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Career Center Bucket List

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Have you ever visited the Career Center webpage? It’s a great resource for students to take advantage of — you can learn more about our resources & services, all in one place. Some key tools to be aware of are:

If you’re confused as to where to start, check out our “Career Center Bucket List” and knock these items off of your list before you graduate from GU!

  1. Make an appointment on ZagTrax or use our drop-in hours (M-Th, 2-5pm). During these appointments, you can begin building you résumé or cover letter or have an employee or Career Center Representative look over a current résumé or cover letter. You can also ask any questions you may have about your major, internship or job search or professional development in general.
  2. Order business cards. It’s $5 for 100 cards, so really how can you not take advantage? They’re extremely professional looking + necessary for networking.
  3. Get linked with GAMP Mentors. You can find fellow Zag graduates in the city of your choice + in the field of your choice or company you choose. The process is extremely simple — and worth it!
  4. Search for jobs on ZagTrax. There are tons of internships and jobs just waiting for students to apply, so take advantage now!
  5. Go on a Trek. We visit New York, Seattle, Spokane, Portland and the Bay Area. You get to visit a company from our list of exceptional companies we visit on each trek + network with employees.
  6. If you don’t know what you want to do after graduation yet, check out “What Can I Do With This Major…?”! This helpful resource gives so much information re: what fields/jobs you can go into and get with your particular major.
  7. Want to know how much you’ll be making out of graduation? Check out this salary calculator.


What Can We Help You With?

Here in the Career Center, we’re all about helping Zags. If you need help with professional development, networking, finding opportunities or even the little housekeeping things, we’ve got you covered. Check out our below Menu of Career Center Offerings to know what resources are available to you as students. And, remember, all of our services are available to both current and former Zags.

  • Appointments – make an appointment to get your resume or cover letter edited, help with internships and job searches or just chat with an expert in our office about your major, how to get the job you want or anything else. Please come to us with any of your questions – even if we can’t help you, we will lead you in the right direction.
  • Scheduled a Mock Interview. Sit down with an employee in our office for a real interview for a job you’re interested in. Interviews can either be held in person (with full business professional attire), on the phone or through Skype. In-person interviews can either be one-on-one or a panel, depending on which style you need practice in. We’re also able to record interviews so that you can go back and view how you look during an interview.
  • Attend our events. Throughout the school year, we put on many different events – everything from speed mock interviews (get practice answering interview questions quickly and precisely!) to Career Fairs to find Internships or Jobs to our Treks (more information on those below).
  • Use ZagTrax. is a great place to find available internships or jobs and to register for events and treks. Make yourself familiar with this service so that you can get the most out of it, and please drop by our office with any questions or concerns you may have.

Please contact us at (509)313-4234 or if you have any questions. You can also stop by Crosby 211!

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?


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)

RSVP: (Events Tab)

Trek to the Big Apple

Do you have big city aspirations after graduation?  Are you wishing for a chance at Wall Street, the financial capital of the world?  If so, consider joining us for the 2011 New York Trek.  The Trek takes place during the week of September 21-25 and includes visits with key alumni in the financial, investment industry in New York.  Unlike other Treks (Seattle, Portland or Bay Areas) the NYC Trek is by application only to maintain the highest caliber of participation and quality of candidates.

Fee: $500.  Note: A deposit of  $100 is due upon approval of application, remaining balance is due at the June.

The fee includes: Hotel accommodations for four nights, roundtrip airfare and two evening networking socials.   You will be responsible for incidentals throughout the trip.

For more information and for your application, contact the GAMP office at or 313-4048.

Deadline: APRIL 1st!

Bay Excursion Highlight…

I wanted to take this chance to highlight two excursion hosts for the Bay Area Treks, Marsh & Spencer Stuart.  This pair is a perfect fit for liberal arts and business majors, of all years.

Marsh: A world leader in providing risk management, risk consulting, insurance broking (and more) to over a 100 countries.  If analytical skills (from problem solving to number crunching) are a personal specialty a visit to Marsh is for you.   Marsh’s clients range from Olympic events, renewable energy, health care and more. Looking for a company that has the ability to take you across industry and the globe?  Then this visit is for you.

Spencer Stuart: One of the world’s leading executive search consulting firms.  When top firms and organizations are looking to fill their top leadership, they turn to Spencer Stuart.   From Facebook to Sephora, Spencer Stuart has worked on executive searches across industry and around the world. With 51 offices in 27 countries, Spencer Stuart completed 4,000 assignments last year alone.

Our visit to Marsh and Spencer Stuart will be taking place on March 11th as part of the Bay Area Trek: San Francisco.   For more information and to register, simply go to:

A Touchdown for the Bay Area Treks!

We are very excited to announce NEW addition to the Bay Area Trek: the San Francisco 49ers!  If you are interested in learning more about sports marking or sports franchises, this is the excursion for you.   The visit will occur on Thursday, March 1oth as part of the Silicon Valley excursions.   Space for this excursion will be extremely limited, so don’t delay in registering.

For more information and to register, check it out here:

Fakhir Brown Bryant Johnson #82 of the San Francisco 49ers catches a touchdown over Fakhir Brown #34 of the St. Louis Rams during an NFL game on November 16 2008 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.

2011 Silicon Valley & San Francisco Treks

We are excited about the line up for the 2011 Bay Area Treks! Students of all majors and years are invited to join us for the Bay Area Treks.  For more information, contact the GAMP office at or 313-4048.

To Register:

Cost: $35 for one city, $60 for both.   (Scholarships are available) The first 15 students who register for the Trek get 50% off their registration fee!

Silicon Valley, March 10th

Students must meet at the campus of Santa Clara no later than 10:00.  If students wish to meet in San Francisco, they must arrive at the Courtyard Hotel (299 Second Street, 94105)   no later than 8:45 am.  Group stays together and goes to all three sites.

Google (Lunch on Site):



After day of excursions, students will return to Santa Clara campus for a networking social and dinner with alumni from area.

San Francisco, March 11th

Excursions will run from 1:30-3, 3:30-5.  Lunch will be provided prior to excursions at hotel. Please plan on meeting at hotel no later than 11:30 am.

After day of excursions, students will head to networking social and dinner with alumni from area at Bechelli’s Flower Market Café, 698 Brannan St, San Francisco CA.

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.

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