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Getting to Know UWO Accomplished Alumni: Jeff Griffith

This past week, I had the honor of speaking with a fellow UW Oshkosh Alumni, Jeff Griffith. Currently working as Creative Director of Advertising and Marketing at Men’s Health magazine in New York City, Griffith formerly worked at a variety of advertising agencies around the country, and helped save the Gettysburg National Military Park and Battlefield from a proposed casino in his spare time.

Career Services: What is your current job title and some of your responsibilities?

Griffith: I’m currently Creative Director of Advertising/Marketing at Men’s Health magazine.

My job is to provide creative and strategic thinking and executions for our advertisers as well as any Men’s Health-sponsored events or activities. That includes ads, advertorials, videos, tablet enhancements, banners, rich media units, and any graphics needed for our numerous triathlons, the Men’s Health Cooking School, summer socials, and our signature event, the Men’s Health Urbanathlon in three cities nationwide.

My team also provides carefully-designed sales materials for our marketing managers and sales team within the Men’s Health brand.

Career Services: What was your career plan when you graduated UWO? Did you always want to work for Rodale-Men’s Health, or a specific company?

Griffith: My major at UWO was Journalism with an advertising emphasis. And a TV/Radio/Film minor. My goal all along was to work in an advertising agency. My first job was at an agency in Honolulu, then moved to Atlanta, then New York City. I worked at ad agencies my entire career and even had my own agency for three years called Jugular. In 2011, I jumped over to the publishing side and absolutely love it.

To answer your question, no, I had no plans to work for a magazine. But you never know what opportunities arise. I create more 360 degrees of design/advertising here than I ever would in a major ad agency. In an agency, you’d hand things off to a specific department. Here, we ARE the department.

Career Services: What is one of your greatest achievements that you are most proud of?

Griffith: In 2010, after I left my ad agency Jugular, I became passionately involved with a grassroots group out of Gettysburg, PA that was trying to stop a proposed casino a half-mile from the Gettysburg National Military Park and Battlefield. I found the group on Facebook.

Over the course of a year, I donated my spare time in creating all of their print advertising, billboards, bus shelters, T-shirts, brochures, and website to fight a local millionaire and his quest for a casino near hallowed ground. I produced/directed a collection of videos and personally enlisted several celebrities to present at the statewide hearing to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Filmmaker Ken Burns, Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough, Sam Waterston, Stephen Lang, Matthew Broderick, international strategist Susan Eisenhower and Medal of Honor recipient Paul Bucha were videotaped telling their personal connections to Gettysburg and why it should be saved. Famed composer John Williams provided the music for all my videos. ALL whom donated their time and talent to the cause. Even Steven Spielberg himself gave us approvals to use music from “Saving Private Ryan” for some of the smaller videos.

Long story short, the videos and advertising campaign made the casino proposal a national issue instead of a local issue and the casino proposal was soundly defeated.

As a lifelong history buff, I can proudly say that I personally played a role in saving Gettysburg from urban growth. Wonderfully, as a result, I began working with the Civil War Trust who helps preserves ALL the Civil War battlefields in the US. So now I design their quarterly magazine called “Hallowed Ground” which goes to all their membership.

Career Services: What advice would you give to young UWO students who will be graduating this week, as they prepare to take their next steps in life and pursue careers?

Griffith: Your learning is just starting. No, you don’t know everything yet (sorry). And you never will. Be confident in yourself but pay attention to others who have done it before.

Have a goal of what you’re looking for. Don’t look to potential employers to provide that answer for you.

Turn your cell phone off now and then…listen to conversations, shake hands, meet people even if it’s just to be nice or for reference or possible friendships. And keep in touch!! You NEVER know whom you will meet down the road or where your world’s will connect again. The world is very small.

And one more thing, never ever forget where you came from no matter how successful you become. Come back to UWO and visit. Everybody’s story is different and it’s all interesting. Share your experiences. Give back and pay forward. 

Career Advice from Jeff GriffithCareer Advice from UWO alumnus and Men’s Health Creative Director, Jeff Griffith

 

Griffith has an impressive creative portfolio that displays a wide variety of the work he has done in the past, including his achievements with the Gettysburg Park preservation. Through his campaign contribution, including multiple videos and ads made the local issue something of national importance and the idea of the casino construction was dropped.

Career Fair Do’s and Definitely Do not’s

Career Fairs and networking can be nerve-wracking, but we’ve got you covered as long as you present yourself professionally and have done your research. Take a look at our entertaining elevator pitch examples: 7 Tips For Career Fair Success where we demonstrate some of our recommended do’s…

Clip from: Seven Tips For Success

And our definitely do not’s:

It's good to be confident and personal but probably best not to act like this around an employer

It’s good to be confident and personal but probably best not to act like this around an employer

(Click on the screen shots or the 7 Tips for Career Fair Success above the picture to check out this fun video)

Career Fairs only come around once in awhile so take advantage of having hundreds of options all in one place. Make sure to dress for success, come practiced and prepared and ready to make a professional impression. These events often lead to employment or internship positions and provide ample networking time.

How Career Services can help YOU rock that job interview!

By Sheng Lee (@shengdanger)

Do your palms sweat and your heart race when you think about that next job interview? Preparing for an interview can be a nerve-wracking experience. Fortunately, Career Services is here to help. Let’s begin with some basic interview tips given by New Grad Life blog. Once you’ve got these tips down, then you can put them into real-life use with our office-held mock interviews and even virtual interviewing! Career Services is here to help you, a UW Oshkosh student or alumni, rock that next job interview.

5 Crazy Job Interview Tips That Work From NewGradLife.BlogSpot.com

While these may seem like strange, pre-interview routines, they actually do work and will help you to land the job of your dreams:

1.) Look at Facebook

This is actually two strategies in one. First of all, check your Facebook profile out and make sure that your own profile is set to private and there are no embarrassing photos of you tagged on the site. If there are, untag yourself from those photos and ask your friends if they would please refrain from tagging you. If possible, get the photos taken down. Double check as well that status updates you’ve posted aren’t embarrassing. If they are, delete them.

While this won’t completely remove the record of those photos, it does make it harder to find. That in turn means if you ace the interview, your interviewer is less likely to find embarrassing material online which will make them think twice about calling you back for a second interview.

The second half of this technique is to find out the name of the person who will be interviewing you and look up their Facebook profile. Get as much information as you can about the person since this will be helpful to you to throw into the conversation when you are meeting with them. Showing an interest in something the person is interested in is a sure way to get yourself remembered out of the hundreds of interviews the hiring manager has to conduct.

2.) Prepare a folder to fiddle with

Yeah, it sounds strange, but this is a great pre-interview technique that can come in handy. Often, you will be asked to wait for a few minutes before your interview. Most times, it’s just because the person interviewing you is busy or wants to make you feel as if you aren’t the most important person for them to meet. However, on occasion, this is actually a test. They will secretly observe you to see what you do when you are waiting to be interviewed. If you have a folder with your papers in it, you can spend the time appearing to organize yourself so you ace that test.

3.) Put water behind your ears and on your wrists

This is actually something to do just before the interview. Duck into the bathroom and dab a few drops of water behind the ears and on your wrists. These are areas where you have major arteries and some experts claim by putting water in those locations you can help to calm your nerves by cooling down quickly.

4.) Write a list

This one is actually not such a strange pre-interview routine, but it does work wonders. You’ll inevitably be asked to tell the interviewer about your proudest achievements, your best qualities and your worst qualities. Most people just wing it when they walk into the interview. However, since you know these things are likely to come up, pre-empt them by making yourself a list of things you can answer. Just make sure to pause for a moment when answering so it appears natural and not rehearsed. Speaking of that…

5. ) Rehearse in front of a mirror

While a common pre-interview routine is to rehearse by having a friend or family member go through a mock interview with you, a strange pre-interview technique which actually does work wonders is to rehearse on your own in front of a mirror. Your face will often speak louder than your words, so you want to take the time to make sure when you answer questions, you don’t telegraph you aren’t comfortable answering those questions. By rehearsing in front of a mirror, you can avoid that problem completely.

On-campus Mock Interviews

With mock interviews, students are able to meet with actual employers to conduct a fake interview. Although the position the student is applying for isn’t real, the practice and experience is. And who knows, if an employer really likes a mock candidate, that person may be called upon for a real interview! After the mock interview, employers give each student feedback such as what they did well and what can be improved.

Career Services offers general mock interviews and major-specific mock interviews. Employers are carefully picked to match the students’ potential pool of employers in real life. Ultimately, mock interviews are a win-win for students and employers. The students get the experience of interviewing while employers get to meet potential employees.

Students are encouraged to attend one of the Boost Your Interviewing Techniques workshops prior to participation in mock interviews. Also, professional dress is recommended and preferred, but appropriate dress is required. This basically means no t-shirts or ripped jeans. Treat your mock interview like you would a real interview. Students can register for mock interviews in Titan Jobs.

Perfect Interview™ Interview Coach

We are living in the future with such advanced technology that you can opt to practice your interviewing skills virtually in the comfort of your own home. You must be wondering “how?” With Perfect Interview™ Interview Coach, job seekers can practice and develop their interviewing skills. They see videos of tough questions from professional interviewers, which they must answer on the spot.  A webcam records their answers, so they can see exactly how they will look and sound when they go to their first interview.

Interview Coach is widely used by individual job seekers as well as the career centers of colleges, universities, and related organizations to help their students and clients prepare for job interviewing. As a UWO student or alumni, you have access to webcams and the Interview Coach software through Career Services! Webcams can be checked out at our front desk for one week and Perfect Interview can be accessed through Titan Jobs under the Additional Resources tab upon logging in.

Whether you need help brushing up on your interviewing skills or need help building those skills, Career Services is here to help you excel as a professional. Stop by our offices today for resume help or general career advising.

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