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EVENT: Emerging Leaders Society’s fall professional development event!


Emerging Leaders Society is proud to invite you to the exclusive fall professional development event! Sharing his story to the group will be Umpqua Bank’s CEO, Ray Davis on how he has built his career and company on the values of keeping community at the core.  This event will also include time for networking with other young professionals that are part of the Emerging Leaders Society as well as appetizers and drinks. 

4:30 PM
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Penthouse Ballroom
Riverside Place (formerly Masonic Center)
1108 W. Riverside Ave, Spokane,WA 99201

An event that you won’t want to miss out on!  You will have the opportunity to meet other Emerging Leaders in Spokane!


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Contact for more info:
Subarna Nagra or 509.838.6581 (ext. 107)

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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!

Elevator Pitching

Imagine that you are in an elevator. The doors open and in walks the CEO of your favorite organization. You have the time of the elevator ride to get your message across of who you are and what you are about. What would you say?

A good elevator pitch should sound impromptu, but you’ll need to prepare it in advance to get it that way. Keep in mind the following five questions that your elevator pitch should answer:

  1. Who are you?
  2. What do you do?
  3. What can you do for me?
  4. Why should I hire you?
  5. How can I contact you?

Things to consider:

  • Start with a positive, confident and uplifting intro. This sets the tone for the message and common sense courtesy goes a long way in this case.
  • Practice, practice, practice. When you’re comfortable with it, practice on family and friends, and ask them for feedback on the content of your performance.
  • Keep the message concise (less than 30 seconds to be safe!)
  • Maintain eye contact. This displays confidence and trustworthiness – it’s all about a good first impression
  • Tailor your delivery to the circumstances of the moment: the goal is to maintain a conversational tone and not sound rehearsed

If you’re still stuck, take a peek at this sample elevator pitch:

“Hello, I am Jane Doe and I am currently a junior at Gonzaga University majoring in Public Relations. I believe one of my strengths is my ability to problem solve critically while working in a team. I enjoy learning and social media. I am looking for an internship opportunity that allows me to expand my developing leadership skills while gaining new insights into the field of communications. It is a pleasure meeting you and thank you in advance for your assistance with my search!”

Spokane Trek Week

Hey, Zags! We’re gearing up for Spokane Trek Week October 14-17 and we hope to see as many of you there as possible! For those of you who don’t know, Spokane Trek Week is a week full of activities including speed mock interviews, an Engineering Career Fair, an All Major Career Fair and Spokane Trek Excursions including networking events and trips to local businesses.

The Spokane Trek is the exact same experience you would have on our New York, San Francisco, Portland or Seattle treks – except you get all of those same experiences right here in your own backyard! It’s never too early in your college career to start researching new employers or industries or to experience career development.

First things first – let’s talk dresscode. While, yes, Spokane Trek Week is during a school week and we understand that students have classes throughout the day, we highly encourage students to dress in their business finest. Imagine you’re going to your dream company to interview for your dream job. At the Spokane Trek Week events, you’ll be meeting potential employers, so you’re going to want to look your best. Guys: While jackets aren’t required, they’re definitely recommended. But slacks, a button-down, tie and dress shoes will do just fine as well. Girls: No bare legs, please! No lowcut tops, either. We recommend a blouse and either a cardigan or blazer paired with either tights + a skirt or slacks. Believe us when we say: it may feel silly to dress up and wear business clothes in class, but when you get the internship or job of your dreams, you’ll thank us!

The first event for Spokane Trek Week is the Speed Mock Interviews on Monday, October 14 from 5:30-7 PM. Speed Mock Interviews provide an excellent opportunity to meet with employers one-on-one and gain first-hand interviewing skills while getting instant feedback. The only way to get better with interviewing is to practice, practice, practice! Afterwards, you’ll get a chance to network with the employers that held the Speed Mock Interviews.

Next up on Tuesday, October 15th is the Engineering Career Fair. For all of you Engineering Majors out there, this is a great opportunity for you! Come meet with engineering employers around the Northwest. Whether you’re looking for internships or jobs for out of college, employers bring all available positions to this career fair. Just a few of the companies that have either engineering internships or full-time positions are: Boeing, Garmin, US Navy and the WA State Department of Social and Health Services. The full list of companies attending can be found on ZagTrax.

ATTENTION STUDENTS OF ALL MAJORS: The All Major Career Fair is Wednesday, October 16! Similar to the Engineering Fair (just for all students), the All Major Fair brings employers from all over to one place to help students network and find internships and jobs for out of college. Companies attending include: Coldwater Creek, the Gonzaga MBA Program, the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Liberty Mutual, Red Lion Hotels, Sherwin-Williams and Wells Fargo. The full list of companies attending can be found on ZagTrax.

To round out Spokane Trek Week, we have the Excursions on Thursday, October 17. Students have the opportunity to meet with local employers at their places of business. Excursions are a great networking opportunity and are really a must for students of all grades and majors! Here is more information on the companies that will be attending:

etailz, formerly Green Cupboards, is a leader in e-commerce, providing environmentally friendly products for the family and home directly to the consumer. Etailz was founded in 2008 by two Gonzaga University students and their Adjunct Professor in Gonzaga’s Entrepreneurship Program as an effort to provide a one-stop shopping alternative for eco-friendly products to streamline the way customers “buy green.” This startup company has since acquired other companies, including Ecomom, a distributor of family-friendly “green” products. ALL MAJORS, ALL CLASS YEARS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE. Suggested Interests: Business, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Sales, Operations, Sustainability/Environmental Studies.

Incyte Diagnostics is the premier pathology laboratory in the Northwest, recognized for diagnostic excellence, professionalism, and customer services. Incyte was founded in 1957 by pathologists and has grown to over 200 employees in departments ranging from customer services, marketing, HR, and operations, to anatomic diagnostics with specialties in dermatopathology, gynecologic pathology, and much more. Come learn about how the fast-growing medical industry is always seeking talent from a number of different professional and scientific backgrounds. ALL CLASS YEARS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE. Suggested Interests: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Public Relations, Marketing, HR, Management Information Systems, Operations.

North By Northwest (NXNW) is a video and film production company founded in Spokane in 1990. NXNW originally specialized in commercial and industrial video production, shooting its first feature-length film in 1995, but now serves a large number of markets. NXNW employees come from a wide array of backgrounds, including directing, producing, photography, editing, motion graphics design and audio engineering. ALL MAJORS, ALL CLASS YEARS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE. This is an excellent excursion for students with majors in the School of Arts & Science. Suggested interests: Writing, Editing, Production, Film, Photography, Art, Theater.

Womer & Associates is a Native American Design firm specializing in planning, with all disciplines of engineering (structural, civil, electrical, & mechanical), architecture, construction administration and interior design in-house. This excursion will be an excellent opportunity for students studying all disciplines of engineering, especially members of the Society of Women Engineers and any student interested in working in a small, minority-owned firm.

We hope to see all of you at the Spokane Trek Week events! Please email us at CareerCenter& with any questions or concerns you may have.

Tues 3/26 Connect Event: Leveraging Your GU Experience + Job Search Advice

“I think we all need a little pep talk…”

What can I do with a Gonzaga Liberal Arts Degree?


Don’t Miss This Event!


Tuesday, March 26th @ 5:30 p.m.

Foley Teleconference Room

Hear Career Advice from a GU Alum who Works at Microsoft as he talks about Leveraging Your GU Experience in Your Job Search and Career Path!

Great tips for Liberal Arts & Business majors alike!

RSVP appreciated through

Rick Collins will provide insights on how students can translate the knowledge and experience acquired at Gonzaga into a meaningful career field. Rick has taken a number of twists and turn in his own career and he will discuss how he was able to transfer his prior academic and career experiences into a variety of new and emerging career fields. Rick will also discuss the importance of personal branding and how to differentiate your Gonzaga experience in ways that have relevance for employers and sets you apart from your competition.

Bio of Rick Collins:

A GU alum with a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Communications, Rick Collins is currently Director of Business Development at Microsoft, with a focus on partnerships with Mobile phone companies and Broadband service providers to jointly distribute Microsoft devices and services to consumers and businesses around the world.

With a career spanning multiple industries including broadcasting, corporate marketing and communications, business training and education, and consumer software and services, Rick has consistently called on important learnings from his GU experience to help drive his own personal success and the success of the people and companies he has worked with throughout his career.

He joins us Tuesday, March 26th to share his insights on career success, and his thoughts on using the unique value of the GU experience and education for career advancement and growth.



Connect with Kleck at GU! This Thursday at Noon!


12 to 1 pm

Foley Teleconference Room (Foley Library)

RSVP is appreciated: (events tab)

Join local KHQ anchorman Dan Kleckner as he shares insights on his career in the communications field! How did he get there? What advice would he give to someone entering the field? What does it mean to be an informed citizen  in today’s world?

As an Emmy-award winning Sports Anchor, Dan’s sports career highlights include: Traveling with the Gonzaga Bulldogs when the Zags made their first NCAA appearance in 1995, carrying the Olympic Torch as the flame made its way across the country to Atlanta in 1996, and meeting his boyhood idol, Chicago Bears Hall-of-Famer, Gale Sayers.


Contact the Career Center & GAMP office with questions:  313-4234 or careercenter&

RSVP is appreciated: (events tab)

Post Grad Service Panel – FREE PIZZA 12:10 Thur 3/1

Attention Gonzaga students interested in Service Work after graduation:  Come learn information about various opportunities from a panel of service organization volunteers!  Hear stories, ask questions, and enjoy FREE PIZZA!! AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, JVC, and ACE will all be here to answer your questions!

Date:  THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012

Time:  12:10 to 1 p.m.

Location:  COLLEGE HALL, ROOM 101


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.

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