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  • Felicia Parks 6:17 pm on June 24, 2016 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. Whether you started your search weeks ago or it’s written on your calendar as a “to do” item, be sure to evaluate if you’re spending your time wisely. LinkedIn is a great way to begin networking, online, before you request a face-to-face meeting with a cup of coffee and your business card.

    As always, the advisors within the Career Center are more than happy to assist you with job search techniques, mock interviews, salary negotiations and of course, networking. Learn more through the various resources on our website http://www.american.edu/careercenter or by scheduling an appointment with your advisor.

  • Felicia Parks 2:04 pm on December 22, 2014 Permalink
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    Debunking the Myth – Employers Actually Hire During the Holidays 

    You’ve taken your last exam, put the finishing touches on your group project and you’re finally leaving campus for the holidays. But have you applied for a spring 2015 internship or post graduate job?  While many have heard [or were constantly told] that no one reviews your resume, calls you for an interview or offers a job during the holidays – this simply isn’t true for lots of organizations.

    Here are 4 true statements about recruiting during the slower time period of the year 

    1. Not every recruiter is on vacation.  A new year can also equal a new job for candidates that are flexible to interview during the holidays.  While an offer to meet with the employer could interrupt a day or two of your vacation, the December graduate could experience less competition for full-time positions that start at the beginning of the year. Since new clients, projects and business happen throughout the year, employers continuously post in AU CareerWeb, as well as contact the Career Center, about positions they urgently need to fill before the beginning of the new year.
    2. Holidays are for networking.Whether you attend a social gathering with your student organization, are invited to the company party for your seasonal job or feeling like a third wheel at your parent’s corporate celebration, these are great opportunities to network with new individuals as well as update current contacts in a casual and fun environment.  As you connect with people throughout the event, be sure to remember “active listening is key” and grilling any individual with tons of questions may appear desperate.  So bring your business cards, your enthusiasm and possibly add the notepad app to your cell phone so that you can capture individual names, titles, email addresses and phone numbers to follow-up.
    3. An email or postage stamp could lead to a job.  Whether it’s a holiday card, family blog or video that details your year in review, the design could impress the receiver with your skills and lead to a referral for a full-time opportunity.  After you finish designing your holiday greeting, be sure to polish your elevator speech, order your business cards and schedule a few informational interviews.
    4. Remain positive throughout your job search.  While this blogs offers several tips on applying for jobs during the holidays, it can feel overwhelming when family and friends continuously ask about your job search and potential offers. So keep your head up and your nose to the grind stone.

    We hope these tips have been helpful. Happy holidays from your Career Center advising team!

    AU Career Center_2014 Holiday Party

  • Jennifer Carignan 6:34 pm on November 2, 2011 Permalink
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    Exploring careers in health policy 

    If you have a passion for the well-being of others, a career in health policy might be for you. Health policy focuses on meeting societal healthcare goals including childhood obesity, tobacco use, mental health and, increasingly, global health concerns such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and others.

    Health policy careers afford you the opportunity to work in a variety of settings, including government agencies, nonprofit/advocacy organizations, private sector companies, hospitals, international organizations and on the Hill. Successful applicants have strong analytical and communication skills as well as direct subject matter knowledge of health policy generally or a specific issue under the health policy umbrella (reproductive health, social insurance, etc.).

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  • Minna Scherlinder Morse 10:00 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink
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    Networking Is Not A Dirty Word (Part II) 

    To further dispel the notion of networking-as-dirty-word, I may be forced to use the F-word. A number of F-words, actually,  none of them unseemly, and all crucial to career success.

    Let’s start with Facts of Life. The truth is that we all start our adult and professional lives with different networks in place (in part related to our family, how and where we grew up, etc.), and with different levels of skill and confidence in networking.  That’s just the way it is. But none of us are stuck with that starting point. Those who come into adulthood well-connected are still going to have to prove their ability and worthiness of those connections, and those with talent and fewer connections are going to have to build their networks on their own.

    For everyone, the place to start is with those already in your corner: Friends, Family, Family Friends, and (a key resource here at AU) Faculty (both full-time and adjunct).  Get in touch, tell them about your interests, your long-term and/or short-term goals, and see what ideas they have for you.

    If that goes well, it will soon be time to reach beyond that circle, to the strangers-to-you they recommend you contact, or to others further afield who may be helpful to you.  At that point,  you can no longer expect contacts to automatically want to help you in your career exploration or job/internship searching. (Not even if you’re talking to your Uncle Fred‘s oldest friend.)

    You’re swimming with the big fish now. But don’t panic! This is simply where another layer of “f-words” comes in:  Fact-Finding and Face-Time. (More …)

    • Alex Priest 8:48 pm on September 22, 2010 Permalink

      Great, great, series of posts. I’m constantly amazed by how amazing my network has been for internships and job opportunities–already, even though I haven’t graduated yet.

      Glad to see you mention LinkedIn, but to be perfectly honest, Twitter is a far more powerful networking tool! 😉

    • Minna Scherlinder Morse 2:07 pm on September 28, 2010 Permalink

      Ah, yes, but Twitter is for those who need not be convinced that networking is somehow tainted! LinkedIn can be a nice first step on the social media food chain, leading folks to take bigger steps later, don’t you think? That’s the thought, anyway 😉 Thanks for reading–and for weighing in!

  • Sue Gordon 2:44 pm on September 13, 2010 Permalink
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    Seniors, NOW is the time: Can’t miss events just for you 

    Seniors, NOW is time to prepare for your post-graduation plans! Whether you are thinking of graduate school or working after graduation, the Career Center is hosting an event that is just for you.

    Thinking of Law School? On Thursday, Sept 16 at 4:00 pm come hear representatives from WCL share insights into legal careers and law school admissions.  Learn more and RSVP at http://www.american.edu/careercenter/calendar/?id=2619665

    Wondering when to start your job search? On Tuesday, Sept 21 the AU Career Center is hosting Now and Later: Career Spree for Seniors, a full day dedicated just to Seniors. We’ll have drop-in advising throughout the day.   In the afternoon, we’ll host programs that will inform you on why it is important to begin your job search NOW;  what not to do  in an interview– you’ll see mistakes to avoid;  and you’ll learn how to use Twitter, Facebook, and other social media for your job search.  We’ll end the day with an informative Employer Round Table Discussion in the evening—hiring managers will tell you what they expect in resumes, interviews, and more!  For details on time and place, visit the Career Center events calendar at http://www.american.edu/careercenter/calendar/?id=2606982

    Want to find a job or internship? Don’t miss our Fall Job and Internship Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 29 in Bender Arena

    Interested in applying to grad school? On Thursday, October 7 American University faculty will share their thoughts on what makes a great applicant and application.   RSVP at http://www.american.edu/careercenter/calendar/?id=2618612

    Remember, through  your senior year and beyond, AU Career Advisors are ready to help you plan for your next steps.

  • Chris Hughes 2:55 pm on July 20, 2010 Permalink
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    Leveraging Internships 

    One of the great benefits of an American University education actually takes place outside of the classroom. AU’s location in the nation’s capital of Washington, DC provides students with a multitude of internship opportunities. Through internships in the government, nonprofit and private sectors, students have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience that supplements what they are learning in the classroom and provides them with some of skills needed to begin a career in their field of interest.

    Often students are able to effectively leverage their internship in order to gain their next internship, or perhaps a job. Here are some tips on how to make your internship move you towards your next step in the career development process:

    When finished with a project, ask for more: This is an excellent way to prove your worth. Employers like interns who go the extra mile in helping to get the work of the office done. By working hard and contributing one’s skills to that office, an intern will become more likely to receive a strong recommendation for his or her next position. In some select instances, if a full-time position with the organization is open upon an intern’s graduation, this could lead to the intern being hired for that position.

    Keep in touch with past internship employers: There is often a tendency for one to move on after an internship is completed and not look back. Big mistake. It is always good to maintain contact periodically with past internship supervisors, especially if you have left that position on very good terms. Former supervisors and co-workers can serve as a very valuable resource in helping you network for future job and internship searches

    Conduct informational interviews: Informational interviewing is one of the most important forms of networking. It entails talking to people employed in jobs or fields that interest you. Identify people who work at your internship site who would fit these criteria. These individuals would be able to provide you with valuable advice about their career path, skills needed, and the employment outlook for the field. They may also be able to provide you with the names and contact information of other individuals who could provide you with information about potential careers.

    Utilizing these strategies, in addition to meeting periodically with your Career Center advisor, will start you on your path to a successful and very satisfying career.

  • Sue Gordon 5:29 pm on June 15, 2010 Permalink
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    Creepy web searches? How employers find the real scoop on you… 

    Did you know that employers can go beyond Google to check you out?   Do you think your online rep is squeaky clean?   You might be  surprised by what deep sleuthing can find!  Whether you’ve left a scathing comment on a blog post or have interesting taste in fiction, employers  can find out more about you than you think!  Learn more from CNNMoney’s Ask Annie: Employers may do creepy web searches about you.

  • Minna Scherlinder Morse 2:12 pm on June 10, 2010 Permalink
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    "Email Alert" Analysis: Focus on $-Raising 

    Idealist.org recently posted a short piece in which a blogger lauds the job-hunting benefits of search agents like Idealist’s own email alerts (or the ones discussed in our previous post). Beyond just identifying jobs, the savvy job-hunter profiled in the post watched for patterns and followed suit in developing her approach… She discovered that entry-level fundraising jobs were still popping up in great number, while other jobs were slow to appear. (Ding, ding, ding…do-gooders, start learning how to raise cha-ching!)

  • Minna Scherlinder Morse 12:15 am on June 9, 2010 Permalink
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    Lazy Days of Summer & Ways to Job Hunt 

    Can you imagine the tedium of circling adverts in a print newspaper every day? Well, whatever its limitations, this process took less time than the hours job-and-internship seekers spend online scouring countless sites to find often-redundant openings. And time is precious…especially during the lazy days of summer, and definitely during a job search. We’re not suggesting that you refrain from searching for a job, or a great fall (or not-for-credit-last-minute-summer) internship. We’re just saying: There’s a better way. (More …)

  • Jessica Beasley 3:59 pm on May 28, 2010 Permalink
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    Practice Like You Play: Interview Preparation 

    For many graduating students, suntans and lazy afternoons have been replaced with job applications and balancing busy interview schedules. In this tough job market – interview preparation is everything. Being comfortable and prepared in your interview can really set you apart from other candidates; and we all know: practice makes perfect! As you prepare for your next interview, take advantage of the many resources the Career Resource Library has to offer:

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