Career & Professional Development

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Month: August 2009 (page 1 of 2)

More Employers Screening Candidates via Social Networking Sites

Aug. 24, 2009 – Rosemary Haefner, CareerBuilder.com

Gone are the days when all job seekers had to worry about was their résumés and cover letters. Today, those documents remain a staple of the job-search process, but they are joined by a growing phenomenon: social networking.

Forty-five percent of employers reported in a June 2009 CareerBuilder survey that they use social networking sites to screen potential employees, compared to only 22 percent of employers last year. Eleven percent of employers plan to start using social networking sites for the screening process. More than 2,600 hiring managers participated in the survey.

Of those who conduct online searches/background checks of job candidates, 29 percent use Facebook, 26 percent use LinkedIn and 21 percent use MySpace. One-in-ten (11 percent) search blogs while 7 percent follow candidates on Twitter.

Additionally, 16 percent of workers have used similar social networking sites as part of their job search.

“In this difficult job market, online networking is an important piece of the puzzle for workers wishing to build professional relationships, and ultimately, connect with their next great job,” said Liz Harvey, senior director of online products for CareerBuilder, which just launched its own online community BrightFuse. “With more than 1.6 million users, BrightFuse.com has become a thriving professional community. Workers of all levels can use BrightFuse.com to have that important open dialogue — while promoting themselves and recommending others.”

While social networking is a great way to make connections with potential job opportunities and promote one’s personal brand, job seekers must ensure they are using these sites to their advantage by conveying a professional image and underscoring their qualifications.

Many job seekers seem to be doing this, as 18 percent of employers said they found content on social networking sites that encouraged them to hire the candidate. Some examples include:

  • Profile provided a good feel for the candidate’s personality and fit within the organization — 50 percent
  • Profile supported candidate’s professional qualifications — 39 percent
  • Candidate was creative — 38 percent
  • Candidate showed solid communication skills — 35 percent
  • Candidate was well-rounded — 33 percent
  • Other people posted good references about the candidate — 19 percent
  • Candidate received awards and accolades — 15 percent

Many job seekers, however, are doing the opposite and not being mindful at all of the content they’re posting online.

Why employers disregard candidates after screening online

Thirty-five percent of employers reported they have found content on social networking sites that caused them not to hire the candidate, including:

  • Candidate posted provocative or inappropriate photographs or information — 53 percent
  • Candidate posted content about them drinking or using drugs — 44 percent
  • Candidate bad-mouthed their previous employer, co-workers or clients — 35 percent
  • Candidate showed poor communication skills — 29 percent
  • Candidate made discriminatory comments — 26 percent
  • Candidate lied about qualifications — 24 percent
  • Candidate shared confidential information from previous employer — 20 percent

Here are five tips for job seekers to keep a positive image online:

1. Clean up digital dirt before you begin your job search. Remove any photos, content and links that can work against you in an employer’s eyes.

2. Consider creating your own professional group on sites like Facebook or BrightFuse.com. It’s a great way to establish relationships with leaders, recruiters and potential referrals.

3. Keep gripes offline. Keep the content you post focused on positive things, whether it’s related to professional or personal information. Make sure to highlight specific accomplishments inside and outside of work.

4. Be selective about whom you accept as friends. Don’t forget others can see your friends when they search for you. Monitor comments made by others and consider using the “block comments” feature. Even better, set your profile to “private” so only designated friends can view it.

5. If you’re still employed, don’t mention your job search in your Tweets or status updates. There are multiple examples of people who have gotten fired as a result of doing this. In addition, a potential employer might assume that if you’re willing to search for a new job on your current company’s time, why wouldn’t you do so on theirs?

Communication Opportunities in Portland

The following job leads were forwarded to the Career Center and we wanted to forward them along to job hunting Zags out there!

  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is hiring a community outreach specialist in Portland. Experience with social media is helpful, but not required. Annual salary is approximately $44,000 – $77,000, depending upon education and experience. Submit resume by August 31 to “COS Hiring Manager” via mail: PO Box 709, Portland, OR 97207; Email: applicants.portland@ic.fbi.gov; or fax:(503) 552-5465.
  • Metro is seeking an associate public affairs specialist in communications in Portland. Annual salary is $49,329 – $66,056. Application deadline September 1.
  • The Oregon Sustainability Center is hiring a fundraising director in Portland. Salary is negotiable. Screening begins September 1. Please submit resume and cover letter electronically to Liz Hopkins atlhopkins@pdxinstitute.org., or via the mail to P+OSI C/O Liz Hopkins, 1600 SW 4th Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97201.
  • Gateway to College National Network is hiring a program manager in Portland. The salary range is $50,000 – $80,000 per year, including a comprehensive benefits package. Starting salary is typically in the first quartile of the range. Position closes September 11.
  • Oregon Voice is hiring an executive director in Portland. Competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience. Apply by October 13.
  • Defend Oregon is hiring an outreach organizer in Portland. Salary is commensurate with experience. Position is open until filled. E-mail resume and cover letter to liz@ouroregon.org
  • OHSU Foundation is hiring a director of development in the School of Medicine, Diabetes and Endocrinology in Portland. Salary is commensurate with experience. Position is open until filled. Please forward a resume, cover letter, and salary expectations to: ohsufhr@ohsu.edu

From PR Jobs online:

Video Tip of the Week: Networking Wisely

I happen to have stumbled upon this highly informative video published by the Wall Street Journal giving tips for job hunters and activating that all important network.

There are some great tips in this short clip, the most important is to start networking before you start job hunting! By continually developing your professional network your knowledge of new opportunities will be much more accessible than if you wait.

Look forward to more video tips in the upcoming weeks!

Welcome Class of 2013!

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In just a handful of days Gonzaga University will be offically welcoming the incoming Class of 2013!  Comprised  of  students from different backgrounds we know that this group of students will be an excellent addition to our Gonzaga community.

Did you know that career development can actually start your freshman year of college?  Yes, I know that you have four long years here at Gonzaga, but it is never too early to start the exploration process to help define future goals.   Whenever you are ready to dive into exploring your potential career paths, the Career Center is here for you.  We are located on the 2nd Floor of Crosby from 8-4:30 M-F.  From Drop in Hours to Resume Reviews, our friendly Career Center staff can coach you every step of the way.

Here are some tips for creating an explorative first year at Gonzaga:

Freshman Year: be Aware

  • Visit the Gonzaga Career Center second floor of Crosby or call ext. 4234 for an appointment.
  • Create a résumé or re-vamp your high school résumé.  Find yourself getting stuck? Attend a résumé workshop, e-mail careercenter@gonzaga.edu for event details or to RSVP.
  • Get involved in campus activities and clubs or volunteer.
  • Contact the Office of Clubs & Organizations at ext. 6123 or click here.
  • Contact Center for Community Action & Service Learning (CCASL) at ext. 6824 for volunteer opportunities.
  • Visit the Student Employment Office and talk with staff to get acquainted with what jobs are available on campus and for which you are eligible (either FWS or Institutional). Even freshmen can handle working 10-12 hours per week.
  • Attend a retreat through University Ministry and use time to reflect on values and interests.  Contact University Ministry ext. 4242 or tranq@gonzaga.edu.
  • Meet with Academic Advisor to explore possible academic path, while getting to know other faculty, counselors and administrators.
  • Browse “What Can I Do With this Major” to view options, types of industries and strategies you can use in preparation for career field.
  • If you are unsure of your career path, make an appointment with the Counseling Center at ext. 4054 to begin the self-assessment process.

We look forward to meeting you and your parents this weekend.  Welcome to the Gonzaga community!

Get Linked Up!

Have you actively created your Linkedin Profile yet?  There are currently 9,500 Zags listed in Linkedin that are possible professional networking connections. Although you may have a Facebook profile, here are five top reasons you need to get active on Linkedin today.

1. Build a professional online presence: No more quizzes or college photos, just professional accomplishments and future goals.

2. Connect in a meaningful way with alumni and other “warm” contacts: Here is your “pre” established network:

  • Fellow Alumni
  • Gonzaga Staff & Faculty
  • Parents and other relatives
  • Friends (Peers and a few years older)
  • Internship managers and colleagues
  • Connections from volunteering

3.Research companies and career paths:  Linkedin allows you to gain a creative edge when hunting for opportunities at dream companies.   Alums from your college are now working at companies around the world, look

them up and make a connection.

4. Find opportunities with organizations that don’t recruit on campus: By using the search function, you can meet fellow Zags in companies and then request introductions.

5. Learn lifelong networking skills: From follow through to developing well written e-mails and thank-you’s, Linkedin allows for recent grads to hone lifelong skills in a dynamic real-time method.

For tips and tricks for recent graduates on making the most of Linkedin, check out their site at: http://grads.linkedin.com

Once your account is created, make sure to join the Career Center’s Group as well as the Alumni Association’s Group!

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Director of Marketing & Public Relations: Portland

St. Mary’s Academy in downtown Portland is seeking a marketing/public relations director.

Some duties to include:

  • Designing a school-wide marketing strategy seeking out new opportunities for exposure, community involvement and leadership.
  • This position also includes project management of all marketing materials, news releases and media relations.
  • Technology and the maintenance and cultivation of dynamic communication and social marketing skills are important.
  • Manage advertising placement throughout appropriate media.

Salary commensurate with experience, excellent benefits. Position is open until filled.

For the full job description and how to apply click here.

AmeriCorps VISTA Positions in Portland

Hands on Portland is hiring three AmeriCorps VISTA positions which start November 17. During the one-year term of service, members receive a modest living stipend (approx. $865/month before taxes), medical insurance, & loan forbearance.  Upon successful completion their term of service, VISTAS can choose either an education award of $4,725 or an end of service stipend of $1200.  Application deadline is August 24.

Seattle Development Internship

Interested in non-profit work, specifically within the field of development?  If so, consider applying for the Washington Trails Association paid part-time internship.

Various Responsibilities Include:

  • Gift processing: record individual and corporate gifts in the ebase donor database and prepare thank you letters to donors (60%)
  • Major giving program: help with year-end fundraising (editing, printing, mailing letters; facilitating personal contact between board members and donors) and planning of annual donor appreciation event (15%)
  • Special appeals: help with editing, printing, mailing, and tracking results for year-end fundraising appeal (5%)
  • Represent WTA at workplace giving campaign events (depending on qualifications and interest) (5%)
  • Help maintain hard copy and electronic records for development department (10%)
  • Other duties as directed (5%)

Application deadline is quickly approaching: August 28, 2009

For more information and apply, check out the posting here:http://www.wta.org/about/job-opportunities/development-assistant-intern

Metro (Portland) Seeks Public Affairs Specialist

Metro is seeking an Associate Public Affairs Specialist in Communications

The Associate Public Affairs Specialist supports communications activities across all Metro departments and independently develops and coordinates assigned policy and planning-related communication activities. The person in this position develops, writes and edits content for the Metro web site, print and electronic publications, and social networking sites; produces newsletters, presentations and event materials; plans and implements stakeholder, community and media engagement; advises project teams about communication issues; provides centralized coordination of several of Metro’s communication tools and work systems; and supports Metro’s intranet and online calendar.

Minimum Requirements: A Bachelor’s Degree in a communications field and two year of experience in public affairs or communications; or any combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the desired knowledge, skills and ability required to perform the job.

Deadline for general recruitment is September 1, 2009.

For full job posting and to apply, go here: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/index.cfm/go/by.web/id=31182

Marketing/Sales Representative: Los Angeles, CA

Insurance Brokerage firm is seeking an outgoing and driven candidate to travel the California area as a marketing representative. This position will be based out of their LA office, building business to business relationships. There will be great growth potential and advancement opportunities.

Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree; preferably in Marketing, Communications, Business or Public Relations. Must also possess an outgoing personality and sales aptitude. Some sales or customer service experience is helpful.

  • Salary: 50k
  • Full Benefits
  • Travel expenses

For more information or to apply contact Marla Fruit at marla@aspen-personnel.com.

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