Forming and Maintaining Connections – Success Lies Ahead (Relationship Building Tips)

31 08 2011


Originally posted on AMA Baltimore‘s blog, Forming and Maintaing Connections – Success Lies Ahead (Relationship Building Tips)

To be completely honest, the key to successful relationships is at your fingertips. Literally. Take a moment and think about the three following actions:

  1. Shaking hands with an acquaintance
  2. Sending a followup email days after you recently connected with someone
  3. Dialing a phone number and calling a person who you haven’t spoken with in a while

While these three actions seem extremely basic, they’re often the hardest steps in building a successful relationship. I get it, we’re all busy. But it’s necessary to follow these three actions similar to those that we perform on a daily basis (I hope!). I’m referring to the directions on the back of a shampoo bottle: rinse, lather, and repeat. We can all agree that those are relatively simple directions, correct? And we all follow them, right? Read the rest of this entry »

Graduation Is Approaching – Tips to Land a Job

21 04 2011


Originally posted on AMA Baltimore‘s blog, Graduation Is Approaching – Tips to Land a Job

Within the next few weeks, many college students who have spent the last four years (or in some cases, there are those who completed an “extra lap” or two) will enter the job market. During this time, the majority of these bright individuals will be gearing up to enter the workforce.

However, there are plenty of other job seekers out there looking for employment in addition to the graduating class of 2011. A year ago, I faced a similar challenge: how to overcome the increasing unemployment rate and add myself as an employed professional. Throughout the last few years, I’ve come up with a number of tips and tricks that I have used for every company that I’ve interviewed with to date.  Below, I’ve outlined these with some notes next to each one. Read the rest of this entry »

The Importance of Student Organizations

24 01 2011


Over the past couple of years, I have formed a pretty strong opinion about the importance of student organizations. As a recent graduate from the College of Business and Economics at Towson University, my participation in various student organizations helped pave my current career path. Quite frankly, I never would have thought that I would have ended my college career the way I did. By the time I graduated, I was a recipient of five scholarships, had completed four internships, was named to the dean’s list three times, honored for a Vice President of Student Affairs Award and College of Business and Economics Outstanding Graduate. In addition, I placed as a finalist in the College of Business and EconomicsThe Associate competition. Read the rest of this entry »

Success Tips for Today’s College Students

1 11 2010


After speaking with fellow graduates and business professionals, I realized that we share some common thoughts about today’s college students entering the workforce. With the unemployment rate reaching a high point of 10.1% in October 2009 during the recession, it is surprising that more students are not taking advantage of the opportunities in front of them to improve their chances of landing a job. Thus, they could build a foundation for their network. Recently, the unemployment rate was 9.6% in September 2010 on a national level. This number increased at an even higher 14.8% for for the population aged between 20 – 24. It would seem that with fewer jobs available and hiring freezes taking place students would make more of an effort to set themselves apart in this competitive job market. Could it be that they are unaware of success tips? Read the rest of this entry »

How to Effectively Manage Large Projects

19 08 2010


A constant challenge which we all face is managing large projects and wrapping our arms around our to-do lists. It seems like the minutes, hours, days, and weeks fly by ever so quickly that before we know it the next season has arrived.

There are a number of tips to stick with to ensure that you are able to deliver projects and tasks on time without stressing yourself out and becoming overwhelmed. In the past I have become a fan of the following:

  • You’re not Superman. We all can’t walk around with a “S” on our chest, so it’s important to recognize that it all can’t be done in one day. Make sure that you don’t put yourself in impossible situations. Consider this when you are balancing your work, volunteer, and extracurricular activities. Read the rest of this entry »

Reading List

15 06 2010


When I was in middle school and high school I always dreaded the summer reading list. To be honest, I never really liked reading except for the occasional book here and there which caught my attention. When those moments did come around I would manage to read for hours on end. If you saw me, you’d probably be confused and think this was some other kid. It certainly couldn’t have been Dov.

More recently, I’ve found a passion for reading. I’ve been adding books to my reading list and now have a pile waiting for me. That is, when I find the time to read these books.

In the past few months I’ve managed to read some books which I’ve gained knowledge from and would recommend to others. These books are listed below:

  • Do You Matter? How Great Design Will Make People Love Your Company by Robert Brunner and Stewart Emery with Russ Hall
  • Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion by Gary Vaynerchuk
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  • Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box by The Arbinger Institute
  • Coloring Outside the Lines: Business Thoughts on Creativity, Marketing, and Sales by Jeff Tobe Read the rest of this entry »

Attention Students: Get Ready, Get Set, Go.

12 04 2010



This sounds like the beginning of a race, doesn’t it? Don’t be confused with the type of race that involves a gun that announces the beginning, and a ribbon that someone cuts through with their last victory lap as the end. This is the kind of race that college students are competing for. Well, at least, they should be competing for. It is the “race for success” as I like to call it. Take the information that I am providing with a grain of salt if you’d like to, but I don’t want to hear any complaints in the long run (no pun intended). With the present state of economy we are facing the worst job market since the Great Depression, so I don’t understand why you wouldn’t take this advice and enter in the “race for success.” I’ve attended too many alumni panel discussions to hear the same two regrets. A common question which is asked at these events is:

  • What advice would you give an undergraduate student that you wish someone gave you during your college experience?

The two most common responses that I’ve heard are:

  • Become more involved in student organizations and other affiliations on campus
  • Forge closer relationships with faculty members

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Documentation — Just Do It

12 01 2010


Nike has a marketing slogan, “Just Do It.” I believe that this applies to everyday life as well. As I recently completed the BUSX 460 Professional Experience course within the College of Business and Economics at Towson University I walked away with a valuable takeaway. This course taught me the importance of saving files and other information as I gathered tangible documentation from my entire collegiate career to create a career portfolio. For this project I collected various work assignments from my different internship experiences. Accomplishments and awards that I received in the past were also included in the portfolio. In addition to these items I incorporated articles from the various student organizations that I am actively involved in. I found it rewarding to view all of my accomplishments in an organized portfolio.

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