Friday, February 24, 2012

Fight hunger in the community with SIFE and Campbell Soup Company

The Peirce College chapter of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) is leading the charge to give back to our community. Together with the Student Leadership Program, SIFE is collecting donations on behalf of Campbell’s Let’s Can Hunger Challenge, a partnership between Campbell Soup Company and SIFE to raise awareness of local hunger relief. All donations will go to Philabundance, the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, which will distribute the food to people in need.

The hunger challenge has three objectives: raising awareness about hunger in the community, translating that awareness into action in the form of hunger relief, and empowering those in need to defeat the cycle of hunger.

Peirce’s chapter of SIFE will be collecting canned goods through March 30, so be sure to drop off any donations between now and then!

Philabundance has a list of high-priority food items that are needed most:

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Register now for Peirce’s Black History Month celebration

Sandra Turner-Barnes, award-winning author and Peirce alumna
The Peirce College Black History Month Committee is giving you a great opportunity to be inspired by the achievements of African-American leaders, artists, and authors. It’s hosting an event that will feature a reading from our very own Sandra Turner-Barnes, an award-winning author and Peirce alumna.

Widely known as the “Cadillac Lady” for the title of a song she wrote and performed early in her career, Sandra is recognized for her skills as a fiction writer, performance poet, and vocal stylist. To date, she has published three poetry collections, two children’s books, and is the recipient of multiple awards, among them the EBONY magazine National Literary Award for Short Fiction and the 1993 George Washington Carver Humanitarian Award. She has also written and co-written many songs and released a poetry and jazz CD.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

5 interview tips from employers

Whether you are looking for your first job or preparing for a career change, the best way to ace the interview is to practice, practice, practice. Peirce’s Career Development Services team recently hosted an Interview Boot Camp that gave students and alumni a chance to practice their interview skills with real employers.

Participants came out in their best business attire and armed with their resumes to participate in 15-minute speed interviews. They received honest feedback on everything from the content of their resumes and appropriateness of their professional attire to how they presented themselves. Participants walked away with both advice and tools. Employers shared tips on how to best stand out in the interview process and CDS provided a useful packet of 64 tough interview questions to practice interviewing skills. By the way, if you’re interested in that packet, stop by the CDS Center or email us. We have copies we are happy to share.

Even better, this event was a great opportunity to do a knowledge “dump” with employers. We asked them to unload their best interview advice. I’ve collected their recommendations and distilled them for you here. Read on for tips from employers about how to prepare for an interview to ensure you give yourself the best shot at getting the job.
  1. Align your skills with the job criteria. During an interview, always find a way to tie your skills back to the criteria of the job. Show alignment between what you bring to the table and what the employer is looking for. Many candidates tend to get nervous and rattle off a laundry list of tasks rather than focus on the skills required to do that particular job. Think about how your experience and abilities can help the employer and the company, and demonstrate that in your answers.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

On the books with Peirce professor Robyn Edelstein

Robyn Edelstein, Professor of General Education at Peirce, is many things to many people. As a professor, writer, wife, and mother, Robyn can connect with people on many different levels, and her students find comfort in relating to her life experience.

Her students learn more from her than just what she teaches from a textbook. Robyn’s mantra is all about the importance of having an open mind and embracing new experiences. Many of her students have told us that they learn a great deal from the life experiences she shares in the classroom, as well as her passion for education.

We interviewed Robyn to talk about the lifelong love for reading and writing that inspired her to become a professor, what kind of impact she hopes to have on her students, and what she’s learned from her 16 years teaching at Peirce. Click play on the video below to get to know Robyn!

Thank you, Robyn, for giving us a look into what makes you tick, both in and out of the classroom!