Career & Professional Development

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Month: April 2009 (page 2 of 2)

Success Through Twittering

An interesting article from highlights a successful job hunt using the social media site of Twitter. is the idea of Gary Zukowski, an entrepreneur located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Users can search jobs for free by signing up for various job channels in for cities across America. Companies, in turn, can post jobs on the site as well. When a job becomes available on a job channel for which a person has subscribed, the person instantly receives a text message on his or her cell phone notifying them of the opportunity.

“Job seekers and recruiters are all rushing to use social media such as a way to find and post jobs,” says Zukowski. “However, since this process is so new, people want to know if this approach truly works. Because of the functionality we offer we are confident that we have built a service that will produce results.”

For the full article:

Internship with Washington State Office Of Treasurer

The Office of the State Treasurer (OST) is looking for candidates to fill our Intern position(s) that will be responsible for performing a variety of administrative, research, financial, and/or management oriented projects within the following disciplines of the office:

Investments — responsible for investing the state’s short-term cash reserves; contracting with financial institutions for investment transactions; communicating and assisting local governments with investment questions; and reporting investment income projections to the state’s Revenue Forecast Council and other necessary agencies.

Debt Management — provides financing recommendations and operational services to the State Finance Committee, which is responsible for issuing all debt for the state of Washington; provides finance for capital projects through bond sales; publishes the Official Statement for each bond offering; and provides information to the legislature regarding the debt limitation of the state.

 Operations – oversees the cash management, warrant management, accounting and information technology functions of the OST, as well as staff’s the Public Deposit Protection Commission (PDPC) which provides security and safety of public funds on deposit in financial institutions.

For full job description, click here:

Closing date for applications is May 7th. 

Curious How to Find a Job in this Tight Economy?

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is excited to announce that Charlie Fox, president of Timber Products Manufacturers Association, will be coming to campus to speak on finding a job during these difficult economic times and how to stand out from other job seekers. All students are encouraged to attend as his information and advice will be very useful now and in the future. The event will be held from 7:00-8:00PM in Jepson 108 on Monday, April 20th. If you have any questions, please contact Angela Honzik at

Does your Resume have the Top 3?

I found an interesting article on, the job hunting site through Twitter…yes the site with the little bird.  The article has 3 things every resume should have…especially in this tough economy.  According to Claudia Loens  , these three attributes are:

  1. A FOCUSED Objective
  2. Accomplishments
  3. Personal Attributes

Read below for more information from Claudia.  Great tips, consider adding them to your resume today!

An objective with focus – A resume which doesn’t have an objective is like having an airplane ticket with no destination. It’s a huge investment in ambiguity. Tell your employer exactly what you are looking for. Make it sound focused and dynamic. It doesn’t have to be more than one statement and avoid using “I” or “my”. An example is, “a strategic role in Customer Service Management in a fast-paced environment”. Simple and yet direct.

Accomplishments – Employers are no longer looking for WHAT you did, but HOW WELL you did it. Don’t simply list all of your duties and responsibilities. Make at least one or two bullet items illustrate what you achieved. For example, “saved the company $2 million by implementing a new tracking database” OR “achieved 130% of quota for three quarters in a row.” Put these in bold so they catch the readers eye.

Personal Attributes – When I read a resume, I like to know more about the person. It’s difficult to convey this in a document, so add a section titled “personal attributes”. List several power words which describe you and your work style and put them in a phrase. Words that work well include, enthusiastic, high energy, strong work ethic, strategic thinker, innovative, creative, hard working, dedicated, loyal and team player. Just remember to think about what exactly you want your resume reader to know about you and keep it professional. Things like “strong family man” and “active church member” don’t relate to the job and therefore, don’t belong on your resume.

Do you Know HTML?

I found this position for an HTML-E-mail Coder on Craigslist and thought I would pass it along to our digital audience. 

– an experienced and reliable Web Developer? 
– a highly-motivated, personable self-starter with excellent communication skills? 
– organized and detail-oriented? 
– a service-oriented professional, secure in your technical skills, but capable of handling direction? 

a small, rapidly-growing email marketing strategy and creative services agency located in the heart of Seattle. Our firm is profitable, self-funded and our business is growing. We provide email marketing strategy and production services – design, copywriting, coding and testing – for leading brands in apparel, home furnishings, travel and beyond. We work hard for our clients, but we also work hard at making our agency a fun and inspiring place to work. 

This is a contract-to-perm position. Primary duties and responsibilities include: 

– Produce hand-coded HTML files from Photoshop files utilizing a combination of nested table structures and inline CSS 
– Test files across multiple platforms, browsers and email clients (Outlook, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.) 
– Stay abreast of industry trends and continuously refine coding technique 
– Collaborate with team members 
– Maintain a high level of attention to detail 
– Ability to take initiative to research and learn emerging technologies 

For the full job decription, check it out here:

Internship in SE Portland

Standard TV and Appliance is looking for a college student or recent college graduate who is planning a career in marketing, advertising or public relations to assist our in-house Marketing team. 

Internship candidate will assist with the following tasks: 

• Assist with production of company banners, signs, product tags, and P.O.P. material. 
• Update media contact database 
• Assist with the management of all department files (direct mail, media proposals and information, co-op, etc.) 
• Assist with the composition of employee newsletters 
• Assist with off-site promotions (HBA Events, tradeshows, etc.) as needed. 
• Provide assistance in activities associated with direct mail campaigns and other events as needed. 
• Supply administrative support to the department including scheduling and phones. 

This is an unpaid position to begin in June and last through the summer (dates flexible). Number of hours and days are flexible. Would prefer a minimum of 15-20 hours per week. Candidates need to be extremely organized, with a great attitude and professional appearance and experience delivering excellent customer service both in person and on phone. 

If school credit is needed we would be happy to work within your school’s internship guidelines. This internship could also be an independent internship to help build your resume experience. 

To apply please email resume to

Interships & Trix: One is for Kids, the Other is for All Job Hunters.

This article was found on  discussing how internships are a perfect way for job hunters to get their foot in the doors of highly desired companies.  This thinking outside of the box when it comes to the next great job shows that the game is really changing and hunters need to use every resource to land their next jobs.

Internships are not just for kids

In a frozen job market, internships are in hot demand because more often then not, they lead to full-time positions.

NEW YORK ( — Looking for a job? Consider an internship instead.

With hiring slowed to a near-standstill, job seekers are finding that internship programs are one of the best ways to land a full-time job down the road.

The majority – 59% – of employers who plan to hire interns said they are likely to hire their interns as full-time, permanent employees, according to a recent survey.

That’s what worked for Robert Ball. In the semester before graduating from Middle Tennessee State University, Ball, 24, pleaded with his professors to let him participate in an internship program at Frontier Airlines in Denver in lieu of the few remaining credits he needed to graduate.

The internship didn’t guarantee a job with the airline and didn’t pay a dime, but Ball was determined to get in the door – even if it meant getting a waiver from school, moving to Denver and asking his parents for financial assistance.

“I always wanted to work for an airline,” Ball said. “I knew that an internship would make me more appealing to employers after graduation.”

When the internship ended in December without an offer, Ball went back to Tennessee to graduate and begin applying for jobs. “It was really tough,” he says.

Ball still had his sights set on Frontier, and thanks to a good report from his internship coordinator, he was eventually hired in February as a revenue management analyst.

Now, Ball is responsible for analyzing booking data to help determine fares.

But it’s not just college kids clamoring for internships. Midlevel executives are also finding that scoring a spot in an internship program can lead them to a job.

Marketing professional Michelle Patterson, 40, has been out of work since the beginning of January. Struggling to transition from book publishing to digital media, Patterson says she will gladly intern to help convince employers to give her a chance.

“I would be flexible for their schedule and even work for free, if it leads to full-time work,” she said.

Intern Bridge’s Internship Best Practices survey found that 70% of respondents would accept less pay, or even no pay, if it meant a promising work experience.

“For me, the ‘in’ that I got with the internship was payment enough,” Ball said of his internship with Frontier.

And companies are now far more open to hiring executives, in addition to students, as interns, according to Rosemary Haefner of

“It’s like an extended job interview,” Haefner said. Job hopefuls can learn about the job and acquire new skills, while gauging whether the position is a good fit for them, she said.

For employers, internships help keep costs and staff levels down, while still maintaining a pool of talent on reserve for when the economy picks up again.

Going forward, the use of internships will rise as organizations recognize the advantages of cheaper labor, Intern Bridge founder Richard Bottner forecasts.  To top of page

San Francisco advertising agency is hiring….

10 positions including creative, account and project management

Draftfcb is one of the largest full service advertising agencies in San Francisco. Our legendary agency has clients that include Taco Bell, Dockers, Electronic Arts and PG&E .

• Management Supervisor (must have direct mail expertise) 
• Executive Interactive Producer 
• Account Executive 
• Account Planner 
• Project Manager (must have direct mail expertise) 
• Interactive Designer 
• Sr. Art Director 
• Art Director 
• Finance Director 
• Data Analyst

Check out the posting on Linkedin here:

Seattle PR Internship

GreenRubino is currently interviewing for a three-month public relations internship program. This internship offers hands-on public relations and communications experience in an agency setting. Start date would ideally be early May.


Interns will receive real-world public relations experience while learning about a range of consumer and lifestyle clients, specializing in the travel, wine, food, lifestyle and consumer products industries. While the position will directly support the PR department, interns are exposed to a fully integrated marketing agency specializing in advertising, brand development, direct marketing, event marketing, interactive design and development, media planning, buying, and strategy and more. Interns will support the public relations team with writing, research, media list development and more.  Interns will also have the opportunity to participate in conference calls, events and client meetings as they become available.


To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to For more information about our agency visit     


Last week C-SPAN visited Gonzaga on a very cold and blustery April day. Not a great way to bring in Spring weather-wise, but students who participated in the C-SPAN visit received information on an outstanding internship program.  When opportunity knocks, sometimes it is in the shape of a bus!


Enjoy pictures from the event!img_8056go-zagsimg_8053

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