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  • Francine Blume 8:05 pm on November 17, 2010 Permalink  

    What did YOU get out of Federal Careers Week? 


    The Federal Careers Week was a great experience where I obtained valuable information and met interesting people. Meeting the panelists helped me gain confidence in the choice of my major and the decision of moving to DC. It all started to make sense now! The events like that is exactly the reason why I transferred to AU.

    I realized just how important networking is to getting a job in international relations. Due to the advice from the panelists, I have just finished my third round of interviews with [an employer] because I was able to ask someone in my internship if they knew of any opportunities. A women did and recommended me for this position!

    There are many ways to utilize my degree/educational experience in various fields of the Federal sector.

    85% of those who came have already taken action by expanding their job or internship searches, revising their materials, or expanding their networks. And congratulations to SIS sophomore, Lauren Powell! She was chosen at random from our respondents to our SurveyMonkey about Federal Careers Week. See what others had to say here. Check out AUCareerWeb for full and part-time jobs and internships with the federal government.

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  • Francine Blume 3:05 am on October 28, 2010 Permalink
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    How to get your resume thrown away: A LOUSY COVER LETTER 

    What NOT to Say in a Cover Letter

    I’ve been on a lot of search committees over the years and despite all the guidance and common sense, you’d still be amazed how terrible some of the cover letters can be.  They inspired this video.  Click on the link above. Enjoy.

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  • Francine Blume 6:10 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , follow up,   

    Follow Up but Don't Stalk! 

    After hours of cover letter writing and making that resume is pristine, you finally submit your information and begin the waiting game. All of a sudden everything that could possibly go wrong starts to run through your head. What if you’re the ideal candidate, but your information got lost in cyber space or wound up in the garbage at the Post Office? The way most students relieve this stress on themselves is to call or email the employer and confirm that they’ve gotten the information. So you call at 11 PM and leave a message. Then you call the next morning at 9 AM because you haven’t heard back yet. Then you post on your Facebook status that this company is awful and as soon as you hit “submit,” you get the email confirming receipt of your application. Oops.
    While this seems like a good idea, Eric Weiner, TV Producer, cautions against being overly aggressive in following up on resume submissions. Large companies get tons of emails and don’t have the time to handle applicants who constantly call or email about resume confirmation. As Mr. Weiner says, “Be careful not to be overly aggressive in following up on a resume submission because it can be counterproductive and is generally not acceptable when applying for a paid position.”
    As Mr. Weiner cautions against being over aggressive, we at the Career Center advise that you follow-up, but do so strategically. There’s nothing wrong with one phone call or email confirming that your information was received. After an interview (where one of your questions was about the hiring timeline) and immediately sent thank you note, one could call at the end of that timeline to ask where the employer is in the hiring process. However, it’s the pestering and multiple attempts at contacting an internship or employer that can really work against you. Do as the Career Center advises and follow-up, but do so appropriately.
    So take a lesson from the professional. Be patient during the waiting game, because if you jump the gun to try to put yourself at ease you might only be kissing your job goodbye instead.
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    The preceding blog entry was crafted by Anthony Miller, SPA junior and Internship Programs Assistant.
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  • Francine Blume 4:28 pm on September 2, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: emergency,   

    In an emergency, we want to know that you're safe. 

    Yesterday was a terrible day for our friends and colleagues at Discovery Communications in Silver Spring. We are thankful that the hostages were physically unharmed, and sorrowed that an obviously extremely disturbed person did not survive.

    We were especially concerned with our own AU students who may have been interning there. Both the AU Career Center and the Kogod Center for Career Development immediately started to track down students who were registering for credit for fall internships at Discovery, as well as a student interning a few blocks away. All were safe and we were extremely relieved.

    But if you didn’t register, we don’t know you’re there.

    Kogod requires students report all internships. In SOC there are continuing efforts to collect information on not-for-credit internships. But whether or not you are with those two schools, there’s still a way to let us know where you’re interning.

    • If you register for credit, make sure all the contact information and your schedule are accurate.
    • If your internship is on your own, if it isn’t for credit, please, please, log into AU Career Web. Click on your profile and make sure it’s current (especially your cell number), then click the Employment tab,  Add New, complete the information about your internship, and click Submit.

    So, in the rare case of an emergency, we want to reach you. But we need your help. We don’t have crystal balls, so keep in touch.


    Crystal Ball
    Photo by jaqian
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  • Francine Blume 5:37 pm on May 24, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: FLSA, , unpaid   

    Internship Controversies, part 1 

    Towards the end of the semester, there was a lot of heated discussion within academic internship circles about labor laws, paid vs. unpaid internships, and college credit. And why should you find this important? Because it was on The Colbert Report and that MUST mean it’s a relevant issue!

    So, what’s happened?

    1) EPI issued a proposal to use student aid funds to pay students for government and nonprofit internships because students without resources have a very hard time interning without pay. But that’s what it is: a proposal. There’s no guarantee that Congress would take up the charge.

    2) The US Department of Labor issued Fact Sheet #71 clarifying internship criteria which allows internships to be unpaid under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This applies to for-profit employers, as it has always been legal for people to volunteer with nonprofits and with the government. The purpose is to make sure that private companies don’t use unpaid interns in the place of regular employees. The worst offenders are clerical internships where interns aren’t learning and the company is using free labor to do tasks that should be paid.

    3) There have been a number of articles in the New York Times, Chronicle of Higher Ed, and on television (which, ironically, doesn’t pay) discussing the value and the abuse of unpaid internships.

    4) More employers within certain industries (especially broadcasting and financial services) are requiring students to earn academic credit in an effort to be in compliance with FLSA, resulting in the extra burden to students of not only not earning money for an internship, but also having to pay for credits (up to $1300 per credit here at AU).

    What does that mean to you? Check back later in part 2 of  “Internship Controversies.”

    Photo by oldmaison

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    • jmoon89 6:14 pm on May 24, 2010 Permalink

      What a great article! I’m so glad that you’re posting this since I, like many other students at AU, took an internship where you learn absolutely nothing and should be paid for the work you do. I think it’s very unfortunate that in difficult economic times, students get desperate for any internships that they just take an offer for internships that seem unproductive. I hope that more companies realize that abusing unpaid internships undermines their success (http://vaultcareers.wordpress.com/2010/04/06/how-abuse-of-interns-undercuts-company-success). Great job with this post!

  • Francine Blume 4:42 pm on March 22, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , Future, , Health Care Reform,   

    Who's Hiring now that Health Care passed? 

    With legislative change comes opportunity, including new jobs. Where will they be and how can you look? Here are a few helpful hints for what may come from “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”

    The New York Times reported the bill to be a “boon” for hospitals and pharmaceutical companies, as more consumers are able to access health care. But of course, that doesn’t means just doctors and chemists. That means more accounting, more development, more public relations, more translators, more trainers, more compliance monitors, more of any role that those industries have, and probably some new ones. Insurance companies will be busy, too, as will medical supply distributors.

    In terms of new federal agency opportunities, you’ll certainly have Health and Human Services. This legislation also establishes a new Community Health Center (CHC) Fund within HHS, which provides additional Federal funds for the community health center program meaning local opportunities, as well.

    But to really be on top of it, Derrick Dortch shared in a recent Washington Post online chat that you should go through the bill and see which agencies have been given new tasks. Through the Thomas web site, you can search on the bill’s exact name, and read through “what agencies are being placed in charged to do certain specific tasks. You may find that there may be something in the legislation that discusses creating a new agency.” You can also check the Federal Register for the latest agency news and possible hiring.

    As always, don’t pay for it if you can get it for free! Our career advisors are ready and able to help you with everything from strategizing your search to polishing that cover letter. Don’t forget what’s coming up this week, with the Job Search Crash Course Tuesday at 5 pm in MGC 5, The Resume Station from noon to 2 and 5 to 7 on Wednesday in the Tavern, and of course the Job and Internship Fair on Thursday from 1 – 4 in Bender Arena.

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  • Francine Blume 4:03 pm on March 15, 2010 Permalink
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    Congratulations to Shannon Rooney! 

    When you get surveys from us, it’s always a good idea to fill them out and not just to give us feedback to help us make our services better for you, but for your chance to win! Shannon Rooney, a graduate student at SIS, won a $25 gift card for completing the Federal Careers Week survey. Her entry was chosen at random. Don’t miss your chance next time!

    Photo by Betsy Weber

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  • Francine Blume 2:45 pm on March 15, 2010 Permalink
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    Now Hiring Fried Turkeys! 

    Need a little Monday morning humor? Check out the funniest HELP WANTED signs ever! Submit your own!

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  • Francine Blume 10:53 pm on March 4, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: Bad Resume,   

    Resume FAIL! 

    BuzzFeed got it from best roof talk ever, an unsolicited resume that was sent to a casting company.  Does anyone else enjoy “music cooking?”

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  • Francine Blume 3:13 pm on February 17, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , Virtual   

    Virtual Internships!? 

    An “internship” where you’re completely telecommuting doesn’t usually give students the opportunity to learn as much as traditional internships. But in a brief piece by Lindsay Elias, public & media relations assistant for Come Recommended, she offers some interesting insights.

    Virtual internships can be daunting — interning for someone you have never met. Instead, the entire interview process and internship itself take place over the Web from the comfort of your own home. (More …)

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