February 25th, 2014
By Sam Kunz
Spring break is right around the corner and that means rest, relaxation, and recharging. But it is also a great time to hone and focus your career search tools. Wisely investing some time over spring break can help you get a leg up on finding that summer job, internship, or simply be better prepared for when opportunity decides to knock on your door.
Going home? This is a great chance to network and set up summer internships or jobs. Also you can use this time to explore possible careers by contacting companies or businesses that interest you. Their human resources office is a good place to start if you are looking for an informational interview or a job shadow. Our own Maine Mentor Program is a fantastic opportunity to connect with UMaine alumni who are now professionals in hundreds of career fields. And don’t be fooled by the name, Maine Mentors are not only here in Maine. We currently have mentors in over 39 states!
Maybe this should be filed under “late notice,” but there are many companies that offer week long internships during typical spring break weeks. Usually the applications need to be submitted several months in advance, however the actual deadline depends on the company. But keep this in mind for future breaks. In fact, why not research possible internship programs for next spring over this break?
Juniors (or sophomores), are you thinking about grad school? This is a great time to explore graduate schools and programs that you are considering attending. It wasn’t that long ago you were visiting campuses looking for the right fit for your undergrad education. It’s kind of the same now, except that you are a little older and wiser. Before you contact the graduate school admissions office, plan out the questions you need answered to help you determine if the program is a good “fit” for you, gain a little insight on applying, and then get on campus! Applications won’t be due for quite some time (usually December or January), but remember any work you do now will help out when those deadlines come around the same time as you’re preparing for finals.
Are you participating in Alternative Spring Break or doing some other volunteer work? Just remember that volunteering isn’t only good for the community, the world, and your soul… it’s great for your resume, too! Don’t sell yourself short. Sure, employers want to know about your education and work experience, but they also want to know a little more about you. This shows that you value community, have drive, and aren’t afraid to step out of your comfort zone. You can read more about the growing relevance of volunteerism on your resumé in this New York Times article.
So you get the idea. It’s break, but make the most of it! The Career Center will be open our regular hours over break, so if you are staying in the area come on up and see us! We would be glad to go over your resumé, cover letter, or help you plan to make the most of your time off!
Otherwise, have a great break and check back soon for our next blog post!
Etiquette Tip of the Week: Settling the spaghetti spoon issue
February 18th, 2014
Normally, you would stay away from spaghetti in a business meal and opt for something less messy — a smaller noodle like macaroni or penne. But sometimes, a little spaghetti into our business or social lives must fall. That said, we are finally going to settle this spaghetti and spoon thing once and for all. The etiquette authorities are divided, so I will quote them directly:
Letitia Baldrige: Letitia Baldrige’s New Manners for New Times, 2003
“If you are a purist about eating spaghetti, linguine, or any other long, thin noodles, you will not use a spoon as a support. You will go it alone with the fork. The secret is in twining just a small number of strands around your fork (four or five.) Keep turning your fork around slowly until all the strands are rolled compactly around it and you’re ready to put it into your mouth.”
Judith Martin: Miss Manners’ Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior, 2005
“A fork is the only utensil that may be used to eat spaghetti while anyone is looking. It must make do with whatever cooperation it may muster from the plate and the teeth. The fork is planted on the plate and the spaghetti is then twirled around the tines of the fork. If you can manage to use the grated cheese to add grit to the mixture for better control, so much the better. The twirled forkful is then presented to the mouth.”
Maria Everding, Panache That Pays, 2007
“Wind a few strands at a time, around a dinner fork, and lift to your mouth. Using a tablespoon and fork is archaic. Do not cut pasta.”
Elizabeth Post, Emily Post’s Etiquette, 1992
“The fork is used to spear a few strands of spaghetti, the tips are placed against the bowl of the spoon, which is held in the left hand and the fork is twirled, wrapping the spaghetti around itself as it turns. If no spoon is provided, the tips of the fork may be rested against the curve of the plate.”
Amy Vanderbilt, Complete Book of Etiquette, 1954
“The aficionado knows that the only graceful and satisfying way to eat real Italian spaghetti (which comes in full-length or perhaps half length rounds) is to eat it with a large soup spoon and a fork.”
Marjabelle Young (Stewart), White Gloves and Party Manners, 1967
“Spaghetti is quieter and less messy if you wind it around a dinner fork held against a large spoon.”
Pro-… uh, wait a minute:
Suzanne von Drachnenfels, The Art of the Table, 2008
“As a base to steady the fork while the noodles are wound, sometimes a spoon is held in one hand, a technique frowned upon in Italy.”
Life is about choices and next time you have spaghetti, you will have to take a side.
Culture and Manners Institute
Etiquette Tip of the Week: Spread the love…
February 12th, 2014
It’s Valentine’s Day this week, and as is our tradition here at the Etiquette Tip of the Week, we turn our thoughts of love to those who know us best and have seen us at our worst.
That’s right, I’m talking about the IT department.
Where would we be without this team of dedicated professionals to fix our computers and other electronic devices? Down the hall crying in the bathroom, that’s where. Or taking out our frustrations by tossing our malfunctioning electronics into the “fake lake” on the corporate campus. (Who uses that lake besides Canadian geese, anyway?)
IT professionals deal with people at their worst — when they are angry, frustrated and stressed out at their inability to fix their own computers. We must not transfer our stress or anger to people who are trying to assist us. (That goes for everybody assisting us, not just IT professionals.) Treat them with patience, kindness and gratitude. Follow up with a hand-written thank you note to individuals that have helped us or a nice note of praise to their supervisor.
And it never hurts to send some treats down to the IT Department this Friday to let them know they are loved.
Culture and Manners Institute
Procter & Gamble -The Research your Future in Science Seminar – Deadline March 14, 2014
February 5th, 2014
P&G’s R&D organization is hosting a seminar in the summer of 2014. Through hands-on involvement and a variety of tours and presentations, seminar participants will learn what it is like to work as an R&D Researcher at P&G as they explore all areas of R&D within P&G. P&G Researchers have unique and challenging careers supporting a wide range of cutting-edge research. During the seminar, full-time P&G Researchers will showcase various work areas, providing exposure to analytical labs, product formulation, process design and scale-up, products research, packaging, etc., to increase your understanding of Researcher career opportunities in science at P&G. As a participant, you will be placed in the fast-lane with the opportunity to interview for a 2015 P&G Researcher Summer Internship prior to any other intern recruiting.
The Research your Future in Science Seminar is targeted to diverse college students in a science or engineering technology related major that are finishing their first year or second year of a Bachelor’s degree program. However, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.
All travel and accommodations will be paid by P&G for those selected to attend.
Online applications will be accepted year-round, but must be received by March 14, 2014 to be considered for the 2014 Research your Future in Science Seminar. All applicants will be contacted in spring/summer 2014 as to their status.
P&G is seeking students with:
• Proven/exhibited leadership on or off campus.
• Ability to solve problems.
• Ability to engage and work in a diverse working environment
For further information contact: Heather Ferguson | Senior R&D Recruiting Specialist | NA Talent Supply | The Procter & Gamble Company | 2 P&G Plaza, Cincinnati, OH 45202 | (513.945.7546 | email@example.com
Health Professions Career Day – March 28, 2014 @ 11:45am-2:15pm
February 5th, 2014