The Career Development Center staff are looking forward to the upcoming school year and the bustle of students back on-campus! As you make your transition to campus we remind you to include career planning into your goals for the coming semester. We offer services and programs covering a full scope of topics. Look over the list to select one or two things to move your career goals to the next level this coming semester.
- Resume and Cover Letter Writing– attend a seminar, review the PDF documents, stop in during pop-in hours for a quick review, or schedule an appointment for in-depth discussion.
- Interviewing Skills– Get yourself ready for successful interviewing by attending a seminar, reading the PDF documents and then schedule a time for a mock interview appointment.
- On-Campus Interviewing– Employers will be on-campus from late September until early November interviewing for summer 2016 internship and full-time positions. If you haven’t already attended the required orientation, register now to attend one. If you have attended, update your profile and documents on TommieCareers.
- LinkedIn– Now is the time to update your profile to include your summer experiences. If you do not have a profile start creating a working draft using the guide found in the link. Attend a seminar or come in during pop-in or appointment times for a review. Once your profile is up-to-date, make connections and join groups to build your network.
See you soon, Tommies!
The job market is in constant evolution with new career fields and hot hiring trends. Knowing which employers are hiring, the skills they are seeking, and popular job titles could help you be more successful in your job search. The Career Development Center has dedicated a webpage to Employer Research. The site, developed by a UST reference librarian, contains links to academic major resources, guides, and directories to aid in your research. Drop by the Reference Desk at the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library to have one of the Reference Librarians guide you through which resources would be of most assistance with your specific search.
Be sure to customize your application materials, using information obtained through employer research, in order to stand out among the pool of candidates. Employers expect you to come to an interview prepared to demonstrate your knowledge of the company, their competitors, and the industry.
Career counselors are available to help you learn how to incorporate your employer research into your resume, cover letter, and interview responses. Call us at 651-962-6761 to schedule an appointment time.
At a recent conference I was able to listen to Dr. John Tantillo, who markets himself as the “Marketing Doctor,” share insights about how to brand yourself to get the job you want in the current economy. He purports that marketing is not selling. Marketing is done prior to selling and requires that you first must understand what your customer (employer) needs. You must identify the product (you), which is the formal definition of branding.
As you attempt to create your brand to implement in your internship/job search, think of a noun, adjective and verb unique to you that differentiates what you can offer to employers. Be prepared to show the employer/interviewer in your resume, LinkedIn profile, at networking events, and in your interview a consistent message about who you are and what you can offer to them. Create a theme that encapsulates your professional strengths and what you can offer to employers. In the article, Five personal branding tools for college students, Sandra Long outlines tips to incorporate your brand into several areas of a successful search.
The Career Development Center offers appointments and pop-in hours daily to discuss your resume, LinkedIn profile or interviewing skills. Call 651-962-6761 for available times.