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  • John Nunno 1:11 pm on June 8, 2015 Permalink
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    2015 Summer Reading List for Your Career Development 

    Well, it’s finally here. After all of the late night study sessions, group projects, and scrambling to get papers in on time, summer is upon us! It is a time for rest, relaxation, and of course…reading! Everyone likes to read while they’re relaxing at the beach or at the pool after a long week (and it’s nice to be able to pick what YOU want to read instead of what is listed in a syllabus). If you want books that will stimulate your mind during the summer, consider these options found in the Career Center Library:

    Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington

    The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now by Meg Jay

    Work Simply: Embracing the Power of Your Personal Productivity Style by Carson Tate

    A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas by Warren Berger

    The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success by Nicholas Lore

    You can borrow these books from the Career Center Library for seven days and you can renew online with your MyAladdin account for an additional seven. Swing by the Career Center to check out our full collection or search for books here. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the Career Center Library! You can reach me via email at JNunno@american.edu.

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  • John Nunno 6:44 pm on May 11, 2015 Permalink
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    Online Resources for AU Alumni 

    Here’s a scenario: You just graduated from AU and are trying to land your first full-time job. You want to search for potential employers and you want to improve your interviewing skills. What do you do?

    Here’s another one: You graduated from AU 5 years ago, and you’re ready for a new job. You live in New York City, but you’re looking to relocate to San Francisco. How do you start the process?

    If you find yourself in one of these, or a similar scenario, then check out the Career Center’s online resources. AU alumni have access to all of the Career Center’s resources including Going Global, InterviewStream, and Vault Career Insider. Here’s how these resources can support your post-college career:

    • Going Global can help you identify opportunities in the US and internationally. Its US city guides(47 including Atlanta, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, and Seattle) have city-specific job resources including online job sites, staffing agencies, and city career fairs. You can plan financially by using the cost of living information, and you can find professional networking groups. Going Global’s country guides (41 including Australia, Brazil, China, Japan, and the UK) have everything the US city guides have and more including information on work permits and visas, resume/CV guidelines, interviewing tips, and cultural advice.
    • You can use InterviewStream to practice interviewing before a job interview. It’s a helpful resource if you’re looking to improve your skills or looking for an interviewing refresher.
    • Vault Career Insider can help you research companies and industries. It’s helpful if you are exploring new career paths or researching potential employers within your field. You can also access Vault’s blog for news and insights on career topics.

    Learn more about these resources and access them here. If you’d like more information on AU’s career services for alumni click here. Feel free to contact me with any questions you have about Going Global, InterviewStream, and Vault! I can be reached via email at JNunno@american.edu.

     
  • John Nunno 4:14 pm on March 19, 2015 Permalink
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    Get a Second Chance on these Career Center Library Books of the Week 

    There are over 20 million books written on career related topics. Okay I made that number up, but when you are browsing Amazon it does feel that way. The Career Center does not have 20 million books (it’s more like 400), but the books it does span a wide range of career topics. You can find anything from how to write a cover letter to how to use social media to find jobs. To help you navigate the jungle of career related books, each week the Career Center highlights a “Book of the Week” from its own library.

    Here’s the recap of the Career Center Library’s Book of the Week from the fall semester. Remember, any of these books can be checked out from the Career Center for seven days and renewed for an additional seven. Click the link to the library record to learn more about the book!

    10 Things Employers Want You to Learn in College by Bill Coplin

    The Start-Up of You  by Reid Hoffman (Cofounder of LinkedIn) and Ben Casnocha

    The Defining Decade by Meg Jay

    College Majors Handbook with Real Career Paths  by Neeta Fogg

    The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career  by Nicholas Lore

    Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg (Chief Operating Officer of Facebook)

    Mrs. Moneypenny’s Career Advice for Ambitious Women  by Mrs. Moneypenny with Heather McGregor

    Women Lead: Career Perspectives from Workplace Leaders  edited by Tracey Wilen-Daugenti, Courtney Vien, and Caroline Molina-Ray

    Social Networking for Career Success  by Miriam Salpeter

    101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions  by Ron Fry

    Who’s Got Your Back?  by Keith Ferrazzi

    Power Verbs for Job Seekers  by Michael Lawrence Faulkner and Michelle Faulkner- Lunsford

    I’m in a Job Search, Now What? by Kristen Jacoway

    If you have any career-related books you would like to see added to the Career Center Library then send your suggestion to JNunno@american.edu. Follow the Career Center on Twitter (@AUCareerCenter) to see the latest Book of the Week as well as Career Center events and career advice!

     
  • John Nunno 4:39 pm on February 3, 2015 Permalink
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    Target H1B Visa Employers with Going Global 

    Going Global

    Job searching in the US as an international student can be tough. To assist with the search, the Career Center subscribes to Going Global’s H1B visa employer database. Going Global’s H1B visa database lists companies that submitted H1B visa applications for specific metro areas (including DC!) and all 50 states. The data is updated quarterly from the US Department of Labor. The database is an extremely useful resource that can help you target employers with a history of submitting H1B visa applications. Please note that these listings are not job postings.

    There are two different ways to search for employers within the database:

    1) You can search for employers based on geography using “Metro Search” and “State Search”. Information for the DC area is found under the “Metro Search” category.

    2) You can search for employers by industry, job title, or company using the “H1B PLUS USA search”.

    To access Going Global, log in to your AU CareerWeb account and click “Going Global” under “Quicklinks”. The H1B database is found under the “H1B Info” tab. If you have any questions about the resource feel free to email me at JNunno@american.edu.

     
  • John Nunno 9:45 am on October 17, 2014 Permalink
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    When it Comes to Interviews, Practice Makes Perfect 

    You submitted your application materials and secured an interview for a job or internship. Congrats! Now you need to nail the interview. How do you plan on prepping? Let me make a suggestion: start with InterviewStream! InterviewStream is the Career Center’s online mock interview resource you can use to video yourself and polish your interview skills.

    Follow these steps to get started:

    1) Create an account– Account set up takes approximately 14.9 seconds. All you need to provide is your name, email address, and a password (the password must be at least 6 characters and include a capital letter and a number). Create an account now!

    2) Select an interview to conduct– You can select either a pre-made interview created by the AU Career Center or make your own interview by selecting from thousands of questions InterviewStream provides. If you want to make your own, don’t be intimidated by the number of questions. You can search for questions by keyword or browse them by subject.

    3) Complete the interview– This step is straight forward enough- answer the questions! You need a computer with a webcam for the interview. If you do not have a webcam then please feel free to use an interview room at the Career Center. Call us at (202) 885-1804 to check availability.

    4) Review your interview– After you complete the interview it’s time to critique yourself. Click on “Watch My Interview” on the InterviewStream homepage and select the interview you want to review. Use the comment box to take notes on what you did well and what needs to be improved. You can track how many times you used common fillers like “Umm” and “You Know” by using the counter below the video.

    5) Share your interview– You can share your interview to get feedback from an advisor, mentor, or a friend. Click “Share” under the video and send the interview via email or generate a link to share.

    Using InterviewStream is that simple! You can practice for an interview you have coming up or just to keep your skills sharp. InterviewStream even has a mobile app so you can practice interviewing on the go.

    Click here to learn about the other online resources the Career Center has for you.

     
  • 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 resourcesFor 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 !

     

     
  • 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 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

     
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