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  • Anna Litman 7:30 pm on September 15, 2014 Permalink
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    Anna’s Pondering- the-Question- of- the-Week Series: be strategic about your job search. 

    Greetings all! I am resuming my blog series that I started in spring 2014. I will try to blog at least every other week to comment on the most typical, interesting, or challenging question that I have heard from CAS students during appointments. Of course, I won’t give out any names or specifics.

    The topic of this blog is particularly relevant for seniors. Since the beginning of the fall semester, I have met with several seniors graduating in May 2015 who are anxious to start looking for a job. However, they are not sure whether it’s too early, and their efforts will be a waste of time since most employers don’t hire for May 2015 in September 2014. Won’t it be better to live in the moment, enjoy the last college year, and focus on the job search closer to graduation? In my view, if you want to start a job right after or close to your graduation, you do need to start your job search early, as early as NOW, but do it in a smart way.  (More …)

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  • John Nunno 5:45 pm on September 15, 2014 Permalink
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    Going Global: The Online Resource that Keeps on Giving 

    Going Global

    Access Going Global

    You can use Going Global to search for international work opportunities. You can use it to research the cost of living in specific countries. You can even use it to discover ways to act like a local (Did you know that when you are in Norway you are supposed to eat sandwiches with utensils? The more you know…) Why stop there? Did you know Going Global is a great resource if you are looking for opportunities in the US? There are US city guides including NYC, San Francisco, Chicago, and Seattle.

    What can you find in each guide, you ask? Here are a few examples:

    City specific job search resources- For example, if you are looking for opportunities in San Francisco, Going Global suggests checking out BAJobs.com and Bayjobs.com; both are websites that list opportunities in the San Francisco Bay area.

    Industry and Employment Trends- Going Global’s city guides give a general employment outlook along with industry specific information. You can use this information to target US cities that have job opportunities related to your career path.

    Professional and Social Networking Groups- You can find industry specific groups and general networking groups in the city guides. Industries include Accounting/Finance, IT, Engineering, Sales/Marketing, and others.

    Check out Going Global on the AU CareerWeb to access these career resources. Get started at http://www.american.edu/aucareerweb !

     

     
  • Sue Gordon 9:00 am on September 10, 2014 Permalink  

    It’s OK to Explore Majors! 

    confused person“I was certain I wanted to study International Relations, but now I realize that it’s just not for me. The problem is, now I don’t know what I want to do.” As the semester progresses, many students are looking up from their texts and realizing they do not want to pursue the path they had chosen.  Other students entered college with an eye to exploring majors. In either situation, it is critical for the student to know that being curious and open about their major is totally OK; after all, more than 60% of college students nationwide change their major at least once!   At AU, we are committed to help our students to find a major that is fulfilling and will lead to a great career. (More …)

     
  • John Nunno 2:32 pm on August 18, 2014 Permalink
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    All about that Career Center Library 

    Are you looking for a place away from the hustle and bustle of your dorm so you can start your career search? If yes then the Career Center Library is the place for you!

    The Career Center Library is a quiet space within the Career Center, located on the 5th floor of Butler Pavilion. It has coffee and tea to fuel your job and internship search. You can use the library’s computers to research career options, work on resumes, and apply to positions. Need to print some career-related materials? Print up to ten pages here for free! And don’t forget our collection of career resources: over 450 books covering a wide range of career topics. Each book can be borrowed from the library for 7 days and renewed once (either online or in-person). Popular topics include Career Planning, Networking & Salary Negotiation, and Interviewing.

    During the fall and spring semesters you can find our wonderful staff of Peer Advisors in the Career Center Library. Peer Advisors review resumes and cover letters for undergraduates in SIS, SOC, SPA, and CAS. Stop by any time to meet with one.

    Come to the Career Center Library, enjoy a cup of coffee, and get started on your job or internship search!

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  • John Nunno 3:58 pm on June 30, 2014 Permalink
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    Summer Reading List: Career Center Library Edition 

    It’s summer time and that means it’s time for summer reading! The Career Center library added five books to its collection that would make excellent additions to your list. You can borrow these books for 7 days and renew for an additional 7 days. You can renew the books either online or in-person. For more information on each book check out the links to Amazon I included.

    1) Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington. Find more information on Amazon.

    2) Working World: Careers in International Education, Exchange, and Development by Sherry Mueller and Mark Overmann. Find more information on Amazon.

    3) The Curriculum: Everything You Need to Know to be a Master of Business Arts by Stanley Bing. Find more information on Amazon.

    4) What Color is your Parachute? By Richard N. Bolles. Find more information on Amazon.

    5) Life after Graduation by Terry Arndt and Kirrin Coleman. Find more information on Amazon.

    Check if the above titles are available and find other titles you want to add to your list here. Come browse the Career Center library too. Happy reading!

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    -John

     
  • John Nunno 6:48 pm on June 16, 2014 Permalink
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    I came, I saw, I blogged 

    Hello blog readers!

    My name is John Nunno, and I’m the newest blogger for the Career Center. I work as the Customer Service Coordinator in the Career Center where I supervise the front desk and manage our career resources.

    A little about myself: I was born and raised in New Jersey and brought up as an avid NJ Devils and NY Giants fan. I received my BA in Criminology and Justice Studies from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) in 2009 and went on to receive my MA from SIS in US Foreign Policy focusing on the Middle East in 2013. I worked in the Career Center during my program and stayed!

    A little about my posts: My blog posts will focus on our career resources including our career library and our online resources such as Going Global, InterviewStream, and Vault. I’ll post updates about our resources including new features and content from them. If you have questions or want to know more about our resources feel free to leave a comment on my posts or email me at JNunno@american.edu.

    I’m looking forward to sharing more about our resources with everyone,

    -John

     
  • Julia Beyer 11:21 pm on May 14, 2014 Permalink  

    Teaching Storytellers How to Tell their Own Story 

    Students who are studying the fields of public communication, film, and journalism are excellent storytellers. I have been working with students in the School of Communication as a Career Advisor for three and a half years and I have observed a lot in that time. Regardless of the communication medium (web, video, print, in-person), students can be persuasive, paint a clear picture, and understand the A-B-Cs of storytelling. But, when it comes to telling their own story—the one most important to their own career—many fall flat.

    Communication students have really honed the skills to tell other peoples’ stories, but have not learned to apply these same skills to developing their own story. The story they share when introducing themselves to someone they never met at a job fair or networking reception. The stories they write about in a cover letter for a job or internship. The stories they highlight in an interview when making a case for why they are qualified for a particular position. Time and time again, I am surprised how communication students have meticulously researched and thought through presenting someone else’s story, but have seemed to have forgotten this approach when it comes to discussing their own work/background.

    Why is this the case and what can be done to overcome it? Many students feel uncomfortable with the idea of selling their skills at a networking event or job interview because it feels inauthentic or because they don’t want to brag about their background and/or accomplishments. So I am including the following tips:

    Five Steps for Developing Your Own Story for Storytellers:
    Step 1: Reflect. Think about your strengths and weaknesses, your passions, and what you are good at. Take an inventory of all your interests and abilities.

    Step 2: Develop some stories to demonstrate your top skills or abilities that are relevant to the position you are applying for or the person you are speaking with.

    Step 3: Make sure your stories have a succinct beginning, middle, and end- yes, this is very basic, but, you’d be surprised how many students miss this—use the CAR technique which stands for “Context, Action, Result.” Set the scene of the story by giving some context, discussing your specific role or challenge for the action, and then conclude with an outcome—this could be a learning outcome or result.

    Step 4: Practice telling your story. Regardless of the medium, whether you are writing your stories, telling them in person, or in a video interview, be sure to take advantage of practicing with a Career Advisor, mentor or friend.

    Step 5: Develop Confidence. The more you do this, the easier it gets. Suddenly, you don’t feel so awkward about talking about yourself and it doesn’t feel superficial because you are sharing some authentic stories with professionals in your field about your background and experiences.

    As a public relations professional, filmmaker, or journalist, are you drawn to people who have their own unique voice or story to share? Now is the time to develop your story.

     
  • Jennifer Carignan 6:30 pm on April 9, 2014 Permalink
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    Sample questions for informational interviews 

    A common challenge for students preparing for informational interviews is developing a set of good questions for the person they’re meeting with. With so many possible topics to cover during this conversation, where might you get started?

    From my perspective, your first step in preparing a list of questions should be to determine your objective(s) for the informational interview. What are you hoping to learn from this meeting? Perhaps you’re interested in learning more about the career path of a young professional in a field of interest to you. Or maybe you’re looking to gain some insight into a company you’re interested in working for after graduation. The types of questions you ask during your informational interview should reflect what you’re most curious about and interested in learning.

    After carefully considering your objective, brainstorm some questions that are likely to give you the information you’re looking for. Here are some sample questions to get you started:

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  • Jennifer Carignan 9:11 pm on April 3, 2014 Permalink
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    Uncovering new employers with Idealist 

    It is widely known that Idealist is far and away the best site for jobseekers interested in career opportunities in nonprofits. But did you know that Idealist also has one of the most comprehensive directories of nonprofits and social enterprise organizations on the web? This is a great resource to help you identify additional employers in your job search. Here’s how it works:

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  • Jennifer Carignan 2:19 pm on March 27, 2014 Permalink
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    Email etiquette tips 

    Yesterday’s Job and Internship Fair attracted more than 130 employers across a wide range of industries and disciplines. For AU students and alumni attending the fair, the chance to speak to a recruiter in person offered a valuable opportunity to ask questions, learn more about jobs and internships, and convey their relevant skills and experiences. Luckily, these interactions don’t have to end in Bender Arena. Following up with a thank you email after the fair is an important way to thank the recruiters for their time and maintain the new relationships formed yesterday afternoon.

    With this in mind, here are some tips about effective email writing that might be useful for follow up messages and future interactions with employers:

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