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  • Travis Sheffler 4:56 pm on August 27, 2010 Permalink
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    Tips for the Unprepared SPA Senior – What to do this year 

    So graduation is less than a year away and you don’t believe that you’ve had those relevant internship or work experiences to make yourself a marketable entity to potential employers.  Furthermore, to many, finding a job is often a job in itself, where you need to commit several hours each week toward the process.  Still, there are several things that you can do now to make the transition from student to employee smoother.

    First off, start the job search early; your senior year will go by quicker than you think, and you don’t want it to be a month before graduation without significant job search progress.  (More …)

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  • Travis Sheffler 9:51 pm on August 26, 2010 Permalink
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    8 Random Thoughts on the Law School Application Process 

    As a pre-law advisor in the Career Center, these are some points that I feel need emphasizing to AU students and alumni regarding applying to and attending law school:

    1. When applying to law school, it is often a benefit to apply early in the process (if prepared), even when you are not planning on applying early decision, which is binding, as many law schools do have certain markers that they try to hit during the application period and the bulk of applicants are not applying until January or later.  For example, a representative at one northeast law school informed me that only 18-20% of their applicants apply by their earlier deadlines (generally around mid-November), yet they try to have around 30% of the class decided upon by the end of the calendar year, and those decisions are generally made from that earliest applicant pool.  Still, those applying to law school should not rush their applications.  This is especially true with the LSAT; don’t take the LSAT unprepared.
    2. Also, applying early doesn’t automatically mean that you will hear a decision early.  In the rolling admissions process that most law schools utilize, first completed generally means first reviewed, but it doesn’t necessarily mean first decided on.  (More …)
     
  • Travis Sheffler 6:12 pm on August 26, 2010 Permalink
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    Tips for the Prepared SPA Senior – What to do this year 

    So you’re an SPA senior who’s had several internships related to careers of interests.  You’ve gained valuable leadership experience through student activities.  You’ve excelled in your coursework and even completed several class projects and papers specifically relevant to your career interests.  Now it’s your senior year and you are asking “what do I need to do next”.  Well, there are several things that you can do to make the transition from student to employee smoother.

    First off, start the job search early; your senior year will go by quicker than you think, and you don’t want it to be a month before graduation without significant job search progress.  (More …)

     
  • Travis Sheffler 7:19 pm on July 28, 2010 Permalink
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    Selling Your Abilities, Not Just Yourself 

    Carl Diehl, co-owner and franchise director of an exercise company based in San Francisco, provides an insightful article on how a job search candidate can really sell him or herself to an employer through the cover letter and interview process.

    Perhaps you’ve submitted hundreds of job applications, or have been a candidate in several job interviews, and have not had the type of response you have been hoping for.  It is not unusual to be a recent college grad and not to have landed a job come July.  Still, you might want to take the time now to do an inventory on how you have been going about the process.  In your job application materials (i.e., your resumes and cover letters), have you really been trying to show the employer how you would fill the needs of that specific employer and of that specific position, or have you instead been trying to “sell yourself.” (More …)

     
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