Readying Rangers for Tomorrow


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Readying Rangers for Tomorrow is heading into its fourth year of existence promoting career and leadership development to student athletes.

Readying Rangers for Tomorrow is a free-of-cost, curriculum-based program, which awards student-athletes for activities like visiting Career Services for academic major exploration, volunteering, being a member of a club/organization, serving as a team captain, having a job on or off campus, etc. The goal of the program is to prepare student athletes to be a leader on and off the field for life after Regis.

After completing the curriculum for Readying Rangers for Tomorrow participants will receive a Leadership Certificate signed by the President of the University and Athletic Director that they can market potential employers and internship sites. 

As of last May, there are 69 student athletes registered in Readying Rangers for Tomorrow. If you are a student athlete and are interested in joining the program, or have any questions, simply send an email to bvogel@regis.edu with your interest or inquiry. 

Additionally, this year we are offering Readying Rangers for Tomorrow T-shirts for new members.

 Brent Vogel

Assistant Director, Career Services 

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To Give, or Not to Give Your Facebook Password

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Tips on How to Respond to “Shoulder Surfing” Requests in Job Interviews 

Have you ever considered how you would respond if asked by an employer to disclose your Facebook password during an interview?  Joshua Waldman, author of Job Searching with Social Media For Dummies quotes Facebook’s official statement on this in his article titled “What to do if a Company Asks for Your Facebook Password in a Job Interview”: “[shoulder surfing] undermines the privacy expectations and the security of both the user and the user’s friends, and potentially exposes the employer who seeks this access to unanticipated legal liability”.  The bottom line: Decline the request.  Easier said than done, right?  Waldman outlines some professional and tactful ways to respond to this request: 

  1. “I take my agreements very seriously. And it is against Facebook’s user policy to share my password with anyone else. I’m going to have to respectfully decline your request”. 
  2. “I’m sure your firm has a social media policy. Well, it is my own social media policy to use Facebook for personal reasons. I mean no offense, but I’m going to have to decline”. 
  3. “Privacy is a very serious matter for me. Should I be employed with your organization, I would honor private company information just as seriously as I honor my own. Even if this means losing a great opportunity for me, I must refuse your request. And know that if I were presented with a similar situation with your private information, I would respond in the same way”.
  4. “I wouldn’t want to jeopardize your organization’s standing with OFCCP’s regulations about asking about kids or other protected private matters in the course of an employment decision. Therefore, if you don’t mind, I’d prefer to keep my Facebook profile private. However, should you and I become friendly after my employment, I would have no problem having you in my network”.

Whether or not you choose to disclose your Facebook password, Waldman leaves us with one final thought: “When you use social media you are a publisher. Never forget that. When people complain that they now have to ‘watch their step’ with every post, welcome to reality. That’s the way it always was”.

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10 Financial Tips for College Grads

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Congratulations, you’ve graduated! Now welcome to the working world. For many of you, this is the first time you’ve had a steady source of income and it’s important to stay educated and make smart financial decisions. 

If you are anything like I was as a new grad – you are overwhelmed by the options, decisions, and choices. This article lays out some financial tips for new grads. Here are the three that were most helpful for me:

 Create a budget and stick to it. A budget doesn’t mean that you can’t spend money or can’t go out with friends. It just means that you are tracking your expenses and being mindful about where your money is going.

  1. Pay down your student loans as soon as possible. It makes a HUGE difference in the long run if you can throw a bit more money at those student loans earlier in your career.
  2. Adjust your standard of living. Depending on what college finances were like for you – you’ll most likely need to adjust your standard of living. With the help of a budget, you can figure out what things are fixed expenses, and what things you could trim down on.

 Don’t forget to ask questions. I asked a ton of questions to my family, friends, bank, and financial aid office to get the best info I could. It’s important to stay informed and educated and make smart money decisions! Check out the article for more tips!

 

 

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Add a Visual Element to Your Resume without Adding Pictures

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 A debate exists about whether or not to include hyperlinks on a resume. Some people argue that it distracts employers from the rest of your resume, hyperlinks are irrelevant on printed resumes, and if a hyperlink is broken it can look really bad for the candidate. Here is why including hyperlinks can work in your favor:

Employers are looking at resumes on their computers more than ever. Some organizations never view paper copies. Therefore, hyperlinks are very accessible for employers to view.

  • Hyperlinks can help you stand out from the competition. Especially in fields like marketing and web/graphic design, your work product is a central factor in getting hired. Without hyperlinks, including work samples on your resume is impossible.
  • Including hyperlinks on your resume shows the employer that you’re creative, motivated, and tech-savvy.
  • Hyperlinks don’t take up much space. If you’re required to submit a one-page resume you can edit hyperlink tags to one word to save space, like this:

 There are a few minor negatives involved with including hyperlinks on resumes. However, I believe that the positives outweigh the negatives and the reward outweighs the risk. If you do decide to join the Hyperlink Revolution just remember to make sure your links work!

 Brent Vogel

Assistant Director, Career Services

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Lucky to be living in Denver!

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Denver ranks No. 1 in nation in employment and earning opportunities, according to a WalletHub .com survey recently released.

Some of the metrics used to rank the cities included:

  • Number of new businesses
  • Inflow of college-educated workers
  • Median household income increase
  • Home price appreciation
  • Foreclosure rate decrease
  • Decrease in poverty rate
  • Decrease in unemployment rate
  • Decrease in violent crime

WalletHub interviewed Ernie Goss, director of the Denver-based Goss Institute for Economic Research and professor of economics, Creighton University, for the study.

According to Goss, a ‘grow your own’ approach works best for most cities.   He explains that “Growing your own means the provision of venture capital to startups in your community, the provision of high quality training and education to your citizens, and a re-examination of the regulatory environment including zoning laws and regulations.

And, in case you hadn’t heard, Colorado ranked in the top 15 of states with the most entrepreneur-friendly environment, according to an annual report released by the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council.

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Top Workplaces in Denver

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The Denver Post

TOP  DENVER WORKPLACES 2014

 Check out the top workplaces in Denver and find out why they were voted on top.

It’s important to know which companies are the top workplaces in Denver, not because of the on-site fitness classes, all the soda you can drink, the ping-pong table in the back to relieve your stress, or the dog you can bring to work, it’s much more important than that.

The workers who answered The Denver Post’s Top Workplaces survey showed that appreciation from leadership is a much better motivator than a basketball net and free bagels.  According to the article, “Good Leaders: The best firms go to the mat,” by Lisa Greim, it starts with the leadership and understanding of how important the people are to the CEO,  empowering people to thrive-as a leader, and being treated as a professional. Isn’t this what we all expect? Yes, but, only a few stand out as the best to work for!

To see the Top Workplaces ranking, go to:  www.denverpost.com/topworkplaces2014

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Mentors – The More the Merrier!

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 As you know, this is not the first time that we’ve talked about mentoring here on the blog. It most likely won’t be the last time either. As we’ve stressed, mentoring is so important to each of us for many reasons. Mentors can help guide you during a decision, assist in your career path, and serve as a significant resource for you.

This article highlights that different mentors can serve different purposes in your life and in your career. Here is an overview of how to maximize mentors in your life:

  • You need more than one. A mentor that can answer all of your questions and always know which direction you should take doesn’t exist. You need more people in your network than just one.
  • Be strategic! Identify what you need and what you would like a mentor to do for you. Figure out what you are getting through your current mentors and where you might need some extra help. Pick your mentors strategically.
  • Ask! It can seem risky or uncomfortable to ask for help or ask questions, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it. Take a risk and put yourself out there! 

Remember that the Career Services office is here to help too! Feel free to call and make an appointment (303-458-3508) or make an appointment online at www.regis.edu/careerservices

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