Career Services Connector
February 12th, 2013 Edition

Upcoming Workshops & Events

Networking Skills
TODAY! Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

1:00pm - 2:00pm, Rowley G211 
Monday, February 18th, 2013  
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Reinsch Library Boardroom

                          Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 
12:00pm - 3:30pm, Rowley G209 
GMAT Overview Class
Monday, February 25th, 2013
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Ballston Conference Center
Sign up HERE 
Busy schedule making it difficult to see us on Main Campus? Well, check it out:  
NEW Spring 2013 Ballston Hours!!
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday Evenings
Walk-in Hours: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Appointment Hours**: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Located in the "Green Room", 1st Floor
** To schedule an appointment at Ballston, call our office at 703-284-5960 

How to Succeed in a
Job Market

Given the reality of our rapidly globalizing economy, it is no surprise that recent employer recruitment trends have identified "international awareness" and "multicultural competence" among the primary skills necessary for future career success. Propelled forth by the evolution of technology and ease of international travel, our highly interconnected world now demands a workforce of globally aware, multiculturally sensitive individuals who can adapt successfully in diverse settings.

What does having a GLOBALIZED perspective mean?
  • Having an open-minded, non-judgmental mindset that appreciates and respects other cultural perspectives and norms
  • Being experienced in multicultural environments either abroad or in your own country   
  • Demonstrating adaptability and flexibility in unfamiliar situations   
  • Possessing international awareness, knowledge and understanding
  • Effectively communicating across cultural and linguistic boundaries     
To ensure that you stay relevant and truly THRIVE in an internationally competitive job market, here are some steps you can take NOW to increase your future EMPLOYABILITY:
  • Join an international or cross-cultural student organization on campus.   
  • Interact with and build relationships with students from other countries in residence halls, International Student Services office (ISS), study groups, etc.   
  • Learn a new language or find meaningful ways to use and strengthen languages known or studied.  
  • Volunteer or intern at culturally-based organizations or in elementary, middle/high school ESL programs.  
  • Create an internship at an international non-profit organization or speak with the Global Education Office and Career Services about doing an internship abroad. 
  • Choose elective courses that will increase global competency and awareness, like one of the Global Classroom courses that travels abroad during Spring Break 
  • Build international themes and interests into class assignments.  
  • Attend cultural events on campus and in the greater DC Area.  
  • Read a foreign newspaper; watch foreign news such as BBC.   
  • Study abroad for a summer, semester or year.
  • Consider a long-term international service opportunity after your senior year.
Want to talk more about taking the next step? 
Meet with a Career Coach TODAY!
The Center for Career Service's Career Ambassadors are out and about on campus this semester, interviewing MU students about their internship experiences so that all of us can get a better idea of the diverse and unique things our fellow Saints are up to. 
Click HERE to check out our current posts and don't forget to visit the blog regularly for new stories!

Have an internship experience you want to share? Let our career ambassadors know by emailing  Who knows, you may be our next feature!
External Career Development Events


Future Doctors - Check this out!!

VCU's Health Sciences and Health Careers Pipeline is excited to announce a comprehensive six week, interdisciplinary summer program: The Summer Academic Enrichment Program (SAEP) is available for upper-level undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and recently graduated students interested in attending a health professions school at VCU! Application submissions are open NOW through February 15th, 2013. 

Attention IT Majors!! 
Come speak with hiring managers and recruiters seeking qualified candidates at Women in Technology (WIT)'s Annual Job Fair! Click below to check out the 50+ participating companies and available job openings and register online for FREE.  Men and women are both encouraged to attend! 

CareerEco Virtual Career Fairs and Bender Consulting Services (a firm that aligns individuals living with disabilities with professional career opportunities in the public and private sectors) have partnered to host a virtual career fair specifically targeted to help students and alumni with disabilities of any  2-year or  4-year institution in the nation find full-time, internship, and/or co-op jobs.  

To sign up for the event in advance, visit the registration site 

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 - ALL DAY


Interested in working for the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT?
GovLoop is hosting a FREE Virtual Career Fair on February 28th for students of ALL backgrounds.  Participants will be able to interact with agency representatives and learn more about participating organizations, cut through the cluster of resumes by submitting yours directly to agencies who are actively seeking to fill vacancies, and hear best practice strategies and lessons learned from experts that have succeeded in government. Click here for more information and to register for the event!
Thursday, February 28th, 2013, 11:00am - 3:30pm 

Attention Graduate Students!!

George Mason's School of Public Policy is inviting students to register as attendees or submit research papers for their second annual Graduate Student Research Conference.  Graduate students are invited to submit proposals using knowledge and perspectives of the humanities and theoretical or applied methods to further domestic or international public policy discourse.   


CALLING all Entrepreneurs!!!

 The George Washington Office of Entrepreneurship invites you to their 2013 Start-Up Career Expo Fair on Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 from 1:00pm-4:00pm at the Marvin Center on the Foggy Bottom GW Campus.   

The event is FREE, so sign up here today to save your place!


Calling all BUSINESS students!!

The University of Maryland will be hosting their 5th Annual Social Enterprise Symposium on Friday, March 1st, 2013 from 10am -7pm at
The purpose of the Symposium is to explore the role of business in creating economic prosperity and lasting social and environmental change. From sustainability to social entrepreneurship, the event will help connect students with thought leaders who are using the tools of business to change the world.
Friday March 1st, 2013 from 10am -7pm Register here! 

The Catholic Diocese  of Arlington will be holding a Teacher Job Fair this spring where representatives from K-12 schools in Arlington, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Loudon, Prince William, and Culpeper counties
will be recruiting new teachers for jobs at every level.  To learn more about the event, visit their website.
Saturday, March 9th, 2013, 9:00am - 11:00am

Career Services is excited to announce a great new online resource called JOBipedia. JOBipedia is an informational interviewing resource where  students and recent graduates can ask career-related questions and receive answers directly from experienced recruiting professionals at America's top employers including IBM, American Express, AT&T, Gap, Accenture, General Mills and MetLife. Whether you have a specific question in mind or simply want to search the site's database of questions and answers, JOBipedia is a helpful way to complement the job market knowledge you are gaining from your in-person networking and hands-on learning experiences. Meet with a Career Coach today to learn more about how this resource can help you! 

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We get it - writing a cover letter is not your first choice of fun things to do with your free time, especially writing more than one. That said, cover letter writing is not something you want to cut corners on! If you've been sending out the exact same letter to each employer, simply changing the company name and position every time, STOP! Not only can recruiters immediately distinguish these impersonal letters from a mile away, but you are also missing out on the opportunity to distinguish yourself by sharing what you know about them - an important move that significantly increases your chances of rising to the top of that "interview" pile.  By taking the time to research each company you are applying to, using helpful resources like LinkedIn, Glassdoor and Career Bliss to find out more about employers, and incorporating more detail into each of your cover letters, you will not only find much greater success in the job search, but you will also gain more respect from future employers.
To get started on improving your cover letter writing strategy today...
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  • Learn about the format and different sections of the test
  • Get to practice with REAL test questions from each test section
  • Receive helpful study materials and guides from Kaplan Test Prep
  • Gain insight on how to best study and prepare
  • Develop a clear sense of when and how to begin preparing for the application process

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