Greetings and welcome to the 2015-2016 academic year! As we all embark on our new academic and professional experiences, I’m resuming my blog series to reflect on most interesting, challenging or typical questions that students ask me during our individual appointments. I hope that this will help those who may have similar questions but haven’t had a chance to visit the Career Center yet. (More …)
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Are you looking for a place away from the hustle and bustle of your dorm so you can start your career search? If yes then the Career Center Library is the place for you!
The Career Center Library is a quiet space within the Career Center, located on the 5th floor of Butler Pavilion. It has coffee and tea to fuel your job and internship search. You can use the library’s computers to research career options, work on resumes, and apply to positions. Need to print some career-related materials? Print up to ten pages here for free! And don’t forget our collection of career resources: over 450 books covering a wide range of career topics. Each book can be borrowed from the library for 7 days and renewed once (either online or in-person). Popular topics include Career Planning, Networking & Salary Negotiation, and Interviewing.
During the fall and spring semesters you can find our wonderful staff of Peer Advisors in the Career Center Library. Peer Advisors review resumes and cover letters for undergraduates in SIS, SOC, SPA, and CAS. Stop by any time to meet with one.
Come to the Career Center Library, enjoy a cup of coffee, and get started on your job or internship search!
Think about your class schedule in the spring. Will you have blocks of time when you will not be in class and can intern? Can you spare one-two days a week to gain experience outside the classroom? If yes, here are some tips:
- Start early. Make an appointment to meet with your career advisor now and bring a copy of your resume to your appointment. If you have not created a college resume, go to the Career Center website for helpful tools and sample resumes to offer you guidance.
- Think about what skills you want to use: do you enjoy writing, doing research, interviewing people….
- What organizations are you eager to work with?
- Create a profile in AU CareerWeb (AUCW), the Career Center database of jobs and internships.
- Then, do an advanced search in AUCW of all job listings, internships, with Metro access, in DC, MD and VA and enter a keyword that you hope appears in the job description or the job title. Click Submit and see how many positions you find.
Summer is a great time to learn new skills to add to your resume, including software proficiency desired by employers. Most jobs require experience with the Microsoft Office suite, and some ask for knowledge of other, more specialized applications. But if you don’t use these tools in class and don’t want to buy them on your own, how are you supposed become proficient?
Thanks to the AU library, students, faculty and staff have access to Lynda, a web-based database of software training videos. The site features most software applications, including Microsoft Office, Adobe, WordPress and many, many more. The recorded training sessions are conveniently divided into chapters, so that you can pick and choose your lessons as desired. You can also download files that provide more information and tips about the software you’re learning.
To access Lynda, visit the AU portal or stop by the library. And when you’ve completed a lesson, don’t forget to mention your new skills on your resume!
One of the best ways to get noticed by a hiring official is to tailor your application with keywords from the job announcement you’re applying to. Using these terms in your resume and cover letter can show that you’ve closely read the announcement and have the necessary experience and skills to do the job well.
Using keywords in a resume is a particularly smart approach when you’re applying to government positions. When faced with (sometimes) hundreds of applications, hiring officials will gravitate toward applicants who clearly possess the skills needed to succeed.
Happy new year! As we all know, this is a convenient time to make new personal resolutions. If you’re like me, you’ve started to hit the gym again and you’re more likely to share delicious baked goods with your roommate.
The new year is also a great time to think about your professional goals. Whether you’re a freshman deciding on internships or an alum starting a new career, use this time to think about where you are in your career and what steps you need to take to bring it to the next level.
The federal resume is a key component of your government job application, and yet many people don’t know how to properly build one. In this post we’ll talk about how the federal resume is different from a traditional resume and how you can use USAJobs to build a resume that will catch the eye of federal agencies.
With Federal Careers Week starting next Monday, it’s time to brush up on your knowledge of federal jobs and internships.
Visit this blog often for information on:
- The basics of the federal government
- Using USAJobs to find and apply for jobs (and some internships)
- Going beyond USAJobs to find even more internships
- Writing a successful federal resume
- Reading a federal job announcement
- Understanding federal pay schedules
Questions? Suggestions for other topics? Leave a comment.