Alissa Visconto

Clear Channel Outdoor
Account Executive
May 2015 – Marketing

CSPD works so hard to give students the tools to land their dream job

What was your Fox School experience related to your job search?
Being a graduate of the Fox School of Business, I felt so confident and proud when speaking to potential employers. I knew that my time at Fox had equipped me with the necessary skills to excel at any company, and I could discuss my experiences with employers in an eloquent and effective manner. The energy in Fox is unparalleled to any other school, with the drive to succeed a common and infectious theme. Each student is in the same boat and we can relate to each other. Between my peers, professors, and in-house support centers, there was never a shortage of helping hands. Student professional organizations allowed me to stay informed about possible career paths and network with people in the industry. When it came time to start interviewing, I was a totally different person than I was when I walked into Fox four years prior. The extensive knowledge I gained in the classroom and with internships combined with the professional and social skills I’d acquired made me an ultra-competitive candidate in the interview process. As an advertising sales rep, I am able to utilize both my passion for marketing, as well as my ability to connect and form long term relationships.

How did the CSPD help during your time as a student?
CSPD works so hard to give students the tools to land their dream job. Mock interviews, fashion shows on professional dress, and resume critiques are resources valued by any student, but these are exclusive to Fox students. CSPD helped me not get overwhelmed by the job search and gave me plenty of opportunities to network with business professionals in the industry. Whether you’re looking for an internship or a full-time job, CSPD ensures you access to those opportunities.

What is your advice for future students in the job search process?
Start early. I began applying heavily October of my senior year and didn’t accept a position until July. This is not because of lack of opportunities, though. Because I started applying early, I was able to be picky and weed out the positions I knew weren’t for me, as well as learn to identify illegitimate companies. After about 40-50 phone interviews, I was able to narrow it down to 5 in-person interviews. From those in-person interviews I got two offers and was able to pick the one I preferred! What a great position to be in! Give yourself time to research and get comfortable with the interview process. Waiting until right before or after graduation increases the pressure to find a job and limits your opportunities.


Jake Kawulicz

Capital Wine & Spirits
National Account and Catering Representative
May 2015 – Marketing

The best advice I could give to students currently searching for a job is to use all resources available to you and network yourself as much as possible. Being a student at Temple offers many benefits that other universities do not have.

What was your Fox School experience related to your job search?
Fox helped greatly with my job search during my time at Temple. The numerous networking and connection events were terrific opportunities to meet in person with possible employers, and due to Fox’s reputation, so many companies would attend these events to recruit. I was put in touch with my current employer through one of these connection events and had a follow up interview with the company on Temple’s campus. I am very thankful of the opportunity Temple gave me to get this face to face time with my future employer which led to the position I am in today.

How did the CSPD help during your time as a student?
The most important help I received from CSPD during my time as a student at Temple was helping to build my resume. You only have one chance to make a first impression with your future employers, and having a well put together resume is an extremely important part of that. The countless classes, workshops, and critiques for resume building are a terrific resource offered by CSPD and I encourage all students looking to revise their resume to take full advantage of them.

What is your advice for future students in the job search process?
The best advice I could give to students currently searching for a job is to use all resources available to you and network yourself as much as possible. Being a student at Temple offers many benefits that other universities do not have. Take advantage of the numerous workshops to help develop yourself as a future working professional and attend as many networking events as possible. It never hurts to put your name out there to as many people as possible, because these are the people who will be potentially offering you jobs following your graduation.


Jacqueline Akpan

KPMG LLP
Audit Associate
May 2015 – Accounting

Even if you do not get the first internship/job you interviewed for, use that learning experience which will propel you to seek and perform better at other interviews.

What was your Fox School experience related to your job search?
I am proud to say the Fox School of Business had a tremendous effect on my job search by providing me with the opportunities, tools, and skillset to be successful. The Professors played a huge role in making sure I was well equipped and knowledgeable about my professional field, by connecting the various concepts taught in class to real-world examples. In addition, I was opportune to attend various leadership courses which also helped me to hone my skillset and enabled me to obtain offers from the big 4 accounting firms, intern in one of the big 4 accounting firms as well as build my network in the accounting field. I was affiliated and exposed to various Student Professional Organizations such as NABA and Beta Gamma Sigma, where I was able to meet people who share my vision and career aspirations. Through the Fox School, I was able to meet, discuss, and learn about several accounting firms from various recruiters. As a result, I was able to enhance my professional as well as personal skills. Furthermore, through this esteemed institution, I was able to engage in several community service programs such as the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, an IRS program that helps middle to low-income earners prepare their tax at no expense. In addition, as a Fox School Peer Teacher, I was able to tutor some of my peers from class, who had difficulty understanding some material. This gave me the opportunity to interact, assist, and work alongside faculty members and other peer teachers, as well as develop my presentation and public speaking skills. I can truly say that I had a well-rounded learning and professional experience related to my job search which boosted my morale.

How did the CSPD help during your time as a student?
CSPD was an immense help throughout my undergraduate career as I was able to attend various workshops that helped hone my professional and personal skills. Through CSPD, I was able to develop my interviewing skills through the mock interviews I attended. Also, I was able to secure my first internship, which ultimately led to my full-time job by attending various networking events like the Fall and Spring Connection, and conversing with recruiters in the undergraduate atrium. CSPD was a great resource for me because they provided the opportunity to critique my resume, meet and interview with the Big 4 accounting firms, which allowed me to realize my goal of being a public accountant. The CSPD had great industry-search databases such as Hoovers, which gave me easy access to information relating to trends, projections, and new developments within the accounting industry. Gaining that knowledge gave me an upper-hand during my interview process. In addition, the staff at CSPD was always willing and able to assist me with answering questions, preparing for interviews and learning about my professional field. The CSPD is a great professional development resource at the Fox School of Business.

What is your advice for future students in the job search process?
My advice for future students in the job search process is to be proactive and tenacious. It always helps to start networking early as this will help you build your network and help you get more comfortable with the recruiters. Even if you do not get the first internship/job you interviewed for, use that learning experience which will propel you to seek and perform better at other interviews. Never give up or remain complacent, it is always a good idea to leave your comfort zone because you always learn more and you become a well-rounded individual. It’s normal to feel nervous before an interview but it helps to keep a positive mindset. Also, stay up-to-date with the current news and industry trends because this will aid you when conversing with recruiters or professionals within your field. Lastly, take advantage of the various resources the Fox School has to offer such as CSPD, Professors, and your classmates.


Jonathan Oh

Vanguard
Flagship Client Service Specialist
May 2015 – Finance

Employers already assume that job seekers have high level of understanding in their field of expertise. Be involved and take initiative.

What was your Fox School experience related to your job search?
The Fox School of Business provided me with many tenured professionals from the industry.
Their valuable insight helped me identify and achieve my career goals. In addition, the Fox School
of Business offered many organizations to join and network. Many professors were willing to go out of their way and help students find jobs, such as connecting the students with professionals in the industry.

How did the CSPD help during your time as a student?
The CSPD actually helped me find my internships and current job! FoxNet was an essential part of my job search. The workshops helped in developing my resume and more importantly, how to present myself in a corporate setting. Without these tools and personnel, I would not have been properly equipped and prepared.

What is your advice for future students in the job search process?
Network, network, and network. In the corporate world, it’s all about whom you know, not what you know. Employers already assume that job seekers have high level of understanding in their field of expertise. You must be able to communicate efficiently and have no fear with public speaking. Be involved and take initiative. Don’t chase money; money will follow you when you’re passionate about what you do. Never be complacent and always think “What’s next?”


Avery Stine

AXA Advisors-Karr Barth Associates
Financial Advisor
May 2015 – Business Management

I would state the two most important focal points for students in the job search process are build a strong base of involvement in SPOs and CSPD and let those around you know what you are looking for in a career.

What was your Fox School experience related to your job search?
The Fox School of Business provided the strong foundation necessary to propel my career far into the future. Through heavy involvement with the Professional Sales Organization I gained significant leadership experience. Leadership experience is one of the most desired traits for employers seeking new candidates and it is for this reason I am extremely grateful to have had this opportunity. My experience and growth would not have been possible without the Fox School of Business.

How did the CSPD help during your time as a student?
During my time at the Fox School of Business CSPD proved to be an invaluable resource. They guide new students from resume building all the way through to interview techniques. If one is to achieve maximum benefit from the resources that CSPD provides it is imperative that the individual gets involved early.

What is your advice for future students in the job search process?
I would state the two most important focal points for students in the job search process are build a strong base of involvement in SPOs and CSPD and let those around you know what you are looking for in a career. My time in The Professional Sales Organization and interaction with CSPD were the two most important experiences in regards to personal growth. My second piece of advice would be let those around you know what industry and career you want to pursue. You never know who may be able to help you achieve your goals.


Ashley Donahue

GlaxoSmithKline
Sales Professional, Asthma – Future Leaders Program, Sales and Marketing, US Pharma
December 2014 – Marketing

There is no opportunity that is out of reach. You can do it, here is how.

What was your Fox School experience related to your job search?
The Fox School offered me everything I needed to succeed as a student and as a professional. My courses laid the groundwork for my understanding of business. The student professional organizations honed my leadership skills and provided me with a network of students with similar interests and a potential employer pool. CSPD hosted really fun events that always taught me something relative to succeeding on the job; my personal favorite is the Work Your Wardrobe Fashion Show. My professors were always so interesting, willing to go that extra mile to help me, whether with a recommendation, or just advice over a cup of coffee. These were all of the tools that Fox provided me with to build an awesome career. What is most important about the Fox School experience though is how I was pushed to new heights. There is no opportunity that is out of reach. You can do it, here is how. Network. Get experience. Get involved. Go for that dream job. Prepare for your interview. Rock it. Succeed. It’s like this whole Philly Rocky vibe (in a professional way) – Fox kids are tough, and we work hard. And we keep working until we are winners. We don’t give up; we go for it. Not everyone gets to learn and grow in an environment like that, and it really showed during group interviews with students from other schools. We truly are a different breed!

How did the CSPD help during your time as a student?
CSPD was an awesome resource for me throughout my time at Fox. Freshman year, student networking night was where I met the College Council Vice President, who really urged me to get involved in the different Student Professional Organizations. She later became my friend, roommate, and mentor, and I eventually held the Vice President role myself. CSPD events were truly invaluable networking opportunities to meet both peers and employers! I actually found out about GSK’s Future Leaders Program at Spring Connection and utilized the mock interviews in order to prepare and ultimately receive my dream job offer. It was so nice to be able to ring that job acceptance bell with the same CSPD family who had walked me through the whole process too! Definitely make sure you do that. It feels so good!

What is your advice for future students in the job search process?
Internships. Internships. Internships. Did I mention internships? Try different areas related to your interests. During my time at Temple, I held 5 internships at 4 different companies in varied industries. Marketing is so broad, and I wasn’t sure exactly where I wanted to end up within it, so I made a point to gain experience in different areas – communications, event planning, community outreach, brand management, and sales. This way, I was able to figure out what I liked about one area, and more importantly, what I didn’t. All of that figuring and adjusting is what really led me to GSK. Plus, then you have a ton of experience on your resume and a lot to discuss in an interview. It makes you a much more competitive, and confident, candidate.


Olaniyi Adewole

Baxter Healthcare
Sales Professional Development
August 2014 – Business Management

To future students, I would say, take advantage of the resources around you and start early.

What was your Fox School experience related to your job search?
I obtained my first fortune 500 internship through the Fox School of Business career fair. The majority of the Fox School professors were former or current business owners, with a wealth of real world knowledge and tips that have helped me get to where I am now.

How did the CSPD help during your time as a student?
The CSPD has helped me rework my resume countless times (just ask Lindsey Teich haha). Even after I initially graduated, I reached out to the CSPD to conduct a mock interview before I went into my real interview with Baxter Healthcare. The CSPD is an invaluable asset to Fox students, and I can’t thank the staff enough for their help throughout my undergraduate studies and beyond.

What is your advice for future students in the job search process?
To future students, I would say, take advantage of the resources around you and start early. Create a LinkedIn profile, attend the CSPD professional/resume workshop, and network. Temple University (unlike other schools) is one of the most diverse universities in the nation. Unlike a Harvard or a Cornell, it is located in the heart of north Philadelphia, and full of hardworking students that have overcome adversity to get where they are. The people you will meet at Temple, combined with the resources available to you, will make you an ideal candidate in any company.


Brian Andrien

The Walt Disney Studios
Social Media Analyst
May 2015 – Marketing” minor=”Digital Marketing, Entertainment Law & Business

I landed my job by reaching out to a Disney Studios executive over LinkedIn, whom I had never met before.

What was your Fox School experience related to your job search?
My job search was unconventional, but I acquired the position through skills I learned at Fox. Fox taught me how to reach out to professionals, acquire informational interviews, and turn those informational interviews into offers. I landed my job by reaching out to a Disney Studios executive over LinkedIn, whom I had never met before. I described myself and my career aspirations, expressed curiosity, and requested an informational interview. After the interview, I followed up with the executive and kept in touch with him for almost year, which eventually turned into an offer.

How did CSPD help during your time as a student?
CSPD helped me the most by prepping me for interviews and perfecting my resume. It also taught me how to conduct myself in the most professional manner, skills that I use every day and always keep in the back of my mind.

What is your advice for future students in the job search process?
Utilize LinkedIn as much as possible and do not be afraid to reach out to professionals, many truly are eager to help. It is common to be hesitant in reaching out to professionals out of rejection, however do not let that fear hold you back. For example, if you email a professional and do not get a response, chances are they are busy. So either follow up or reach out to another professional in a different position, department, or company. Nothing negative will come from not getting a response. Reaching out and making connections will help further your career and possibly land you a job.


Jalen Blot

Deloitte Consulting
Business Technology Analyst
May 2015 – Management Information Systems

It’s very easy to be distracted by salaries and where your peers may be working, but it’s important that you make your job decision as it relates to you and your future goals.

What was your Fox School experience related to your job search?
The Fox School experience was a breadth of technical, practical, and functional experiences that rounded me out as a competitive job candidate on the market. The catalyst for my experience was definitely going the AIS student professional organization. AIS gave me a unique experience in networking with industry professionals as well as fine tuning my technical skills. With the regards to the necessary experience needed to be qualified/recommended for a position, my Management Information Systems courses demanded me to solve real world problems of local businesses through technology. Other experience I gained at Fox was with project management, app development, and coding. My Fox professors were the glue to my learned experiences, as they were in the industry and able to leverage their network for me based on my demonstrated skills. In summary, my experience was real world experience, real life network, and real results.

How did the CSPD help during your time as a student?
During my time as an undergrad student at Fox, CSPD was a tremendous help on many fronts. My first internship–with Lincoln Financial Group–was a product of taking advantage of the resume critiques and mock interviews that CSPD offered. I was able to get my foot in the door with companies through CSPD’s FoxNet portal that linked students to potential jobs/internships. Even after I graduated, I was able reach out to the CSPD staff to bridge a networking gap that led to my full-time offer with Deloitte Consulting. CSPD is an unparalleled campus resource that Fox students have the luxury of using and I recommend that students use it while they can.

What is your advice for future students in the job search process?
My advice to future students in search of jobs would be to put in the work, be patient, and be authentic. Being a student/graduate of Fox does not grant you an automatic bid for employment. It takes doing some research, tailoring your resume, networking, engaging in emails, and much more depending on the situation; very seldom (if ever) do people receive spontaneous offers without first putting in work. During the process patience is key because you may not get it right the first time. When I graduated I had no job offers, but I was patient and still continued to put in the work, despite the discouragement, which resulted in landing a career in consulting. Lastly being authentic has to do with owning your journey. It’s very easy to be distracted by salaries and where your peers may be working, but it’s important that you make your job decision as it relates to you and your future goals. The last thing you would want to do is make a job decision that you would be unhappy with long term, so again, make sure to put in the work and be patient.


Chido Tendayi

J.P.Morgan Chase
Finance Analyst
May 2015 – Finance and Economics

As an international student… It is important to keep at it with as much enthusiasm during difficult times as you have when you first start your job search.

What was your Fox School experience related to your job search?
Fox equipped me with the necessary tools that I needed in order to be successful during the entire job search process. I leveraged the relationships that I built within Fox to get me a lot of the interviews that I got. Through my active participation in the SPOs that Fox has, I was able to gain leadership experience that made me stand out from my peers. Opportunities such as case study competitions and events such as the CSPD sponsored “dress for success” fashion show were vital to my career development and they also provided me with a platform to network with individuals who helped me throughout my job search.

How did the CSPD help during your time as a student?
CSPD turned my 3 page resume into a neat 1 page document that I was proud to present in front of any potential employer. I attest my interview skills to the mock interview sessions that CSPD facilitated. It is also through CSPD that I learnt how effectively interact with professionals which has helped me immensely even outside of college.

What is your advice for future students in the job search process?
Resilience. As an international student, there were times when it seemed like punches were coming from all directions. It is important to keep at it with as much enthusiasm during difficult times as you have when you first start your job search. It is also never too early to start networking and branding yourself through active participation in organizations and volunteer opportunities. Make sure that your resume highlights what sets you apart from the crowd, and be ready to sell your skills and achievements eloquently so that you will be remembered by whoever interviews you.


Sām Mozhgani

TripAdvisor
Campaign Associate
May 2015 – Marketing” minor=”MIS

Make sure you end up at a place where you will be happy to go to work every day, rather than a place you just work at because you were pressured into getting that ‘prized’ job after graduation.

What was your Fox School experience related to your job search?
During my time at Fox I was lucky enough to join Temple University’s chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA). By bringing in weekly speakers among many different industries, AMA had a big impact in helping me understand what I wanted to do after college and to which companies I wanted to apply. I was able to learn about what skills employers were looking for during the hiring process and the sense of professionalism they require when selecting potential candidates.

How did the CSPD help during your time as a student?
While I was a student, CSPD helped me a great amount with my resume. I would bring it in at least twice a semester to go over new skills and experiences that I could highlight to make myself stand out to potential employers. Their help definitely made it easier to get noticed, when applying to jobs.

What is your advice for future students in the job search process?
My biggest piece of advice to future students in the job search is to take your time, be patient, and have fun with it. The interview process is an opportunity to interview your employers as much as it is for future employers to interview you. Make sure you end up at a place where you will be happy to go to work every day, rather than a place you just work at because you were pressured into getting that “prized” job after graduation.


Marissa Cieciorka

Health Media
Associate Search Content Strategist
May 2015 – Marketing” minor=”MIS

Apply for your dream jobs, not just any job. If you’re passionate about the position, it’ll show. Be yourself and believe in yourself.

What was your Fox School experience related to your job search?
As a student at the Fox School, I was involved with the American Marketing Association (TU-AMA). TU-AMA hosted weekly speaker sessions, internship information sessions, and conferences that exposed members to different career types and companies. Through these informational sessions, I was able to determine the types of companies and areas of marketing that I wanted to work in. I gained valuable skills from attending conferences and participating in competitions that I was able to take with me to interviews and internships that eventually led to me landing my dream job!

How did the CSPD help during your time as a student?
The CSPD was extremely helpful as an underclassman when I was working on my resume. The resume critiques really helped when it came to formatting and figuring out how to relate my skills to the positions I was applying for. Getting CSPD certified also teaches students the skills needed for interviewing and becoming a young professional. When talking to students from other universities, you’ll learn we’re really privileged to have something like the CSPD.

What is your advice for future students in the job search process?
The best advice I have is to not give up. It may seem like you’re constantly interviewing or that there are a million other people who want the same jobs that you do, but everything eventually works out. Remember to breathe, and don’t get caught up in the idea of “having a job after graduation”. Apply for your dream jobs, not just any job. If you’re passionate about the position, it’ll show. Be yourself and believe in yourself. Additionally, don’t be afraid to ask for advice. Reach out to your classmates, other alumni, and professors. You’re surrounded by greatness at the Fox School – take advantage of that.


Eric Kaplan

Philadelphia Zoo
Corporate Grants Manager
May 2015 – Entrepreneurship

Remain positive, it’s an infectious quality, and everyone wants to be around it.

What was your Fox School experience related to your job search?
Educational, resourceful, and helpful quickly come to mind. I remember speaking with Adam Shpall, Rachel Coppola, and Lindsay Teich about the process. We talked about what resources to use, how to tailor my resume for specific industries, most importantly, they took the time to find out where I wanted my career to head, not just what my next job might look like.

How did the CSPD help during your time as a student?
By being supportive and proactive. Everyone in the CSPD offices was genuinely interested in where I was going after Temple, as well as what brought me to Temple. That kind of engagement gives you the confidence to go anywhere and perform successfully.

What is your advice for future students in the job search process?
Listen to the advice of those in the CSPD office. They want you to succeed, and will help you in any way that they can. Use your personal network, and expand on it through school and beyond. Research the industry you want to enter into, the more you can speak intelligently about that industry, the easier it will be for you to actually work in that industry. Remain positive, it’s an infectious quality, and everyone wants to be around it.


Pauline DeAndrade

Deloitte
Staff 1 in Audit
May 2015 – Accounting

I believe it is so important to understand the value of vision, collaboration, and perseverance as it pertains to goal-setting. Own your decisions and own your career.

What was your Fox School experience related to your job search?
My Fox School experience helped me to truly understand the meaning of mentorship as it pertains to career development. My professors, advisors, and peers were all instrumental to my success at Fox. As my relationships developed over the years, I was so grateful to have a network of people who were invested in my future, and who were there to help me make the right decisions to achieve my goals. The opportunity to be in classrooms with professors, who have been in my position or have worked in the industries I was interested in, was invaluable. Having a mentor makes a world of a difference in your time in undergrad. Fox instilled that in me, and as you get older, you gain a better appreciation for it. I would not be where I am without the people who helped mold me into the young professional that I am today.

How did the CSPD help during your time as a student?
The CSPD office was one of the most valuable resources in my time at Fox. While trying to balance my academics, part-time job, and extracurricular activities, CSPD helped me to develop and strengthen my skills. I attended resume critiques, SPO events, career fairs, and whatever else I could fit in my schedule. I took a chance my sophomore year, and I signed up for a mock interview. To this day, the manager I interviewed with is still trying to recruit me, and I credit that successful interview to the CSPD office and the Fox School for preparing me professionally and academically to excel in my career opportunities.

What is your advice for future students in the job search process?
The biggest piece of advice I could offer future students is to set a goal, believe in yourself, and work every single day towards that goal. I believe it is so important to understand the value of vision, collaboration, and perseverance as it pertains to goal-setting. Own your decisions and own your career. You do not have to go through the job search process by yourself, and having a community of people behind you will make all the difference in achieving the goals that you set for yourself. Best of luck to everyone and remember that you always have a network of Fox students who have been in your place, and we are proof that you will make it too!


Yixin Yang

PwC
Assurance Associate
May 2015 – Accounting” minor=”Business Analytics

My relationships with everyone in the Fox School ultimately led me to a successful career search.

What was your Fox School experience related to your job search?
As a Fox student, I felt that I was supported in my career search from Professors, Staff, and even fellow students. Whether this related to actually looking for and applying for a job, or involved advice in terms of what I wanted to do with my degree. The industry experience that individuals brought to the University provided valuable insight into my decision to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Additionally, the Fox School built its class schedule around allowing students the greatest potential in meeting employers by building time for Student Professional Organizations to meet. It was during these meetings that I first met potential employers, and started building relationships with companies. My relationships with everyone in the Fox School ultimately led me to a successful career search. The Fox School of Business provides a tremendous amount of resources for placing students with jobs that relate to their degrees, and are meaningful to the student.

How did the CSPD help during your time as a student?
CSPD impacted my time as a student tremendously, as it was crucial in building and solidifying my relationships with companies. In addition to the professional development workshops that molded me into the young professional I am today, CSPD created and maintained relationships between employers and students. This allowed for many opportunities to interact with companies in professional settings such as Fall and Spring Connection. As a student, CSPD guided me in taking full advantage of these opportunities, and coached me in business etiquette.

What is your advice for future students in the job search process?
As an alumnus who was recently in the shoes of a job seeking student, my biggest advice is to find mentors with experience. These mentors would have knowledge of the job searching process for that particular field. They would also have an established network, which is crucial in the job search and throughout your career. These mentors can be anyone willing to guide you in your career.


Nicole Bieri

Aramark
Human Resources Associate
May 2015 – Human Resource Management

Don’t be afraid to take risks! If a company calls with an offer for your dream job, but it’s in Houston, TX take it!

What was your Fox School experience related to your job search?
The Fox School of Business made me realized what I wanted to do in life and has given me so many opportunities I would have never imagined. I transferred into Fox my fourth semester at Temple because I was drawn to the school’s success and opportunities it provides students. I quickly felt at ease with the help of the advisors and professors with my transition. Through the many different classes I took and faculty I networked with, I was able to pin point exactly what I wanted to do in my career. Joining my SPO, SHRM, really helped me jumpstart my career because a meet and greet meeting turned into an interview that landed me my internship at Aramark and later on my job. The education I received at Fox and the resources available to students made me and other peers more marketable to employers. Without the relationships I built with my professors, advisors, and other peers and the numerous resources available at the Fox School of business, I am not quite sure where I would be today.

How did the CSPD help during your time as a student?
CSPD is probably the best student resource on campus!! CSPD really helped in me build my resume and interviewing skills. Attending the numerous workshops CSPD offers and also participating in mock interviews, I was truly prepared for my job search. CSPD not only taught me how to be a professional, it taught me how to stand out and be the person a business professional or recruiter remembered at the end of the day. Fox students do not realize how privileged they are to have a resource like CSPD because no other school or college has a resource that prepares you for the professional world!

What is your advice for future students in the job search process?
Don’t give up!! Applying for jobs is scary and could be very intimidating. What I have told many people from my experiences is to apply for as many jobs as possible. You aren’t going to hear back from every company and you’re not going to get every job you apply for, but there is going to be that one special job offer you receive that will make it all worth it!

Secondly, don’t be afraid to take risks! If a company calls with an offer for your dream job, but it’s in Houston, TX take it! I have had two experiences in which I got up and left my family and friends to move to a brand new city where I knew no one. I first moved to Chicago, IL for an internship and after graduation moved to Los Angeles, CA for my job. It was not necessarily my first choice of cities to move to, but I knew my experience in both cities would lead to so many more experiences and opportunities for my career.


Noel Sarachilli

Zurich North America
Construction Underwriter
May 2015 – Actuarial Science, Rick Management & Insurance

Use every resource that is available, it is there to help you develop into a business professional and succeed out in the working world.

What was your Fox School experience related to your job search?
The Fox School played a huge role in my search for a full-time position. The resources at the Fox School of Business allowed me to connect with many insurance professionals within the Philadelphia area as well as around the country, along with providing the best instructors with valuable industry experience in the department of Risk Management and Insurance. I was fully prepared for the transition from a student into a working professional because of the access to advisors, various options for student organizations, career fairs, and skills workshops.

How did the CSPD help during your time as a student?
CSPD helped me grow outside of the classroom by providing alternate ways to advance within my major. I was exposed to numerous student professional organizations and business fraternities that greatly enhanced my experience as a student. Through these organizations, I later advanced into officer positions and developed leadership qualities which translated into my current role.

What is your advice for future students in the job search process?
Take every opportunity to network and meet new people in the Fox School. Look out for CSPD promotional emails and try out the different advertised events. The best decision I ever made was to attend the SPO fair as a freshman. I was introduced to the Gamma Iota Sigma Risk Management and Insurance and Actuarial Science business fraternity. This professional fraternity helped me discover what I wanted to focus in during my time at Temple and also landed me my first internship and full-time position after graduation. Use every resource that is available, it is there to help you develop into a business professional and succeed out in the working world.


Dylan Hollister

North Star Resource Group
Client Relationship Coordinator
May 2015 – Marketing

Speak with your professors, as many of them were in business before they started teaching at Fox, and know what skills hiring managers are looking for and what questions they may ask.

What was your Fox School experience related to your job search?
My experience with Fox was extremely helpful. The school and the university prepare you for the real world. The professional development class was very interesting and gave me numerous tips to prepare for interviews and how to conduct myself in a professional environment. Many professors were integral to preparing me as well. FoxNet is a great resource and every business student should use it while job hunting, as those recruiters are looking specifically for Fox students.

How did the CSPD help during your time as a student?
The CSPD helped me during my time as a student, by critiquing my resume, multiple times until I felt that it was perfect. The career fairs that were organized by the CSPD helped to prepare for interviews and started my business network. While my network is still small, the CSPD gave me the tools needed to continue to grow my network and utilize it in the best way possible.

What is your advice for future students in the job search process?
The earlier the better. I waited until my junior year to get an internship and I wish I would’ve started sooner, as many employers are looking for 2-3 years of experience in a field prior to starting an entry level position. Also, do not put all your eggs in one basket, while you may find a job that you think is perfect for you, it might not be the best fit culture-wise. Interview as much as you can wherever you can because even if you do not get the position, the interview experience will be extremely beneficial to you going forward. Speak with your professors, as many of them were in business before they started teaching at Fox, and know what skills hiring managers are looking for and what questions they may ask. My professors gave me questions to ask that I never even thought about asking and I believe this gave me the edge over my peers while interviewing for positions.


Meredith Martin

Schlesinger Associates
Account Coordinator
December 2015 – Marketing

Never stop working to be the best that you can be and that will show when you go on interviews and enter the work world.

What was your Fox School experience related to your job search?
Fox had a tremendous influence on my job search. The many resources at Temple, particularly Fox, helped me with everything from where to start searching for jobs to what to wear on my interviews to what to look for in a good job offer. The biggest help I got out of Fox during my job search was from one of my professors, Mary Conran. She made connections for me with Fox alumni who are currently working in the field I wanted to be in. This allowed me to have informational interviews with successful Fox alumni, which gave me an opportunity to better understand myself and what I wanted after graduation while also getting amazing advice. Some of these connections led to interviews which led to me being offered two full time positions before graduation. This would not have been possible without the help from my professor, the connections I was able to make with Fox alumni, and the things I learned from CSPD.

How did the CSPD help during your time as a student?
CSPD was a wonderful tool to have during my time as a student at Fox. Their professional development class and all of their workshops that they offer helped me to better understand myself and my career goals. As an underclassman in Fox, they helped me set career goals for myself and taught me how to develop myself as a professional business person. As an upperclassman, they helped with my internship and job searches/interviews. They are a never-ending supply of advice and knowledge about professionalism and I truly believe they were a key component to me finding and landing my full-time job.

What is your advice for future students in the job search process?
Use every tool that is at your disposal! Searching for jobs and going on interviews, especially when you are still in school, can be very overwhelming and stressful but remember that you are not alone in the process! Your professors are not only there to teach you, they are also there to help you. Not every professor may be able to make a connection for you that can lead to a job, but more often than not they have had experience in the field you are interested in and talking to them can only benefit you. In addition, go to CSPD workshops. Even if you think you are an amazing interviewer, it never hurts to go to these workshops and brush up on your skills! Never stop working to be the best that you can be and that will show when you go on interviews and enter the work world.


Kelly Hill

Baker Tilly
Staff Accountant
May 2015 – Accounting

I took advantage of all these resources when enrolled at Temple (I mean hey, these tools are in place for a reason, and I assure you-they help)

What was your Fox School experience related to your job search?
I came to college as the typical freshman, jumping from one major to the next, unsure of what I wanted to do with my life. However, after attending seminars and talking with advisors, professors, family, and peers, I decided that enrolling in the Fox School of Business was the best decision for me. Once I made the transition into Fox, I attended SPO meetings, job fairs, and informational sessions, which guided my decision to become an accounting major. From there, my professors described the work we would do based on which career path we would take (which immediately steered me toward some and away from others). With this information, I knew which positions to apply for, which ultimately landed me a job I am happy with at this point in my career.

How did the CSPD help during your time as a student?
CSPD was the driving force behind my success in the job search. CSPD offers so many tools to ensure students are prepared for the ‘real world,’ such as job fairs (Fall & Spring Connection), networking events, interview tools, resume critiques, FoxNet, and not to mention, many experienced advisors and staff who strive to see their students succeed. I took advantage of all these resources when enrolled at Temple (I mean hey, these tools are in place for a reason, and I assure you-they help!) I won’t steer you wrong: take advantage of these tools and you will be much more confident throughout the job search process.

What is your advice for future students in the job search process?
Be patient! Just know that you do not need to accept the first position that comes your way; it is okay to turn some down. Trust me- I have done it, and I know it is hard to do, but if the position you are offered is one you feel is not a good fit for you, politely decline it, and continue your search. Jumping into a job that your heart is not set on may alter your opinion on your career as a whole. There are hundreds of companies that are eager to hire Fox graduates, so be patient, carefully consider the position, and make sure the one you accept is a good fit for you.


Kehinde Adewumni

LinkedIn
LinkedIn Business Leadership Program (BLP) Associate
May 2015 – Finance” minor=”Management Information Systems

My favorite FOX school experience was joining an SPO! I can honestly say that being a part of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) helped me develop both personally and professionally.

What was your Fox School experience related to your job search?
My favorite FOX school experience was joining an SPO! I can honestly say that being a part of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) helped me develop both personally and professionally. I really value the relationships that were formed within the group but also with the different professionals who took the time to share their experiences at Wednesday meetings. I loved attending the annual Eastern Regional Conference, where I was exposed to many industry professionals and hundreds of young professionals like myself. At the conference, I was also provided the opportunity to put into practice the interviewing skills that I gained through NABA and CSPD, which I loved.

How did the CSPD help during your time as a student?
I really enjoyed the professional development course, I learned so much in such a short period of time. But my favorite memory from undergrad was coming into the CSPD office numerous times for mock interviews and resume critiques, I think I came into the office about five times within one week because I wanted to make sure it was perfect and it really paid off! At the time, I thought my resume was awesome and I was able to secure an internship during my sophomore year.

What is your advice for future students in the job search process?
First, be confident in yourself. You have gained many of the skills required for the real world during your college experience; you just have to apply yourself and don’t give up. Second, it is a process; you probably won’t find the perfect job in one day or even one month, but put in the work and be patient through the process. Third, utilize your resources, CSPD is still there to help or answer any questions and also reach out to your network, friends and professors are also there to help! Also, don’t forget to keep your LinkedIn profile updated; recruiters are definitely looking at candidate profiles. Lastly, I want to go back to my first point, be confident in yourself, you got this!


Hong Tran

Johnson & Johnson
FLDP Associate
May 2016 – Finance

The feeling of joy that you will get after receiving your perfect offer will overshadow any feeling of doubt that you ever had after any job search rejection. STAY PRESISTENT!

What was your Fox School experience related to your job search?
I am very proud to say that my experience at Fox gave me a competitive advantage in my job search. Employers were impressed with my technical skills and leadership competence, which I was able to develop in my challenging courses and my time as an SPO officer at Fox. Without the amazing professors that challenged my critical thinking or the opportunity to get involve, I would have not received the amazing full time offers that I did.

How did the CSPD help during your time as a student?
CSPD provided me with the perfect infrastructure for a successful job search. Resources such as resume critiques, mock interviews, Fox Net, and online research sites, such as Hoovers and First Research, gave me the confidence and preparation that I needed to start my search.

What is your advice for future students in the job search process?
DON’T GIVE UP! The beginning of anything is always the hardest, especially the job search process. You may experience numerous rejections at the beginning of your job search, but don’t feel discourage, it happens to best of us. Learn from your mistakes, continue to improve your skills, and keep moving forward. The feeling of joy that you will get after receiving your perfect offer will overshadow any feeling of doubt that you ever had after any job search rejection. STAY PRESISIENT!


Asante Abdullah

The Clorox Company
Sales Analyst – Kroger Team
July 2016 – International Business; International Marketing Concentration

It is CRUCIAL that as a student you leverage professional networks and organizations to expand your network and increase the QUALITY of the opportunities you receive.

What was your Fox School experience related to your job search?
My experience with Fox related to my job search was great! Since my freshman year, I attended each of Fox’s fall and spring connections for networking opportunities that ultimately helped me down the line when I ran into the recruiters year after year. I became a lot more comfortable talking to recruiters and telling my story which got me in the door for interviews and even invitations to networking events hosted by various companies, like Deloitte for example. Although I did not receive my internships through the connections, the exposure was instrumental in boosting my confidence to interact with the big companies like Comcast; where I’ve interned/worked in their co-op program for the past two years!

How did the CSPD help during your time as a student?
The CSPD office helped me to set up a professional foundation that I could use to leverage other professional opportunities. From resume workshop development my freshman year to one-on-one conversations with Adam Shpall about managing the full-time offer process my senior year, the CSPD office has been there to fully support my endeavors! I’ve also leveraged the CSPD’s resources like FoxNet to search for internships before I had one, and to also purchase professional accessories like the pad-folio that I have use to transport my resumes and other important documents safely when I go on interviews. The CSPD ensures students are prepared and if you didn’t feel like you were before you walked into the office, you certainly will when you leave! I’m living proof!

What is your advice for future students in the job search process?
What helped me the most as a Fox student hunting for jobs was Management Leadership for Tomorrow. MLT is a professional business fellowship I was accepted into that really gave me the personalized coaching I needed to unlock my true potential. The fellowship also exposed me to Fortune 50 – 500 companies, executive leadership for a number of these companies including Goldman Sachs and Google to name a few, and rare and unique internship opportunities with their corporate partners! With that said, it is CRUCIAL that as a student you leverage professional networks and organizations to expand your network and increase the QUALITY of the opportunities you receive. It is really easy to “sort of” fall into a routine as a business student because things are constantly moving and even moving faster, seemingly, as time goes on. But, it’s key to remember that by not going through the motions you can maximize your potential and chances of landing that dream internship or Full Time offer through professional affiliations!


Alexandra Furer

Lincoln Financial Group
Human Resources Compensation and Benefits Associate
May 2016 – Human Resource Management” minor=”Management Information Systems

I owe much of my professional development to CSPD and I advocate all students to utilize the resource.

What was your Fox School experience related to your job search?
The Fox School of Business helped me tremendously in my job search. I was able to make valuable connections through my educators, peers and alumni to build a network. The Fox School of Business allowed me to build close relationships and created an environment where I could learn about different areas in business and find the route that best suited my overall professional goals. I was able to find the resources I needed to get to this point by the help of all the people that I encountered here.

How did the CSPD help during your time as a student?
CSPD gave me an incredible outlet when I was struggling with my job search. I was able to come in and receive both formal and informal training to understand the recruiters mind better. I was also able to learn about myself, which provided me with the most growth. CSPD taught me everything from how to give a proper handshake, to how to build a resume that stands out. I was able to build close relationships through mock interviews and our BA 2101 class that is required. I owe much of my professional development to CSPD and I advocate all students to utilize the resource.

What is your advice for future students in the job search process?
My advice to future students is boiled down to three words: Don’t give up. In my years at Temple, I was turned away many times for positions I felt that I was qualified for. Later on in my college years, I realized that all of those rejections prepared me to land the most important interview of my life thus far: Lincoln’s. I would have never dreamed I would have ended up at such an incredible company when I was a junior, or even the beginning of my senior year. However, every rejection brings you closer to achieving a goal you never thought was possible. For those who are struggling, attitude is everything. Own your rejections and make them strengths. You have a team of people willing to help you; do not let one rejection keep you out of the game.


Salimah Hendricks

Vanguard
Processing Associate
July 2016 – Management Information Systems” minor=”Accounting

Staying connected with the office (CSPD) throughout my college career allowed me to meet different recruiters and build a meaningful connection with my current employer.

What was your Fox School experience related to your job search?
The resources provided by Fox made my job search less stressful. I was made aware of all the steps I should take to find a job very early on. One of the most helpful resources I used was FoxNet. I found each of the three internships I had while at Fox on that site. It made the process of submitting my resume and selecting interview times incredibly simple. Also, the career advice I received from various professors in Fox gave me a lot of motivation during my job search.

How did the CSPD help during your time as a student?
The advisors in the CSPD office helped me tremendously while I was a Fox student. From my first visit till now I have gained so much knowledge on how to interact with employers and how to display my skills on a resume. Staying connected with the office (CSPD) throughout my college career allowed me to meet different recruiters and build a meaningful connection with my current employer. Overall, CSPD’s career development tools molded me into the young professional I am today.

What is your advice for future students in the job search process?
Starting as early as possible is a major key in the job search process. Looking for internships early in my college career helped me learn which industries and jobs would be a good fit for me. Another good thing to start doing is making a list of companies that interest you and do some research on them. See what type of work they do, make note of any interesting positions and consider applying to them if you meet the qualifications. The research you’ve done beforehand will come in handy if you’re selected for an interview.


Benjamin Kates

Burlington Stores
e-Commerce Analyst
May 2016 – Management Information Systems” minor=”Digital Marketing

The CSPD has helped me in so many ways and it is an incredible resource filled with friendly and knowledgeable people.

What was your Fox School experience related to your job search?
Through Fox, I was able to try out and eventually join various Student Professional Organizations to really understand my career interests and disinterests. Through joining SPO’s, I was able to talk to upperclassmen to understand their career interests, gain insight into careers and jobs I never knew existed, and take advantage of the speaker sessions in order to network. Additionally, by getting involved in SPO’s, I was able to take on leadership positions and stand out among my peers to recruiters.

How did the CSPD help during your time as a student?
The CSPD has helped me in so many ways and it is an incredible resource filled with friendly and knowledgeable people. Through the workshops, one-on-one appointments, and FoxNet help I’ve been able to take full advantage of my job search. But needless to say the most important resources the CSPD offers are the fall and spring semester connection events. I was able to meet and submit my resume to both of the companies I ended up interning for through the Fall and Spring Connections. They are an excellent opportunity to make a great first impression!

What is your advice for future students in the job search process?
I would advise future students in the job search process to get involved early and take advantage of the many opportunities at Fox so you can have some experience to talk about with employers. Explore all aspects of the field(s) you’re even slightly interested in so you can discover your passion. Then, get out there and create relationships with professionals in the area so you can take your career to the next level!


Seth Ehlo

PepsiCo
Sales Management Associate
May 2016 – Marketing

My advice for future students is to get involved on campus as soon as possible. Find a student organization that you are passionate or interested about and join it.

What was your Fox School experience related to your job search?
The Fox School of Business provided me with many options to further myself as a student. The curriculum helped me develop a strong and diverse skill set, as well as helped me find out what I was passionate about. In addition to the courses I completed, the Fox School enabled me to get involved with the Professional Sales Organization where I was able to gain a leadership position and help run the organization. Overall, the Fox School of Business provided me with the resources to be successful and land an internship that led to a job upon graduation.

How did the CSPD help during your time as a student?
The Center for Student Professional Development was instrumental during my time as a student. They helped provide support with resume workshops, resume review, networking advice and mock interviews just to mention a few. The CSPD provided the platform, FoxNet that I utilized to land my internship and ultimately my job. They do a great job of connecting companies to students in an efficient manner.

What is your advice for future students in the job search process?
My advice for future students is to get involved on campus as soon as possible. Find a student organization that you are passionate or interested about and join it. The more active you are in that organization, the better chance you will have at gaining a leadership position. Having a leadership position in a student organization provides valuable experience that you can talk about in job interviews. My second piece of advice is to utilize your network. If you see XYZ Company is hiring and you have connections there, reach out to them and ask for advice going forward. Finally, when it comes to the interview, make sure you have done your due diligence on the company and the position prior to the interview. Your interview is really a chance for you to “wow” them and show them that you are the best candidate for the position. Having a great knowledge of the services they offer and their position in the industry will show you have done your research and boost your candidacy.