Employer Advice for Career Readiness

career-fairGeorge Mason University’s Fall 2016 Career Fair was held October 5th and 6th, bringing over 100 employers and recruiters to the Fairfax campus each day. These employers are looking for the best and brightest that Mason has to offer, and the students who attend try their best to make a good impression. But many students are new to the professional world and may not be aware of the specific things that employers look for when evaluating potential hires.

Rodger Smith’s COMM 148 (Radio Workshop I) students interviewed employers who were recruiting at this semester’s Career Fair to get the inside scoop on successful strategies that can help you stand out from the competition and land a job. Listen to the brief interviews below for tips and tricks on everything from resumes (keep it simple), appearance (dress for the job you want), eye contact (coveys strength and focus), preparation (research the company in advance), and the all-important first handshake (firm and confident).

Khafre Barclift interviews Dennis Favilla of Sheehy:

Rodger Smith interviews Beth Wright of Enterprise:

Zach Hamilton interviews Emma Rutka (2012 alumna, Interpersonal Communication) of PenFed:

Rosemary Idisi interviews John Taber of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission:

Student Media Finds Its Strengths


George Mason University has partnered with Strengths Academy and made the StrengthsFinder Assessment available for FREE to all Mason Students! This assessment allows students to gain greater insight into their natural talents and strengths with the goal of improved academic, personal, and professional outcomes.

According to the Mason’s website, “The vision of the Strengths Academy is to create and sustain a culture of strengths across the university. For the past 10 years, thousands of Mason students, faculty and staff have completed the Gallup Organization’s StrengthsFinder assessment.”

On Friday, September 30th, Student Media’s leaders, staff, volunteers, contributors, and faculty advisors gathered to explore their strengths together in a fun and interactive workshop coordinated by the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) office.

Participants learned the role their top strengths play in shaping their lives and personalities, as well as how to maximize their impact as a student and a leader by applying their strengths in productive ways. The workshop emphasized connecting with others, building personal talents, and finding success by understanding your strengths and those of your peers.

Special thank you to all those who attended and the LEAD Team, Jenn Robinson, and Rashaan Mateen for facilitating the workshop!

Do you know your Strengths? Click here to take the Gallup assessment.

FLOTUS on Campus! Michelle Obama Visits Mason

Photo by Mimi Albano.

Photo by Mimi Albano.

FAIRFAX, VA — In her first solo appearance on behalf of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama delivered an impassioned speech at George Mason University that highlighted the stakes of Election 2016 and implored young voters to make it to the polls on November 8th despite the increasingly negative tone of the campaign in recent weeks:

“We can’t afford to be tired or turned off — not now. Because while this might feel like a time of uncertainty and division, I have never felt more hopeful about the future of this great nation.”

Student Media was on hand to cover the event, with students producing print, video, and online content. Pick up a copy of today’s Fourth Estate print edition to read MacKenzie Reagan’s article and check out Mason Votes for a recap of Michelle’s speech and an online gallery with original photography by Mimi Albano and Leslie Steiger. Big thanks to all our students and staff who turned out content quickly after Friday’s event!

Click over to Fourth Estate and Mason Votes for more photos and coverage of this historic visit.

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