Fall 2014 FloridaACE Board Meeting Highlights

Megan Waldeck, Secretary, Florida Career Professionals Association

Name Change Updates

We are now officially FloridaACE! Thanks to the Name Change Committee for all your hard work that helped us get here. There is a new logo for the FloridaACE website and social media, as well as a new website URL. To help all members stay engaged, our Communications and Outreach Committee has created a blog to replace our old newsletter. You are still encouraged to submit articles and member updates to be posted to the blog. Please submit your articles (with photos if applicable) and/or news updates to info.manager@florida-ace.org. Member News does not have to be in the form of a formal article – simply email a few sentences regarding you or your staff member’s accomplishment/transition/etc.

2014 Conference

The 2014 conference received good reviews overall. There was LOTS of great interaction with FloridaACE social media – make sure to keep it up and stay connected! Photos from the conference can be found on the FloridaACE Facebook page and in the Members Only section of the FloridaACE website

Keep a lookout for the announcement of the Breakout Spotlight winner from Emmanuela Stanislaus, our Professional Development Director.

2015 Conference

Our Vice President, Adam DeRosa, has posted the 2015 conference tentative schedule on the FloridaACE website. Stay tuned for more updates about the conference site and programming! There was a lot of discussion at the fall board meeting about what we can do to make our upcoming 50 Year Anniversary special at the 2015 conference. Look out for opportunities to get involved!

Organization Updates/Goals

  1. Name change of organization – completed!
  2. Increase membership – Our Membership Development Director, Heather Engelking, is coordinating outreach efforts
  3. Increase volunteer opportunities – This was exemplified through creation of Communications & Outreach Committee. Keep a lookout for more opportunities to get involved!
  4. Review the constitution – Our President, Delicia Lewis, is in the process of reviewing our constitution.
  5. Acquire Director & Officer coverage for board members – in progress

Other News

The CCFCC Career Expo is scheduled for February 27 at the University of Tampa.

Message from the 2014-15 FloridaACE President

2014-15 FloridaACE President, Delicia LewisAs many of you are probably saying to yourselves, and let me echo your sentiment in asking, “where has this year gone?,” I hope that all of you are finding some time in what typically is a very busy period for all of us, to reflect upon this year and celebrate the many personal and professional successes in our lives.

It’s hard to believe we are already in the second half of 2014. As the summer winds down and winter begins to approach us, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on what a great year it has already been. Our dedicated and talented team of board member and volunteers has delivered yet another successful and fun annual conference! Our strong set of keynote speakers gave us a lot to take away for own professional development and the beautiful beach scene in Melbourne provided plenty of fun and relaxing memories.

I am extremely excited about what this year’s conference will bring since we are celebrating 50 years in a historic location, St. Augustine! I encourage everyone to get involved with conference planning by joining a committee of your choice. Not only does this give you direct input on the details of the conference, it also offers you the chance to network with colleagues and make some great friends. If there is anything you feel we can do to make your Florida ACE membership more impactful, don’t hesitate to contact a board member with your ideas. We are always looking for ways to improve the membership experience.

Finally, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as President this year. I am looking forward to continuing to work with such a talented group of professionals and the opportunities for professional development for all of us. Here’s to an exciting and productive year!

Happy 50th Anniversary, Florida Association of Colleges & Employers!

SAVE THE DATE

2015 Florida ACE Annual Conference, June 17th – 19th
Renaissance World Golf Village Resort in St. Augustine

Hope to see you all there!

–Delicia Lewis, FloridaACE President

2014 FloridaACE Annual Conference Evaluation Report

Arin Baynard, Evaluation Committee ChairBqlXN_ACUAAngvu

After a review of the 2014 FloridaACE Annual Conference evaluation survey, the majority of attendees who participated described the conference as “very good” and “excellent.” The following summary illustrates the survey results for the conference.  The FloridaACE Board of Directors and Conference Committee members will review the feedback collected in order to effectively plan and further enrich conference events and programming.

The survey consisted of 15 questions where participants were given the opportunity to rate the overall conference, programming, and events, and provide feedback on what they found to be most and least useful/ effective.   A rating scale of Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor, and N/A was used, along with open-ended questions for comments and suggestions. According to the rating scale, the conference received a rating of 4.44 on a 5.0 scale, with 51.56% of respondents giving it a rating of “excellent”, 40.63% “very good”, and 7.81% “good”. The location, the Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront, received an overall “very good” rating (4.24 out of 5.0), while overall programming received a rating of 4.16.

For programming, the top rated breakout sessions were: Ready, Set, Grow: Providing Seniors the Tools for Success (4.53), Ready Room – Educating Students at the Career Fair (4.50), Ready, Set, Grow…YOUR Career (4.33), and Building Your Personal Brand: What Does it Mean and How Do You Do It? (4.33). The majority of respondents rated the Roundtable Sessions/Employer-Vendor Spotlight as “excellent”, with comments expressing the need for more time at the roundtables. The opening and closing keynote speakers were both rated as “very good” or “excellent”. Additionally, the pre-conference workshop presentations also received ratings of “very good” and “excellent”. However, the offering of CEU (Board of Certified Counselors) courses only influenced 6.25% of the respondents in their decision to attend the conference.

Special events, meals, and receptions with the highest rating were: Recognition Luncheon (4.19), Happy Hour (4.14), and the Snack Bar offered between sessions (4.00). Suggestions included offering a more robust menu at the Reception and more accessible viewing of entertainment during the Closing Banquet and Dinner Show.

In general, participants commented that the conference was “great,” and they enjoyed networking with their peers.  Many thanks to those who participated in the survey and provided essential feedback to make next year’s conference a success.  We look forward to seeing you in 2015!

3 Ways to Effectively Assist Military and Veteran Students in Writing a Resume

by Lindsey Walk, Career Planning Coordinator, University of West Florida

The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are coming to a close, and Congress has unveiled a plan to drastically reduce the number of troops on active duty. With this reduction in force, we can expect to see an increase in the number of veterans pursuing a college education and subsequently utilizing Career Services. It is important for career professionals to understand this unique population and the types of positions they are seeking so we can effectively assist them in writing their resumes.

Speak Their Language

Each branch of the military has its own acronyms and nuances, which can make it difficult for a career coach to assist in translating military experience into a resume. For example, in the Army, a soldier’s job is referred to as a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).  However, in the Navy, a sailor’s job is known as a Rating. If you are not sure what an acronym or a word means, an employer probably will not understand either. Go through the service member’s resume and identify any words you do not believe all employers would understand. Ask the service member to explain or use a search engine to look up the term. It may not be apparent to the service member that the terminology may not be understood by an employer because he or she has been using these words for his or her entire career. Since the resume is likely the most important document in the job search process, ensuring all military jargon is translated to understandable terms is critical.

Have Service Members Review Their Performance Evaluations for Useful Content

Service members have learned many skills through deployments, military training, and other experiences. These experiences are normally well-documented through the service member’s annual performance evaluations. The bullets on the performance evaluations almost always begin with an action verb and typically quantify, both of which are important traits for bullets in the experience section of a resume. They may also be divided into sections such as Competence, Physical Fitness/Military Bearing, Leadership, Training, and Responsibility/Accountability, which could assist in writing a functional resume. Take the time to discuss the experiences from their performance evaluations with them and see how they fit into the type of positions they are currently seeking. Stress to the service member that he or she does not have to show the performance evaluation to you. The performance evaluation can be reviewed privately by the service member, and he or she can choose the relevant bullets and discuss those with you.

Understand the Federal Resume

Many service members are interested in continuing to serve the United States government after leaving the service. To assist service members in this goal, career professionals must have an in-depth understanding of the USAJOBS website. The majority of federal positions are posted through USAJOBS with few exceptions. Career professionals must be aware of the drastic difference between a federal and private sector resume.

Some differences between a private sector and a federal resume include the following:

  • A private sector resume is typically 1-2 pages while it is common for a federal resume to be 3-5 pages in length
  • Federal resumes should be written in paragraph format while bullets are preferred for the private sector
  • Keywords should be capitalized on a federal resume to call the attention of the Human Resources professional reviewing the document while this would not be appropriate on a private sector resume
  • A private sector resume does not require the applicant’s social security number, supervisor’s name, and contact information, salary, veterans’ preference status, and other personal details while these are requirements of a federal resume
  • Federal resumes include a combination of details and accomplishments for all positions the applicant has ever held while private sector resumes typically require less position detail and focus more on accomplishments

It is recommended that applicants use USAJOBS resume format instead of uploading their own versions of a federal resume. Using the USAJOBS format presents the information in a clear, organized, and uniform way making it easier for Human Resource professionals to review. All career professionals should create and build a USAJOBS resume as this will make the process easier to explain to those you are assisting.

Remember that many service members join the military right out of high school and may not have written a resume previously. This is a population that has much to offer employers, and your assistance will be instrumental in helping them meet their career goals.