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  • Felicia Parks 2:04 pm on December 22, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , , , Jobs   

    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

  • 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 Charles 4:05 pm on March 24, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: APSIA, , , INGO, international development, Jobs, NGO, Peace Corps   

    Are you wondering what it takes to land… 

    Are you wondering what it takes to land a job and start a career with an international organization? Recently Hazel Douglas of Oxford HR presented on this topic in a webinar for the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA).

    While most of her comments were directed toward candidates who have several years of experience, she did have advice for people who are starting off their careers in international development.

    Entry-level position ideas:
    –Peace Corps is most obvious
    –Do travel/volunteer work
    –Pursue desk officer/administrator or fundraising/finance positions first, then pursue overseas positions within the company.

    What Ms. Douglas looks for in a candidate:
    –skills/experience set out in the job description, or a near match
    –concise, grammatical, properly spelled applicatoin.

    • Don’t apply on the closing date–sometimes 80-90 apps come in then. Apply as early as you can.

    Q: Should I move to Africa to improve my chances of landing a job?
    A: No, though you should have experience there if applying to organizations doing work there.

    Steep increase in number of jobs that are trade-based supporting the economic structure. Experience in the commercial sector and entrepreneurial skills are important.


    websites: Charity Village, Devex, ReliefWeb, OpportunityNOCS
    indevjobs, Yellow Monday (Sussex U Institute of Development Studies)

    BOND (British Org of NGOS in Development)

  • Jennifer Carignan 6:34 pm on November 2, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: health policy, , , Jobs   

    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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  • Francine Blume 4:51 pm on September 23, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , Chris Hughes, Jennifer Carignan, Jobs, politics, Roll Call   

    Get Real about Jobs in Politics! 

    Are you a political junkie thinking about actually making a career in politics? Not everyone wants to run for president, though it may seem like it at times, so how do you get started?

    Our OWN resident experts, Chris Hughes and Jennifer Carignan, shared their favorite books on the subject with Roll Call just last week. Read why Jenn recommends An Insider’s Guide to Political Jobs in Washington by William Endicott, Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time by Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz, and Getting a Job in Politics, and Keeping It by Ben Wetmore. Chris suggests CQ‘s Politics in America 2012 edited by John Bicknell and David Meyers and National Journal’s just published Almanac of American Politics 2012 by Michael Barone and Chuck McCutcheon.

    You can check for these books in our own University Library, perhaps in preparation for Public Affairs Career Week!

    Illustration adapted from photo by Urban Jacksonville.

  • Jennifer Carignan 4:24 pm on September 15, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , guests, , Jobs,   

    Drop-in advising… with guests! 

    If you roam around campus on weekday afternoons, you’ve likely seen Career Center advisors providing drop-in career advising at various popular spots. This is a great way for us to meet you where you are: academic buildings, outside of the Dav and Mud Box, and near TDR. And during the fall semester, to offer students another opportunity to speak with professionals in a variety of careers, my SPA colleague Chris Hughes and I will feature guest advisors during some of our drop-in sessions.

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  • Francine Blume 3:43 pm on August 23, 2011 Permalink
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    When can Facebook get you fired? 

    By now everyone really should know to set their Facebook profiles to private and to be prudent with regards to what pictures get up there because they can always come back to bite you when you are applying for a job. But did you know that what you put on Facebook could also get you fired?

    Complaints to the National Labor Relations Board have increased this year from employees who have been dismissed or reprimanded because of their Facebook activities. We’re not talking about people commenting on politics, or giving a scathing review of a music video. Were talking about calling the manager a “super mega *%@&” and telling her to kiss his #*%, or about a staff member calling the clients by a particularly unflattering term.

    Hopefully you don’t get into that territory when you post on Facebook. Hopefully you know you should not complain about your job or the people you work with or your customers in a public forum, because you can actually get fired for doing that. We have an intern get fired from a major media outlet because she tweeted how miserable she was. For more, read Dave Jameison’s piece, “Facebook Firings: Feds, Managers Navigate ‘New Territory’ In Employment.”

    Oh, and by the way, don’t put on your Facebook status that you’ve applied for a job with XYZ Company or that you had a terrific interview with 123 Organization. PLEASE keep that private, too!

  • Francine Blume 10:27 am on August 15, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: Cubicle, Jobs, workspace   

    Feng shui that cubicle! 

    MainStreet.com recently had an article on how to turn that drab, gray cubicle into what at least comes a little closer to being a little oasis of happiness. Of course, you may need your organization’s permission, but here are seven simple tricks that could not only make your cubicle more pleasant but improve your productivity.

    1. Improve your lighting
    2. Redecorate the walls and floors.
    3. Rethink your furniture and customize your file cabinets
    4. Make it personal with photographs and tchotchkes
    5. De-clutter to make a clean, happy space
    6. Accessorize – have you ever heard of a fish tank/pencil holder?
    7. Bring healthy food – a fruit bowl is attractive and practical (but watch out for critters)

    Check out the slideshow for more specifics at MainStreet.com

    Photo by Carter Comics


  • Francine Blume 3:37 pm on July 18, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , Jobs, , , STEM, technology   

    STEM isn’t just that thing at the end of the maraschino cherry. It means jobs! 

    Even though STEM workers (folks in science, technology, engineering and math) make up only 5.5% of the national workforce, their salaries are generally 26% higher than their counterparts who studied other fields in school, regardless of whether or not their job is a Stem Job. According to a recent Department of Commerce report, the number of science and technology focused jobs is expected to grow at twice the rate of other fields, and their unemployment rate is generally half that of the general population.

    STEM, anyone?

    Photo by atomicshark

  • Jennifer Carignan 2:11 pm on June 13, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , Jobs, , spreadsheet   

    An organized job and internship search 

    If you’re knee-deep in a job or internship search, you know that keeping track of the positions you’ve applied for can be a challenge. But with just a little extra effort, it doesn’t have to be that way!

    One way to keep yourself organized is to create a simple Excel spreadsheet. Here is an example (click on the image for more detail):

    This spreadsheet allows you to quickly see a complete list of your applications as well as any updates for each position. If you like more detail, additional columns could include the names, titles and contact information of anyone in the organization you’ve spoken to; links to the appropriate job or internship description; or more specific detail about any follow-up interactions you’ve had regarding the position. You might also link the text in the “application materials” column to the resume, cover letter, writing sample or other document you submitted for the position.

    This is only one way to keep track of your job or internship applications. What other methods do you use to stay organized?

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