Last Wednesday, Pete Leibman, the president of Idealize Enterprises, spoke in a nearly full Kresge Recital Hall about the “six simple steps for getting your dream job.”
Leibman, who graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2003, started Idealize Enterprises in 2009 when he decided he wanted to help college students prepare to get their dream job upon graduation.
Accompanied by a PowerPoint slideshow, Leibman used “S.I.M.P.L.E.” as an acronym for the steps that could get students hired for their dream jobs. These steps were: set up, identify, makeover, plan, lead and execute.
“At some point, you’re gonna have to go out and get a job,” Leibman said. “I want you to learn from my successes and my mistakes, so that when you graduate you can get any job you want.”
Leibman stressed the importance of networking through contacts, and that even if a job interview does not get someone a job, they can still make contacts through that person.
Besides the basics such as making eye contact during an interview and carrying oneself with confidence, Leibman also told students to be wary of the information they post on the internet, whether it is on Facebook or any other website. He also mentioned how, while 70 percent of all jobs are filled through personal contacts and not through job websites, websites like LinkedIn could help form personal contacts online.
Senior and psychology major Nicole McCabe said, “The online research he talked about was good, like LinkedIn; I’m gonna look into those.”
Regarding the rest of Leibman’s presentation, though, McCabe was not as satisfied.
“I felt like the whole useful part could have been summarized in a paragraph,” she said. “I feel like the rest was completely unnecessary. I already knew if I smile people would like me more.”
Leibman also said that college students should plan for their future jobs by figuring out what job they will want now and make connections through internships, saying that experience will be key in trying to get a career later.
“The whole thing seemed a little bit hokey,” said senior and Creative Writing major Lauren Scott. “I felt like he was presenting the info in a way that treated us like we were high schoolers. It seemed more geared toward students at a state school.”
Senior Elizabeth Deschamps, an Educational Studies major, helped organize the event through her work with the Career Center. Though she was involved, she said that she did not think the information was relevant to everyone in the audience.
“No, I don’t think it was [relevant],” she said. “I think he did a really good job with those in marketing.”
Deschamps said some students told her they hated the presentation, while others thought it was a good use of time.
Scott also said that as a Creative Writing major she did not feel like most of the information Leibman gave was pertinent to her.
“[I felt] the same thing, as a psych major,” McCabe said.
Amongst the advice that Leibman gave that could have been applied to most students, he said not to be afraid of the unknown in job searches, and not to let procrastination grow into fear.
He also suggested that students have a roughly 30-second opening statement prepared for interviews so they could easily give employers a glance at where they come from and who they are.