Monday, November 24, 2014

End-of-Semester Calendar and Availability

Did you know the Career Services Center is open and available to assist students during and after finals? The calendar below shows our availability through the end of the year.


Walk-in resume and career assistance is still available from noon to 5 p.m. on November 25 and December 1-3.

After the end of walk-in availability, staff in the Career Services Center are able to provide career assistance by appointment through December 18th. Many appointment times are available! Please call 419.289.5064 to schedule an appointment.

If you have questions about our availability, please call us at 419.289.5064, email cdcstaff@ashland.edu, or find us on Twitter or Facebook!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thank your friends, family AND employers!

By Lindsey Cerimele, Intern

Thank your friends, family AND employers!

 It's that time of year again where being thankful is at the forefront of everyone's mind. When sending out those thank you notes to your grandparents or third cousins you see once a year, don't forget to include potential employers! The Career and Graduate Fair has not only lead to many interviews, but also a variety, including dinners, socials, and professional outings. The interviewing process can be nerve-racking but once you've completed an interview it can be the most relieving feeling in the world. Just when you think it's over, it's not. Picture this scenario: You're sitting on the couch at home binge watching Netflix because the semester is over, your interview went great, and there's a chance you may be interning with the company of your dreams. All of sudden you remember that you never sent a follow up thank you note. You start to panic and plan on contacting the Career Services Center as soon as possible ask for help but it's already closed for break (full list of CSC holiday hours is now available online!). Not to worry because this easy to follow checklist will ensure that you send a thank you note that will set you above the rest.


1.) Time period: Within two days of the interview
2.) Format: E-mail or handwritten
3.) Contacting multiple interviewers: Send individualized thank you notes to each person that interviewed you
4.) Professionalism: Write thank you notes even if you are not interested in the position anymore in case you seek employment from this company in the future


For instructions on how to properly format a thank you letter be sure to check out the Interviewing Guide found on the AU Portal. By following these guidelines you will be sure to have a professional and enthusiastic thank you letter that clearly conveys your interest in the company! It's that easy!

Prepare for Online Interviews with InterviewStream!

by Brittany Cermak, Career Assistant

The digital age is bringing new opportunities for job interviews. One of these forms being interviews over Skype. Especially with interviews that may be far away for the candidate, this is a great way for the company to still interview with “face-to-face” interaction.

Do you have a Skype job interview coming up? Or would you just like to see what the process could be like? Try InterviewStream! This is a like a mock-interview for Skype. You can customize your own interview with challenging questions that might be asked in your next interview!

As an Ashland University student or alumni, you have access to this awesome resource.
  1. Just go to AU Career Connect with this URL: https://www.myinterfase.com/ashland/Account/LogOn
  2. Log in with your AU Career Connect account. If you don't have one yet, it's free for students and alumni to create one! Click here to learn how!
  3. Then click on the InterviewStream icon on the left hand side of the page to get started - it looks like this:


Take advantage of this service to prepare for your next online interview!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Professional Christmas Wishlist



By Jamie Waltz, Career Assistant



As the holidays are soon approaching, have you started to think about what you are putting on your Christmas list this year?  It may be scary to think, but each day completed at college means that we are one day closer to graduating and become adults in the work force.  Are you prepared for an interview, or to dress professionally every day for work?  Have you thought about what types of things you may need to create a professional image of yourself?  If you have realized there are some items that you should probably look into investing- the holidays are the perfect time for you to make your own grown up Christmas list!
This year instead of asking for UGG Boots or the newest Xbox games you should consider some professional items that will become necessities for you to own!  As an employee in the Career Services Center Office I have learned the importance of professionalism, whether that means professional appearance, attitude, or behavior.   A few items that I know I will be adding to my Christmas list this year are:
·         Dress pants
·         Business formal suit
·         Business casual/formal shirts
·         Portfolio
·         Dress shoes
Having business attire that helps you create a professional image of yourself is very important!  Whether you wear it to interview with professionals and businesses, while working at your internship, or even just building up your professional wardrobe for after you graduate it is very important to start thinking about what kind of clothing you can wear to convey your professional side!  I currently only have one real suit jacket to wear when I want to dress business formal, and I have realized how important it is to own more formal clothing so that I have it on hand when I have to dress as a professional.  By asking for some business professional clothing for Christmas I am not asking for a whole new wardrobe, I am simply asking for a few items that will allow me to have some more choices for occasions when I have to dress up.  In the long run it will only benefit me because I know that I will put these articles of clothing to good use since I will be dressing formally every day for a career I hope to obtain.
The next item that should be on everybody’s grown up Christmas list this year is a portfolio.  Portfolios are very important to have whether you are a professional already or a student.  It looks great to have a portfolio with you when you go in for an interview.  Portfolios can serve as a nice folder to keep your resume in, to take notes in, and to even store business cards in!  Again, it all goes back to the professional appearance and having a portfolio to carry will without a doubt contribute to that!
Something important for the men to ask for is, of course ties!  Wearing a tie with a dress shirt can bring your collared shirt to a whole new level of professional!  Just like women, it is also important for men to have a suit that they can pull out to wear when they are given that opportunity for an interview.  One last thing that is absolutely important for both men and women to have is dress shoes!  What is an outfit if you do not have the shoes to complete it?
I hope that this year you will consider adding some essential “grown up” items to your Christmas list that can help you evolve into the professional individual you want employers to see you as. Happy Holidays!


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Outings with Professionals? What Not to Wear!

By Miah Daiello, Career Assistant

              As you go forth in your college career, you will be looking to cultivate your professional development. In order to successfully land professional opportunities such as internships, job interviews, and the ultimate goal…a job, there is one important component to help ensure success in these areas; the way you present yourself.
                Let’s take a moment to put ourselves in a professional interviewer’s shoes. What kind of person would you want to hire? One that appears to the interview in casual, wrinkled, ill-fitting clothes; or the person who appears in a neatly pressed suit that screams professionalism? Not only would you likely choose the later person, you would want to be the later person!
                In order to understand how to dress professionally, you must first understand the difference between business casual and business professional, and which is appropriate for the occasion at hand. Business casual is a more relaxed professional look that a suit jacket is not necessary for. Business casual attire would be appropriate to wear in an office setting once you already have the job. Business professional is a conservative style that a suite is necessary for. Business professional attire is appropriate for events like interviews and career fairs. There are specific guidelines for men and women that should always be followed:

BUSINESS CASUAL
Men:
  • Do wear a collared shirt
  • Do wear dark colored dress pants, trousers, or corduroys in black, brown, dark blue or khaki
  • Do wear a dark colored blazer
  • Do wear black, brown, or grey leather shoes with dark dress socks
  • Don’t wear a bold or distracting print
  • Don’t wear jeans, cargo pants, white pants, or patterned pants (other than a pinstripe)
  • Don’t wear a hat
  • Don’t wear wrinkled or ill-fitting clothes
  • Don’t wear wrinkled or ill-fitting clothes
  • Don’t wear sneakers, sandals, boat shoes, or boots


Women: 
  • Do wear full length pants or a knee length skirt in neutral tones
  • Do wear a blouse with sleeves (long or short) with a blazer or cardigan
  • Do wear close toed flats or pumps no taller than 2”
  • Do wear simple jewelry and light makeup
  • Don’t wear sleeveless tops or short dresses/skirts
  • Don’t wear anything tight, revealing, or see-through
  • Don’t wear jeans or leggings
  • Don’t wear sandals, tennis shores, boat shoes (do not tuck pants into boots)
  • Don’t wear a hat


BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL

Men

  •  Do a dark color suit; solid or subtle pattern
  • Do black or brown polished dress shoes
  • Do a plain leather belt to match shoes
  • Do a solid, dotted, striped, or paisley tie
  • Don’t wear a two-toned shirt
  • Don’t wear skinny or extra wide ties
  • Don’t wear overwhelming cologne
  • Don’t have unruly hair; including facial hair
  • Don’t wear silly or vibrant ties
  • Don’t wear jewelry (except wedding band, a professional simple watch)
  • Don’t have wrinkly clothes
  • Don’t wear a mismatched suit jacket and pants

Women:  

  • -Do full length pant or knee length skirt with pantyhose (no pattern)
  • -Do simple, minimal jewelry
  • -Do closed toed shoes; heels so taller than 2”
  • -Do a suit jacket with pastel colored blouse underneath
  • -Do light makeup
  • -Don’t wear too short of skirts/dresses or ones with slits above the knee
  • -Don’t wear a capri or ankle length suit
  • -Don’t wear more than one pair of earrings
  • -Don’t wear statement jewelry
  • -Don’t wear sheer shirts or shirt with low necklines
  • -Don’t wear platform, strappy, or sandal-like shoes

Following these guidelines along with neat grooming of your hair and nails will help you feel confident and look confident the next time you attend an outing with professionals. With these guidelines, you can’t go wrong!