The workforce can seem daunting to anyone, but it can be downright immobilizing to a recent graduate staring up at the mountainous task of finding their first job. Adding to this fear is the slew of recent articles whose data purports to portray a largely underemployed and unsatisfied worker pool of recently matriculated college grads. While we may be seeing trends of unsatisfied workers, this is not the entire story. The real truth about this data is this: no one finds a great job and gets hired without a strategy and experience-based skills. Although these articles do a great job of harping on scary results, they fail to contextualize the true cause of underemployment and/or job dissatisfaction.

A recently published article in The Washington Post entitled, “The College Majors Most and Least Likely to Lead to Underemployment” pits the employment struggles felt by graduates holding degrees traditionally deemed as “professional degrees” in fields such as: criminal justice, healthcare administration, and graphic design against employees whom the article claims are more happily employed after majoring in fields such as engineering, law, and physics. Using data provided by PayScale, the article hints that the bottom has fallen out of the former category of degrees, which were once felt to be among the safest bets for post-graduation employment.  While it may be true that college grads in these fields are having difficulty finding sustainable work, this article and others like it fail to factor in crucial information on the critical role that the combination of experiential learning and career development opportunities play towards benefitting recently graduated job-seekers. The facts state that graduates finding the most employment success and contentment across the board are those who took full advantage of all that their degree program had to offer; i.e. career centers, study abroad programs, and extracurricular pursuits. This is why Loyola University New Orleans is among leading colleges and universities nationwide who are taking aggressive and proactive steps to infuse experiential learning opportunities and career development strategies into each degree program.

The proof is in the pudding. Last year, Loyola offered over 1000 internship opportunities to students, and saw 71% of Loyola graduates finding employment within their career field or attending graduate or professional school within six months of graduation. A large amount of this success is due to Loyola’s belief that hitting students early and consistently with career information is the primary key to student success. Beginning with the first moments of contact with prospective students and parents, Loyola’s admissions representatives, career development staff, and faculty provide an endless stream of career path discovery opportunities, the latest industry information, and most importantly, ways for students to put their interests into practice through involvement in real world experiences within their industry. As an example, a student pursuing a bachelor of science degree within the music industry studies program at Loyola University is required to graduate with at least one internship experience, and as such, they will meet with industry-trained staff and faculty starting within the first weeks of their program to develop their soft skills, increase their industry knowledge, and provide experientially-based opportunities such as job shadows, professional networking opportunities and most especially: targeted internships in which they practice and hone their craft within the industry. In turn, Loyola’sCareerDevelopmentCenteris dedicated to following a student from their first step onto campus all the way past the graduation stage and into the workforce. In addition to classroom information and individual coaching sessions to build student’s professional skill set, most recently, the Center launched its inaugural “Part-Time Job & Internship Fair,” providing nearly 500 Loyola students with the opportunity to meet with over 60 employers from around the New Orleans metro area. Loyola will also join other institutions across the city in the bi-annual Career Expo this coming October.

Loyola University New Orleans takes the mission of marrying the values of a liberal arts education and transformative career services seriously by way of inventive career programming, classroom presentations, and individual meetings. Students on Loyola’s campus consistently hear the mantra of becoming a “walking business,” regardless of their degree path; meaning that no matter if they find themselves in a corporate setting, artistic path, or a truly entrepreneurial venture, students are easily able to transfer and utilize their skill sets gained in the classroom to their professional pursuits. Due to the close mentorship of Career Development staff and university faculty, Loyola students represent themselves as unique, skill-laden professionals who will succeed in finding happiness in the job world after Loyola, as they think for themselves and innovate above the rest.

Hiring managers in the job market have moved beyond the blind assumption that a student has learned the skills necessary to succeed in their industry simply by earning a bachelor’s degree and are now looking for results-based proof that a student has already, and will continue to thrive in their profession. The task of thorough job preparation is now in the hands of innovative intuitions, like Loyola, who aim to infuse experiential learning and job preparedness into every inch of a student’s education, regardless of degree or career path.

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The Career Development Center team and I would like to extend a BIG thank you to the Loyola University New Orleans community for making our 1st Annual Internship and Part-time Job Fair such a HUGE success! Approximately 462 students were able to network with 65 employers who were hiring for various internship and part-time job opportunities. Employers like the City of New Orleans, Whitney Bank, Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, The House of Blues, Langlois Culinary Crossroads, Reconcile New Orleans, International Culture Exchange Organization and many more!

Students, now that you have had the holiday to reflect on the organizations and conversations you have had, we encourage you to follow up with all potential internship and job leads.  Write a thank you note or e-mail to the representative(s) you met. Include another resume and, if requested, any additional information.

Lastly, we would love to hear your fair success stories.  If you received an internship or part time job offer as a result of attending the fair, let us know by emailing us at: career@loyno.edu.

 

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Welcome back, Loyola students! We are thrilled you’re here.  In response to your many requests last year, the Career Development Center will be hosting its first annual Internship and Part-Time Job Fair on Thursday, August 28th, noon-3:30pm in the St. Charles Room (1st floor Danna Student Center). No pre-registration required…just sign-in at the door!

Over 60 employers will be on-campus seeking part-time help, interns, and Community Based Federal Work Study placements*. See below for a list of the employers participating.  For the most up-to-date information, please click here.

Children’s Hospital of New Orleans
Whitney Bank
Louisiana Children’s Museum
H&R Block
Tales of the Cocktail/New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society
Harrah’s New Orleans
New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO)
House of Blues
City Year New Orleans
Langlois Culinary Crossroads
CPR + Partners
Northwestern Mutual of Louisiana
The Nursery Learning and Development Center
Expotel Hospitality
Fashion Week New Orleans, LLC
Fastenal Company
FIT By You
Fleur Decuers
Campaign for Louisiana
Grassroots Campaigns, Inc.
Green Light New Orleans
Gulf Restoration Network
Gurtner Zuniga Abney  LLC
Easter Seals Louisiana
Resolvit, LLC
International Culture Exchange Organization
Intralox, LLC
Kingsley House
Leaaf Environmental
WIS International
Louisiana Small Business Development Center
Magnolia Community Services
Monster Energy
Muriel’s Jackson Square
U.S. Department of Commerce
New Orleans Audi
Burger King Corporation
Orthosynetics
Papa John’s Pizza
Peace Corps
Reconcile New Orleans, Inc.
PlayNOLA
Point2point New Orleans
RAISING CANE’S
Search Influence
PEMINCO
RGIS
Sodexo Campus Services (Loyola University New Orleans)
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Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans, Inc
The Princeton Review
The Sherwin-Willams Company
Trainer To Go LLC
U. S. Marine Corps
US NAVY
Waffle House Inc
Compucast Web, Inc.
New Orleans Film Society*
Elevate New Orleans*
Abeona House*
Anna’s Arts for Kids*
Catholic Charities Adult Education*
Audubon Nature Institute*
Broadmoor Education Corridor*
Freret Neighborhood Center*
Neighborhood Housing Services of New Orleans* 

*These employers will only be recruiting for Community-Based Federal Work Study positions. You must have a federal work study award to be eligible.

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No one likes to see summer fun coming to an end, so to make the transition from beach-time to class-time a little easier; here are few ideas for fun events and things to do and see around New Orleans and on campus that will also give you a leg up for your professional pursuits!

Culture Collision is in its sixth year and is a personal can’t-miss event every year. Any and all interested performing arts organizations (think: the Saenger, the CAC, dance troupes, & theater groups) are invited to set up a table to advertise their programs, upcoming season, or sometimes even job openings. With FREE admission and great entertainment throughout the night, anyone and everyone involved in the New Orleans arts scene attends this event; making it an amazing place to practice your networking skills in a fun, zero-pressure environment.

If you’re looking to connect with peers involved in a wide array of amazing initiatives and accomplishments across the city, you will want to check out one of the events hosted by the New Orleans Young Leadership Council. The YLC has its thumb on the pulse of the rapidly evolving landscape of our city’s needs and regularly hosts open events to display their accomplishments, hear from new voices, and create goals as young leaders in the city. This is a great way to get to know a lot of New Orleans’ movers and shakers in a fun and social environment while contributing to the greater good!

If your summer has left you pining for the jazzy sounds of the city, you might want to consider not only attending some concerts featuring your favorite acts this semester, but working alongside them at many of New Orleans’ famed music venues. Tipitinas Uptown and Preservation Hall both offer internship opportunities throughout the year for students of any major who are looking to gain knowledge in music production, marketing, or booking. Check out their concert calendars as well as Employola (Loyola’s own job and internship site!) to find their internship postings!

Last but certainly not least, Loyola has endless on-campus opportunities to get involved at the beginning of the semester as well! Be on the lookout for social and professional groups to join – great bonds are made when students join groups of other students who are pursuing similar paths. And if you’re looking for a little extra cash to get you through all of these fun activities throughout the semester, please join the Career Development Center for our Part-Time Job & Internship Fair on August 28th, 2014! Over 30 employers will be coming to campus to discuss opportunities for students with their organization, so be sure to mark that down on your calendar and get set for another amazing year at Loyola University New Orleans.

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Jazz music. You either like it, or you hate it. Most people who hate it claim that they can’t make sense of the random, “squawking” notes they hear, but this could not be farther from the truth! A closer listen would reveal that there is nothing random about jazz and that each musical line, however disjointed it may sound at first, is one long, carefully crafted expression based on years of training, listening skills and artistry. Jazz musicians hear chords as a landscape that they are asked to navigate with a well-crafted, improvised melody line. They use their training to listen to the chords; the ones they just left behind and the chords which have yet to be, and they react accordingly to make a melody line that is all their own; that’s improv.

The same can be said about a student freshly thrown into the job market. At first it all feels like random stabs in the dark; applying for what seems like a million positions, writing a million cover letters, and a million thank you notes, but we eventually learn to listen to the job landscape, pursue our talents, use them in new ways and begin crafting a career path which will hopefully look something like a beautiful melody line we spent our lives creating.

Jazz musicians learn to memorize traditional chord progressions and scales so that they can combine these all in a new creative, improvisatory way. One of my musical mentors once told me something which changed my life as a musician and a business person: “There are only twelve notes in a scale. You can’t reinvent that wheel, but you can rearrange those notes to make a melody in your own voice.” Now I find myself every day listening and anticipating the chords and needs in my work, and creating my own “musical line.” As students, you’ve studied “typical” framework of your classes and their core concepts, but once you graduate, I challenge you to use this knowledge and even to go beyond the classroom skills you’ve learned, to find new and creative ways to pool your talents to craft your work career, whatever it may be, in your own voice.

Part of what makes jazz so enjoyable is the suspense created when a true master stretches a melody line so far out from where it began that it seems like the ear will never come back, yet in the next breath effortlessly bridges us back to the comfort of what our ears know. The world’s most successful people, regardless of industry, have ALWAYS stretched boundaries of society’s traditions and concepts to forge bold new pathways in their voice and to meet the needs of the problems that they see. How do they do this? They know their skills. They know their language. And they know how to “listen” to what has happened before and look ahead to “hear” and anticipate the growing holes in the market, adapting their skills to these needs.

What chords will you hear and what needs will you answer? How far out will you stretch your gifts and skills? The world of work and careers is full of sounds that seem like jazz “squawks,” but take the time to hear the chords of the skills you’ve learned here at Loyola and listen for what’s coming next and you’ll undoubtedly hear a landscape that will embrace your skills and navigate you through a rich career path. If you want to learn more about all of the possibilities and doors your skill set can open, please visit the Career Development Center website or visit us on the 2nd Floor of the Danna Center.

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These days the pressure to find and succeed in an internship is mounting. More and more employers contend that this is one of the best ways to “get in” with their business, or their industry and they couldn’t be more correct! Humans learn best when we put our skills into practice and what better way to do this than a summer internship or part time job in your field of interest? With all of the mention and pressure surrounding internships and jobs, it can seem impossible to know where to start, but follow these few steps and you’ll be well on your way to leveraging your summer experience towards a rewarding career.

First off, you have to know when to start looking. Timing can vary from company to company, but postings for internships and part-time summer work will start trickling in around mid-December, but will really get into full swing between February and April. Most companies have due dates for applications/resumes/cover letters no later than April 1st, so that they can hold interviews and make decisions in enough time for students to make transportation and/or living arrangements.

Next, you have to know where to look. Loyola’s job & internship board, Employola, is a great place to start. Here you will find a lengthy database of jobs and internships that the university’s Career Development Center specifically crafts to relate to our student body’s interests and skills. In addition, the CDC offers a number of national and international online resources such as CareerShift, Glassdoor, and Going Global to help you broaden your search; many of these are subscription-based, which Loyola sponsors, so make sure you go through the Career Development Center’s site to access these sites fully and free-of-charge.
Another useful tactic is to start by identifying your geographical limitations (or lack thereof) to where you would like to intern or work for the summer, and specific companies for whom you might like to intern. Some careful research and a trip to the Career Development Center can help you reach out to the companies and people who might be able to offer you that perfect opportunity. It’s a good rule of thumb to apply to 10-15 internships/jobs to maximize your opportunities.

A MUST-DO is to remember that you’ll need to have your resume as up-to-date as possible. All resumes will be slightly different but having a complete listing of your educational, leadership, work, and volunteer experiences will make your search all the easier. You also want to remember to be professionally courteous in your conversations with potential employers. Here are some quick tips:
• Follow ALL application instructions. Failure to do so sends any number of negative messages to a potential employer.
• Always use formal titles/last names when first addressing someone via email, conversation, or print. They may ask you to use their first name later, but it’s best to start out on a respectful foot.
• Always be prompt in your responses.
• Always use proper spelling and grammar. ALWAYS. Sloppy writing tells the reader that you lack precision and detail in your work and an employer doesn’t want to hire someone whose work they will be forced to clean up consistently.
• Accept that the working world contains many moving parts and your correspondence or job application may consequently take a week or two to address. You’re more than within your rights to reach out if you haven’t heard back from an employer in over 3 weeks, but remember to be patient.

So let’s say you secure that perfect internship. To be as successful as possible, you will need to go beyond simply showing up. True professionals and successful people are lean, mean, problem solving machines. They look ahead, strategize for, and address the needs of their division/company/supervisor/employer. Truly successful people always have a mind for connections as well, so be a team player and make sure you maintain healthy connections with your team and maximize your professional network so that it lasts you long after your internship or part-time experience are over. Work on identifying and maintaining close relationships with leaders and successful members of your industry because you never can tell where a conversation can lead!

All of this can admittedly seem too daunting to tackle alone, so don’t! Loyola’s Career Development Center is here to help you with all of these things and more, so that you can achieve your professional aspirations with confidence and ease, and we’re available Monday – Friday, 9am-4pm, so stop in or schedule a time to speak with one of our team members today!

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A number of fraudulent emails have been sent to Loyola University New Orleans students under the guise of offering some form of employment.   The Career Development Center at Loyola University New Orleans encourages you to be cautious in all of your interactions with potential employers, whether or not you learned about them through the Career Development Center.  If you receive a suspicious email, please contact the Career Development Center and we will be happy to help.

Some tips to keep in mind:

  • Do not provide anyone with your social security number, personal checking or banking information. This information is not needed for any step of the job search process.
  • Beware of ads that make outrageous claims, don’t specify job duties and don’t require that you send a résumé. Legitimate employers are seeking candidates with specific skills, knowledge and education. Watch for ads, even for entry-level jobs, that use the phrase ‘no experience necessary,’ especially when there is a promise of big money.
  • ‘Work from home’ is not a job title. If it appears in the ad header, there’s a good chance it’s a come on. Scammers can rarely resist including it in the header — it’s the bait of their ‘hook’ as they fish for people to reel in.
  • Do not give out personal information online or over the phone. Personal information such as height, eye color, ethnicity, etc. does not pertain to the job search.
  • Be sure the e-mail address to which you are sending information has the same domain name as the organization. For example, if applying to “Organization X,” the e-mail address should have “@Organizations X” somewhere in the address. Be wary of sites/organizations where much of the information is “under construction.”
  • Research the organization to be sure that it is legitimate.
  • Be especially cautious when dealing with organizations outside of your own country.
  • Always use good judgment in ALL of your interactions with employers.  The Career Development Center suggests that students request business references for unknown organizations before interviewing with them off campus.
  • Be cautious when posting your resume online. Research the site to learn if it is legitimate. If you are unsure, limit your contact information on the resume and use generic job titles if yours are unique.

Remember: If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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It is that time of the year again! The Spring Career Expo will be held on February 19, 2014 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome from Noon-4:00 p.m. I have provided several helpful tips to assist you in having a successful Career Expo experience.

  1. Refine Your Marketing Materials: Ensure that your cover letter and resume are up to par. Schedule an appointment at the Career Development Center and upload your documents to Employola. Determine what you are looking for – an internship, a full-time position, or a development program.
  2. Do Your Research: Research the employers attending the Career Expo and find the right match for you. In your research, ensure your skill set is in alignment with the ideal candidate the company is searching for. If in doubt a career path is right for you, feel free to schedule an appointment with the Career Development Center.
  3. Plan out Your Professional Dress: Your first impression is a lasting impression! Ensure that you are neat, clean and polished with your business attire. If all else fails, choose a conservative classic look with traditional colors. If you are having second thoughts, schedule an appointment with a career coach in the Career Development Center.
  4. Prepare to Network: Work on your 30 second elevator pitch so that it comes naturally and shows confidence. Ask for business cards/contact information from company representatives that spark your interest. Have an ample supply of resumes; this is your version of a business card. Manage your contacts from employers and follow up with a thank you note after the Career Expo.
  5. Develop a Plan of Action: Arrive to the Career Expo early. Have in mind the companies you would like to visit and in what order. By all means, avoid long lines. Make a note and visit them before you leave the Fair. In developing your game plan, include your personal PDSA method: Plan. Do. Study. Act.

At the 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.

  • What types of positions exist within your company?
  • 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 for the recruiter.  Recap your interests in the company 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.

Also, on Monday February 17th and Tuesday February 18th, 2014 from 12:30 pm – 4 pm the Career Development Center will host Rapid Resume Review with no appointment needed!

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The Spring Career Expo is less than two weeks away! It will be held on Wednesday, February 19, noon-4 pm in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Over 50 employers are currently registered to attend. Check out the current list below.

Need to have your resume reviewed?  The Career Development Center will have Rapid Resume Reviews on Monday, February 17 & Tuesday, February 18 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. No appointment necessary!

Don’t have transportation? Don’t worry! There will be a free shuttle running all day from Freret Street and McCallister (in front of Tulane’s ROTC building). First shuttle leaves at 11:30 a.m. (rotates every 45 minutes). For more information, please call the Career Development Center (504-865-3860).

Currently registered to attend:

Organization/Company Name:
Aetna
Aflac
AmeriCorps NCCC
Ameriprise Financial
Ameritas Technologies
Ampirical Solutions, LLC
AT&T
Audubon Nature Institute
AXA Advisors
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
Cerner Corporation
Crest Industries, LLC
Entercom New Orleans
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Environmental Resources Management (ERM)
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Ferguson
Group 1 Automotive Inc.
Hillstone Restaurant Group
Kongsberg Maritime, Inc.
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Northwestern Mutual
Oakland Unified School District
Owens & Minor
Panda Express
Peace Corps
Pelican Energy Consultants, LLC.
PepsiCo
Post Acute Medical
Procter and Gamble
Progressive Insurance
Quorum Business Solutions
Raising Canes
Republic National Distributing Company
Ross Stores, Inc
Schlumberger
Sheraton New Orleans
Sherwin-Williams
State Farm Insurance and Financial Services
Texas Chiropractic College
The McDonnel Group
U. S. Coast Guard
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Department of State
United Rentals
United States Postal Service
University of Louisiana at Monroe TEACH Project
University of Nebraska Medical Center Biomedical Research Training Program
US Navy/Navy Recruiting District New Orleans
Valero Entergy Corporation
Verizon Wireless
Whitney Bank

 

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Applications are now open for the Community Leaders Program!  Deadline for students to apply is Friday, February 28.  The Community Leaders Program is a year- long program that works with students from universities across the city to improve the web literacy of New Orleans. The CLP is dedicated to providing small business owners and community organizations online tools training. We are looking for motivated sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are leaders in their communities, have a clear vision for social impact using community knowledge and technology, and desire to make a network of strong relationships in New Orleans’ neighborhoods. Google’s Community Leaders will work for one year to empower businesses, build community, and bridge the web literacy gap that exists in New Orleans.

This program will last for the 2014/2015 academic school year.  We are happy to have had seven Loyola University students from different academic disciplines participate in the 2013-2014 program.

Qualifications for Involvement:  

Must be a sophomore, junior, or senior
● Can commit 10 hours/week to coursework/business outreach
● Strong interpersonal skill and the desire to make lasting relationships within the community and
other students participating in the program
● Patience and a commitment to educating and equipping small business owners with technology

Benefits
● Training in Google business/nonprofit
tools
● Professional and career development as well as mentorship by Google employees
● Networking with New Orleans business leaders, community leaders, local influencers

Visit EMPLOYOLA to apply and to see the full job description.  The application deadline is Friday, February 28! Attend an information session on Wednesday, February 19 at 5:00 (Octavia Room, 2nd floor Danna Student Center) and hear directly from current interns the benefit of participating in the program.   Contact the Career Development Center at career@loyno.edu or 504.865.3860 if you need assistance applying for this great opportunity.

 

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