Friday, November 30, 2012

Jobs for people who...

Okay, I strive to be the best at my job.  I'd like to think I'm a great career counselor, I run a cutitng-edge office, I am at the top of my game.  What I've realized along the way is that being the best doesn't necessarily mean being number one at everything.  Being the best means knowing how to use your resources.  I have recently been introduced to one GREAT resource. 

Here is another push to get you to visit Career Thoughts.  This section of the site includes jobs by interest.  It's so helpful.  I love it and I think many of you will love it too.

Check out these titles:
You can't miss this!

Again, thank you Kevin Spence


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

How to Get a Job With No Experience

Five college career counselors share their advice with you to answer this question:

What is one piece of advice you would give to students who graduate without any kind of work history?

Today we’re joined by Andrea Lowe (University of Wisconsin – Madison), Pam Ehlers (Oklahoma State University), Matt Ishler (Penn State University), Laura Kestner-Ricketts (Marquette University), and Jen Busick Stewart (Oregon State University).

find out here:
Learn more about Kevin Spence who started the site: Career Thoughts after a wonderfully, winding career path of his own.  I know you will relate to his story
Thanks Kevin!  Laura

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

So, have you decided on a major yet?

The holidays are upon us. And for most that means spending time with family and friends during lovely festivities. Gatherings of loved ones can be greatly enjoyable, until someone asks you that dreaded question, "So, have you decided on a major yet?" For students who are undecided, that question can just about destroy their appetite; as if everyone else hasn't been asking you the same question since you enrolled in classes.

A wise UW-Whitewater Admissions Counselor once shared with me his hope of all colleges and universities to one day change their verbiage, so that undecided students could be referred to as "undeclared" students. At first I didn't understand his logic, until he further explained, "The student has decided to come to college, they just haven't declared a major, therefore being more-so undeclared than undecided." Brilliance! 

To all of those undeclared MU students, don't fear, Career Services is here to help you answer that question. There's many different steps one could take in choosing their major but an option many don't consider is class observations. After you've taken preliminary steps in figuring out what your top majors of interest are, the true exploration begins. Of course you want your major to be an avenue into your future career, you also want it to fit your interests, skills, and values.

So here's what you do:
  • With each major of interest in which you have, find at least two classes to observe
    1. Utilize CheckMarq "Schedule of Classes and Courses Catalog" to browse classes by subject
      • Note: I'd advise observing an introduction course and a higher level course
    2. Once you've found a class that sounds interesting, click on "view class sections"
    3. Find a date and time that work for your schedule (most classes are offered multiple times per week)
    4. Make note of the instructor(s) teaching the course
    5. Send the instructor(s) an email requesting permission to come and observe their class (be specific with date and time)

There are many immediate benefits to observing a class. So, if you have time in your schedule and you are in the process of choosing your major, take my advise, observe. The added bonus is that at the end of the class, you don't have homework :-)

~*~Happy Holidays~*~

Thursday, November 15, 2012

My First Networking Event

I remember not knowing what to expect as I walked into my first networking event, yet was extremely excited for the advice I would receive.  I had the chance to talk with several professionals about their current careers and where I saw myself in five years.  The event was an overall success but there were three main things I took away from the day:

1. Do not be afraid to say what you actually want to do with your life even if it’s a crazy answer! I am always hesitant telling people I want to work for a record company because I think they are going to laugh at me.  But I can tell you that no one has ever laughed and I have actually received great advice on how to move forward.  Networking events are all about meeting new people and sharing experiences so do not be scared to share what you want your future to look like!

2. Really listen to the critiques and recommendations you receive. Most professionals you talk with at networking events have more than likely been in your shoes once or twice. They will have the best advice about what to improve upon whether it is how your resume looks or your handshake.  These events are meant to be learning experiences!

3.  Actually do something with the business cards you obtained.  Instead of leaving them in a pile on your desk, follow up with everyone you met. Sending out an email with a question or a thank you to a professional you met shows you care and are invested in your future.  Everyone at networking events is more than happy to help otherwise they would not have attended the event in the first place! Do not fear taking the next step.


Watch and Learn: Career Spot Videos

We all love watching online videos of cats, music parodies, and unbelievable human stunts. Online videos are not just for entertainment anymore—why not watch videos that help further your career preparation?
Career Spot has fun educational videos that highlight important topics in job search and career preparation. These videos provide an entertaining way to learn about job search techniques, such as how to prepare for an interview, how to start the job search, what to wear to an interview, and how to use social media in the job search! My favorite video is called “Interview the Interviewer.” Check it out on the CSC Homepage!
CareerSpotsThese Job Search and Interviewing videos are a great way to be introduced to career topics and can be found on the Career Services Homepage. Look for the Career Spots logo!
Career Services has many other resources that can further your knowledge and preparation for interviewing, job/internship search, and career exploration. You can set up an appointment with a career counselor by calling (414)288-7423!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Phone Interviews - Tips for Success

A growing number of employers are using phone interviews as a part of their recruiting strategy.  In other words, it is pretty likely that you will be asked interview over the phone at some point during your job search. A successful phone interview is key to landing a face-to-face interview and ultimately landing a job. Consider the following tips to make a great impression over the phone:

Use a land line if possible. Cell phone signals can be choppy.  Taking advantage of a land line helps to minimize the risk of disconnection. If a cell phone is your only option be sure your phone is fully charged, and you are in a location with excellent reception. 

Minimize distractions. Take the call in a place where you will be uninterrupted.  Avoid noisy public places such as the AMU or Starbucks. Communicate to your roommates that you will be completing a phone interview in advance so they can make appropriate adjustments to provide you with a quite space if needed.

Consider time. Prior to the interview find out how long the call is expected to last. Then allocate an additional 30 minutes beyond this time in your schedule just in case the interview goes  long.  Finally be prepared to answer the phone 10 minutes ahead of schedule in the event that the interviewer calls early.

Utilize notes. Your interviewer can't see you. Jot down notes and print a copy of your resume and the job description. This way you can easily reference any of these items as you speak.

Answer the phone with your name and a smile. Providing your name makes it clear that the interviewer is speaking to the correct person.  Appropriate greetings include "Hello John Doe speaking" or "Good Afternoon this is John Doe". Smile as you speak to create a pleasant tone of conversation. Taking this approach demonstrates your professionalism and creates an aura of positivity.

Dress up & sit up. Even though the potential employer cannot see you, dressing up for the interview can help you to get in the right frame of mind. Such confidence can only improve your performance. Additionally, don't forget to sit up or stand up straight during the interview to help keep yourself alert and professional.
Be cognizant of pauses.  Because the interviewer cannot see you, he/she cannot take cues from your body language as to whether you have paused momentarily or  have completed an answer.  Keep this in mind as you speak.

Get the name and contact info for the interviewer.  This will enable you to promptly follow up with a thank you note. It will also help you identify your interviewer should you have the opportunity to meet him/her at a face-to-face interview.

Practice and do research. Most face-to-face  interviewing tips apply to phone interviews.  Check out Joel O'Brien's  Become a Star Interviewer  and my Interviews: Practice (& Research) Makes Perfect for additional interviewing tips.

Following these tips will help ensure you present the best version of yourself!

Don't forget, you can always schedule an appointment or practice phone interview with a career counselor in Marquette's Career Services Center by calling (414) 288-5302.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Employers are hiring, employers are hiring!

Are you looking for an internship or full-time position to start now or this summer? If so, you're in luck!
So many employers are hiring. Right now, there are 791 full-time positions and 585 intern/co-op positions posted on MU Career Manager!
Listed below are just a few employers hiring as we speak. To view more job postings, check out resources like MU Career Manager, and LinkedIn.
City Year Corps Member
City of Chicago Public Service Intern
Kohl's Careers
Consolidated Graphics Leadership Development Program
Baird Investment Banking Intern
Teach for America Corps Member
Direct Supply Careers
Chicago Festival Association Production Intern
For help on your job search, contact Career Services at 288-7423 to make an appointment. We are here to help!