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Join us Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is the 16th Annual Partnership in Employment Fair.  To get you prepped and excited, check out these very easy tips to be confident on the day of!

Event Details: Wed. February 24th, 2-6 pm

Where: Spokane Convention Center (Parking Vouchers available, swing by the Career Center!)

Who: All students and alumni of Gonzaga, Whitworth, Eastern and WSU Riverfront

Why: There are 71 employers registered to attend the Partnership Fair.  (This is worth your time to attend!!)

Before The Fair

Before any career fair, you need to spend some time preparing. The provided list of employers is the best place to start. By researching which companies will be there, you can prepare to speak with companies in your career field. If you know that there is a company hiring for a position you may be qualified for, you have the opportunity to tailor your rèsumè and show up fully prepared to speak with the recruiter.

  • Research the companies in attendance that interest you the most. Read news, press releases and websites.
  • Prepare good questions that exemplify your knowledge about the company.
  • Update and polish your rèsumè. Bring plenty of copies to the career fair.
  • Prepare a “presentation style” or “short self-commercial” which markets your skills and talents to the recruiter setting you apart from the crowd.
  • Dress in business attire.

Curious who is joining us tomorrow (all 71 employers) go here.

Curious how to make LinkedIn Work for You?

There is quite a bit of confusion sometimes with college students and LinkedIn.  With the biggest question being, “If I already have a Facebook account, then what’s the point?”  Well… there is quite a big divide actually.  You see, LinkedIn is a strictly professional networking site bringing 55 million professionals together from around the world to share knowledge and network. Unlike Facebook, with LinkedIn you never have to worry about inappropriate photos or funny quizzes you took with your roommate last year.

If you are curious at how to get started…check out this great presentation below.

Once you do join as many groups to facilitate ease of digital networking.  These would be a handful of my personal recommendations:

Of course there are literally hundreds of different groups, make sure to join the one that fits your field, industry or geographic preference.

With Finals Done, Turn Your Attention to Treks…

Think you missed the boat when registering for the 2010 Seattle and Portland Treks?  Think again.  Although space is becoming limited on some excursions (which have gone to a waitlist), there is still space available for excursion in both Portland and Seattle. There are still spaces available on the following excursion pairings.


  • Hp/Daimler
  • Columbia Sportswear/Widmer Brothers


  • Expeditors Intl & Accenture
  • Xversity &
  • Boeing
  • Starbucks & Experience Music Project

Curious what some of these companies have been up to recently?  Through the magic of Google News, I was able to pull up snap shots of the Portland companies to give you all examples of their recent news-worthiness.  (I can guarantee you that the companies in Seattle will also have similar news articles… give it a shot.)

The final deadline for registration for the 2010 Treks is next Monday Dec. 28th. 

To register, go to the following link:

HP News:

 Daimler News:

Columbia Sportswear News:

·         Dec. 17, 2009 Helping hands help others

·         Dec. 16, 2009: Wednesday’s Wall Street roundup

·         Dec. 10, 2009: Oregon’s most admired companies named

Widmer Brothers News:

FAQ’s of the Treks


  • Are other schools participating? Nope! This event is exclusive to current Gonzaga students only. —
  • What does the $35 cover? Transportation to excursion sites as well as lunch and food at networking social. —
  • Do you provide transportation from Spokane to Portland/Seattle? Unfortunately, at the time we do not. Contact the GAMP office to placed on a list for ride share though.
  • —Where should I park? Portland: Park at the DoubleTree hotel at Lloyd Center.  Seattle: Park near Fx McRory’s (where social will be) then take public transportation/cab to Washington Athletic Center.
  • —What should I wear? ¡Professional attire as though you were going on an interview.  (Yes, this includes pulling out an iron.)  Wear shoes that are dressy, but comfortable to walk in. —
  • Is lodging in Portland/Seattle provided?  No, but contact GAMP office for reduced rates at partner hotels.  Also, consider staying with friends/family. —
  • I am a liberal arts major, why should I attend?  Regardless of your major, the education and networking opportunities the Trek provides ares universal.
  • —Why should a freshman attend?To get a snapshot at these companies now, rather than later, gives you a competitive edge in the future.

Space is becoming very limited for the 2010 Seattle & Portland Treks.  If you are still on the on the fence about attending this year, I’d recommend making a decision fairly quickly.

The link to register is:

Getting Ready for Thanksgiving Dinner


Ahh… Thanksgiving dinner.  A banquet table of food set where friends and family gear up for the feast.  Typically in preparation for the big annual event, some people will actually limit the pre-Thanksgiving meals as a way to preparing for the dinner.  Or wear their favorite (and comfy) sweatpants for extra room.  Don’t giggle, you know it’s true!

Now, this is when I am going to suggest a whole new idea in getting ready for turkey dinner with Aunt Mildred and Grandpa Fred.  When they turn to you with the probable question of, “What are you doing after graduation?” Instead of getting sheepish and asking for more mashed potatoes, what if you had a confident and smart reply?

For example, your response can be, “Well, I am planning on attending a program Gonzaga sponsors called the Trek which brings GU students and leaders in top companies in Seattle & Portland together.  I’ll get an edge on job/internship hunting, networking all while learning about corporate culture.”  (Your reply doesn’t have to be exactly like this, but it gives you the right idea…)

For talking points with family and friends, ten facts of the Treks that will impress everyone!

  1. Portland is in it’s 8th year and Seattle is in it’s 10th.
  2. Majority of the excursions are hosted by fellow ZAGS.  Who better to tell you recruiting secrets than a zag?
  3. In tough economies, networking is the key that opens the door.  Treks help you get started at top companies.
  4. Corporate excursions are exclusively for Gonzaga students only. (We get requests from Ducks, Beavers, Huskies and Cougars but the answer is always no.)
  5. Learning how to conduct research on companies is a critical job hunting skill.
  6. The Women’s Symposium in Seattle brings together top female leaders with current students to give insight towards career development.
  7. Need to polish your networking skills?  This is your chance to deliever your elevator pitch.
  8. Curious what a corporate culture is really like? Check out what it’s like to work Nordstrom, Starbucks, Nike, adidas and MORE.
  9. Keynote speakers in both cities are the best of the best.
  10. Good food and good networking with alumni and friends of Gonzaga.  What more do you need?

If you missed last week’s info session for the 2010 Portland & Seattle Treks, not to worry. There are two sessions planned for Dec. 1st, Noon (Road to Bali, Crosby) and  7pm (Jepson).

Curious what the Treks are all about? Want to know exactly what the corporate visits entail? Or how to prepare for visiting headquarters? Come join us for a Trek 4-1-1 Session allowing you to get all of your questions answered regarding the upcoming Portland & Seattle Treks.
Ready to register?  Go to:

From all the staff here at the Career Center, a very Happy & Safe Thanksgiving!!

Speed Dating, Nope..Speed Interviews!

speed dateIt can only take a few minutes for two people to click. During speed dating, prospective partners hop from one table to another hoping to find that spark. Yes, it’s terrifying, nerve-racking, and more than a little exciting. What can be even more emotional is not sitting across from a potential first date, but across from someone that will critique your experience, evaluate your character, and decide whether are not you are right for their company. No need to prematurely wave a white flag.

Come to the Career Center’s Speed Mock Interviews tonight at 7pm and get some practice sitting and talking with someone that could change your career as opposed to your lonely Saturday nights.

Make sure to RSVP at or stop by 2nd Floor of Crosby!

Plan to Rock the Trek…

Yes, I am still in the rainy (but beautiful) Emerald City of Seattle working with employers in finalizing the details of the 2010 Treks. 

Before I announce the newest participant, I have to share a little “fun” fact about myself: I love Michael Jackson music.  I do.   His music is always fun to dance to and no matter what “mood” I am in, I always get cheered up.  That is why I was left speechless when I actually got to see his glove in person.  Where, you might be wondering did I spot this piece of Pop Culture history?  At our newest excursion host: The Experience Music Project.

This excursion will include a tour of the museum along with Q&A from panelists answering what it really looks like to work for a non-profit.  All majors are encouraged, especially HR, Public Relations, Marketing, Education as the EMP has internships within those fields.  Not in those fields of study?  That’s okay, EMP would also be happy to meet with an interest in non-profit, event planning or development.

Registartion begins this Friday!  Stay tuned for more details.

Note: Corporate excursions are  made available exclusively for Gonzaga students (both undergraduate and graduate levels).  Alumni and friends of the university are encouraged to attend the networking social as well as the Career Fair.  More information to come.

Touchdown for the Trek!


Avoiding raindrops here in Seattle, I am continuing to meet with potential excursion hosts for the 2010 Seattle Trek.  Although  the title of this blog post may lead you to believe that I am referring to the NFL team in town,  think again. We have just secured an excursion with Turner Construction, who built the beautiful athletic complex.

This tour will be paired with PACCAR, which will lend well to the overall theme of Engineering.  Turner Construction would specifically like to meet Civil Engineering majors.  So, for all those engineering students make sure to mark your calendars and plan to register for the PACCAR/Turner Excursion!  Registration begins this Friday, with link to be announced on Thursday.

Note: Corporate excursions are  made available exclusively for Gonzaga students (both undergraduate and graduate levels).  Alumni and friends of the university are encouraged to attend the networking social as well as the Career Fair.  More information to come.

New Trek Participant!

I have the pleasure of traveling to Seattle today and tomorrow to iron out the details of the 2010 Seattle Trek.  In the midst of rain boots and umbrellas, I am happy to  announce a NEW participant for this year’s Trek. 

Drum roll please….


The one, the only Starbucks.  The pairing with Starbucks is yet to be determined (hopefully while I am here in Seattle!).  Starbucks inviting students of all majors and years to participate in their excursion.    The excursion will include a corporate tour along with Q & A from fellow Zags. 

Gainen-at-Starbucks_webSpace is limited, so make sure to plan on registering this Friday, November 13th to secure your space.  We will be announcing the registration link on Thursday, Nov. 12th, but it will not be live until noon on Friday!

Note: Corporate excursions are  made available exclusively for Gonzaga students (both undergraduate and graduate levels).  Alumni and friends of the university are encouraged to attend the networking social as well as the Career Fair.  More information to come.

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