Career & Professional Development

Helping Gonzaga University Students and Alumni Clarify and Achieve Their Academic and Professional Goals

Month: June 2009 (page 2 of 2)

FREE Resumes Ends on Saturday!

With times being tight, every bit helps especially for those on the hunt for the next great career.  Staples is helping out with FREE (yes, free….) resumes and business cards.

Now through  Saturday June 13, Staples stores across the country will print 20 copies of your resume and 40 business cards for free as part of the office giant’s Job Stimulus Program.  For details and store locations go to:

Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) Leader Opportunity



AmeriCorps*VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) provides full-time members to nonprofit, faith-based and other community organizations, and public agencies to create and expand programs that ultimately bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty.


As the VISTA team coordinator, the VISTA Leader will provide training, technical assistance, resources and support to the WACC VISTA Project team across the state. The VISTA leader will maintain regular communication with all members of the team via phone, email, periodic in-person meetings and site visits. S/he will assist in organizing a minimum of 2 member training activities and will help to promote and facilitate those activities as needed.  S/he will develop additional resource material as needed and keep VISTA members up to date on professional development opportunities.  



1.    Prior experience as a full-time VISTA (required)

2.    College Degree – A.A. or B.A./B.S.

3.    Proven leadership ability; capacity to work within a team and also be self-directed as needed

4.    Experience working with post-secondary education students

5.    Knowledge of and experience in service-learning, volunteer management, and national service

6.    Strong organizational, project management and event planning skills.

7.    Ability to manage short and long term deadlines

8.    Excellent verbal and written communication skills, both with individuals and groups

9.    Strong computer skills such as Word, Excel and Outlook



For more information please contact Vaneitta Goines, Program Manager, at or (360) 650-6476.



Is Your Poker Face Ready?

Driving into work today my iPod was helping me get ready for my sunny day I have in store for myself here in Spokane.  All of a sudden, Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” (one of my favorite songs for the 2009 summer), came on and I made a connection back to Career Development: the all important interview.   


Think about it: entering an interview full of confidence and not allowing any line of questioning to affect your well constructed “Poker Face”.  There is no question too difficult or confusing, as you are knowledgeable in your strengths, accomplishments and skill sets.  You have done your research which allows you to be an expert of both the company and position that you are applying for.   There are no “giveaways” of your weaknesses, as you are also aware of your body language from fidgeting to eye contact and the dead ringer of conversational fillers of “Uh”, “Um” and “Huh” do not exist.

Are you prepping for an interview soon?  Here are my top tips for you:

1.       Know yourself.  Seems pretty basic, right? You’d be surprised.   Many interviewees don’t come prepared with accomplishment statements, strengths and future goals. Have an idea of how your answers will be structured to highlight these elements.

2.       Know the company. Again, pretty basic.  But even more so job hunters neglect that having knowledge of the company along with mission, clients, history, etc is critical to have a conversational style interview rather than the uncomfortable grill.

3.       Know when to stop talking.  Keep answers short and concise.  The idea of the interview should be closer to 50/50 rather than the interviewee talking the entire time. Ask questions throughout to engage the interviewer in the process as well.

All before I had my iced Americano, pretty impressive…right?

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