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!