Career Services Connector
A Bi-weekly Newsletter for Marymount's Future Professionals 

January 28th, 2014 Edition

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Upcoming Workshops & Events on Campus 
Don't miss out on these great opportunities!
Acing The Interview 
Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 from 5:00pm - 6:00pm in St. Joe Room G105
Getting the interview is only the beginning. Now you have to dazzle that employer to get yourself hired! The most important things you can do before going into a job/internship interview is self-reflect, research, and practice. In this workshop, you will learn about the many types of interviews conducted, methods of questioning, and best strategies for preparing for the big day. Employers base their hiring decisions on much more than just your answers to their questions. Find out what employers want to see from you by attending this workshop maximize your potential for employment! 
LinkedIn 101 Lab 
Thursday, February 13th, 2014 from 5:00pm - 6:00pm in Rowley G221 
You're on Facebook, but are you on LinkedIn? Get connected! This workshop is for beginners and new users of LinkedIn and will guide you through the process of setting up a professional profile, review important etiquette around connecting and networking with other professionals, and provide you with a comprehensive overview of the best ways to navigate LinkedIn's many features so that you can maximize them to meet your specific career goals.  Even better -- workshop attendees will be able to edit their LinkedIn profile live as theyfollow along with the presentation!


Connecting the Dots: 
Careers in Communications
Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 from 6:00pm - 7:30pm in the Reinsch Library Boardroom
Interested in a career in the communications field? Come to this panel event and speak to industry professionals working in diverse roles within the broad spectrum of communications occupations. Remember to prepare questions ahead of time!

Plan Ahead
WHY and HOW to Research Employers

To effectively sell yourself as a job candidate, you need to be able to persuade the employer that you are the right fit for that employer's needs.  By doing research, not only do you get information to decide which employers to contact, but you also get a better sense of where your strengths and interests will most meaningfully be engaged on the job. So, rather than sending fifty cover letters and resumes to employers you know little to nothing about, send ten letters and resumes to employers you know something about and with whom you have a greater chance of securing an interview.  Targeted letters, individualized to the 

recipient and position are much more effective than a general letter.  More importantly, in interviews, employers expect you to arrive knowing background information about the organization.  You have to be able to answer the critical question of why you would like to work for that employer - and not sound like you would take any job. Put simply, employer research helps you write more effective cover letters, which helps you get more interviews, and ultimately allows you to formulate more intelligent responses and ask more appropriate questions in your interview.


How do you get started? First off, find people who work for or know about the organization.  This could be people you meet at a career fair, family members, neighbors, parents of friends, students who graduated ahead of you, and alumni contacts. Secondly, visit the employer's website! Look for basic facts, information about mission, culture, values and more. If the website posts jobs and/or the organization invites e-mail from job seekers and/or accepts resumes online, follow the instructions the employer provides. Thirdly, conduct research online. Websites like LinkedIn, Glassdoor, Careerbliss, and many others on our career resources page can provide up-to-date, insider information on what it is like to work for a particular employer. 


Need help getting started?

Come Meet with a Career Coach! 

Center for Career Services
Suite 1005, Rowley Hall
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