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Move your career planning to the next level – #USTCareerScoop

Published on: Monday, October 27th, 2014

Career Scoop from the UST Career Development Center

…from the Career Development Center

With first semester half-way over you are moving along to complete maybe your first or possibly last semester at UST.  Wherever you are in the process, the Career Development Center provides services and resources to assist with your career planning.

First-year (iExplore) and Second-year (iPlan)

Are you feeling stuck about what major is the right one?  Before you register for J-term and spring classes schedule an appointment to assess yourself and explore options that would be possible.

Juniors (iFocus) and Seniors (iExcel)

Take steps to look and apply for internships or full-time career positions or research professional/graduate school options and prepare applications.  Schedule a time to meet with a counselor to discuss your next steps.

Seminars this week

Employer and Graduate School Fairs

Career and job fair opportunities this week and next – #USTCareerScoop

Published on: Monday, October 20th, 2014

Career Scoop from the UST Career Development Center

…from the Career Development Center

As you move into mid-term with a fall break day on Friday there are plenty of opportunities offered by the Career Development Center.

Seminars

Employer Information Session

Career and Job Fairs

Government and Nonprofit Career Fair
Friday, October 24 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Visit with representatives from a variety of government branches and nonprofit organizations.  Attend seminars to hear more about federal employment and careers in non-profits.  Visit www.togpartners.com/govnonprofitfair to see a list of employers and workshop schedule.  Fair is free and walk-ins are welcome.  Bring a copy of your resume. Dress is business casual.

BioMed Virtual Career Fair
Wednesday, October 22 from 8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.

Minneapolis Career Fair
Thursday, October 30 from 10:00 a.m.-2: 00 p.m.

Deadline for Wells Fargo Sophomore Leaders and Summer Conference Programs
Friday, October 24

Video Blog: One Simple Tip To Remember for the Vitrual Career Fair

Published on: Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

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Whether it is an in-person job fair, a virtual job fair or a face to face interview your task is going to be the same.

Use the opportunity to get across what you – your talents, your education, your job and internship experiences- will bring that is going to be an asset to the employer.

In the attached video, above, a recruiter gives a simple recipe for interview preparation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is a Virtual Career Fair and Why Should I “Attend” One?

Published on: Monday, October 13th, 2014

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Have you ever attended a career fair? If so, you know the routine:

  • Research companies of interest
  • Dress professionally
  • Print multiple copies of your resume on high-quality resume paper to give to employers
  • Practice your smile, your firm (but not too firm) handshake, and your elevator speech

Sound familiar?

What if you could skip the last 3 items on the list above? Well, you can. A virtual career fair takes place entirely online so you won’t need to perfect your handshake just yet. Employers, usually hiring managers or recruiters, are available in chat rooms to meet you online, ask questions about your experiences, and answer questions you might have about open positions. When you participate in a virtual career fair you become part of a smaller pool of applicants and have the advantage of “meeting” many employers from the comfort of your own location.

The Minnesota Private Colleges Career Consortium will host a Virtual Career Fair & Grad School Fair THIS FRIDAY, October 17th. Nearly 30 employers and over 50 graduate programs have registered to “attend.”

How to Prepare

Do your research. Check out the list of employers and grad schools participating, then go to their website to view opportunities, learn about their leadership, clients served and/or products delivered.

Update your resume and have it reviewed. Ideally, tailor your resume to the position(s) you are seeking. Name the company and position in the objective, pay attention to skills sought by those employers and mention how you have used those skills in your work/volunteer/leadership experiences.

Save a copy of your resume(s) as a pdf on your desktop so you are able to quickly email it off to recruiters to discuss in real time.

Have your introduction ready. You may not have to deliver your 30-second elevator speech, but you should have something similar for an online format. When will you graduate? What are you studying? What types of experiences and skills do your have that will benefit the company?

Check your internet connection. Turn off your notifications and make sure your battery is fully charged.

Follow-up. Send an email to the recruiter to thank them for their time at the virtual career fair and reiterate your interest in any positions of interest.

Keep in mind that some employers at virtual career fairs will request to video chat. In that case, be sure to dress professionally, have a clean and uncluttered background, and smile!

Stop in to the Career Development Center during Pop-In hours this week for quick resume reviews and answers to your other questions about virtual career fairs.

For more information and to register, check out the MPCCC Virtual Career Fair and Grad School Fair website, send an email to minnesota@careereco.com, or call 770-980-0088.

Seminars, Employer Information Sessions, Fairs and Conferences – #USTCareerScoop

Published on: Monday, October 13th, 2014

Career Scoop from the UST Career Development Center

…from the Career Development Center

The fast pace continues with a multitude of offerings for students seeking internships and full-time positions as well as students exploring career options.

Seminars:

For a full list of events visit our Seminars and Events page.

Employer Information Sessions:

Virtual Career Fair

Friday, October 17, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Meet Employers offering Full-time Jobs, Co-ops, and Internships & Grad Schools offering Advanced Degrees.  Please register for this event.

Government and Nonprofit Fair

Friday, October 24, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The Government & Nonprofit Career Fair allows candidates to pursue professional opportunities and internships in all levels of government and nonprofit agencies. For list of employers see http://www.togpartners.com/govnonprofitfair/

To register for this event, log into TommieCareers and click on the RSVP button within the description.

Plan to attend a Government/Nonprofit Fair preparation session on Thursday, October 16 at 3:30 p.m. to get more insight on how to be successful at the fair.

Wells Fargo Sophomore Leadership Conference and Summer Internship Program Application deadline October 24

Undergraduate sophomores may apply for the opportunity to learn about Wells Fargo, company values, and culture through a 2-day conference. Visit our website for details and how to apply.

Juniors & Seniors: Preparing for Graduate School

Published on: Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

By Amber Bieneck Thom

Fall is often the time when upperclassmen start thinking about their post-graduation plans, and an option often thought of by many is “Should I go to graduate school?” – There are many things to consider when starting to ponder graduate education, so here’s a couple short-lists for Juniors and Seniors!

Disclaimer: If you’re considering graduate school in some of the health professions (Medical School and Dental School, in particular) you’ll want to note that the typical application process for these fields starts earlier than many other graduate programs!

Juniors

  1. Is graduate school the right choice for my career goals? – For come careers or fields, graduate school is a necessity. For others, it’s not. It’s important to think long and hard about what your ultimate goals are, before choosing to pursue post-graduate education.  Graduate school should NOT be used as a means to delay career decision making!
  2. If the answer is “Yes,” which programs are the best fit? – There are oodles of different graduate programs and schools, and some of them are likely to align more closely with your goals and values than others. RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH, and start a list of potential schools that fit your needs – you don’t have to apply to them ALL, but the list will come in handy later!
  3. What tests do I need to take? – If you thought the ACT was the last standardized test you’d ever have to take, you might be wrong. Many graduate schools require you to take an exam to gain entry. It’s a bummer, I know, and that’s why it’s important to start thinking about it early! You’ll need time to study, because you DON’T want to wing it.
  4. Start thinking about your personal statement and how to articulate your goals. – You’re also guaranteed to have to write a personal statement or other essays as part of your application. Start thinking about what you want to say, and why a graduate education is important to you and your goals.

Seniors

  1. Start a checklist for each application & MARK THE DUE DATES ON YOUR CALENDAR! – Seriously. Put it in your phone, on your computer, in your planner, WHEREVER! Do what you need to do to make sure you’re not forgetting important dates.
  2. Stay in touch with those writing your Letters of Recommendation – You almost certainly have a few professors or supervisors writing letters of recommendation, so make sure you’re keeping in touch with them – especially as due dates for applications creep closer! Sometimes they need more information from you, and sometimes they need a friendly little reminder – and of course you want to thank them once the letters are done.
  3. Finalize your personal statements! – Chances are you’ve written a few different personal statements, depending on your application demands. Take them in to the writing center and other reviewers for some final edits before you get ready to send them off!
  4. Start preparing for interviews.  – I know it seems like a lifetime away, but once interviewing season starts, it’s going to go FAST, so better to be prepared in advance! Ask your advisor(s) for advice, attend an interviewing seminar, and maybe even schedule a mock interview to get yourself ready!

October events – #USTCareerScoop

Published on: Monday, October 6th, 2014

iFocus and iExcel (Juniors and Seniors)

Employer Information Sessions:

Career Fairs:

  • MN Private Colleges Virtual Fair: Friday, October 17 8:00-5:00 p.m. Meet and chat with employers offering Full-time Jobs, Co-ops, and Internships & Grad Schools offering Advanced Degrees.  Please register in-advance for this event by clicking on the link.
  • Government/Non-profit Fair: Friday, October 24 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The Government & Nonprofit Career Fair allows candidates to pursue professional opportunities and internships in all levels of government and nonprofit agencies.

On-Campus Interviewing:

Employers will continue to interview through early November.  Be sure to check the company list and positions frequently for updates if you have attended the Orientation.

iExplore and iPlan (First-Year and Sophomores)

Charting Your Career Path

  • This is a five-part seminar series that focuses on self-exploration for students who are searching for majors and/or careers that would be a good fit for them.
  • Designed to help you learn about you through career assessments and discussion around skills, values, interests and personality, in addition to career decision making and goal setting.
  • Get the direction you need to help map out your future!
  • No fee to attend, but advanced registration is required and space is limited.

Exploring Career Options in the Health Professions

  • A 2-part series is being offered Tuesday, October 14, and 21
  • Focus on career options in Health Professions
  • Co-facilitated by a Career Counselor and the Pre-Health Academic Advisor
  • Receive a FREE interest assessment ($10 value)
  • Students MUST attend both seminars to receive the free assessment.
  • No fee to attend, but advanced registration is required and space is limited.

Mock Interviews – what are they and why do I need one?

Published on: Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Mock Interview – Practice Interview….call it what you like.

Basically, this is an appointment with a Career Development Center staff member that enables you to get the feel for a real interview by role-playing before the real thing happens.

It’s safe (we don’t judge you like an employer will).

It’s helpful (the sole purpose is to help you identify what you are doing well, and what you can improve).

It’s kind of fun!  Watching yourself on video can be great fun!

This type of appointment is Super Effective at improving your interview skills.  Employers have even told us that they wish every person they have ever interviewed could have had a mock interview first.  What does that say?  Pretty good preparation!

Just like you would do before going in to a real interview, you will get the most out of this appointment if you do some preparation.

  1. #1 Best Thing = attend an Interviewing Skills Seminar, offered weekly by career staff in MHC 124.  Watch the Seminars & Events webpage for dates and times [ www.stthomas.edu/careerdevelopment/events ].
  2. If you can’t make a seminar, have a conversation with a staff member about the basics of interviewing – as an appointment or Pop-in.
  3. Be sure to read our handout/guidebook on Interviewing.  Pick up in MHC 123, or MHC 124, or find in the Career & Employer Resources section of our webpage, www.stthomas.edu/careerdevelopment

Call 651-962-6761, or come in to the Career Development Center, MHC 123 and tell the front desk staff that you want to make a Mock Interview Appointment.  Be prepared to tell them what career area and/or job title you’ll be interviewing for, and if you are interviewing for an internship or FT job.

If you have never interviewed before…

If you hate interviews because you don’t think you do well…

If you just want to really polish up….

Then a Mock Interview is for YOU!  We’ll be seeing you!

 

 

Employer Information Sessions – tips about making the most out of these opportunities

Published on: Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

October 2014 will see a number of employers coming to the University of St. Thomas to inform students about their organizations, and their career opportunities.  So, it seemed like a good time to offer a Tip Sheet about how to make the most of these experiences!  Come to one or all of these sessions, and bring a friend or two with you!

What is an Employer Information Session?

When an employer has either multiple career opportunities that include many different areas, or they have positions for which any and all students are eligible, they may ask the Career Development Center to host them for an information session.

Many times these employers are also conducting screening interviews through the On-campus Interviewing Program and use these sessions to build interest and encourage applications.

Employer representatives (including UST alum!) will come and present information about the organization, their culture, their internships and career opportunities.

Details are posted to the Career Development Center’s Seminars & Events webpage.

How can an Employer Information Session be helpful?

Employer information sessions are a great way to gather information about internships and jobs, and employers themselves.  It also provides the opportunity for you to make a personal impression on the employers that come to campus.

These sessions enable students to:

•Learn more about an employer, what they do, where they are located, their culture.

•Build a network of professional contacts.

•Ask about internship and job opportunities.

The Day of an Employer Information Session:

•”Business casual” dress is usually appropriate. Avoid wearing jeans, T-shirts or shorts.  (See our Pinterest page for photos, http://www.stthomas.edu/careerdevelopment/connect/)

•Be prepared to ask one or two questions, and participate!

•Be sure to bring along several copies of your resume to leave with recruiters.

Tips for After the Employer Information Session:

  • Take time to stop and chat informally with employer representatives in order to make a favorable impression. The representative you talk to just might remember you later? (In fact, he/she could be the same person who interviews you in a campus interview!)
  • Network. Tell the representatives what your career goals are. Even if you are not interested in their area, they may know someone that can provide you with some information about your field?
  • Ask if you may have a copy of their business card and add it to your collection of networking contacts.  Then you can follow up with them down the road!
  • Thank them for taking the time to come to St. Thomas to talk to students!

Resumes: Choosing What to Highlight

Published on: Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

The number one reason students and alumni come to the Career Development Center is for assistance with resumes.  Everyone knows they need one and if asked “why,” the answer would probably be, “to get a job.”  While this is usually true, there is so much more to a resume.

Your resume is your business card for potential employers.  It is part of your brand and reflects the history of what you have done.  Job seekers sometimes miss the fact that they get to interpret past experiences, highlighting the skills and qualities they want to use in the future.  It takes time and work to reflect on the tasks of past positions and determine the best use of language to represent both past and future.

We develop some work skills out of necessity and may not want to use all of them in the next job, so why put them on a resume?  If you were in sales and don’t want to “sell” in the future don’t start bullets statements with the word “sold.”  Think of communication related, transferable skills.  Some of those might be; explained, influenced, persuaded, counseled, consulted or motivated. Read the Resume Development guidebook for more helpful information.

Ideally, you should have some idea of what type of job or internship you are seeking before writing a resume.  That may not be easy without much work experience, but to the extent possible research careers and job options.  Talk to people about their jobs, ask questions, read and get help from a career counselor to explore the world of work and identify your direction.  Done thoughtfully, your resume will then lead to informal informational interviews and meetings with employers about specific positions.

Written by: Diane Crist