Career & Professional Development

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

Month: February 2010 (page 1 of 2)

Trek Deadline Approaching!

Here are the top three reasons why you should consider attending this year:

  1. Tours specifically designed for Gonzaga students at industry leaders in both Silicon Valley and San Francisco.
  2. Insight to recruiting and hiring processes for both internship and full-time positions.
  3. Networking opportunities with key alumni and friends of Gonzaga.
  • Silicon Valley Excursions will take place March 11th with visits to Google, McAfee and Stryker Endoscopy
  • San Francisco Excursions will take place on March 12th with visits to: Wells Fargo, Marsh, Blue Shield of California, Deloitte, Baker Street Advertising

Cost: $35 per day or $60 for both Treks.  If you refer a friend to join you on the Trek you receive a $10 cash referral bonus!

Bay Trek Registration Deadline is Quickly Approaching!

Deadline for registration and payment is Friday, March 5th

To register, simply go to: https://gonzaga-csm.symplicity.com/events/BAT2010

If you have questions or concerns regarding this amazing career development opportunity, please contact the GAMP office at gamp@gonzaga.edu or 313-4048.

We hope you join us for the 3rd Annual Bay Area Trek!

Now What?

So, you attended the Partnership in Employment Fair yesterday and now amidst stacks of business cards, you are wondering the next step.  That, my friends is simple: Follow up!   If I could give one piece of advice to career fair attendees, write thank you cards (not e-mails!).   These cards allow you to stand out against fellow job hunters and make you seem professional and grateful.
  • Organize all materials gathered from the fair.
  • Thank the recruiter for his/her time by sending a card.
  • Contact the companies that interested you most, mentioning the contact made at the fair.
  • In the following weeks, keep time open for possible interviews.

Best Foot Forward

Today the 16th Annual Partnership in Employment at the Spokane Convention Center is being hosted.  Here are some last minute tips before you go….
  • Find and meet the companies you planned to contact with.
  • Greet recruiters with confidence, enthusiasm, and focus.
  • Use a firm handshake, smile and maintain eye contact.
  • Take business cards with the intention of using them for follow up!
  • Interview with as many companies as possible, even if you don’t know much about the company.
  • Approach it as a learning experience.
  • Take notes of recruiters you interviewed with and ask the best way to follow-up.
  • Avoid eating, drinking and smoking around the recruiters.

Event Details: TODAY, 2-6 pm

Who: All students and alumni of Gonzaga, Eastern, Whitworth and WSU Spokane

Why: 71 Employers who want to meet and potentially recruit you!  Need a better reason than that?

Do you need a parking permit for the event?  Go here!

What is Your Favorite Commercial?

Each year, marketing companies spend millions of dollars researching and creating the best of the best to be highlighted at the “championships” of commercials, that’s right: the Super Bowl.  Each year the site Super Bowl Commercials ranks by vote the top commercials of the Super Bowl.  Instead of going through the “duds”, I thought I would highlight the best of the year.

The third best in 2010,  has been awarded to the Coke Commercial that finally puts Mr. Burns with the normal people in Broke Billionare.  (Talk about social commentary.)

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The runner up for 2010 is the Snickers commercial featuring a muddy Betty White.  I’ll be honest, this commercial cracked me up at the end but had me curious throughout.  And, it was one funny commercial.

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The “winner” of the 2010 Super Bowl Commericals (again according to: http://www.superbowl-commercials.org) is the simple Google commercial, that after watching it had me in near tears.  Mock me all you’d like but the commerical showcased the power of the Google search, and how it has become a verb in our daily lives.

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So, I have to ask…what makes all of these commercials great?

  • Memorable: I don’t know about you, but I am not forgetting Betty White getting tackled anytime soon.
  • Relevant:  How long have us Simpson’s fans waited for Mr. Burns to finally join the “working class” of Billionaires? ( I know I have.)
  • Focused:   The Google Ad’s message was “Search On”.  Fairly simple and focused if you asked me.  The commercial never lacked direction or insight, necessary for be awarded the best.

I’d like to challenge you to consider creating a similar commercial, but not for a Fortunate 500, but for yourself. Here are the Career Center we encourage all job hunting students and alumni to have a focused, relevant, memorable and well-research 30 Second Commercial (or an elevator pitch.)

Picture this: you are at a Career Fair and you finally have one minute with an employer you are very interested in.  What do you say?  How do you spend that time?  That is when you deliver your commercial!  Include:

  • Name/Major/Hometown
  • Opportunities that you are seeking
  • Relevant experience (work, internship, volunteer, activities)
  • Highlights of skills and strengths

Once you have it written down, practice makes perfect!  That way it sounds natural and it is delivered with confidence.

Need coaching on developing your elevator pitch?  Don’t be shy…. swing on by the Career Center (2nd Floor of Crosby)!  We are always happy to help.

Join us Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is the 16th Annual Partnership in Employment Fair.  To get you prepped and excited, check out these very easy tips to be confident on the day of!

Event Details: Wed. February 24th, 2-6 pm

Where: Spokane Convention Center (Parking Vouchers available, swing by the Career Center!)

Who: All students and alumni of Gonzaga, Whitworth, Eastern and WSU Riverfront

Why: There are 71 employers registered to attend the Partnership Fair.  (This is worth your time to attend!!)

Before The Fair

Before any career fair, you need to spend some time preparing. The provided list of employers is the best place to start. By researching which companies will be there, you can prepare to speak with companies in your career field. If you know that there is a company hiring for a position you may be qualified for, you have the opportunity to tailor your rèsumè and show up fully prepared to speak with the recruiter.

  • Research the companies in attendance that interest you the most. Read news, press releases and websites.
  • Prepare good questions that exemplify your knowledge about the company.
  • Update and polish your rèsumè. Bring plenty of copies to the career fair.
  • Prepare a “presentation style” or “short self-commercial” which markets your skills and talents to the recruiter setting you apart from the crowd.
  • Dress in business attire.

Curious who is joining us tomorrow (all 71 employers) go here.

Are You Hitting a Career Wall?

Here at the Career Center, we are wondering: How can we be more of assistance to current Gonzaga students as well as recent graduates?  If you need assistance or guidance in an area that isn’t listed, add a comment!  Go ZAGS!

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Happy Fat Tuesday!

Happy Fat Tuesday everyone!

Here in the Career Center, we are busy with Partnership in Employment Week!

  • Hosting Internship Panel, tomorrow from 7:30-8:30 Rd to Bali (Crosby).  This panel will give you insight to landing a great internship for summer of 2010!
  • Providing pizza for February’s Resumania Thursday from 12-1. You just need to provide your resume while enjoying lunch!
  • Launching Monopolize Your February promotion.  A fun way to get involved with our events while having the chance to win prizes.  (Who doesn’t like that?)
  • Prepping for Partnership in Employment Fair (2/24). Check out the registered employers by going to: www. zagtrax.net.
  • Recruiting employers to participate in our Speed Mock Interviews (2/23).  Would you like to participate?  Spaces are filling up! E-mail us ASAP at careercenter@gonzaga.edu
  • Handling numerous one-on-one coaching appointments (Need one? E-mail careercenter@gonzaga.edu)
  • Hosting 3 GAMP Orientation sessions.  Have you signed up to get a mentor yet?  If not, get one by e-mailing gamp@gonzaga.edu
  • Accepting registrations for the 2010 Bay Area Treks!  Don’t miss this great opportunity.  Check out full details here.

So, if the number of days from graduation is giving you a bit of a panic attack, swing on by…we are happy to help you!!

And, here is a bit of trivia for you….

What

Have you Googled Google?

We all know that Google is the world’s best search engine, but have you ever considered them as an employer?

Although it may seem odd to run a search engine on the world’s largest search engine, you may be surprise at what you come up with.  For example, did you know that Google has been ranked in the top five as “Best Place to Work” by Forbes Magazine. (4th place in 2010 and 2009 and 1st in 2008 and 2007)  Curious why Google has those outstanding rankings? Among other things like flexible work time (20% of staff time is spent on projects of their choice.)  but the benefits to employees are incredible both on and off campus.

Nervous about applying?  Sure it’s pretty competitive, but Google makes available information on putting together a polished resume or acing the dreaded interview. (Just a tip from me to you…most companies don’t make information available so opening to potential applicants.)  If you are curious on what type of opportunities are open right now, they have that easily accessible too!

Curious to see what a day in the in the life a googler looks like?  Check out a cool video from Google’s YouTube Channel!

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Are you dying to see the Google campus for yourself?  Join us for the 3rd Annual Bay Area Trek March 11 & 12 where Google is a excursion host company.  Our visit to Google will be hosted on March 11th along with visits to McAfee and  Stryker Endoscopy.

The event for single Trek day is $35, to participate in both days the cost is $60.  To register, go to:

https://gonzaga-csm.symplicity.com/events/BAT2010

And the Answer is….

What is the only moving national landmark?

Answer: The San Francisco Tolley Car!

Are you interested in seeing this national landmark in person, while visiting corporate offices and networking with Bay Area Alumni?  Well, you are in luck! Join us for the 3rd annual Bay Area Treks featuring visits in Silicon Valley and San Francisco.

Gonzaga University Silicon Valley Trek

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Corporate Excursions 11:00 AM-5:00 PM
Excursions to four different corporate headquarters will allow students to gain an inside perspective of these dynamic companies:  Google,  McAfee and  Stryker Endoscopy

The Networking Social with Keynote Address 5:30 PM-7:30 PM
Santa Clara University, Nobili Hall
Students, alumni, and area employers are invited to join us for a hosted social on the Santa Clara Campus.

Gonzaga University San Francisco Trek

Friday, March 12, 2010

Women in Leadership Symposium 9:00 AM-10:00 PM
San Francisco Downtown Marriott Courtyard, Rincon Room

Corporate Excursions 10:45 AM-3:00 PM
Excursions to various different corporate headquarters will allow students to gain an inside perspective of these dynamic companies.

The Networking Social with Keynote Address 5:30 PM-7:30 PM
Bechelli’s Flower Market Café
Students, alumni, and area employers are invited to join us for a hosted networking social

Cost: $35 per day or $60 for both Treks.

https://gonzaga-csm.symplicity.com/events/BAT2010

(Note: If you are a Young Alumni (Class of 2008 or 2009) in the Bay Area and would like to participate in the Trek program, please contact the GAMP office at gamp@gonzaga.edu.)

Happy Monday and Trivia

Here in the Career Center, we are swarming with activity:

  • Hosting Job Search in Your Major Workshop, tomorrow from 12:30-1:30 Rd to Utopia (Crosby)
  • Nervous to Network?  No problem!  Join us this Thursday as Kevin gives you tips and tricks to network your way to success.  (2/11 from 12-1 pm Rd to Bali Crosby)
  • Launching Monopolize Your February promotion.  A fun way to get involved with our events while having the chance to win prizes.  (Who doesn’t like that?)
  • Prepping for Partnership in Employment Fair (2/24)
  • Recruiting employers to participate in our Speed Mock Interviews (2/23).  Would you like to participate?  Spaces are filling up, e-mail us ASAP at careercenter@gonzaga.edu
  • Handling numerous one-on-one coaching appointments (Need one? E-mail careercenter@gonzaga.edu)
  • Hosting 3 GAMP Orientation sessions.  Have you signed up to get a mentor yet?  If not, get one by e-mailing gamp@gonzaga.edu

So, if the number of days from graduation is giving you a bit of a panic attack, swing on by…we are happy to help you!!

I’d also like to leave you with a bit of trivia….

What is the only moving national landmark?

***Hint, the answer is connected to one of our Trek programs…***

Answer to come in an upcoming post…

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