Jenny Mendoza is the Communications Intern within the Xavier University Career Development Office. Her bi-weekly blog posts will feature peer-to-peer career advice and guest bloggers including employers and alumni.
Summer. For some of us, we know exactly when that moment may
begin- for me, summer begins on May 9th at 12 pm. While we may be
able to pinpoint exactly when it is that our summers begin, are we all able to
give a definition of what our summers may entail?
Summer is my favorite season and I would enjoy nothing more
than catching up with friends, going swimming, and just having fun. As ideal as
that sounds for a lot of people, summer actually can be the most productive
season for your résumés! Whether you are
traveling, studying abroad, or working, summer is definitely the time to get a
jump-start on your career path.
Working or having an internship isn’t the only thing that
employers look for when reading résumés. The smallest things that you do can go
a long way. A great example of this is volunteering. If you go on a weeklong
service trip or just volunteer at the free clinic in your spare time,
volunteering is something that employers love to see listed on your résumé. Remember
to take down names and numbers of supervisors you worked with in order to use
them as a resource later on down the road!
Studying abroad is another great résumé add-on. This shows
that although you were not in the country working over the summer, you were
focusing on your studies and still gaining great experience establishing
yourself around the globe.
Finally, an internship, co-op, or full time or part time job
is just as useful as any of the summer options already talked about. Whether it
is a new experience or maybe a repeat of an experience from last summer, there
is always something to add onto or spice up your résumé. Keep your eyes open and remember the different
ways that you made your work experience one to remember- whether it is updating
the company website, creating ads, or promoting the business in your everyday life
through social media!
So, whether you are working in a bakery or in a high-rise
building downtown, be sure to make the most of your 3 month vacation. You only
have so many to embrace!
Social media-we hear this phrase often in school, work, and
pop culture. What exactly does it mean? Most people immediately think of the
usual suspects Facebook and Twitter, but this is hardly the full definition of
the term “social media.” Social media can be used for good, for bad, for fun, and
for business. As college students and
growing adults in the work world, when and how can we properly use social
We all know the drill. You’re sitting in class or you’re
sitting at work and suddenly the lecture or meeting becomes extremely boring so
you go ahead and decide to check Twitter, or maybe even tweet about how boring
that class or meeting is. Perhaps it’s a Monday morning and you’re sifting
through your photos from the weekend, and decide to go ahead and post them- as
flattering or as unflattering as they may be.
While all these things are certainly tasks to keep us busy
and things to keep others entertained with, checking, posting, liking, swiping,
pinning, or you name it may not always be the smartest or most career-savvy
move. Since we are college students, hoping to move into the working world
after graduation, it is important to remember that we should use our best
Think about it this way: if you were a boss or supervisor
coming around checking on your employees and you see one of them sitting in
their office being unproductive and checking their news feed, what would you
think of this employee? You would see that they are not valuing their time at
work and that they are re-directing their energy elsewhere. In another example,
what if you and your boss were Facebook friends and s/he happened to see those
not so flattering pictures of you and your friends out the weekend before?
That’s probably not the image your boss would want representing the company you
I myself use social media everyday and I know first hand it
certainly is not easy to always be consciously thinking “Is this appropriate to
share? Do I really care who sees it?” The good news is that in the work world,
there for sure is one source of social media that is completely acceptable to
be used during and outside of work: LinkedIn! LinkedIn is
the professional social media site of the business world, it is Facebook with a
suit. It is a networking site that allows you to upload your resume, connect
with other professionals, and discover the latest news and professional
ventures! LinkedIn is definitely something that employers love to see being
constantly updated, and being used to help promote your career!
So, in this crazy busy world where everyone wants to know
where you are and how you feel about that doughnut you just bought from the coffee
shop down the street, just remember that there is a time and place for
everything. Maybe someone is looking to hire at that coffee shop and is
interested in you!
get a job? Just get a job? Why don’t I strap on my job helmet and squeeze down
into a job cannon and fire off into job land, where jobs grow on jobbies?!”
Although this quote from Charlie Kelly may be a bit exaggerated, this is
certainly how beginning the job or internship search process may seem.
first step is the most challenging, and that is finding jobs or internships;
whether they are right in your backyard or over 500 miles away. Google seems to
be the answer to everything now-a-days. But rather than tirelessly typing
“marketing internships in Chicago” or whatever major and location you’re
interested in, there is a much simpler solution for us Xavier students- eRecruiting! eRecruiting
is Xavier’s online job and internship site that is exclusive to Xavier students
and alumni. Everyone
has an account that is easy to use! To log in, use your 9 digit banner ID
followed by XU. The password is Jobs. Now you’re in!
is a fantastic tool to use for many reasons. First off, this website is
specifically tailored for Xavier students. Jobs, internships, and co-ops are
all career-related opportunities from employers specifically seeking Xavier
candidates. (Talk about the Power of X!) Once you find your ideal job or
internship, most of the time all you have to do is upload your resume and cover
letter, then click on “apply,” and voila! Super easy.
personally love using eRecruiting because the website is very user-friendly and
simple to follow. Aside from most
internship or job recruiting websites, eRecruiting allows you to specify
exactly what it is you are looking for. Using the keyword function allows you
to sort through a number of different search options from specific career
functions to location! For example, if you wanted to zoom in on graphic design
internships, you can search by those terms to find experiences related to that
your personalized homepage, you will find a list of Xavier’s upcoming career
events, programs, and job fairs; giving us Xavier students extra information we
may find helpful. You can also sign up for on-campus interviews as well. Other
links, such as Going Global, provide job seekers with helpful resources about
job searching in US cities and other countries. So if you have always wanted to
live in Italy, this resource will give you great tips on an international job
with being utilized as a “search engine,” eRecruiting allows you to become very
personal with your search history. eRecruiting allows users to upload and save
their resumes, cover letters, writing samples, and other documents. eRecruiting
also keeps track of your application history in order for you to return and
track your progress.
along with Easter, Reese’s Eggs, and warm spring weather, be sure to stay on
top of the internship/job search! Recruiters are sitting on the other end of
the computer screen awaiting your application- make it easy on yourself and
utilize eRecruiting to your advantage!
the Easter Bunny brings you a job or internship,
“You must declare a major by the end of your sophomore year”
were probably the most intimidating 12 words I have heard in my two and a half
years here at Xavier. Although I originally entered my first semester freshman
year as an Athletic Training major, that game plan was one that was not fully
executed. I found that was not the major for me, and was absolutely lost once I
found myself to be undeclared. I had no idea where to even start thinking of
new career ideas- because finding and declaring a major is basically setting
the path for the rest of your life right? Nope! Not at all.
Knowing Xavier as the Jesuit institution where we are men
and women for others, I turned to the Career Development Office and met with a
career counselor. This resource was one that not even Google could help me
with. I met with my counselor many times and discussed everything- she really
wanted to know not just what it is I might want to do, but who I am and how I
could fit in many career positions that I had never thought of myself.
I was able to discover this by taking three different
assessments: MyPlan, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and the Strong Interest
Inventory. Between all three of these assessments, I was able to view how my
personal interests and work styles mashed together with not only various
professions, but also their work environments and values. After I completed
these, along with discussions with my counselor, the fog on my career window
was gradually starting to fade away.
So, before you freak out and think that college just isn’t for you, take a deep
breath and as the saying goes, “keep calm.” Don’t let the titles of the majors
and minors offered at Xavier scare you into thinking you are destined to one
career path and that you have to discover it alone. There are so many people
available who want to help you out! Talking it out with an adult who has
experienced the same things as you really is the best way to see all solutions
to your task at hand.With Fall 2014 course scheduling around the corner, it’s a great time to start this process, whether you are undecided or unsure about your current major.
For more help on selecting a major or visiting Career Development, please visit:
Job interview. One of the most daunting tasks on your
calendar. Also, one of the most important tasks for college students to master.
It is hard to believe that it was my junior year of college
before I had my first official interview for an internship. It was incredibly
nerve-wracking. But, why? Why does it always seem so difficult to talk about
yourself? The essential behavioral questions, strengths and weaknesses, and
what if’s; it is almost always the same in every interview. So, for those of
you who know exactly what I’m talking about, or for those of you who want to
know, read on.
There are helpful hints about acing interviews everywhere
you turn. In today’s market there are a multitude of successful and unique
students striving for the same positions. We have no choice but to stand out
and be remembered. Harvard Business Review author Amy Gallo offers a few quick
and easy tips that actually do help, trust me.
“Prepare, prepare, prepare.” Seriously, prepare. If you walk
into an interview without knowing anything about the position, how are you
going to market yourself as a perfect choice for that position? Make sure you
know the qualities you have that align with the job description and make sure
to address those confidently in the interview. Knowing yourself is the easy
part. Make sure you also prepare by knowing the brand of the company, their
mission and their vision for their employees, as well as their customers. If
possible find out who is interviewing you, and dig up all the information you
can on them. Prepare yourself by going into the interview knowing all about how
you, the company, and the interviewer could be a great match.
“Emphasize your potential.” After all of your intricate
preparation you may find that some parts of the job you are vying for are not
necessarily your best skills. Keep in mind that no interviewer expects you to
know how to do everything on the job description list perfectly. Exhibit the
fact that you are willing to learn and that you’re good at learning, after all
you are a Xavier student!
“Ace the first thirty seconds.” Your entire life you’ve been
told that first impressions make a difference, well, with interviews it’s no
different. Look the part, talk the part, and walk the part. Make sure you
appear excited to be there, introduce yourself first, and stand up straight.
Remember that even if you give a stellar answer to a question a blank facial
expression will run it right into the ground. Your body language and facial
expressions speak just as loud as your words, if not louder.
In her article, Gallo offers more helpful tips, so for the
full story click here. Make
sure to keep an eye out for the post-spring break blog on declaring or changing a major. Until then, remember to take these tips to those interviews!
Most college students have
heard by now that they should create a LinkedIn profile. If you haven’t already done so, creating a
professional page would be a wise decision.
LinkedIn is an extremely powerful tool to help grow your professional
career. Not only does the site expand
your professional network, but it communicates your personal brand and connects
you to opportunities to help you grow your career and your business.
Creating a profile is the
easy part, but how do you make your page stand out to employers? Here are some helpful tips to enhance your
-Be sure your profile
photo represents you as a business professional… your picture is likely the
first thing viewed and first impressions count! Lucky for you, the CDO is
providing free professional head shots
at the spring Career Fair on
-Have a strong
headline to get noticed. Your profile is
not the place to be shy! Write a concise
yet descriptive headline to stand out.
-Talk about ALL of
your relevant experience! Every
experience makes you more marketable even if it isn’t paid or called by a fancy
-Add rich media to
visually enhance your profile and showcase your work. (40%
of people respond better to visual info than plain text and 46.1% of people say a website’s design
is the #1 criterion for determining the credibility of a company.)
So now that you have a
strong, stand out profile, here are some cool things you can take advantage of
“Student Jobs Portal” for a list of all the entry-level job and internship
postings on LinkedIn.
-Ask your networks
for help! 70% of jobs are found
through networking, so don’t be afraid to reach out to your connections and ask
about job openings or advice.
pages” of the organizations where you want to work and see if you’re connected
to anyone who works there or has previously worked there.
LinkedIn’s “Alumni Tool” to see what Xavier grads are doing today.
There are so many
different features to LinkedIn that students don’t realize are available. It can be the major link to you landing your
dream job. So get out there, strengthen
that profile, and start connecting!
For more helpful tips on
using LinkedIn, please visit:
for a job or internship in a city besides Cincinnati may seem like it would be
a very complicated process. Many
students and alumni may feel like they don’t know where to begin that
search. But if you haven’t learned by
now, the Career Development Office at Xavier is here to help you!
University has a reciprocity agreement with all the other Jesuit universities in
the country. This agreement means that
any student or alum can utilize various services provided by these career
service offices at any of the schools that hold this reciprocity
agreement. You can locate a Jesuit
university in the city of your choice and possibly go visit their career
services office for help finding job connections in that particular city. This agreement sometimes allows for you to
attend job fairs that the university holds as well as possible access to their
online job database. These are just a
couple examples of the many advantages that the reciprocity agreement can offer.
way to go about relocating is to do what I did.
I have lived in Cincinnati for most of my life so I knew I wanted to
expand my horizons and look for positions outside of Cincinnati. I had about five cities that I knew I would
love to live in but they were scattered all over the map. Therefore, in my job search process, I made
sure to look at companies that were either national companies or companies that
have locations in cities besides Cincinnati.
I visited company websites to research their location options. Then, at the Fall Career Fair I made it a
point to ask organizations if relocation was an option as well as which city
locations had job openings. Location was an aspect of the job that was very
important to me so if relocation was not possible, then I was able to rule out
advice would be to think of about five ideal cities that you would like to live
in. If you are not sure about specific
cities, then maybe just pick a region that you think you would enjoy. Then, I would look for Jesuit schools in that
area. It would be extremely helpful to
visit the Career Development Office
for help in this department or for more details on how the reciprocity
it may seem scary to move out of your comfort zone, there are plenty of people
and resources out there to help you. Set
yourself up for success by utilizing all of these tremendous resources!