Frauds, Scams, and Schemers … Oh My!

Frauds, Scams, and Schemers … Oh My!

Career-searching Fords have a wealth of opportunities for exploration including the College’s online recruiting systems, on-campus info sessions and interviews, and recruiting events not to mention the many job search engines available to the general public. Although the vast majority of opportunities are presented with professional recruiting standards, it is unfortunate that fraudulent and unethical “recruiters” exist and some have identified college students as targets for their scams. The Center for Career and Professional Advising is alert to some of these fraudulent recruiters and we do our best to keep these bad players out of our recruiting sphere. However, identifying fraudulent recruiting practices is a partnership with our students who sometimes are the first to detect that a recruiter is not acting in good faith.   How do you detect a recruiting fraud or scam? Here some questions to ask which will help you identify potentially fraudulent recruiting practices.   Do the communications, email or otherwise, from the recruiter have vague contact information, misspellings, or other unprofessional errors? Is the communication unsolicited without reference to Haverford’s recruiting platforms such as Handshake? Be on the lookout for suspicious emails like these. If you come across one, do some investigating to determine whether the offer is a scam. Does the company or organization have a well-developed website with clear contact information? If not, further due diligence is required to determine the legitimacy of the opportunity. Does the company require you to pay money up-front for recruiting consideration? Have you received a check from the employer before employment? If so, it probably is a sign of a pyramid scheme or other type of scam....
Developing and Enhancing Your Professional Skills While at Haverford

Developing and Enhancing Your Professional Skills While at Haverford

CCPA wants to share varied ways for you to develop and learn concrete professional skills over your four years at Haverford and during your summers.   Do you want to: Enhance your presentation skills? Learn how to use Excel pivot tables? Tell a compelling story using data for decision making? Do you want to learn to manage projects more efficiently? Do you want to improve your interviewing skills? There are numerous opportunities of which to take advantage to learn and enhance skills of interest.  Some ways will take place on campus, some opportunities can be done on your own during a school break. This is not an exhaustive list, but will provide ideas.   Lynda.com (from LinkedIn) An online video library with thousands of courses, taught by recognized experts. Examples include: Building Professional Relationships Excel Essentials Training (Office 365) Excel: PivotTables in Depth Improve your Presentation Skills Meeting Facilitation Navigating Awkward Situations at Work Storytelling with Data Time Management Tips Weekly and many more Khan Academy Expert-created content and resources. A sampling of the courses includes: Computer Programming Computer Animation Hour of Code Grad School Test Prep CCPA and other College-sponsored trainings and workshops: Numerous departments on campus periodically offer training and workshops. Examples from the past several years have included: Alumni Interview Coach Program (CCPA) Behavioral Interviewing (CCPA) Case Interview Workshops (CCPA) Crush Your Coding Interview Workshop  (CCPA) Emerging Tech Workshops (HIP) Fellowships for Peace and Global Citizenship – Prep workshop and course in the fall (CPGC) Haverford Sites  (IITS) How to Do Research Abroad (The Libraries) Impact Challenge (HIP) Innovation Incubator (HIP) Manage Your Data (The Libraries) Pitch your...
Attention Pre-Law Students: Upcoming LSAT Changes

Attention Pre-Law Students: Upcoming LSAT Changes

By Trevor Larner Major changes are coming for future law students, as LSAC recently announced that the LSAT will be transitioning to digital-only starting with the July 2019 test. If you plan on taking the test in July of 2019, you may be assigned a paper-and-pencil test or a digital test (which test you receive will not be known in advance). However, to make things easier for you during the transition, LSAC is offering July 2019 test takers the option to see their score before making the decision on whether to cancel it. If you decide to cancel, you can take the test once more free of charge through April 2020. Following the July 2019 test, all exams will be administered digitally. Some highlights regarding the transition: June 2019: Last paper/pencil exam. July 2019: Some paper, some digital. Most test takers will not know their format beforehand. As a result, those taking the July 2019 LSAT will be allowed to cancel their score after seeing it. This is a unique opportunity. September 2019: Fully digital exam. The new digital test will be delivered on a tablet interface and will include positive features such as faster reporting of scores. Don’t fret if you have already bought an LSAT review book, as those are still good, but there will soon be new materials specifically designed for the tablet interface. This change coincides with an increase in the number of test dates from six to nine, giving students more flexibility on when to take the exam. The change to the new digital system also requires changes to the writing portion of the...
CCPA Summer Series 2018: Educational Outcome Consortium (EOC)

CCPA Summer Series 2018: Educational Outcome Consortium (EOC)

By Trevor Larner This summer I have a Whitehead Internship working for the Educational Outcome Consortium (EOC), formerly known as GiftedHire, which is a higher education startup. I have had a great experience thus far! For the first two weeks of the internship, I worked in Portland, Maine, where one of the two main employees of the company is located. For the first day or so, I was orienting myself as to what the company does, including how they are progressing in an important contract they recently obtained. EOC does most of their work with Honor Societies by consulting Honor Societies in order to help them cut costs and have more money for scholarships and their members. Thus, I had to do a lot of research into Honor Societies in order to learn about the field and which are the big players, as well as researching about Higher Education Consulting firms to see the business model that EOC is aiming for. I learned a lot about the financials of the Honor Societies, which is interesting since they are non-profits; hence, they flow all their excess funds into scholarships and opportunities for their members. Later in the first week and into the next week I started doing work on researching which technological solutions are best for the Honor Society that the contract is with. A lot of what EOC is doing is finding cheaper and more efficient technological solutions, as a large portion of the budget of any company is tied into their software contracts. Thus, a cheaper solution here can go a long way in being able to provide...