Robert Sams

Robert Sams
Business Systems Analyst - Assessment / Handshake / Website


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“While doing research for my new book on the transition from college to the work force, I met plenty of college seniors who told me they had never known so many different jobs existed. By then it was, unfortunately, too late for them to switch majors or take courses that would put them on the right career track.” - Jeffrey Selingo, a former editor of The Chronicle.

“I noticed (college graduates) had a tough time transferring the underlying competencies they had learned inside and outside the classroom to the jobs they hoped to land. They couldn’t craft a narrative for an interview about how they got to where they were in life, or what led them there, or what skills they had acquired in the process.” - Jeffrey Selingo.

What are some of your favorite career-related resources to share with students?: 

  1. - is an online learning company that helps anyone learn software, design, and business skills to achieve their personal and professional goals. With a subscription, members receive unlimited access to a vast library of high quality, current, and engaging video tutorials (which are organized in the most amazing way possible, in bite-sized, but filling, chunks!). If you work on campus you have free access! And that does include student workers! Yes! ... Now it's owned by LinkedIn!
  2. Harvard Business Review (iPhone HBR Tips app!) - While the Harvard Business Review website is chock-full-of great information and articles, I LOVE the HBR Tips app on my iPhone! Every day there is a quick, practical management tip or idea adapted from a much more in-depth article from the website.
  3. Evernote - Remember EVERYTHING with Evernote! Find ANYTHING! ... well, it’s probably not the best way, but it sure helps! And it’s easy. And mobile. And on the desktop. And there are way to many addons from other companies.
  4. Social Jobs Partnership App on Facebook - I know. Facebook? Still, 2.5+ million (or so) searchable job posts?! How can you go wrong checking out a collaboration between Facebook, the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), DirectEmployers Association (DE), and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA)? Just click on the “Social Jobs App” box, enter your job type and location, then click through the job board tabs to find available job. Kinda easy. BUT, remember to be careful.
  5. Manager Tools - Manager Tools is focused on helping you become a more effective manager and leader. Each week they talk about new tools and easy techniques you can use to help achieve your management objectives. If you’re tired of a lot of management “theory” and would rather learn specific actions you can take TODAY, you’ll enjoy the Manager Tools podcast. Manager Tools won the People’s Choice Podcast Awards in the business category in 2006, 2007 and 2009.
  6. Ask a Manager - Alison Green is the Ask a Manager consultant that likes to think about management and hiring and systems for getting things done pretty much constantly. Plus, she’s bossy so she likes to tell people what she thinks. You should listen. She has some great things to say. “I believe that too many job candidates forget that they should be evaluating the prospective employer and interviewing right back, not just hoping for any offer.”
  7. Twitter "Career Stuff" - My Twitter list of assorted career related feeds out there. A few highlights ... a website with tons of info is Undercover Recruiter; it is the #1 recruitment and career blog in the UK & Europe ... UK? USA? Hey, good career information is good career information! Also find them on Twitter, and Facebook! Another site is CAREEREALISM, a career advice and job search magazine, which was founded on the belief that “every job is temporary.” Their purpose is to help people solve their career and job search problems. Enjoy!
  8. I love the Career Sections in assorted online site/publications - many publications have them, NY Times, Forbes, etc.  Find one you like and keep up to date on what they have to offer. Whether it is via Facebook, Twitter or their company blog, there is a lot of "career-related" content out there. Another such website is the Business Insider; not only does this site have financial and industry columns, they have a section on careers with informative and timely articles. Many "career" or "job board" sites have advice sections such as the Muse.

What piece of advice do you have for undergraduates? Graduates?: 

  • Freshmen? Sophomores? If you already picked a major because you KNOW yourself, know your skills, and know your direction in life, GREAT! Maybe you don't need our services, yet. But, if you are the go-getter that already KNOWS all of this, I will assume you are NOT someone to pass up on a resource ... so, maybe we will see you soon. For the rest of you, come by Career Services and talk to our counselors during drop-in hours ... or come by and ask our career peers a question. We can show you ways to better know yourself. We can help you find and explore your major. Don't wait till it's too late.
  • Juniors? How's your LinkedIn page? I just read that, in a 2012 survey, "98% of responding recruiters use LinkedIn to find candidates, compared to 33% who use Facebook". So, what level is your LinkedIn expertise? And what about your "elevator pitch"?  Do you have one? Do you know what it is? Come in. Find out.
  • Seniors? Résumé? Career Fair? Internship? Mock interview? On-campus recuiting? Networking? I hope you don't have to start learning everything this year. I hope you began the process earlier. If not, don't wait. We're here 24x7! Well, not really. But we are here from 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.
  • Everyone ... watch Randy Pausch's Last Lecture - On September 18, 2007, Carnegie Mellon professor and alumnus Randy Pausch delivered a one-of-a-kind “last lecture” only a month after doctors told him that he had three-to-six months to live. He presented a lecture called "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" to a packed auditorium.