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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.

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

    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.
  • 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 …)

  • 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 …)

  • Felicia Parks 8:08 pm on July 26, 2010 Permalink
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    Evaluating Your Job Search 

    You’ve basked in the glow of your graduation with family and friends.  Had a two week vacation with your nine of your closest college buddies. Next, you spent part of the summer working in retail or for a local restaurant.  Now, you’re faced with the reality of finding a full-time job within an industry or with an employer where you feel you can make a difference.

    Regardless of the status of the economy, many job seekers will proclaim that finding full-time employment requires a huge investment of their time.  (More …)

  • Minna Scherlinder Morse 7:03 pm on July 2, 2010 Permalink
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    Government Job Fair: July 14th! 

    Register Now for the Partnership for Public Service’s eighth annual Public Service Career and Internship Fair, July 14 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. It’s huge, and it’s FREE.

    Representatives from more than 75 federal agencies will be recruiting for a variety of internships and entry-level jobs including special agents, engineers, program analysts, financial specialists, environmental scientists, IT specialists, economists, and contract specialists. Check out the Partnership’s Web site to view a list of participating agencies, and learn more about the event!

  • John Charles 7:30 pm on June 21, 2010 Permalink
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    Hiring Managers Want You to Know These Things 

    From Yahoo Finance:

    21 things hiring managers want you to know.

  • Felicia Parks 2:15 pm on April 12, 2010 Permalink
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    Using Social Marketing Sites to Find Employers of Choice 

    As you prepare for your graduation in a few weeks, you’ve toyed around with the idea of using social marketing websites as part of your job search. Our Career Center advisors are always eager to assist you with every step of the process including critiquing your resume/cover letter, discussing salary ranges and preparing for your next interview during one-on-one advising sessions. One point that’s becoming a more frequent topic of advice giving: social media.  As you move forward in your jobs search, be sure to consider creating a professional image on social marketing sites to increase your chance of getting an interview with your ideal employer.  Learn more about how employers use social marketing sites through this link.

    Here are some key facts to consider:
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  • Felicia Parks 6:52 pm on March 8, 2010 Permalink
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    Are You a Social Media Guru? 

    Social media can be used to help boost job-hunting efforts, help companies market their products and engage consumers, and even help spread the word about health concerns. From job-hunting to working in almost any aspect of communications, it has become indispensable.

    Evan Strange of Butler University, whose tips on networking through social media appeared in last month’s PRSSA Forum, is just one of an expanding population of young adults creating Web content and using social networking to jump-start their careers. These proactive behaviors are necessary given the competitive job market, and also serve as good examples of technology use for veteran professionals.

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