Career & Professional Development

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

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Connect with Kleck at GU! This Thursday at Noon!


12 to 1 pm

Foley Teleconference Room (Foley Library)

RSVP is appreciated: (events tab)

Join local KHQ anchorman Dan Kleckner as he shares insights on his career in the communications field! How did he get there? What advice would he give to someone entering the field? What does it mean to be an informed citizen  in today’s world?

As an Emmy-award winning Sports Anchor, Dan’s sports career highlights include: Traveling with the Gonzaga Bulldogs when the Zags made their first NCAA appearance in 1995, carrying the Olympic Torch as the flame made its way across the country to Atlanta in 1996, and meeting his boyhood idol, Chicago Bears Hall-of-Famer, Gale Sayers.


Contact the Career Center & GAMP office with questions:  313-4234 or careercenter&

RSVP is appreciated: (events tab)

Post Grad Service Panel – FREE PIZZA 12:10 Thur 3/1

Attention Gonzaga students interested in Service Work after graduation:  Come learn information about various opportunities from a panel of service organization volunteers!  Hear stories, ask questions, and enjoy FREE PIZZA!! AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, JVC, and ACE will all be here to answer your questions!

Date:  THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012

Time:  12:10 to 1 p.m.

Location:  COLLEGE HALL, ROOM 101


Attn GU Seniors: VERY Important Campus Event to Attend Tuesday 2/7!!

“My Future Career: What should I be doing between now and graduation?”

Connect Event Date & Time:

Tuesday, Feb 7th 5:30 to 7 p.m.


Spend an informative evening with a panel of GU alumni as they share insights and career strategies that have worked for them–or wished they would have used during their student days. The panel presentation will be followed by a question and answer session, as well as an opportunity to informally socialize and share a bite to eat with our alumni guests. Bring your business cards! (see Career Center/GAMP to order yours).


Washington/California Room (COG)

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Free Taco Bar & Career Fair Trainings? Yes Please!

Come build a taco while you build skills for the Partnership Career Fair!

Visit the “5” different stations to prepare yourself for the Partnership Career Fair (2/23 2-6pm at the Spokane Convention Center). Enjoy a complimentary Taco Bar.  Limited space available.

When: Wed Feb 16 6-7pm  or & Thurs Feb 17 Noon-1pm

Where: Career Center, Crosby 2nd Floor


Interested in a Career in Politics, Public Relations and Communications?

Come speak with alumna guest speaker Daniella Cendejas (’04), Project Manager for The Strategy Group, a consulting firm specializing in direct mail advertising for political campaigns.

The event will be held Monday February 7th, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM in The Road to Bali, Crosby Student Ctr.

Bio of Our Guest Speaker:

Danielle Cendejas is a Project Manager for The Strategy Group, a consulting firm specializing in direct mail advertising for political campaigns. She manages production and accounting operations and assists with the creation of campaign mail plans for the firm’s Los Angeles office. Prior to joining The Strategy Group in 2009, Danielle was a member of President Barack Obama’s campaign team starting as a field organizer in New Hampshire. After the Primary, she worked on the field teams in New Jersey and Texas and then worked on the Delegate Operations Team in the campaign’s headquarters. During the general election, Danielle served as the Deputy Southwest Political Director and finished the campaign in New Mexico. She also was the Entertainment Coordinator for the Presidential Inauguration Committee’s Youth Ball.Danielle has also worked for the California State Senate Majority Leader as a district representative and a field coordinator on a top targeted congressional race. Danielle graduated from Gonzaga University in 2004 and currently resides in Rosemead, CA.

Do Business and Alcohol Mix?

It’s the age old question: Can you mix business with pleasure?  Or in other words, can you be responsible with alcohol at a business function when you are representing your company, yourself and yes…even your boss. If the idea of handling alcohol in a responsible and professional manner with etiquette and tack seems like a daunting task join us for this great event this Thursday!

Student Wellness Resource Center & Career Center

Business After Dark (BAD) Event  (All Majors Welcome!)

Have you ever been to a work function where they served alcohol? How did it go?

Thursday, April 29th from 7:00-10:00pm in the Herak Club Room (downstairs McCarthy Center)

Enjoy fine wine and beer, delicious appetizers and the opportunity to mingle with business professionals and alumni while learning about the etiquette of alcohol in business settings.

Must be age 21 or older to attend, I.D.’s will be checked at the door

Please dress business-casual for this event.

Please submit any questions and RSVP through email

at by this upcoming Tuesday April 27th

***This event is FREE but limited due to space restrictions.  RSVP as soon as possible to guarantee a space!***

How to Work a Room

Working a room sounds like a lot of WORK right? In order for you to fully understand what this means and why attending this event might WORK to benefit you …

I want to encourage you to attend this interesting, useful and practical event coming up Wednesday, April 14 from 7:00-9:00pm in the WA/CA room of the COG at Gonzaga University,

What you can gain by coming to the event?

• Confidence in how to start and end conversations

• Great food

• Meeting new people and how to better market yourself

• Learn how to better market yourself

• Find helpful connections

• Practice conversations starters

• Shine in a group of people

To get the most out of a networking event you have to know how to work a room, so we have invited Guest Speaker: Alumna and Regent Margel Kaufman who is involved in San Francisco’s politics, arts, education, and real estate to share some of her secrets for success.

Success is really all about relationship building and working a room helps you build relationships … positive connections that will help you gain confidence, knowledge and experience.

The more people you know and who know you, the better your chances are of succeeding in your future in everything you do.

Have any questions you want addressed at the event? Email the Career Center.

An RSVP is encouraged! Email or join the Facebook Event.

-Mary Heitkemper, Director of the Career Center

The Career Happenings this Week….

Hey Class of 2010, before all the Senior Week activities get underway…consider swinging by the Career Center/ GAMP office to get guidance in your last weeks here on campus. From individual coaching to workshops and seminars, there is a vast assortment of tools and resources for every major!

  • Don’t forget about the Spring Etiquette Dinner! Mark your calendar for March 30th (Flex, Bulldog Bucks, Cash and Check accepted!)
  • Looking for a chance to network with fellow Zags?  Join us tomorrow at Next IT/Gonzaga networking event. RSVP today to    For full event details, go here.
  • Curious what to do with your liberal arts degree?  Join us for our Liberal Arts Seminar (3/24) at 7:30 pm in Road to Bali.
  • Join us for “Job Search in your Major Workshop” (3/25) from 12:30-1:30. (Road to Utopia)  RSVP to
  • Join Belinda for “Social Media for Job Hunters” from 1:30 to 2:30 (Career Center) this Friday!  We will review different strategies for optimizing social media brand.  RSVP to
  • Handling numerous one-on-one coaching appointments (Need one? E-mail
  • Hosting 3 GAMP Orientation sessions.  Have you signed up to get a mentor yet?  If not, get one by e-mailing

Today is the day.

dannycg-jump-green-sun-raysYour resume is perfect.  Your elevator pitch is polished.  You are ready to shine and today is the day to prove it.  The Career Center wants to invite you (yes…you!) to our Business & Liberal Arts Career Fair TODAY from 1-5 pm in Jepson.  34 companies have registered and are planning on attending to meet you! There are companies from all over the Pacific Northwest recruiting for both internships and full-time opportunities.  In this economy meeting HR recruiters is a valuable use of your time.

So put that Wii down, jump into the shower and pull out your iron.  (You want to look your best right?)   If you need some last minute coaching on your elevator pitch, networking or even another glance on your resume we have on hand “Resume Doctors” waiting for you at the fair!

No excuses.  Today is the day.

Fall is Here.


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  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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