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I Attended the Spring Career & Internship Fair, Now What?

Over 700 students (including multiple athletic teams who took advantage of the opportunity to attend during practice hours in uniform) attended the Spring Career & Internship Fair.

The feedback from employers is that they were thoroughly impressed by the student participation and their preparedness for this event!

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The question is, now what do I do?

1. Follow up with any/all employers that interested you. Hopefully you collected some business cards/contact information. Email them a thank you for attending the fair and speaking with you. If you want to stand out, mail them a handwritten thank you note.

  • Reiterate your interest in their company/position and what your next steps are (will  you be applying online? attending their information session? awaiting job or internship postings on their web page so you can apply? taking a course that will make you better suited for their industry? etc.)
  • Keep it short and to the point, use proper greetings and grammar (an informal, poorly written email can ruin that professional image you want to project) and try to refer to the conversation you had with them to help them remember you.

2. Apply to any positions that you learned about and were interested in, and would like to pursue formally.

3. Email the recruiter you met at the fair if you have applied to their open position and let them know that you did so, and that you look forward to a personal interview.  Thank them for sharing the information about the company/position with you at the fair as it helped you better understand what type of candidate they were looking for.

4. Save that recruiter’s contact information.  You may need it in the future, don’t be afraid to use it!

5. Take advantage of the “What’s Next” workshop series listed in eFriars where you can attend follow up workshops on a variety of career topics such as job & internship searching, networking and more.

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Remember that if you didn’t find what you wanted at the fair, we want to meet with you individually to help you find that in other ways. Call 401-865-1290 for an appointment with a Career Advisor.

The Spring Career & Internship Fair is Coming!

Are you ready for it?

Getting through the next week may be the only thing on your mind right now with spring break fast approaching, but don’t forget that the Spring Career & Internship Fair takes place on Wed. March 19, in Peterson from 2-5pm

If you’re looking for a full time job or summer internship, you can’t afford to miss it!  There are over 100 organizations attending and they’re looking for you!

AAA Southern New England
ABM Industries
Aflac
Allied Building Products Corp. Division of Oldcastle
Alma del Mar Charter School
Alzheimer’s Association
AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps FEMA Corps
Amica Mutual Insurance
Angel Taveras for Governor
AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals
athenahealth, Inc.
Atrion Networking Corporation
Bankers Life and Casualty Company
Barnum Financial Group
Barton Associates
Bay View Academy
Beecher Carlson
Block for Governor
BlumShapiro
Bowdoin Group
Boy Scouts of America
Buckeye International, Inc.
Capital Good Fund
Care New England Health System
Catholic Charities, Boston
Cedar Crest Nursing and Rehab
Centinel Financial Group
City Year
Clean Water Action
Collette
Corporation for National & Community Service
DiSanto, Priest & Co.
Duffy & Shanley
East Bay Community Action Program
Enterprise Rent a Car
Ernst & Young
Evergreen Center
Eze Software Group
Fidelity Investments
Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation
GTECH Corporation
Guidance In GIving, Inc.
Indeed
ING Financial Partners
Insight Global, Inc.
ISlide, Inc
James L. Maher Center
Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions
LGC&D LLP
Liberty Mutual Insurance
MassMutual Westchester
MatchEducation
MEDITECH, Medical Information Technology, Inc
Mohegan Sun
Mondelez International (Nabisco, Cadbury): Snack & Food Company
New England Center for Children
New York Life
Northwestern Mutual – Greater Boston Area and Rhode Island
Otis Elevator Company
Oxford Global Resources
Peace Corps
Peter Jacobsen Sports
Picerne Management
Procter & Gamble
Providence Children’s Museum
Providence College MBA Program
Prudential Financial
RDW Group, Inc.
Robert Half
Save the Bay, Inc.
Serve Rhode Island
Sherwin Williams
Swarovski North America Limited
Swipely
SWS Technologies
Talbots
Teach For America
Teknor Apex Company
The Beacon Mutual Insurance Company
The Committee For Allan Fung
The Genesis Center
The Groden Network
The Guide, LLC
The Haitian Project, Inc.
The Hanover Insurance Group
The Judge Group
The Miriam Hospital-Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine
The TJX Companies
TV9 Seekonk
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation
U.S. Department of State; Bureau of Diplomatic Security
UMass Memorial Medical Center
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS OFFICER PROGRAMS
Vernon Public Schools
Walker School
Waterfire Providence
Wolf & Company
Year Up Providence
ZipRecruiter

 

See you there!

 

Personal Brand Alignment: Headline, Summary and Skills Match

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Guest Blogger: Anne Lipsitz, Graduate Student Advisor, Providence College Career Education Center. Passionate career development coaching professional and experienced marketing communication leader. She received a B.A. in Journalism, Speech, PR and M.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Rhode Island. She previously worked in Sales, Marketing and PR at MetLife Insurance Company.

 

When using LinkedIn to market yourself, it is critical in defining your brand make sure to be clear, succinct and create consistent alignment. Do yourself a favor and do not create brand confusion. Clearly define “your product” in the marketplace.

The formatting of your headline, summary and skill set are critical to an effective and efficient algorithm search on LinkedIn. Yes that’s right LinkedIn uses the beauty of art and science and searches on keywords.

Your goal is to strategically align your brand with the skills that are needed in the marketplace and showcase what you can contribute in the headline and summary. You want to demonstrate the problems that you can solve.

  • Focus on skill sets that matter.
  • Use the summary key word algorithm to your advantage.
  • By using the keywords in headline you double optimize your brand.

HEADLINE:

  • The secret to a great headline is making sure you have four to six skill sets tied to endorsements.
  • Endorsements are a REALLY BIG deal!
  • The keyword skill search can help employers find you.
  • Consider the relationships in your network that you can have a skill endorsed and that can help you find a job.
  • Know that in order to get endorsements you need to give endorsements.

SUMMARY

  • Write a more in-depth paragraph to give people an idea of where you stand now in your career, what your strengths are, where you want to go and what you have to offer.
  • FACT: Recruiters use algorithm and points are scored on key words when searching. They pay $8K/year to search on keywords. Don’t take up valuable real estate and key words with narrative. Be strategic!
  • Have a strong branding statement that articulates your passion and solves problems. StrengthQuest is great for this. Call the Career Education Center and request a code in order to take a Strenthsquest assessment.

SKILLS:

  • List specific skills. Choose wisely and sparingly.
  • Other members in your network can endorse you for these skills so avoid choosing something you possess that others aren’t aware of or a skill (Microsoft word) that does not compliment your headline or summary.

When in doubt, make an appointment with a Career Education Center professional by calling 401-865-1290!

Resolve to Engage in Career Exploration in 2014

With a new year comes new resolutions.  Goals that we set to help us improve ourselves and ultimately, our lives.  Why not move beyond resolving to eat less, drink less, or exercise more, (all great resolutions by the way!) and resolve to dedicate time this year to planning for your future.  If that seems a daunting task, the sample resolutions below and the action steps you can take towards them, may help you get started.

1. Resolve to Network

     80% of internships and jobs are found through networking.  Attend the alumni-student networking night on 1/29/14 at 6:30pm in ’64 Hall as your first step.

2. Resolve to put time into your internship or job search this semester

     Jobs and internships are posted in eFriars daily by employers are looking for PC students to fill their positions! Additonally, our spring career fair is 3/19/14 in Peterson, offering full time jobs and
summer internships

3. Resolve to have a conversation with someone about your future

     Call us at 865-1290 and make an appointment to speak with a career advisor or ask us to help you connect with an alum in your desired career field

4. Resolve to create an excellent resume and cover letter

     Use our guide and then come in during daily Quick Question Hours to have it reviewed

5. Resolve to practice your interview skills

     Sign up for a mock interview with an employer.  Offered every Friday from 1:30 – 3:30pm.  Sign up for a timeslot in eFriars

Good luck keeping your New Year’s resolution(s) and come see us in Slavin 108 for help with your career related ones!

Watch Some Videos Over Winter Break

In addition to catching up on any movies you may have missed out on this year, you can use your break to view the brief Career Spots videos  that the Career Education Center just uploaded to their home page.  Each one gives quick and easy information on a career related topic such as “Who Am I?” or “Build Your Network” or “No Google Answers,” so you’re bound to find some that appeal to you.  Even if you think you’re already pretty well versed in your career preparation, watching videos like “Applying on Facebook” and “Behavioral Interviews” will give you an edge over the competition in your internship or job search!

I suggest all students watch “Be Smart on Social Media” and “Email Etiquette” as these are two mediums we all take for granted. You may be very surprised to learn how some recruiters are using social media and the emails you send them, to make judgments about whether or not they want to interview you!

Give us a call at 401-865-1290 now, to schedule an appointment for late January, when you are back at PC. Get a jump start on your career education this spring! It’s not too late (seniors), nor too early (freshmen) to plan for life after college.

#Don’t Wait…Slavin 108

 

 

Valid Reasons Students Should Have an Internship (or Two!) by Graduation

The article, The Real Reason New College Grads Can’t Get Hired, presents a hard truth to students.  The good news is, if you’re reading this now, there’s still time to do something about it.

If the issue that’s addressed in the following paragraph from this article hits close to home, now’s the time to think about the consequences to staying on this path during your college years:

“…more than 80% of employers want new grads they hire to have completed a formal internship, but only 8% of students say interning in a field related to their major is something they spend a lot of time doing. Instead, the top extracurricular activities are hanging out with friends, working in an unrelated job and eating out.”

The choice is yours, and if you choose to become a college graduate that employers will hire, we can get you there!

#Don’t Wait…Slavin 108

Job and Internship Search Advice for Liberal Arts & Sciences Majors – #Don’t Wait!

“The Career Education Center only helps business majors.”

If that thought has crossed your mind (or lips), I ask that you call us at 401-865-1290 and make an appointment to see a career advisor. Speak with us about your career goals, your ideas, your dream job, and your back up plan (or lack of same if that’s the case). Once we meet with you, we can work together to figure out what it is you are looking for, and then help you figure out how to find it!

As a liberal arts & sciences major, you are a highly qualified candidate for a multitude of positions. Whether or not they are positions you are interested in, is another story. But until we have that discussion, we can’t help you in your internship or job search. There are over 30 liberal arts and sciences majors at PC alone. You owe it to yourself to come in and talk to a career advisor about your chosen major, as well as your individual skills and strengths.

The Fall Career and Graduate School Fair, while “business heavy” because Fall is accounting and finance recruiting season,  also featured 24 non-profit organizations, 11 education related organizations, a few healthcare and government organizations, and 26 graduate schools. We purposely mix the different types of organizations into one career fair so that all students will attend. We know from past experience, that most liberal arts majors won’t set foot into a “business career fair,” and that’s an unfortunate mistake. Because while many liberal arts & sciences majors may not be interested in “business” organizations such as Amica, Meditech, Fidelity, or Proctor & Gamble, THEY are still interested in YOU! As Fr. Shanley said in his Op Ed piece in the Providence Journal, “…the study of the humanities encourages the development of traits that are transferable into the workforce: analytical thinking, clear communication, critical judgment and cross-cultural competency. All these skills are indeed transferable. It is our experience that employers really like the kind of mind that results from a liberal-arts education.” He’s right. Employers covet the skills that PC students develop as a result of their liberal arts education. Let us help you discern where and how you want to use them in a profession.

While the Career Education Center provides online resources to help liberal arts & sciences majors in their internship and job search, (see below) these are very general and merely a starting point for your career exploration, internship or job search.  For example:

What Can I Do With This Major?

English Majors

Education Majors

Public & Community Service Majors

Political Science Majors

Math Majors

Art Majors

Science Majors

 

Take if from those who came before you.  Below are some alumni who were liberal arts & sciences majors at PC, who utilized our services while they were here. Their success wasn’t automatic, it was a result of their initiative to seek out resources and assistance, and the efforts they made to follow advice and take a proactive approach in their career development.

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Jamie Scambio
Humanities Major
Audience Coordinator, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at NBC Universal, Inc.

 

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Arman Oganisian
Economics Major
Analyst at Analysis Group

 

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Jenna Raymond
HPM Major
Transplant Surgery Data Analyst at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

 

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Benjamin Mandeville
English Major
Digital Media Consultant at GoLocalProv

 

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Sara Beth Labanara
Political Science Major
Public Relations Specialist at Wayfair

 

 

As students, you will only get out of your internship or job search what you put into it. I urge you to take action and follow in the footsteps of your fellow alumni by utilizing our programs, services, and career advising appointments. You’ll be glad you did!

We look forward to seeing you in Slavin 108!

 

Job Shadow this January to Explore Careers

smoultonGUEST BLOGGER:
Stacey Moulton, Associate Director, Career Education Center at Providence College. Received B.A. in Philosophy & Criminal   Justice from Stonehill College and Masters in Information Age Marketing from Bentley College. Previously worked in Marketing and Securities Lending at State Street Corporation.

 

 

When you graduate, do you know what you want to do?  If so, do you know what it takes to get a job in that field? Do you have connections in that field?

Are you just starting to think about careers paths that might be a fit for you?  Are you curious to know what goes on in a particular field? Do you want to experience a professional setting in order to see how your education will transfer to the real-world?

No matter where you are in your career development,
PC’s Winter Break Shadowing Day Program is for you!

Mark OkerbloomBy participating in a job-shadow experience, you will be able to connect with a fellow Friar, discuss the value of your PC education, experience a “day in the life” in a particular career, observe the culture of an organization and most importantly, ask questions that will help you prepare for your future!

This year’s 221 shadowing opportunities represent:

  • 114 Alumni Volunteers
  • 25 Different Majors
  • 17 Different Career Fields
  • 17 Different Geographic Locations

Don’t Wait…Apply today!

  • Learn more about the Shadowing Program
  • Review Alumni Profiles to find opportunities of interest
  • Complete the Shadowing Application (found on efriars in the Career Documents & Samples section)
  • Deadline for applications is Nov. 11, 2013

 

 

Eight Steps to Building Meaningful Relationships

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GUEST BLOGGER: Joe McCarthy, Career Advisor, Career Education Center at Providence College. Joe received a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy from the Jesuit University of Scranton and an M.A. in Holistic Counseling from Salve Regina University. He spend many years as a Human Resources professional in the insurance, banking, chemical and textile industries. He has been married for 48 years to his wife, Marlene, and they have 4 children and 4 grandchildren.

 

 

The first full time job I had after college was in the Personnel Department in a chewing gum factory. On my first day of work, the Personnel Manager had me fill out the benefit forms, introduced me to a few people in the office and told me that I was to report back to him in two months. I was completely taken aback since I thought this meant that he was laying me off for eight weeks, and I had just moved to the area. I was totally shocked and my head swirled with concerns about how I was going to survive financially and pay my rent to the landlord in the rooming house where I had just settled.

As I blurted out my thoughts, the PM chuckled at my reaction and assured me that my pay check would be delivered on time every week. He informed me that my first two months would be spent on the floor of the factory getting to know the staff and learning first-hand about the operations of the plant. He wanted me to develop relationships with the employees in the factory before I began my job in Personnel.

During those two months, I got to know the employees very well and built up positive relationships that would never have come my way without this experience.

Many times, over the years, I have looked back at those two months as an outstanding learning experience that taught me the critical importance of building relationships. I believe that strong relationships are a key to satisfaction and success in life for all of us. Thinking back on my experience, I thought I might share a few ideas for your consideration as you move through your college years.

 

Eight Steps to Building Meaningful Relationships

  • Be open to new experiences and take advantage of getting to know the people you encounter in these situations.
  • Recognize the strengths of others and be generous with your praise.
  • Be open with others and give them an opportunity to get to know you.
  • Graciously seek and accept feedback from others.
  • Don’t wait — take a risk and be the one to initiate a friendship.
  • Embrace opportunities to connect with and celebrate diverse cultures.
  • Live the Golden Rule.
  • Reach out to alumni through FriarLink on LinkedIn and solicit their advice.

 

 

I Attended the Career Fair, Now What?

First of all, congratulations on taking this step forward in your career development.  You made this the biggest Career Fair in PC history!

Over 1,000 students (including 35 athletes who took advantage of the opportunity to attend during practice hours in uniform) attended the Fall Career and Graduate School Fair and Internship Showcase.

The feedback from employers is that they were thoroughly impressed by the student participation and their preparedness for this event!

 2013 career fair

 

The question is, now what do I do?

1. Follow up with any/all employers you were interested in. Hopefully you collected some business cards/contact information. Email them a thank you for attending the fair and speaking with you. If you want to stand out, mail them a handwritten thank you note.

  • Reiterate your interest in their company/position and what your next steps are (will  you be applying online? attending their information session? awaiting job or internship postings on their web page so you can apply? taking a course that will make you better suited for their industry? etc.)
  • Keep it short and to the point, use proper greetings and grammar (an informal, poorly written email can ruin that professional image you want to project) and try to refer to the conversation you had with them to help them remember you.

2. Apply to any positions that you learned about and were interested in, whether that’s via eFriars or on the company’s webpage.

3. Email the recruiter you met at the fair if you have applied to their open position and let them know that you did so, and that you look forward to a personal interview.  Thank them for sharing the information about the company/position with you at the fair as it helped you better understand what type of candidate they were looking for.

4. Save that recruiter’s contact information.  You may need it in the future, don’t be afraid to use it!

Remember that if you didn’t find what you wanted at the fair, we want to meet with you individually to help you find that in other ways. Call 401-865-1290 for an appointment with a Career Advisor.

 

 

 

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