Employ the Pack is back! For the third year running, the Loyola University New Orleans Career Development Center is excited to announce that it will be hosting its 3rd Annual employment boot camp, Employ the Pack: A Conference for Young Professionals. Designed to provide up-to-the minute strategies and aid to students and alumni navigating the current job market, Employ the Pack has celebrated two straight years of sensational programming. This year, the Career Development Center is especially excited to announce that Brian Bordainick—CEO at Dinner Lab, fundraising and innovation expert, founder of the 9th ward field of dreams and director of entrepreneurial investments at 4.0 schools – will serve as keynote speaker for the Saturday, Jan. 31 conference.

The half-day, professional-caliber employment strategies conference is available to current students and young Loyola alumni for free. Featuring innovative breakout sessions which address current job-market needs, as well as one-on-one face time with dynamic industry leaders and employment experts, the conference is set for the St. Charles Room in the Danna Student Center on Loyola’s main campus. EMPLOY the PACK:  A Conference for Emerging Professionals will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The conference is open to all Loyola junior, senior, graduate students and young alumni, and will offer all participants dynamic solutions to conquering the professional world.  More detailed information about conference sessions and panelists will be available closer to the date. This conference is co-sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations.  For more information about the keynote speaker, check out his bio here.  Contact the Career Development Center at 504-865-3860.

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The job Interview; possibly one of the most nerve-racking hurdles job seekers of all ages will face. Immediately the mind starts to rattle through the usual questions: “How do I make a positive impression?” “What can I say to ensure that I get the job?” “What if I stumble through it?” “Will they like me?” All of these are normal worries, but the best way to ease your mind and successfully breeze through an interview comes from five core values that you’re already familiar with, thanks to your Loyola University of New Orleans experience.

Dignity: the first and possibly most important quality to reflect in an interview. To be dignified means to be worthy of honor or respect, and starting a job interview or new job off with respect is a sure-fire way to find success. What’s the easiest way to accomplish this? Simple honesty and confidence in your resume and your interview will show confidence and skill, and any interviewer will respect that.

Excellence: start now. Excellence means that you’ve gone above and beyond expectations to achieve something outstanding. Keep your eyes open for projects, activities and extra responsibilities on which you can partake. This will propel your resume and experiential knowledge on a topic relative to your intended career path to the top of the interviewer’s resume pile. Don’t have a career focus yet? Get involved in any activity which piques your interest! You will learn a lot about yourself and your skills, and have so much to add to an interview down the road.

Wholeness: two colleagues of mine recently agreed that true success in any industry is achieved when you can have conversations which include, but also extend beyond your industry, focus, and expertise. Think of an interview just as you would think of dinner with close friends; no one wants to stay on the same topic throughout the whole conversation, so become a “3-D interviewer” and talk beyond the required job skills to show your potential employer that you’re thinking above, beyond, and out of the box in order to bring more value to your potential new job position.

Inclusiveness: the fastest way to tank an interview is silence. Job interviewers are people too, so don’t let them ask all the questions! Of course, you’re not there to interview them on their past employment history, but ask some questions about the job, the company, and the interviewer’s expectations. Come prepared to demonstrate that you’ve researched the position and company culture thoroughly and create an interesting dialogue with your interviewer. This is one of the easiest ways to show your smarts and your dedication in one fell swoop!

Compassion: it may not seem obvious, but finding ways to demonstrate compassion for a job position or company is a great way to establish your genuine interest in working there. Moreover, finding polite ways to illustrate where a company could use some tightening up or TLC, and the ways that you can add value to that need just may land you the job you’re after!

In short, no interview is stress-free, but you can feel 100% more prepared if you keep these five ideals close-by. If you want to know more about utilizing these ideas in a job interview or have any professionalism or career-related questions, don’t hesitate to call or stop by the Career Development Center’s office to pick up helpful handouts or schedule an appointment with one of our career counselors today!

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On Thursday, October 2 from 12:00 – 4:00 PM at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, more than 70 employers will attend the Fall Career Expo.  Don’t think it’s for you?  Think again!

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

Truth:  Actually, there are numerous companies attending the Fall Career Expo that are interested in hiring interns.  Here are things to explore besides a traditional post-graduation job: summer experience, volunteer opportunities, and even chances to shadow 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?

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

Truth: Sometimes, company policy or even Federal regulations prevent some 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!

  • Attend the Career Fair Prep workshop on Tuesday, October 30th from 12:30-1:30 PM in the LearnLab of the Danna Student Center to learn what you can do to make the most of the event.
  • Visit the Career Development Center (2nd Floor, Danna Student Center) during our Rapid Resume Review hours: Wednesday, October 1st, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.
  • http://studentaffairs.loyno.edu/careers has lots of information to help you get prepared for the big day!
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The Fall Career Expo is one week away! It will be held on Thursday, October 2, 2014, noon-4 pm in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Over 60 employers are currently registered to attend. Check out the current list below.

Nervous about attending the fair? Unsure how to approach a recruiter? Attend our Preparing for the Fall Career Expo workshop, Tuesday, September 30th, 12:30-1:30pm in the Learn Lab (2nd Floor Danna Student Center)

Need to have your resume reviewed?  The Career Development Center will hosting Rapid Resume Review on Wednesday, October 1, 10am-4pm. 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).

Employers currently registered to attend:

ABS-American Bureau of Shipping
Apple Inc.
Aramark
Audubon Nature Institute
AXA Advisors
Big Ass Solutions
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
Celerity Louisiana Group – Charter Schools
CGI
Chevron Corporation
City Year New Orleans
Crescent Schools of Gaming & Bartending
Entergy
Enterprise Rent-A-Car Inc.
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Ferguson Enterprises Inc
Fidelity Homestead Savings Bank
GCAL
GEICO
Globalstar
Golden Nugget
Hillstone Restaurant Group
HMS
HUB International
INROADS
JT International USA, Inc.
Laitram, L.L.C.
LaPorte CPAs & Business Advisors
Louisiana Legislative Auditor
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
LSU Shreveport
National Credit Union Admin
Naval Oceanographic Office
Northwestern Mutual of Louisiana
Orleans Parish Sheriff Office
Pepsi Co. Inc.
PLS Logistics
Point Eight Power
Prudential Financial
Quorum Business Solutions
Raising Cane’s
Republic Finance
Republic National Distributing Company
Royal Honda
Sasol (USA) Corporation
Sherwin-Williams
SMART Scholarship for Service Program
SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic
Steelcase, Inc.
Texas Chiropractic College
The Hertz Corporation
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security
U.S. Peace Corps
U.S. Postal Service
United States Air Force
United States Marine Corps
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
US Army Corps of Engineers
US Navy
USAgencies
Whitney Bank
Wireless Universe/T-Mobile
Yes Prep Public Schools
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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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