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040 – Landing the Job : Why First Impressions, Body Language, & Online Presence Matter

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This talk is of practical value and interest to students across all discipline, since all students (presumably) will find themselves in a position of being interviewed for a job, internship, graduate school scholarship. Ms. Pamela Gockley presents the hard facts about how employers assess potential employees, and helps students land a job.  She assists them in achieving  this goal by becoming more self-aware through a focused, honest process of self-assessment (there will be handouts relating to that).

She combines the value of having a liberal arts education with employers’ needs for excellent communication skills, verbal and nonverbal, online and off.

Students will hear a perspective from the business community that is unlike the textbook cases they might have been studying in business classes, simply because this active leader in the business world will be challenging them to understand how an employer views them before they even walk in for an interview.

Pamela S. Gockley discusses the three pillars of reputation—first impressions, communications, and networking (including social networking) in this talk designed to help students land a job or internship. As CEO of Vigilant Corp. and President and founder of Pennsylvaniajobs.com, Gockley has coached hundreds of job-seekers and employers alike on interviewing, reputation assessment, and networking online and in person.She discusses such topics as:

  • Are employers really looking at my Facebook page?
  • Does my opinion of myself match up with how other people see me?
  • What are the do’s and don’ts of body language in an interview?
  • Should I hide my tattoos and piercings?
  • How can I make that first impression count?

Pamela S. Gockley is the author of The Reputation Factor. She holds an AAS degree in Business Management and a BS degree in Political Science from Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA. During her business career, she has been involved in the creation of eight businesses, which includes seven start-ups and one acquisition. She has advised and mentored many other businesses, both established and start-ups. Pam was selected by then-Governor Rendell as one of 50 Outstanding Business Women in Pennsylvania in 2004 and In 2005, she was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Small Business Development Center at Kutztown University.

She is a frequent and popular guest speaker for business groups, conferences, corporations, and non-profit organizations. In 1996, Pam and her business partner, now husband, Dean Hornberger, formed Vigilant Internet Services Corporation in Reading, PA. In 2004, Vigilant Internet Services Corp. was renamed Vigilant Corporation.

See Pamela Gockely and Gockley Associates for more info of Pamela and her Profession.



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