Monday, November 19, 2012

Heather Kohler, Intern of the Month for November


The Career Services Center would like to congratulate senior Heather Kohler as November's Intern of the Month. Heather is an Exercise Science major and completed her internship at Wooster Community Hospital Cardiac Rehab. Heather was responsible for creating exercise prescriptions for patients, interpreting patient data, taking blood pressures, and more. Heather says, "I would recommend finding an internship within your major that interests you. I also believe that the internship should be a learning experience that pushes you to excel in many ways." Heather is also involved with the Women's Lacrosse Team, Exercise Science Club, and works in the AU Recreation Center. Congratulations, Heather!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

On-Campus Recruiting Opportunities 11/13-11/20

Even after the AU Fall Career Fair, there are still a number of employers recruiting on the Ashland University campus this semester! Take a look at three great companies you could speak to or interview with without leaving campus:

Recreation Unlimited - Information Table

When & where: Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 10:30AM-2PM
Recruiting for: Camp Counselors (summer)
To be considered: Stop by the Recreation Unlimited table outside the Eagle's Nest. Bring a resume or your questions! More information and a position description, see the calendar description.

The Timken Company - On-Campus Interviews

When & where: Monday, November 19, 2012, by appointment
Recruiting for: Internships in Information Technology or Business
To be considered: Submit your resume by noon on Thursday, November 15th to the Career Services Center! Instructions on how to submit your resume are available in the calendar description. Full position descriptions are available via Google Drive (requires Ashland University email login): Internships for Business Majors | Internships for IT and Computer Science Majors

Enterprise Rent-a-Car - On-Campus Interviews!

When & where: Tuesday, November 20, 2012, by appointment
Recruiting for: Management Trainee and Internship candidates
To be considered: Submit your resume by noon on Friday, November 16th to the Career Services Center! Instructions on submitting your resume are available on the calendar description. More information about careers with Enterprise Rent-a-Car are available on the Enterprise website.

Friday, November 2, 2012

AU Career Fair: For ALL majors, and for ALL class levels


by Gina Tornabene, Career Services Intern

In the CSC, we’ve been meeting with many of you who are preparing for the Fall Career Fair coming up on Wednesday! Some of you might not be preparing because you are looking at the list of employers and thinking that there’s just not any opportunities for your major. Or maybe you’re an underclassman thinking that there’s no use in going. If that’s what you’re thinking, there’s only one thing to say to you: think again!

For those of you who think that just because you’re an Exercise Science major a professional corporation would never hire you, guess again: many companies now have fitness or wellness centers in their offices for their employees to use, and they need people like you to work there. Would a hospital hire an Accounting major? They need someone to look over their finances! News stations need Fashion Merchandising majors to make sure that the people in front of the camera are looking presentable. Some corporations have large cafeterias that feed all of their employees. It could be worth it for Dietetic majors to see if there are openings for them! And the list goes on! Before you cross off attending the fair, look further into all of the different departments and places where they might need someone with your skills & knowledge. Think outside of the box, and who knows what you might find out!

The Career Fair is a great opportunity for underclassmen too! By attending and asking a recruiter, “What should I do in the next 3 years to be a great candidate for your company when I graduate,” you could get some valuable advice to help your application stand out. Networking is one of the most important parts of business, and the career fair will host some great potential contacts for early in your career! Although you might not be looking for an internship or full-time job right now, if you make the connection with employers this year, they’re going to remember that in future years when they are looking for interns! It’s a great way to get a leg-up on the competition, and because this is brought right to campus, you don’t have to go far out of your way to get the benefits! The Career Fair is also a great place to talk to potential employers in your field to find out the spectrum of job opportunities for you.

So now that we have convinced you why attending the Career Fair is important for you, here are the next steps!

  • Pre-registration is encouraged for this event. You can register through Career Connect, in our office (254 in the Student Center), or by phone at 419.289.5064.
  • You can get more information and updates in the event page on the Ashland University website.
  • Stop into our office for walk-in hours - 12:00-5:00 PM every day - to have your resume looked over by a trained Career Assistant.  (All attendees are required to bring copies of their resume to be passed out to employers.)
  • If you are looking for an internship or job, dress in professional attire. If you are an underclassman looking to network, business casual is appropriate if you do not own a suit.
  • Check out the online AU Career Fair Guidebook for full position descriptions and more information about available jobs and internships!

We look forward to seeing you next Wednesday!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Lindsey Knapp, Intern of the Month for October, 2012

The Career Services Center would like to congratulate senior Lindsey Knapp as October's Intern of the Month. Lindsay is a Biology major and completed her internship at The University of California-Berkeley in the Department of Biology. Lindsey's responsibilities were similar to that of a graduate student--she implemented experiments independently throughout the summer, and at the end of the summer gave presentations on her projects.  Lindsey says, "I would strongly encourage students in all majors to complete an internship. Nothing will teach you more than actually getting into the field and working alongside professionals." Lindsey is also the President of the Honors Society and works in the Chemistry Stockroom.
Congratulations, Lindsey!


Monday, October 1, 2012

Get Ready for the Graduate School Fair




The Graduate School Fair is only 3 days away. Are you prepared?  If you're still unsure of what to expect, please complete these four steps to help you get ready to meet the schools!
  1. Register! You can register for the Graduate School Fair using the AU Career Connect system.
  2. If you were unable to attend the Graduate School Workshop, which was held on Tuesday, September 18th, you may wish to review the slides from the presentation. This presentation covers a number of aspects of the graduate school selection process.
  3. Review the Graduate School Guide to get ideas on what to consider for Graduate School.  The guide covers how to research a graduate school, what to ask program representatives, and what to consider in how graduate programs might "fit" you. The guide also includes information for later, such as how to put together a resume and personal statement for graduate school and a guide to answering commonly-asked interview questions.
  4. Check out the list of schools attending and do your research on the schools that interest you.
If you have questions, please call or stop by the Career Services Center!


Friday, September 28, 2012

Developing Your Brand

by Lauren Ruple, Senior Hospitality Management Major
President, National Society of Minorities in Hospitality - AU Chapter


Choosing the right career or major is an important decision, but it doesn’t have to be stressful.  Deciding what to do “when you grow up: is all about finding the right fit for you.  Learning your likes and dislikes and matching them with your strengths and weaknesses will help you grow stronger as an individual.  These experiences will be key factors which will help you determine your "brand” and start your career path.

Developing your brand is discovering the “right fit” or what works well for your style.  I started working when I was 14 years old.  I was a server for picnics at an outdoor park.  It was probably the only job available for someone so young.  However, the skills I developed and the concepts I learned created a great base for my resume.  I began to realize that all my jobs had a common theme:  customer service.  I enjoy working with people, but more importantly I want to help them.  Whether I am decorating a venue for a bride and groom or suggesting what to eat at the local restaurant, I like to offer my advice.  I chose to study hospitality management because of all the opportunities within the hospitality industry.  The skills are transferable across departments, and I could work for companies ranging from Disney and ARAMARK to Hyatt and Ecolab. 

Why not spend four years earning a degree in a field you love?  Classes, internships, and even professional organizations can lead to your perfect career fit.  I truly believe that no experience is a bad one.  Each obstacle makes you better-rounded and stronger.  Combining what you know and what you like are essential in finding that fit to develop your brand.

The National Society of Minorities in Hospitality is teaming up with the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship and the Career Services Center to host “Develop Your Brand,” a panel discussion.  Six different companies will bring representatives to serve on the panel, answer questions, network, and even accept resumes!  These companies include Bob Evans, The Cleveland Indians, Ecolab, Nordstrom, Smuckers, and Westfield Insurance.  The panel discussion will take place on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. followed by a meet and greet.  The discussion panel and meet and greet will take place in the Trustee room of Upper Convo.  Dress is business casual and business professional for those handing in resumes.  Registration is encouraged and can be done in person at the Career Services Center or online at:  https://www.myinterfase.com/ashland/event_view.aspx?token=e2NGaUNwSnZZfo324ADC6g%3d%3d.  All majors are welcome and encouraged to come.  Please contact Lauren Ruple at lruple@ashland.edu if you have questions. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

What our students say about Meet the Accountant Night


Why attend Meet the Accountant Night?  Below you will find some thoughts from students who have attended the event in the past:

By attending Meet the Accounting Night I was able to network with many accounting professionals throughout the region. Not only did I learn about different internship and career opportunities available within the firms, but I was also able to develop more of an understanding of the different types of accounting fields, such as: public, government, and corporate accounting. Meet the Accountant Night is designed for students of all ages and is a great way to begin the career search process.
Emily Intagliata

I benefited from attending Meet the Accountant night by receiving two internships and improving my networking skills.
Nicholas Kemmerle

I benefitted from Meet the Accountant night by meeting new companies as a freshman and being able to build up my relationships with them from the start. It was good experience getting to know companies and getting advice on how to go about my next 4 years of school.
Casey Vocaire

Not only is Meet the Accountant great for landing jobs and internships, but it is also a great way to broaden your networking opportunities for unknown future endeavors. One will never know when a previous interaction can help them in their future.
Nichole Baer

Make sure you register for the event if you have not already!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Study Abroad Alumni Have Boosted Creativity Scores, Study Finds

by Dave Kokandy, Career Specialist

Some of the most desired qualities in new hires at certain businesses and organizations is creativity and the ability to solve problems.

A recent article in the Pacific Standard details a study in which students who had completed study abroad experiences outperformed both students who planned to study abroad (but had not yet done so) and students who reported no interest in studying abroad.

Ashland University students, if you are in a field that would benefit from creativity - consider studying abroad! As an AU student, you have many opportunities to study abroad, and there is no better time to do so. For more information about studying abroad, please visit the AU Global Education Office or attend the Study Abroad Fair on Wednesday, 8/29. Bon voyage!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Job Choices Magazine - New Digital Edition

Dave Kokandy, Career Specialist

The latest edition of Job Choices magazine is now available online! This helpful magazine includes strategies that help job seekers market themselves to employers, information about resumes and interviewing, and links to recruiting information from many companies that recruit new graduates. Check out the latest information at the links below!





Monday, April 30, 2012

Danielle Slone, Intern of the Month for April 2012

The Career Services Center would like to congratulate senior Danielle Slone as April's Intern of the Month. Danielle is a Broadcast Communications major and completed an internship with “Q96 FM,” “95.5 The Hawk,” and “Wink 107.1.” Danielle’s primary responsibilities included working directly with the Promotions Director. She assisted him in preparing for station appearances, writing release forms, and working at out-of-studio radio events on a weekly basis. Danielle says, “I hope to take these skills and apply them to other broadcasting networks so that I can become a quality professional in the broadcasting industry. Danielle is also the program director for 88.9 WRDL and is involved with Phi Mu Sorority. Congratulations, Danielle!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Alicia Casselberry, Intern of the Month for March 2012


The Career Services Center would like to congratulate sophomore Alicia Casselberry as March's Intern of the Month. Alicia is a Business Management major and currently is completing an internship with Annette’s Victorian Garden in Ashland. Alicia works directly with the owner on brand management initiatives and helps in making decisions for the business. She also works closely with The Times Gazette through advertising and writing articles in order to promote the business. Alicia says, “My internship has been a great experience that has allowed me to demonstrate what I have learned in the classroom to a real world business that will prepare me for my future.” Alicia is also a member of the AU Club Volleyball team, an Intramural Official, and a member of Eagle Eye Marketing. Congratulations, Alicia!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Upcoming Job Fairs

by Dave Kokandy, Career Specialist

Did you know that the Career Services Center keeps a calendar of upcoming career fairs and networking events not only on-campus, but also off-campus events that Ashland students are welcome to attend? Check out all these upcoming opportunities to meet recruiters in person:
  • Nordstrom HR Presentation & Meet & Greet: Mon, April 9, 2012 – HCSC Auditorium @ 3PM
  • Rosetta Open House: Tues, April 17, 2012 – Rosetta (Cleveland) @ 5PM
  • 2012 Job Fair Lorain County Community College : Tues, April 17, 2012 – LCCC Auditorium
  • Education Expo: Wed, April 18, 2012 – Ohio Northern University
  • Linking IT Talent to Opportunity: Networking and Professional Development Event: Thurs, April 19, 2012 – LaCentre, Westlake OH
  • 2012 Ohio State School of Allied Medical Professions Job Fair: Fri, May 11, 2012 Ohio State University Student Union
For many more details about these events and more events as they are posted, please visit the Calendar page on the CSC website!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Megan Wise, Intern of the Month for February 2012

The Career Services Center would like to congratulate junior Megan Wise as February's Intern of the Month. Megan is a Speech & Broadcast Communication major and completed an internship with The Professional Football Hall of Fame. Megan’s primary responsibility involved coordinating large scale events. She organized room set ups, accounted for all guest accommodations, and experienced working in an extremely fast paced environment. Megan says, “This internship gave me the confidence I needed to handle myself professionally at a prestigious organization.” Megan is also a campus Tour Guide, Promotion Manager for the Journalism and Digital Media Department, and a member of the Women’s Chorus. Congratulations, Megan!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Describing your Education Field Experiences Effectively

by Ariel Bissell, Career Assistant

ATTENTION Education majors! Your field experience description on your resume will make or break your chances of being hired! Why not put the most effort into this section as possible if it is the single most important section of your resume.

The layout of your field experience you follow this general look (with some room to add your own creativity with bolding, italicizing, etc).

Example.

Student Teacher, 7th Grade World Studies                 January 2012-May 2012

Ashland Middle School, Ashland OH

· Bullets that describe your responsibilities and experiences in the classroom

· Make sure to start with an action verb for each bullet. Ex. Maintained, tutored, facilitated, coordinated. DO NOT overuse taught! There are stronger words to describe your experience

· Make sure to highlight any use of technology, teaching methods, classroom management, diversity skills, parental involvement, or particularly interesting lessons you taught

· This is the team to use your education jargon such as differentiated learning, team teaching, types of reading assessments, use of manipulatives, etc.

Your goal should be to highlight your most impressive aspects of your field experience and show your utilization of diverse teaching techniques. Also make sure to illustrate any diversity you encountered such an inclusion class, varying socioeconomic needs, or students with varying special needs. These topics are all crucial concepts to consider when forming your field experience portion of your resume!

Remember that the Career Services Center is always available to help you with your resume. Walk in and Skype (username ca.ashland) hours are from 1-5 pm Monday-Friday and you can always email your resume to resume@ashland.edu!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Exploring Your Options with Eagle Exploration

by Krista Youngpeter, Career Assistant

Spring semester is flying, and you might be deciding if your major is really the right career path for you. You may also be graduating in the spring and deciding where you see yourself after graduation. Eagle Exploration can help!

Eagle Exploration is a career guidance tool designed to help discover and explore career options that match your interests, personality, values, and skills. It will assess your personal career qualities, keep track of your progress, and explore major areas of study that are most compatible with the assessment results you obtained. Once you create an account in Eagle Exploration, your tools will all be available from the Main Menu.

Career Readiness Inventory will help you think about your career. Each link has a series of question about involvement in activities that support your career and academic decision making.

The Self-Assessment section provides five reliable and valid assessments that guide through your career and academic exploration. This result will show a list of occupations that match your profile. Once you've done multiple assessments, click "See your top career choices" to put them all together. These results will be matched with occupations and major fields that fit you the best.

Explore the Possibilities helps you learn about various careers in greater detail. It explains more about the occupations generated from your assessment results, or any other field of interest. There are also options to search, such as by occupation name, by industry, what can I do with a major in…? and compare two occupations side by side!

You can save occupations and major fields that appeal to you in your Personal Portfolio. These results can be reviewed at any time.

If you have any questions after Eagle Exploration, you can make an appointment with a Career Specialist in the CSC to discuss your results.

To get started, visit Eagle Exploration and click where it says "If you are a first time user and need to create an account, click here." Use the access code "tuffy" (pictured below) and provide your class year, email, a user name, and a password and you're in!

Let’s face it, nobody wants a job where they are absolutely miserable. Eagle Exploration can help you find a major or career you will love, or will help you gain confidence that your major is a good fit for you.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Using Social Media Professionally

by Amber Weaver, Career Assistant

Almost all of us use social media in one way or another – whether it’s through our Facebook page, blog, Twitter, or Pinterest account. Recruiters know this, and many use it to their advantage during the selection process. Because of that, it’s very important to use social media in a professional way.

One easy way to assess your online image is to do a Google search of your name and see what comes up, without being signed into a social media site – then you can see exactly what a potential employer could if they did the same search. If you have a common name you might need to add another word to help it find you, such as “Ashland.” Based on what you find, you might want to change your privacy settings so that only your friends can see most of your information. (For more information on Facebook privacy settings, visit reclaimprivacy.org and epic.org.) However there is still some information that anyone can find. For example, anyone can see your Facebook profile picture if they look up your name – so it is important to keep it classy! Same goes with any other information that you make public, on any social media site that you have.

LinkedIn is a social media site that exists solely for the purpose of helping professionals connect with each other, and is a great place to start building your professional image online. Anyone who searches for your name online can find your LinkedIn profile. Therefore it is important to use it wisely. In general, you should post a professional profile picture, updated employment information, and all of your organizations and honors. LinkedIn should not be used in the same way you use Facebook or Twitter. It is used to connect with other professionals – not to update your friends on what you did last weekend. Therefore its content is more focused on business, scholarship, and employment opportunities. More and more companies and recruiters are using this site, so it is a great way to network and get your name out there!

The Career Services Center will be having a Social Media Workshop on Wednesday, March 21st at 6:00pm to talk more about how to use these sites in a professional manner that benefits your job search. This workshop promises to be very informative and interesting, so we hope to see you there!

Friday, February 17, 2012

AU Career Fair: Who's Recruiting Me?

By Dave Kokandy

Some people believe that the Ashland University Career Fair only has opportunities for certain majors. If that's what you have heard, check out the following handy spreadsheet, which lists each company and the majors they are interested in talking to at the fair! Please note the first column is "Has Opportunities for All Majors" - so be sure to talk to them as well!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Professionalism and Business Etiquette

By Krista Youngpeter, Career Assistant

Here we are, five weeks into spring semester! How time flies, and pretty soon it will be summer and you might replace some of your textbooks with summer jobs, internships, volunteer work or that’s your hope anyway! In order to secure a job for summer, time starts now (or if you have already started looking, good job)! Many employers are taking applications now and job fairs are a great way to get to meet employers! The AU Career Fair is coming up on February 22nd at 1 pm- 4 pm in Upper Convo, and it is highly encouraged students go to the Career Fair, so when the end of April rolls around you know you have a plan for summer, and then you won’t be as stressed! I mean come on, when the end of the semester approaches, life is pretty crazy with end of the year papers, projects, and exams!

The time is now to be looking for a summer jobs! It is very important to know how to be professional when mixing and mingling with employers so you look your best! If name tags are required, make sure to wear your name badge on the right shoulder, if you forget right shoulder, remember opposite side of how you say the pledge of allegiance. When you are meeting with an employer, be prepared to introduce yourself! Make sure to have your own personal 30 sec commercial, and when you give a handshake, it should be firm and gender-neutral. If meeting with multiple people, don’t spend too much time with one person, and don’t babble!

However, before you even get to introduce yourself, the employer will see how you are dressed and it should be professional! Ladies, five pounds of make-up, and lots of jewelry is not appropriate so keep it to a minimal! Black pants or skirt is appropriate, but be aware of the skirt hem and/or slit, and wear hosiery underneath the skirt and avoid low-cut or too-tight clothing. These things draw bad attention to yourself, and it will be a turn off to employers and you definitely don’t want that! Another basic thing is shoes, wear low, closed-toe heels, so, although you just bought a new pair of shoes that are brightly colored and five inches tall, avoid wearing them to a career fair or when you are meeting with an employer. Let’s be honest, an employer does not care that those high heel shoes were on sale, and you just had to buy them because they were your favorite color!

Now let’s move on to the gentlemen, a dress shirt with a tie is appropriate, but make sure the tie is appropriate, don’t wear a tie with your favorite sports team on it or anything of that sort! Keep it simple! For the rest of your dress, match your belt and shoes, wear dark socks, lace up your shoes, and no cologne!

Before you meet with employers, make sure you feel confident in how you are dressed and that it is professional! Before you walk out the door, look in the mirror, and ask yourself, “would I hire this person?” If you confidently answer yes, then you are ready to make a great first impression, so go out there and get yourself a job!

Want to learn more about how to behave at a job fair? Attend our How to Work a Job Fair program on Monday at 3:30 pm in the CSC!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Rebecca Civittolo, Intern of the Month for January 2012

The Career Services Center would like to congratulate senior Rebecca Civittolo as January's Intern of the Month. Rebecca is a Social Work & Philosophy major and currently has an internship with The Village Network & Wayne/Holmes Mental Health & Recovery Board. Rebecca's primary responsibilities include researching policy initiatives and meeting with a client to prepare him for his transition into permanent custody. Rebecca says, "The internship has already given me a wonderful experience that will aid me in my future career... My speaking and writing skills continue to improve as I work with these agencies each day." Rebecca is also a Writing Assistant, Philosophy Club Vice President, and Phi Sigma Tau Secretary. Congratulations, Rebecca!

Applications for February Intern of the Month are due Friday, February 24, 2012. For more information about the Intern of the Month or to download the application, please see the Career Services web page.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Gaining Leadership Experience on Campus

By Ariel Bissell, Career Assistant

President of Kappa Delta Pi, Secretary of Social Work Club, and Vice President of Alpha Delta Pi: What do these positions have in common? They are forms of leadership on campus! Employers are always looking for well-rounded students who demonstrate leadership outside the classroom or workplace. In addition to showing that you are a well-rounded student, leadership on campus expresses the ability to manage time effectively. The easiest (and most fun!) way to pump up your resume is getting involved with a campus organization and eventually taking on a leadership position in it.

If you want to get involved but aren’t sure what is available at Ashland, you can check out the Student Organizations page. All the on-campus organizations are listed there, along with the advisor's name and contact information so that you can find out more about the club and see where and when they meet! The organizations cover a wide spectrum ranging from hobbies, service involvement, political beliefs, academic majors, Greek life, or academic honoraries.

Joining a social organization is a great way to have fun and it conveys having a well rounded college experience. A great way to boost your chances in an employment field related to your major is joining on campus organizations that are related to your major. Example: a Middle Grades Education major should probably be a member of CMLA (Collegiate Middle Level Association) or a Social Work major should try to join Social Work Club.

As a student that is involved in Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Alpha Theta, America Reads tutoring, and CMLA; I can attest to how much these organizations have benefited me professionally. Not mention the great time I've had and the wonderful people I've met in these organizations!

Join an on campus organization and that could be one step towards making you more marketable to employers!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Career Services Center – what’s the point?

By Ivana Petrovic, Career Services Intern

Every AU freshman is required to sit through the Accent on Success Career Services session, and because it’s just another one of those classes that everyone just has to grin and bear, it’s understandable when most students don’t get much out of the visit. While it may not interest students very much at the time of their AOS class, because it is so early in their college career, the Career Services Center (CSC) really is a helpful place to turn to when you’re confused about where you want to go in life, no matter your major (even if you’re undecided – in which case, the office can help with that, too!). In reality, it really can offer students of any class level the help that they need. The CSC is a great place to go if you’re looking for free resources for your internship, graduate school, or job search; free mock interviews, free help on resumes, cover letters, and anything else you can think of that’s goal-oriented and relates to helping you succeed in the future. In addition to setting up appointments with Career Specialists, walk-in sessions with Career Assistants trained to review resumes and cover letters are available Monday through Friday from 1 to 5 PM. The office also holds an annual career fair with employers for a variety of majors, an Intern of the Month process (great to put on your resume and receive free career items, such as a portfolio), several workshops, and other fun events such as the Etiquette Dinner. Another good aspect of the CSC is that the office’s services remain free to all AU students even after graduation! So, if you reach a point where you just don’t like where your life is headed, or you just can’t see yourself making it through another day at your current job situation, the AU CSC team will gladly help you find your happy place! The CSC team is comprised of caring people, who are genuinely interested in seeing you benefit from their help. So, if you’re ever in need of advice for the future, don’t hesitate to stop in anytime during office hours (8-5; M-F), call 419-289-5064, or visit the website at http://www.ashland.edu/career.

AU Career Connect/ On Campus Jobs

By Molly Livengood, Career Assistant

When beginning your on campus job/internship search, the thought about where to even begin can seem a bit over whelming. Where do you start? How do I apply? Do I need a resume? All of these are probably questions that have run through your head. Fortunately, the Career Services Center has made this overwhelming process extremely simple with the introduction of the new web-based program AU Career Connect.

AU Career Connect is an online job board that all campus positions are posted on in order to help students find on campus employment. When a position becomes available, the job is posted on the site under their user name. In addition to campus departments posting jobs, outside employers also use the job board in order to hire recent graduates and to find students to fill internships. This allows ALL Ashland University graduates to use Career Connect. Once you graduate, you will still have access to the job board in addition to all office materials and assistance.

In order to use the job board, you must create a profile and register for the site.

New Users: Enter your name and password (use your 7 digit ID Number the first time you log in). Create and submit your profile and then log out of the system. You will receive an approval e-mail from Career Services once your profile has been activated.


If you are an alumnus or from a regional campus, there is a separate section to log into (Click Alumni and Regional Campuses-click here to register!”

Due to the fact that employers can search student profiles, it is important for all students to update and keep their profiles up to date. Upload your resume, cover letter, and any other documents that you would use in an application for your given field of study.

When searching for jobs, it is very important that you specify what type of job you are searching for. If you are looking for an on campus job, be use to search Ashland University as the organization name in order to see all on campus positions.

In order to more easily navigate the site, feel free to come to the CSC, to receive a guide to walk you through the basic steps for creating and using Career Connect. For further questions and concerns, please feel free to call the office at 419.289.5064. Happy job hunting!

Resources:

www.ashland.edu/career - Click on the AU Career Connect icon in order to enter the Career Connect Job Board.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Experience of a Lifetime

By Danielle Slone, Extreme Career Makeover: Internship Edition Winner 2011

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a terrific holiday break and enjoyed the nice long weekend. I’m Danielle Slone and I was selected for last year’s Extreme Career Makeover. I am Journalism and Digital Media major here at AU, and I have to say working in the media requires a ton of professionalism and dedication. Thanks to my experience with the Career Services Center, I was able to build a lot of confidence and professionalism which landed me my summer internship for a radio station in Columbus. I’d like to invite and encourage you to apply for this year’s Extreme Career Makeover because it is an opportunity worth getting involved in! Without their guidance I would’ve never gotten the opportunity to advance myself and my career skills.

I applied for the Extreme Career Makeover because I was seeking ways to improve my resume, cover letter, and various other skills. Luckily, I got expert advice in those areas and so much more. The staff at the CSC was very helpful and provided me with a lot of good information about designing a resume and cover letter, as well as practicing interviewing skills with me and making sure I knew how to be comfortable when meeting potential employers. They even taught me really valuable networking skills. These skills I learned will be with me as I go forward into my career in the years ahead.

In addition to improving my resume writing and interview skills, I also got to have a real physical makeover. I had loads of fun shopping for a brand new outfit which included a suit jacket and pants, blouse, and shoes! Plus, I also received a Mary-Kay makeover from a local representative, and a professional haircut. I was so grateful for the appearance change of the program because it was really an opportunity I probably wouldn’t have been able to do on my own. Working in media requires you to have a clean, positive, and professional look, so having a makeover physically was really cool. The CSC staff took me to several stores to find the perfect outfit and we had a good time during the whole experience.

Overall, I recommend the Extreme Career Makeover to everyone who wishes to enhance their professional skills. Being a part of this program prepared me very well for my internship search, and I was very blessed to be chosen for it. In fact, when I went to my internship interview the supervisor commented on how well prepared I was with my cover letter, resume, and outfit. If you would like the chance to experience the same things I did, then go to the CSC’s website and APPLY TODAY! Trust me, this was definitely the experience of a lifetime, and I hope that this year’s winner will enjoy it just as much as I did. Best wishes to all of AU, and have a great semester!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Do your New Year's resolutions include career-related goals?

By Amber Weaver, Career Assistant

Welcome back, everyone!

I hope you all had wonderful breaks, with lots of time to rest and enjoy time with friends and family. It’s hard to believe that it’s already time to start a new semester, but here we are at Ashland again! The Career Services Center is here to help with all of your career goals for this New Year, whether they include a new job, graduate school, or just a fresh new resume. Maybe we can help you with some of your career-related resolutions for 2012!

Think it might be time to update your resume or write a cover letter? Career Assistants are available for walk-in appointments from 1:00-5:00, Monday through Friday. Resumes can also be emailed to resume@ashland.edu or submitted to AU Career Connect, if that is more convenient for you. Professional staff members are also available by appointment for resume critiques.

Looking for a job or internship for this semester or over the summer? One way to find it is to log into Career Connect, where you can see what positions both local and national employers have open. You can also use CareerShift, which is another employment search engine. Both of these are accessible from the Career Service Center’s website, www.ashland.edu/career.

The Career Services Center will also be holding a number of events throughout the semester to help you with your career goals! There will be a Resume Writing Workshop on January 18th if you could use some help writing your resume. Internship Awareness Week will be from January 23rd-27th, with multiple events to help you with your internship search. And in February there will be a job fair right here on campus to help you with your job search.

We hope to see you this semester, and help you out with all of your career goals for the year!