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Handshake Rollout, Proud to Work Events, Career Fairs & Welcoming New Career Educators!

We’re Moving to Handshake!

On June 15th we will be transitioning from TommieCareers to Handshake for our services. Please save/transfer any documents (resumes, cover letters, transcripts, etc.) you need from your TommieCareers accounts! On June 15th, those documents will no longer be accessible.

Between now and June 15, you should use both TommieCareers and Handshake for your Job or Internship search – not all the jobs and internships listed on TommieCareers will be on Handshake, and vice versa.

Proud to Work

Metropolitan State University’s Career Center and Women’s and LGBT Center are partnering with Mossier to offer career workshops in June focused on supporting LGBTQ+ students and alumni in preparation for the Proud to Work Career Fair on July 24th (details in Handshake!). Students and Alumni of St. Thomas are invited to attend! Each event is accessible via Handshake. The first two events are:

  • Navigating the Virtual Job Hunt: Thursday June 3 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Meet with local employers and learn about what job search is like in our virtual world. We will hear from Minnesota employers on virtual career fairs, how to stand out in an online job search and more. Bring your questions because this is your time to ask a recruiter whatever you have always wanted to know! Click here for more information and to join.
  • Rainbow Alumni Panel: Thursday, June 10 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm.  This event will feature a panel of LGBTQ+ alumni and professionals from a wide variety of disciplines and careers. Hear directly from Rainbow Alumni about how they navigated the twists and turns that come with building a career after graduation, especially as an LGBTQ+ person. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, network with some amazing alumni, hear their perspectives, and learn from their experiences. Click here for more information and to join.

Welcome New Career Educators!

The Career Development Center is excited to announce that we have some new staff! Jill, Violeta and Luciano have joined Amber and our team over the past two months, and each of them has an area of specialization. We’re grateful to have them with us, and you can click here to read more about each of them!

Meet with Employers!

  • AmeriCorps Vista: Wednesday June 2 from 1-2:00 pm. Sponsored by AmeriCorps, this event is open to anyone interested in learning more about AmeriCorps VISTA. They will share information about serving in the VISTA program, the benefits of serving, how to apply, and more. Please click here and select the date you wish to attend to pre-register.

It’s About Time – Career Fair!

It’s About Time is a local organization whose mission is to help close the long-standing achievement gap in the Minneapolis community by breaking down the barriers for people of color in the tech. They are hosting an upcoming Virtual Career Fair on Thursday June 10 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. This virtual diversity job fair aims to connect tech employers with candidates of color in an effort to break down the barriers candidates face and improve diversity in companies’ workforce. Click here to learn more and RSVP.

New Resume, Cover Letter, and Interviewing Resources!

We’ve recently updated our online resources for resume and cover letter writing, as well as interview preparation. There are new video tutorials for each topic, and they can be found on this page. Please review these resources before you decide to meet with a staff member – your questions may very well be answered in one of these short videos!

Looking for a Summer or Full-Time position? Check out Staffing Agencies!

If you’re looking for summer employment or full-time permanent career positions, check out staffing agencies as a way to expand your options!  If you’re not sure what staffing agencies do and how they work with job seeker, head on over to our Career Blog.

The Scoop Career Newsletter Summer Update

During the summer months, The Scoop will be sent less frequently. Please keep an eye on your inbox for special editions! And know that you can always keep up with Career Development Center happenings year-round on our website and Handshake! Happy summer!

Exciting Changes are Coming…

If you walk by our space in Murray-Herrick 123, you may notice we’re under construction! Due to the construction, all career services are virtual through the end of the semester. Please visit our website for all your career services needs!

 

Career Scoop Update, Diversity, General Information

Events for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ Students, New Career Educators, Handshake, Paid Opportunities, and More!

We’re Moving to Handshake!

On June 15th we will be transitioning from TommieCareers to Handshake for our services. As we begin the transition, please save/transfer any documents (resumes, cover letters, transcripts, etc.) you need from your TommieCareers accounts! On June 15th, those documents will no longer be accessible.

Between now and June 15, you should use both TommieCareers and Handshake for your Job or Internship search – not all the positions listed on TommieCareers will be on Handshake, and vice versa.

Welcome New Career Educators!

The Career Development Center is excited to announce that we have some new staff! Jill, Violeta and Luciano have joined our team over the past two months, and each of them has an area of specialization. We’re grateful to have them with us, and you can click here to read more about each of them!

Proud to Work

Metropolitan State University’s Career Center and Women’s and LGBT Center are partnering with Mossier to offer three career workshops in June focused on supporting LGBTQ+ students and alumni in preparation for the Proud to Work Career Fair on July 24th. Students and Alumni of St. Thomas are invited to attend! Each event is accessible via handshake. The first two events are:

  • Navigating the Virtual Job Hunt: Thursday June 3 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Meet with local employers and learn about what job search is like in our virtual world. We will hear from Minnesota employers on virtual career fairs, how to stand out in an online job search and more. Bring your questions because this is your time to ask a recruiter whatever you have always wanted to know! Click here for more information and to join.
  • Rainbow Alumni Panel: Thursday, June 10 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm.  This event will feature a panel of LGBTQ+ alumni and professionals from a wide variety of disciplines and careers. Hear directly from Rainbow Alumni about how they navigated the twists and turns that come with building a career after graduation, especially as an LGBTQ+ person. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, network with some amazing alumni, hear their perspectives, and learn from their experiences. Click here for more information and to join.

Meet with Employers!

  • MN Broadcasters Association: May 18-20, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. Sign up to attend one or more 25 minute session(s) during the MN Broadcasters Association’s Virtual Recruitment Fair! Participating Radio and TV stations from across the State of Minnesota will highlight current and future job opportunities and also speak/answer questions about careers in broadcasting. Click here for more details and to RSVP!
  • AmeriCorps Vista: Wednesday May 19 from 1-2:00 pm. Sponsored by AmeriCorps, this event is open to anyone interested in learning more about AmeriCorps VISTA. They will share information about serving in the VISTA program, the benefits of serving, how to apply, and more. Please click here and select the date you wish to attend to pre-register.

It’s About Time

It’s About Time is a local organization whose mission is to help close the long-standing achievement gap in the Minneapolis community by breaking down the barriers for people of color in the tech. They are hosting two upcoming events:

  • Career Orientation Event, Thursday May 20 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Please join It’s About Time and Siteimprove for an engaging 1.5-hour orientation event aiming to help professionals of color prepare for rewarding and high-paying jobs in tech. Click here to learn more and RSVP.
  • Virtual Career Fair, Thursday June 10 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. We are hosting our second virtual diversity job fair to connect tech employers with candidates of color in an effort to break down the barriers candidates face and improving diversity in companies workforce. Click here to learn more and RSVP.

New Resume, Cover Letter, and Interviewing Resources!

We’ve recently updated our online resources for resume and cover letter writing, as well as interview preparation. There are new video tutorials for each topic, and they can be found on this page. Please review these resources before you decide to meet with a staff member – your questions may very well be answered in one of these short videos!

Looking for a Summer or Full-Time position? Check out Staffing Agencies!

If you’re looking for summer employment or full-time permanent career positions, check out staffing agencies as a way to expand your options!  If you’re not sure what staffing agencies do and how they work with job seeker, head on over to our Career Blog.

Need a Resume Review? Use JobScan and Head to Pop-Ins!

You’ll need your resume in tip-top shape for virtual fairs and your job and internship searches, and JobScan can help you do that! JobScan provides guidance in personalizing your documents for different positions and fields, and is invaluable in making your resume shine! You can get a FREE premium account with unlimited scans, valid through July 31! Click here to fill out a short form and request an account.

Once you’ve fine tuned your resume, virtual Pop-Ins are one of the best places to have your application documents reviewed! Our weekly pop-in hours are listed here. Click here and find the link at the top of the page to log on.

The Scoop Career Newsletter Summer Update

During the summer months, The Scoop will be sent less frequently. Please keep an eye on your inbox for special editions! And know that you can always keep up with Career Development Center happenings year-round on our website and Handshake! Happy summer!

Exciting Changes are Coming…

If you walk by our space in Murray-Herrick 123, you may notice we’re under construction! Due to the construction, all career services are virtual through the end of the semester. Please visit our website for all your career services needs!

 

General Information

Meet the New Career Educators!

The Career Development Center is excited to announce that we have some new staff! Three new Career Educators have joined our team over the past two months. We’re grateful to have them with us, and want to tell you a little bit about them!

Violeta Lara – STEM Fields

(She/Her/Hers)

Violeta is returning to St. Thomas as the Career Educator for STEM fields. She will work with students, faculty and student clubs in the College of Engineering and Sciences majors in the College of Arts and Sciences.

She got her Bachelor’s Degree at St. Kate’s and holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. It is her mission to equip individuals with 

the skills and abilities to prepare them professionally for the workforce to impact society positively. She practices career education through a diversity-focused lens to break down barriers to strive for diversity, equity, and inclusion.  She is always incredibly fulfilled by providing mentorship and guidance to the students she serves. 

Outside of work, she enjoys supporting local businesses, partaking in parks and rec services/activities, and supporting school-focused events. She also enjoys leisure hikes, tent camping, cooking new foods, and hosting game night and potluck-style meal gatherings, (including sushi and empanada night with friends and colleagues). 

Jill Thompson – Liberal Arts

(She/Her/Hers)

Jill is the Career Educator for Liberal Arts fields (including Social Sciences). She will work with liberal arts affiliated students, faculty and student clubs in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Jill has a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College and a Master’s Degree in Counseling & Student Personnel Psychology from University of Minnesota. She has had career experiences in nonprofit, for profit, government, higher education, and even self-employment – she is interested in a lot of things!  Her own liberal arts education, along with 10+ years of interdisciplinary research experience, gave her the critical thinking, self-reflection, and networking skills to navigate career moves successfully and find work she absolutely loves to do: helping others navigate their own career pathsIn whatever stage of career development you find yourself, she look forward to helping you reflect upon your strengths and goals in order to take the next steps that are right for you. 

One of her greatest professional interests is exploring the impact that physical and mental health have on career development, and vice versa. Outside of work, her interests include playing viola with the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, running, meeting as many dogs as she possibly can, and finding the best matcha latte in the Twin Cities. 

Luciano Guzman – Opus College of Business

(He/Him/His)

Luciano is the Career Educator for the Opus College of Business. He will work with OCB students, faculty and student clubs.

He has a degree in Geography from Macalester College, and during his time there he also took business classes at St. Thomas through the ACTC partnership. 

Since graduation he has worked in a few different industries including Insurance, Energy/Sustainability, College Access, and Career Development. He is passionate about Career Development because he wants to help students make sense of a sometimes mysterious and intimidating time of their lives.  

Over quarantine he has collected a bunch of houseplants, revived an interest in video games, and completed a cross-country road trip to stay with family in California. With all the time away from people he has focused on being outdoors much more and had a blast hiking mountain trails, exploring the California Redwoods, and running with his dog along the beaches. Here in the Twin Cities, he loves to play tour guide for visitors from who are looking for good food or things to do. He has a few culinary suggestions for students: the Veggie Sampler from Fasika, the Singapore Rice Noodle from Peking Garden, and a latte from his favorite coffeeshop called Hodges Bend!