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Social media and the Internet are powerful communication tools that can help or hinder your job search. When used well, online profiles and information can display your personality and personal brand. However, the reverse is also true. With nearly 80% of employers now researching applicants, here are some tips to improve your online impression.

  1. Consider your social media privacy settings. Think of your profile from the employer’s point of view – this could be the first or only impression you ever make. Lock down your photos and consider deleting posts that may not make a great first impression.
  2. Use social media to your advantage. Follow companies of interest on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. Post, share, and retweet articles in your field of interest.
  3. Google yourself. Make sure there is nothing questionable that an employer would have concern about (like a news article, old social media site, or photos). You can even set an alert on Google so that you receive an email any time your name is posted on the Internet.
  4. Link up on LinkedIn. If you haven’t checked it out, 94% of employers are using LinkedIn. If you are in a job search you should be on LinkedIn. A professional photo and complete profile are must-haves.
  5. Think twice about what you are posting online. Type. Reread. Delete. Type. Reread. Post. This method will help you pause to consider if what you are posting is appropriate for all of your audiences.

When executed thoughtfully, social media can add a new layer to your job application. Consider how you might leverage it to add to your cover letter and resume, or how you might limit it to ensure it doesn’t distract from your many professional qualifications. 

Clare Tauriello has a master of education in counselor education from Penn State University and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ithaca College. She worked for many years at Penn State Mont Alto as the career services coordinator and as the division of undergraduate studies coordinator. Prior to Penn State, Clare worked at Northeastern University and Emerson College. She has also taught at Frederick Community College. Clare has been interviewed by USA TODAY,, The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post and the Frederick News-Post on a variety of career-related topics.


Does your job make you feel motivated and fulfilled or do you dread going to the office every day? Do you know what factors keep you engaged at work? More importantly, does any of this stuff really matter? The answer might surprise you. 

There have been many studies over the past 10 years that focus on employee engagement from a management perspective. Managers believe that happier and more engaged employees are also more loyal and more productive… and they’re right. Study after study has shown a direct correlation between employee engagement and benefits to the organization including quality, sales, retention, and annual net income. But what does employee engagement mean for you?

Most of us don’t take the time to think about what makes a work environment inspiring. We are taught from a young age that a steady job (that pays the bills), in a well-respected field will make us happy. So why is it that only 32.5% of employees are reporting that they feel engaged in the workplace?

1) Money doesn’t make people happy. Read this short synopsis of a study run by Psychtest AIM Inc. that surveyed more than 6,000 employees to determine what actually motivates them.

2) Most people don’t know what makes them happy at work. They’ve never stopped to think about it. Try taking this test developed by Psychtest AIM Inc. to determine what factor motivates you most.

3) People feel “stuck.” Don’t hold back from making a career change that will benefit you! Read this article to learn five reasons why people stay in toxic work environments.

4) You are in control of your happiness and fulfillment. Work with what you can control (your attitude, habits, and making changes with your company’s management), instead of focusing on what you can’t control. For some great ideas check out this article from The Muse.

A job that you find fulfilling will reduce your stress, make you happier, and lead to more beneficial job outcomes like promotions and longevity. So if you find yourself in a slump start learning more about yourself today to make changes for a happier tomorrow!

Jillian EllisJillian Ellis is the assistant director of recruitment and employer relations at the Career Center. Jillian earned her Master’s degree in Human Resources from Western Carolina University, and her Bacherlor’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is committed to helping students develop their passions into sustainable careers and bringing fresh employment opportunities to the Mount.

In January, Forbes released the annual 30 Under 30, a list of 600 standout professionals representing 20 different industries. The majority listed are entrepreneurial titans who took control of their careers by creating their own path. So, what qualities do you need to do the same?

1. Fire – Make sure your dream ignites an inextinguishable flame of passion for the product or service you’re looking to launch. Go one crucial step further and make sure that your idea sparks an interest in the marketplace, too.

2. Grit – As you begin your business, your strength of character will be tested time and again. Grit is the defining combination of tenacity, perseverance and determination to make your dream a reality.

3. Trust – If things are going well, your business will outgrow you. Hiring is the first part to growing your business. The second step is trusting your team to get the job done so you don’t have to do it all.

4. Smarts –Everyday you will face finance, marketing and management challenges that may not be navigable with intuition and good intentions. Arm yourself with a foundation in business studies, a specific business plan, attention to current events and a life-long hunger to continue learning what you need to succeed in the ever-changing business landscape.

At the Mount, we help entrepreneurs-to-be begin to build or enhance their business knowledge and skills. Our graduate and adult undergraduate programs in business are for professionals with the grit to work hard during the day and attend class in the evening. Click here to begin.


What are your plans for 2016? As the year winds down, now is the time to consider not just what you want to accomplish in the New Year, but more importantly how you will accomplish it. If your goal involves a large financial undertaking – like going back to school, purchasing a car, or planning for a new family member – then follow our five tips to successfully save toward making your goal a reality.  

  1. Create a savings goal. Research how much you will need to put away so you have a specific dollar figure in mind to measure your progress.
  2. Identify how much you can afford to save. Without making any lifestyle changes, determine how much is reasonable for you to put away each month. Make sure the figure is consistent from month to month, and that it doesn’t put any financial burden on other areas of your life.
  3. Anticipate big annual expenses. If you know this is the year to replace your leaky roof or plan a family reunion vacation or pay for uninsured medical expenses, make note of when and how those expenses will impact your savings plan.
  4. Identify habits that add up. Cutting costs starts with eliminating or reducing expensive habits. For example, save money each day by brewing coffee at home or reduce the number of times you eat out for lunch each week. Eliminating a $5 cup of coffee and a $15 lunch five days per week puts up to $5,200 back in your pocket.
  5. Sell unused items. That treadmill that’s collecting dust? Get rid of it. Big ticket items, and even a collection of much smaller ticket items, can give you cash flow quickly, with the added bonus of reducing unnecessary clutter in your home.

With your finances in order, achieving your goal will seem much more manageable. Maintain your motivation by attaching an action plan to your ambitions and seeing it through. If your goal is to head back to school, consider supplementing your savings with financial aid or asking your employer about tuition assistance.


In November the Mount welcomed academic advisors from nearby community colleges for an Advisor Appreciation Breakfast. Not only was the event an opportunity for the University to say “thank you” to community college professionals who work hard to transition students from one school to another, but also to recognize the hardworking students who attend school while working full-time.

As the students shared their distinctive stories, a similarity threaded their narratives – the importance of family and how community colleges and the Mount not only celebrate education and career milestones, but also family and life events. So, how did these students get to the Mount? Here are a few stories from the event.

Anthony Baker“While deployed in Afghanistan I finally got the opportunity to earn my AA degree. When I returned home I enrolled at a local college to continue my studies, but eventually left because I didn’t feel I belonged. I found a new home at the Mount, where I am surrounded by adult learners and people who care about my success in college and in my life.”

Anthony Baker, C’16, Business
Staff Sargent, Maryland Army National Guard

Michelle Harsha“When my daughter was born, I figured I would go back to school when she began kindergarten. Then I realized if I started school now, I could be finished before she even started! It helps that now that I’m studying something I love, I love being back in the classroom.”

Michelle Harsha, C’ 16, Human Services
Missions Coordinator, The Word Among Us


Orlando Barros“I went the unconventional route to college, and no schools really fit until the Mount. When my daughter was born recently, I was able to share that with my classmates and professors. It’s awesome to share your life with the people here.”

Orlando Barros, C’17, Business
Director of Development, The Word Among Us


Shelly Lofland“Five years ago, my daughters were considering forgoing the college route. I decided to go back and finish my degree to set an example and prove the value to them. My daughter and I will both walk for graduation in May.”

Shelley Lofland, C’15, Business
Director of Operations, Clagett Enterprises


Cheryl Conconnan“I never thought I would go to school beyond earning my associate’s degree, but FCC and the Mount made it so easy for me to keep going and finish my bachelor’s, too.”

Cheryl Cocannon, C’16, Business
Office Manager, Frederick Community College



Student success starts with positive local partnerships between the Mount and community colleges. Sincere thanks is extended to Carroll Community College, Frederick Community College, Montgomery Community College, Anne Arundel Community College, the Community College of the Air Force, Central Texas College, and Hagerstown Community College for inspiring our students to take the first step – and then keep going!

Click here to learn more about adult undergraduate programs in business, criminal justice, elementary/special education, and human services.


Networking: The concept can elicit joy, confusion, and utter anxiety. At its core, networking is nothing but treating others with consideration and respect while creating new interactions or re-establishing old connections with others. For those looking to refresh their skills, here are three quick tips to becoming a networking hub instead of a solitary island.

  1. It’s not about you. Yes, it’s nice to think about how others can help us with our goals, but that’s not the be-all-end-all of networking. Treat your neighbor as you want to be treated – ask thoughtful questions and actively listen rather than turning the focus toward yourself.
  2. Put yourself in front of new people. Community groups, interest groups, meet-ups, and networking events are all great places to stay fresh and meet likeminded professionals. While attending the same networking events over and over can be a good way to establish long-term relationships, keep your skills sharp and expand your network by meeting new people, too.
  3. Always follow up. Don’t let the first conversation become the last one. The subject of connecting again can even be a helpful way to conclude a conversation; try: “I really enjoyed speaking with you. Is there a good way to get in touch with you again?” Consider asking for a business card instead of offering your own first.

Strong, lasting relationships take work and networking is not an exact recipe. Nonetheless, some networking ingredients include effective listening, common ground, confidence, and consideration.


For each stage of your career journey there are many great books out there to support you. At the MSMU Career Center, we recommend the following helpful reads to our students, who are at all different stages in their education and careers.

  1. My Freshman Year by Rebekah Nathan – If you’re heading back to school for the first time in a long time, this is an interesting book about a professor who decides to become a student again. It’s emphatic, funny, and gives the reader an interesting look at college students today.
  2. What Color is your Parachute? 2015 by Richard Bolles – This is the tried and true job-hunting handbook. Topics include resume writing, job searching, interviewing, and more. It’s packed with great tips that can help you land a job or change careers.
  3. Getting From College to Career by Lindsay Pollak – What a great book for those transitioning into the 21st century workplace. Topics include using social media in the job hunt, networking, and emailing.
  4. How to Write the Perfect Personal Statement by Peterson’s Publishing – If you’re planning to go to graduate school, you will need to know how to write the all-important personal statement for your application. Hint: Think goals!
  5. Networking: 42 Keys to Career Growth by Brett Longer ­– Enhance your communication skills, build relationships, and influence those around you – such is the power of networking! Making connections can help you take the next step, no matter where you are in your career.
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