Wednesday, February 19, 2014

What's Holding You Back?

Opportunities are passed up every day. The decisions you make, and the time frame in which you make them in the professional world, make all the difference between "hired" and "not hired." Whatever it is that is holding you back, shake yourself free of it and move forward. Be proactive. The Community Fellows Program may be one of those enriching opportunities that you are dismissing for various reasons, many of which can be readily addressed and remedied. If it is within your control to change this situation before it passes you by, then let's get to the bottom of what's holding you back.

Speed bump #1: Procrastination
This epidemic has been around since the dawn of time. If the deadline for the CFP application clearly states Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. why wait until March 1, 2014 at 11:58 p.m. to apply? If you can dedicate an afternoon or an evening to finalizing your essay and submitting your application well before the due date, then go for it! Don't let procrastination hold you back.

Speed bump #2: Your Resume
If you're saying to yourself "I have no idea when or how I'm going to prepare my resume," then you came to the right place. Many times we let the notion of preparing and updating our resumes intimidate us which in turn undermines us from seeking out a career counselor who can help draw out our credentials and relevant experiences on paper. Stop by the Center for Career Development today to schedule an appointment or send your resume via email to to craft thebest professional representation of yourself.

Speed bump #3: I'm not enrolled in the Internship Preparation Seminar
Several students have misread this recommended course as an automatic disqualification if they are not enrolled in it, yet have considered applying to the CFP. Don't let this discourage or even prevent you from applying! At the end of the day, you need to make the claim through your punctual and polished resume, essay, and overall application that you are more than qualified to become a CFP intern.

So what's holding you back? Take advantage of this opportunitynow. You will be glad you did.

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