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  • Taylor Roosevelt 5:07 pm on March 18, 2013 Permalink
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    Career Center Resources for Different Learning Styles 

    Are you a hands-on learner? Do you prefer lecture-style classes? Or perhaps group work is more your style. Regardless of the way you prefer to access and process information, the Career Center has a variety of resources to suit your preferences. Keep reading for more information on our resources for verbal, visual, interpersonal (social), and intrapersonal (solitary) learners.

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  • Anna Litman 8:07 pm on February 26, 2013 Permalink
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    Job Search Etiquette: Common Mistakes, Part 1 

    With the spring semester getting into full swing, your search for internships and jobs is, hopefully, moving to the next, very desirable, phase: from sending out resumes and cover letters to receiving invitations to interviews. Start maximizing your chances of being hired by doing a little self-check of your knowledge and practice of job search etiquette. Today, we’ll talk about 3 common mistakes that you don’t want to make when you are waiting to hear from prospective employers. (More …)

  • 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.

  • Sue Gordon 5:43 pm on January 25, 2013 Permalink
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    Last minute interview? Get ready with our online interview tool! 

    It’s 4:00 PM, and an employer just called and asked you to come in for an interview tomorrow!  This can be great news, and nerve-wracking, too.  How can you prepare with so little time?  Your career advisor’s appointments are booked and you’d really like to practice.

    This scenario is not uncommon, and the great news is the Career Center offers a fun and easy tool to practice answering real interview questions on your own computer- at any time of day or night.  InterviewStream is available to all AU students and alumni simply by logging in to your AU CareerWeb account and creating an InterviewStream account.    All you need is internet access and a webcam.  (More …)

  • Taylor Roosevelt 3:03 pm on January 4, 2013 Permalink
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    Putting Your Break to Work 

    [Contributed by Career Center Writer Roxana Hadadi]

    It’s tough to think about work during winter break, but according to Career Center peer advisors, winter break is the ideal time to focus on how you want to present yourself to future employers, whether you’re looking for internships, part-time jobs, or full-time opportunities after graduation.

    Career Center peer advisors, who are available for drop-in advising every day during the semester, aren’t taking their winter break lying down. Read on for their tips on how to stay motivated during the holiday season, from how to research jobs to the importance of keeping in touch with your favorite professors.

    Lead Peer Advisor Eric Fleddermann, KSB/SIS/BA’13, has held two internships and four part-time jobs during his time at AU. Peer Advisor Robbie Gramer, SIS/BA’13, has held six internships and four part-time jobs during his time at AU, and Peer Advisor Quinn Smeaton has held five internships and two part-time jobs during her time at AU.

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  • Taylor Roosevelt 6:40 pm on September 28, 2012 Permalink
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    GoingGlobal: A New Career Resource 

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    Click here to login to AUCareerWeb and access Going Global

    Need help identifying work options, both at home and abroad?
    Think Going Global: Your comprehensive ‘one stop’ career resource

    The American University Career Center is proud to announce access to Going Global, the leading provider of career and employment resources for evaluating, selecting and transitioning into a successful career in a foreign country. Boasting more than one million individual users, Going Global is used around the world by university career centers, educational and institutional organizations, libraries, corporate HR departments, and government agencies. (More …)

  • Sue Gordon 8:18 pm on June 5, 2012 Permalink
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    Skype interview coming up? Prepare with these great tips! 

    We just love these 5 tips from Simply Hired’s blogger Laura Backes--if you are applying for jobs now, you could be asked to interview by Skype. It’s increasingly common to conduct initial interviews using online video chatting.  This is  especially true if you are engaged in a long-distance job search, but some local employers are opting for Skype rather than a phone interview, as well.     

    Be prepared by reading these tips NOW, because you certainly will want to test it out before the big day

  • Francine Blume 2:51 pm on November 2, 2011 Permalink
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    How do employers use social media to screen candidates? 

    You would be amazed! Take a look at this infographic from Mashable. Then check the privacy settings on your Facebook.



    You may need to significantly improve your online presence. After you check Facebook, build a solid presence on LinkedIn. The LinkedIn Learning Center is a great way to get information to move forward with your profile. Start with their overview video. We also have a LinkedIn expert at The Career Center, Felicia Parks, who did a series of videos that you might find helpful. If you don’t have a lot of experience or if you need to be able to demonstrate an interest in an issue area, then Sparked.com could be a way to help. And by that, I mean you get a chance to help others and the experience can help you. Sparked.com is a micro-volunteering site where, in the time it takes you to play Angry Birds, you could be helping a nonprofit organization solve a problem, produce a product, and collaborate with others literally across the world. After micro-volunteering, you can post a note to your LinkedIn profile. Learn more about the organization by watching this overview. Don’t forget to regularly Google yourself to see what’s coming up and make sure you know what your online presence is saying about you.

  • Jessica Beasley 7:23 pm on January 18, 2011 Permalink
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    Career Confusion: Student Jobs 

    If those holiday shopping bills are coming back to bite you this semester, maybe it’s time to start looking for a little supplemental income. Whether you’re looking to work for a federal work study award, a part-time job, or you’re in need of full-time employment, AU has lots of resources to assist you with your job hunt. With so many resources, many students don’t know where to start; so, I’m going to attempt to breakdown AU sponsored job resources in this career confusion.
  • Sue Gordon 11:58 pm on January 5, 2011 Permalink
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    Sticky Interview Situations 

    An InterviewRecently, a young friend of mine, Mary, walked into a second interview for a job she coveted. She immediately noticed a photo of the interviewer’s wife—who happened to be her old boss from her summer internship. This would seem a great opportunity for ice-breaking conversation, but to make matters complicated, Mary had a full-time job offer pending from the wife.

    She was in a quandary; should she acknowledge that she knew the spouse, and how, or let this ice-breaking opportunity go?

    Here in the Career Center, we love to advise you on how to express yourself in an interview— (More …)

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