The Career Development Center will offer one final week of seminars before fall. Topics this week:
Evaluating and Negotiating Offers– How do you decide to accept a position when it is offered to you? What items, other than salary, can you negotiate for when accepting an offer? These questions and others will be addressed at the seminar on Monday, June 22 at 12:30 in 124 MHC.
Resume Writing and Cover Letters– Whether starting with a blank page or editing an existing resume, attend this seminar to learn how to transfer your experiences into marketable skills on your resume and cover letter. Tuesday, June 23 at 2:00 in 124 MHC.
Interviewing Skills– Get tips on how to prepare prior to the interview, techniques to use successfully during the interview, and how to follow-up. Wednesday, June 24 at 11:00 in 124 MHC.
Employing Liberal Arts majors – Liberal Arts majors often wonder who will hire them and how to transfer their skills into the workplace. Watch these videos of UST alumni and employers to gain insight and perspective on finding work with a liberal arts degree. The National Association of Colleges and Employers just released their findings from the Class of 2014 First Destination Survey conducted at 4 year institutions nationally and found that over 60% either found a job or were accepted into graduate school within 6 months of graduation. For more details on the survey see the full article link.
Pop-in hours available this week:
- Monday, June 22nd: 10:00-12:00 and 1:00-2:00
- Tuesday, June 23rd: 10:00-12:00
- Thursday, June 25th: 11:00-12:00 and 1:00-2:00
- Friday, June 26th: 10:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00
LinkedIn provides a platform for students to become visible to potential employers, gather names for informational interviewing or networking and have access to internship or job postings. If you don’t yet have a profile, spend some time developing one. If you have a resume completed you often will use similar information to create your profile. LinkedIn goes above and beyond a resume providing a format for you to develop a more in-depth profile with information about your experiences, involvements and skill development. The site will guide you in creating a profile with recommended categories. Once you have developed a profile it is then time to build your network by connecting with others and joining groups related to your intended major, career field or industry of interest. Use the Career Development Center LinkedIn webpage to learn more about building a profile, connecting with others and how to make the most of your profile. Attend the Getting Started with LinkedIn seminar on Thursday, June 25 from 12 to 1 in 124 MHC or call 651-962-6761 to schedule a time for your profile review.
Seminars this week: (held in 124 MHC)
Pop-in Hours this week:
- Monday, June 15 – 10:00-12:00
- Tuesday, June 16 – 10:00-12:00 and 1:00-2:00
- Wednesday, June 17 – 11:00-12:00 and 2:00-3:00
- Thursday, June 18 – 10:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00
As you think ahead to fall or even summer 2016 it is not too early to begin discussing options with your networking contacts. What network you say? If that is your reaction then now is the time to identify and connect with people! Brainstorm everyone you know…yes, EVERYONE. Although your contacts may not be in your intended career field, they likely know other people who might be helpful.
Start with the people closest to you (family, friends) and venture out to others as you develop your networking skills. After you have brainstormed your network the next step is to reach out to them. Networking involves informing the contact why you are contacting them and asking for some type of assistance. The conversation may would look like this:
“Hi, I don’t know if you remember, but I am currently a student at St. Thomas about to enter my junior year studying Chemistry. In the coming year I want to have an internship to develop my skills in the field and build my resume prior to gradation. I am especially interested in working in a lab as I have enjoyed lab work during my semesters. I know you aren’t in the field, but thought you might know of someone who works at a lab that you think would be a good contact for me. Is there anyone you can recommend who works in any type of role at a lab related company?”
If they don’t know someone, ask if they know someone who might know of someone else who would have a contact. Always end by thanking them for their time and offering assistance at any future date. This may position you to discover internships or jobs that will never be advertised or at least bring your resume to the top of the list to be considered for an interview. Keep track of all your contacts and update them when you secure a position.
For more details and information about networking, attend the seminar listed below.
Seminars this week: all held in 124 MHC
Individual appointments and pop-in hours are offered daily. Call 651-962-6761 for availability.