All posts by Mia Landeck

Lunch with Levin

Levin Financial Director Chelsea Spenceley speaks to students at Seminole Campus

Honestly, when students see an event has free food, they’re going to sign up – and a lot of times the event tends to deliver good, useful information. As a social ambassador, I get to go to many events. The topics can range greatly, but each event teaches me something new. The most recent taught me more about Handshake, SPC’s job network through a Lunch and Learn event with Levin Financial Group on Feb. 20.

Levin Director of Recruiting Chelsea Spenceley spoke to students, alongside Jacob Wortock, SPC Seminole Campus’s Employment and Internship Coordinator. They talked about LinkedIn and Handshake, and how resumes and interview mannerisms could land students a career. The students were encouraged to ask questions before being encouraged to sign up for Handshake with help from Career Services

WHAT WE DID 

For the first half hour, Wortock spoke about LinkedIn and Handshake, the two job search sites promoted to students. LinkedIn provides employers an opportunity to reach out to students in a professional capacity while maintaining a social aspect. Handshake, on the other hand, is geared more to recent graduates and current students. There is a larger focus on internships and employment out of college. 

SPC Student signs into Lunch and Learn event at Seminole Campus with Levin Financial Group

Once these were discussed, Spenceley spoke about resume building and good interview practices. She showed examples of funny or “bad” resumes – one featuring a My Little Pony theme – before discussing what makes a good resume. It was stressed to the students that one should tailor their resume to the job being sought. For that reason, she advised students not to post their resumes on LinkedIn, but to use their profiles to garner interest and then attach their tailor-made resume with an application. This makes it easier for the student to tailor their resume to match the employer they’re looking at. Secondly, the student doesn’t just have one generic resume for all employers, making it easier to catch the attention of the organization.  

Finally, Spenceley had some advice for students during interviews.

“Be humble but confident,” she said. “Know your worth, but don’t brag all over the place.”

She also told students not just to walk by during internship fairs.

“Come up and see us. The more we get to know you, the more we’ll recognize your face when you come to us.”

LEARN MORE 

If you missed this Lunch and Learn with Levin Financial Group, don’t worry! Similar events run throughout the semester. You can find out more at our event calendar. If you want to know more about Handshake, check out information here, or contact Career Services here

You can contact Spenceley at her LinkedIn and learn more about Levin Financial here

Business Expo 2018 Reveals Need for Insurance Professionals

Greg Nenstiel Speaking to an Audience at the 2018 Fall Expo

At the Fall Business Expo 2018, the Hospitality and Tourism, Risk Management and Insurance communities came together with SPC’s College of Businesss to offer employment preparation and career development for SPC students and alumni.

Workshops, advising, networking, club information, and internship  and employment opportunities were available to all attending. For roughly three hours, SPC students and alumni were able to take in the valuable advice of professional guest speakers and recruiters. Other highlights were catering and a raffle giveaway. A few lucky students left with not only experience and a network, but gift-cards and an iPad, too.

Demand High for Insurance Industry Professionals

insurance professionals

Dave Newell of the Florida Association of Insurance Agents (FAIA) shared what the Insurance and Risk Management industry was looking for. For those who may have never considered it, there is a great demand for individuals of all careers; home inspectors, commercial inspectors, claims, workers compensation, and injury specialists are needed, as are managers, HR professionals, IT professionals, marketing professionals, and social media specialists. Additionally, there is need for onsite talent.

“If you like data, if you like technology, if you like working with numbers, there’s a place for you in the industry,” Newell said. There are a lot of mid-level managers retiring from our business, so we’re losing a lot of education and institutional knowledge. So, we need people who want to learn, that want to grow, that want to be community minded and strive to help people.”

Insurance is, at its core, a responsive industry. For worldly disasters like hurricanes and fires, those employed in the field can help those in need: those looking for guidance, while also adapting to societal changes. New and complicated issues, like those surrounding autonomous vehicle protection, drone liability, active shooter coverage and medical marijuana, require discussion that those working in the insurance industry must respond to.

As Newell explains, “People see a need, and create the product for that need. Our industry is always looking for what will be the next thing people need, and I’m really proud of that.”

Learn more about opportunities in the field

Insurance professionals

Interested students can check out InsureMyPath.org, an official site that offers extensive information on the industry, opportunities, and even offers quizzes to see if you’re a good fit for the business.

With over 60,000 jobs in Insurance and Risk Management, Newell and recruiters who attended SPC’s Business Expo were hopeful. The state of the industry is ever-changing, and is always ready to welcome students and graduates.

 “Anything we can do to help you as students, we’re more than happy to do it, Newell said.”

Interested in a career?

The College of Business is also home to Business Administration, Management and Organizational Leadership, and Sustainability ManagementSt. Petersburg College also offers degrees in Hospitality & Tourism.


SPC Hospitality & Tourism Expo Showcases Industry’s Diversity, Positivity

Recruiter speaking to a student at the Hospitality & Tourism Expo

More than 20 employers met with students at the Hospitality and Tourism Expo held Feb. 20 at the St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus. In offering tips, employers shared some of the traits and characteristics they look for among prospective hires.

So, What are Employers Looking for?

“Employers are always looking for those smart and hardworking people,” explained Jacqueline Meyer, Training and Development Coordinator for Levy Restaurants. “But what I love about Levy is that they also focus on you as a person.”

Jacqueline Meyer was a recent Stetson University graduate who found herself with Levy Restaurants after graduation. A Psychology and Public Health major, Meyer grew to love the idea of hospitality after learning more about the company’s culture.  “They genuinely hire nice people. That is something they are always looking for.”

Levy Restaurants representatives talk with students at the Hospitality and Tourism Expo
Levy Restaurants representatives discussing career opportunities with an #SPCollege student.

But being kind isn’t everything – when asked about the most important trait in hiring, Meyer also emphasized positivity. “Positivity and a good attitude are a huge part of it. If you are positive, I feel like more people are drawn to you, and you may have a better opportunity to learn more about the field you’re interested in because more people are willing to teach you.”

Is a Positive Outlook All you Need?

No, but it is a golden standard. Keynote Speaker Jim Burns, Vice President and Managing Director of Grande Lakes Orlando, shared some insight on the industry today.

“Hospitality represents diversity,” said Burns, “there are currently more women and minorities within the industry’s leadership than any other industry in the United States.”

Due to the nature of the service industry, many employees are multilingual. Approximately a third have bachelor’s degrees, and many are often strong in technical writing, critique, and linguistics. These strengths work alongside defining characteristics shared by every employee:

“Energy and character are some of the most important considerations while building a relationship as an employer,” he explained. Employees’ positivism, sensibility, and pride enrich the warmth found within the Hospitality and Tourism industry.

This might seem like a lot, so to make the journey a little less daunting, Burns shared five “words of wisdom” for aspiring Hospitality and Tourism students to follow:

  • Be great at the job you’re doing.
  • Build your network. Relationships trump resumes.
  • Take risks. You will never be fully ready for the job you take.
  • Do more! Always be curious and willing to expand your role and learn.
  • Make your boss look good! Go above and beyond. Don’t just do the obvious!

Jim Burns Speaking at Seminole Campus for Hospitality and Tourism
“Energy and character are some of the most important considerations while building a relationship as an employer,” explains Jim Burns, Vice President and Managing Director of Grande Lakes Orlando and Keynote Speaker.

Hospitality and Tourism Program at SPC

Interested in a service-oriented career? SPC offers a Hospitality and Tourism Scholarship Program made possible by the Pinellas County Hotel and Motel Association. It covers the tuition of your first Hospitality course. Learn more here.