Career & Professional Development

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

Tag: Job Trends

Tues 9/25 @ 5:30 pm: Green Jobs & Sustainability Careers (Connect Event)

The Gonzaga Career Center & GAMP office is excited to offer GU students a “Sustainable Jobs” Workshop/Connect Event TODAY!  Please join us for this fantastic opportunity to learn about careers in sustainability and meet employers!

Green Jobs & Sustainability Careers

Tuesday, 9/25/12

5:30 to 7 p.m.

Foley Library, Teleconference Room


Who is Hiring in July?

Today, posted a great article highlighting 15 companies that are (get this) actually hiring for the month of July.  Although some of the postions are regional, many are in fact national and could be great opportunities for any job hunters.

For the full article, check it out here.

Here are the companies listed in the article:

Industry: Insurance
Open positions: 500
Sample positions: Claims processing specialist, underwriting examiner, claims service adjuster
Location: Nationwide (including Washington, Virginia, Florida)

Industry: Telecommunications
Open positions: 3,500
Sample positions: Retail sales consultant, sales support rep, premises technician
Location: Nationwide (including Louisiana, Ohio, Georgia)

Colonial Life
Industry: Insurance
Open positions: 150
Sample positions: District sales manager, sales representative
Location: Nationwide (including Texas, New Jersey, Kansas)

Financial Comfort
Industry: Finance
Open positions: 6-9
Sample positions: Bookkeeper, staff accountant, marketing
Location: New York

Kearney & Company
Industry: Accounting
Open positions: 25
Sample positions: Senior accountant, senior auditor, IT auditor
Location: Virginia

Kelly Services, Kelly Scientific Resources, Kelly Information Technology Resources
Industry: Various*
Open positions: 1000
Sample positions: Senior chemist, biologics quality assurance/quality control, .Net programmer, help desk worker
Location: Nationwide (including Massachusetts, Michigan, Colorado)

Industry: Marketing
Open positions: 10-15
Sample positions: Graphic designer, outside sales representative
Location: Nationwide (including Louisiana, Georgia, South Carolina)
Industry: Technology and education
Open positions: 20
Sample positions: Online marketing manager, executive assistant, business analyst
Location: California

MassPRO, Inc
Industry: Marketing/consulting
Open positions: 25-50
Sample positions: Jewelry/handbag merchandiser
Location: Nationwide (including Oregon, California)

McAlister’s Deli
Industry: Casual dining
Open positions: 200
Sample positions: Team member, restaurant manager, vice president of finance
Location: Nationwide (including Louisiana, Michigan, Alabama)

Industry: Telecommunications
Open positions: 200
Sample positions: Mechanical engineer, brand marketing consultant, senior accountant
Location: Florida, California, Pennsylvania, Illinois

Robert Half International Direct Hire, Robert Half International Temporary, Robert Half International Consulting Positions
Open positions: 2,800
Sample positions: Senior financial analyst, staff accountant, accounting clerk
Location: Nationwide (including New York, California, Florida)

Total Quality Logistics
Industry: Third-party logistics
Open positions: 80
Sample positions: Inside sales executive, software developer, HR systems coordinator
Location: Ohio

U.S. Cellular
Industry: Telecommunications
Open positions: 450
Sample positions: Customer service representative, data network engineer, senior database administrator
Location: Multiple (including Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma)

Industry: Marketing
Open positions: 25
Sample positions: Sales representative, interactive marketing specialist
Location: Nationwide (including North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York)

*Note: These are staffing agencies looking for employees on behalf of other employers across the country and in a variety of fields.

CareerBuilder’s Annual College Job Forecast: New Grads Must Step it Up

This is an eye-opening article from For the full article, click here.

The class of 2009 will face the most competitive job market in years, as companies continue to proceed with caution amid economic uncertainty, according to CareerBuilder’s newly released annual college job forecast.The percentage of employers planning to hire recent college grads is roughly half of what it was just two years ago. Only 43 percent of employers plan to hire recent college graduates in 2009, down from 56 percent in 2008 and 79 percent in 2007.


2009 Salaries

Along with the economy, entry-level salaries have taken a bit of a dive. Among those employers planning to hire recent college graduates, more than one in five (21 percent) said they will decrease starting salaries for recent college graduates in 2009 as compared to 2008. But there’s hope! A whopping 68 percent of employers plan to keep initial salary offers the same as last year, and 11 percent will increase them.

  • Thirty-three percent of employers plan to offer recent college graduates starting salaries ranging between $30,000 and $40,000.
  • An additional 17 percent will offer between $40,000 and $50,000
  • Fourteen percent will offer more than $50,000
  • Thirty-six percent will offer less than $30,000
  • “While recent college graduates are facing a highly competitive job market right now, there are still opportunities out there,” said Brent Rasmussen, President of CareerBuilder North America.

    “The biggest challenge is showing relevant experience, which employers say is one of the most important factors they look for in applications from recent college graduates. This isn’t limited to professional work experience, so don’t get discouraged. Class work, school activities and volunteering also qualify as relevant experience and can be included in your resume as well.”

So how can new graduates differentiate themselves in the current job market, and what are the absolute faux pas that today’s candidates need to be aware of — and steer clear of? Employers who participated in the survey weighed in below.

Relevant work experience?

I’m pretty sure grads (and candidates in general) should leave that week-long stint with a cult or the Britney Fan Club honorary board member award off their credentials. But with that said, what activities qualify as pertinent work experience for recent college grads to include on their resumes?

  • Internships
  • Part-time jobs in another area or field
  • Volunteer work
  • Involvement in school organizations
  • Class work
  • Involvement in managing activities for sororities and fraternities
  • Participation in sports

Hey new grads, don’t do this:

Employers also shared their opinions on the biggest mistakes new grads make when applying and interviewing. Wearers of Spandex unitards and lovers of keg stand Facebook profile pictures, take note:

  • Acting bored or cocky – 63 percent
  • Not dressing appropriately – 61 percent
  • Coming to the interview with no knowledge of the company – 58 percent
  • Not turning off cell phones or electronic devices – 50 percent
  • Not asking good questions during the interview – 49 percent
  • Asking what the pay is before the company considered them for the job – 38 percent
  • Spamming employers with the same resume and/or cover letter – 21 percent
  • Failure to remove unprofessional photos/content on social media such as social networking pages, Web pages, blogs – 19 percent
  • Not sending a thank you note after the interview – 12 percent

CareerBuilder’s Annual College Job Forecast was conducted from February 20 to March 11, 2009 among 2,543 hiring managers and Human Resource professionals. Get the full press release here.