Mastering the Four Stages of a New Job

Starting a new job, whether it’s a temporary internship or a full-time gig, is an emotional mix of exciting and scary.  The rollercoaster that we experience is normal, though, and accepting that everyone experiences the same feelings makes your new start much easier. Follow us through the many emotions in order to understand how to best embrace each step of the journey:

  1. Excitement:

Congratulations on the new job! Call your parents! Tell your friends! As soon as you get a new job, it’s a sigh of relief and a weight off your shoulders. The dreaded interviews (which you nailed with our awesome interview how-to) have paid off, and you are done searching through the Student Employment Services Job Portal every day. Take some you-time and celebrate your accomplishment – you deserve it!

  1. Nerves:

 Maybe you have a pit in your stomach and you’re wondering if they made a mistake in hiring you. That anxiety is normal, but don’t worry – they did not make a mistake, and you are definitely qualified for the job! The company that hired you believes in you, so now it’s time to believe in yourself.

In order to combat the nerves, take some extra steps to prepare for your first day. Pack your bag with pens, a notebook, a folder, and your laptop charger if you need it. Don’t forget to throw in a snack in case you get hungry and can’t slip away from the office. Then, pick out your first-day outfit and call it a day. You’ve prepped, and now it’s time to take your mind elsewhere. Read a book, watch a funny TV show, or spend some time with friends. Relax before getting a good night’s rest and you’ll nail your first day!

Side note: if you have trouble sleeping the night before a big day (I do!) try to drink some chamomile tea before bed. It’ll help you wind down, and it tastes good!

  1. Confusion:

You made it to the first day and you can’t even find the bathroom.  It can feel overwhelming to be the new person at a job, and it’s easy to stay quiet and sink into the background. Speak up if you feel lost, though! The people around you want you to feel comfortable and are usually willing to take a second out of their day to help you with yours. Plus, it’s a great way to get to know more people in the office. That coworker who taught you to use the copy machine will become a new familiar face around campus!

  1. Hitting your stride:

When you’re in Steps 2 and 3, it feels like you’re never going to reach this one. But you will! Soon enough, you’ll feel comfortable in your new job and become a valuable member of the team. This is the most rewarding part of a new job, and sometimes the most difficult. You’ll be trusted with more work and responsibilities, but it’s because the company knows you’re capable of making a difference. You did it!

The Art of the Thank You Note

Once you’ve completed an interview, you can’t always do much to boost your chances of getting a position. However, the one thing you can (and really should) do is email a thank you note to your interviewer within 24 hours of the interview.

From applying to all kinds of positions on- and off-campus to running this year’s student blogger recruitment process (welcome aboard!), I’m always pleasantly surprised by the impact that a simple thank you note can have on the entire job search process. I can’t guarantee that it’ll always land you the job, but it never hurts!

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Dress to Impress: Tips for Appropriate Work Attire

Been there, done that: staring at your closet the night before work wondering what you could possibly wear when you have nothing in your closet. Being a student employee can feel overwhelming if you can’t afford to splurge on a work wardrobe, but thankfully there are easy ways to look professional that won’t break the bank.

Ladies: First things first, let’s set the standard for what not to wear. Try to stay away from flip flops, showing undergarments, and hemlines that are shorter than fingertip length (throwback to middle school, right?). Keep in mind that “business casual” is not the same as what you’d wear at the beach or during a workout. Yoga pants and hoodies will never compare to straight-leg black pants and a simple blouse.

That being said, here are some simple ways to work-proof some of the styles you have lying around at home:

  • Wear flats instead of sandals. The simple act of changing an open-toed shoe for a closed-toe pair makes a huge difference in an outfit.

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  • In the winter (or even in the summer if your office gets chilly), layer a fitted sweater over a collared button down. It’ll keep you warm and make you look put together at the same time – bonus points!

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Gentlemen: As comfortable as it is to wear basketball shorts and a sweatshirt, unfortunately it is a bit too casual for work. Try to dress in terms of a nice family dinner or Sunday’s best; flip flops and ripped jeans are not the way to go.

  • Wear pants instead of shorts to dress up a casual shirt.

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  • Opt for a messenger bag in place of a bulky backpack. If you’re stopping in for work in between classes, it’s not out of place to use your backpack. However, if you get the chance to spruce up your outfit with the leather messenger bag your grandmother gifted you but you’ve still never used, this is your chance!

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In general, if you’re unsure how dressy you should be, always opt for a more professional outfit. It’s better to look slightly overdressed and adjust the next day once you get a feel for your workplace. Combine these tips with your own personal style, confidence, and a smile and you’re all set for a positive impression at work!

Nailing the Student Job Fair

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Nothing better than the Student Job Fair to kick off your semester and get you in the swing of things!

This years Student Job Fair will take place on September 1st between 10AM and 1PM in the Glass Pavilion. Unpack your business attire and get ready to snack on freshly popped popcorn while participating in giveaways and meeting potential employers!

Here are some tips and tricks to make the best of your job fair experience:

  1. Wear business casual attire. Think collared shirts, close-toed shoes, and dress pants or a skirt.
  2. Fill out your Student Job Application. This form covers everything from available hours to previous work experience. This acts as a resume so that employers can see all your information in a standardized format. Print at least 10 copies and make sure you keep them in a folder so they don’t get folded throughout the day.
  3. If you have a resume, bring it! While it’s not necessary since the Student Job Application covers your skills and experience, it’s always good to be prepared. Print out a few copies and keep them in a folder, as well, just in case a potential employer asks to see it.
  4. Bring your JCard and your ticket. You’ll need them to get in! To get a ticket, visit the Student Employment Website and click on “Job Search/Application.” Once you are logged in, complete your job application. Print this out and it will serve as your ticket on the day of the fair.
  5. Print out your class schedule. Even if some of your classes are still ‘pending’ since it’s the beginning of the semester, print out a few copies of your class schedule and bring them along. The schedule serves as a way for them to know when you are available to work, so make sure you mention any potential changes that you are planning on making.
  6. Prepare your elevator pitch. Employers may choose to conduct mini interviews on-the-spot, so make sure they don’t catch you off guard! Think through your biggest strengths and weaknesses, relevant experience, and goals you hope to achieve. Additionally, think of a few questions you may want to ask to show that you are interested in finding the right job for your skills.
  7. Be confident! Body language is the key to a good first impression. Stand up straight, give a firm handshake, and look people in the eye when you are speaking to them. It’s normal to be nervous, but you want to give off the feeling that you can perform well under pressure.

If you have any questions about the Student Job Fair, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Most importantly, enjoy the job fair and don’t forget to be yourself!

Work for Undergraduate Admissions this summer!

If you’re looking for an exciting summer job, look no further than Mason Hall. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is accepting applications for summer Tour Guides (SES Job Portal Number 10456) and Office Assistants (SES Job Portal Number 10449). Here’s what you need to know about working in admissions over the summer:

1. There’s so much to do. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is much busier over the summer than it is over the school year. On some days, more than 1,000 people from all over the world will visit campus! Since it’s so busy, there’s no shortage of tasks that need to get done, from leading information sessions and tours to taking phone calls and entering data. You can gain all kinds of transferrable skills from this position, especially in regards to customer service and public speaking.

2. Your unique Hopkins experience is valuable. Some prospective students will be visiting campus for events that are devoted to specific fields, ranging from Pre-Med and STEM to Entrepreneurship and the Humanities. No matter what your major is, you’ll be able to provide super helpful insight for some prospective students and families. Undergraduate Admissions also loves to share students’ stories about something they’ve done at Hopkins that’s made a big impact. If you want the world to know about the class that changed your life or your totally awesome campus job, this is your perfect opportunity.

3. Only staying on campus for part of the summer? No problem. Candidates who aren’t available from May all the way through August are still welcome to apply.

Head to the SES Job Portal to apply today!



Work on campus this summer with HopkinsLEAD!

Still looking for a summer job? Thinking about staying in Baltimore? Many employers across Hopkins campuses are looking for undergraduate students to work for them over the summer. Here’s the low-down on two internships with HopkinsLEAD, one of the pre-orientation programs offered to incoming freshmen in the fall:

Logistics & Communications Intern (1 opening) – 10438 on the SES Job Portal

This intern will have an integral role in helping plan the HopkinsLEAD pre-orientation program, which invites 40 incoming freshmen to campus early for leadership training and an immersive introduction to Baltimore. The program will start with an off-campus retreat working on community development and small group work, and will continue with programming based on Homewood Campus.

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The 3 Biggest Perks About Working Remotely

When you think of student jobs, you probably think of sitting in an office or a lab somewhere, wearing a professional outfit or a lab coat. However, some students (including yours truly) are getting paid to sit on their couch with their computer, wearing pajamas and eating popcorn.

Yes, really.

When you work remotely, you still have to do actual work – this isn’t paid Netflix-watching (though believe it or not, that is a real job). However, there are a number of perks that come with working remotely:

1. You can work from anywhere and everywhere: This may seem obvious, but the ability to work from wherever you want has a number of unexpected benefits. For example, I was able to log some work hours on the most recent snow day without leaving my apartment, and I often get work done on the weekends and at night when my supervisor isn’t in the office. I’m not the only student who takes full advantage of this level of flexibility.

“I get my work done literally anywhere – in the library, in bed, even on the plane over break,” Christy S., a senior Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering major, said. Christy works for the Vice Provost of Education, and her job is to create an online database of information about alumni job placement.

2. You can work during college hours, not just business hours: It can be hard to hold down a job in a traditional office setting when you have classes all day, but just because you can’t work from 9 to 5, it doesn’t disqualify you from making money and gaining skills that you can transfer into another position.

“Honestly, I don’t think I’d be able to work if I had a more traditional job where I have to show up to an office at a specific time, because I’m always busy,” Christy said. “It’s nice that I can choose my own hours and work whenever I have free time.”

3. You can get a head start on real world work: While there are some opportunities to work remotely for campus employers, there are many more opportunities to work remotely for companies off-campus, especially for students interested in media careers. Katie D., a 2016 alumna who majored in Writing Seminars, got started as a freelance writer when she pitched a feature article idea to a magazine at the start of her junior year. After writing a few more pieces, her editor asked her to start writing daily web articles.

“For the entirety of that year, I was writing about 15-20 stories per week. I ended up budgeting my campus life around my freelance work, because I knew it was a job that could continue after I graduated – which it did,” Katie said.

She now works full-time as a freelancer for a variety of different websites, including Teen Vogue, TIME/Motto, and Bon Appetit. While she noted that her entry into freelancing was a lucky break, many companies will post openings for freelance positions that you could take on while you’re still in school.

“For college students interested in freelancing, I would suggest using a site like Ed2010 to land a magazine internship,” she said. (Note: Type “remote” into the box for “Location” to find freelance gigs)

The Career Center’s Handshake portal also features some remote internship opportunities, so sit down on your couch and get to work!




How can your Research Assistant experience help you land an internship?

Johns Hopkins is America’s first research university, so it’s no surprise that one of the most common undergraduate student jobs is working as a research assistant. You may not want to spend your postgraduate career cooped up in a lab (though maybe you do! This is Hopkins after all), but working as a research assistant will help you acquire many skills that are transferrable to almost every field.

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How can your Office Assistant experience help you land an internship?

One of the most common campus positions available to undergraduates is the role of an office or administrative assistant. Although a wide variety of students, from engineers to English majors, serve in these roles during their time at Hopkins, many people don’t realize how valuable this kind of experience can be for developing professional skills.

Paul Binkley, the Director of Strategic Career Development at the Career Center, said that outside employers expect all their employees, including undergraduate summer interns, to have baseline professional skills. A campus administrative position is one of the best ways to acquire these skills before your first internship. Continue reading → How can your Office Assistant experience help you land an internship?

Advice for Pre-Meds with Campus Jobs

It’s no secret that Hopkins undergrads on the pre-med or other pre-health tracks have a lot on their plate. Between heavy course loads, prepping for the MCAT, and everything else you need to do to apply to medical school, there’s a lot of pressure to do things the “right” way, whatever that means.

When it comes to campus jobs, though, there’s no one right way to do it. Ellen Snydman, the Assistant Director of the Office of Pre-Professional Programs and Advising, said that there is no single campus job that is the best job for pre-med and pre-health students.

“In general, students benefit from the responsibility of having a job—the skills acquired from working on campus are important to building professionalism in all career fields,” Snydman said. “Any campus job they acquire will likely help them with communication skills, time management, organization, professionalism, teamwork, and reliability and dependability.”

Snydman added that medical schools understand and respect that many students work to help pay for school.

“Medical schools have an appreciation for students who have to earn a pay check,” she said. “They recognize the need for students to earn income while balancing their academics and pre-med responsibilities with a job, regardless of the work environment.”

Plus, Snydman said that many kinds of jobs help students develop skills listed among the 15 Core Competencies that medical schools look for in applicants.

Although whatever campus job you have will help you develop valuable skills for any field, pre-meds may want to look for research opportunities on Student Employment’s Job Search Portal, or by contacting professors and paying attention to pre-med and major-specific email lists, like two upperclassmen students recommended.

That being said, research jobs can come in a variety of different forms. According to Snydman, research experience is valuable no matter what field it’s in.

“The notion of research should be about discovery, inquiry, and investigation. It doesn’t always come from bench work or wet labs,” Snydman said. “Generally speaking, it doesn’t matter to medical schools how you obtain the research experience, although there are some prestigious research internships and awards available that are great to obtain; it’s more about the process of research.”

So, pre-med and pre-health students: are you ready to look for a job? If you have any lingering questions, you can reach out to Pre-Professional Advising.