Career & Professional Development

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

Month: October 2019

7 Links to Get You on Your Feet

Looking to do research on major or career paths? AT CPD it is our mission to provide guidance and support for our students in the hunt for opportunistic internships and jobs. We offer many resources to all students, from one-on-ones with career counselors to info sessions with companies that visit campus. 

We understand how busy zags are, so whether you’re passionate to enter a specific field of work or you’re a student whose options are endless, you can take CPD home and explore career paths in the comfort of your bed with our handy search engines!  

If you want to investigate where you can take a major or practice professional skills, see the following sites:

What Can I Do With This Major…?                                   

Curious where to take a major? Check out this page! This online database is great for freshman or sophomores trying to nail down a major. If a major sounds interesting, look it up here and see where professionals have taken that area of study!

ZagsConnect

This online database screams “Zags Help Zags.” It serves as a great platform for mentoring and networking. Check out Zag alumni who have graduated with similar degrees or experiences, and learn about the career paths they’ve taken! On ZagsConnect students are welcome to message professional Zags and build professional connections within the Gonzaga community.

InterviewStream

Looking for solid interview skills? Try out Interview Stream to practice your interview skills by video recording yourself answering a variety of questions. InterviewStream also allows you to watch interviews and score yourself using a provided rubric. Interviews are all about numbers, so get them in here!

 

If you’re looking to apply for work, check these out:

 

Handshake

Handshake is a great place to start because each student has an account under Gonzaga. This means all information is pertinent to only GU students.  On Handshake you can find out which employers are coming to Spokane, learn about events hosted by Career and Professional Development, set up one-on-one meetings with Career Counselors, reach out to other students, and see job postings that Handshake collects from multiple databases.

CareerShift

CareerShift is the #1 site for job searches. At CareerShift, you will find the companies, jobs and contacts to assist you in pursuiting career opportunities. Not only that, but CareerShift offers online tools and tips to help you stand out in the professional work place.

GoinGlobal

If you’re a free spirit, and can or want to go anywhere for work after graduation, then GoinGlobal is a great database for you! GoinGlobal provides employment and internship information for positions for 30 countries.

GlassDoor

Gonzaga students are especially lucky to have free access to the entire GlassDoor site. With your GU I.D. and password, students can enter the career community that offers the world an inside look at jobs and companies. What sets GlassDoor apart is the “employee generated content” – anonymous salaries, company reviews from inside partners, interview questions, and more.

 

Visit our home CPD’s home website for other online resources such as Resume and Cover Letter tutorial videos.

Student Success Story: Career Found in Pepsi at the Fair

Meet Valerie Fetzer!
Valerie is a senior from Walnut Creek, California. Valerie has dedicated her last four years at GU to studying Public Relations, International Relations and Spanish, and she is excited to take her academic career into her job at Pepsi Co., which she was offered at the end of the summer before she began her senior year.
Valerie’s success story may seem incredibly impressive, and it is! But believe her when she says, “Finding beneficial work and experience is easier than you think. Just remember to consider all your resources to make the most of it!”
Val began internship searching in the Spring 2019, and after a summer of hard work, the opportunity for a full-time job with Pepsi Co. presented itself to the dedicated zag.

Her Post-Grad Career Began at the FUSE Career Fair
Nearing the end of her junior year at GU, Valerie hopped aboard the school bus that was shuttling GU students to the Convention Center, where an array of employers were stationed to meet capable students and young professionals.

“I was encouraged to go to the Career Fair by a CPD Officer, Alyssa Rustik,” said Valerie.
CPD Officers, also known as ProReps, give guidance to GU undergrad and grad students in resume and cover letter building and professional development skills.

Soon after Valerie decided she had seen enough at the fair, she stumbled across Pepsi’s table on her way out. She was feeling tired and was not expecting to speak with anymore companies, but she persevered for one more interaction. To her surprise, that final push of dedication led her to a great conversation with a zag alumnus and a potential internship with Pepsi.

Valerie shared that “The Career Fair was very helpful with getting connected because there were a lot of a zag alumni, and it was Spring time so employers were anxious to hire. Maybe that is why Pepsi Co. was very enthusiastic about me applying, which in turn helped me lift my spirits. I felt really confident applying to that internship.”

About Valerie’s Internship
Far from home, Valerie spent the summer working as the Sales Management Intern in Portland. Valerie had little experience in sales, but entered the summer with confidence knowing she had a lot of support from the company.
“I learned a lot but never felt lost because people were so willing and excited to pass on their wisdom to me, and this is from every role from unit general manager all the way down to the people who stalk the shelves,” she said. “It was a very top-bottom experience, which was cool because it helped me make sense of the company, and I can take that perspective into whatever I go into next.”
Especially because Valerie, a non-business student, went to work for a business-heavy company, there was a lot of business jargon she didn’t know. However, Valerie got the chance to develop hard skills such as interpreting financial data, localizing a national business initiative, supply chain and sales, and strategic planning all through the every-day tasks of her internship. In terms of professional practice, Valerie learned how to communicate with higher ups, public speaking and speech delivery, how to network, and most of all how to have confidence.

Advice to Students Seeking Internships
On opening doors to possible internships and careers, Valerie said, “Be incredibly open to any possibility. I feel like more often I get stuck in wanting a glamorous dream job, and I’ll end up overlooking very sensible opportunities that will help me grow as a professional.”

While giving networking advice, Valerie shared that “Talking to as many people as you can, because you need to let people know you are more than a resume and cover letter. Networking is one of the most powerful ways to gain opportunities and insight from other people.”

“If you’re hesitant about taking the internship, take the internship,” said Valerie. “Either way, you will learn something about that kind of work, and whether it was a good or bad experience, that experience will always be beneficial.”

“Finally, my last piece of advice is to be confidence when you are talking to people. Have confidence in your writing, in yourself, everything, even when you’re lost. Because no one is going to believe you until you believe in yourself,” concluded Valerie.

 

10 Things to Know Before a Career Fair

1. Dress the Part

Business professional people! Dress for the job you want, not the job you have. Depending on the industry, dress to standards. Do some research about your industry online, ask the career center, or even a professor for advice. Everyone, wear a fresh face and a smile! 

2. Prepare an Elevator Pitch 

Preparing a 30 second speech about who you are will be great material to get any conversation started, or just to keep one going. Great tidbits of information to include are your class, major/concentration/minor, future career interests, past experiences and maybe even hometown. 

3. Perfect your Resume 

Do you know how long most recruiters take to review an individual resume? On average, they take six seconds. Six seconds to make a lasting impression is difficult! Be sure to polish off your resume by coming into the Career and Professional Development office and speaking with one of our ProReps, or schedule an appointment with a career advisor at www.Gonzaga.JoinHandshake.com. 

4. Research Organizations 

Handshake lists of all the organizations who will be present at the career fair. Peruse it and compile a short list of organizations you are interested in and research them. It will show during your conversations with recruiters if you’ve looked into their current endeavors or organization values. 

5. Know your values 

Going along with #4, know what qualities and values you look for within an organization– and then ask about them! Yes, the career fair is about showing organizations why they want you, but it is also about organizations showing you why you want them! Let the organizations connect with you above and beyond your impressive resume.

6. Update your LinkedIn

Make sure your profile is up to date when researching organizations. You want to ensure your perfected resume and experiences are displayed appropriately on the professional social media platform. After the career fair, connecting with recruiters on LinkedIn is a great way to solidify a relationship and to give a face to the resume you just handed them. Therefore, updating your LinkedIn ahead of time will allow you to simply go in and start connecting right after the career fair while recruiters and conversations are fresh in your mind. If you have not created a LinkedIn, now is your chance—come into Crosby and speak with one of the ProReps any weekday between 1pm and 4pm! 

7. Print Business Cards 

In addition to resumes, business cards are an amazing way to have organizations contact you after a career fair. Get 100 for $5 through the Career and Professional Development office at www.commerce.cashnet.com/GUCPD. Cards take one week to process, so order today! 

8. Prepare Questions 

Have some questions in your back pocket to keep conversations flowing nicely. Some great ones include, “What does the day to day of [said position]?”, or “What is your favorite and least favorite part of working for [said organization]?” 

9. Stay Organized 

When speaking with recruiters, they will hand you flyers and business cards. You also may want to take notes. Make sure you won’t be fumbling with all these materials and bring a portfolio! Typically, portfolios have a notebook area for you to take notes and a folder insert for your resume and any handouts from recruiters. Portfolios look official, sleek, and are super handy! Grab one from the Zag Shop in a pinch. 

10. Be Confident! 

All in all, you are a Zag. Zags are intelligent, professional, and completely employable. The organizations at the career fair know the value of our education and you as an individual. So, walk in with your head high and show the recruiters what Zags are made of! You got this