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The College Scoops Podcast

Episode 82: Tips on How to Stand Out in the College and Career Search

July 20, 2021

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What are college and hiring managers looking for in an application, resume, or LinkedIn profile? How can students stand out in a positive and impactful way? Creating your own personal brand is one way students can differentiate themselves from the pack. As a former Director of Admissions and Talent Acquisition executive, Jason Vallozzi brings his knowledge and guidance to students who are in the midst of applying to colleges or trying to secure an internship or full-time position.

Key Takeaways:

  • Recruiters help guide students through an unknown and difficult process
  • During the college application process, it is important to highlight a student’s unique abilities and strengths
  • Finding an institution that serves a student’s needs and makes them feel comfortable can increase a student’s confidence and enthusiasm towards education
  • Building a balanced college list consisting of target, safety, and reach schools is extremely important
  • Visit as many schools as possible (do not visit only reach schools)
  • Start the college application process over the summer as it helps decrease stress levels during the fall semester
  • Make sure a student has ample time to write their college essays, including supplemental essays, as admissions officers can tell if an essay has been written hastily or in a non-authentic manner
  • Properly branding yourself and your abilities on a résumé is key to standing out in both an academic and work setting
  • Students should utilize the connections they create in college (i.e with professors, or alumni) as networking helps students discover potential career paths
  • Display professionalism even in subtle areas (ex. Using proper email etiquette, formal zoom backgrounds, etc.)
  • Get to know your co-workers (even if you’re working remotely)
  • Utilize the alumni office for networking purposes

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Meet Jason Vallozzi

Campus to College Crossroads

Jason A. Vallozzi is the founder of Campus to Career Crossroads, which is established on the premise of helping to bridge the gap in today’s confusing and competitive college admissions to career market. The mission at Campus to Career Crossroads is to develop a supportive and individualized partnership with clients in order to help them successfully navigate the transitional and complex stages from high school to career.

Jason is a magnum cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. He possesses over fifteen years of progressive experience in post-secondary admissions, and over four years of high-level talent acquisition in the retained executive search world. Jason continually works on his professional development whether it be enrolled in courses at the UCLA Extension College Counseling Program or as an active member of numerous professional associations. 

Due to his broad background, the constant pursuit of career development, and first-rate professional relationships, Jason Vallozzi is able to offer a unique and valuable college admissions to career management services to all of his clients.

Thank you to Jason for joining today as you provided so many helpful tips for students as they are navigating the job and internship process, trying to secure a full-time job, learning how to update and polish their LinkedIn profile and resume, and establishing their brand. College is a time to connect with your peers, professors, and others in the professional arena, and don’t forget to utilize the career centers and alumni organizations. 

Episode 82 Full Transcript

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