PSU HRMA Weekly News (11/6/2012)

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Speaker Meeting Recap

Christina York from Marsh USA. Inc.

Key takeaways from the meeting;

Personal Branding:

As you meet people you begin to build your personal brand image.
Brand:  how you are perceived when your name comes up.
Dress for the job you want.
Email and voicemail should be professional.
Speak up at meetings/classes with thoughtful input.

Resume Essentials:

Crisp verbs, not paragraphs.
Bullet points (easy to read)
Purpose of resume is to impress a recruiter and spark a conversation.
Spelling is critical.
Have personal info current.
Include GPA (above 3.0 is rule of thumb), leadership roles and extra curricular work (volunteering) and extra skills (bilingual, CPR, computer skills, etc..)
Make sure references can quantify your experience.
Limit to one page.

Career Services:

Take advantage!!!
Preparation is key!
Mock interviews, resume and cover letter reviews equally important.
Visit PSU career services website: Becky Einhoff is SBA career advisor.

Elevator Pitch:

Sell yourself in 30 seconds.
Items to include, Education, Credentials, Accomplishments, Interests.
Elevator pitch gives employers something to resonate with.
Make a personal business card for networking purposes.  Puts you a step further ahead of what everyone else is doing.


Very important.
Helps develop your personal brand.
Push yourself outside your comport zone.
Always send follow up thank you notes.
Keep in touch with your contacts.

November Luncheon *Volunteers Needed

When:  Thursday, November 15th, 2012 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Where:  DoubleTree Hotel, Lloyd Center, 1000 NE Multnomah Portland, OR 97232
This is a great opportunity to become involved within PSU HRMA.  This volunteer opportunity will allow you to interact with other HR like minded professionals.
Lunch/Dinner is included.
*Volunteers are required to be members of PSU HRMA.
If you are interested in volunteering please send your email to with subject line November PHRMA Luncheon.

Blog updated by: Brandon Merrill, VP of Internal Relations - PSU HRMA