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  • Jennifer Carignan 7:45 pm on April 29, 2013 Permalink  

    May 5-11: Public Service Recognition Week 

    The Partnership for Public Service and Public Employees Roundtable will host Public Service Recognition Week on May 5-11. Students and alumni with a passion for public service and career aspirations in the federal government may be interested in participating in two events targeting the general public:

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  • Jennifer Carignan 7:44 pm on April 29, 2013 Permalink
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    Sequestration Watch: Updates on Federal Hiring 

    With federal agencies still facing the effects of sequestration, there have been many questions about the availability of jobs and internships in the federal government. In a recent interview with Federal News Radio, federal hiring expert Lily Whiteman notes that while a lot of agencies have cut back on hiring, not all have done so, and it’s important to continually check USAJobs for an updated list of vacancies. Whiteman also confirmed that Pathways and other internships are a great way to enter federal service; students and alumni who qualify for the Internship Program and Recent Graduates Program should seek these opportunities in agencies of interest.

    It is especially important during these times to have strong application materials for federal jobs and internships. Take the extra time to develop a solid federal resume and carefully respond to application questionnaires to ensure that you have the best possible chance of being offered an interview.

    For students and alumni searching for federal jobs and internships, we strongly suggest that you set up and monitor alerts on USAJobs to stay on top of vacancies and general hiring needs of agencies. If you’re interested in additional updates on furloughs by agency, visit Government Executive’s helpful furlough tracking site.

  • Jennifer Carignan 3:46 pm on March 11, 2013 Permalink
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    Job Searching During Sequestration 

    The Career Center understands that the uncertainty caused by sequestration will have an effect on our students and alumni who are currently searching for jobs and internships. We are planning a series of workshops to discuss the possible impact of sequestration on the job and internship search and offer ideas to address this challenge. In the meantime, here are some resources to find jobs and internships outside of the federal government:

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  • Jennifer Carignan 5:32 pm on February 6, 2013 Permalink
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    Introversion and the job search 

    An effective job search generally requires a heavy dose of interaction with other people, particularly in networking and interviewing situations. For extroverts, this process is often stimulating; the energy these individuals get from communicating with others often helps to carry them through their job search. For introverts, however, fighting against a natural preference for quiet self-reflection can seem like an uphill battle. As an introvert myself, I empathize with students who feel anxiety about the amount of interpersonal interaction required in the job search.

    If you are an introvert who finds yourself in this situation, the following resources might be helpful to prepare and guide you through the job search and beyond.

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    • Julia Beyer 8:01 pm on February 12, 2013 Permalink

      Love this blog post- thanks for these useful resources for us introverts. I am including this in the SOC spot newsletter.

  • Jennifer Carignan 6:34 pm on November 2, 2011 Permalink
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    Exploring careers in health policy 

    If you have a passion for the well-being of others, a career in health policy might be for you. Health policy focuses on meeting societal healthcare goals including childhood obesity, tobacco use, mental health and, increasingly, global health concerns such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and others.

    Health policy careers afford you the opportunity to work in a variety of settings, including government agencies, nonprofit/advocacy organizations, private sector companies, hospitals, international organizations and on the Hill. Successful applicants have strong analytical and communication skills as well as direct subject matter knowledge of health policy generally or a specific issue under the health policy umbrella (reproductive health, social insurance, etc.).

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  • Jennifer Carignan 5:02 pm on October 13, 2011 Permalink  

    Applying to law school? Consider this advice. 

    Matthew Pascocello and Brooke Sandoval of the Washington College of Law (WCL) recently shared their advice on applying to law school and exploring career options with a law degree. Here are some key takeaways from their presentation to AU students earlier this week:

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  • Jennifer Carignan 8:40 pm on October 7, 2011 Permalink  

    Tips from AU alumnus Chris Rubacky 

    On Wednesday, Chris Rubacky, an AU alumnus and founder & president of CVR Search & Staffing, met with students in Ward Lobby to review resumes and answer career-related questions. Chris has worked in legal recruiting for over a decade and offered some great tips for students entering the workforce. Here are just a few of his bits of wisdom:

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  • Jennifer Carignan 4:24 pm on September 15, 2011 Permalink
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    Drop-in advising… with guests! 

    If you roam around campus on weekday afternoons, you’ve likely seen Career Center advisors providing drop-in career advising at various popular spots. This is a great way for us to meet you where you are: academic buildings, outside of the Dav and Mud Box, and near TDR. And during the fall semester, to offer students another opportunity to speak with professionals in a variety of careers, my SPA colleague Chris Hughes and I will feature guest advisors during some of our drop-in sessions.

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  • Jennifer Carignan 2:45 pm on July 7, 2011 Permalink
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    Say “yes” (even when it’s easier to say “no”) 

    I was recently taken by an entry on the AU Interns blog by Kate, an AU graduate student and summer intern with the Danish Refugee Council in Liberia. In it, Kate advises readers to say “yes” to opportunities to try and learn new things. While this seems like a fairly simple concept, it can be difficult in reality when you’re faced with school, work and social activities. Still, this is an incredibly important lesson for new professionals and a great reminder for those who have been in the workplace for a while.

    Meeting new people and developing new skills can provide personal enrichment and enhance your career possibilities. And living in DC provides you with countless opportunities to have these experiences. Attending a networking event, taking a language course, setting up an informational interview with a colleague at your internship, or even chatting with the person sitting next to you at a Nationals game could open doors you never dreamed of.

    So, the next time you’re faced with an opportunity to see and learn something new, just say “yes!”

    (Thanks to Kate for this great tip!)

  • Jennifer Carignan 3:29 pm on June 27, 2011 Permalink
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    Need computer skills? Use Lynda! 

    Summer is a great time to learn new skills to add to your resume, including software proficiency desired by employers. Most jobs require experience with the Microsoft Office suite, and some ask for knowledge of other, more specialized applications. But if you don’t use these tools in class and don’t want to buy them on your own, how are you supposed become proficient?

    Thanks to the AU library, students, faculty and staff have access to Lynda, a web-based database of software training videos. The site features most software applications, including Microsoft Office, Adobe, WordPress and many, many more. The recorded training sessions are conveniently divided into chapters, so that you can pick and choose your lessons as desired. You can also download files that provide more information and tips about the software you’re learning.

    To access Lynda, visit the AU portal or stop by the library. And when you’ve completed a lesson, don’t forget to mention your new skills on your resume!

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