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Don’t panic – Here are some tips when tailoring your cover letter for different positions!

Cover LetterYou want to make a great first impression and secure an internship or job. A generic cover letter just doesn’t make you stand out. Here are some tips to develop that targeted cover letter.

List Appropriate Skills
To show potential employers that you are the perfect fit for their position, include skills on your resume that mirror the assets they are seeking. See how your experiences match up with what they are looking for because that’s what people pick up on as they look at your resume. They review the experiences you’ve had so you want to make sure you tailor those to the position you’re applying for. Focus on what each employer’s interests are and emphasize those strengths that are compatible.

Review the job description. See what skills or qualifications they are looking for. Include these, as long as you have them, and any others skills or qualifications that you think are relevant to the position.

Use Your Connections
Make a connection with your potential employer by mentioning a mutual friend or acquaintance in your cover letter if possible.

Did you speak with a representative from the company at the Career and Internship Fair? Perhaps someone within the organization referred you to the position or maybe you previously worked for the company? If so, include this!

Use the first sentence of the cover letter to reference the connection with the potential employer. The best introduction to a potential employer is to remind him or her of the face-to-face or telephone conversation you have already had relative to your job search or to mention that you have heard about the job vacancy from a friend or other contact that works for the organization.

Address a Specific Person
If the job description identifies a specific individual responsible for the hiring process, be sure to address your cover letter to that person. Even if the description doesn’t identify a specific person, you can still make your greeting more personable than “to whom it may concern.”

If the company doesn’t give a specific name, use “Dear Hiring Manager,” instead. Even though it’s not a specific person, you’re still addressing it to someone.Another option is to call the company directly to ask whom you should address your cover letter to.  Reaching out to the company in this way could also show the person reading your application, that you are taking the process seriously!

Talk About Why You Want the Job
Tailor your cover letter explaining to the company why you want to work for them. Think about what appeals to you about the specific company or position. What do you hope to contribute to the company?

If the company is small, explain why you’d like to work for a small company, and vice versa if the company is large. If the organization is — or works closely with — a nonprofit, you could explain why the organization’s cause is important to you. Ultimately, you want to demonstrate to the potential employer that you know what their company is about, and why you are eager to work for them.

The Career Planning Center can help you to develop a strong cover letter and resume. Don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us.

Resources:

The Career Planning Center Cover Letter Template

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Internship (& Job) Spotlight: Indeed.com !

 

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Representatives including alum Matthew LoRusso 12’, from the the world’s #1 job site, Indeed.com, will be on campus in the BCC Wednesday, November 19th from 11-2 to spread the word about two amazing internships for spring 2015.  They are looking to hire a May 2015 grad for their Sales Internship and are offering a Client Services Student Internship, which is open to seniors, juniors and sophomores.

The Sales Internship is a part of the Account Executive Trainee Program.  It has a track record of providing students with training, mentorship, and true sales opportunities that drive Indeed’s business growth. This is the perfect opportunity for a self-starter to work among some of the highest performing sales executives at the world’s #1 job site. The right candidate will possess excellent attention to detail, strong communication skills, and an interest in sales and the tech industry. *With a history of hiring interns for full-time employment, successful trainees will have the opportunity to interview upon graduation.

For the Client Services Internship the right candidates will possess excellent attention to detail, strong communication skills and an interest in the Web and client service. This is a great opportunity that touches a variety of departments at Indeed – along with our Client Services group, you will have exposure to our sales and technology teams. Successful interns will have the opportunity to continue at Indeed in subsequent semesters.

INDEED.COM is the world’s #1 job site, with over 140 million unique visitors every month from over 50 different countries, Indeed has become the catalyst for putting the world to work. Indeed is intensely passionate about delivering the right fit for every hire. Indeed helps companies of all sizes hire the best talent and offers the best opportunity for job seekers to get hired.

Find out what it’s like to work in Client Services at Indeed: http://bit.ly/IndeedClientServices
For these internship opportunities and others log on to STAGS4HIRE  https://stags4hire.experience.com/experience/login

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Alumni Job Shadow Program – Apply now!

Are you a junior or senior looking to explore your career path? Then Alumni job shadow is for you.  Co-sponsored by the Career Planning Center and the Alumni Association, the program gives alumni a chance to help fellow Stags explore their field of interest and see how the “real world” works.  The fourth annual job shadow program will take place over winter break, January 12-16, 2015.

Students can sign up to be matched with an alumna/us from their career of interest in their hometown. About 200 alumni have volunteered to be matched up with a student for a day, half day, or lunch.  Alumni mentors can help students to see firsthand how skills learned in the classroom relate to the workplace.  This program benefits students by making valuable alumni connections in their career field as well as exposing them to a unique and up-close look at the world of work.

2014 Matches Included: Clinton Global Initiative, ESPN, Maryland Zoo, Cramer-Krasselt, General Electric, The New York Times, Boston Children’s Hospital, Morgan Stanley, Viacom ,UBS, Simon & Schuster, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Superior Court of New Jersey, The Museum of Modern Art, Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Unilever, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

Don’t believe me? Here is a testimonial from Giulia Wakim Class of 2014:

guiliaAs a business major at Fairfield University I learned the importance of networking and taking advantage of every opportunity to interact with business professionals who were willing to share their time, experience and advice. I have always had a passion for real estate, and during my junior year I decided to apply to the Alumni Job Shadow Day Program. I was fortunate to be matched with Alum Bill Crean who works at CBRE-New England, a commercial real estate services firm.

During my winter break I traveled to Boston and spent the day shadowing Bill at his job as Senior Vice President/ Partner of CBRE/NE’s brokerage sector. Bill and I started off the day by attending a market outlook breakfast with his fellow employees, toured downtown office towers with his clients and went to an incredible lunch where I was able to ask him questions about his job and compare our Fairfield experiences. It was so nice to connect with Bill about Fairfield and all of the fun traditions that we shared in common. It just so happened that his beach house senior year was right near mine! I felt so relaxed about asking him questions about the real estate industry because of our Stag bond.

During my visit to CB New England’s headquarters I had an opportunity to pass around my résumé and introduce myself to staff that were in charge of the internship program. Throughout the next couple of months I kept in constant contact with Bill and the staff I’d met and expressed my sincere interest in their company summer internship program. In the spring I was lucky enough to be called in for an interview, and was later admitted into their program and was placed in the Hartford office. During my time as an intern at CB my passion for real estate continued to grow, and I was afforded many opportunities to learn the various branches of the industry i.e. capital markets, brokerage and client services.

When I returned to Fairfield my senior year I began to develop a plan which would help me reach my goal of working in the real estate industry upon graduation. I cbre_logo_green
frequently visited the career planning center to work on my résumé and connect with more alumni within the industry. Twice  a week I would network by calling alumni, their family and even friends who were willing to speak with me about their careers in the industry.

During my fall semester I stayed in contact with Bill and my former colleagues at CB and was asked if I was available to work over my winter break at CB. This opportunity allowed me to develop my skill set, meet more professionals within the real estate industry and strengthen my relationship with the company. As the months went on I continued to network and was brought back for a round of interviews at CB for a full-time research analyst position and landed the job March.

I owe my success to the Job Shadow Program and the strong alumni connections that Fairfield prides itself upon. Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and apply to this program, and network, network, network!

For more information or to apply, visit www.fairfield.edu/jobshadowinfo  Applications are due November 1, 2014.

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Employer Spotlights: Cognolink, Synchrony Financial, and Diageo

Stags4Hire is THE resource for finding a job or internship. Many exciting companies are looking for candidates from Fairfield University. We get new job and internship postings every day so we recommend that you check Stags4Hire often for opportunities that fit your career goals.  Following are a few highlights!

Cognolink (www.cognolink.com)

congolinkCognolink is a primary research firm that connects investors and businesses to critical intelligence. The organizations they work with include private equity firms, hedge funds, mutual funds and management consultancies. While they each have different investment styles and philosophies, what they share is a desire to access the most authoritative information direct from the source. The entry level positions at Cognolink are research positions where you will source and identify industry experts and thought leaders and connect them with investors. If you are confident, curious, professional and resourceful, this opportunity is for you! The Cognolink team is diverse, international and constantly growing. Check out the two open positions on Stags4Hire (links below). Open to all majors.

Research Coordinator – 2015 GRADS APPLY!! – DUE 10/8

Research Analyst – DUE 10/19

Synchrony Financial (www.synchronyfinancial.com)

20140728_Synchrony-IPOIf you are interested in an accelerated Business Leadership Program that exposes you to three rotations within a specific career track of Sales, IT, Finance or Risk Management, Synchrony Financial may be just the place for you. Synchrony Financial is one of the premier consumer financial services companies in the United States. They are the largest provider of private label credit cards in the United States based on purchase volume and receivables. They are a new company based on 80 years of heritage where people are their greatest asset. You will experience challenging and meaningful work and learn from leaders in the industry. If you are ambitious and a team player, go to Stags4Hire today and apply for on of the 8 summer internship or a full time positions posted on Stags4Hire.

Sales Intership – DUE 10/31

Business Leadership Program – Sales – 10/31

IT Internship – DUE 10/10

Finance Internship – DUE 10/10

Risk Internship – DUE/10

Business Leadership Program – IT – DUE 10/7

Business Leadership Program – Finance – DUE 10/7

Business Leadership Program – Risk – DUE 10/7

Diageo (www.diageo.com)

diageo_logoAre you interested in a career in finance but not sure that banking is for you? Why not try a career in corporate finance at the world’s leader in the premium drinks business? Diageo is a global company with an outstanding collection of brands like Johnnie Walker, Ciroc, and Guinness Stout. Their North American headquarters are located close by in Norwalk, CT. Diageo is hiring current seniors for their Finance Leadership Development Program that begins in June 2015. FLDP is a three year program that will build a diverse set of financial skills through rotations in commercial finance, financial planning, reporting and analysis. You will get to work closely with senior leaders and gain essential leadership and functional capabilities that will serve you well in a career in finance.

Finance Leadership Development Program Associate – 10/17

 

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Stags4Hire Internship Spotlight 9/22!

Here are some internships to check out – keep an eye on the application deadlines as many are approaching!

 

Latis LLC –

Sales/Marketing Intern – Apply By 10/03/14

Lady Faith –

MARKETING INTERN – Apply By 10/31/14

CA Technologies –

Finance and Accounting Rotation Analyst – Apply By 11/16/14

Diageo North America –

Finance Leadership Development Program Associate – Apply By 10/17/14

GAMCO Investors –

Sales & Marketing – On – Campus Interviews 10/20/14

Greenwich Accessory Company –

Marketing Assistant – Apply By 12/15/14

United Technologies Corp. –

IT Leadership Program Associate – Apply By 11/18/14

Towers Watson –

Pharmacy Group Purchasing Intern and Analyst – On Campus Interviews 10/16/14

Art Company USA –

Marketing Intern for Start Up – Apply By 1/31/15

Indeed.com –

Account Executive Trainee (May 2015 Graduates) – Apply By 11/19/14

Disney Internships & Programs –

Finance and Accounting Internship, Orlando, FL – SPRING 2015  – Apply By 11/19/14

 

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Employer Hiring Cycles – What to Expect and How We Can Help

Recruiting activity is underway with upcoming on campus interviews, workshops, the Fall Career Fair, Law School Fair, Non Profit Fair, and Nursing Fair all happening this fall. Stags4Hire is continually being updated with new internship and job opportunities. You want to make a point to actively review positions. These are one of many ways to actively search for an internship or job.

In general, different industries will hire at different times of the year.  The fall is a very busy time for accounting, finance and consulting.  In the winter and throughout spring, you’ll see opportunities shift to include other business, manufacturing and engineering areas, as well as media, consumer products, science and research, technology, government, nonprofit, education and the arts/creative industries.  Larger organizations tend to hire earlier in the year and smaller/mid-size organizations hire on a as need basis. This means a position opens when someone leaves the organization and they need to replace the individual.

If you are not sure when the industries that you are most interested in will be hiring, talk with a career counselor to better understand the hiring cycles you’ll be working with.  If your industry hires on an as needed basis or most often positions begin to open in the spring, then fall is a great time to do background research and begin reaching out utilizing LinkedIn to connect with alumni and professionals for networking conversations.  Take steps now to prepare for the internship or job search process. You will be better prepared as opportunities arise and build confidence.  We’re here to help you create a search plan that will work best for you – whatever your career interests may be.

For more info check out On-Campus Recruiting: Myths and Realities

 

Sue Quinlivan

Sue Quinlivan

Associate Director, Career Planning Center

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Stags4Hire Internship Spotlight 9/3!

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Here are a few internships that caught our eye – remember apply early & check Stags4Hire often!!

 

Griffin Faculty Practice – Management Intern – Apply Deadline 9/4/14

Symmetry Partners – Financial Research Intern – Apply Deadline 9/26/14

Creative Connections – ArtLink Program Intern – Apply Deadline 9/30/14

Next Health – Operations Specialist – Intern – Apply Deadline 9/30/14

Town of Fairfield Department of Economic Development – Marketing/Communications Internship – Apply Deadline 9/30/14

New England Smart Energy Group – Fall Intern – Apply Deadline 10/31/14

Make- A- Wish Connecticut – Make-A-Wish Connecticut – various internship opportunities – Apply Deadline 12/31/14

Indeed.com – Client Services Student Internship – Apply Deadline 10/03/14

Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network

WNPR Web News Production Internship – Apply Deadlines Vary-Read the Posting!

 CPBN Media Lab Internship

WNPR Production Assistant Internship

 Corporate Communications Internship

Production Assistant for Television Programming Internship

CPTV Sports Production Assistant Internship

CPTV Sports Production Assistant Internship

 

 

 

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Welcome Back, we missed you!

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Another summer is in the books and campus is BUZZING again! All of us here at the Career Planning Center are ready and can’t wait to get going. We have a lot of fun things planned for the year already. Below are a few events that are coming up in the next couple weeks (for more information, visit OrgSync):

SOPHOMORE SUCCESS – Info Session

Monday Sept. 8 5:30 pm Kelley Center

“How I got My Internship” – Peer Panel Discussion & Breakfast

Wednesday Sept. 10 10:30 am BCC 200

Accounting Firms Welcome Back Dessert Social 

Wednesday Sept. 10 1:00 – 3:00 pm BCC 200

Dress For Success @ the LOFT ( CPC & Her Campus) 

Wednesday Sept. 17 7:00 – 9:00 pm  LOFT in Downtown Fairfield (Off shuttle route)

To make an appointment with a Career Counselor, call our office at 203-254-4081 or email us at CPC@fairfield.edu. Appointments are 45 minutes and counselors are able to help you with a variety of things – resumes, cover letters, interview preparation, major selection, or if you just want to talk through any career options. We will continue to have walk in hours from 1:30 – 4:00 pm Tuesday through Friday where you are able to meet with a very knowledgeable Career Peer Adviser (CPA) for basic questions and resume reviews.

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Stags4Hire Internship Spotlight – 8/26!

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As promised, every week we are going to highlight some internships on Stags4Hire that catch our eye… You have to have a profile on Stags4Hire to apply for these positions. Please keep in mind that the application deadlines for some of these positions is approaching.If you have any questions about the system, feel free to reach out to us at any time – CPC@fairfield.edu or 203-254-4081.

Be sure to apply now, you don’t want to miss out on these great opportunities!

Internships 
Bigelow Tea – Fall Intern- Supply Chain Management
dLife – Social Media Marketing Intern & Marketing Intern
Eze Software Group – Leadership Development Program
HamletHub – Hands On Marketing Internship
The Voice Ad House – Advertising Intern 
O’Shaughnessy Asset Management – Client Service and Sales (Academic Year 2014-15) &  Client Service and Sales  (Summer 2015)
Moffly Media – Events Marketing/Sales Internship
Wright Investor’s Service - Intern
GigMasters – Marketing Internship & Event Management Internship
Healthy Brands Collective – Marketing Interns
Connecticut Film Center – Internship with Film Production Services Company
Merrill Lynch – Intern to Wearable Tech Start Up in Darien CT
Cruice Financial Org. – Intern
betty & ko – Organic Beauty Brand Internship & Organic Beauty Brand: Accounting/Finance Internship
Lumesis, Inc. – Data Intern & Graphic Design/Video Production Intern
Tauck – Intern in Travel Industry! (For College Credit)
King of Harts – Part time Business/ Marketing Fall & Spring Internship
kystream Markets – Accounting Internship- Skystream Markets
The Barbashop - Part-Time Personal/Office Assistant Intern Wanted at Commodity Hedge Fund
Lifecare, Inc. – Project Management Internship
Ward Group – Intern
ITT Corporation – Tax Intern
The McIntyre Group – IT Internship-Fall Semester
Graziano Associates – Marketing Intern
Persifor, Inc. – Fall Intern
Save the Children – Fall Digital Marketing & Analytics Internship
Connections Public Relations & Special Events – Intern to work with Owner of Public Relations & Special Events Company
Danielides Communications – Public Relations Intern

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Stags4hire Internship Spotlight!

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Every week we are going to highlight some internships on Stags4Hire that catch our eye… You have to have a profile on Stags4Hire to apply for these positions. If you have any questions about the system, feel free to reach out to us at any time – CPC@fairfield.edu or 203-254-4081.

Be sure to apply now, you don’t want to miss out on these great opportunities!

Fall 2014 Internships 

Subway World Headquarters – Sports Marketing and Strategic Partnerships Internship at SUBWAY World Headquarters 

The Center for Family Justice – Foundation Intern (Grant Writing / Development)

BrideClick – Sales & Marketing Internship 

Harbor Yard Sports & Entertainment – Event Night Internship   &  Ticket Sales Intern 

Revelry Agency –Digital Marketing/Communications Intern 

DeVries Global –  DeVries Global PR Fall Internship

NBC Universal – NBCUniversal Fall Production Internships 

Beirne Wealth Consulting – Internship- investment management 

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It’s May 18th and you don’t have a job, DON’T Panic.

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At this point you are probably saying to yourself that’s easy for her to say, she has a job.  Let me admit something, I was that girl in 1980 who ran through the department store out into the parking lot wailing like a banshe because someone asked me if I had a job yet. Yes I do get it. Fun times! In some ways you are in much better shape statistically because back then the bulk of the recruiting did take place while you were still in school since everything was done with paper and fax machines and there were no other ways to get in touch with candidates. These days the majority of college graduate hiring actually begins now…when you can actually start the job.

Your accounting and finance friends  who have had jobs since early in the school year are in a different siutuation.  Many of the firms they are interested in hire “classes” the same way some companies have “leadership programs.”  If you were accepted into one of them congratulations; but that isn’t the majority of people.  Most firms hire based on need and have little idea in September what they are going to need come May or June.  Consider the ad agencies; they hire and release people based on contracts they have won or lost. Similarly, when they have an opening they want to fill it ASAP…not in three months when you graduate.  Are you beginning to see the picture?

Rather than panic this is a wonderful time to have Career Planning go over your resume one more time, hone your interviewing skills, or help review your search strategy.  Remember that great internship you had last semester where they said keep in touch?  Call your supervisor and buy her a cup of coffee.  Be honest and say that you are working on your search and are hoping she would offer you some guidance on companies that might be hiring or how to even get into that particular organization.

Have you put your list together of companies target companies?  Are they realisitic? Too narrow?  Think outside the box, sometimes the smaller companies will provide you with the greatest opportunities to learn a lot of skills that can help springboard you to working at that dream Fortune 500 job.  Consider all of your options.

Feeling stressed or overwhelmed?  The Career Center is a great place to come for a breather, a joke or a SNAP OUT OF IT! (But only in a good way.) Don’t forget, the Center is open all summer long for appointments, phone calls or skype meetings with you. Now breathe!

 

 

Cathleen Borgman

Cath Borgman

Director, Career Planning Center

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Managing your stress as the year comes to an end – Some Tips from CPC

 

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In my estimation, April and May are the most stressful months of the entire academic year. You come back from spring break, only to go on Easter break, and the last day of classes is looming. This means you probably have a back-breaking amount of reading, studying, and paper writing to be doing. You are also figuring out summer or post-grad plans, registering for class, attending events, selecting housing (that’s a particular joy for a group of friends), and trying to enjoy the random nice days outside after a miserable winter. If there was a mantra for this time of year, I think it would be “There’s never any time!”. You may be too young for that particular Saved By The Bell reference but if you have 2 minutes I encourage you to check out this quick run through of the episode on YouTube, you won’t be disappointed (Cue the intense music & spandex) – SAVED BY THE BELL.

So, if you are counting yourself among the completely stressed out then it’s time to do something about it. The truth is that if you can learn how to deal with stress in college than you are going to be in a much better place when you’re working 60 hours a week, clients are on your case, and you’re trying to retain some semblance of a social life. Trust me.

Eat and Sleep Well

There are a hundred excuses why you don’t have the best eating habits right now ranging from not finding what you want in the dining hall to not being able to afford a ton of produce from the grocery store. Instead of trying to do a massive overhaul of your eating habits focus on one or two things. Eat more fruits/veggies, drink more water, try not to eat a ton late at night, eat breakfast, etc. Your next step is to try to get one some sort of consistent sleep schedule. It’s not easy to do but not getting enough sleep is likely the number one thing preventing you from feeling like a fully functioning human being.

Eliminate Distractions

If you have work to do then you need to get out of your room or social spaces. Go reserve a private room at the library or find an empty classroom and get to it. If you’re feeling particularly brave, leave your phone at home. Your Instagram feed will be much more interesting if you’re not looking at it every 15 minutes. Oh and we all have that friend that isn’t exactly the best influence on us when it comes to buckling down and getting school work done. Avoid that person like the plague.

Give Your Brain A Break

All you need to is 30 minutes. If the gym is your thing then head on down to RecPlex for a chance to release your stress on the cardio machine of your choice. Lift a weight, maybe a few times. Heck, walk around campus at a “I woke up late for class” pace. Regular exercise has been proven to reduce stress, ward off anxiety/depression, improve self-esteem, and improve sleep. Go sweat it out! You can also just take a break and relax. Go find a quiet place on campus and give yourself a moment to reflect. Do you know there’s a zen garden on campus? Find it.

Prioritize

You have a lot of things to get done but they all have different deadlines. Break big projects into smaller parts and give yourself deadlines/check points so that you’re not pulling all-nighters to get things done. Things are going to pop up throughout the next few weeks and you need to decide now how are you going to respond. Some things you’re going to need to deal with immediately, others you can postpone, and some you should just plain ignore.

Seek out support.

Who do you trust on campus besides your friends? Sometimes our friends can be a part of our stress so it’s always good to have some other mentors and resources to chat with. These can be professors, staff members, or Jesuits that you know and trust. In addition, take advantage of free resources that exist to help you deal with stress including talking with someone at Counseling & Psychological Services. Some day you will pay a pretty penny to talk to a therapist so enjoy your free sessions now!

If an internship or job search is contributing to your stress level, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Career Planning to talk more about that. We can help you get on the right track and bring your anxiety level down so you can focus on making the most of the last weeks of the school year.

 

Meredith Marquez

Meredith Tornabene, Associate Director

mtornabene@fairfield.edu

 

 

 

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4 Internship Websites to favorite – InternQueen, Internship.com, Youtern & FindSpark!

If you are currently on the hunt for an internship I know that you have probably researched countless sites. The last thing you probably want is another website, but I am here to tell you that there are four websites that you should definitely add into your favorites.

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InternQueen

Lauren Berger, also known as the Intern Queen, completed 15 internships before graduating college. In 2009 she created InternQueen.com, which is a free website that will assist you in finding an internship. All you have to do is sign up for an account and upload your resume and cover letter. The website lists internship opportunities not only around the country, but it also features some internships overseas. An added bonus are the countless articles that are written by Lauren, her staff and even Campus Ambassadors ( I am a proud Campus Ambassador myself!). I would also recommend following her twitter account @InternQueen for useful tips.

 

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Youtern

Youtern features some of  the best career related articles around. If you are looking for information on creating a resume, what to wear to a job interview and tons of info graphics, then this is the website for you. Although this website does post great internship opportunities, its greatest posts are definitely their informative articles. I have learned so many additional tips from Youtern that have helped me with interviews or questions I had about creating a resume or cover letter. I would also recommend following their account on @YouTern on Twitter  because they often tweet out their articles multiple times a day.

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 Internships.com

This is one of my favorite website to find internships. Many of the internships that the @FairfieldCPC twitter account retweets are from this website. At times things can be overwhelming because there are a lot of internships to apply for. But I believe that is a good thing because then you have a variety to apply too. When applying to internships remember, it’s always better to have a variety to apply too compared to not finding any at all. If you aren’t looking for articles to read and just want a list of internships, then this one is definitely for you. Keep in mind though; your twitter feed will have a lot of great internships that you will want to apply too. So make sure that you keep an excel sheet to keep everything organized.

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FindSpark

FindSpark, formerly NYC interns, was founded by Emily Miethner. This interactive website is great because it combines internships, helpful articles and networking events. I love this account because you have the best of everything. Not only is the site very interactive, but I also enjoyed attending one of the FindSpark conferences. If you ever get a chance, I would definitely recommend attending one of these conferences because they will be helpful for when you start your job search and allow you to connect with some really impressive people in different creative fields. If you want additional tips from this great site follow their twitter account @FindSpark.

Good luck on your internship quest! It may seem overwhelming now but if you keep everything organized you will definitely do a great job making it through this process. If you need additional help with your resume, cover letter, or LinkedIn account make sure to stop by the Career Planning Center. Or you can even follow us @FairfieldCPC if you have any questions, want to see what articles we retweet, or want to hear our quick tips on your #RoadtoStagcess.

 

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Allanah Dykes ’16

Social Media & Marketing Intern, Career Planning Center 

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Spring Your Career Plans over the Easter Break!

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Are you a person that likes to plan ahead or prefer to leave things open? Putting together a template on what you want to do over this Easter Break to contribute to your career plans can go a long way to give you a jump start on securing an internship or getting that job. This long weekend can be a tremendously productive time in any job or internship search.

Network

No matter where your destination is this break – at home or visiting friends – chances are that you will have an opportunity to connect with others. Even family members can be incredibly beneficial when it comes to networking – take the time to ask Uncle Joe or Aunt Sue what they do or about their career – you never know you might be interested in doing something similiar!

In preparation for any networking event it is important to craft your elevator pitch (a.k.a.”Tell me about yourself”) so that you are ready to introduce yourself and share career aspirations.

-  Give them your name

-  Tell them something about your background. internships, involvement with activities and interests

-  Ask for information about an industry, company or career area of interest. 

Manage Your Brand

Take some time this weekend to review your social media sites and update them. If you haven’t created a LinkedIn profile, now is the time to do that. Here is a great check list for crafting the best LinkedIn profile – LINKEDIN PROFILE CHECK LIST. When crafting your LinkedIn profile,  think of your personal brand as your calling card—your unique promise of value. It’s what you’re known for and how people experience you. If you haven’t thought about your personal brand, these questions might help you spark an internal conversation:

-  What are your unique strengths, skills, and attributes?

-  What do you want to be known for?

-  What will make you stand out in the eyes of potential employers?

If you do anything this weekend, take some time to evaluate your social media profiles to be sure they reflect a positive image of you and are providing consistent messages. Just this week Cath sent out an email regarding another senior losing a job offer because of what a potential employer found looking at a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram account left open for public view. You don’t want this to happen to you, so review your privacy settings and begin to use social media as a professional branding instrument and not just a social tool. One way to “professionalize” your social media account is to connect with groups related to your career interests on LinkedIn. You could join the Fairfield Alumni Group and your high school group to broaden your connections.

Prepare or Update Your Resume

Visit the Career Planning Center website for sample resumes and information on how to begin or you could check out our handout here – RESUME HANDOUT. After writing your resume draft set up an appointment with a career counselor or stop by drop in hours – Tuesday through Friday 1:30- 4pm to get it reviewed. 

Finally…

-  Review organization websites and identify internship or employment opportunities. Use this time to apply for positions and read up about organizations

-  Hit the malls, and purchase professional clothing for the interview

-  Thank all those you networked with for their advice and suggestions

Just carving out the time this long weekend to begin some of these suggestions will give you a boost in taking charge of your career planning!

 

Sue Quinlivan

Sue Quinlivan

Associate Director, Career Planning Center

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Introducing your new best friend, Lynda.com!

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Remember that time you were working on a project late at night and if you knew how to use the software correctly you would have been done hours earlier?  There is something on MyFairfield.com that could have helped you all along, Lynda.com.  This is a learning site that provides instructional videos that teach a myriad of topics. Whether you are learning how to utilize the animation feature in a PowerPoint presentation or how to better balance your work within a team project, there is a presentation for you.

So you are asking yourself, how can this help me?  Depending on your major there are areas you are going to want to know more about before you enter the workforce.  For instance, if you are a communication major you had better know how to create a website or a blog. You also are going to want to be proficient in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (and really proficient, not just say you are). Luckily, you can learn how to do some of those things you might need in the comfort of your own room.  Lynda.com releases about 10 new courses a week to add to its already large 2,400 across a variety of categories not just technical.  And it is open for business 24/7!

Samples include:

Web Design Fundamentals with James Williamson

Dreamweaver CC and WordPress 3.8: Core Concepts with Joseph Lowery

Managing Your Time with Todd Dewett

Office for iPad First Look with Jess Stratton

Excel 2013: Macros in Depth with Dennis Taylor

Building an Online Community with Justin Seeley

QuickBooks Pro 2014 Essential Training with Jess Stratton

Up and Running with Bootstrap 3 with Jen Kramer

Video Script Writing with Rick Allen Lippert

Up and Running with Adobe Story with Jeff Sengstack

If you are looking for jobs and you don’t know how to use certain types of programs that are required for the position, this can help both help you learn the program or skill and help you to be prepared for your interview.  Check it out, you have everything to gain.

 

Cathleen Borgman

Cath Borgman

Director, Career Planning Center

 

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Final Countdown: 75 Days Until Graduation

Untitled-1Please know you are not alone if you are dreading the next time someone asks you what your plans are for after graduation. While it may seem like everyone you know already has a job or graduate school lined up, I can assure you that is not the case, and there are seniors from Dolan to the beach freaking out about their futures. Now that you are confident it isn’t just you, the next step is to break up something as scary as a job search into smaller goals you can knock off in the next 75 days.

Repeat after me: You start when you start.

This may sound obvious but there is no sense in beating yourself up for not thinking about what you’re going to do after Fairfield earlier – it literally won’t do an ounce of good and will likely keep you from doing anything at all. What you need is a little forward momentum and then suddenly you’ll be the one giving tips to your friends about how to job search. So let’s talk about small things you can start doing RIGHT NOW that will help you feel like you’re making progress on the whole “being an adult” thing. By the way, I totally stole this mantra from Lindsey Pollak’s amazing book, “Getting From College to Career”. I know you have a lot of textbooks to read but I highly suggest you shell out $12 and set aside some time to read it.

1. Start doing some research about possible careers

If your main source of panic regarding the job search is, “I don’t even know what I want to do with my life! What kind of jobs are out there for people with my major?” then this is definitely where you want to begin. You will want to first think about your interests, skills, and personality and what type of entry-level positions would be a good fit for you. You should consider taking the Meyers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Strong Interest Inventory to get a clear sense of your personality type and interests.

If you’re more interested to know what jobs people typically get with your major then you should check out “What Can I Do With this Major?” You can also use the Alumni search function in LinkedIn to see where Fairfield alums with your major have gotten hired.

2.Research industries and companies.

Once you get a sense your interests your next step is finding particular industries and companies that interest you. You can start on our website and you can also use the Company profile pages on LinkedIn. One thing I love about those pages is there is a section called “People Also Viewed” which tends to give you the top 6 competitors for the company you are currently viewing. For the most part, you just found 6 other companies you should be considering applying to. See, this isn’t so hard!

3. Polish your resume and LinkedIn profile

Your resume is the cornerstone of your job search so you want to make sure that it is flawless and in the digital age we live in that goes for your LinkedIn profile as well. If you’re starting from scratch, I would suggest coming in to drop-in hours (Tues-Fri, 1:30-4pm) to meet with a Career Peer Adviser who has been extensively trained on resume development. Once you have a good foundation, make an appointment with a career counselor to make sure everything is perfect and to learn the ins and outs of LinkedIn.

4. Develop relationships with professionals. Informational interviews are your new best friend.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70% of all jobs are found through networking. This is exactly why we suggest investing a significant amount of your job search to developing relationships with professionals in your industry and not simply submitting your resume to every job you find online. You can start connecting with the people you already know: family, friends, friend’s parents, professors, former teachers, etc. Remember, no one can help you unless they know what type of job you are looking for and why. Then you can move on to people you don’t know but have something in common with like Fairfield alumni. Finding alums on LinkedIn, connecting with them, and setting up informational interviews will certainly lead you to some great advice and potentially to some job opportunities. Don’t know how to find alums on LinkedIn? We’ll show you!

5. Create something.

Never in the history of humankind has it been easier to publish your own thoughts and have them be seen by millions of people in an instant. It’s called, wait for it, the internet. You live there already so why not contribute something? Start a blog. Too daunting? How about a Tumblr? Whatever you do, create something that showcases your personality, writing skills, etc. Extra brownie points for content that’s related to your future industry.

6. Either clean up your social media or put your privacy settings on Def Con 5.

If you have any interest in entering fields such as marketing, public relations, advertising, etc. then having an active social media presence is in your best interest. However, this presence needs to be a completely positive representation of who you are which means thinking twice before posting anything that might be considered inappropriate. According to a survey conducted by Reppler, 69% of employers rejected a candidate because of what they saw about them on a social networking site. Don’t let that be you.

If your future career has nothing to do with social media then you can certainly just try to make it impossible for strangers to see your posts, tweets, etc. Please note that even the highest privacy settings will not prevent an off-color comment from going viral so do not post anything you wouldn’t want to see on Gawker.com the next day. See here and here.

7. Come see us.

Now it is time for the shameless plug: for the love of everything good in this world, please pick up the phone and call 203-254-4081 to schedule an appointment with one of us in Career Planning. We chose our professions because we love helping students but we can’t help you if you avoid us like the plague. We look forward to meeting you!

Adapted from: http://blogs.seacoastonline.com/welcometoyour20s/2014/03/03/start-job-search-now-graduating/

 

Meredith Marquez

Meredith Tornabene, Associate Director

mtornabene@fairfield.edu

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Her Campus – A great way to build resume & your personal brand!

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Do you dream of writing for a magazine like Glamour some day? Obsessed with fashion blogs? Want to work in fashion, entertainment, or media? Well, if you asked yes to any of those then you should consider getting involved with Her Campus.

So what exactly is Her Campus?

Her Campus is an online magazine aimed at female college students. The website is divided into six sections: style, beauty, health, love, life, career, and high school. Any questions you need answered, you will find them throughout this wonderful website. But wait it gets better, they added the feature of “My Campus”, where colleges across the nation have the opportunity to have a HC chapter on their campus. And, lucky for us, this is what Danielle Tullo and Amanda McKelvey did!

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Amanda and Danielle at the HC Fairfield Launch Party

The two juniors got approval to launch Her Campus Fairfield, allowing them and their writers to post articles aimed towards the Fairfield women! Since the launch, there have been numerous amazing articles on the Fairfield page including why you should study abroad, cute Olympic athletes, a party playlist, and many more.

To boil it down, if you want to do something that has to do with creating content around fashion, pop culture, entertainment – so do a lot of other people. Writing for Her Campus at Fairfield will give you the opportunity to actually get some experience writing about those topics. This is a very powerful way for you to build your brand & resume.  Just imagine that you are in an interview with some folks at E! for a VERY competative summer Internship. Like they do for all of their applicants, they do a very quick google search before you come in. To their surprise, they find some concrete examples of your WORK and notice that you consistently write about pop culture – BOOM, they’re impressed.

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Her Campus Fairfield Page

If you want to get involved, or have a story idea that HC Fairfield should write, you can email Danielle (danielletullo@hercampus.com) or Amanda (amandamckelvey@hercampus.com)

Also make sure to get your daily dose of HC Fairfield at: www.hercampus.com/fairfield

Instagram: HCFairfieldU

Twitter: @HCFairfieldU

Mary Stampoulos

Mary Stampoulos
Career Peer Adviser

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Would You Attempt Competing in the Giant Slalom if You Have Never Been on Skis?

sochiIn recognition of the 2014 Olympics I thought I would use an Olympics analogy that applies to a lot of things in life.  For our purposes, consider the interview.  Why would anyone no matter where they are in the job search process, consider going on an important interview if they have never prepared. Interviewing is a skill that is built over time and requires practice.

My first recommendation would be to visit the Career Center and spend a session reviewing the interview.  What are direct, indirect, stress and behavioral interview techniques?  What is the simple “trick” you use in a behavioral interview?  Have the counselor review some of the most commonly asked interview questions.  If you are unsure about how one might go about researching a company your counselor can guide you on that in addition to offering pointers on dressing appropriately for the interview.  Then, as you are leaving that meeting, schedule a time to come back for a mock interview. What a concept!

A mock interview is an opportunity for you to simulate a real interview without the added pressure of knowing a job is actually on the line.  A company and position is selected that you will research (ideally within an industry you are interested in pursuing) and prepare as if it were the real deal.  Typically they will run about 20-30 minutes and the interviewer can provide valuable feedback on how you handled yourself.  Could you have provided stronger responses?  Was it clear that you knew the organization and you did your research? Did you say like/um/uh too much? How about that annoying habit you have of staring at the ceiling when answering the question?  You see where I am going with this?  This experience will help better understand the interview itself and where you might need some work.  Consider doing several of these interviews until you feel confident.

A wonderful resource the Fairfield Career Planning Center has made available to students is InterviewStream.  In the privacy of your own room you can go through a mock interview while filming yourself.  How do you think YOU will do? I dare you.  Go to www.fairfield.interviewstream.com

Want to practice with friends who are all going through the process also? You all have to be honest with each other (but in a nice way), and each have the list of 100 most commonly asked questions.  Take turns asking each other questions and critique the response.  After a while it becomes second nature.

Remember, you never want to go into an interview sounding as if you have memorized all of your answers and nothing is spontaneous; but to go into the interview knowing how you might respond to almost anything thrown your way is where you want to be.

Finally, when the time comes and you get that interview…and you know you will…take the time to prep. Don’t be that person that thinks their great personality and ability to hold a conversation will get you through.  Chances are you will be left wondering what happened.

To boil it down, Olympic athletes don’t go into their event unprepared… so you shouldn’t either.

 

Cathleen Borgman

 

 

 

 

 

Cath Borgman

Director, Career Planning Center

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What is your Road to #Stagcess? Tell us & you could win an iPad mini…

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The rules are simple:

1. Follow @FairfieldCPC on Twitter

2. In 140 characters share how Fairfield University has helped you on your “Road to Stagcess.” #Stagcess is more than just a hashtag. When students graduate from Fairfield University they will forever be a Stag. We want students to tell us how Fairfield has cultivated them on their personal journey throughout college. Whether it be preparing them for a future career, helping them grow socially, or even on a deeper personal level. In the tweet student must use the hashtag #stagcess in order to be entered into a drawing to win an iPad Mini.

3. If the contestant tags a friend into their “Stagcess” story, they will be entered TWICE in the contest. The drawing for the iPad Mini will take place at the Career Fair on Thursday, 2/27.

Message us on Twitter with questions.

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Law School, the next chapter!

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Deciding to become a lawyer is a major life decision and deserves careful thought. Make no mistake: going to law school will change your life. In deciding whether you should pursue this path, you should follow your instincts and consider the following questions as you explore if law is the career for you.

Should I go to Law School?

Law should be your career if you are hardworking, energetic, analytical, like to argue, enjoy reading and have excellent writing skills. If you have a passion for the law, that will carry you through the many difficult days that you will encounter in law school and in your career. Your career should be something you love not something you chose for the money you think you will make or the prestige you think it might bring you. If you are hesitant about law school you probably should consider waiting rather than going on directly upon graduation.

What kind of skills do I need to be successful in Law school?

Excellent reading and writing skills are essential to success in law school and beyond. The ability to speak confidently in public and to think critically are invaluable. Only those with a strong work ethic need apply. You should spend your undergraduate career acquiring a honing these skills to prepare yourself for law career.

What should I major in if I am planning to go to law school?

There is no required major for law school. Students major in areas as diverse as History, Politics, English, Psychology as well as Accounting and Nursing. 

Is your heart in it? 

Finally, check in with your intuition. What is it telling you about this move? Law school might make all the sense in the world, but if it isn’t right for you, no amount of effort will make it more right or less wrong. Take your time with this question. Envision yourself in the law school atmosphere and as an attorney (or whatever goals you have in mind after graduation). Can you see yourself happy and functioning at your peak in both scenarios? If so, then start researching schools and sign up for the LSAT. But if not, then realize it’s better to know now than three years (and many thousands of dollars in debt!) later, and move on to the next challenge.

Join the St. Robert Bellarmine Society

The Society is open to all undergraduate students interested in a law career. If you are considering law school you are encouraged to join. The Society offers programs and events to help you decide if law is what you want to pursue and offers information to help you prepare.

On Tuesday, March 4 the Pre-Law Society is sponsoring 2 events. Contact the Career Planning Center if you plan to attend and or wish to become a member of the St. Robert Bellarmine Pre-Law Society.

Financing Law School
Stephen G. Brown, Assistant Dean, Fordham Law School
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
4:00-4:45 p.m.
Alumni House

What is the First Year of Law School Like?
Presented by Fairfield alumni who are currently attending law school
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
5:00p.m.-6:00p.m.
Alumni House

Finally, schedule a meeting with the Career Planning Center, cpc@fairfield.edu  or Dr. Sharlene McEvoy, Director of Pre-Law Advising, smacevoy@fairfield.edu.

 

Sue Quinlivan

Sue Quinlivan

Associate Director, Career Planning Center

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Career Fair – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) & Frequently Said Complaints (FSC’s)

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The spring Career Fair is quickly approaching! This semester’s fair will be held on Thursday, February 13 from 11am-2pm in the RecPlex. The Career Fair is a unique opportunity to find out about internships, full-time job opportunities, and to network with professionals in a variety of industries. In order for you to get the most out of the fair, we’re going to cover the common Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) but we’re also going to go over what we’re calling Frequently Said Complaints (FSC’s).

FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)

Who is coming?

If you log into Stags4Hire you will see a Career Fair section in the bottom left corner – click on the “Spring 2014 Career Fair” link and then click on the “Registered Organizations” link in the top left. This will give you the most current list of companies registered for the fair as well as the majors they are recruiting. While you’re on Stags4Hire, check out the internships and jobs that have been recently posted!

What do I wear?

Ideally, you will wear a suit. If you don’t have one here with you, consider taking a quick trip home to pick it up or ask your parents to ship it to you if you live far away. You can also find affordable suits at Marshall’s which is conveniently on the Stag shuttle route. If you have a car, check out the Good Will on the Post Road in Westport for some hidden gems. If you can’t get a suit, then you should dress as professionally as possible. No jeans or sweatpants, please.

What do I bring?

Copies of your resume, preferably on resume paper. Don’t have a resume or need to spruce yours up? Stop by drop-in hours Tuesday-Friday from 1:30-4:30pm and all day on Feb. 12. Have a great resume but no resume paper? Stop by the Career Planning Center to pick some up. You may want to bring a portfolio to put your resumes in and also so you can take notes as well as hold any business cards you collect.

What do I say?

You want to do as much research about the companies as you can before the fair which will help you ask better questions. You can start off the conversation by saying something, “Hi, my name is Lucas Stag and I’m a senior Psychology major with a Marketing minor.” What you say next can be totally up to you. Maybe you give them an idea of some of the things you’re involved in on campus, tell them about a relevant internship experience, or a related class. Perhaps you mention something you saw about the company when you researched them. You can talk with them about why you are interested in that particular industry as well. Most importantly, be yourself!

If you can, avoid asking the recruiter what the company does or anything else you can find doing a simple Google search.

FSC’s (Frequently Said Complaints)

There is nothing here for Arts & Sciences majors.

There is a misconception on campus that businesses only hire students from the Dolan School of Business which isn’t true at all. What is true is that there are some companies who require a particular skillset to work there (accounting, finance, etc.) but then there are many other companies who are very interested in hiring liberal arts majors. While some liberal arts majors will end up working for non-profits, government agencies, educational institutions, etc. the vast majority will work at the same exact places where their DSB friends got hired as well.

How come X company isn’t here?

Great question! There could be a variety of reasons why a particular company is not at the Career Fair. If it’s a very popular company (and that’s usually who people are looking for) then there is a good chance that they do not need to do any campus recruiting in order to attract recent graduates to apply. If there headquarters are far away from Fairfield they may choose to recruit more locally instead. The staff at Career Planning is constantly working to attract new companies to Fairfield so please let us know if there is a particular company that you would like to see at the fair in the future.

The Career Fair should be longer.

One reason why the Career Fair is 3 hours long is because that is the timeframe that employers have requested. When the Career Fair is spread out over a long period of time, there are always lulls and down periods where there aren’t many students there and employers are left with no one to talk to which may lead them to think it’s time to pack up and leave. A shorter period of time allows employers to maximize the time they spend on campus and also encourages students to come out to the fair early.

If you view the Career Fair as an opportunity to develop your networking skills then you can certainly get a lot out of it and it may just end up leading to an internship or job opportunity. We look forward to seeing you at the Career Fair and encourage you to come by our drop-in hours if you have any further questions on how to best prepare for the event.

Meredith Marquez

Meredith Tornabene, Associate Director

mtornabene@fairfield.edu

 

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Friend of Fairfield Career Spotlight:Director of Product, Trulia

trulia-pngEvery time I travel I make a point to try to chat with the person sitting next to me. Sometimes (ok, most of the time) the person is not interested in becoming my new friend. I get it… JetBlue has free TV and my positivity can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. But in my most recent flight from San Francisco to New York, I sat next a really nice young professional who humored me in a conversation about what she did – can we say Career Counselor’s dream! So kick off your shoes and enjoy my first ever Friend of Fairfield Career Spotlight.

Job Title:

Director of Product at Trulia

Tell me about Trulia?

Trulia is an online residential real estate site for home buyers, sellers, renters and real estate professionals. According to their about page, they are a group of “energized and happy brainiacs”. Their employees consist of “semi-pro athletes, ping-pong enthusiasts, avid surfers, chicken farmers, jugglers, knitters” joined together with a common goal; create “killer products that will improve the really hard and potentially un-fun process of finding the right place to live.” She said the best part of working for Trulia are the people, which makes sense as they were voted one of best places to work in the Bay Area.

truliaSoooo… Director of Product, what exactly does that mean?

As Director of Product she focuses on helping consumers who want to buy a new home have the best online search experience. In our conversation she asked me to go through the process of searching for a home on Trulia and engaged me in some interesting questions about how I felt about the product – pretty cool stuff! The other part of her position focuses on helping home builders connect with consumers.

Some background:

She graduated from Georgetown University in 2006 (fellow Jesuit institution!). Her first job out of college was an Analyst for Citibank in the Emerging Markets team. She worked at Citibank for 3 years and built a great professional network. Next stop on her journey was University California Berkley to get her MBA. During her time at CAL, she interned at Apple on the iPhone (so cool). I asked her why she didn’t want to work for Apple post MBA and she said that they had great products and exciting projects, but she wasn’t challenged and didn’t feel like she would be able to make an immediate impact on their business. After grad school she spent just over a year working in management consulting, but was quickly wooed by the tech culture in San Francisco. Her first position at Trulia was a Corporate Finance and Strategy Manager – she was promoted to her current role just after a year with the company (impressive).

What has helped you succeed at Trulia?

She works hard, forged strong relationships with senior leaders, and shows genuine interest in the business. The relationship piece seemed to be one of the biggest factors in her upward mobility within the company. Since day one, she found genuine mentors – people who created opportunities for her and mentored her through the process. Her background was also key in her success – she was able to leverage her finance skills from Citibank and strategy skills from consulting to successfully tackle challenging problems.

Any advice for a Fairfield student interested in working in tech/for a start up?  

Network! You might not get your ideal role right off the bat, but if you are likable and capable of doing the work doors will open for you.  Ideally, you want to have bosses that advocate for you and value what you do – everyone needs a personal cheerleader! Clearly, if you are interested in working in Tech or for Startups there are companies all over the country, but a lot of them are in California. She encourages students to leverage their alumni base and LinkedIn to find a way in. If you are not in a technical role, sales is also a great place to start.

Everyone has a long term goal, what is yours?

CEO of an awesome company like Trulia.

If you are interested in working for a company like Trulia there are entry level sales positions in New York… and of course, the Career Planning Center is here to help along the way!

 

     

Stephanie Gallo 

Associate Director,  Career Planning Center

SGallo2@fairfield.edu

www.linkedin.com/in/stephaniegallo/

 

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How to ACE your Skype Interview

skype1 (1)Now a days, more and more companies are turning to video calling software like Skype during the hiring process. While virtual interviews might be slightly less nerve-wracking than those done in-person – you don’t have to think about traffic, getting lost, or general sweatiness – they still require some SERIOUS preparation. Below are a few tips on how to ace these types of interviews.

Remember, it’s an interview
You need to prepare for a Skype interview in the same way you would for a face to face interview. Know the company inside and out, prepare questions, know your resume, and be ready to tackle “behavioral questions”. Here is our interview handout if you need a refresher – CLICK: CPC Employment Interview Handout 2013.

Prepare your surroundings
It’s important to make sure you are in a quiet environment that is as close to an office as possible. Clearly you don’t want to be distracted and you do not want your interviewer to be distracted. It is also very important that your equipment is set and the internet is working. I realize this is pretty obvious, but technical problems tend to be the most common issue with Skype interviews. On top of having a quiet space and having your equipment ready to go – you need to be aware of your background. Think about it… If you have your Bob Marley poster from your dorm hanging behind you that says SOMETHING. Don’t let the interviewer create any unwarranted opinions about you based on your surroundings.

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The whole dress for success concept stays true for Skype interviews. This is not your opportunity to practice the “News Anchor” look… You know, professional on the top, party on the bottom. Treat it like a REAL interview and put your big boy/girl pants on. Similarly, make sure your Skype username is professional – so if you are using SccrrPlayer99, then it might be time to change it to something more consistent with your name.

Practice First
The saying practice makes perfect is NO JOKE. If you have never used Skype or Google+ Hangouts before then be sure to try it out first with a friend or family member. That starts with the obvious; you need to download the program and make sure it runs on your computer and you need to have a functioning web camera with a microphone. If you do not have a computer or a webcam the Career Planning Center can help set something up. Another way to practice is to utilize InterviewStream. This is a new online resource that will help you prepare for interviews by going through a realistic interview experience where you are asked challenging questions based on the type of interview you have selected. The software records you as you respond to the questions and then loads your mock interview into your own personal InterviewStream account. You can than review it as many times as you want or send it to someone else to review. Essentially, you get to practice your interview using a webcam and then you get to review it. It really is the perfect tool to prepare for a Skype interview!

It’s all in the delivery
Obviously how you act during your interview is what is going to make the difference. Here are a few things you should keep in mind:

-  Alternate eye contact between your webcam and your screen
-  If you have a headset, use it – your audio might be clearer
-  Smile and focus on your posture
-  Slow down
-  Don’t become distracted by your own image on the screen (To fix this, change your settings to disable your image showing up or simply cover up your image with a Post-It note)
-  Say thank you at the end!

 

Hopefully these tips are useful and remember if you ever need anything we are here to help!

 

     

Stephanie Gallo (Same person, new name)

Associate Director,  Career Planning Center

SGallo2@fairfield.edu

www.linkedin.com/in/stephaniegallo/

 

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Building a GREAT LinkedIn Profile!

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As finals come to an end (you survived!) and holiday break begins I bet you are looking for things to do to fill your time. How about you take some time this break to create (or beef up) your LinkedIn Profile. Below are a few tips from LinkedIn on how to make an effective student profile (tips taken from university.linkedin.com).

1. Write an informative profile headline: Your headline is a short, memorable professional slogan. For example, “Honors student seeking marketing position” or “Social Media Marketing Enthusiast I Communication Student”. For more ideas, check out the profiles of students and recent alumni admire for ideas.

2. Pick an appropriate photo: LinkedIn isn’t Facebook. Upload a high-quality photo (your profile will be 7x more likely to be viewed) of you along, professionally dressed. No party shots, cartoon avatars, or puppy pics!

3. Show off your education: Include all your schools, major(s) and minor, coursers, and student abroad or summer programs. Don’t be shy – LinkedIn is an appropriate place to show off your GPA, test scores, and honors or awards.

4. Develop a professional Summary: Your Summary statement is like the first few paragraphs of your best-written cover letter – concise and confident about your qualifications and goals. Include relevant work and extracurricular.

5. Fill “Skills & Expertise” with keywords: This section is the place to include keywords and phrases that recruiters search for. Find relevant ones in job listings that appeal to you and profile of people who have the kinds of roles you want.

6. Update your status regularly: Posting updates helps you stay on your network’s radar and build your professional image. Mention your projects, professional books or articles, or events you’re attending. Many recruiters read your feed!

7. Show your connectedness: Groups you join appear at the bottom of your profile. Joining some shows that you want to engage in professional communities and learn the lingo. Start with your university and industry groups.

8. Collect diverse recommendations: The best profiles have at least one recommendation for each position a person has held. Recruiters are most impressed by recommendations from people who have directly managed you.

9. Claim your unique LinkedIn URL: To increase the professional results that appear when people search for you online, set your LinkedIn profile to “public” and create a unique URL (e.g., www.linkedin.com/in/JohnSmith).

10. Share your work: You can also add actual examples of your writing, design work, or other accomplishments on your profile, where you can share rich media or documents. What better way to sell your skills than to show employers exactly what you can produce?

Use the check list below to make sure you are on the right track! A big thanks to LinkedIn.com for all of the amazing resources.

Click here – LinkedIn Student Profile Check List

 

     

Stephanie Gallo (Same person, new name)

Associate Director,  Career Planning Center

SGallo2@fairfield.edu

www.linkedin.com/in/stephaniegallo/

 

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