Thursday, December 22, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
The purpose of an elevator pitch isn't to close the sale.
The goal isn't even to give a short, accurate, Wikipedia-standard description of you or your project.
And the idea of using vacuous, vague words to craft a bland mission statement is dumb.
No, the purpose of an elevator pitch is to describe a situation or solution so compelling that the person you're with wants to hear more even after the elevator ride is over.
Read more of Seth Godin's Blog and check out his website.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
There is an idea that any two people in this world are connected by only six degrees of separation, or six personal connections. I recently attended a conference in St. Louis related to my career field. Like most conferences, meeting new people is the main event other than the educational programming sessions. The idea of six degrees of separation was in full force at this conference, which was a great lead into networking.
As many as 75% of jobs are not available publically. Most employers prefer referrals from employees or other people they know since they know people that have experience and are reliable. Currently networking is the main resource people and students are using to find jobs. With the semester winding down, and the prospect of several weeks of no homework and tests, start thinking about the people you will be running into over the holidays and semester break. Between friends, family, old high school friends, former employers, and distant relatives, plan to spend some time networking over break. You never know who people know and what opportunities are out there! Maybe you are just six degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon!
Monday, December 5, 2011
Argument 1: "The companies aren't currently looking for students with my major."
Counterargument 1: Fair argument! The thing is, even if they don't have your major or position you are seeking listed, this doesn't mean you can't talk to them about opportunities. True, they might say "we aren't hiring for that right now" or "I only hire for a specific department". But you can't tell me they won't have SOME sort of contact for you. If they don't or aren't willing to share this with you, well then maybe it's not the type of company you want to work for anyways?
Argument 2: "I've never heard of anyone that got a job from a career fair."
Counterargument 2: You are right, I've never heard of a person who got offered a job AT the career fair. The point of a career fair is not to walk out with a job - that's just crazy. The point (one of many), is to get an INTERVIEW or at least a lead in your job/internship search. I have heard of plenty of students getting interviews from a career fair.
Argument 3: "I have work/school/internship during the career fair."
Counterargument 3: Legitimate. So if you can't rearrange your work/internship schedule and if your professor does not allow you to miss for the career fair, there are alternatives. Within the career fair guidebook and online (MU Career Manager), we have the companies attending the fair along with contact information. Now I don't have to tell you how difficult it is to get a phone number or email address of an actual HR person these days, do I? The career fair guidebooks are priceless and you can contact any of those employers listed to let them know you aren't able to make the fair but would like to apply for the position. It's a great idea to contact them BEFORE the fair if possible so it shows your drive.
Argument 4: "I don't know what to do or say when I actually GET to the career fair - it all seems too overwhelming. I feel more comfortable searching and applying for jobs online."
Counterargument 4: I was right there with you when I was in school! Had I known there was a resource like Career Services to help prep me for events like this, I would have actually GONE to events like this! You can get your resume critiqued , practice your 60 second commercial, and go over the whole career fair process with a career counselor. Just call 414.288.7423 or drop by Holthusen Hall, 1st floor to make an appointment.
Argument 5: "The recruiters just tell us to apply online. I can do that without having to wear a suit to my classes."
Counterargument 5: That is frustrating to hear, isn't it? OK, what we have heard from several recruiters is that it's a company policy that everyone applies within their system. Heck, even current employees have to apply within the system for a new position. The policy may be the same for every candidate applying but you can really stand out from every other candidate in other ways. Impress them at the fair! I recently heard a recruiter say, "candidates who stop by our booth at the fair are automatically considered for an interview." After knocking their socks off at the fair, FOLLOW UP! This is where most students drop off - so you just emailing your resume/cover letter or calling after the fair puts you at a definite advantage!
Pretty convincing? If you saw good points in my counterarguments...even if you rolled your eyes - here are the spring career fairs for you to at least think about attending. We get great attendance at these events, so yes, some students do actually see the usefulness but we always love to see those numbers increase. The point of my blog is to (hopefully) show you how career fairs are a great OPPORTUNITY. When opportunity knocks...answer!
Reverse Career Fair Registration is Open! Tuesday, February 7, 2012
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
What is a Reverse Career Fair?
Employers consistently ask for exposure to Marquette University student organizations and access to student leaders. A Reverse Career Fair is an excellent opportunity for student leaders to showcase their professional skills and the values and skills gained as a result of being involved in student organizations.
Student Organizations: More Information | Registration
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
PSST… those of you hoping to begin a career after graduation read this!
A very wise person once told me that a résumé gets you an interview, and an interview can
then lead to you getting a job/career. Now I know we’ve all heard before, from some person or another, to just try our hardest and put our best foot forward during interviews. Here’s the problem with that, if your résumé is not impressive enough to get you the interview, you’ve just missed out on your opportunity to wow the interviewer(s) in person.
So you ask, “How do I create a résumé that will shine above the rest and put me closer to the top of the interviewing list?” There are countless ways to make it happen, one being, knowing and owning your skills. MU CSC very recently had an On the Road event that presented the topic of “Identifying and Building Your Skills.” We learned that employers have standards, along with expectations. They desire for potential new hires to possess good communication, technology, critical thinking, problem solving, and leadership skills, just to name a few. A significant amount of job descriptions will list (directly and indirectly) the skills new employees should have.
- Grab a blank sheet of paper and write down all of the skills and job qualifications the employer has mentioned in the job description
- Now place a check next to each skill/qualification you feel as if you possess
- Next, think of an experience, or two, in which you’ve displayed that skill
- Last step, and most important, incorporate those skills into your résumé so that
employers can clearly see why you’re the ideal candidate for the job.
That’s it! With three easy steps you’ve just intensified and enhanced your résumé.
“WAIT”, you scream, “I’m not sure if I can do this on my own.”
Either stop by – Holthusen Hall, first floor – or give us a call at (414) 288-7423 to set up an appointment.”
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
I was a Psychology major and knew I was going to go to graduate school right away but I really would have figured a lot of things out earlier had I attended an event like Career Essentials for Arts & Sciences Majors. I still had to interview for the graduate program and sell myself and my skills, which I was NOT prepared for.
Whether you are early in your career exploration or in the interview process - this workshop will give you tools to walk away with! Plus, free snacks and beverages is always nice :)
No matter what your major or class year - stop by! No RSVP is required.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Post-graduate service is an option for students after finishing college and before going out and finding their first job. This is a viable option if you are looking to serve others or to gain a better understanding of the world. There are practical and personal benefits to doing a year of service. Development of leadership skills, cultural education, gaining a better insight into oneself, and work for social justice are just some of the intangible benefits one can gain from volunteering. There are also some tangible benefits as well including student loan deferment, paid room and board, and resume building/work experience that can not only help with a job search later, but also with admission to graduate school. Check out our list of post-graduate service organizations at: http://www.marquette.edu/csc/undergraduate/joblistings.shtml#Non .There are dozens of organizations to fulfill any interest.
While I think of my friend spending 12-hour days helping build houses for families that have lost everything in the wake of a natural disaster, I know he is growing personally through the experience of caring and giving of his hands and heart. He will hopefully bring back the mentality of the importance of creating strong partnerships and aligning with the needs of his community, whether that is to campus next fall or to his first job after graduation.
Monday, October 31, 2011
As a Career Counselor I now meet with students who act similarly to how I acted way back when. I am always so excited about this because they have a chance to do better than I did! And it is simple... but you have to start.
- Think of a couple of things that you like. Kids? Sports? Animals?
- Go here to find a couple of student organization to research; join one or two that reflect your interests.
- Volunteer - you may love what you are doing, but if you hate your experience, you just ruled something out!
- Get a part-time job or an internship related to your interests. As you dive deeper into your interest is it still something you want to do?
- Ask people about their jobs and their career paths. You will probably be surprised to find out that most people do not follow a straight path from their major to their career.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Take my example. I have kept a scrapbook since I was about 10, when I first understood that combining pictures with stickers and wacky scissors was way more fun than playing legos with my dweebie brother. Sibling disputes aside, scrapbooking taught me to be creative, to take pride in a final project and to mind details. I started my first planner in 8th grade, and while I mostly used it for writing down friend’s phone numbers and upcoming school dances, it instilled a discipline for keeping commitments and fostering organizational skills that I still use as a senior in college. Talking? Well, that might be the least impressionable of the three, but public speaking in front of my senior high school class on graduation led to a love for communication that has become more obvious since coming to college (meeting with clients, giving presentations and working in groups, for example).
In brief, these skills helped me decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. Want to figure out what your best skills are? Or better yet, how and where you can use them? Sometimes, your skills are more obvious than you think. The Career Services Center is offering their monthly On the Road series in November just for you! Join us as we build and identify individual skill sets with career counselors and a professional representative from Kohl’s Corporate. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention—the free lunch of the month is Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes (yum!). Perfect for chilly November weather, so we’ll see you there!
November's On the Road to Your Career
Powered by Kohl's
Date: Thursday, November 10
Time: 12:30 – 1:20pm
Location: AMU 157
Topic: Building/identifying skill sets
Menu: Swedish meatballs, salad, mashed potatoes, with coffee, hot tea, iced tea and water
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Each year the Big East hosts a Virtual Fair in the fall as a complement to it's Spring Fair at Madison Square Garden. This year is no different, and the event will be held from November 1st through the 3rd. Students from all 16 schools (yes, even Syracuse and Pittsburgh still!) are invited to register and interact with employers from over 40 companies. You can visit http://bigeast.careereco.net/ to check out which organizations are registered in advance so you can prep accordingly.
What is really intriguing about this year's Virtual Fair is that it will actually be interactive. There are some online fairs that amount to not much more than a temporary job board. Those are nice, but really don't give you the chance to learn too much about the organizations. This time is different. Each company has a dedicated chat room developed for their organization where you can communicate directly with their representatives. I've tested it out and it seems to work incredibly smoothly. What better way to start the process with a new potential employer than to be able to identify the job and network simultaneously, all from the comfort of your own home?
We hope to see many of you registered for this event to show the country what we already know; that Marquette students are the best around!
Monday, October 17, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
- 41% of employers polled said they considered volunteer experience as valuable as paid work experience
- 20% of the hiring managers polled in the survey admitted to making hiring decisions based on volunteer work
- Volunteer experience is the next level of assessing if a person is someone worth hiring when education and work experience are equal among candidates
Sunday, October 9, 2011
I knew that would get your attention!
The Marquette University Career Services Center is excited to announce our first ever career programming scholarship!
Kohl’s Corporate has partnered with Career Services to offer scholarships to registered student organizations to help fund career education programs. Examples of a career education program would be a networking event, alumni panel presentation, site visit to an employer, etc.
We know that many student orgs on campus already plan great career related programs. Why not have some/all of the programming costs paid for? This is also a great opportunity for a student organization to plan their first-ever career program with the help of our office and Kohl's!
How do you get free money for your organization?
It's not as hard as you might think. Click here for application, full details, and programming ideas. Don't delay! The deadline is Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 for spring programs.
Questions? Need ideas? Contact Kristin Adler, Assistant Director of Employer and Campus Relations today!
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
One really exciting part of my job is to hear about other jobs. Yesterday it was the CIA: National Clandestine Service. I have to be honest, I never thought all of those gadgets and secrets and covers were really possible. I just pictured people sitting behind desks listening in on inane conversations to gather intelligence.
The stories two agents told, we'll call them Linda and Phil (which may be their real names but I doubt it), were captivating. Linda, married with children, has successfully managed a double life for about twenty years. Phil had one life and then joined the CIA after a military and then a computer career.
I learned about the endless possibilities with the CIA: becoming an agent, designing covers and disguises, learning several languages... It's all possible. They have an internship program too.
What are they seeking? People who are passionate about their country, knowledgeable in foreign affairs with the ability to keep a secret! While this in no way describes me, I have to wonder what such a life would bring.
If this interests you, the application deadline has been extended until October 15. Visit https://www.cia.gov/careers/index.html for more information and how to apply.
I’ll admit, I spend just as much time on my Blackberry everyday as I do talking to other people. Sad, I know. But the dependency on technology seems to be getting stronger with each new wave of incoming students and as I walk through campus, I don’t see faces anymore; I see cell phones and laptops. Face to face conversations have lost their luster and have installed a fear in people’s ability to ‘sell themselves’ in an interview. As our office is in the midst of our busy season and companies are hosting on-campus interviews, I find it only appropriate to take some time to review some basics of interviewing.
There is almost a 100% guarantee you will be asked one if not both of the following questions: “Tell me about yourself” and “Tell me about a time when…” I also find these questions to be the hardest for students to answer when I helping them during a practice interview.
For the first question of “tell me about yourself” you should have a prepared ‘elevator speech’ or 60 second commercial. This answers the basics about yourself: name, year in school, major or degree, your past experiences (as they relate to who you are speaking to), and your future career goals. Practicing this with a friend or in front of the mirror is an easy way to figure out what to say before an interview.
When answering the second question, this is an opportunity for you to tell a story related to what the employer would like you to address. Here is an easy way to structure your story:
S – Situation
T – Task
A – Action
R – Result
Describe a specific time either on a class project, at an internship, a job, or volunteer experience. Think about the situation you were in, what the task was that you had to accomplish, the action or steps that you took to get there, and the end result. Highlight your best self and be a STAR!
So my advice to all the job seekers out there - put down your cell phone, turn off your computer, and unplug for a few hours and practice!
Monday, October 3, 2011
Who is driving your career?
Join the Career Services Center for this luncheon series focusing on a monthly hot career topic.
Each month a professional from Kohl’s Corporation representing specific career fields will share industry and expert career advice alongside your Marquette University Career Services Center counselors.
If you are navigating your career, don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable information while filling up on a free lunch!
Date: Friday, October 7
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Location: AMU 157
Topic: Career Planning
Menu: Soup & Salad with coffee, iced tea, and water
Would you like help with finding direction in your career planning process? Join us this Friday!
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
This phenomenon occurs in the job search regularly. Deadlines and schedules are regular occurrences, and ones that employers use to manage the search process. One thing that I've seen happen with students when beginning their search is a lack of recognition regarding the value of these timelines. Part of this is understandable; students are accustomed to a more relaxed atmosphere with considerable freedom. However, being able to meet these deadlines and hold appointments is something that employers value. Even things that may seem inconsequential, like an information session, are still important, because it shows how you value their time. Going to information sessions, taking slightly inconvenient interview times, or even following up when you said you would is necessary to excel in a job search where you are trying to stand out amongst hundreds of other candidates. Take the time to complete these steps and you will find yourself moving along in the search far more successfully. Show the employers the courtesy to their plans and timelines just like you would like from them on the job.