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Join the Bay Area Chapter’s San Francisco Giants Tailgate Party

Bay Area Alumni Chapter’s 3rd Annual San Francisco Giants Tailgate Party

Anyone looking for a chance to network? Last year, the Bay Area Alumni Chapter had over 300 friends, family, alumni in attendance! Join the Gonzaga Bay Area Chapter this year as we cheer on the San Francisco Giants for our third annual tailgate party and baseball game.

Mark your calendar for Saturday June 14th… tailgate starts at 10am and the Giants game begins at 1pm.

Drinks, Food, AND tickets available now for one low price!

Sign up here:

Info Session: IT jobs, internships in Kent

IT Jobs & Internships

Kent, WA

Kent School District will be on-campus to promote school district IT jobs and internships

To view the openings, go to

Representatives will be on-campus to provide information!

Tuesday, March 18  from 4:00 to 6:00 pm
Crosby Student Center, Road to Bali, Rio and Utopia Conference Rooms

Please stop by and visit with a GU alum about these great opportunities!!

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 today!

Use ZagTrax to Schedule Career Coaching Appointments

  1. Go to, 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” screenshot for reference:

Networking Tips

When it comes to finding a job, nothing beats good, old-fashioned networking – contacting friends, relatives and former colleagues, setting up face-to-face meetings in the hope of getting job referrals. Yes, it is awkward, but here’s why it simply has to be done: At any given time, about 80% of all available jobs aren’t posted in the classifieds or on job boards, says BH Careers International, a New York career-management firm. And 60% of people surveyed by BH said they got their last job by networking.

Here are 10 great networking tips to help you along the way:

  1. Prepare an “elevator speech” (see our previous blog post).
  2. Use your existing ties. Spread the word that you’re looking for a job and ask if anyone has a contact that might be able to offer advice.
  3. Target trade groups. Don’t waste time at big events – join the dominant trade or industry group in your area.
  4. Show interest in others. Stop focusing on you and what you need – take an interest in the other person. Ask questions and get the contacts talking about themselves and their business experience.
  5. Don’t ask for a job. Instead, seek advice. People are likelier to be more generous with their time if you’re asking for counsel rather than a job.
  6. Build relationships. Strangers won’t put their relationship on the line for you – build ties with new contacts before asking for help.
  7. Don’t be selfish. No matter how desperate you are, remember that networking is a two-way street.
  8. Don’t abuse relationships. 
  9. Follow through. Write a proper thank-you note. Keep people up-to-date on how things went with interviews, meetings, etc.
  10. Maintain your network. Cultivate ties even when you aren’t job hunting.

What tips have you found to be helpful in your own networking experience? Let us know!

Tableau’s Student Careers Night – Seattle headquarters Aug 6th

Join Tableau for Student Careers Night

When: Tuesday, August 6, 4:00pm
Where: Tableau Seattle headquarters:
837 N 34th St, Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98103

Tableau’s mission is to help people see and understand data…
…and we’re helping customers do just that all over the world! Come learn more about what it’s like to work at Tableau and consider joining us on our important, world-changing mission.
Visit our headquarters on Student Night to hear about our technology, experience our culture, and learn about jobs that could be the perfect fit for you, a recent graduate or current student. At this informational event, you could be hearing about roles within…

-Sales (both technical and non-technical)



…and we can’t wait to tell you about them!

“It will be fantastic to see some local Gonzaga students and recent alumni there!”

Register online at:

4:00pm – Welcome and Product Demo

4:30pm – Break-out Information Sessions

5:15pm – Networking and Office Tours with Tableau Employees

*Light refreshments will be served

Always Be Prepared To Network

My Best Mistake: Drawing a Blank With a Powerful Executive

This might seem like a “well, duh” story, but I thought it might be helpful in highlighting to students the importance of having an elevator pitch ready at all times. Particularly because I bet we can all guess the “high-level Microsoft exec” the writer is talking about…

Click this link for the story:

Hire a Zag: 6th Annual Bay Area TREKS

Day one of the Bay Area TREKS proved to be the #1 place to be – students found the excursions to Stryker, Google, eBay, Mcafee, and Chegg informative about cultural trends in the Silicon Valley job market (team work oriented), helpful (alumni led some of the tours, welcomed questions, and encouraged to enter the job search by being confident in yourself), and fun. The day closed with a alumni networking dinner at Santa Clara University and final words of wisdom delivered from CEO of Chegg Dan Rosensweig. Mr. Rosensweig emphasized “betting on yourself” and to not “define yourself in a way that others define you.”

 “There are jobs for the best educated, there are jobs with those with good souls and good hearts, for high achievers, for those who don’t fear failure but embrace opportunity.”

Starting Thursday morning, students rode in two busses to Stryker to meet Caitlin O’Toole and Bridget Moran, both Gonzaga grads, class of 2011. Both expressed how, even in the biotech endoscopy facility, the company felt similar to Gonzaga – the community, the meeting of different people (and the chance to get lost should not be overestimated) and how each person fits into their role within the company culture.

That’s the other thing—the overarching lesson of the day to students was seeking companies they saw a role they could fit into within the culture—“where will you give the best of you in that company?,” asked Rosensweig.

The Silicon TREK is both impressive and invaluable for those looking to network in the Bay Area. Even if you get a chance to stand next to Director of Gonzaga Alumni Mentor Program Kevin Pratt, who continues to ask students how they fit into the roles they dream of, is worth the trip, and a visit to the Career Center’s Office (forgive the plug :)).

Sample of Kevin Pratt’s questionnaires

  • How would you add value?
  • What are your strengths?
  • Tip: Answer quickly, concisely
  • Any way you can craft your message to be more articulate, cohesive and concise is going to help you.
  • Why us? (the company you want to work for) Why you? (how do you differ from others)

The TREKS can help YOU become #1 in standing out to an employer. How will you define success?


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.”


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.

Oct. 30 workforce summit: “Sustainable Skills–Building the 21st Century Workforce”

Clean-Tech Workforce Summit:

“Sustainable Skills–Building the 21st Century Workforce”

Hey Zags!  This is a fantastic opportunity!  Don’t miss it!  The Career Center & GAMP office received the following e-mail:


The following is an invitation to a workforce summit titled “Sustainable Skills – Building the 21st Century Workforce.”  Though it is focused on the Clean-Tech cluster of industries, most of the skills identified will be relevant for many industries.  This will be an action-oriented summit with future opportunities to build connections and skills.
In an effort to ensure that the future workforce is part of the conversation, I was able to arrange for a $500 scholarship to be awarded to one student in attendance .*  Your attendance and that of your colleagues is most welcome as well.
I would appreciate if you could please forward this to any students, educators and department heads of programs you believe would be interested.  Please contact me if you have any questions.
Rob Crow
Project Team Manager – CleanTech

An opportunity to learn about and connect with others involved in building the 21st century workforce


a chance to win a $500 scholarship* for attending!


Please join in a community conversation – Oct. 30th at the Lincoln Center.

3:30 – 5 p.m.


Click here to view flyer in web browser.


We want to hear from you; please help us start the conversation.  With your RSVP, include a response to the following to be included in the scholarship drawing:

  • What are the top 3 personal attributes that will be necessary for your success in your future career?
  • How do you incorporate sustainability in your personal, academic, and professional life?

Please be honest in your response as we want to know your thoughts, not what you believe we want to hear.

* $500 scholarship awarded randomly to one individual in attendance of the Clean-Tech Workforce Summit (advance RSVP and response to above questions required to be considered).  Must be currently enrolled in a U.S. accredited institution of higher education.  Payment will be made directly to qualified institution.

Spokane Area Workforce Development Council


Date: October 30, 2012

Time: 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
(doors open from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. for informal conversation & networking)

Location: Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln, Spokane


Contact us for info on how you can join our Sustainable Skills Champions even if you are unable to attend!
Email: or call 509-533-8476.

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