Thursday, October 24, 2019

Three Things Recruiters Don’t Want Job Seekers to Know

In August, Peirce College’s Center for Career & Professional Development gained a new team member, Marci Brown who is eager to share her knowledge and expertise with the Peirce Community.

As Peirce College’s Career Development Counselor, Marci works one-on-one with students and alumni to strategize and execute plans to win job offers and promotions. Before coming to Peirce, Marci worked as a recruiter, identifying and attracting talent for companies like PNC Bank. This gives her remarkable insight into the world of recruiting from the inside out.

Marci did not always know her career would lead her to the position she is in today, though. She, too, had a unique career journey over the years, which allows her to relate with Peirce students and alumni to best serve them.

Marci explained, “You can say that I myself am ‘non-traditional’ – I never planned to go into HR, or Recruiting, or Career Counseling. I found things that were interesting parts of each job and let that guide me to what was next. I kept a ‘say yes’ attitude and that kept my options open. One of my favorite things about working in HR and Recruiting was watching people be hired – that helped me realize that I wanted to work supporting job seekers, which is why I am here at Peirce. My focus is to get people to maximize their education. They’re going to school for a reason – let’s make it work for them!”

Over the years, Marci has gained a wealth of knowledge about recruitment from both the employer and employee side. Check out these three secrets Marci shares that recruiters don’t want job seekers to know:

1. Behind the scenes. Recruiters are handling around 15 open job requisitions at once, sometimes in completely divergent fields. That means they are looking at thousands of candidates. It is a balancing act and recruiters are caught in the middle of candidates and hiring managers. There are a lot of moving parts: strategic planning for filling each position, reports, time-sensitive projects, events and company branding, and ensuring that all interested parties are updated. To job seekers: try to be patient and diversify your prospects (don’t put all your eggs in one basket!).

2. Employee referrals are the best way to get into a company. When I worked at PNC, I led our Employee Referral program. You know what they say, “birds of a feather flock together” – well, recruiters and hiring managers think about that a lot. If they have a great employee who wants to refer a potential employee, there’s a high likelihood that employee will also be great. However, the opposite is also true – if that employee is struggling, chances are that the new recruit will too. So make sure the person who is referring you is in good standing! Referrals are a great way to get the attention of the recruiter and the hiring manager!

3. A large percentage of applications are declined almost immediately – but the job seekers won’t know until the open requisition has closed, and that can be anywhere from thirty days to a year. Don’t take it personally – it feels personal, but it’s just business. You never know what’s happening behind closed doors. Keep trying different things and keep your options open!

Get to know Marci Brown even more and see how she can help you reach your career goals by contacting the Center for Career & Professional Development at 215.670.9202 or

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Maximizing His Credits, Tim Opas Seamlessly Transferred His Associate Degree to Peirce

For some college students, selecting a college major is not as cut and dry as it is for others. While some students know from a very young age that they might want to study health care, law, or computers, there are others who may have many different interests, which can lead to a more difficult time deciding on one area of focus. That was the case for current Peirce College student Tim Opas.

Tim knew that he had an interest in general business principles, but he also wanted a well-rounded experience. To provide himself with a solid educational foundation and to keep his options open in case he found something that really caught his interest, Tim enrolled as a Liberal Studies major at Montgomery County Community College, one of Peirce’s partner colleges.

“My experience at Montgomery County Community College was really positive,” Tim said. “I worked full time at a few different jobs while I was there, and I could apply a little bit from all of my classes to the work that I was doing.”

Tim knew that he wanted to continue his education and earn a bachelor’s degree in a business-related field, so he began seeking out his next educational step. Beyond offering the business-related degrees he was looking for, something that stuck out about Peirce College to Tim was the fact that Peirce works with its transfer partner schools to accept many (if not all) credits when moving from your associate degree to your bachelor’s degree.

“I knew I wanted to get my bachelor’s degree, so after I graduated from Montgomery County I checked out three or four colleges in the area. They were all telling me that they’d accept about 30 of my credits, but then I got an evaluation at Peirce, and the rest is history,” Tim said.

In all, Tim says he believes 57 of his 63 credits earned at Montgomery County Community College transferred to Peirce. “I was really happy that I wasn’t going to lose credit for the classes I had already completed. I had heard that Peirce was transfer-friendly, but to see that almost every one of my classes transferred was better than I had ever hoped,” Tim said.

Tim currently attends all of his Peirce College classes online, as he also works full-time for Mom’s Meals, a group that delivers meals to the sick and elderly. Tim also has a family, including a four year-old son and a nine month-old daughter. Though he says he would like to come in for class if his schedule permitted it, Tim is thankful that he can complete his course work on his own time, which allows him to work full-time to provide for his family.

When asked if he had any advice for an adult considering a return to college, Tim was very quick to say, “There’s nothing to lose! At the very least, try it. I hadn’t been in school for eight years, and I was definitely apprehensive. But it has been a really positive experience and better than I ever thought it would be.”

Tim currently carries a 3.48 GPA and is on track to graduate in 2020 with his Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership. He hopes to work as a Human Resource Manager after he graduates, as he says that he would love to help foster a working environment where people can be safe, well paid, and treated fairly on the job. Though he’s extremely busy with class, full-time work, and his family, Tim said he loves to squeeze in as much time as he can with his kids, as well as play basketball, watch movies, and listen to music.

Peirce College salutes Montgomery County Community College for providing Tim with an excellent academic foundation, and wishes him the absolute best in all of his future endeavors!

If you or someone you know is looking to transfer to Peirce College, please contact me, Tom Tschop, Director, Strategic Partnerships & Institutional Enrollment, at 215.670.9203 or

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Introducing Peirce’s Cyber Security Certificate Program During National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Did you know? October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month!

To celebrate, we are highlighting Peirce College’s new Certificate in Cyber Security program. The program consists of six three-credit courses centered around three of today’s most respected industry-level certifications in the field of Information and Cyber Security: the CompTIA Security + certification, the ISC2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification, and the EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker certification.

Prominent cybersecurity breaches have become almost a daily occurrence. Such events dominate the news, happening on a larger scale than ever before. No one seems immune, and individual computer users, retailers, financial institutions and even the government all struggle to detect, remedy and deter cyberattacks. As a result, cyber- and information security knowledge is in huge demand in the job market.

Peirce’s security coursework starts with Introduction to Network Security, which addresses the technologies and procedures required to identify and mitigate risk, and identify and remedy security incidents, in the name of maintaining the confidentiality, integrity and availability of an organization’s information. This course aligns with the objectives of the popular CompTIA Security + industry certification, which provides those seeking to build a career in security a respected, vendor-neutral credential to demonstrate to employers their mastery of network security basics. The CompTIA Security + certification is not only a well-regarded certification in the field of Network and Information Security, it is also a requirement for most IT Security jobs in government and for government contractors.

Next, there are four information security (“ISC”) courses in which students will take part in that provide a broader, high-level perspective on the many facets of cybersecurity, addressing security and risk management, asset security, security engineering, communication and network security, identity and access management, security assessment and testing, security operations and software development security.

These courses align with the objectives, and the 8 domains of the International Information System Security Certification Consortium’s (ISC2) much sought-after CISSP certification, an advanced certification which has long been considered the gold standard of Information Security Certification.

The program concludes with a course that maps to the EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacking certification (CEH). In this course, students will learn to use the same knowledge and tools as a malicious hacker, but in a legitimate manner in order to assess the security posture of an organization.

To learn more about our Certificate in Cyber Security Program, reach out to our Admissions Team at 215.670.9000 or

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Steve DePasque Saved Time & Money with Peirce College &

In early 2019, Steve DePasque was working for a start-up company where he swore he would work forever. Then one day everything changed.

“The start-up company I was working for at the time got bought out and all of a sudden everything went downhill at once and I was laid off,” explained Steve. He started to evaluate his career goals and determine what to do next. Steve always had college in the back of his mind, and at the age of 35, he decided what better time than now to finally earn the degree he deserved.

Steve was living in Delaware County at the time and started searching online for a college focused on adults in the Philadelphia area. That is when Steve found Peirce College.

“I inquired around March of 2019 and Blake Scull called me right away. He told me everything about Peirce, how to get started, and he introduced the idea of”

With Steve’s work history and experience, Blake identified Steve as a strong candidate to take part in Peirce’s new partnership with Through this opportunity, Steve could expedite his degree completion process while saving money.

“When I heard of the opportunity to take some classes with, I was amazed! I had never heard of an option like this,” said Steve. “I am not a traditional learner and I never have been due to the traditional school structure. Thankfully, Peirce College and allow me to learn independently, on my own schedule, at my own pace, and it immediately worked for my non-traditional learning life.”

This flexibility has opened a lot of doors for Steve. As of April 2019, Steve began taking courses and then immediately started taking Peirce College classes in May 2019. Through both of these paths, in just six months, he has already earned over 55 credits. Steve has completed over 15 courses and is working to finish his fourth Peirce course. All credits from seamlessly transfer into Steve’s Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration degree.

“By working with Blake and now my Academic Advisor, I am able to successfully map out my degree completion path. I can decide which classes to take with and then which ones to take with Peirce, so I maximize my savings and time,” explained Steve.

Steve always knew he wanted to finish his degree, but wasn’t sure the best time. When all of a sudden, his career was put on hold, he found the drive and inspiration to chase his dreams. By discovering the partnership between Peirce College and, Steve was able to easily transition into a college environment that fit his life and feel empowered to keep going.

“Peirce College and gave me incredible amounts of hope and motivation. They took away the overwhelming concept of college and made me feel as though I had total control over my college career. The elimination of the overwhelming anxiety about returning to school and the independent school structure were the best offerings a school could provide to get someone like me to return to school.”

Peirce College commends Steve for all his successes so far and wishes him the best as he continues to finish his degree while saving both time and money.

To learn more about the Peirce College and partnership, please visit or contact our Admissions Team today at 215.670.9000 or