4 Career Activities To Get Involved In Over Winter Break

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Winter break allows you to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, travel, relax, work, or take an extra class. But did you know this is also a great time to work on your career development? We’ve put together a list of career activities you can take advantage of over break:

  1. Volunteer/shadow
    This is the perfect time to start your volunteering or shadowing hours! Non-profits sometimes need extra help during the holiday season. Events, abundant amount of donations, or employees taking vacation time are various reasons why they may need an extra hand during this busy time of year.
  2. Informational interviews
    I found informational interviews to be one of the most beneficial things I did during my career search. Informational interviews give someone exploring a career the chance to learn from an experienced professional. Ask questions about their responsibilities, their education, and they how they got where they are today.
  3. Research jobs/graduate schools
    Look around the websites of the companies or graduate schools you’re interested in to learn more about the organization. Performing a web search to read the latest news about a company helps keep you informed with new projects or campaigns they’re working on. You can also add visiting graduate schools over break.
  4.  Update professional materials
    Use your extra time to get your materials (resume, cover letter, personal statements, etc.) up-to-date with the activities you did during the last semester. If you stay on top of updating your resume, it’s one less thing you have to worry about when applying for jobs, internships, or graduate schools.

 

Have questions about anything above? Set up an appointment with Career Services today!

 

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Lydia Guell
Career Services Advisor

GIVING THANKS

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In career services, we often encourage students to send thank you notes. Something as simple as a short hand-written note makes a big difference to the person receiving it. I keep my thank you notes as a constant reminder of how grateful I am to work with Carroll students and alumni every day.

Wishing you the best this Thanksgiving and throughout your career journey!

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Torrie Boduch
Director of Career Services

3 Steps To Marketing A Cross Cultural Experiences On A Resume

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(the photo above was my own Carroll NCE experience to Germany in the summer of 2012)

3 Steps To Marketing A Cross Cultural Experiences On A Resume

In a final celebration of International Education Week (November 16-20), we’ve put together a 3 step process to help students relate and market their Cross Cultural Experience in their job/internship search.
All Carroll students are required by the general education program to complete a cross cultural experience. As this program has grown, so have the opportunities for Carroll students. In Career Services, we believe this unique experience can make a student stand out to a potential employer. Employers are looking for applicants who can adapt easily to new environments and thrive within a diverse workplace. Below we’ve outlined 3 steps to marketing a student’s cross cultural experience on a resume:

  1. Reflect
    After participating in the experience, reflect on what skills have been gained or improved upon. Adaptability, communication, problem-solving, time management, and language skills are some examples of the many interpersonal skills that can be gained from a cross cultural experience and are relatable to the workforce.
  2. Relate
    When deciding what content to include in a resume, it’s important to relate it to the specific industry and job you are applying for. Once you’ve reflected on the skills you attained, you can begin to relate them toward your job and industry. For example, how would adaptability play a role within a new job? Adaptability allows a new employee to go into an unfamiliar workplace, collaborate with new colleagues from variety of backgrounds, and apply their academic experience to learn new techniques and practices.
  3.  Articulate
    Once the skills and experiences are decided upon, it’s time to articulate how they’ll be included in a resume. Carroll students can place their CCE experience within their education section, as the CCE is a requirement for general education. If a student is applying for a company with international branches, it may be relevant to place the experience under an “International Experience” section. If the company boasts a diverse leadership and employee profile, “Diversity Experience” would be the best fit. Providing detailed examples on how these skills were gained and utilized as bullet point statements will help an employer understand the importance of the experience.

For help with incorporating a cross cultural experience on a resume, cover letter, or in an interview, contact Career Services!

 
IMG_5964_jpegLydia is a Career Advisor for Carroll University. She enjoys watching any episode The Office and chasing after her niece and nephew.

VOLUNTEERING IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL AND YOUR RESUME

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If you are familiar with Carroll, you know that the Learning Commons (lower level of the Library) is busy when students are on campus. Due to our workload,  we are unable to participate in Carroll’s Annual Day of Service. Since we all enjoy volunteering and see the importance of helping our community, the Academic Resources staff took some time this summer to get out of the office and volunteer for Milwaukee’s Hunger Task Force. It was an awesome day filled with heavy lifting and team bonding.

In 3 short hours we made 720 boxes of food! We were a part of a competitive group, so we wanted to make as many boxes of food as possible to beat the (former) best record. Our group included employees from a division in Johnson Controls and a Milwaukee law firm. One of our fellow volunteers had recently been to Carroll’s campus on a tour with one of her children. We got to talk with her about Carroll and her trip. It was a great way to make an impression with a potential new member to the Pioneer family.

What is the benefit of volunteering to your career development?
Volunteering means more than serving a meal or sorting donations. You can serve as a volunteer intern and gain work experience in your field while donating your time and talent to an organization that otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford the extra help.

Get out of your everyday routine and mix it up! Go to a new part of town, meet new people, and gain a new perspective. Volunteering allows you to learn more about complex issues that some people in your community face every day. Although it may seem like you’re too busy to add another thing on your plate, making time to try something new and expand your perspectives can lead to life changing experiences and connections to your community.

What are some other benefits you have gained from volunteering in your community?

 

Lydia

Meet our Staff: Director of Career Services, Torrie Boduch

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In light of her recent promotion to Director of Career Services, learn a little more about Torrie Boduch in the first of our “Meet our Staff” posts.

Your educational and Carroll work history:

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Marquette University and my Master of Science in Educational Psychology, Emphasis: Community Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I completed my counseling practicum in Cardinal Stritch’s career services office. I started as a Career Advisor at Carroll University, moved into a Senior Career Advisor role, became Interim Director, and I am now Director of Career Services. I advise students individually and in groups on career development. My responsibilities also include the design and delivery of career events, related workshops, and programs.

Favorite object in your office:

My poster of Milwaukee neighborhoods that I purchased from the Milwaukee Public Market. It’s a great conversation starter and I learn something new each time I look at it!

Book about career development or one that inspires you:

One of my favorite books to use with students is Work on Purpose. The main focus is connecting people’s sense of purpose with organizations that promote positive social change. Many Carroll students are focused on purpose and making a difference. The book is tied with various activities that allow students to reflect on their own interests, ideas, and expertise, leading them to discuss tangible tasks that can help them reach their goals.

If you could only give one tip about interviewing:

I learned my best interviewing tip from my Mom- “Always send a thank you note!”

If you could only give one tip about resumes:

Spend as much time creating strong bullet points as you do formatting your resume and you will be in good shape!

3 words to describe the Career Services staff:

Welcoming. Inspired. Resourceful.

StrengthsQuest: Empathy – Woo – Learner – Individualization – Achiever

MBTI: ENFJ

Thanks for reading!

– Lydia Guell

3 Interview Lessons from ‘Job or No Job’

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3 INTERVIEW LESSONS FROM JOB OR NO JOB

The other day I came upon a new show called Job or No Job. As a career professional, I was intrigued to see what it was all about. I read the show description and decided to give an episode a try. I’ll admit, I was pretty skeptical about a show that could accurately depict the real challenges, emotions, and triumphs of the job search. The basic premise of the show is a job seeker goes on three interviews and works with career expert Jane Buckingham. After each interview, Jane goes over her thoughts on how the interview went. At the end of the show, you find out which jobs were offered and which weren’t. I figured since this was a TV show, each job hopeful would get at least one offer, even it if just for publicity, but I was wrong. Each candidate has a different outcome, some not as ideal as others. So after enjoying a few episodes of this new show, I wanted to share 3 lessons candidates learned first-hand. (Hopefully you can learn from their mistakes!)

SPELLING ERRORS ON YOUR RESUME
Although you’ve probably heard this many times, the reason you keep hearing it is because it keeps happening! In episode 6, job seeker Sarah has accidently written “Objection” instead of “Objective”. This is a perfect example of how spell check can’t catch every error. (The worst part was having her interviewer, a magazine editor whose job is to catch errors, see this mistake.)

MATCH ENERGY WITH THE INTERVIEWERS
Robert, an 18-year-old eager to jumpstart his real estate career, had a lot of energy. And when I say, a lot, I mean a little bit too much. One company he interviewed with had a very laid back culture. You could see both Robert and the interviewers felt uncomfortable because they didn’t have the same energy level. It’s important to know the company culture before you interview. This will help you dress the part, target your answers and examples, and give you realistic expectations for the interview.

A LITTLE SILENCE IS OKAY
In the second episode, the job seeker Lauren talks whenever she is nervous, which a common habit for many people. It’s important to know you don’t have to fill every silent moment. It’s better to take a deep breath and gather your thoughts if you’re nervous. When you finish answering an interview question, the interviewer might take a few seconds to let your answer soak in and decide what question they want to ask you next. When you are constantly chatting, they may not be able to get through all of their questions or be able to consider your answers.

At Carroll’s Career Services, we work hard to prepare our students by reviewing resumes and cover letters, practice interviewing, sharing job/internship tips and tricks, and more! Have you watched Job or No Job? If you haven’t had a chance to see it, I encourage you to check it out!

Lydia

IMG_5964_jpegLydia is a Career Advisor for Carroll University. She enjoys watching any episode The Office and chasing after her niece and nephew.

Employer Advice: Career & Networking Fair

 

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Hey Pios!

We hope to see you tomorrow at our 5th annual Career and Networking Fair! If you haven’t done so already, you can see the full list of attending employers here.

To help you prepare, check out some great advice from employers at last year’s fair!

ADVICE FOR CAREER FAIR
– Approach the recruiters with confidence
It can be as simple as offering a smile while approaching their table. Introduce yourself and shake their hands. If you’re not sure how to start the conversation, don’t worry, we’ve done the work for you! Check out the first couple pages of the guidebook for some great starter phrases.

– Know what type of position you’re looking for
You may not know the opportunities available at a company for your major, but you’ll want to know a general area you are interested in learning more about.

– Speak to your knowledge
Don’t feel like you need to make up things to continue with the conversation. If the employer starts using terms that you don’t know, use it as a learning opportunity.

ADVICE FOR RESUMES
– Spellcheck (have at least 3 different people check!)
– List specific projects you’ve worked on
– If applicable, provide a link to your online portfolio

 

Don’t forget to dress professionally and bring your resume!

Lydia
Career Services Advisor