If someone told you there is one thing you can do to increase your chances of getting a job offer when you graduate, would you do it? In a challenging job market, internships may be the best thing that you can do for your future; especially when many employers use their internship programs as their primary entry-level recruiting tools. The good news is, according to results of the latest NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) internship survey, nearly 97 percent of employers plan to hire interns in 2015 -2016. *
There is no doubt about it, internships are ‘in’. Curious why internships are so valuable? Here are the top 5 reasons why you should NOT miss out on having an internship experience while attending Loyola. Contact the Career Development Center at 504.865.3860 to get connected with internship resources today!

TOP FIVE REASONS TO GET AN INTERNSHIP:
1. You get to ‘test drive’ your career. Real world experience helps you make more informed career decisions.
Would you buy a car without a test drive? Choose a college before doing your research? Obtaining an internship is your opportunity to explore careers in different fields or investigate areas of interest. It’s almost impossible to truly know if you’ll enjoy a certain job or career until you try it, and an internship is the perfect way to “test the waters.” Internships allow you to learn first hand whether your supposed “dream job” is actually a nightmare.

2. Overcome the “Experience Required” criterion for many full time positions.
Employers like it when you have hands-on experience. In fact, it may be difficult to compete for the better job opportunities if you haven’t completed at least one internship. Interns develop career-related skills and demonstrate them to potential employers. Many skills are best learned on the job, and even internships that are not directly related to your career provide you with opportunities to demonstrate your transferable skills, such as leadership, critical thinking, and communication skills. Employers want to know what you can do for them, and they are especially interested when you’ve already done it for someone else.

3. Connect the classroom to the “world of work”.
As an intern, you will gain immediate career-related experiences that complement your academic credentials. Not only can you apply the theories that you learn in class to real experiences, but you can take those experiences back into the classroom. An internship introduces you to the world of work and how work gets completed beyond academia. Completing your workplace assignments and navigating an office environment not only enhances your resume but increases your confidence.

4. Develop your network.
Developing professional contacts in the field can help you turn your career plans into reality. If you want to know where the opportunities are in an industry, the people you want to talk to are the ones already working in it. People who know your potential and work ethic are happy to pass along tips about opportunities, share your information with their friends, and provide you with suggestions on how and where to look for positions once you graduate. Leverage this group of professionals into a network to help you land the position you want.

5. Get a job offer! Most employers will hire successful interns over candidates they’ve just met or who apply online.
Internships provide experience that you can highlight whenever you apply for full-time jobs, especially those that specify workplace experience. Many employers use internships as extended interviews for full-time employment and hire exclusively from their internship pool, although there are no guarantees. During your internship, your mentors and professional colleagues can introduce you to potential employers, plus provide references and describe your accomplishments to assist in your job search. What better way for them to get to know you than to let them try you out for eight to twelve weeks? If you succeed and excel, you will definitely have a competitive edge over the average online resume submitter.

*from NACE’s 2015 Internship Survey

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It is that time of the year again! The Spring 2016 Career Expo will be held on Thursday January 28 from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  This year’s fair currently has over 60 employers , interested in recruiting ALL Majors, and is sponsored by GEICO and GlobalStar.

A few last minute reminders as you prepare for the fair:

Do Your Research: Research the employers registered to attend the Spring 2016 Career Expo and find the right match for you.  Ensure your skill set is in alignment with the ideal candidate the company is searching for.  Keep an open mind and make plenty of copies of your resume!

Look the Part: Your first impression is a lasting impression! Make sure that you are neat, clean and polished with your business attire. If all else fails, choose a conservative classic look with traditional colors.

Develop a Plan of Action: Arrive to the Spring 2016 Career Expo early. Have an idea of the employers you would like to visit and in what order. Avoid long lines; make a note of the employer and visit them before you leave the fair. In developing your game plan, include your personal PDSA method: Plan. Do. Study. Act.

Plan to take the FREE shuttle: Parking downtown can be complicated and expensive. The Career Development Center is offering a free shuttle to and from the event. Catch the shuttle at Freret Street and McCallister in front of Tulane’s ROTC building. Scheduled pick up times are 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:45 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. (The final shuttle will leave Superdome Gate A at 4:15 p.m. to return to campus.)

At the Spring 2016 Career Expo

What should you ask a Recruiter?  Ask about job/internship opportunities, application process, qualifications, and potential career paths.  Relax and speak slowly. Take notes and distribute your resume. At the end of the conversation, request a business card and/or contact information. Below are sample questions to ask recruiters.

  • Does your company hire on a continual basis or just at certain times of the year? How long does the hiring process take?
  • What are the skills and attributes you value most in your employees?
  • What opportunities are there for advancement in the company?
  • Describe some typical projects/assignments for an entry level person in your organization
  • What would you expect your ideal hire to do during the first month with the company?
  • What is the company culture like?
  • How long have you worked for this company and why did you choose this position?

After the Career Expo

What should you do after the Career Expo? Send a quick thank you email to the recruiters you have spoken to within 24 hours if possible. Refer back to something from your conversation and attach your resume as a reference.  Recap your interests in the organization and the positions they have available. Keep a file of all contacts made with the employer, including dates and applications material sent to them. If you would like additional information on Preparing for the Career Expo, you can schedule an appointment with a Career Coach in the Career Development Center by calling 504.865.3860 or stop by the CDC, 208 Danna Student Center.

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Don’t forget! The Internship and Part-Time Job Fair is only 1 day away on Thursday the 21st from noon- 2:30 pm in the St. Charles Room.  Over 60 employers will be on-campus looking for Loyola interns and part-time hires.  Continue reading for more information about 3 companies, Fastenal Company, PS Business Management, and The Sherwin-Williams Company that will be at the fair and are also serving as event sponsors.

1. Fastenal Company

Interested in working for a company that has grown from a small-town fastener shop into a multibillion- dollar global enterprise? Want to know the secret to their success? It’s simple: hire great people, give them great support, and encourage them to reach their full potential in pursuit of their common goal: Growth Through Customer Service. Visit Fastenal’s table on Thursday to learn more about the company and their internship and part-time job opportunities! Click here to view the numerous career opportunities available.

2. PS Business Management

Are you interested in working with people in the entertainment industry? PS Business Management is a full-service business management firm focusing on accounting services, financial advisory, royalty & licensing services, tax services, and personal financial planning. Check out what internship and part-time job opportunities this company has available on Thursday! To see what they are looking for, click here to learn about their career opportunities.

3. The Sherwin-Williams Company

Want to work for a company that has a strong commitment to its employees? A company committed to providing its people a friendly, safe, and exciting work environment? The Sherwin-Williams Company offers plenty of career opportunities ranging from internships to management training programs. Furthermore, the company has been recognized as a leader in promoting from within and recognizing its employees. If you like what Sherwin-Williams has to offer its employees and are interested in internship and job opportunities, stop by their table on Thursday! Click here to learn about their Management/ Sales Training Program.

 

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Welcome back, students- I hope all of you had a restful and exciting Winter Break! Did you know that the Career Development Center is hosting the 2016 Spring Internship and Part-Time Job Fair this week? It is being held on Thursday, January 21st from 12:00- 2:30 pm in the St. Charles Room. With over 60 organizations registered to attend, it is an amazing opportunity to come out and learn about internship and part-time job opportunities. To get started, let me introduce you to some of the fair sponsors: CORE Construction, Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, and Story Block Media.

1. CORE Construction

Do you want to intern for a company where trust is the foundation? CORE Construction’s mission is to earn the trust of their employees, building partners, and clients. Achieving this mission begins by building teams who have unwavering, comprehensive trust in one another. If their mission is something you feel strongly about or you are looking for a marketing internship, stop by their table on Thursday to learn more about the company and their internship opportunities! Click here to learn more about their marketing intern position posted on Employola.

2. Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts

Looking for a part-time job in the restaurant industry? Look no further! Creole Cuisine operates approximately 20 restaurants in the New Orleans area. Their latest restaurant is Boulevard American Bistro on Veterans Blvd. in Metairie. They are currently hiring for multiple positions: servers, bartenders, managers, general managers, sous chefs, and kitchen managers. Click here to find these positions posted on Employola. Some of their restaurants include: Kingfish, Le Bayou, and The Bombay Club. Don’t forget to check out their table on Thursday!

3. Story Block Media

Are you looking for an internship at a New Orleans based Marketing/ PR firm, focused on helping businesses share their stories? Story Block Media is a group of storytellers that believe each company is more vigorous than just their ideas, products, and services. Their primary services include branding, copywriting, PR, online advertising management, social media, and web design. Stop by their table on Thursday to learn more about the company and their internship opportunities! Click here to view their open positions.

 

 

 

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Are you looking for an opportunity to increase your employability?  Interested in sharpening your interpersonal skills by interacting with people on a professional level?  Want to beef up your resume to remain competitive?

On Thursday, January 21, 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. in the St. Charles Room (1st floor, Danna Student Center) the Career Development Center will host the 4th Internship and Part-Time Job Fair.  The fair will connect local employers with students seeking those all-important academic internships and/or part-time job opportunities. Sponsored by Story Block Media, Fastenal, PS Business Management, Sherwin Williams and Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, this event is open to students from ALL majors and class standings.  Visit with approximately 60 local organizations that want to put your creative knowledge and talents to work.  With over 400 students attending each semester, the Internship and Part-Time Job Fair has become a Loyola tradition!

NO pre-registration required…just sign in at the door.

Dress code is winter casual.  Resumes are encouraged.  For the full list of participating employers check out our website.

A sampling of employers includes:

504 Experience

Audubon Nature Institute

Besh Restaurant Group

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans

Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts

Edible Schoolyard New Orleans

Fastenal

Isidore Newman School

Jewish Community Center (JCC)

Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation

Louisiana SPCA

Metropolitan Center for Women and Children

New Orleans Museum of Art

Northwestern Mutual

PS Business Management

Sherwin Williams

Story Block Media

The Clarion Herald

Success Preparatory Academy

The Creative Alliance of New Orleans

The Inkwell Press

Tulane University School of Medicine

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Venture for NOLA

Contact the Career Development Center at career@loyno.edu or 504.865.3860  if you have any questions!

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Winter Break is a time to relax with family and friends after taking grueling semester exams.  However, it is also the ideal time to invest in your professional development.  Here are a few ways you can maximize your break:

1.     Prepare for our upcoming Career Fairs.

● Thursday, January 21, 2016 is the Spring Internship and Part-Time Job Fair from 12:00 pm- 2:30 pm in the St. Charles Room, 1st floor Danna Center.

Over 60 local employers will be on-campus recruiting for internship and part-time opportunities.  EVERYONE should attend this fair, even first and second year students. A sampling of companies registered to attend include: The Sherwin- Williams Company, Audubon Nature Institute, Harrah’s New Orleans, Northwestern Mutual, Story Block Media, and Isidore Newman School.

● Thursday, January 28, 2016 is the Spring Career Expo from 12:00 pm- 4:00 pm at the Mercedes- Benz Superdome.

Every year, the Association of New Orleans Career Services sponsors two of the largest collegiate career expos in Louisiana, one in the fall semester and one in the spring semester. This allows local and national employers the opportunity to recruit students from local area colleges and universities. This career fair is perfect for seniors or anyone searching for a summer internship.

Get prepared over Winter Break by:

● Researching employers attending. Make a list of employers you want to check out. You can find a list of employers attending the Spring Internship and Part-Time Job Fair and Spring Career Expo on Employola. After you log in, click on Career Fairs and Events and you will see a link that says View Employers.

● Preparing your resume. Depending on the field, update your resume with your most recent experience, activities, and leadership. Check out our resume handout here.

● Making sure you have professional attire. If not, after Christmas sales are the perfect opportunity to acquire some.

Because the Spring Career Expo is larger and more professional in nature, here are additional tips you can follow to maximize your day:

● Having a 30 Second “sales pitch” prepared. Include the following: your name, major, class year/ expected graduation date, career interest, and past work experience. For example- my name is Gretchen Fields. I am a junior majoring in Marketing. I graduate next spring with my BBA and I am interested in advertising. This past summer, I interned at New Orleans Magazine and loved it!

● Being prepared for questions employers may ask you and make a list of questions you want to ask. Questions employers may ask: Why are you interested in our organization? and Why do you think you will be successful in this field? Questions to Ask Employers: What are some of the typical duties an intern or first year employee would have at your organization? What characteristics does a successful employee have at your organization?

● Being mindful of your behavior. Make sure you maintain eye contact, smile, have a firm handshake, and a positive attitude!

● Following-up. It is important that you follow-up with the recruiters you spoke with after the fair. Follow-up by sending thank you notes via e-mail and applying online to all positions you are interested in.

2. Clean up your Social Media Accounts

● Now that you have some down time, it is a great time to clean up your social media accounts including FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

● It is also a great time to create a LinkedIn account if you have not already.

● Surprisingly, 93% of recruiters look up candidates online according to JobVite.

3. Create/Revise your Cover Letters and Resumes

● Winter Break is the perfect opportunity to update your resume and cover letter.

● Check out the Career Development Center’s handout on crafting a resume, here .

● Come see us next semester for feedback. Walk-in hours are Mondays and Thursdays from 2 pm to 4 pm.

4. Conduct an Informational Interview

● Informational interviews are informal conversations you have with professionals in fields that interest you. Informational interviewing allows you to ask questions about specific careers and what all it entails. Winter Break is a great time for informational interviews because you can start with family members who are in town for the holidays. For example, you are graduating in May with a major in finance and minor in accounting. Hit up Uncle Earl at the dinner table and ask him about his career as a financial advisor.

● You can also do informational interviewing with people you do not know. Call organizations where you are during Winter Break and ask HR whether you can set-up an informational interviewing session.

● Sample Questions to Ask: What are the pros and cons of your profession? Is additional schooling required? How competitive is the job-market? Is there a work-life balance? Why did you want to become a ___?

● After the interview, whether it be on the phone or in person, follow-up with a thank you note.

I hope you have an amazing, fun-filled, and relaxing Winter Break! Enjoy this vacation with family and friends, but make sure you also make an investment in yourself by preparing for your life after Loyola. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

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Loyola University New Orleans alumni have recently embarked in full-time service with two Jesuit Volunteer organizations, Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) and JVC Northwest:

Volunteers with JVC:

  • Troy Thayer- Westside Children’s Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Stephanie Roca- Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, San Jose, CA

Volunteers with JVC Northwest:

  • George Carr- Paschal Sherman Indian School, Omak, WA

As volunteers with these two Jesuit Volunteer organizations, these graduates serve people who live on the margins of society, and have committed to living simply and working for social change in a reflective and spiritually supportive community with other Jesuit Volunteers (JVs).

Loyola University New Orleans graduates are some of the 267 JVC volunteers serving in 37 U.S. cities and 6 countries across the world, and the 148 JVC Northwest JV/AmeriCorps members serving in 24 Northwest communities.

JVs serves hundreds of thousands of people each year, addressing issues such as hunger and homelessness, poverty, domestic violence, end-of-life care, mental health, food justice, as well as serve in Indigenous communities, schools, health clinics, and advocacy organizations across the country and world.

“Each year it is inspiring to welcome a new group of women and men, like the graduates of Loyola University New Orleans, who choose serve with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps,” said Tim Shriver, President of JVC.  “Ignited by faith, our volunteers serve in communities which are tackling the world’s greatest challenges: homelessness, hunger, mental illness, crime and poverty. In joining and providing vital service within these communities across the US and abroad, our Jesuit Volunteers are permanently transformed themselves – and are prepared for a lifetime of putting faith into action. “

“We welcome young adults from across the country to the Northwest to share their gifts, education, knowledge, and enthusiasm with those experiencing marginalization and poverty,” shares Jeanne Haster, Executive Director of JVC Northwest. “They are an inspiration and provide hope for our future as they live out our four values of community, simple living, social and ecological justice, and spirituality with other kindred spirits.

About JVC Northwest

Established in 1956 in Copper Valley, Alaska, JVC Northwest connects individuals with one or more years of volunteer service focused on the core values of community, spirituality, simple living, and social and ecological justice. Each year, JVs serve over 150,000 people living on the margins in urban, rural, and Indigenous communities, as well as fragile ecosystems throughout the Pacific Northwest. When the various JVC regions joined as one organization in 2009, JVC Northwest discerned to remain independent and locally based to best serve local and regional communities in the Northwest. JVC Northwest is a National Direct AmeriCorps program with 135 JV AmeriCorps members. For more information, visit www.jvcnorthwest.org.

About Jesuit Volunteer Corps

For almost five decades the Jesuit Volunteer Corps has engaged brave young believers in vital service within poor communities, fostering the growth of leaders committed to faith in action. The global nonprofit and their network of over 10,000 Former Jesuit Volunteers support approximately 300 Jesuit Volunteers each year as they work for justice in 37 U.S. cities and 6 countries abroad. For more information please visit jesuitvolunteers.org.

Contact the Career Development Center at 504.865.3860 if you want to learn more about applying to the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.

 

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Congratulations, you have almost completed the fall 2015 semester!  You think it is time to kick back and enjoy the holidays; not entirely, think again.  The holidays are also the perfect time to explore internship and job opportunities and much of this can happen without leaving the comfort of home or while visiting family and friends for the holidays.

It is very tempting to come to a full stop and just relax over the holidays, but ignoring the internship and job market over the holidays can be a big mistake.  December is a great time to reach out to perspective employers, former employers, and professionals knowledgeable about fields you wish to pursue for guidance…perhaps even concrete leads.  We might be on break, but most professionals are at work.

HR and career development specialists know, “workplaces that are open will typically be quieter, which is an ideal time to make that connection by phone, email or even setting up an in-person meeting” says Laurie Ruettimann, a human-resources consultant from Raleigh, N.C. “You’re not competing with the regular rush of business. Just remember that many people work half days during the holidays or may work from home.”

Make the most of your holiday break by conducting informational interviews with professionals in your field of interest; complete in-person applications for summer internships; volunteer at an organization where you want to become known; send holiday messages to former teachers, supervisors, and other friends to tell them how you are progressing with your degree and seek their advice about how to use your summer; give your elevator pitch to family, friends, and even strangers at holiday parties; follow-up with employers you are already speaking with about jobs; and build or enhance your LinkedIn account.

The Loyola break can pass very quickly and we certainly want you to get a break, but just know that finding a way to have equal amounts of relaxation, social time, and strategic career-related activities can be the best gift you give yourself this holiday season.  Have fun, stay safe, and get a jump start on your summer plans.

Ready to get started?  Save the date for the Spring 2016 Internship and Part time Job fair, January 21st, 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. in the Danna Student Center.

 

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Name: Alfred Jackson

Graduation Year: 2017

Major: Economics

Hometown: Rock Hill, South Carolina

Campus Involvement: Black Student Union, Vice President of Programming; Brothers 4 Progress; Economics Club

Hobbies: Playing my saxophone, video games, reading manga, and finding new music in New Orleans

Internship Employer: Northwestern Mutual

Primary duties: Financial advising, selling life and health insurance

What are you enjoying the most?

The thing I enjoy the most about this internship is how much they care about the interns.  They make sure that we are successful by steadily checking in on us every week.  Also, I’m learning so much about time management, being a professional, being patient, how to handle myself when I have to answer tough questions, and learning that even when people say no, you have to keep on enduring because that’s the only way you can be successful.

What have you learned about yourself so far?

I’ve learned a lot about myself since starting this internship, but the most important skill that I have learned is how to improve my time management!  This internship has really taught me how to prioritize tasks—whether it is school, extracurricular or work related! It has not been an easy process, but I know that it will help me in the long term and make me a better all-around individual.

What recommendations do you have for other students looking for an internship?

First, don’t be afraid to use old connections.  You never know what an old friend, boss, or acquaintance can do for you.  Second, always stay involved because your leadership activities can help you land a great internship. Third, don’t be afraid to ask your friends who are successful for help.  My good friend, Charles Buggage was integral to helping me land the internship. Fourth, use the program and services of the Career Development Center.  With their assistance, I was introduced to Northwestern Mutual and my current supervisor!

Got an extraordinary internship that you would like featured on our blog and/or newsletter?  Email the Career Development Center at career@loyno.edu!

 

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On Thursday, October 8 from 12:00 – 4:00 PM at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, more than 70 employers will be at the Fall Career Expo.  Don’t think it’s for you?  Think again!

Credit: Jobmob.co.il

Myth #1:“Career Fairs are just for seniors.”

Truth:  A number of companies attending the Fall Career Expo are interested in hiring part-time employees or interns.  Consider exploring any of the following: a summer experience, volunteer opportunities, or a chance to shadow employees or conduct an informational interview.  Employers want the opportunity to speak with all types of students.

Myth #2:“I’m too young to be at a Career Fair; I don’t even know what I would say to an employer!”

Truth: Participating in a Career Fair as a first or second year student is a great way to learn about companies you may want to work for in the near future.  If you research companies in advance, you can prepare what you’ll say.  Visit the Career Development Center website for the full list of registered companies.  Also, learning how to speak professionally with employers is a valuable, life-long skill.

  • How is your handshake?  Too firm?  Too limp?  Here’s your chance to practice!
  • Does your 20-second elevator pitch come off rehearsed or natural?
  • Can you have a balanced conversation – a dialogue – where you ask questions and listen just as much as you talk?
  • Can you respond confidently to an employer’s question about yourself?
  • Take the opportunity to speak with employers and ask what they are looking for in a perspective employee. Work to gain those skills and experiences before you graduate.

Myth #3: “The employer couldn’t take my resume. What a waste of time!”

Truth: Sometimes, company policy or even federal regulations prevent employers from accepting students’ resumes at career fairs. If a recruiter is unable to accept your resume, give them a business card.  Also, you can use your time productively and speak with employers about career paths and your career goals.  You have this employer’s full attention – use it wisely!  Connecting with the recruiter post-fair on LinkedIn or via email is a perfect way to maintain communication until the time comes when you are ready to apply for an internship or job opportunity.

To recap, First Year students and Sophomores can use the Career Fair to:

  • Explore possible internship possibilities!
  • Learn more about potential career paths and interact with employers!
  • Start building your professional network!

Let the Career Development Center Help You!

  • Visit the Career Development Center (2nd Floor, Danna Student Center) during our walk in hours: Monday and Thursdays, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm to have your resume reviewed or make an appointment by calling 504.865.3860.
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