Board of Directors
ELECTED TO REPRESENT N.C. DISTRI"'.
1. D.Jordan Whichard III ' 79 (2007) .....Greenville
2. Philip A. Baddour Jr. ' 64 (2007) . .. . ... Goldsboro
3.Joseph M.Jenkins ' 70 (2008) . ... . . . .. Fayetteville
4.Phail WynnJr. ' 89 (MBA) (2006) ....Hillsborough
5. Dana Borden Laey ' 61 (2006) .. . .. . .Greensboro
6. Karen Lynn Parker ' 65 (2OOS) . . .. Winston-Salem
7.williamj. Leach]r. ' 67 (200S) .. . .. .. . .Statesville
S. Rosa Thompson MeMee ' 75 (2007) . ... Charlotte
9. Walter H. Dalton ' 71 (2007) . .... .Rutherfordton
10.Joseph P.McGuire ' 72 (2006) . . .. Asheville
ELECTED TO REP'" SENT OUT-O'-STATE IlUMNI
Laura Hobby Beckworth 'SO (2006) . .Houston
Constance Le wis Cromartie 'S7 (2006) .Gaithe Wurg.Md
Randy K.Jones ' 79 (2006) ........ Chula Vista, Calif.
Joseph M.Jenrette III ' 73 (2007) ..... Charleston, S.c.
L. Joseph Love1md Jr. ' 73 (2007) . . . . .. .Atlanta
Linda RobertsOn Viglucci 'S3 (2007) .Coral Gables, Aa.
James E. Delany ' 70 (2OOS) . . . . . .. Park Ridge, Ill.
Virginia Commander KnOtt 72 (2008) . .Mill Neck, N. Y
David B. L. Royle ' 78 (2008) . .. . .. Washington, D. C.
EX JffICIQ. REPRI.SENTING !HE . TUDEN! BOny
Seth M. Dearmin . .. . . President, Student Body
Ryan C. Tuek . . . . . . .... Editor, 11, e Daily Ta, Heel
Bobby L. Whisnant Jr. . . . . ... President, Senior Cia- 55
Alexander M. Freeman .. Pres., Order of the Bell Tower
EX OFFICIO, REPRE'ENTlNG THE FACULTY
James L. Leloudis 11 ' 77 (2006) . . . Chapel Hill
PRESIDfNT~ O';CHOOl ALUMN, ASSOCiATION. (EX OfFICIO)
Sue Edw: nd; ' 85 (MR.p),Ciry &Reg1 Plan. .silver Spring. Md
John D. Matheson '02 (MBA), Dentistry ..... Asheville
David Augustus Martin ' 73, Education .. . .. .Raleigh
Amy Becil Gresko '03, Information & Library Science.. .Cary
Beth McNichol ' 95, Journalism . . . . . . Durhanl
Donna Rhea Rascoe ' 93, Law . . .. . .. . .. . Raleigh
William M.HerndonJr. ' 74 ( 81 MO),Medicine .. Charlotte
Bobbie Jo Lee ' 93 (' 97 MSN), Nursing ........ Ca.ry
Gill Ripley ' 71, Pharmacy. . .... .. .. Elkin
Larry Michael Davis ' 85, Public Admin..... Greensboro
Donna Gayle King '00 (MPH), Public He:J!cil . Timberlake
Matthew J. Sullivan 'S9 ( 97 MSW). Social Work. Dumartl
ALUMNI ON T~' ATHLETIC ~OUNCIL (ELECTED AT LARGE)
Joel M. Brown ' 69 (2006) . . . . . . Winston-Salem
Kenneth W. Huff ' 71 (2007) . . . ... Durham
Richard F. Taylor ' 50 (200S) ... . . .Lumberton
Color Me Perfect
We can learn a lot from a box of crayons. Some crayons are sharp and some are
dull. Some are vibrant and some are pasteL
Basic blue and ordinary red coexist with
Mango Tango and Razzle Dazzle R ose. All
colors are important, but not all of them
are right for every picture.
One hundred years ago, crayons came in
eight colors: blue, black, brown, green,
orange, red, violet and yello w - basic, solid
colors. There was nothing wrong with any
of them. However, creating a picture with
those basic colors could be frustrating. It's
difficult to get just the right shades and
hues with only eight colors.
Crayons have changed with the times.
Crayon makers, responding to popular
demand, have added more colors over the
years. Today crayons come in more than
120 colors as well as several shapes and
sizes. Some can even sparkle, glow in the
dark or smell like fruit.
In managing your career, it is helpful to
think of your skills as crayons. If your box
of skills contains only the basics, you might
find it difficult to survive and thrive in a
workplace marked by change, complexity
and competition. It is important to have a
variety of skills and to keep them sharp.
Meet with your manager regularly to
determine what skills are necessary fo r
continued excellence in your job. Talk to
colleagues you admire and ask them about
emerging trends. Get on the Web and
familiarize yourself with the key compe-
tencies in your industry. Discover what's
hot and what's not.
Continue to upgrade your skills even
when things are going well.You cannot
afford to become complacent. Take a
course, seminar or workshop. R ead a book,
a magazine or an article about advances in
your field.Join a business or professional
organization and take an active role. Attend
a conference. Take on a new assignment.
Develop a reputation for making things
happen. Keep your manager informed
about how you are expanding and honing
Think about how you can use your skills
and experience in a different environment.
Identif Y your transferable skills, those v
alu-able skills that you have gathered through
your job, volunteer
sports and life
are the skills that
transcend your job title, company - and
industry - things such as customer serv-
ice, management, problem-solving, sales and
communication. Just as the same crayons
can be used to color different pictures,
transferable skills can be used whether you
are changing jobs, looking for your first job
or re-entering the workforce.
Incorporate your transferable skills into
your marketing materials: your resume,
cover letter and personal commercial.
Emphasize skills that typify the kind of job
you want in the future, not particularly the
job you had in the past.
For example, if you are a school social
worker who wants to transition into phar-
maceutical sales, some of the skills you
used working with high school students
are the same skills needed to be a success-
ful salesperson. Highlight your excellent
communication, organizational and inter-
personal skills. Demonstrate your ability to
con.nect easily with diverse groups of peo-
ple, forge key relationships, educate the
"client;' develop creative strategies, mai
ntain records and manage multiple prio
Be sure to stay with the employer's per-
spective, not yours. Don't waste precious
space on your reswne talking about things
that are of no interest to the next employer.
Color your experience so that it speaks to
employers in their language. Instead of sa
ying that you counseled students with addic-
tion problems, focus on the skills that are
applicable to the position you are seeking.
You have much more to offer than the
basic eight crayons. R esist the temptation
to define yourself by a job title, company
or industry. Think how you can refine,
reuse and blend the colors in your Big Box
Unda Conklin is the GAA's manager of Alumni Career
Services. Contact her with career-related questions at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 962-3749. Her
advice and other career-related information can be
found at alumni.unc.edu/career.
Ma rch/Apr il 2006