DO Quit Your Day Job!

A few months ago, I posed a blog called “Don’t Quit Your Day Job…”, in which I spoke about the importance of finding a steady “day job” that allowed you to still pursue the carer of your dreams.

While browsing around my favorite sites this morning, I came across this great video about a man, Paulie Gee, who walked away from thirty years working in I.T. to open his dream business – a pizzeria.

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What I like about this video is that is shows that it is never too late to go after a dream. Mr. Giannone obviously worked very hard for a long time before deciding to strike it out on his own. I’m inspired by the risk he took in opening his own business and by the obvious joy he has in the decision he made.

Engineering Career Day is TODAY!

Attention all engineers!

Today is our annual Engineering Career Day!  Come by the University City Sheraton Hotel between 10am and 3pm today to meet recruiters from a wide variety of engineering related fields!

Dress sharp and bring plenty of resumes!

For the most up to date information, visit our Engineering Career Day Information Page.

This fair is open to eligible current Penn students and alumni only.

Career Link: Day II

Career Link continues today at the University City Sheraton from 10am to 3pm today!  Day Two focuses on consulting, communications/marketing, consumer products, education, insurance, manufacturing and retail positions!

Dress sharp and bring plenty of resumes!

Employers attending today’s session include:

  • A T Kearney
  • Abercrombie & Fitch (Home Office)
  • Accenture
  • Advisory Board Company
  • AL DIA News
  • Amazon
  • American Express
  • Anheuser-Busch
  • Applied Predictive Technologies (APT)
  • Argus Information & Advisory Services
  • Axia Limited
  • Bain & Company
  • Boston Consulting Group
  • Brown Shoe Company
  • Campbell Soup
  • Censeo Consulting Group
  • Charles River Associates (formerly CRA International)
  • Charming Shoppes, Inc.
  • China Education Initiative
  • ClearBridge Compensation Group
  • comScore, Inc.
  • Contact Singapore
  • Cornerstone Research
  • Corporate Executive Board
  • Decision Resources
  • Deloitte Consulting
  • Diamond Management & Technology Consultants, Inc.
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • Epic
  • Excalibur Medical Imaging, PA
  • Gap Inc.
  • General Mills
  • Health Advances
  • Hewitt Associates
  • Hillstone Restaurant Group
  • IBM Consulting
  • Illinois Tool Works
  • IMS Health
  • J.Crew Group, Inc.
  • Lord & Taylor
  • Macy’s / Bloomingdale’s
  • Marakon
  • Mars & Co
  • Math for America
  • MBI, Inc.
  • NERA Economic Consulting
  • New England Consulting Group
  • Novantas LLC
  • Oliver Wyman (Financial Services Consulting)
  • Oliver Wyman (General Management Consulting)
  • Pace Harmon
  • PriceSpective LLC
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Revolution Prep
  • Risk Management Solutions
  • Rosetta
  • Sponsors for Educational Opportunity
  • Swiss RE
  • Teach For America
  • Thorogood Associates
  • TJX Companies, Inc
  • Towers Watson
  • Travelers Companies
  • Universum
  • USMC Officer Selection Team
  • Vanguard
  • Wharton Interactive Media Initiative
  • ZL Technologies, Inc.
  • ZS Associates

Be prepared by checking out our Career Fair tips video!

This career fair is open to eligible, current Penn students and alumni only.

Don’t Forget: CAREER LINK Starts Today!

The first career fair of the year is today!

Current Penn students and alumni are welcome to come to the University Sheraton Hotel between 10am and 3pm today to speak with recruiters from a wide variety of companies!  Day One focuses on accounting, financial services, real estate, and finance related positions. Dress sharp and bring plenty of resumes!

Employers attending today’s session include:

  • American Express
  • AXA Equitable
  • Axiom
  • BAE Systems
  • Barclays Capital
  • BMO Capital Markets
  • Capital One
  • Centerview Partners
  • Consolidated Trading
  • Contact Singapore
  • Coverago
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation
  • Eze Castle Software
  • Fidelity Investments
  • First New York Securities, LLC
  • Fortegra Financial
  • GCA Savvian
  • Houlihan Lokey
  • Hudson Housing Capital
  • ICG
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Jane Street Capital, LLC
  • KTR Capital Partners
  • Lime Brokerage
  • Lincoln Financial Group
  • M&T Bank Corporation
  • Macquarie Holdings
  • Macy’s / Bloomingdale’s
  • MetLife Investments
  • New Holland Capital, LLC
  • New York Life Insurance Company
  • NYSE Euronext
  • Oliver Wyman (Financial Services Consulting)
  • PIMCO (Pacific Investment Management Co.)
  • Piper Jaffray
  • PNC Financial Services Group
  • Procter & Gamble Company
  • Prudential
  • Putnam Investments
  • Raymond James & Associates
  • RBS
  • Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.
  • SL Green Realty Corp
  • Sponsors for Educational Opportunity
  • Spot Trading
  • Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated
  • Susquehanna International Group, LLP
  • TD Bank
  • Teach For America
  • The Financial Clinic
  • Travelers Companies
  • Tyco Electronics
  • USMC Officer Selection Team
  • Vornado Realty Trust

Remember the fair continues tomorrow with another set of great employers!  Be prepared by checking out our Career Fair tips video!

This career fair is open to eligible, current Penn students and alumni only.

What’s in a name?

by J. Michael DeAngelis

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”
Romeo & Juliet, Act II, Scene ii.

When I first left college and moved out on my own, I shared a house with four other people just outside New York City’s Lincoln Tunnel.  Though it wasn’t that long ago – these were the days before everyone had a cellphone and we still relied on a land line house phone for the majority of our calls.

We had several phones – one downstairs, one in the hall and one in my bedroom.  Only one person had a room downstairs, so that phone went mostly unused.  The phone in the hall had a terrible habit of puling the jack out of the wall every time you picked it  up, so that phone mostly went unused.  That meant almost everyone used the phone in my room all the time…and the phone rang a lot.

One morning, I was enjoying a rare day off of work and trying to take full advantage of sleeping in.  The house was empty and I was in slumberland when…RING.  RING.  RING. RING.  Ugh.  I groggily reached for the phone.  A very chipper woman was on the other end.

Voice: Hello!  May I speak with Pete please?

Me: I don’t think he’s home at the moment.  Can I take a message?

Voice: This is his boss, I just wanted to run some new assignments by him.  It’s rather lengthy.  Maybe I’ll just e-mail him…do you have his e-mail address?

Ooooh.  This was a tougher question than it seemed.  I DID have Pete’s e-mail address, but I dared not say it.  You see, Pete had a fairly unusual e-mail address, which was taken from the lyric of a song he wrote – a sort of in joke between his friends and fans of his band.  I wanted to make sure Pete got his assignment, but I also didn’t want to cost him his job if his boss took offense at his e-mail address.   I decided to take a chance.

Me: Well, I do have it, but it’s odd.  His e-mail is SATANandTHEBOY@hotmai…”

I was cut off by riotous laughter.

Voice: That’s hysterical.  And that’s so Pete.

Image courtesy of Frankieb via Flickr

Crisis adverted.  Pete got his assignment and his boss got a good laugh.  Still, it was close.  What if his boss had been a very religious person?  Or just didn’t understand why someone would have the word Satan in their e-mail address – after all, it’s probably not the most professional sounding.   That night, Pete informed me that he did, in fact, have a business e-mail that was just his name  – simple, clear and no room for misinterpretation.  I promised him I would only give that one out to potential employers in the future.

Flashforward to the present and my job in Career Services.   I can’t tell you how many times I’ve retold the story of Pete and his e-mail to students who use their personal e-mail accounts on their resumes and job correspondents.

Imagine yourself as an employer.  How would you feel if you got job applications from email handles such as “LAXGurl86,” “QTPie,” “PennDrinker”, “Partytime” or “KittenLover89”?  Exaggerations, obviously, but not that far off from actual addresses that I’ve seen on resumes, cover letters or electronic correspondence.

Think before you send.  Remember how much time you’ve put into making your job application look professional.  Think about how hard you’ve proof read your resume and cover letter.  An employer is going to take EVERYTHING you submit to them into account – including your e-mail address.  The same goes for what you name any documents you attach.  Don’t apply to Coca-Cola with an attachment called “Pepsi Resume.doc”!

Keep things simple.  Use your Penn e-mail address or, if you’re using a personal account, a simple, professional account such that uses your name (eg.  Be remembered by your name and for your outstanding resume – not your novelty e-mail address.  Though Pete’s story has a happy ending – it was a lucky one.  Not every employer is going to have a sense of humor.

Satan and the Boy