HRAC Newsletter - February 2017 Edition

Upcoming Events

  • 2/28/17 Anniversary Bowling Party - AMF Indian River @ 6:00 pm
  • 3/11/17 General Body Meeting & Elections - Time and Location TBD


Quote of the Month

"The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge."
-Bertrand Russell

Employment Opportunities

Financial Operations Manager
Anthem (Amerigroup)
Virginia Beach, VA
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Digital Marketing Research Analyst
Christian Broadcasting Network
Virginia Beach, VA 
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Business Analyst
Hampton, VA
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Human Resources Generalist
LoanShare HR
Virginia Beach, VA
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Procurement Analyst 1
Newport News Shipbuilding
Newport News, VA
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Good Reads

Body Language
By Dominic Mann

The Effective Manager
By Mark  Horstman



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Celebrating 5 Years! 

Join us on Saturday, February 18 as we celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Hampton Roads Alumni Chapter.

Established in January 2012, our chapter endeavors to become one of the premier alumni chapters in the Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity.  As such, we strive to become a standard of excellence for alumni chapters worldwide.  With strong chapter leadership and a large, loyal base of alumni members, we continue to provide exciting events and innovative programs to benefit all local brothers.

This year, we will celebrate with a bowling party at the AMF Indian River bowling alley in Virginia Beach.  The fun will begin at 6:00 pm.  Come out to bowl, eat, have drinks and socialize with your bros!


Renew your Membership for 2017

It's that time again.  Membership renewal for 2017 is here.  Will you join us this year as we work to grow the chapter to make it bigger and better?  We can't do it without you.

What do you get for joining?  In addition to being an official chapter member, your dues will allow you to attend special member-only events, give you voting privileges, provide you an opportunity to be an officer or committee member, and with our new chamber membership, get discounted rates at various local venues.   

We hope to utilize dues to continue our chamber membership as well as offer discounted activities again in 2017.  In 2016, we offered highly discounted member-only events at Top Golf, Williamsburg Winery and Escape Room as well as other events including our chapter-provided annual cookout.

Join now.  Your membership will be good through December 31, 2017.

Dues may be paid in person or online by clicking on the link below.



General Body Meeting and Elections Coming in March

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us at the first general body meeting of 2017!  This will be a very important meeting as we will hold elections for our 2017 officers.  We encourage that as many of you that are able will attend this meeting.  The meeting will be held on the Peninsula on Saturday, March 11.  The time and location will be determined at a later time.  Please remember that you must pay membership dues prior to the meeting in order to vote.

The positions open for elections will include:  President, Executive Vice President, VP of Administration, VP of Finance, VP of Marketing, and VP of Inter-Chapter Relations.  Please think carefully about the roles and if you or someone you know would make a good candidate for any of the positions.  Please send your nominations to our chapter president,

Congratulations Iota Pi Chapter

On Sunday, January 27, the Iota Pi chapter at Christopher Newport University inducted 24 new pledges.  We would like to congratulate the chapter for another job well done!

As a part of Iota Pi's rush week, they held Alumni Night on Thursday, January 19.  The event gives potential new members an opportunity to speak with older members of the organization and learn how being a brother in AKPsi has benefited them.  Alumni night is a great opportunity for us to get to know our local student brothers as well as help with recruitment for the chapter.  If you have never attended an Iota Pi rush event, we encourage you to consider attending the next one in the fall.

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How to Answer 'Why did you Leave your Last Job?'
by Liz Ryan

It is a shame that so many job interviewers treat a job interview as an interrogation rather than the friendly and human conversation it should be.

Poorly-trained interviewers not only ask intrusive and inappropriate questions of job-seekers but they also have a knack for making every question sound like an accusation.

That's one reason why job-seekers worry about the best way to answer the interview question "Why did you leave your last job?"

They may feel that they have to defend themselves against the presumption that they did something terrible at their last job that led them to be banished forever!

If you were laid off or terminated from your last job, you might really sweat the question "Why did you leave your last job?" but you don't need to. You never need to tell an interviewer if you were fired.

Here are 10 ways to answer the question "Why did you leave your last job?"

1. I learned a tremendous amount at that job but there was no additional learning for me to get there. I was interested in pursuing my love of [whatever you're looking to do in your next job] and that's why I contacted your company.

2. I worked way too hard at my job to have time available to job-hunt alongside my work, so when I decided I needed a new challenge I left my job to focus on my job search full-time.

3. The direction of my last company shifted away from [the topic I'm most interested in] so it was the perfect time for me to leave.

4. I left that job in the reorganization after their acquisition, and since then I've been focusing on learning more about organizations whose missions particularly speak to me, like yours.

5. I finished a huge project at my last job and was very proud of our team. I realized it was the perfect stopping point for me in that organization and a great time to try something new. That's when I learned about your firm.

6. I was in Inside Sales in that job and I loved it but I was ready to move into Outside Sales and the company didn't have any job openings, so I looked further afield.

7. I was one of the first people hired into my last company and I was happy to help them grow. When they switched from a fast-growth mode to maintenance mode that was my cue to move on.

8. That was a great job until I realized that I need to get more involved in [dental-floss farming, e.g.] , started to look around and found your company.

9. They were making strategic changes in the company that will be very good for them but made my job much less interesting and challenging, so it was the perfect time for me to make a change.

10. I wanted to find a work environment like the one you have here. I'd love to hear more about it!

Liz Ryan is writer for the Huffington Post, Business Week, LinkedIn, the Harvard Business Review, the Denver Post and  Prior to writing, she was a Fortune 500 HR SVP.  Ryan now leads the worldwide Human Workplace movement to reinvent work for people.
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