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How Caroline’s Seelio Helped Her Land Her Summer Job

Seelio can help you stand out in your job search and show why you’re the perfect hire. Don’t believe us? We’ll show you! Caroline Jardine, a Seelio superstar, reached out to us to share her success story. Caroline is currently a sophomore studying Art Education and pursuing a BFA in 2D Fine Arts at the University of Toledo. See what she had to say!

Caroline Jardine on Seelio

What job did you apply for?

I applied to the Young Artists at Work (YAAW) program with the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo for the position of an assistant instructor. I recently had a phone interview with them, and they asked to see some images of my studio work. I gave them my Seelio site URL and they loved it. In fact, they asked me if I thought teaching the high school students in the program how to set up a Seelio account would be something to try.

Caroline's "Young Artists at Work 2013" Work

What happened?

I got the position for the Arts Commission and I know that my Seelio page helped me!

Tell us more about how you got the job. What key skills/works helped you stand out?

I have been involved with YAAW for the past 4 years. I was an apprentice for two years, a senior apprentice for one year, and an assistant instructor last year. I developed a curriculum plan for my interview this year. The curriculum plan was a glass mosaic project that teaches apprentices new skills and encourages them to reach out of their comfort zone in collaborating with others. Michelle Carlson, the program coordinator for YAAW, was very impressed with my Seelio portfolio. When on the phone for our phone interview, I was able to tell her the link and we looked at my page together. They were able to ask me questions regarding my work during the interview because of Seelio. They especially liked my YAAW mural posts from last year.

Caroline's "Hero's: Mural" and "Hero's 'Crazy Cool Art' classes" Works

 How did Seelio help?

Not only did my Seelio site present my work professionally, but it also gave me an edge over other applicants for this position who may not have an account. Seelio has greatly benefited my professional development just in the past few months that I have been using it.

What will you be doing this summer at YAAW as the associate instructor? What are you most excited for?

My role as an assistant instructor is to work alongside the main instructor in leading a group of approximately 20 high school youth. I will work with the other instructors in planning sell-able projects and mural projects for the 6 week program; engaging a diverse group of youth in producing artwork 6 hours per day/5 days per week; teaching job skills; ordering supplies; client meetings; and work with the apprentices on professional development. I am most excited to work with the apprentices and see how they develop and learn as artists in just 6 weeks.

You’ve done a great job with your Seelio. What is your favorite work?

My favorite work on my Seelio is “Ukraine: Past and Present.” I will be uploading 3 new images to this work soon! The images are from a final project in my Digital Photography class. I entered the class with no Photoshop experience. I feel that these images are a good representation of how much I have learned and improved from the beginning of the semester. This class is also where Seelio was introduced to us!

Caroline's "Digital Photo: Ukraine: Past and Present II" Work

What is your advice for other students looking for internships and jobs using Seelio?

Seelio can set you apart from other job applicants. Look at your Seelio page from the interviewer’s perspective. Interviewers like seeing a clean, concise portfolio of your best work that is presented in an accessible way.  Include meaningful commentary and descriptions about your work. This shows that you have the ability to think critically and communicate ideas. Also look at other Seelio pages that appear professional. Find what makes them successful and use this in yours. Remember that Seelio may be your first impression for an interviewer!

We are excited to see the great work you’ll do at your summer job, Caroline. Congratulations and best of luck! For more information about her journey, see her Seelio.

Want to share your story? Email us at students@seelio.com!


Career Fair – 6 Tips From the Other Side of the Table

It’s almost the end of January, and you know what that means.

If you haven’t already had a second pass at career fairs, you will soon!

Seelio has been at several career fairs this past year, and I can tell you we have observed a lot. I figured, as someone who has been on the other side of that table, we would give you some tips straight from the horse’s- er recruiter’s mouth.

Career Fair

1. Research the Company.

Some people like to wait until the last minute and wing the career fair. If you actually want to find a job here, this is probably a bad idea. It’s demotivating when people come up wanting a job at your company, but they don’t know why. It makes you feel bad and kind of used, like dating someone because they’re good arm candy. If you don’t want to get to know us, why should we get to know you?

2. Be Memorable.

I once had a friend threaten to come to the career fair in a wet suit. That probably would not have helped much, but it IS still a good idea to make yourself stand out- with your confidence and your pitch. Career fairs are long, real long, and we’re standing for most of them talking til we’re blue in the face. We probably won’t remember most of what you tell us unless you can make a genuine connection. My advice, first, know your elevator pitch, but also know something about the company that the rest of the people around you probably won’t know, and engage me about it. Impress me.

3. You’re Resume Gets 6 Seconds, Make it Count.

Recruiters receive many, many resumes in the course of a career fair. I used to get excited with the prospect of each new piece of paper, each new person I got to learn about. Then an hour passed, and reviewing resumes took too long. Recruiters can only afford a few seconds to review your resume, whether it’s standing talking to you or flipping through afterward. We skim to see if something catches our attention, and if we need to we read further. Make sure you have all the basics down (contact info and graduation year easy to see, check for typos), but also make sure your resume is easy to read. If it looks bad to you, it looks bad to us too. If it looks great to you, have someone else look just in case, you can’t be too sure. 

4. Know Your Value.

If you can’t tell me what value you bring to the company, how am I supposed to tell you? While it might sound nice that you are a jack-of-all-trades or that you’re happy to try anything if there is a fit, it also sounds desperate (unless you’re going into consulting). Frankly, we don’t have the time to find the perfect role for you. It’s your job to convince me I want you, not the other way around.

5. Plan Ahead.

Some companies will have long lines. Especially if you have many companies to see or a class to get to, make sure to use your time wisely. Most fairs will provide you with a list of companies beforehand, and a map during. These would be good to plan out your route and budget your time. Also, try to catch a recruiter when they’re still bright eyed and bushy tailed (aka earlier in the day) and if you can, when they’re not surrounded by people.

6. If You Fall Down, Get Back Up.

Not so much of a recruiter anecdote, but a personal tip. Career fairs can seem discouraging. A recruiter may be ask really hard questions, or worse, be uninterested, but don’t let it get you down. There are several companies at any given career fair, and if talking to one doesn’t work out, brush yourself off, take a deep breath, and continue. Career fairs are tough on everyone, but give yourself a pep talk, reward yourself with some candy, whatever it takes, you can do it (and get free swag in the process).

While some of this may seem somewhat scary, it doesn’t have to be. The bottom line is recruiters come to career fairs because THEY want to be successful, they want YOU to be successful.

Chances are if a recruiter is representing a company they either love people, or love the company, so all you have to do is take care of the rest. Have a little confidence in yourself. With some advanced preparation, and some good ol’ mirror pep talks, you can do it.

Questions about this post? More tips to share? e-mail Chelsea (chelsea@seelio.com)

NYC Startups on Seelio: 2013 NYC Tech Talent Draft

by Emily Keller-Logan 0 Comments

Seelio and NYCEDC Partner to Offer Students Opportunities With NYC Startups!

We’re excited to announce a partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) to give students on Seelio first access to opportunities with NYC startups on a newly launched NYC Jobs Page as part of the 2013 NYC Tech Talent Draft.

This event is the next in a serious of successful NYC Tech Talent Drafts. In spring and fall 2012,  NYCEDC conducted 11 information sessions and networking events at 7 top northeastern universities, connecting nearly 800 CS/engineering students to 48 executives from 44 NYC start-ups.

Check out what NYCEDC has to say about our partnership:

“NYCEDC’s NYC Tech Talent Draft program is thrilled to join forces with Seelio to help further our goals of attracting top technical talent to NYC’s booming startup ecosystem. We chose to promote NYC Tech Talent Draft jobs through Seelio because we feel their robust site showcases student work in a concrete way, while providing our participating startups with an easy to use hiring platform.”

–Dmytro Pokhylko, Director at the Center for Economic Transformation at NYCEDC

Be sure to update your Seelio because, starting today, we’ve launched a new NYC Jobs Page on Seelio. Check back regularly as NYC startups post their jobs! 

This page is where NYC startups participating in the 2013 NYC Tech Talent Draft can post positions, and students on Seelio will have first cut at submitting applications.

Throughout the 2013 NYC Tech Talent Draft, NYCEDC will be visiting college campuses and hosting events with founders, CEOs and key leaders from NYC startups to answer students’ questions about what it’s like to work in the startup world. See below for the current schedule. Don’t worry if there isn’t an event at your campus, you can still apply for jobs on Seelio’s NYC Jobs Page.

Stay tuned for new jobs to post and for updates in Seelio blog posts, newsletters and over at the NYCEDC Tech Talent Draft page for how to participate in these events!

  • Cornell: January 30, 6:30-7:30pm
  • U Penn: February 21, 3:15-5:00pm
  • Princeton: February 22, 4:30-6:30pm
  • Boston citywide event: Date TBD
  • Carnegie Mellon: Date TBD

Questions? Drop me a line at emily@seelio.com.