Goggans Group and Shannon Jenkins of the United Way. The panelists provided great insight and advice to the students attending.
Tommie encouraged the students to be confident and willing to work with people, yet Humble enough to learn, be flexible and molded.
Brigitte reminded attendees to be teachable with an air of confidence to a degree. “It’s how you present yourself, and do you communicate and speak to be understood? It’s all in the Presentation. What you know and if you dress appropriately for the interview?”
Tommie stated that “the resume gets you in front of someone, based on your skills set, so avoid flowery terms but use action verbs. Listen and be willing to learn.”
Shannon reminded students to “Network, even in college because many jobs are based on if you know someone.”
Tommie stated from your “resume to Facebook, everything makes a statement about you. Whatever job you take, be the best you can be at that job. Some of the most important things I’ve learned were from mistakes I’ve made.”
Brigitte encouraged students to build relationships and take opportunities because “You have no idea where that door opens and who you’ll meet along the way.”
Shannon stated “it’s easier to find a job when you have a job.”
Becca Turner attended and reminded students “Career Services is there to help you on your job search. It’s a sometimes daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be.”
Tommie recommended as students near graduation, “Don’t panic! Many feet have walked that path. Everyone goes through that transition. Know yourself and what makes you tick. We’re all different and offer different things.”
Brigitte advised “Don’t be afraid of other paths and where they take you. You might not know an opportunity existed. Embrace your experience and do the best you can do where you are.”
Tommie questioned attendees with “What ignites you?”
Shannon shared, “When Sunday night comes, I’m not dreading Monday morning. I know what I am supposed to be doing. Every job prepared me for where I am right now. It made me who I am, and put me where I am. I work knowing that it makes a difference in the community.”
There were so many takeaways from the event, for the professionals and students who attended, to many to list, but this blog is a piece of the advice and insight we can share.
For more information on the Chamber’s Internship Program and future events, check out www.calhounchamber.com.