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  1. There’s a reason so many people want to be consultants—especially right out of college. You get to become a trusted advisor and subject matter expert to clients of all different sizes. Not only is it exciting, challenging work that usually involves lots of training and diverse customers, but you’ll almost never get bored. Veeva is a software company that helps some of the world’s brightest minds and most cutting-edge companies develop critical medicine, products, and services in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry. Their Consultant Development Program (CDP) takes recent graduates of all backgrounds—from engineering to economics—and trains them to be valuable business partners to Veeva’s customers. It’s an opportunity to make a positive impact both in business and on the world around you. Here’s how these four people turned this opportunity into their dream jobs. 1. Erica Never Stops Evolving (She Even Got Her MBA On The Side) For Erica, CDP at Veeva, was an opportunity not only to get the type of role she wanted, but to work in the type of culture she wanted. Erica was looking to work somewhere that would not only train her, but also give her the opportunity to learn by doing. That’s exactly what Veeva gave her. “There was never a shortage of exciting challenges in CDP,” Erica says. “You’re thrown into the fire—with support—but that’s my favorite part. I was constantly asking, ‘Hey, I haven’t done this before. Can I do it?’ And they let me do that every time. Veeva found opportunities for me.” That means Erica was never just sitting around and watching. Every new engagement was an opportunity to get the kind of experience she wanted. Now, all of that experience is serving her very well, as she’s a full-fledged consultant. “CDP prepares you so well for what you’re going to be doing as a consultant,” Erica says. “You only notice the difference because they’re celebrating you and congratulating you for moving up.” A promotion wasn’t the only thing Erica was able to achieve during the program, either. “l like to learn. I like to constantly be challenged. When I started this job, on the side, I was going to get my MBA. And I did,” she says. Now, as a Veeva consultant with an MBA, she’s ready to take on even more challenges. And Veeva’s clients are ready to provide them. 2. Abby Figured Out Her Career Goals—And Veeva Is Helping Her Get There Abby studied engineering in college but wasn’t sure if she wanted to be stuck in a lab all day. She also wasn’t sure what her long-term career goals were. That’s why Veeva’s CDP—which combines Veeva’s science-supporting products with the problem-solving challenges of a consulting role—was the perfect place for her to figure it out. “The main goal of the role is learning,” Abby explains. “You’re learning about the products that we make and the needs of our customers.” As a member of the Clinical team, Abby learned a lot about the specific tools that scientists and researchers use in the testing and development of new medicines—and how to best pair professionals with the right Veeva offerings to maximize their success. This business-meets-tech learning helped her realize the possibilities of combining her two primary skill sets. “I have social skills and I love interacting with people. But I also loved the problem-solving aspect of engineering,” Abby says. So, what does that mean for her professional goals? “I know I want to lead a team of people and I know that I love solving problems. Helping people grow and helping people learn are Veeva values, and now they’re my values, too,” she says. 3. Mike Broke Into Consulting (And Found A Great Use For His Solar/Pharma/Business Background) In just a short time, Mike had gotten a wide variety of professional experiences under his belt. During college, he worked in business operations in the solar power industry. He later had a sales job in the pharmaceutical world working with vaccines. Add some brand ambassador work on the side, and Mike’s resume was very interesting, but what he really wanted to do was consulting. Being a life science company with a need for business-savvy grads, Veeva saw Mike as a great candidate for CDP. When he found Veeva’s CDP, he almost couldn’t believe the opportunity. “There really is no misdirection about the program itself,” Mike says. “What we say it is, that’s how it’s going to be. There’s no fluff.” And it wasn’t just any old consulting gig, Mike tells us, the program was designed to make him into the consultant he always wanted to be. “Your managers drive your development to where you want to go. And the flexibility is there. If I’m not enjoying what I’m working on, my managers will help transition me to where I am interested so that I can grow. Everyone wants to help you through your journey,” he says. This journey doesn’t end with CDP, either, Mike notes. He’s building the kind of skills that will help him achieve even beyond his time in the program. “I’d love to build a strong foundational skill set in CDP and maybe even start my own company one day. In CDP, you can get a sense of how to interact with customers, develop a product, and understand so much of what it takes to run a business,” he says. Mike’s story is a great example of how Veeva takes people of all educational and professional backgrounds—from sales to solar energy—and nurtures their common passions for solving business problems in CDP so they can get what they really want: a rewarding career. 4. Betul Got The Job She Wanted (And Found A Company For Life) Betul has a strong personality—and an equally strong background in business. She knew she wanted a role that would challenge her to be the best. But she also wanted the opportunity to be herself at work and that meant making a positive difference in the world. Veeva—a people-focused company with values that actually mean something—gave her just what she was looking for. “I look at Veeva as this huge support system,” Betul tells us. “Our culture is one that ensures you learn enough and develop skills so that you can handle each new phase of your job. When it comes time for you to take on leading a project, you’re comfortable doing that. And the goal is to become a mentor just like the people who mentored you.” Teaching and communicating are essential parts of the consultant’s skill set, after all. At Veeva, these are core values that every member of the team incorporates into their working style. These values—plus the focus on outward-looking beneficence—were what really sealed the deal for Betul. “When I was looking for a job, I had very specific criteria. I needed to be a position that my work fed back into society. One of our values is literally ‘do the right thing.’ It’s not something that is just put on the website and nobody thinks about. It’s front and center for everything we do,” Betul. This combination of positive impact, personal growth, and support mean a lot to Betul. In fact, she tells us, she can see a long future at the company. “I’m probably going to retire here. That’s something I learned during my interview. The Chief People Officer told me there might come a time when you don’t want to travel anymore, and that’s when we start looking at other areas of the business. She wasn’t just thinking about what I could do for them in the next one or two years,” Betul says. “She was thinking what they could do for me in the next five to ten or twenty years.” Now, Betul is thinking the same way. Ready For Your Dream Job? You Could Be Next Whether you’re looking for the long term (like Betul) or just looking for your first job, Veeva is a place that takes your career journey seriously—from CDP to the C-suite. To learn more about joining Veeva’s team of enthusiastic, entrepreneurial CDPers, check out Veeva on WayUp! The post 4 People Who Found Their Dream Job In Veeva’s Consultant Development Program appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  2. To a college freshman, “finance” might seem like a pretty concrete career path. However, the more classes you take and internships you complete, you begin to learn that finance is actually a wide world of possibilities, ranging from credit risk and compliance all the way to cybersecurity and fraud investigation. Choosing finance is easy. Figuring out which specialty you want to take is much harder. Or, at least, it was. Popular—a commercial bank with community values—offers a development program that helps new grads explore their affinities in finance to find the right role for them. To learn more about it, we spoke to Min, a soon-to-be alumna of the development program who just found her permanent place at Popular. A Training Program That Isn’t Just Top Down—You Get To Guide Your Experience Popular’s development program starts with standardized training for all new employees of the bank. Min and her class of fellow associates learned about the history of the bank—which started in Puerto Rico—and how the culture of putting people first hasn’t changed in the bank’s hundred-year history. As interesting as the history and culture are, the really exciting part came after. “My favorite part of the program is that I’ve been able to guide the way that I rotate,” Min says. “In this program, I’ve able to express my preference and be heard. I decided which departments I was interested in and my managers helped me get placed there, so I could come to fully understand how they operate.” Like many development programs, Popular’s is centered around rotations through various business areas, but the rotations aren’t half-year sentences, and you have far more flexibility in selecting your assignments. Plus, guidance from your assigned mentors and business leaders will help you make the right move for you. “Your professional mentor is higher up in the bank and your personal mentor comes from the associate class before you. Both of them help you navigate the program,” Min explains. “After that you speak to your manager about which projects you liked best, which business areas interested you, and from there the company matches you to your placement.” The Culture Of Compassion Isn’t Just For Customers—It’s For Everyone At Popular Just like the word, Popular is about people. Their motto “our bottom line is you” isn’t just a slogan either. This was something Min found out as soon as she started. “Our mission is to provide the best customer experience, and that’s something that I felt right away,” she says. “That’s why your first rotation is in the retail bank. You learn how we interact with the customers and what they need. This helped me in every role. I know about our clients and I know how our company serves them.” Of course, this didn’t surprise Min too much, considering how caring her mentors and managers had been about her own experience and professional development. “It’s a helpful and caring environment. We’re still a big bank, but it’s small enough of a company that we can make connections with managers and Vice Presidents,” she says. “Everyone in this office will open the door for you and they’re willing to help you out.” Find The Right Role, And Make An Impact Right Away As she nears the end of the eight-month program, Min has found her permanent placement in Commercial Credit, which was her initial area of interest. And thanks to her rotations and the support she got from her colleagues, she can be confident in her decision. “This program helped me to build a foundation,” she says. “I didn’t have that before I came here, but now I’m ready to really start my career.” And at Popular, starting a career means making a difference—both in your department and in the world around you—right away. Want to pick your path in finance? Check out open opportunities at Popular on WayUp! The post Find Your Perfect Finance Career Path—And Way More—In Popular’s Development Program appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  3. The COVID-19 crisis forced companies around the world to immediately adopt fully virtual interviewing processes. Whether you’re a fan or afraid of the on-screen interview, one thing’s for sure: virtual interviewing is here to stay. So, we’ve put together a guide to help you master interviewing in a virtual world. And we spoke with Adrienne Sullivan, a recruiting and global employer brand leader at Thermo Fisher Scientific—a Fortune 500 biotechnology company dedicated to making the world healthier, cleaner and safer—to get an insider’s view on how to put your best foot forward, digitally. Here’s what we learned. No Matter What Your Specialty Is, They’re Looking For These Three Traits Thermo Fisher’s mission is to enable their customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. Their products consist of everything from genetic forensics machines to climate change research tools all the way to classroom lab equipment. Even with all of the company’s different products, services and business functions, their 75,000+ employees are committed to fulfilling the company mission and pushing science a step beyond, regardless of their role. Adrienne says when interviewing candidates, “Thermo Fisher is really looking for three main competencies: putting the customer first, owning your results, and finding a better way every day.” 1. Putting the customer first. This goes for everyone, from software engineers to sales to R&D researchers. You’ll need to demonstrate that you understand and value that there is an end-customer (and at times, patients) relying on us. “No matter our role, our customers depend on us. You may not have experience working directly with customers, but all our work contributes to supporting our customers” Adrienne explains. Understanding how your role contributes to the success of the company’s mission is key. This is tied closely to the second principle: 2. Owning your results. Results—good or bad—are the direct consequence of your work—and taking ownership of them is an essential part of being successful at Thermo Fisher. So, how can you show this trait in an interview? “This is about personal accountability,” Adrienne says. “We want to hear you take personal responsibility for something in your examples. It’s okay to highlight mistakes, as long as you’re able to show how you pivoted to fix it.” Taking stock of your work, adaptability and agility are the core of Thermo Fisher’s third principle, too. 3. Finding a better way every day. “We want relentless curiosity and innovation,” Adrienne explains. That means when you take stock of your results, you’re looking at what worked and what didn’t to improve the way you do it next time around. It shouldn’t be too hard to think of an example of how you improved your work practices. And if you really want to go deep on your interview prep, you can study the specific improvement strategy leveraged at Thermo Fisher. “We follow lean practices for process improvement,” she says. “That’s how we work. We’re looking for people who strive to make themselves better every day.” Virtual Interviewing Has Its Disadvantages—Here’s How To Combat Them The good news: Virtual interviewing isn’t too different from its in-person counterpart. The tough thing is that the few challenges it does pose can be hard to overcome without practice. “Not everyone is used to seeing themselves on camera or working with video conferencing technology,” Adrienne says. “Don’t let it distract you. Set up some time to practice with a friend to make sure you’re comfortable with communicating virtually.” If you’re focusing too much on fixing your camera, figuring out how to unmute yourself, or changing your background, then you won’t have time to listen actively, which is another important part of any interview. When an interview is virtual, Adrienne warns, it can easily feel like a video that you’re just watching, but really, it’s a two-way conversation. Try to imagine how you would be seen in an office setting and give that same impression virtually. How To Take Advantage Of The Virtual Setting And Its Benefits There are also distinct benefits to interviewing virtually. Here’s how to take advantage of them. “It gives you an opportunity to be comfortable in your own environment,” Adrienne says. “You can feel secure and use that to your advantage. Speak confidently and focus on active listening.” Plus, with new technology comes new capabilities. A good way of showcasing your strengths and your savvy with technology is to use screen-sharing features to show off some work or skills. If you’re going to do this, though, make sure you’re well practiced. “Technology allows you to be more agile. You can quickly pull up a work sample or a document you’ve worked on that you’re particularly proud of. You’ll have everything at your fingertips,” she explains. “But if you’re going to do something like that, have it all prepared and ready. Don’t make your interviewer sit and wait.” No Matter What, Follow The Timeless Interview Rules: Do Your Homework And Be Yourself “Definitely do your research. Research the company, have a clear understanding of the role, and have questions prepared to clarify what you can’t find out on your own,” Adrienne says. “Read through the company’s career site to learn as much as you can in advance about what the company does and their culture. Learn about your interviewer by taking a look at their LinkedIn profile. You will feel more comfortable the more prepared you are!” But you must balance research and preparedness with authenticity, too. Be yourself and show them that you’re comfortable bringing your personality to a professional space. “It’s a conversation, so be your authentic self and don’t just read from notes,” Adrienne advises. “It’s hard. It takes practice. Interviewing really is a skill like any other—and our early-career recruiters understand that.” Turn this insider knowledge into a real job offer—check out open opportunities at Thermo Fisher Scientific at WayUp! The post How To Nail The Virtual Interview At This Fortune 500 Company—According To A Recruiting Leader appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  4. Despite being nearly 200 years old, Citizens isn’t much for sticking to the old ways. Driven by customer demands for great experiences, simple solutions, and innovative ideas, they’ve become a digital transformation leader, building a huge in-house technology firm. So, it should be no surprise that this financial services company is constantly producing new technologies to help change finance—and all for one reason. “Our goal with technology is always to build a product that delights and simplifies the process of banking for our customers,” Rajesh, a senior leader on a Citizens’ tech team, tells us. In addition to speaking with Rajesh, we also talked to Anthony, an intern on the same technology team, to learn about just a few of the hundreds of ways Citizens is changing fintech to achieve that simple-but-demanding goal. 1. Using Modern Technology And Automation To Drive Speed And Efficiency For Customers Two of the projects Anthony worked on this summer as a Software Engineering Intern involved using machine learning and automation to make banking easier. The first was called Smart Reading “Taking out a loan requires lots of documentation,” Anthony explains. “Submitting this information yourself can be very taxing and you won’t always get it right.” That means this process, which can already take dozens of hours to complete manually, sometimes needs to be done a few times over to make sure it’s accurate. That’s why Anthony and the technology team at Citizens are developing a solution to fix that. “We’re using in-house technology and different AWS [Amazon Web Services] features to extract information from items like driver’s licenses, and that allows us to automate the process,” Anthony says. The other automation project Anthony worked on is called Textminer. Its goal was to automate the process of sorting customer emails, which became especially important as customers came up with a myriad of questions related to banking during a pandemic. “Textmining looks at thousands of emails in real time to understand the context in which a customer is contacting us,” Rajesh explains. “We use machine learning technologies on these emails to correctly and precisely categorize which customers are asking about, for example, ATM locations, then we can give those people an automated response with the right info.” Using technologies like machine learning and a few other in-house programs, Rajesh, Anthony, and the team were able to not only categorize the questions that people have, but also pair them to the right department to solve them. That means faster, better customer service, every time. 2. Citizens Access: The Online-Only Banking Platform There’s never been a better time for an online-only banking platform. And when you’re able to trust the company behind it because of, say, decades of reliable service and customer-first experiences, that’s when you’ve got something really special. “Customers want a unified experience, and that’s what we’re providing here,” Rajesh says. “We are always looking to delight our customers.” And that’s just what Citizens did with Citizens Access, their new, online-only bank. Thanks to their technology, they’re providing customers with the same great banking experience of an in-person bank—except it’s entirely digital. Features like a 5-minute signup process and seamless integration with other in-person banks are made possible by the tech team’s breakthroughs in automation and efficiency. 3. Launching A High-Quality Virtual Internship Program When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Citizens wasted no time transitioning their summer internship program to a virtual format. Leveraging their focus on innovation and continuous improvement, Citizens was able to successfully pivot to video-based interactions and digital projects—without sacrificing the quality of the experience. “It’s a lot more interactive than I thought it would be,” Anthony says of the virtual internship program. “I thought it could be cold and corporate, especially since we’re all remote, but it’s not like that at Citizens. We have our values in the right place.” Citizens’ interns utilize web and video tools, like WebEx and Slack, to interact with their teams and collaborate. Networking opportunities are a key component of the internship program, so Citizens facilitated virtual coffee chats, happy hours and volunteer events for interns to connect with one another. Additionally, interns attended virtual development sessions on important topics, such “Creating Your Personal Brand” and “Communicating With Impact,” to help further hone their soft skills. “We provide tremendous coaching and support for our interns, new grads, and all colleagues,” Rajesh says. “These are critical elements of their journey to becoming world-class technologists.” Building Bleeding-Edge Technology With Bleeding-Edge Science No matter what the end-product is, Rajesh says, it’s going to be built with innovation and science in mind, which isn’t just good news for customers—it’s good news for your career. “We use some of the most advanced and bleeding-edge tools in our technology stack,” he explains. “We are a multi-cloud team. We use a lot of big data and machine learning. And we always pair the technology with the right science and engineering.” This means working for Citizens is an opportunity to build something with a legacy—for the customers, for the company, and for the rest of your career. Want to build technology with a legacy? Check out open opportunities at Citizens Bank on WayUp! The post 3 Ways Citizens Is Using New Technologies To Change Finance appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  5. Securing a job is daunting enough, and in a global pandemic, it can be downright painful. Unemployment is at one of the highest levels many of us have ever experienced, the stock market is a rollercoaster, and every day, the never-ending stream of bad news has the power to distract us, creating a sense of uncertainty and confusion. WayUp team members heard loud and clear that many early-career candidates who are new to the market or new to economic uncertainty want a better understanding of some of the fundamentals surrounding getting a job during uncertain times. We put together a basic guide that outlines some of the fundamentals we thought you should know. What is an offer letter? What is a verbal commitment vs. a signed commitment? What does “at-will” employment mean? What is a relocation package and when can I expect one? What does it mean if my offer has contingencies? What does it mean for an offer to be rescinded? When can that happen? What does it mean to be fired? What is a PIP? What does it mean to resign? What does it mean to be laid off? What does it mean to be furloughed? What is a severance package and when should you ask for one? What is a severance agreement? Why would an employer push back a start date? Can they do that? What does that mean for me, and what should I do? How should I react if I’ve been laid off, fired, furloughed, or had a start-date pushed back? Can I put the job that I had accepted on my resume if I didn’t actually start in it? What about on my LinkedIn or WayUp profile? If I left a job because of COVID (I was laid off or furloughed), should I mention that on my resume or online profile? As a job seeker, what should I be thinking about at a time when there is an unstable economy? What is an offer letter? An offer letter for employment is intended to lay out the terms of your employment offer. It’s an employer’s way of letting you know exactly what the job entails and what you can expect from accepting the role. Check out our article on the difference between offer letters and contracts to learn more about what you can expect from this agreement.¹ What is a verbal commitment vs. a signed commitment? When extending a job offer to a candidate, some companies require the candidate to give a verbal commitment before the company sends a written offer letter. A verbal job offer, which is made and accepted formally, is legally binding on both the parties. However, it’s a bit more complicated than a written agreement since you must establish the terms of employment at the time of the offer. Usually, in the case of a verbal offer, there is no witness or any other proof of offer or associated conditions. That’s the reason it’s usually followed by a written confirmation. The employer offers you a job, you accept it, the employer sends across an offer letter, and finally, you accept the offer in writing. Legally speaking, a job offer, whether verbal or in writing, is of no significance unless you have a contract of employment, since either of the parties can rescind such an offer.² What does “at-will” employment mean? At-will employment means the employer can terminate an employee at any time for any reason and incur no legal liability for doing so. As an employee, you have the freedom to leave an at-will job at any time for any reason without legal consequence. You should also note that working in an at-will job means the employer can change the terms of your agreement with no notice or consequences.³ Think it’s unfair? Put it this way: if you can give your notice anytime, the employer is just saying they can do their version of the same thing — end the relationship with you. They don’t technically need to give you any reasoning (though companies with strong HR teams will usually give you a reason, and/or put you on a performance plan ahead of time), as long as they’re acting within the law (i.e. you can’t fire someone for their race, gender, etc.) What is a relocation package and when can I expect one? Some employers offer relocation assistance to help with moving-related expenses such as hiring movers, purchasing storage, or buying a plane ticket. Not all employers offer relocation assistance though, and there are often limits to what is covered in these agreements, so be sure to ask what your new employer will cover if this is important to you. What does it mean if my offer has contingencies? When an offer has contingencies, this essentially means that the employer has included certain caveats to protect themselves in case new information surfaces concerning your ability to satisfy all of the requirements of the job. Common contingencies include: criminal record checks, drug tests, relocation (i.e. that you relocate to the location in the offer letter first), or background checks to ensure that all information you submitted in your resume or application was accurate. If you are hired by a Staffing Agency, another common contingency is that the client you’ll actually be spending time with must also approve of your application. In most circumstances, this is not an issue. If you see that your offer letter has contingencies, make sure you understand what each of them are before signing. If one or more are unclear, you can absolutely ask the recruiter you’re working with for more information.⁴ What does it mean for an offer to be rescinded? When can that happen? When a job offer is rescinded, that means the company is no longer offering you the job. In general, there are two reasons why an offer is rescinded. The first reason is that after the offer was made, the company found new information about you and decided you were not the right fit for their company. You’ll likely never find out what that information is, and it could be anything from seeing something they didn’t like on your social media to talking to your former coworker who already works at the company. The second reason a job offer is rescinded is when the company’s financial circumstances change suddenly and drastically. For example, the company had to conduct a massive recall of their new product, there’s a sudden investigation into the company, or external forces deplete demand for the company’s offerings (i.e., the coronavirus pandemic). Sudden financial changes can also result in your offer being put on hold. When your job offer is on hold, it means the company would still like to hire you but can’t right now. And the company likely can’t tell you exactly if and when they will hire you in the future. What does it mean to be fired? You may have heard someone say, “I was fired”. This means they are terminated at a company and are no longer employed with the organization. There are a few types of terminations, voluntary and involuntary or a lay-off. Involuntary terminations or “firing someone” is when a company informs an employee that they are no longer employed with the company. Typically, being fired is a result of poor performance, a violation of a company policy, or some other act that isn’t in line with how the business wants to operate. But if you’re an at-will employee, you can also be fired for any reason (with a few exceptions including illegal discrimination) or no reason at all. What is a PIP? A PIP (Performance Improvement Plan) is a plan that an employer will often put their employee on if the employee is not performing. Most PIP’s last 4 weeks and outline very clear rationale for why a manager feels as though an employee is not performing, along with a plan for how to get them to improve their performance. Most PIP’s last 4-8 weeks, and the manager or HR usually do check-in’s along the way to see if the employee is on track. Sometimes a company will fire an employee midway if they are not on track to achieve their PIP, but other times, if the employee is on track, the employee can save their job by performing to meet expectations. What does it mean to resign? Voluntary terminations or resignations are when the employee informs the company they are no longer continuing their employment with the company. This is also known as “quitting” a job. Most companies expect someone to give two-weeks notice, which means you (the employee) will work for the company for two more weeks and then will end your employment. Some employers will not take you up on your 2 weeks notice offer, and others will. It is absolutely best practice to give at least two weeks notice so that your colleagues and your manager can plan for your transition. Don’t forget: most people remember an employee most by their final weeks / months at a company, so be sure to leave on a positive note, and work just as hard in your final days as you would have in your first few. What does it mean to be laid off? When a company lays off an employee, it means there is no longer a need for the position within the company as it currently exists. The loss of employment is through no fault of the employee. What does it mean to be furloughed? A furlough is “a temporary layoff from work.” People who get furloughed usually get to return to their job after a furlough. In general, people are not paid during furloughs but they do keep employment benefits, such as health insurance. When an employee gets furloughed, they are not guaranteed to be able to return (a furlough could be extended or could turn into a lay-off) so employers typically expect to see some turnover from furloughed employees who choose to not take the risk of waiting to be brought back. What is a severance package and when should you ask for one? Some companies choose to offer a severance package when terminating an employee after they have started in their role. A severance package is a flat payment to a terminated employee, and can sometimes include benefits. Employees who are fired or laid off can inquire about their final pay and the possibility of a severance package included in their termination. If you did not start in a role (i.e. you got an offer letter but did not sign it, or you signed it but didn’t start yet), and if your offer is rescinded for whatever reason, you likely will not be given a severance package, given that you didn’t actually work for thee employer. Severance packages can sometimes be negotiated if an employee is leaving on good terms, though larger companies often have specific frameworks they’re looking to stick to, so don’t be surprised if the company isn’t willing to budge. Finally, senior employees (usually at the Vice President level or above) often negotiate severance terms into their offer letter (i.e. saying if they are fired for performance or due to lay-offs, that they will get a severance package of a certain amount). We do not recommend requesting this to be included in your offer letter if you are joining a company at the entry-level. What is a severance agreement? A severance agreement is an agreement between an employer and an employee that contains guidelines for when an employee is terminated. A severance agreement template includes details like how much pay the employee will be entitled to after termination, when benefits will be discontinued, etc. As you look over your severance agreement, most employers will spell out their methodology and provide an overview of how your individual severance pay was calculated. Typical Agreements include: Your severance pay terms Your vacation pay terms Cobra (Benefits) Information Return of Property Non-compete Clause Confidentiality Agreement Unemployment Information A General Release of Claims and Covenant Not To Sue⁶ You should not expect to get a severance package if you are not willing to sign the terms the employer is requesting. Furthermore, if you do sign a severance agreement, receive the money, and then break one of the terms in the agreement (such as your NDA), you could be held liable for paying back the severance. Why would an employer push back a start date? Can they do that? What does that mean for me, and what should I do? An employer may push back your start date for a variety of reasons. For example, if you are hired to support a client, and then the employer loses that client’s contract, they may no longer need your services and may ask to push your start date back unless they can find a new contract for you to work on. Typically, offer letters and employment contracts will include a Force Majeure clause that essentially frees both parties from liability or obligation when an extraordinary event or circumstance beyond the control of the parties, such as war, epidemic, or Natural Disaster, prevent one or both parties from fulfilling their obligations under the contract. Right now, the economic uncertainty we’re facing coupled with our changing lifestyles in response to COVID-19 means many companies have to constantly reevaluate and restructure their organization.⁷ How should I react if I’ve been laid off, fired, furloughed, had a start-date pushed back, or had my offer rescinded? Losing your job or having your start date delayed affects everyone differently, but it’s important to find healthy ways to cope if you do receive this news. It’s a very small world, and you never want to burn bridges in the workplace. Maintain a positive rapport with the employer, and demonstrate that you can handle this adversity without losing your professionalism — after all, you never know if you may want to apply for a position with that employer in the future, or if the HR person you’re dealing with may move to another company at a later date where you want to work. Can I put the job that I had accepted on my resume if I didn’t actually start in it (i.e. my offer was rescinded before I started)? What about on my LinkedIn or WayUp profile? You should always put your best foot forward when networking or applying for a new job. Providing an accurate summary of your work history is essential to establishing trust and being matched with the right job for you, so we recommend that you only update your online profiles with positions that you’ve actually worked in. However, on your resume, if you have had an offer rescinded due to an external factor (such as Coronavirus or a company going bankrupt, etc), we typically recommend having one line under your “Work Experience” that shows the company’s name and says “Position eliminated due to ___” so that employers know you were not procrastinating with your job search. If I left a job because of COVID-19 (I was laid off or furloughed), should I mention that on my resume or online profile? Context is key when employers are evaluating your reasons for leaving a position. Letting them know that you’re searching for a new opportunity because of COVID helps them understand that you were not let go for reasons related to your performance. If you’d prefer to not include this information in your resume or online profile, you can alternatively incorporate this in your cover letter. However, we typically recommend having this information on both your resume and your online profile in order to give future employers / recruiters more context. There is nothing to be ashamed of — millions of people were laid off due to COVID-19, and it was not any of their fault. As a job seeker, what should I be thinking about at a time when there is an unstable economy? Review your resume. You should spend time editing your resume to ensure you’re sharing the most compelling information. Check out this article to help you understand how to write a winning resume. Pro Tip: Submit your resume to TopResume to get a free, confidential review from a resume expert. Research every company you’re applying to. How big or small is the team? Public or Private? Venture Backed? Are they profitable? Perform high-touch outreach. Once you’ve submitted an application to the company’s you are interested in, find the hiring manager on LinkedIn and send them a thoughtful note encouraging them to consider you for their role. First impressions are important. Check out this article to help you prepare for your first phone interview. We’re all in this together. More, now than ever, job seekers have an unique opportunity to stand out during the economic uncertainty. When we say knowledge is power, job seekers have helpful information available to them so they can take control to understand and demystify the hiring process. That way, job seekers can spend more time on the things that matter like crafting a thoughtful resume, researching the right role, and interview practice. Sources WayUp. What’s the Difference Between An Offer Letter And A Contract? UpCounsel. Is a Verbal Offer Binding: Everything You Need To Know? National Conference of State Legislators. At-Will Employment Overview. Career Trend. What Is a Contingent Job Offer? FlexJobs. Rescinded Offers and Hiring Freezes: What They Mean for Jobseekers. Salary.com. 9 Things to Know About Your Severance Package. SHRM. You Are Excused: Force Majeure and the Workplace in the COVID-19 Era. The post Demystifying Employment Basics: Offer Letters, Relocation, ‘At-Will’ Employment appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  6. You’ll sometimes hear successful people talk about an “aha” moment: a realization that they weren’t just doing a job, they were building a career. At Enterprise, these kinds of aha moments happen all the time—and that’s because of the company’s long-term growth culture. It’s a true equal-opportunity meritocracy where someone’s success is determined exclusively by their performance. Here’s a look at five different Enterprise employees—who have excelled in their careers—and how they would describe their aha moments. We held these interviews earlier this year, and clearly much has changed with the advent of COVID-19. We followed up with each employee and shared some of their post-COVID reflections and experiences below. Ethan: Applying For His First Promotion—And Getting It Enterprise is a company built from the ground up. And for our employees, that ground floor is the Management Training (MT) program. When Ethan graduated from college and entered the MT program, he started learning how to run an Enterprise branch on day one. “Everyone was really eager to help me grow quickly,” he said. As a Management Trainee, Ethan heard a lot about the culture of quick promotions and steady advancement at Enterprise. And while he was excited for the opportunity, he wasn’t sure if he could believe the hype. However, after he’d put in the work as a Management Trainee, it was time to take the qualifying test and apply for his first Assistant Manager position. He aced the test and got the job—and that’s when he had his aha moment. “I started to realize the promote-from-within hype is real, and I’m moving up because of it,” Ethan says. Since COVID-19, Ethan’s perceptions of the company have only grown stronger. “Our CEO Chrissy Taylor and senior leadership stepped up and have really made it clear that we are all in this together,” says Ethan. “Enterprise has stood behind their employees and are giving us the tools we need to get back to normal and ensure our customers feel safe coming back and renting from us again.” Kendra: Quitting Enterprise (And Then Coming Back) Kendra excelled early in her Enterprise career, getting promoted to branch manager in only a year and a half. But when she received an offer to join a sales team at another company, she took it. Shortly after she arrived at her new job, she saw some stark differences in the culture. “I remember I asked my supervisor, ‘How does this fit into our bottom line?’ And she told me that I didn’t need to worry about that right now,” Kendra recalls. “If I asked someone at Enterprise about a part of our business, they would’ve taken the time out of their day to teach me, not just to give me the answer but to show me the big picture, too.” That culture of mentorship and learning at Enterprise is an essential part of the company’s performance-based promotion plan. And why Kendra, ultimately, decided to return to Enterprise. “You get promoted by performance from day one,” she explains. “And that’s why we take development so seriously. When your manager moves up, so do you, and vice versa. Everyone wants you to take their job in the best way.” Now, as an Area Rental Manager, Kendra is the kind of boss she always had at Enterprise: ready to lend a hand, teach a skill, and guide her teammates to success. And lately, Kendra has had to adjust to one more change. She’s adding a new member to her family. “My husband and I are expecting our first child this summer, which means I was in my second trimester when COVID-19 struck,” says Kendra. “Due to the severity of the disease and the unanswered questions surrounding its long-term effects, the leadership in my area allowed me to work from home. I have learned a lot during all of this and am grateful that my team showed me such flexibility.” Phillip: Doing More, Earning More, Becoming A Leader Phillip had a goal to double his annual salary within two years—and he knew sales was the way to get there. “I started as a Management Trainee,” Phillip tells us. “I liked the idea that my career would be based on my individual performance and how I could contribute to the overall atmosphere and experience at a branch.” And his individual performance really did shape his career. A strong work ethic and success with key management attributes allowed him to rise through the ranks, eventually getting him into a role with Enterprise Car Sales. Within the two-year mark, Phillip was hitting his original goal, but that wasn’t when his aha moment came. “One day my Area Manager asked me what I thought about being in management,” says Phillip. Phillip was an all-star individual contributor, and that brought him a lot of success, but with the encouragement of his Area Manager and a few other leaders at Enterprise, he took on a management role while still staying in sales. Now, he’s got a new goal: senior leadership. Phillip’s aha moment came when he realized he would never run out of ways to grow—and people to support him—at Enterprise. Glo: Managing Hundreds Of People—And Her Own Life Glo started in the Management Training program at the St. Louis Contact Center—where employees provide support to Enterprise’s field operations—and quickly found her place on the roadside assistance team. Her dedication to customer service over the years led to her current role: Reservation Manager. “Collectively I’m responsible for about 120 to 140 employees,” Glo tells us. “It’s pretty exciting. I get to learn and grow with them.” Her aha moment came around 5 years ago at a pivotal time in her career. “Right around the time I earned a promotion, I found out I was pregnant,” she recalls. She was nervous that her career growth wouldn’t be compatible with her personal growth. But when she told her leadership team the news, they were excited for her. “The thing that was so great was that there was room for my whole self at Enterprise,” Glo says. Not only was she able to take advantage of flexible work-from-home arrangements, but her managers were still just as committed to her growth. “I can’t think of another organization that is so intentional about you being your best self,” she explains. “This is a place where you know that your performance will be your passport to a long and healthy career.” And with COVID-19, Glo can attest to its impacts personally and professionally. “During the last part of the school year, my husband was homeschooling our son and I was working from home,” says Glo. “My day-to-day responsibilities at work changed a bit, too. We got to a point where we needed to bring employees who were furloughed back and get them onboarded. That was a special time for us, and it was a signal that our business is moving in the right direction.” Ali: The Freedom To Work Creatively—And Succeed On Her Own Terms Ali has always been independent. Born in an immigrant household where hard work, creativity and purpose is a way of life, she always knew she wanted to make a career for herself outside of the family business, yet still centered around those same philosophies. “I thrive on customer relationships,” Ali says. “One of my mantras is to treat every conversation as an interaction instead of a transaction.” At the beginning of her career, this worked great in the branch with rental customers, but Ali had a feeling her philosophy could carry her to even more success in a formal sales setting. “I knew I’d be more apt to succeed in a business-to-business sales environment,” she says. And, of course, her dedication and support from her managers helped her achieve that goal. But her aha moment came when she realized a measure of her success came from being able to do it in her own way. “Being creative and getting involved in the community have always been important to me,” Ali explains. “Both as a professional and as a person.” And that’s been the key to Ali’s success in her current role as a business rental sales executive in Nashville—connectivity. She’s a member of local organizations for business owners and community members. The connections she makes in those groups have led to new relationships for her and new business for Enterprise. Of working for Enterprise in a world affected by COVID-19, Ali says, “It’s refreshing to see the sense of increased compassion amongst everyone. People who I used to meet with in person that were always so meticulous and poised, now have their dogs barking in the background, babies crying or even t-shirts on. We have a lot of work to do, but it’s been amazing to be part of the Enterprise response to COVID-19 and see how we can turn on a dime to help reset our business. It’s all hands on deck, and you feel it every time we talk to one another.” Experience Your Own Aha Moment At Enterprise Looking for a career, not just a line on your resume? Whether you’re seeking a summer internship or an entry-level position, you’ll find room to grow and the training and development you need to thrive at Enterprise. Ready for your aha moment? Check out open opportunities at Enterprise on WayUp! The post How 5 People Had Their ‘Aha!’ Moments At Enterprise appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  7. “Whenever I get a stack of resumes, I throw half of them in the trash. I sure don’t want unlucky people on my team,” said no hiring manager ever…but sometimes it can feel that way when you’re hunting for jobs. Since the advent of online job applications, candidates have experienced the resume black hole: You spend hours submitting your resume to hundreds of positions only to maybe hear back from a couple. WayUp was actually created to stop this cycle. Whether you’re a student applying to internships, a recent grad looking for entry-level jobs, or have been forced to find a new position due to the pandemic, this guide is here to help! A well-written resume is the most important tool job seekers have in standing out to recruiters and building a network. With the job market flooded by candidates recently laid off due to the pandemic, catching a recruiter’s eye with an effective resume is now more important than ever. How To Format Your Resume The first item anyone should see on your resume is your name, and the font size should reflect that. Your name should not take up a quarter of the page but a moderately larger bolded font will serve nicely in helping recruiters remember you. After your name a contact section including an email, phone number, and LinkedIn link are necessities. Sometimes a different version of Word will show a resume formatted differently. If your resume is in the wrong format, your chances of hearing back are low. Avoid this by only sending in your resume as a PDF file. This ensures that the recruiter will receive the resume formatted as you like it and will help any HR software they’re using to scan your resume easily. Your resume should be no longer than one page. A recent graduate with two to five years of experience should not require more than a one-page resume. A great strategy used by candidates today is to have your fully fleshed out LinkedIn profile link included, which can show off a greater depth of experiences and info. Most recruiters will receive your resume electronically and if they are interested in you, they can easily click the LinkedIn profile for more information. How To Describe Your Experience The name of the game when describing your experience is to summarize not list. For each role, present the concrete contributions you made to your past teams, using measurable metrics if possible. For example: “Drove $5000 in new business while remaining under budget” Anything else that you feel is important for recruiters to know—but doesn’t fit into fewer than five bullets—should be relegated to your trusty LinkedIn profile. The XYZ formula is a great way to display your experiences. Phrasing bullet points as such: Accomplished X as measured by Y, by doing Z. This helps keep your bullets concise and full of valuable information. Another important step in any applicant’s process should be to review the job description and do whatever possible to highlight the most relevant experience or skills you have. Having a running document of your recent experiences can be helpful in choosing which fit most with the position. Remember not to list your experience, but to summarize your accomplishments. In A Rush? Don’t Make Sloppy Mistakes If you are a recent graduate looking for your first entry-level role or one of the many individuals who lost their job due to the pandemic, then you’re probably quickly applying to a lot of companies. The most important advice for ensuring a good resume, and the advice most often forgotten is to check for spelling and grammar mistakes. Recent graduates and candidates eager for a new opportunity can allow their excitement for a new role to cloud their attention to detail. Before you share your resume with recruiters, have a friend or family member read it over. It might be the only thing separating you from being the perfect candidate! Was your internship opportunity canceled because of the pandemic? Looking for valuable ways to gain experience outside of an internship? Check out our Go-To Guide To Growing Your Career This Summer Without An Internship Recruitment operations expert at WayUp. Gabriel Cohn used to write about music and live entertainment – now he helps college students and recent graduates get their dream jobs. Special thanks to Jim Leahy Director of Human Resources at WayUp. The post 3 Easy Resume Tips And Tricks From A Entry-Level Recruiting Expert appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  8. This past July, WayUp celebrated its fourth annual National Intern Day, and we are thrilled to announce our Intern 100 list for 2020. The list highlights the most ambitious, passionate, and talented interns in the country, and this year we had over 80,000 public votes cast! While there were an incredible amount of great candidates, only one could be named Intern of the Year. And the winner is…Dorien Baker! Dorien spent his summer at the U.S. Department of the Treasury as a Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Intern. We sat down with Dorien to learn more about his experience, background, and career goals for the future. What College Do You Go To? And What Do You Major In? Morehouse College, Economics How/Why Did You Choose UC Santa Cruz? When I participated in admitted-students events in the country, many of the schools felt like there wasn’t anything special about them. It was like you were a product on a factory line, and their job was to continue building on their students the exact same way. There were some tours that I did not feel welcome on and heard things about racial issues on campus and saw political posters that made me feel uncomfortable and not safe. At Morehouse, my first impression was very different. Despite some of the differences in infrastructure resources between other schools I toured, Morehouse was the only school that I felt at home at. There were a lot of students from Chicago that I could relate to, and there were people like Dr. Sewell, Dr. Elu, and Mr. Goodgame whom I met during the tours and who later helped me every step of the way to have an opportunity for success. It was impressed on me that the mission of Morehouse is to give us the tools to be leaders who are well-read, well-spoken, well-traveled, well-dressed, and well-balanced, and I knew that this was something that I wanted for myself and that it was worth the price. Why Did You Select Economics For Your Major? I have always had an interest in financial services. In high school, I was interning with investment banks and worked on many different projects in the field. Many people get a degree in Finance or Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, but they miss the broad perspective of how global economics significantly impacts the industry. Ultimately, I see an Economics degree as the fundamental knowledge needed to work in finance and then later I can choose either an MBA, CFA, or both for the detailed knowledge. How Did You Land Your Internship At The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network? The director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), Kenneth A. Blanco, visited Morehouse in February 2019 to give a talk on virtual currencies, cybersecurity, human trafficking, terrorism, and FinCEN’s role as a regulator and enforcement agency on these topics. Later in the day, Morehouse set up an event for campus student leadership to meet with the Director and his team to learn more about some of the issues that FinCEN covers. I connected with the Director and stayed in touch with him over the past year and a half, and he even set me up with a private tour of the U.S. Treasury Building in the White House complex. When we met last summer, he informed me that FinCEN was building their internship program and wanted to know my thoughts and experiences from past internships. Earlier this year he informed me that the application went live and the rest is history. Can You Talk About A Mentor You’ve Had In Your Career? How Did That Person Affect You? I have had countless mentors over the years, many of which have helped me in different ways. Director Blanco from FinCEN is helping me to become a leader; Dr. Sewell from Morehouse is helping me to make a change and leave a legacy at Morehouse as a student leader; Samantha Fields from the City of Chicago has helped me navigate workplace politics and learn how a city is run, and so on and so forth. In my experience, a great mentor is not someone who is trying to help you go down a path of success because there are many people out there with advice and their own definitions of success that may differ from yours. A great mentor is someone who can invest knowledge in you to develop your own understanding of the world and be able to support you while also taking a hands-off approach to let you navigate your own path with the knowledge you have given them. Plenty of people have offered “the map” for success as if everyone is starting from the same place and ending with the same destination. I try to find mentors who know the pillars of success and are willing to teach them to me so that I can have them in my toolbox. What Would Be Your Dream Job? Hands down if I could do anything without the thought of salaries or location I would work with a major fashion house or an automotive company like LVMH or Mercedes Benz. I’d love to do something fun like creating and marketing new products to consumers and speaking at events to educate people about the brand. What Advice Do You Have For Other Interns? As a high school or college student, this is the only point in your life where you won’t have a great number of immediate financial obligations. Many of my peers focus on the immediate pay that they could gain from an internship and not the experience. In high school, I had three internships. One at a major investment bank where I made less than $1,500, another at a globally ranked museum where I made less than $1,000, and one in the mayor’s office where I worked for free, all while my peers were making several thousands of dollars. However, when I look at my peers now, there are people who aren’t getting opportunities because they lack the experience and there are things that I learned 5 years ago that people are learning right now. When you are young, the experience is the most valuable thing you can get. At the collegiate level, you’ll be indirectly competing with others on a global playing field. Some of those people might come from very privileged backgrounds and have the resources to make their own experiences like starting a company and making $100K+ while in high school, or parents who are executives at companies and can get you & your friends internships. You have to take advantage of all the opportunities you can, even if you have to pay for them yourself. Working for the City of Chicago put me well ahead of the curve, but when I spoke to my friends, many of them said they wouldn’t work for free and have to pay out of pocket for transportation and meals. Now, that is something that when I apply for opportunities and people find out I did that in high school, they are immediately impressed. The money will come later in life. For now, take advantage of all of the opportunities you can. 2020’s Intern 100 List Dorien is not alone in accomplishing great things this summer! This year’s Top 100 Intern list represents over 70 different companies and students from all over the nation! Congratulations to the full list of Top 100 Interns—we are so excited to see all that you accomplish in your futures! As a company, we also recognized that this year, many had either lost their internship or struggled to find one due to COVID-19. As such, we were committed to celebrating all types of students in this ever-changing, evolving world. We are excited to announce that Aja Sparks was selected to win our professional development career package after hearing their inspiring story of what they did this summer to stay focused on their career. The post Introducing 2020’s Intern 100 List! appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  9. As the quality and reliability of affordable video conferencing software and hardware increases by the day, video interviews have become commonplace for candidates and recruiting companies alike. The Coronavirus pandemic has taken something that was viewed as more niche and forced it into the mainstream. Industries of all scopes and sizes have had to adjust their interview and new hire onboarding methodology. We’re also now working from home on a full-time basis far more often. But even pre-pandemic, the number of companies recruiting via video interviews was on the rise. Why? CheaperSimply put, it’s faster and more cost-efficient to schedule video interviews vs. in-person. FairerFinancially and geographically speaking, video interviews are fairer. A candidate who only needs a PC and internet connection allows companies to expand their search and gives candidates a fair shot despite their circumstances. RewatchablePre-recorded interviews can be viewed and shared multiple times. A good pre-cursorIf a candidate can set up and complete a video interview without any issues or disruptions, it immediately shows their base-line technological skills. There are downsides to video interviews, in that they can be time-consuming to analyze for the hiring company and may be off-putting to more introverted candidates. That said, if you as the hiring organization is not willing to put in the hours, or you as a candidate are uncomfortable talking to strangers online, you may need a fundamental revaluation of your efforts. However, if you’re actively applying for work and are expecting a virtual assessment any day now, here are a few ways you can put your best foot forward and not bomb your video interview! Get your equipment right Primarily, your audio and visual inputs. Most modern laptops come with an integrated webcam, so your choice here is pretty simple. However, if you’re using an older laptop with a lower quality webcam lens, perhaps your best bet is investing in an external one. If you can avoid it, try not to attend the interview using a tablet or smartphone camera. Sure, the quality is there, but holding the phone to your face comes across as unprofessional. The camera should be looking down slightly to add some dynamism in the shot. Try to avoid having the camera facing upwards, as the result is rarely flattering. You should be lit from the front, as sitting with your back to the window will cast you as a silhouette. Do the interview inside, where you can control the lighting. As for your audio, headphones with in-built microphones work best for focusing your voice and drowning out external noise. Most smartphone earphones work fine. If you don’t have access to headphones and must use your internal mic and speakers, ensure you’re sitting somewhere quiet and check both work properly beforehand. Now, do a tech-run through: Is your webcam clear? Is your audio coming in and out? Closeout open programs that may interfere with your webcam or slow your PC down Make sure nothing is downloading in the background Is my network secure? Do a video call test with a friend or colleague. Manage your environment Pre-record yourself to test your equipment. Once you’re happy it’s all working, take a look at what appears in your frame. Is the wall behind you reflecting light? Are there embarrassing photos or posters? Are you lit enough? Does it show your dirty sink? Is there a mirror reflecting something? This is your big chance to make an impression, and even if you’re saying all the right things, a dirty mug or unkept room may be all the interviewee focuses on. Try to make things interesting with plants or books, but don’t go too over the top. Your efforts to display your knowledge of a firm’s auto dialler software will be for nought if your interviewer’s attention is elsewhere. Examine your internet speed A slow internet connection can ruin a video interview, here are a few things you can do to improve it: Check your internet speedThere are a variety of speed test websites for you to make use of. You’ll receive three bits of information: ping, download, and upload. The lower the ping, the better. The higher the other two, the better as well. Your download speed will affect the interview’s image and audio. You’ll want at least 8Mbs, anything more is ideal. The same goes for upload speed, which determines how you look and sound on their end. If the interviewer uses computer telephony integration software to connect more people to the call, you will need good upload speed. Additionally, if the interview is synced with applicant tracking system software, it may interfere with your upload connection. Go wiredPlug your laptop or PC directly into your modem with an ethernet connector instead of interviewing over wifi. This ensures it doesn’t cut off and will improve your speed. If you can’t do this, then sit as close to the modem as possible. During the interview Make sure you look the part! Avoid white shirts or blouses as they may not show naturally on camera; same for overly black garments. Stay clear of pinstripes or any other busy patterns as those don’t show well on camera either. Make sure your hair is neat, and your facial hair is trimmed (if applicable). When it comes to make up, often less is more, as your forehead may be too shiny. So your equipment works and you look good, it’s time to begin! It’s good to have prepared notes and speaking points printed out and hidden to the side. This is a great benefit to video interviews. Just ensure you referring to them isn’t visible.Speak authoritatively, clearly, and try not to rush. Ensure you leave enough space between asking or answering a question in the event of a lagged connection. Maintain eye contact, which is easier said than done over a video call. Resize your chat window to what feels comfortable. Make sure to smile and try to maintain a friendly environment. But also, don’t be overtly goof or laugh out loud at every joke! Don’t get overly fidgety or distracted by your environment. Engage and ask questions. Have some pre thought out ones close to hand, so you’re able to refer to them when needed. If you’re interviewing with VoIP companies, for instance, have some queries about their particular tech. Lastly, be confident. It’s not an accident you have this interview; they wanted to speak to you for a reason. Know your worth, be proud of your experiences, and show them why you’re the perfect fit.About the author: The post How To Put Your Best Foot Forward During A Video Interview appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  10. Many companies strive to do good, but for Thermo Fisher Scientific—a global science company committed to making the world healthier, cleaner, and safer—doing good is at the heart of what they do and it’s a part of their culture. Their technology powers Nobel Prize–winning breakthroughs in chemistry, helps fight climate change, and is even used to solve crimes. Even beyond their business objectives, doing good is built into the company through their corporate social responsibility efforts and massive commitment to giving back. Some of their focused social initiatives include investing resources into STEM education; rallying their offices to support local food drives; and other efforts that contribute to a healthier, cleaner, and safer world. You might think that a global pandemic would slow down these efforts—especially given the science company’s role in developing and producing testing kits for the novel coronavirus. However, for Thermo Fisher, that is not the case. Here’s a quick roundup of four ways this company is giving back around the globe—even in the midst of a global pandemic. 1. Making Science Experiments That Kids Can Do From Home During The Pandemic In a pre–COVID-19 world, Thermo Fisher employees would visit science classrooms with equipment and lesson plans designed to both wow kids and educate them on science and engineering. Now, in a remote-learning environment, the Thermo Fisher team has come up with innovative ways to run experiments that only need stuff you can get around the house or from the supermarket. For example, they’ve created worksheets and videos to help kids extract the DNA of a strawberry and make bubbling lava, all from the safety of their homes. Even in a pandemic, this piece of the Thermo Fisher outreach keeps going. 2. Championing STEM Education And Supporting Children In Remote Locations Of course, not every child’s ability to gather supplies or even connect to the internet is the same. Thermo Fisher’s offices in China and Japan are partnering with organizations like the China Youth Development Fund and CANVAS who help bring STEM education to children in more rural communities. The global pandemic, of course, has made this an even more difficult challenge. However, the partnerships have already begun to make a difference. In China, the efforts have reached over 650 families. With curriculum expertise, donations, and science resources, Thermo Fisher’s STEM education outreach program is able to help children with limited access and resources. 3. Get Involved Day: A Virtual, Global Day Of Service Even though giving back and volunteering are year-round events at Thermo Fisher, Get Involved Day is truly something special. Thousands of Thermo Fisher employees and colleagues get involved in community efforts—from soup kitchens to park cleanups—as both a celebration of the giving culture and a sign to the communities they work in that Thermo Fisher cares. Of course, this year things were going to be different. But the nimble team at Thermo Fisher still found a way. It turns out, there are plenty of ways to volunteer remotely. Virtual bingo with seniors in San Francisco. Food and hygiene-product drives across the US. In São Paulo, Brazil, the Thermo Fisher team sewed masks to hand out to locals to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Pandemic or not, Get Involved Day is Thermo Fisher’s way of reaching out to their global communities as one forward-thinking family. 4. From Durham to Dubai, Thermo Fisher’s Network Of Community Action Councils Take On Local Causes Because Thermo Fisher is made up of people who want to help science professionals make the world healthier, cleaner, and safer, service is as much a bonding activity as it is an act of social responsibility. That’s why Thermo Fisher’s offices around the globe are home to Community Action Councils. These groups find local causes and charities in need of assistance and rally both the resources and manpower of the company to help. Some examples of this include: Thermo Fisher’s Dubai office planning an event to bring hygiene kits to local laborers. The company’s Highpoint, NC team in the US is supporting this year’s Light the Night walk for Leukemia research. In Australia, the Thermo team will be hosting two virtual STEM events. One will demonstrate the company’s remote “Chemistry of Slime” activity and the other will be a regional STEM Design Challenge for children and teens. No matter where you find a Thermo Fisher office, you’ll find employees coming together to make a difference. Careers At Thermo Fisher Are An Opportunity To Do Good And Feel Good At a massive company like Thermo Fisher, it’s great for your career to make connections outside of your normal team. It’s even better when you can forge those friendships and bonds while making a difference.Want to make a change in your life—and the lives of others? Check out open opportunities at Thermo Fisher on WayUp! The post 4 Ways This Fortune 500 Science Company Is Giving Back Around The Globe appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  11. If you’re interested in a top business role at a prestigious company, then you’ve probably seen the title “Analyst” while doing your research. And while there’s a wide range of roles that fall under that title, they all involve the parsing, arrangement, and presentation of data. Top businesses need data analysis to function and thrive. As former Morgan Stanley CTO Tsvi Gal told the UPenn Wharton Business Journal, “We [may be] in banking, but we live and die on information…Data analytics is the oxygen of Wall Street.” If you want to have a real advantage when applying to roles at banks, tech companies, and everything in between, then you should be learning data science. Here’s a quick look at how—through the help of Emeritus, an education technology company—you can get certified in data science or one of its applications (like machine learning) and finally get the internship or entry-level job you really want. Get Certified—And Actually Trained—With Courses Run By Columbia, Dartmouth, And Other Top Schools Emeritus’ mission is to help people learn—safely and remotely—the skills they need to succeed in STEM and business careers. But they’re not in this alone. Emeritus works with a network of experienced professors, business leaders, and elite institutions to ensure that the certificate programs they offer aren’t just theoretical. In their data science programs, you’ll learn the skills necessary to extract, analyze, and synthesize the data that powers major business decisions. Depending on the specific course or track you select, you’ll learn the concepts and applications of business analytics, data visualization, gamification, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. These are the skills that recruiters at Big Four firms, Silicon Valley giants, and major banks are scanning your resume for. And with a certification from a name-brand institution on there, recruiters will be able to tell you really do possess them. The best part is that most of these courses can be completed in two to three months—essentially, the length of a summer. Whether you’re tackling an internship this summer—or if you had one unfortunately cancel on you—this is the perfect time to get started on the skill set you really need. How Data Science Skills Can Change Your Career But like any good data scientist, you’ll probably need to see the numbers on this. Career site Glassdoor regularly marks Data Scientist as one of their Top 5 Jobs in America, noting a median annual base salary of over six figures ($113,309, to be specific). But whether you start in data science, data analysis, or even a more tech-heavy lane like machine learning, you’ll be building a career that can often lead to a C-level executive position or acceptance to a top MBA or master’s program. Want to learn more about how to supercharge your resume—and your career—with a certificate in data science? Check out the courses from Emeritus below: Applied Data Science with Columbia Engineering Professional Certificate in Applied Data Science with Dartmouth Applied Machine Learning with Columbia Engineering Learn Python For Data Analytics The post The Skill That’s In High Demand By Wall Street Giants And Tech Titans—And How You Can Get Certified In It appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  12. The Culture Club at WayUp strives to foster an inclusive, productive workplace where every team member feels welcomed. The club has three values which are core to its identity: learning and development; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and social responsibility. At least one person from each team at WayUp attends a weekly meeting where they attend a discussion on how the group can organize new, engaging initiatives that make team members feel proud to work at WayUp. Here’s a closer look at how the WayUp Culture Club achieves those goals—and why they’re so important in the first place. Analysts at Gallup continue to report that a staggeringly low percentage of employees in the United States feel engaged with their work (only 31 percent in their most recent publication). This comes as no surprise, especially when you read Deloitte’s report on global human capital trends which cited only 28 percent of executives as saying they understood their organization’s culture. The Culture Club at WayUp addresses this challenging trend by working to ensure that WayUp’s mission, vision, and values are integrated into everything we do. The club is always looking for new ideas and actively invites other team members to join the club or attend a meeting to help think of new initiatives. Team members at WayUp can expect the club to host lively events like an after-work happy hour or lunch-time trivia, but the Culture Club also has a sincere commitment to social responsibility. The club has organized events like a back-to-school drive where team members donated critical supplies to students in need and a coat drive that supplied those in need with some warm clothes during the New York winter. Not only do these programs enrich the communities that WayUp serves, they also enrich the WayUp community. Given recent events concerning racial injustice, the Culture Club has prioritized bringing awareness to some of the critical issues plaguing our country. The team created a comprehensive guide on how to better educate yourself on the topic, and how to then take action in response. Recently, the club hosted a film club and discussed the Netflix documentary 13th. In a virtual, round-table setting, team members had an open and honest discussion on some of the critical themes in this movie which have enveloped our culture over the past few months. These issues affect both WayUp’s team members and the platform’s users, and to shy away from examining them in a deliberate way would be a great disservice to our community. Transitioning to a fully-remote workspace spawned new challenges for the club to address. But with these challenges came new ideas on how to cultivate a community in a virtual space, like using online platforms to host company-wide trivia and bringing in instructors to lead fitness classes over Zoom. The environment may change, but the Culture Club’s mission remains the same, and now, more than ever, their work helps to bring a sense of belonging to WayUp’s team members. To learn more about career opportunities at WayUp, click here. The post How WayUp’s Culture Club Creates A Fun, Inclusive Workplace appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  13. If you’re like most people coming out of school right now—aka 77 percent of Gen Z students and recent grads—then you’re looking for a company that values diversity and inclusion (D&I). But what does that really mean? Is it as simple as joining a diverse team? What else should you be looking for in a company? These are big questions for anyone to be asking, but the team at Thermo Fisher Scientific—a Fortune 200 science company dedicated to making the world healthier, cleaner, and safer—have come up with a few answers. One of the most important is their multiple diverse, global Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). So, What Are Employee Resource Groups? How Are They Different At Thermo Fisher? If you’ve done a corporate internship or been on the job hunt lately, then maybe you’ve heard about ERGs. They exist to provide additional community and support to specific groups and identities at large companies. For example, a company might have a group based around African Heritage identity or one for employees who served in the military. Almost all of these groups put together events like volunteering in the local community and networking sessions, but at Thermo Fisher they take it a step beyond to fully support and foster inclusion amongst all of their colleagues. Their ERGs draw colleagues together around common characteristics and provide a voice of diverse thinking. ERGs positively impact the company’s growth and development, and assist in providing thought leadership for: Recruitment and retention Education and training Professional development Community involvement Support and recognition Business development Activities that support a diverse and inclusive work culture One way they are supported is through active involvement at the C-level. “At Thermo Fisher we have senior-level leaders at our organization who sponsor and help promote the ERGs,” says Cheryl, a Talent Acquisition D&I leader at Thermo Fisher. “They’re a direct line to executives on how to build more diverse teams and more welcoming communities for everyone.” This means when someone has an idea that can help Thermo Fisher be a more inclusive community or build a more diverse team, they can assist and offer their support to make it happen. Perhaps someone in the Women’s ERG knows about Women in STEM groups at colleges that could help bring in more female tech talent. Or maybe someone noticed that a cultural event or holiday was going unrecognized by the company. These ERGs give people a platform to not only share their perspectives, but also to have them be heard and acted on. Finding Your Community, Bringing Your Whole Self To Work The truth about inclusion is that it’s not just a set of policies or practices. It’s about making sure everyone can find community at work so that they feel comfortable enough to be themselves. Besides the obvious benefits for morale and mental health, when people with diverse perspectives feel comfortable bringing their unique ideas to their work, it has a proven, positive impact on the quality of business decision-making. “If someone doesn’t feel a sense of inclusion or belonging they may not bring as much of themselves to work,” Cheryl explains. “And we work hard to build a diverse team because we want their unique perspectives.” These groups, by creating a community for everyone at Thermo Fisher, can bring out all of those positive benefits, both for the employees and the business. That’s also why the groups aren’t limited to just the traditional understanding of diversity, like ethnicity and gender. “Our groups cover a broad spectrum of interests and identities from ethnicity and gender to early talent, sustainability, working parents, and community action,” Cheryl explains. “Our colleagues have formed 10 different ERG groups, with more opportunities to come.” All That, Plus They Can Help Accelerate Your Career At Thermo Fisher, D&I is a team effort. And that effort can mean opportunities for people at all stages of their career to take on new types of challenges. Plus, thanks to the buy-in from leaders at the company, you’ll be supported in balancing the work of your primary role and your assistance in groups like this. That’s why getting involved with ERGs at Thermo Fisher is a win-win. The company benefits from your perspective and action, and you benefit from a more developed network and unique career opportunities. One member of the university recruiting team, Emily, noted that, “interns who have been heavily involved in ERGs during their internship are much more likely to receive full-time offers because of all the connections they made during the summer” One such success story is Sophia, an emerging leader in the company’s IT Development Program. Her involvement with the Asian and Women’s ERGs as an intern led to leadership opportunities in those groups when she joined back with the company full time. “I joined these ERGs as a way to be more engaged and involved in the community,” Sophia says. But when she took on leadership roles in the ERGs, she got way more than just that. “This is different from my day job and it exposes me to other functions, too,” Sophia says. ‘It has also been a great way to get my voice heard and network with executive leaders.” This type of company-wide idea sharing and collaboration isn’t just what makes D&I initiatives work at Thermo Fisher—it’s what drives the whole business. Want to learn more about this uniquely diverse team? Check out open opportunities at Thermo Fisher on WayUp! You can also learn about Thermo Fisher Scientific’s ERGs on their website. The post Change, Community, And Career Acceleration: Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Approach To Fostering Diversity appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  14. Why joining a virtual info session can change your career In the midst of a pandemic, typical ways of meeting recruiters and expanding connections through means such as career fairs have been put on hold. Information sessions that students and recent graduates are used to are not happening and finding an internship or a job has been more difficult than ever in recent months. This does not mean that companies aren’t sharing knowledge and opportunities with young talent. Virtual information sessions hosted by company recruiters, universities, or career sites like WayUp’s Lunch and Learn Series, are still connecting young professionals with mentors and career opportunities as well as providing information and knowledge that can change your future. Why Attend An Information Session? Attending an info session first and foremost shows that you are both interested in the company or subject, and are proactive in advancing your career. They also provide valuable insight into the career that you are pursuing. For example, past guests at WayUp’s Lunch and Learn series included: Michael Seibel co-founder of Twitch and current CEO at Y Combinator, Cathy Polinsky, CTO at Stitch Fix, and Dan Rosensweig, CEO of Chegg. At the top of their fields, these presenters and those to come next can share advice to help advance your current career path and expose you to a different opportunity you were not aware of before. Information sessions with specific companies reveal what recruiters in a certain field are looking for in qualified candidates, and what roles are currently available. Most of the time, the company hosting the session will offer interviews to the attendees of the session! Even if an interview is not guaranteed after a session, you now have the knowledge and insight to bring to your future job application, use it as an interview talking point, or create networking opportunities through digital connections. This is especially important for recent graduates who are looking for that perfect entry-level position. How Can I Prepare? Simply researching the company, and the individual speaking is the best way to get the most out of a virtual info session. You may not be able to speak one on one with the presenter since it is a large video conference, but being able to make connections between your research and the presentation is a great strategy. Come with a list of questions for a potential Q&A or just to even keep track of personally for potential future interactions or job applications. What About After? If a Q&A session does happen, be sure to ask well-thought-out questions. A good question shows that you were engaged throughout the presentation and can help you to stand out for any future opportunities at the company. Share your findings from the session on social media! Posting about the session and tagging the company or speaker, can help you stand out and improve your professional network. Lastly, remember to follow-up! Chances are the leaders volunteering to put on info sessions are open to connecting with young talent. Use the notes that you took during the session to find what really grabbed your attention and start a conversation! Sending a follow-up email with questions about what interested you in the presentation or their career path can be a great way to build a new connection and grow your network. Where Can I Find Them? Tons of companies are hosting information sessions over the next few months! We’ll be keeping the list below updated with all the different sessions hosted by WayUp—so be sure to check back here to see them all and apply! WayUp Presents: Linda Findley Kozlowski, CEO at Blue Apron The post Why joining a virtual info session can change your career appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article
  15. When you’re starting a career, a STEM degree is a valuable thing to have. Recruiters from all types of industries and universities are interested in people like you. But it’s important to ask more than just, “What can I do?” The real question is, “What should I do?” That question can have many meanings: Which skills should I be building early in my career? What kinds of people should I surround myself with? And, perhaps most importantly, what kind of impact can I have on the world around me? To answer those questions—and many more—here are five reasons you should start your STEM career as a teacher at Success Academy. 1. You have a passion for science or math—and for explaining (aka teaching) them to others. For STEM majors, the world is different. Science makes sense to you. Math isn’t a mystery. And as you might remember from college or even high school, explaining these concepts to others is a rare talent: one that you may possess. As one science teacher-turned-Assistant Principal at Success Academy, Kate noted, explaining science to other people can be as intellectually engaging as learning it yourself. “[While I was teaching at Success Academy], I took a biochem class at NYU because it was the one class missing for medical school, but when I was taking the class, I was constantly thinking to myself, ‘How would I teach this concept to my scholars? How would I break it down, how I would incorporate it into the lesson?’” she says. That’s when she knew her passion for science education was something she should consider for the long term. It turns out individuals who are passionate about learning STEM might actually be perfect for teaching it. 2. You want to make an immediate impact on the world around you. “The mission is a huge draw,” Kate says. “Educational equality and opportunity are so important. Immersing yourself in something that is so meaningful makes you more than a teacher. You’re also an advocate for children and trying to change the future for these kids.” And it’s true. Whether you’re a science teacher or an Assistant Principal like Kate, you’re working to democratize access to education for children in NYC, many of whom live in neighborhoods where schools are abysmally underperforming. As trained scientists, mathematicians, and engineers, you know that some of the most important jobs in the world often require a lifelong dedication to science, one that starts in elementary school. This is something Danae, another science teacher-turned-school leader at Success Academy, tells us. “When I was a kid, I only enjoyed science when I had an exceptionally good teacher,” she says. “The scholars at SA have science every day starting in Kindergarten and they LOVE science. We have tons of kids whose favorite subject is science and that’s pretty unique. It makes it really satisfying to teach here. The math is also really rigorous and the kids are great at it—tons of kids love it because it’s taught in a way that is so intellectually engaging.” As a STEM teacher, you can not only provide children with educational opportunities, but set them up to make their own impact on the world in the future. 3. You want to grow as a communicator and a professional. No matter what your STEM career ends up being, folks with proven soft skills perform better on the job market, both for individual contributor and management roles. There are few better ways to sharpen your communication skills than teaching—and getting feedback from your school leaders. “I was lucky to be placed in the classroom with a wonderful lead teacher,” Kate says. “She was an amazing person to learn from—she modeled at such a high level and she was really invested in developing me.” This level of attentive training and constant feedback not only sharpens your teaching skills, but makes you an effective communicator to both children and adults. It was this same rigorous communication training that propelled Kate, Danae, and so many other Success Academy teachers into leadership roles at the organization. 4. You want to get involved in more than just a job. As a once (or current) stellar student, you know that teachers aren’t just teachers. They’re leaders, mentors, part-time parents, and coaches. One example of this was Travis. He was a high school biology teacher at a Success Academy school in Manhattan who finds opportunities to build relationships. “I can’t get over how talented they are in so many different areas,” he said. “I recently got to watch them perform In The Heights, and was blown away by how well Genesis, who’s also a great student, can sing. I was so proud of her watching her up on stage.” Not only does he connect with students outside the classroom through activities like shooting hoops and chaperoning field trips, but he uses those connections to enhance their classroom experience. “I know many of my students straighten their hair, so I explained that the reason straightening irons work is because when proteins get hot, they denature,” Travis says. “That got them hooked, and then keeping them engaged throughout the rest of the lesson was easy.” At Success Academy, being more than just a teacher gives you an opportunity to make invaluable personal connections—and to become a better professional while you’re at it. 5. You want to become a manager and a leader. Many people think of STEM careers as ones of individual work, but some of the best jobs in STEM are leadership roles. And like many critical skills, leadership is learned by experience. If you aim to be a manager, executive, or chief of something, getting leadership experience as soon as possible is an excellent career move. Luckily, Success Academy offers the opportunity to do just that. In addition to the rigorous formal training provided to teachers, leaders at Success Academy are constantly grooming the next generation of content leaders, principals, and education policy pioneers. “When I said I wanted to be an Assistant Principal, my manager worked with me to put together a plan where I would be focused on coaching and developing teachers at my school and at one other Brooklyn school,” Kate says. “I found out this April that I was promoted to Assistant Principal, so I am very excited to be doing that next year.” Danae also made serious strides in leadership roles, being quickly promoted to a content leadership role, then an Assistant Principal role, and finally into a senior leadership position. And she and Kate are not alone in their swift advancement. At a rapidly growing organization like Success Academy, the opportunities for you—and the scholars—are truly endless. Curious about how to start your STEM career strong? Check out open opportunities at Success Academy on WayUp! The post 5 Reasons To Start Your STEM Career As A Teacher At Success Academy appeared first on Job and Internship Advice, Companies to Work for and More | WayUp Blog. View the full article