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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.

Titan Jobs’ New Look!

Check out Titan Jobs‘ new and improved look!

Featuring:

  • Streamlined and updated look
  • Easier layout to complete your account
  • Less clicks when job searching
  • Ability to open job listings in multiple tabs

Watch the Demo on YouTube for more information.


UWO Career Services V-Blog: Taking Advantage of your Work Study

Social Media and Your Job Search

By Sheng Lee (@shengdanger)

Since the dawn of social media, employers have been searching for online information on possible job candidates. With people updating their profiles every day, scouring social media sites is a great way to conduct general background checks. Some companies even go so far as to ask for your login information during the interview. Are you prepared to bare it all?

E. Chandlee Bryan, a career coach and co-author of the book “The Twitter Job Search Guide,” said job seekers should always be aware of what’s on their social media sites and assume someone is going to look at it. According to Professional Resume Services, these are not the days of three traditional references anymore. Nowadays, your three references are Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. It’s obvious that everything you post online will be seen by someone, so the key is to conduct yourself professionally online as you would in real life.

People have been fired and not hired because of distasteful comments or photos. But here’s how you can prevent or improve your online reputation. First, survey the damage. Google yourself and see what sort of content shows up on the first five pages. Anything troubling? Mark it for action. Then sign up for the alerts available at spots like Google Alerts; when information about you is added or updated, you’ll find out via email.

Because all published content on the Internet is archived on Internet Archive, a nonprofit initiative designed to be a resource for historians and researchers, completely deleting something is almost impossible. That’s why you bury the bad with the good. Create new content such as a blog or personal website that highlights your skills and positive attributes. Have your work published with different credible sites. These actions don’t make the bad stuff go away, but it will show employers that you are serious about portraying yourself professionally.

If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile already, create one. If you are on LinkedIn, strengthen your profile by filling out all fields. LinkedIn is one of the top sites that pop up when a name is entered into Google, so make it the first thing an employer sees. People are searching for you, make sure you paint the picture of yourself that you want them to see.

 

UWO marketing major shares his Dining with Professionals experience

On Tuesday, Feb. 21, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Career Services held its first Dining with Professionals event of the semester. The event allows students to learn the basic fundamentals of networking, dinner conversations and proper dining etiquette. A fashion show is often held to explain what are appropriate clothing selections for different events. The next Dining with Professionals event will be April 18 and held at La Sure’s Banquet Hall. Visit Titan Jobs to sign up today! (spots fill up fast)

Last semester, UWO student and marketing major Brian O’Connell attended the Dining with Professionals dinner. This was his experience:

“Prior to the Dinning with professionals, I had a phone interview the same day for an internship.  It went well and I was excited because the employer wanted a second interview. On the way to the event later that night, I was talking to my friend about how my interview went great and. We arrived and went to our assigned groups to talk with employers. Low and behold, the second employer to come talk to my group was the person that interviewed me earlier that day. How crazy!?”

“I was quite surprised and immediately thought to myself, this dinner is going to mean much more than just satisfying the requirement for my class. I thought it would be best that since they just met me I should probably sit at their table to get to know them and provide a good first impression. Long story short, the dinner went well. We chatted a little bit and both expressed our excitement to see each other the following week for my second interview. The moral of this story is to show the importance and benefits of not only networking, but the events that UWO offers to us students. Take advantage of these events!!!”

Creating a Job Agent in Titan Jobs

Titan Jobs is making it easier to find employment! Create a job agent to save a search based on your desired criteria and be notified when new positions meeting your criteria are posted. Listen to this podcast to learn how!

Still not sure what to do after graduation? What this Career Spots video on advice from graduates.

 

WISCareers: “It’s your life. Login.”

By Sheng Lee (@shengdanger)

WISCareers is a web-based career information system created by Wisconsin Careers. It is located within the Center for Education and Work at UW Madison’s School of Education. The easy-to-use website encourages a self-directed and engaged approach to career development and job search.

The WISCareers website is designed to help you. By taking its self-assessments you will become aware of yourself and explore how your unique
patterns of interests, skills and values can be applied in your career. Use the ePortfolio to become aware of the relevance of how your current educational experiences serve as the foundation for future career aspirations and life path.

With its many other tools and resources, you will develop the job-seeking skills needed to acquire meaningful employment and make successful transitions into and throughout the world of work. And the best part is it’s all FREE to you if you’re enrolled at UW Oshkosh!

Here’s what it offers:

• Self-assessments matching occupations to interests, values and skills
• Comprehensive information on more than 700 occupations and overviews of more than 450 specializations including: education required, pros and cons, salary ranges, job outlook, and where you can expect to work
• ePortfolio that helps you document your progress and can be shared with others

How to begin:

1.) Create your account:

• go to wiscareers.wisc.edu
• click on Register
• enter the *Registration Code
• click Submit
• create a Username and Password
• Follow the steps to complete the registration and enjoy!

*All UW Oshkosh students are provided with this Registration Code: osh-c427

2.) Access your account

• Go to wiscareers.wisc.edu
• Enter your Username and Password
• Click Login

3.) Transfer your account:

• Need to transfer your account to a new school or organization? Acquire the Registration Code for the new location, then follow these simple steps:

o Go to wiscareers.wisc.edu
o Click on At a new location?
o Enter your Username and Password
o Click Login
o Enter the Registration Code for the new location
o Click Register
o Confirm your new information
o Click Transfer

8 tips for a professional LinkedIn profile

By Sheng Lee (@shengdanger)
Linked in is the well-known dark horse of social media. We all know it exists, but few use it to its full potential. This is a major mistake. When it comes to marketing yourself, most people go straight to Facebook because of its considerable user base, but demographically speaking, LinkedIn is ahead in the social media race with over 135 million users worldwide, 77 percent of users are age 25 and older, and the average household income of users is $109,000. If you want to get serious about social networking, ditch the Facebook playground and graduate to LinkedIn.

LinkedIn is a network of professionals who are the movers and shakers of their industries. Yes, Facebook and Twitter can be powerful tools, but LinkedIn users are known for their no-nonsense sentiments when it comes to their jobs, industry and social network. So keep in mind that while it’s fun to post silly pictures on Facebook and tweet about what you had for lunch on Twitter, the conversations on LinkedIn are more focused on cultivating partnerships and advancing business.

LinkedIn tips:

1.)    Complete your profile

Did you know that your Linkedin profile generally ranks in the top five Google search results for your first and last name? Make sure your profile is completely filled out, because first impressions are everything. Skimping on your personal profile will decrease your value, so take the time to tell people what you’re all about.

2.)    Connect with everyone

When it comes to making connections, get out of your comfort zone. Connecting with people you already know and trust limits your network. Remember: There are 135 million members out there to connect with! The more direct connections you have, the larger your network will be, creating more business opportunities in the long run.

3.)    Customize your URL and websites

Customize your URL and websites to reflect your name. You can do this by finding the “edit profile” option from the “profile” tab at the top of the website. If you have a blog or website to add, scroll down to the “additional information” section of your LinkedIn profile. Click the “edit” button. Select “other” in the dropdown menu and customize its name. A customized website name will inspire others to click through your sites.

4.)    Spice up your image

Your profile now needs some pizzazz and style. A bland, lifeless profile turns off potential connections, so let your personal creativity shine through. Use stories, video recommendations etc. to tell others who you are, what you’re all about and how you can help them advance professionally.

5.)    Recommend others

Recommend others as much as you can, and they will reciprocate. The more you give, the more you receive!

6.)    Join groups

Join LinkedIn groups that will put you in touch with other experts in your industry. Try your hand at starting your own group and establish yourself as an expert in the field. Like a mini-social network, these niche groups will encourage discussions, spread your message and connect you with important people.

7.)    Optimize your search ranking

Many people use LinkedIn to search for experts in their field, a new job or connections. This is where optimization in keyword search is crucial. It takes time and effort to reach the top, but imagine how cool it would be if you rank number one when someone searches for “social” or “management” for example. A way to start is by incorporating your desired keywords into your headline, current work experience, past work experience, summary and specialties.

8.)    Add Apps

Lastly, add applications such as Twitter, WordPress and calendars to your profile. This will promote your work and improve your profile’s overall visitor experience.

 


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