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!