Job Search Boot Camp offers expertise for newest career candidates

On May 25, 20 of Rhode Island College’s new graduates and soon-to-be grads gathered for a Job Search Boot Camp. The daylong event – held in the Alumni Lounge and room 307 of the Student Union – featured intensive workshops, a full-course luncheon, complete with instructions on dining etiquette, and panel sessions offered by young alumni and employers.

Ben Sibielski makes a point at the Job Search Boot Camp.
The event was created by the college’s Career Development Center and co-sponsored by the Young Alumni Group of the RIC Alumni Association, Northwest Mutual Financial Network and Enterprise Rent-A-Car. The purpose of the day was to jump-start the job search process for graduates entering today’s challenging job market.

Linda Kent Davis, director of the Center, and Kathy Sasso ’69, an assistant director, led workshop sessions. They were joined by Tom Anderson’83, managing partner of New Directions, a consulting firm, who engaged the group on the topics “Where the Jobs Are and How to Find Them” and “How to Research Organizations/Companies to Promote Your Candidacy.”

Alumni panelists discussed “How They Would Have Done It Differently,” drawing upon their own not-so-long-ago experiences in getting their careers started. Suzy Alba ’05, assistant director of Affinity & Graduate Programs, Brown University Annual Giving, moderated the group, which included Ashley De Simone ’06, development and events coordinator for Make a Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island; and Ben Sibielski ’09, public relations & marketing associate for Roger Williams Park Zoo. Shana Murrell, interim director of Alumni Affairs, added her reflections to the discussion.

A panel of employers handled the question “What Makes a Stand-Out Candidate?” They spoke with participants about what elements, skills aside, could work to tip the scales in their favor. Malinda Coletta, director of selection for Northwest Mutual Financial Network; Michael Monroe, owner of Millionaires, Inc.; Tina Green, training/recruiting for Enterprise Rent-A-Car; Maggie Sullivan of RlC’s Human Resources Department; and Sandra Sylvestre, hiring manager for the Diamond Hill Animal Clinic, shared their views in a freewheeling and candid session that brought the day to a close.