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Seminars, resources, and the post graduation survey – #USTCareerScoop

Published on: Monday, April 21st, 2014

Career Scoop from the UST Career Development Center

…from the Career Development Center


Seminars this week

The following seminars will be held this week in Murray Herrick room 124. For a complete list and to sign up, visit our seminars and events page.

  • Interviewing Skills: Wednesday, April 23 at 12:30 p.m.
  • I have a summer internship, now what? Wednesday, April 23 at 3:00 p.m.

Services and Resources for Deciding on a Major or Researching Career Fields.

What can I do with a major in_________?  What jobs are in demand and how much do they pay?  If you are exploring major field options or trying to decide on a career direction the Career Development Center offers counseling services to assist students as well as a website resources to research and explore ideas and career paths.

What is the class of 2013 alumni doing?

Curious to know what careers alumni are pursuing or which companies they are employed by?  The 2013 Post Graduation Survey was recently completed and is now available providing information on UST alumni job titles, places of employment, salaries, graduate school attendance or volunteer sites.  This information can be useful in learning more about majors, career directions, potential employers, salary ranges and advanced degree schooling.

Networking…Better Late Than Never!

Published on: Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

The end of the school year is nearly here and you do not have job or internship lined up yet for the summer. What to do?  Kick your networking in to high gear starting today!

Contrary to what you might think, networking does not have to be an uncomfortable experience. Many people are reluctant to reach out because they don’t want to appear annoying or desperate. If that describes you, consider that networking is actually an opportunity to build relationships. When you reach out for help you are also making yourself available to help others.

Face-to-Face Networking in 8 Easy Steps

  1. Identify the type of job/internship you want.
  2. Create a list of all the people you know who might be able to help connect you to someone in an industry/field/job you want to be a part of. You are probably connected to more people than you think. Family, friends, co-workers, professors, casual acquaintances, your best friend’s sister’s co-worker…you get the idea.
  3. Contact a few people on your list. Be specific about the type of experience you are hoping for so that person can help you the best way possible.
  4. When you have a contact, get in touch either by phone or email and respectfully ask if they would be willing to meet for a 30-45 minute informational interview where you can talk about their job, what they love, the challenges they have at work, and advice they have for you.
  5. Prepare a list of questions you would like to ask your contact.
  6. Dress professionally and meet your contact. DO NOT ASK FOR A JOB, but do ask if the person knows anyone else you might connect with.
  7. Ask to connect on LinkedIn and most importantly…
  8. …stay in touch with your contact. Send an email or call every so often and let your contact know what you are up to. If you land a job or internship, let them know and continue staying in touch.

If you haven’t already explored LinkedIn as a networking source, now may be a great time.  A survey from Jobvite found that 93 percent of job recruiters use LinkedIn to find potential employees.

To learn more about face-to-face networking, LinkedIn or to have your online profile reviewed by a career specialist, make an appointment with the Career Development Center today!

Events and Find help choosing a major – #USTCareerScoop

Published on: Monday, April 14th, 2014

Career Scoop from the UST Career Development Center

…from the Career Development Center

Seminars

Check our Seminars and Events for more details. This week’s offerings include the following held in Murray Herrick Campus Center room 124.

  • Interviewing Skills- Wednesday, April 16 at 12:30
  • Resume Writing- Wednesday, April 16 at 1:30

Employment Agencies Information Fair

Tuesday, April 15 in the Anderson Student Center. Feel free to stop in anytime between 11:30 a.m.-1:30 pm. Employment Agencies offer contract and short-term employment for students seeking summer work, and many have full-time jobs for graduating seniors. So bring your resumes, your questions, and your friends!

Virtual Career Fair

Employers offering full-time jobs, Co-ops and Internships for all types of majors and degree will be held on Thursday, April 17.  Register on line, review the list of participating employers and submit a resume prior to the date.

Choosing a major: Undecided about which major to declare?

Career Counselors can provide guidance to assist in making your decision.  A variety of inventories are available to gain insight into your interests, personality, values and skills that will offer ideas on college majors or career fields.  Call to schedule an appointment.

Looking for a job or internship?

Tommie Careers currently has nearly 1,300 jobs posted for students seeking part-time, internship, full-time and seasonal work.  Use the advanced search options to sort and save your favorites or create a search agent for automatic email notifications sent directly to you each time a position matching your search is posted.

A Job Search Success Story

Published on: Thursday, April 10th, 2014

An alumni was referred to me for a resume review.  I made a few suggestions to help refine it, but clearly a lot of work had already gone in to it.

This client followed up with me a few weeks later to tell me that she used this revised version to apply for a job with a company that had long been of interest to her, and….she got the job offer!

I can’t reveal details about this client or the employer, but I can say she will be working for a well-known company that has a reputation for being difficult to break in to.  Therefore, I asked her how she did it and how she got her initial connection.

I’ve translated highlights of her response in to pieces of advice for job seekers.  All were elements leading to her success.

Stay in touch with fellow alum!

A fellow UST alum is now a recruiter for a company, so my client approached her for some resume advice.  She was given access to what are considered effective resume formats, therefore, she modeled some of her revisions on this information.

Utilize professional recruiters & staffing agencies.

This client’s initial contact with her new employer is because she posted her resume online with a staffing agency.  One of the recruiters there saw it and shared this position with her, setting up an initial interview.

Thoroughly prepare for job interviews.

The staffing company recommended my client for a full round of interviews with employer hiring managers.  Interviews are how you get offers, she writes: “I really worked on answering the questions thoroughly and relating them back to the job.  I had done that in previous interviews, but not as well.  I didn’t give enough examples that demonstrated that I could do the taskThis time I was able to articulate that to the hiring managers.”

What I did not mention before is that this alum has a traditional liberal arts degree, and is now working for a major corporation.  She leveraged her undergraduate research and other work experience to demonstrate transferrable skills, related them to this position, and expressed her willingness to learn.

A true Success Story – hope her best practices are helpful to those of you embarking on a job search!

MEET STAFFING/EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES AT THE APRIL 15 INFORMATION FAIR over Convo Hour – www.stthomas.edu/careerdevelopment/events

 

 

Season Finale of As the Tommie Searches: Did you watch? [Video]

Published on: Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

right-img-attsHey, did you catch the season finale of the student produced series As the Tommie Searches?

In February we began to release five all new episodes which followed Tommie as he honed his interviewing skills. You won’t want to miss any part of it as the episodes were written, acted, and produced by UST students, so show your support, watch, give a thumbs up, and share their accomplishment as you gather the career information you need to succeed in your own job search path.

Thank you to all who worked on this project, past and present, and we hope to have a whole new season in the near future.

Cast and Crew for Episodes 4-8:

  • Chloe Johnson ’13 (Directed)
  • Kristen Mann ’11 (Wrote)
  • Nicholas Welter & Stephen Zepp (Voiced)
  • David Niaz (Created and Edited Video and Music)

Scripts, MP3s and more can be found on the As the Tommie Searches web page.

Spring – #USTCareerTalkPodcast Episode 143

Published on: Monday, April 7th, 2014

Career Talk airs Mondays at noon live on KUST

Career Talk airs Mondays at noon live on KUST

This week, Job Hunting and As the Tommie Searches Episode 8. Music played includes Beck, Neil Young, and The Honey Trees.

Career Talk is sponsored by the UST Career Development Center and can be heard online, live on KUST (kustradio.com) Mondays at noon.

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Can’t listen live? Download episodes from this blog, subscribe to the podcast feed or through iTunes, or watch on YouTube. We are happy to take career related questions, comments, greetings, and stories from the St. Thomas community to share on-air. Students, faculty, staff and alumni may contact us via email: careertalk@stthomas.edu or the Career Talk hot-line at (651) 962-6770. Visit the Career Talk web page for more information.

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Still searching for a job? Plan to attend one or more of these events – #USTCareerScoop

Published on: Monday, April 7th, 2014

Career Scoop from the UST Career Development Center

…from the Career Development Center

This week offers a plethora of offerings! For more information visit our seminars and events page.

  • Tommie Connections Alumni Networking: Tuesday, April 8 at 7:00 m
  • Law Enforcement Career Fair: Wednesday, April 9 from 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Employment at MN Charter Schools: Wednesday, April 9 from 4:00-6:15 p.m.
  • Careers in Social Work: Wednesday, April 9 from 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Seminars this week: all held in 124 MHC

  • Evaluating Job Offers and Negotiating Salary for Seniors: Tuesday, April 8 at noon
  • Resume Writing and Cover Letters: Wednesday, April 9 at 12:30 p.m.
  • Interviewing Skills: Thursday, April 10 at noon
  • Finding Summer Employment: Thursday, April 10 at 2:00 p.m.

Looking ahead

Plan to attend:

Employment Agencies Information Fair: Tuesday, April 15 in the Anderson Student Center. Feel free to stop in anytime between 11:30 a.m.-1:30 pm. Employment Agencies offer contract and short-term employment for students seeking summer work, and many have full-time jobs for graduating seniors. So bring your resumes, your questions, and your friends!

Virtual Career Fair: Employers offering full-time jobs, Co-ops and Internships for all types of majors and degree will be held on Thursday, April 17.  Register online, review the list of participating employers and submit a resume prior to the date.

Juggling multiple applications – and maybe, offers?

Published on: Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Sometimes, after interviewing with multiple employers, we know which employer would be our favorite, but what if they are not the ones to come through with the first offer – what to do then?

If this happens, we suggest you be honest and try to negotiate for more time, “an extension.”

You should never have to give an employer an answer on the spot; they should give you a date by which they would like a reply.

After thinking through your response, call the employer and tell them that you have more interviews in your schedule (you have not yet completed the interview process with all employers), and ask if you could get back to them with an answer at a later date?  They will either give you a new response deadline date or may ask how long you need?  Think about this, how much time do you need?  Give yourself plenty of time to allow for second interviews with other companies, but be reasonable.  An employer may not be able to wait for you for a month.   They will tell you if they can’t wait as long as you propose.

Remember, be honest and transparent in your communication.  People respect this and are more inclined to be flexible if they know you are being sincere.

If you are unsure how to do this or if you are having trouble deciding about offers, make an appointment with a career specialist, call 651-962-6761.

What a resume is not and other musings – #USTCareerTalkPodcast Episode 142

Published on: Monday, March 31st, 2014

Career Talk airs Mondays at noon live on KUST

Career Talk airs Mondays at noon live on KUST

This week, What a Resume is Not and As the Tommie Searches episode 7. Music played includes Bob Dylan, Danny O’Keefe, and Secret Colours.

Career Talk is sponsored by the UST Career Development Center and can be heard online, live on KUST (kustradio.com) Mondays at noon.

20 min:  
Download

10 min:  
Download

50 min:  
Download

Can’t listen live? Download episodes from this blog, subscribe to the podcast feed or through iTunes, or watch on YouTube. We are happy to take career related questions, comments, greetings, and stories from the St. Thomas community to share on-air. Students, faculty, staff and alumni may contact us via email: careertalk@stthomas.edu or the Career Talk hot-line at (651) 962-6770. Visit the Career Talk web page for more information.

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April Opportunities – #USTCareerScoop

Published on: Monday, March 31st, 2014

Career Scoop from the UST Career Development Center

…from the Career Development Center

April offers the following opportunities to connect with employers:

Internships at Minnesota Historical Society

Internships at the Minnesota Historical Society for Summer and Fall 2014 internships will be posted to their website on Tuesday, April 1. The application for Summer positions will close on Sunday, April 13.  For Summer 2014, they currently have 20 positions available across 35+ majors in 15 departments (this list and funded opportunities are expected to grow, so please check the website for the most updated list when available).

8 of these positions are paid. In addition, students who are from communities of color or American Indian nations currently underrepresented in the Society and the public history field are able to apply for an additional stipend to support an unpaid internship.

Law Enforcement Opportunities Fair

The Career Fair is Wednesday, April 9th, 11:30am to 5:30pm at the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Education Center (LECJEC) located at 9110 Brooklyn Boulevard, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445. The fair is a proactive and innovative way for your college staff to meet and discuss career opportunities with diverse students that are interested in Criminal Justice. Fair information and online registration is available at www.laweo.org/career_fair.html.

Employment Agencies Fair

The Career Development Center will host an this event at UST on Tuesday, April 15th.  Meet and make contacts with representatives from a number of local employment agencies anytime over the Convo Hour, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Campus Way, second level, Anderson Student Center.

Employment agencies offer short-term employment for students seeking summer work and many have full-time positions for graduating seniors.  Bring a résumé and questions for the representatives and “shop around” for the agency that fits your needs. For a great description of what these agencies can do for job seekers, check this out:

http://www.americanstaffing.net/jobseekers/

Video clip from last year’s fair – a Randstad representative describes how staffing companies can help you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9kAAKp56KU

Virtual Career Fair

Employers offering full-time jobs, Co-ops and Internships for all types of majors and degree will be held on Thursday, April 17.  Register on line, review the list of participating employers and submit a resume prior to the date at: https://www.careereco.com/Fair/EventDetails?fairId=7aa07e4f-19a2-4b69-b789-a2af0183db38