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Career Scoop Update

Transitioning to Handshake, Staffing Agencies, Fraser Virtual Career Fair 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.) they need from your TommieCareers accounts! On June 15th, those documents will no longer be accessible.

Between May 10 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.

Meet with Employers!

  • Fraser: Thursday, May 13 from 4:30 – 5:30 pm. Fraser is Hiring! Join Fraser’s Virtual Career Fair on Thursday, May 13th and learn more about the opportunity of becoming a part of something bigger than yourself. We are seeking staff members in Autism, Mental Health, Pediatric Therapy, Direct Care, Psychology, Teachers, and Administration. Fraser offers a full benefits package to full-time employees and tons of growth opportunities! We opened a new Telehealth Hub in Golden Valley and will be adding several new satellite clinics 2021! If you would like to sign up to attend the virtual career fair/information session, please click here.

Paid On-Campus Opportunity: Welcome Day Leaders

Each Fall, approximately 1,500 – 1,700 new students join our Tommie community.  It is a gigantic transition for these students.  Welcome Day Leaders (WDLs) play a critical role in creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for this experience by assisting students in building connections, engaging campus events and resources, and understanding and supporting university values.

WDLs gain significant experience in leading others, teamwork, communication, and planning.  These skills will serve any WDL in their future careers. The university’s commitment is to return to in-person Welcome Days for the 2021-2022 academic year. We are looking for a vibrant team of Welcome Days Leaders ready to set the stage for an exciting year at St. Thomas, and to get our new students started strong. Apply for this paid position here.

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 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.

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

What are staffing/temp agencies?

In short, this an option to check out if you are looking for a summer job within a business setting, or you are graduating and seeking a career position. 

Staffing agencies, originally known as employment agencies, provide recruiting services to businesses that don’t have time or personnel to find needed staff.  Types of jobs include temporarycontract projects, and permanent full-time.  To the job seeker, these services provide connections to potential employment.   

In many cases, these agencies have access to job openings that you do not.  In fact, for some career fields (especially STEM – science, technology, engineering & mathematics), this is the best and only way to get your foot in the door with well-known, major corporations. 

Many staffing companies have specialty areas such as, accounting/finance, science, technology, engineering and creative. 

Temporary agencies (‘temp agencies’ for short) are great for college students looking to get summer work experience in a business setting.  Your computer skills are highly valued in these jobs.  Yes, even simply Word and PowerPoint! 

Other companies have full-time work for graduating seniors.  Some work is permanent, some is contract-based, meaning you would work for, say, a 6-month project, then if everyone was happy at the conclusion, you would receive a permanent job offer. 

These agencies review your resume, interview you, help you determine jobs you qualify for, then if they have appropriate projects, they forward you on to hiring managers and help set up interviews with the decision-makers.  In the case of temporary or contract work, your paycheck comes from the agency.  If you work enough hours, you may even qualify for standard employee benefits! 

We have compiled a sample list of some of the agencies in the Twin Cities and have included specialty areas.  Check out the Job & Internship Search section of our Resources Library and look for Staffing Agencies List in the Documents & Media section.  Visit agency websites and reach out to them! 

We invite you to look at all of our online resources for Internship & Job Searches, too!

HOT TIP:  Register with at least two of these companies to expand your odds of hearing about a job and focus on locations close to where you live or where you can travel easily. 

Career Scoop Update, General Information

Meet With Employers, Kick off Your Job Search, and More!

THIS WEEK! Undergraduate Business Council’s Resume & LinkedIn Reviews

Get a resume or LinkedIn Profile review with feedback from the pros!  Employers, alumni, and professional Career Educator staff will be on-hand to meet with students for 15-minute blocks of time between 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day, Monday, May 3 through Thursday, May 6. 

This event is open to all students, not just business students! Sign up for your preferred time slot by clicking here, choosing the event date that works best for you, and then clicking Log in & Register/RSVP!  Zoom links will be emailed out the morning of the review to students that sign-up.

Senior Thursday: Kickstart Your Job Search!

Thursday, May 6 from 12:00 – 12:45 pm. It’s finally May, and if you’re a senior, that means it’s time to kickstart your job search! Attend this session to learn essential job search strategies and tips. While this event is a part of our “Senior Thursday” series, everyone is welcome to join. Click here to join us on Zoom!

Meet with Employers!

  • Emergency Care Consultants: Tuesday, May 4 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Chat with a representative from Emergency Care Consultants to learn about their part-time and full-time Medical Scribe opportunities within healthcare!  An especially helpful experience for those interested in applying for graduate and professional school programs related to healthcare, or anyone wanting to explore a patient-care setting. Sign-up here for a 15-minute meeting and bring some questions. SIGN UP TODAY!
  • AmeriCorps Vista: Wednesdays, May 5 and 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.
  • Fraser: Thursday, May 13 from 4:30 – 5:30 pm. Fraser is Hiring! Join Fraser’s Virtual Career Fair on Thursday, May 13th and learn more about the opportunity of becoming a part of something bigger than yourself. We are seeking staff members in Autism, Mental Health, Pediatric Therapy, Direct Care, Psychology, Teachers, and Administration. Fraser offers a full benefits package to full-time employees and tons of growth opportunities! We opened a new Telehealth Hub in Golden Valley and will be adding several new satellite clinics 2021! If you would like to sign up to attend the virtual career fair/information session, please click here.

Paid On-Campus Opportunity: Welcome Day Leaders

Each Fall, approximately 1,500 – 1,700 new students join our Tommie community.  It is a gigantic transition for these students.  Welcome Day Leaders (WDLs) play a critical role in creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for this experience by assisting students in building connections, engaging campus events and resources, and understanding and supporting university values.

WDLs gain significant experience in leading others, teamwork, communication, and planning.  These skills will serve any WDL in their future careers. The university’s commitment is to return to in-person Welcome Days for the 2021-2022 academic year. We are looking for a vibrant team of Welcome Days Leaders ready to set the stage for an exciting year at St. Thomas, and to get our new students started strong. Apply for this paid position here.

Digital Transformation in Traditional Industries with Alumni Perspectives

Tuesday, May 4 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm over Zoom. Firms in traditional industries, feeling the disruptive pressure from digital-first companies, have made digital transformation a top priority in recent years.   Seeking to integrate digital technology into all aspects of an organization’s operations and strategy in ways that deliver more value, firms in all industries are investing in digital solutions to deepen customer insights, improve supply chain efficiencies, and reduce costs, among other things. Join our panel of Opus College alumni who have direct insights into digital transformation and innovation efforts in banking, energy, consumer durables, and manufacturing. Learn how firms are pivoting to faster transformation in light of COVID-19. What’s working? What challenges remain? Please register here.

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.

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!