Wednesday, November 27, 2013

End of Fall Semester 2014 Schedule

Since finals are underway, the staff of the Career Services Center would like to take a moment to clarify the hours of availability of our services through the beginning of spring semester.

December 5 - December 18: Available by Appointment

The Career Services Center will remain open during its regular hours - 8 a.m - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday - during and after finals, through Wednesday, December 18th. Students and alumni who require assistance are encouraged to schedule an appointment by calling the Career Services Center at 419.289.5064. Appointments can also be made at the office.

As always, the Career Services Center can schedule appointments to assist students or alumni who will not be near Ashland over the break via phone, Skype, Google Hangouts, Webex, and more.

December 19 - January 1: University Offices Closed

Like most offices at Ashland University, the Career Services Center will be closed Thursday, December 19th through January 1st. During this time, staff may not be available by phone or by email. We regret any inconvenience this may cause. Our information on the myAU Portal, the Ashland University website, and our online services such as AU Career Connect and CareerShift, will be available over the break.

January 2 - January 3: Available by Appointment

On January 2nd & 3rd, the Career Services Center will be open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and available to assist students by appointment.

January 5: Walk-in Hours Resume

On Monday, January 5th (the first day of class), Resume Walk-In Hours will resume. While the hours for walk-in resume assistance have not yet been finalized, we will announce them as soon as we are able.

As usual, the Career Services Center will be available to assist students by appointment, and the office will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.


We hope that this helped clarify the schedule for the end of the term, the holidays, and the beginning of next semester. If you have questions, please contact the Career Services Center at 419.289.5064 or cdcstaff@ashland.edu.

NOTE: This post has been updated 12/9 to remove dates that have passed.

Monday, November 25, 2013

What Are You Thankful For? : Thank You Notes After an Interview

by Deanna Baker, Career Services Intern 

In light of the upcoming holiday season, we tend to acknowledge what we are thankful for. But we have to ask ourselves, what are employers thankful for? A nice thank-you letter from you! Believe it or not, many hiring managers think highly of the thank you notes people send after an interview. It shows that the individual was grateful for the opportunity and appreciative of the employer’s time. It is very important to send thank you notes, and could possibly be the make-or-break factor in landing the job.

Here are some guidelines when thanking an employer:

  1. Warm up the ink pen- Handwritten cards are always the best. Notes written by hand are so much more personal, and often times sentimental. After working in my first accounting internship for a couple of months, I remember going into my supervisor’s office and seeing the note I had given him on his desk! He appreciated the gesture and liked the note so much he kept it on his desk. So when in doubt, write it out! 
  2. A Thank You in the Subject Line- Only when you know the hiring manager is extremely busy, or if they would prefer an email, is it appropriate to send them a thank you electronically. If an employer is constantly on the go they sometimes would appreciate a simple email that thanks them for their time. However, not knowing who or where to address the thank you note  is no excuse to send it via email! Do some research and find out where to mail the letter. 
  3. Play Your Cards Right- For every person who is taking part in your interview process be sure and ask for their business card. After you have finished speaking the company’s representatives, write a thank you to every individual you spoke with, preferably within the first 48 hours of interviewing, but certainly no later than a week. 
  4. Make it Personable- Each letter sent should be personally written to the interviewer. Try to incorporate what was discussed during your interview. This shows that you were attentive and were interested in the conversation. 
  5. Remember to Proofread!- This is simple: don’t send any document to an employer with mistakes! It is embarrassing to send a letter or email with mistakes. If it helps, type out your letters in a Word document and read it aloud to see if your message is clear and concise. 
For more suggestions, look up our Interviewing Guide on our portal page, or, for alumni, in the Resource Library section of AU Career Connect.


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Using Social Media to Your Benefit



By Deanna Baker, Career Services Intern
By now, we have all heard about social media being harmful to your reputation. Most college students live their lives through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Vine videos, and we have heard how certain types of posts can leave a negative impression on an employer. It is true that human resource managers will do social media inspections on applicable candidates before offering them a position, so I would like to inform you on some ways of how social media can help you get job!

        Besides the fact of maintaining a professional image online (i.e. no derogatory pictures, no harmful comments, and avoiding controversial pages), individuals can use social media to notify them of potential job openings and network with company employers. Recently Forbes Online published an article featuring Brad Schepp, co-author of How to Find a Job on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. He has listed seven ways on how individuals can use these social media sites to be notified and network for future employment opportunities:

1)     Create a Professional Profile- Of course we do not want to use our senior prom pictures as our cover photo. Instead, Schepp suggests creating a professional image of you online that lists your job history. Sites such as LinkedIn are an excellent place for this. However, many people under-utilize Facebook and Twitter that also give you the option to list current and previous employments. Schepp states that “These profiles should demonstrate not only what you’ve accomplished, but where your strengths are and what you can offer future employers.”
2)     Join a Network- Social media sites are all about connecting with friends and families, but employers are starting to use these sites to search for job candidates. Schepp suggests adding groups and organizations in your industry to build up your reputation. If you keep your profile up-to-date, employers will find you! Just recently, I had talked to a HR representative who states that she actively utilizes LinkedIn to search for potential interns and job candidates.

3)     Follow and Respond to Companies in Your Field-By adding these companies to your social network you are notified of anything new that is going on within the company. “This is a great way to show your expertise to a potential employer,” Schepp says. By selecting “Like” on some of these pages, you will be notified of new product developments and potential new hires.
4)     Help others- Be considerate of others’ inquiries and be willing to answer questions other people may have posted on LinkedIn or Facebook. By being engaged and willing to be a vital resource, employers sense that you are genuinely trying to be a help instead of only find an excuse to benefit yourself.
5)     Never Directly Ask for a Job- Even though you are behind a monitor and keyboard, you should never outright ask an individual for a job. Keeping your name out there and networking with the right people will put you in the right position for a job.
6)     Search for Available Positions- Many people are aware of the mainstream job search sights, but Schepp suggests using the company’s Facebook and LinkedIn page to search for openings. “Improve the odds in your favor by looking for jobs on company Twitter feeds, on their Facebook pages, and in LinkedIn Groups.”
7)     Game Plan- Plan out accordingly what you will do on certain days. For example, every Tuesday Career Services is constantly posting updates and helpful hints to assist students who are currently going through the job-seeking process (#CareerTipTuesday). You do not want to consume your day by updating your profiles and researching helpful tips, but by dividing it up on separate days will help you stay more organized and on top of your game!

I hope you find these 7-steps helpful! If interested in ideas on utilizing social media to help find you a job add us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @AUCareerService, and look us up on Pinterest! We post relevant and up-to-date information pertaining to online etiquette, job searches, career fairs and so much more!
Source: Schepp, B. (2013). 7 Ways to Use Social Media to Land a Job. Retrieved November 11, 2013, from Forbes.com: http:www.forbes.com/pictures/efkk45ehmek/7-ways-to-use-social-media-to-land-a-job/

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Mackenzie Reece - October Intern of the Month



The Career Services Center would like to congratulate junior Mackenzie Reece as October’s Intern of the Month! Mackenzie is a Biology and Biochemistry major and completed his internship with the Ashland University Biology Department. Mackenzie's advice for other students looking for internships is to “find something that interests you and make the most of it because you never know what you will discover." Among his many activities at AU, Mackenzie is an executive officer of the Pre-Health Club, the President of the American Medical Student Association, and the President of the Ski Club. Congratulations, Mackenzie!

For more information on the Intern of the Month program, or to view past winners, please visit the Career Services Center website. The deadline to apply for the Intern of the Month program is the last Monday of each month. Ashland University students can access the application on the myAU Portal.