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Spokane Trek Career Week Schedule of Events

SPOKANE TREK / CAREER WEEK

October 27, 2014 – Speed Mock Interviews
October 28, 2014 – All Majors Career Fair
October 29, 2014 – Engineering & Computer Science Career Fair
October 30, 2014 – Spokane Corporate Excursions (field trips)
October 30, 2014 – YPO Networking Dinner (Young Presidents’ Organization)

Speed Mock Interviews

October 27, 2014 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Cataldo – Globe Room

Approximately 35 employers come to campus to offer practice interviewing in a format similar to “speed dating.” Each student will answer one interview question with each employer, receive feedback, and move to the next employer. This event is followed by a networking social with hors d’oeuvres.

All Majors Internship & Career Fair

October 28, 2014 | Noon-4 p.m. | Cataldo – Globe Room

Come meet representatives from 50 organizations recruiting ZAGS from all majors and fields of study! Go to ZagTrax.net and click on the Events tab to view the list of employer attendees.

Engineering & Computer Science Internship & Career Fair

October 29, 2014 | Noon-4 p.m. | Cataldo – Globe Room

Come meet representatives from 53 organizations recruiting ZAGS in the Engineering and Computer Science fields! Go to ZagTrax.net and click on the Events tab to view the list of employer attendees.

Spokane Trek Corporate Excursions to Costco, Bozzi Media, Spokane Arena

October 30, 2014 | times vary depending on location selected | meet at Crosby circular driveway

Register on ZagTrax.net under the “Events” tab (limited space). Locations are based on a first-come, first-served basis, so register for your top choice ASAP! A chartered bus will drive each group of students to and from their selected organization, along with Career Center & GAMP staff as excursion hosts.  Details on each organization can be found here: http://bit.ly/SpokaneTreks14

 

YPO Networking Dinner (Young Presidents’ Organization)

October 30, 2014 | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Herak Club Room

Register to attend this elite event on ZagtTrax.net (hurry, limited seating available). This highly coveted opportunity allows students to hear career tips and advice from a panel of leaders of organizations who have risen to the top at a young age. This event includes a panel discussion followed by a plated dinner and networking social. YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization) connects chief executives in a global peer network unlike any other. Founded in 1950 in New York City by a young president named Ray Hickok, the organization unites 22,000 business leaders in more than 125 countries around a shared mission: Better Leaders Through Education and Idea Exchange™. See http://www.ypo.org for more information!

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Two Positions in Spokane with Pitney Bowes

Pitney Bowes will be on Gonzaga’s campus Thursday, May 1 conducting interviews for the following positions in Spokane:

Data Analyst

Inside Sales Account Manager

To submit a resume and sign up for an interview time, log-in to ZAGTRAX.NET go to your Home Page, under “Land an Interview” on the right side select “Campus Interviews – Open Positions” then select the “Apply” button under the position title. You will be prompted to submit a resume and select a time slot on the next screen. If the time slots fill up, contact Karen Franks-Harding at franks-harding@gonzaga.edu or 313-4085.

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Pitney Bowes provides technology solutions for small, mid-size and large firms that help them connect with customers to build loyalty and grow revenue. Many of the company’s solutions are delivered on open platforms to best organize, analyze and apply both public and proprietary data to two-way customer communications. Pitney Bowes includes direct mail, transactional mail and call center communications in its solution mix along with digital channel messaging for the Web, email and mobile applications.

http://www.pb.com/

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Need Career Services Help?

Attention GU Students!

Seeking resume or cover letter assistance? 

Need help locating a job or internship? 

Have questions about interviewing or want a mock interview? 

We can help in all these areas and more!

Schedule an appointment on ZagTrax.net today!

Use ZagTrax to Schedule Career Coaching Appointments

  1. Go to ZagTrax.net, choose “Student/Alumni” for user type
  2. Use your Gonzaga user name and password to login
  3. Scroll down, see lower right side of page, click on “Request an Appointment”

ZagTrax.net screenshot for reference:

Putting the “I” in Introduce

WetFeet knows the logistics of landing your dream job. A recent post on the website will help you obtain it.

The first question about yourself is tricky.Palms sweat and words ramble, but this appraoch is sure to help in interviews, networking, and coffee dates.

Just remember, “So tell me about yourself” really means “So, tell me why I might be helping you get a job today.” It starts a conversation that takes combining preparation with presentation.

Where to start? Keep this suggestoins in mind:

  • Before you meet or talk or Skype, reflect on your tangible skills (technical, not personal), challenges you overcame, and the specific reasons why you will be a great job candidate, employee, or contact.
  • Next, answer these WetFeet questions in a notebook
  • Which of your previous jobs, even if they were part-time or volunteer positions, provided you with experience relevant to what you hope to do now? If none, what about internships or academic experiences? What about courses you may have taken that gave you an understanding of the industry you’re pursuing?
  • What are your strongest skills?
  • List specific examples of projects that you worked on where you solved an important problem. You can use those to show that you are a great troubleshooter and can think under pressure.
  • What can you say about yourself that will set you apart from other young people or entry-level job candidates? In other words, what makes you memorable and special?”
  • Next, remember the 3×3, three stakes in your answer that establishe your focus and articulation, and three ways to practice saying them.
  • Say: Tell them who you are with one remarkable statement about yourself that urges the listener to want to know more (I am…

Examples from WetFeet

  • A magna cum laude graduate of ____________with a B.A. in ___________ .
  • A recent grad and recipient of the ________ award in __________ .
  • An accomplished musician who managed a band and put myself through college.
  • An extreme sports enthusiast who jumps out of airplanes and learned to fly them.
  • A strong researcher who made significant contributions to ___________ .
  • A championship athlete and captain of my soccer team.

 

  • Say: Tell them what you’re good at. Refer to your skills and how they benefited jobs, internships, study abroad, school or volunteering.
  • Say: Provide a call to action. Express clearly what you know you want and that you will do a great job.

Examples from WetFeet

  • “My principal career goal right now is ____________ and I’m excited to learn how your company’s leadership position in the industry might open up opportunities for me.”
  • “I believe very strongly in your company’s mission. I’d love to explore with you how my success in this position could make a contribution to that mission.”

PRACTICE ALL the above by being CLEAR, CREATIVE, and CONCSISE.

3 Ways to make this work

  • Do: Tape yourself, get to know your voice! And avoid ums, likes, uhs, all the fillers.
  • Do: Test it out in front of friendly ears (friends, family, coworkers)
  • Do: Create a cheat sheet on the back of a business card or index card that’s in your wallet always!

Always smile and be yourself!

Blog referenced Lindsay Pollack’s article on WetFeet.

Oddball Interview Questions – Be Prepared for Anything.

 Want To Work For An Innovative Company? Be Prepared To Answer These Unusual Interview Questions

By Christina Chaey January 11, 2013 for FAST FEED

 

“If you were to get rid of one state in the U.S., which would it be and why?” and more oddball questions you might be asked on your next job interview.

 

The next time you step into a job interview, don’t just go in armed with mental bullet points depicting your strengths and weaknesses, or a winding story about your ability to persevere during times of crisis. Employers at some of the most coveted companies have other questions in mind, according to a new Glassdoor list of the top 25 oddball interview questions for 2013:

“How many cows are in Canada?” — Google

“Jeff Bezos walks into your office and says you can have a million dollars to launch your best entrepreneurial idea. What is it?” — Amazon

“If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?” — Trader Joe’s

“How many quarters would you need to reach the height of the Empire State building?” — JetBlue

See the full list here.

And for more on acing your next interview:

Disney Internship Info Session 3/2/12

Disney Internship Info Session

Friday, March 2nd @ 3:15 p.m.

Road to Bali Conference Room (2nd Floor, Crosby)

Lacey Matzdorff, Disney College Program Campus Representative, will be presenting information and application tips on the Disney Internship Program for College Students!

 

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As a Disney College Program participant, you’ll become part of the magic that is known worldwide. You’ll get valuable, on-the-job experience in our parks and resorts, and expand your knowledge in a classroom with international students. Discover new worlds and create long-lasting memories. Because here, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will change your life forever.

No Idea How to Ace an Interview? We’ve Got an Answer for You!

Join us for Spring Speed Mock Interviews on February 22nd at 6 pm in the Herak Club Room.  This is a fun and interactive event that allows you to brush up on your interviewing skills with immediate feedback from employers and alumni.

How does it work? Interviewers sit a a table with a different question and the participants rotate round the room.  After 2 minutes for the answer of the question, your interviewer will give you immediate feedback for improvement!

Who can participate? Any student, regardless of year or major, is welcomed to join!  Especially students who have never had a “real” interview…this is perfect practice!

When is the event? Feb. 22 at 6 pm in the Herak Club Room

Register today (space is limited) by e-mailing careercenter@gonzaga.edu

Get Ready to Rock… the Fair

As “Career Week” and the “Business & Liberal Arts Career Fair” rapidly approach, we would like to make you aware of the ways that the Career Center & GAMP is here to support and

Here is a schedule of the upcoming Career Week Events for:

(Monday, November 8th –  Friday, November 12th)

Monday, Nov. 8:

Speed Mock Interviews 6:30-8:30pm                 Herak Room

Tuesday, Nov. 9:

Career Fair 12:00-4:00pm                 Cataldo

To view a list of the employers attending the fair visit: http://tiny.cc/788xi

Wednesday, Nov. 10:

Corporate Excursions 1:30-3:30pm                   Downtown Spokane

Inland Northwest Health Services, 1:30-3:30

Visit St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute to learn about INHS’ various cutting edge technologies, patient care and more.  Meet staff members from various sectors of the INHS business to learn more about  career opportunities in fields in health care.

Focus on Academic Majors: Nursing, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Human Physiology, Computer Science. ***MBA, Health Care Administration***

(Note: Students interested in the general field of health care are highly encouraged to attend this Trek track.)

For more information, go to: http://www.inhs.info/

Desautel Hege Communications, 1:30-3:30

Learn about the brand of Desautel Hege Communications in a presentation aimed at highlighting the communication agency function as well as pro/cons of different professional avenues within the field.

Focus on Academic Majors: Public Relations, Applied Communications, Advertising, Marketing, Liberal Arts

(Note: On this excursion, space is extremely limited.  Per request of host, students who have not been exposed to the brand of Desautel Hege are encouraged to participate.)

For more information, go to: http://www.desautelhege.com/

Next IT, 1:30-3:30

Have you asked Spike a question on Gonzaga’s website?  Or asked Jenn a question on Alaska Airlines site?  If so, you have been a customer of Next IT’s innovative real-time customer service interface using their Human Emulation Software.  On this track learn how Next IT recruits all majors from business to psychology to form a cutting edge service.

Focus on Academic Majors:  Computer Science, Communications, Business, Marketing, Computer Engineering or any liberal arts degree.

For more information, go to: http://www.nextit.com/

Thursday, Nov. 11:

Résumé & Cover Letter Workshop                             12-1 pm                                                Road to Bali

Friday, Nov. 12:

How to Work a Room Workshop 12:00-1:00pm    Road to Bali

Spokane Trek Networking Social 5:30-8:00pm     Barrister Winery

To register and learn more about Career Week Events please visit: http://tiny.cc/1ni3r

We look forward to working with you!

Step 6: Nail the Interview

Through hard work and dedication and have landed the interview for a dream gig.  Now, it’s time to put your researching hat on to become prepared and feel more confident about the company you are interviewing with. LinkedIn, once again can be a great tool!

There are four questions you should be prepared to answer, or at least have knowledge of when at an interview:

1. What is company’s mission/product?

2. Who is the competition?

3. What does the corporate culture look like?

4. Company changes/forecast.

This video will give you tips and tricks for handling these questions, plus:

  • Quickly learn the basics about any company—and their competition
  • Find out and prepare for unique job requirements for each position
  • Follow your target companies using the Company Buzz app
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If you find yourself stick stuck after going through these video tutorials, the Career Center is happy to help you!  Give us a call 509-313-4234 or careercenter@gonzaga.edu.  We are happy to coach to you towards effective LinkedIn strategies.

What NOT to do After an Interview…

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We always tell job seekers what to do before, during and after an interview.  From researching companies to sending a well written thank-you note, there are some “basics” when it comes to interview etiquette.  Sometimes we forget however what job seekers shouldn’t do after an interview.  Yes, there are many no-no’s for post interview but in a Facebook and Twitter world some of the rules are being re-written.

For example: HR recruiters are in fact using social media websites like Twitter,  Facebook and MySpace to find out more on individual candidates.  (Ethical implications of this is still undefined and under debate.)

With that, consider that your Facebook Status as well as your Twitter updates up for grabs for recruiters, potential bosses and individuals to network with.  It’s recommended that job seekers to never update Facebook status or Twitter regarding the success (or failure) of an interview.

Saying, “That interviewer was such a jerk, and they would be lucky to have me on their staff.”  Probably wouldn’t read very well if someone from that company comes across it.

Or, “That interview was a snap and that job is in the bag and is mine.”   Being arrogant and ostentatious about the possibility of landing the job also will not make you appealing to employers.

My tip for you?   Follow the instructions of the Twitter Bird here on the blog and know what to Tweet/Facebook and what to leave alone.

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