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  • 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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  • Chris Hughes 7:55 pm on May 17, 2010 Permalink
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    What Students and Alumni Need to Know About the New Federal Hiring Reforms 

    Last Tuesday, President Obama put forth a memorandum of reforms  designed to greatly simplify the federal hiring process.  These reforms will have a great impact on AU students, recent graduates and alumni seeking positions in the federal government.  Among the reforms are:

    • Cutting the hiring times for federal positions down to an average of 80 days.
    • Total elimination of essay-style questions, better known as KSA’s, from federal applications.   Resumes and cover letters or “simple, plain language applications” would be submitted.
    • Simplifying the federal hiring process  across the board to encourage more qualified candidates to enter public service

    These changes are expected to be in place by November 1. 

    Also, the Federal Career Intern Program (FCIP), not to be confused with the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) or Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP), will undergo a 90-day review and may be on the chopping block.

    By significantly cutting down the hiring time for federal jobs and eliminating the often-confusing KSA process, these reforms should benefit new federal job seekers by making such a job search less mysterious and more in line with what we see in the private and nonprofit sectors.

  • Minna Scherlinder Morse 8:00 pm on April 19, 2010 Permalink
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    Idealism Meets Pragmatism in the Job Hunt 

    Now that the 2010 spring semester is coming to a close, we’re throwing a line to seniors who have put off thinking about job hunting, or who may just need a jump-start. We just heard that Idealist.org is publishing hard-copy editions of its great job search handbook, The Idealist Guide to Nonprofit Careers for First-time Job Seekers, on sale at Borders et al.  That’s great for them. But the news for you is this:

    (1) The guide is still available online, free to read or download, chapter by chapter, or in its entirety, and

    (2) It’s a great general guide to the job-search, not just to the nonprofit world.

    In addition the Career Center’s own resources, we highly recommend folks check out the following chapters in the Idealist guide, especially:

  • Minna Scherlinder Morse 7:21 pm on March 22, 2010 Permalink
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    SOC Targets at the Job and Internship Fair 

    This week boasts a number of important workshops for job and internship seekers, culminating in the Job and Internship Fair on Thursday, March 25, 1-4 p.m. in Bender Arena.

    This year, there are a number of communications and media companies, as well as nonprofits and government agencies, looking specifically for students in public communication, journalism, and digital media.

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  • Francine Blume 4:42 pm on March 22, 2010 Permalink
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    Who’s Hiring now that Health Care passed? 

    With legislative change comes opportunity, including new jobs. Where will they be and how can you look? Here are a few helpful hints for what may come from “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”

    The New York Times reported the bill to be a “boon” for hospitals and pharmaceutical companies, as more consumers are able to access health care. But of course, that doesn’t means just doctors and chemists. That means more accounting, more development, more public relations, more translators, more trainers, more compliance monitors, more of any role that those industries have, and probably some new ones. Insurance companies will be busy, too, as will medical supply distributors.

    In terms of new federal agency opportunities, you’ll certainly have Health and Human Services. This legislation also establishes a new Community Health Center (CHC) Fund within HHS, which provides additional Federal funds for the community health center program meaning local opportunities, as well. Speaking of healthy habits and programs, resurge is one of the lastest natural and healthy weight loss supplements.

    But to really be on top of it, Derrick Dortch shared in a recent Washington Post online chat that you should go through the bill and see which agencies have been given new tasks. Through the Thomas web site, you can search on the bill’s exact name, and read through “what agencies are being placed in charged to do certain specific tasks. You may find that there may be something in the legislation that discusses creating a new agency.” You can also check the Federal Register for the latest agency news and possible hiring.

    As always, don’t pay for it if you can get it for free! Our career advisors are ready and able to help you with everything from strategizing your search to polishing that cover letter. Don’t forget what’s coming up this week, with the Job Search Crash Course Tuesday at 5 pm in MGC 5, The Resume Station from noon to 2 and 5 to 7 on Wednesday in the Tavern, and of course the Job and Internship Fair on Thursday from 1 – 4 in Bender Arena.

  • Sue Gordon 2:59 pm on December 21, 2009 Permalink
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    Still job searching? Don't dismiss temp work! 

    Economists tell us that in any economic recovery, employers use temporary workers before committing to permanent hires.   According to the NY Times, this is even more true in this recovery as temp work continues to grow– up four months in a row.  What is different  in this economy is the increase in temporary workers is lasting longer than in the past, as employers continue to hesitate to commit to a permanent hire.   So, if you are a job seeker who’s avoided temping, don’t dismiss it, and consider the following benefits.

    Temping allows you to:

    • Develop new and enhance existing skills- sometimes in surprising ways
    • Build your resume
    • Be employed while looking for that perfect permanent job- always a plus
    • Broaden your contacts and your network- key to a successful job search
    • Potentially be converted from a temporary to a permanent employee
    • Earn a little spending (or rent) money!
    • Get off the couch and impress prospective employers that you are taking initiative

    Do you have a great story about a temp job that turned into something more?   Share it by commenting here or emailing gordon@american.edu.

  • Francine Blume 8:57 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink
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    You Could Have Gotten A Job At the SPA Networking Reception 

    Did you go? Were you one of the 150+ students, alumni, and other employers there? Did you know that 8 out of 10 employers were looking for job candidates and 7 out of 10 were looking for internship candidates?! THAT’S 15 OUT OF 10!!! Ok, well, maybe not quite, but the odds were great if you were looking for a position, no matter who you were! Employers were looking for candidates at ALL levels of school and experience.

    AU alumni also had advice to share. Here’s a sample of their words of wisdom . . .


    So if you blew it, fear not. Yes, you missed out on a major opportunity. But there are other ways to network. Check out AU InCircle to connect with AU alumni, make connections through LinkedIn, and check our events calendar for your next chance to meet and greet!

  • Francine Blume 4:48 pm on October 29, 2009 Permalink
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    Interns Fare Better in a Poor Job Market 

    Jeff Lambert at XM








    It’s a no-brainer. Times are tough, but if you’ve had internships, you’ll do much better in finding a job than you will if you DON’T have internships. The latest NACE report has 23% of students with internships who applied for jobs before they graduated had jobs by April last year, versus 14% who did not have internships.

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  • Sue Gordon 9:16 pm on October 26, 2009 Permalink
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    Where the "Green Jobs" Are 

    “We are just at the beginning of the ‘clean tech’ job creation era”– this is a quote from green-industry research firm Clean Edge.   CNNMoney.com columnist Anne Fisher shares 15  cities where the clean-tech movement is taking off.  Tech not your thing?  Consider this:  every technology company needs people for public communications, marketing, sales, human resources,  and management.  And, those jobs will be filled with people from all majors.

    Find out what cities are on the rise as the number of “Green Jobs” continues to grow by clicking here 15 best places for green jobs.

  • Anna Litman 11:01 pm on September 22, 2009 Permalink
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    More tips for Getting the Most out of the Fall Job and Internship Fair 

    More tips for Getting the Most out of the Fall Job and Internship Fair (JIF), Thursday, September 24, Bender Arena, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

    With the AU Job and Internship Fair (JIF) around the corner, your friendly career advisor would like to gently remind you that there is more than one good reason (e.g., getting a job or internship) for attending this exciting event.  Let’s make a list of opportunities offered to you at the JIF : (a) a possibility of a job or an internship; (b)  first-hand information about employers; (c) ideas related to your internships, jobs, or careers; (d) contacts with employers’ representatives, or other students standing along with you in the same line for the employer’s table; (e) good practice for your job search skills, and (f) a new challenge and satisfaction in meeting it.  See more on specific strategies to make each of these opportunities work for you.

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