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Job Fair, Alumni Panel, Employer Info Sessions, and More!

THIS week: Elevate Futures Virtual Spring Job Fair!

Wednesday, April 14 from 10 am – 1 pm and Thursday, April 15 from 3-5:00 pm. Visit the virtual Spring Job Fair hosted on Elevate Futures. Employers will feature jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities for Summer 2021 and beyond. High school and college students, graduates and community job seekers will explore summer jobs and career opportunities and meet with potential employers. Register here.

Upcoming Events 

  • Modern & Classical Languages Alumni Panel: Tuesday, April 13 from 12:00 – 1:15 pm. Come hear how St. Thomas alumni have been using their language skills in their careers and personal lives! Panelists will include alumni who diversified their professional profiles by leveraging their language skills. These alumni combined majors in French, German, Latin and Spanish with their degrees in a wide variety of fields such as business, economics, education, engineering, the health professions and international studies, and found success in their careers! Click here to join this Zoom event.
  • Minnesota Alliance with Youth Info Session: Wednesday, April 14 from 3:30 – 4:15 pm. Minnesota Alliance With Youth is looking for people who are eager to serve their community and invest in the lives of young people across the state. Our three AmeriCorps programs are an opportunity for you to get involved in advancing education equity through summer educational enrichment, direct service as a caring adult during the school year or as an indirect capacity builder in educational organizations. Join this event here to learn more and ask questions about the experience of doing a term of service through Minnesota Alliance With Youth!

Interested in doing a Service Year? 

  • Minnesota Alliance With Youth Info Session: Wednesday, April 14 from 3:30 – 4:15 pm. is looking for people who are eager to serve their community and invest in the lives of young people across the state. Our three AmeriCorps programs are an opportunity for you to get involved in advancing education equity through summer educational enrichment, direct service as a caring adult during the school year or as an indirect capacity builder in educational organizations. Join this Zoom event here to learn more and ask questions about the experience of doing a term of service through Minnesota Alliance With Youth!
  • AmeriCorps Vista: Get the Basics: Wednesday, April 21 from 1:00 – 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.

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 this spring, 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.

Looking for a summer 2021 Internship?

Employers are posting internships opportunities – read all about it!

Interested in a Career in Federal Government? 

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management presents the Federal Executive Board Campus Series that is open to all students and recent graduates. Attend any or all of the upcoming events in this series:

Resume Writing, April 14, 2021 at 12:30 to 2:00 PM (Central) This session dives into unique aspects of the Federal Job Opportunity Announcement (i.e., the job posting); how to tailor a Federal résumé; required information for a Federal résumé; and the Federal hiring process. Register here.

Interviewing Techniques, April 21, 2021 at 12:30 to 2:00 PM (Central) During this information session, participants will be provided with specific information that will prepare them for Federal interviews.  We will cover preparing for and participating in a structured interview. Register here.

#USTLinkedInChallenge!

Networking is an essential part of any internship or job search, but do you Need some motivation to update and use your LinkedIn account more? Follow us on Instagram @ustcareer for inspiration throughout the month of April! For students who complete the challenge, we may just have some bookstore gift cards up for grabs!

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!

 

Alumni Sharing Knowledge, General Information

Advice from an alum – a General Mills Success Story

The UST Career Center has invited some guest bloggers to our forum.  The below message is from a recent alum who is sharing her interview experience and advice with current students.  Thank you, Michelle!  Career specialists are happy to help students with interview preparation – come on in!

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Hello Tommies!

My name is Michelle Starkweather, and I am a 2013 UST graduate; a Paperboard Buyer at General Mills; a Finance major; and an active twenty-something. I have the privilege of guest blogging for UST, allowing me the opportunity to share with you firsthand accounts of the incredible UST talent we have here at General Mills. Before I share the experiences of others, I want to share my own journey, and how I ended up at General Mills.

So, how did I end up at General Mills? I first seriously started thinking about an internship during my Junior year as information about on-campus interviewing became all the buzz. It was during this On-Campus Interview that I first connected with General Mills, and fell in love with the opportunity to work in Sourcing. General Mills Sourcing presented the opportunity to own category spend, and shoulder a lot of responsibility right out of school, should you receive an offer at the end of your internship. What an amazing experience and challenge! I also thought it would be a great chance to gain exposure to the corporate world with a company that has an excellent reputation for treating their employees well.

The interview questions were behavioral based, and required me to pull from past experiences to convey certain skills. I prepared very diligently to ensure I put my best foot forward, reviewing past interview questions and online resources. I also used the Career Development Center to review my resume, and as a resource for cover letter and thank you templates. I made sure to read up on the company values and businesses, and connect these with the job requirements and my personal experience. I also stayed up to date with current events, and paid special attention to anything that might impact General Mills as a company.

Transforming these experiences from paper to words in the interview process were key; I worked hard to clearly communicate my competencies.

Although I was nervous,  (I think that’s only natural), I was able to be a little more relaxed in the process, letting my personality shine through, because of the time I devoted to preparing for the interviews.  My advice?  Prepare and practice, and just be yourself!

Alumni Sharing Knowledge, General Information

LinkedIn Challenge Day 15 #USTLIC Step away and LINK!

In today’s highly digitalized world, many people are forgoing personal meetings; they are instead focusing on connecting with others through social media and other forms of digital communication. But you should always keep in mind that strong personal connections are best formed in person. There are many things that you can discover in a face-to-face meeting that you do not experience in a Skype call or even a teleconference.
Nothing can compare with face-to-face interaction. Social media such as LinkedIn, however, has made it easier for your first meeting to go smoothly, since you typically discover the other person through their pages and accounts.
LinkedIn is a great way to connect with an individual prior to that first vital meeting. So utilize your LinkedIn wisely, and enjoy forming deeper bonds with the people you meet.

Always remember that Linkedin is not Facebook. You should not post personal photos, nor engage in unprofessional conversations. Remember, no one wants to know what you ate for breakfast, or what you did on Saturday night. They are interested if you are looking for a new position, recently found a new one, or acquired an important competency. Business people are busy, and will disconnect you if you send out too many or too frivolous status updates.

Though you may be able to connect with someone meaningfully through LInkedIn, nothing beats connecting with someone in person. Face-to-face meetings continue to be invaluable in helping you form strong personal connections.

Now step away from the computer. There’s a perception that young people are only comfortable communicating online, so be sure to support your online networking with real human contact. Set up phone calls and attend live events.

Remember that LinkedIn should supplement, not replace, in-person relationship building.