Career & Professional Development

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

Month: October 2009 (page 1 of 2)

Proper Fork? Proper Knife? Check.

Last night, the Career Center Representatives & Sodexho sponsored the 2009 Fall Etiquette Dinner.  Eighty five guests joined in on the dining fun, while getting a test run of fine dining and learning details of high etiquette.

Did you miss out on the Fall dinner but would like to participate in Spring? Make plans to join us for our Spring 2010 Etiquette Dinner on March 24th in the Globe Room of Cataldo from 5:30-8 pm.  Tickets will be $25 per person, but you will be able to purchase with Flex & Bulldog bucks.  (Tickets will go on sale mid-February)

For more information on Spring’s dinner, contact the Career Center at 313-4234 or careercenter@gonzaga.edu

Check out the photos from the event! Enjoy….

LAST Day to Purchase Etiquette Dinner Tickets….

2009 Fall Etiquette Dinner

Tuesday, October 27th

Doors Open at 5:30pm, Dinner is Served at 6pm

Tickets available at the Career Center
– Individual Tickets are $25
*cash, check, or by major Credit Card by clicking here.

Menu:
Tomato Bisque
Dinner Rolls
Tossed Green Salad
Chicken Picatta
Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
Roasted Asparagus
Cheesecake with Assorted Toppings

Business Casual Encouraged

Learn which fork and knife to use to eat those tricky foods.  Master etiquette for potential interviews, networking nights or to impress your parents!  Don’t miss out.

To purchase individual tickets with VISA or Mastercard go here:
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Communications Opportunities in Portland

The following job leads were forwarded to the Career Center and we wanted to send them along to job hunting Zags….

  • Oregon Food Bank seeks a director of operations, responsible for food procurement, warehousing, transportation services, & product inventory management. The ideal candidate will have a passion for OFB’s mission of eliminating hunger and its root causes. Write to peter@whitefoxgroup.com for more information.
  • Washington County Visitors Association is hiring an administrative and sales assistant. Hourly salary is $12-14. Application deadline is Monday, October 26, at 5:00 PM.
  • Portland Energy Conservation Inc. is hiring a Part-time communications manager Salary is commensurate with experience and the position is open until filled.
  • 1000 Friends of Oregon is looking for a Willamette Valley advocate. Starting salary is $36-39,000. Position is open until filled.
  • Oregon Environmental Council is seeking a program director for global warming. Annual salary $38-43,000. Application review begins November 2, but the position will remain open until filled.
  • Portland Rose Festival Foundation is hiring a sponsorship manager. Salary commensurate with experience. Position is open until filled.
  • The West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District is hiring a conservation technician in Portland. Beginning annual salary is $50-55,000. Please apply by October 26 at 5 PM.
  • Portland State University is hiring an associate director of government relations. The starting annual salary is $55-60,000, dependent upon qualifications and experience. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until finalists are identified.
  • Legacy Health is hiring for two positions in Portland: 1) PR and community relations specialists and 2) Coordinator of Interactive Marketing. Positions are open until filled.
  • OMSI is hiring a vice president of development. Salary is commensurate with experience and position is open until filled.
  • The OHSU Foundation is hiring a director of prospect research and management in Portland. Salary is commensurate with experience. Position is open until filled.

Fall is Here.

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I love fall.   It is by far my favorite season of all four.  The is something magical about way the world seems to transform  almost overnight.  I cannot think of better things in the world than awakening on a chilly October morning, before the light fog has risen.   With coffee in hand, the world seems to be full of sheer opportunity and possibilities.  The vivid colors of the changing leaves with crispness in the air is a pairing that cannot be matched any other time of the year.   Campus truly seems to come alive as the trees are reminiscent of a 3-year old’s coloring experiment.

Each tree seems to have a different story to tell or a different point of view towards this magical transformation.

Just like how each tree expresses fall differently, so should your approach be in regards to writing your resume. Throw out the idea of using a template and create a document that is a reflection of your personal story and point of view.

Answer the questions: Who are you?  How do you stand out from the crowd?  What is your point of view?

Although daunting, the process of self-discovery will allow for you to gain advantage in both the job and internship hunt on your horizon.

If your resume isn’t reflecting the story you’d like to tell as vividly as possible, come see us here in the Career Center.  Our staff can coach you to develop your resume to perfection.  No resume started?  No problem, we can coach you from start to finish.
To make an appointment, e-mail us at careercenter@gonzaga.edu  or swing by the 2nd Floor of Crosby.   Also, feel free to join us for drop in hours…every Tuesday from 12-1 pm where we have staff on hand to answer any and all career development questions!

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Social Media, Friend or Foe?

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Are you curious about your on-line presence with social media? Do you have questionable information (and photos)  “up for grabs” when it comes to Facebook, MySpace or other social media? Would you want potential employers seeing this side of you?
If “Google-ing” yourself makes you slightly nervous, join us for the Career Center’s

Social Media: Friend or Foe Seminar

Wednesday October 28th at 7 pm

Road to Bali, 2nd Floor Crosby

This seminar is presented by Belinda Bobko & Cassandra Marrs.

The “Orginal” Social Networking…

Meeting people face-to-face.

We all sit in classes where professors attempt to shed some “real-world” light onto our undergraduate lives. Sometimes we internalize it and other times we brush it off because all we’re really focused on is staying awake in class. We need advice straight from the horse’s mouth! And this time it’s coming to us from Microsoft Project Manager and Gonzaga Alum, Markus Weickenmeier. Next week’s A.S.K. event will give GU students of all majors a chance to hear internship and career advice from Mr. Weickenmeier, and eat a little free food in the process. Mark it in your calendars to make it a point to attend this event. No excuses!

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Red Lion Hotel, Shoreline Ballroom, 700 North Division St.

To RSVP, e-mail GAMP office at gamp@gonzaga.edu.

Written by Courtney Jacobsen, Class of 2011.

Take a big, huge bite and go to the Career Fair!

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Head to Cataldo from 10 – 2pm today and check out the Engineering and Computer Science Expo! Mmmmmmm,

employment opportunities are oh so sweet.

If you still need some last minute coaching before the Expo, come visit us in the Career Center.  We will be on call if you need us!

Don’t get burned: What Not to do at a Career Fair

Retro-Oven-Range_2E7BDBD2Going to tomorrow’s Career Fair could be a first meeting with a future employer and you have to treat it that way! Just as you wouldn’t sit down to an interview chewing a fresh piece of Big Red, there are some big taboos that must be avoided!

Here are a few of our personal favorite:

  • Wearing your backpack: Pulling your resume out of your Jansport that’s been crushed between your planner and math book is not acceptable! Drop it off in the coatroom, please.
  • Don’t come a few minutes before the Fair ends because some employers may have to leave early.
  • Don’t bring the whole floor of your dorm with you. The employers want to meet you, not your whole entourage.
  • Don’t walk up to a booth and as “So what do you guys do?” Do your homework and know about the employers you are interested in.

Going in with a professional mindset will definitely equip you to present employers with your best non-flip flopped foot forward.

Written by: Courtney Jacobsen, Class of 2011


Mix it all in a Bowl: Workin’ and Churnin’ a Career Fair.

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A Career Fair can be a little overwhelming, but as long as you know a few key skills and bring the pertinent supplies (i.e. copies of your resume, a smile, and a firm handshake) you’ll look like a seasoned veteran to the game.

Working a Career Fair centers around what you say to each company’s representatives. Developing a small speech to start out with will open a conversation door. Now, no index cards are needed because you’re going to be talking about one of your favorite subjects: yourself!

It’s a simple combination of name, class standing, major, opportunities you are seeking, relevant experience, highlights of skills and strengths, and knowledge of the company.

See? That won’t be too painful. Then just be ready to ask the representative questions about their company or any job openings they have. The most important thing to do is practice talking about you. I’m sure that your roommate would love to know about what career venues interest you.

Written by: Courtney Jacobsen, Class of 2011

Getting Ready for a Career Fair is Like Baking a Cake

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Time to dig through your closet and push aside your favorite sweatpants and t-shirts. Remember, this could be your first meeting with a future employer so dress to impress!

Ladies: Style your hair so it doesn’t fall into your face; less is more when it comes to jewelry, makeup, and perfume; no flashy labels or designer names; no chipping nail polish; no cleavage; closed or peep-toe shoes, moderate heel, no sling backs

Gentlemen: Comb your hair; clean the dirt out from underneath your finger nails; conservative on jewelry and cologne; wear dark socks; no flashy ties; wear dark colored slacks or a suit (black can sometimes seems too formal)

Overall, dress like your going to meet your new love-interest’s parents for dinner! And remember, that your iron is your new best friend.

Written by: Courtney Jacobsen, Class of 2011

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