Would you like the opportunity to network with local entrepreneurs and other influential alumni in the culinary and hospitality industry?  The Career Development Center is taking student nominations for DiNewOrleans—an informal networking event for junior and senior students in the College of Humanities and Natural Science with Loyola University alumni.

Date: Thursday, April 26, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Where: La Thai Restaurant (4938 Prytania Street)

RSVP: tbaker@loyno.edu by Friday, April 20

Sponsored by: The Career Development Center, the College of Humanities and Natural Science & the Office of Alumni Relations

Student participants will witness the value of a Loyola University liberal arts education in action and receive tips and advice for marketing yourself for career success.  Tentative confirmations from alumni include representatives from:

•       Café Prytania

•       Emeril’s Homebase

•       Self-employed writer and food critic

•       Chocolates for Good

•       Dat Dog

•       Author of Ruby Slippers Cookbook: Life, Culture, Family and Food After Katrina

•       Café Hope

•       La Thai Restaurant

To secure a space at the dinner or for more information, contact Tamara Baker at tbaker@loyno.edu or 504.865.3860.  Space is limited, reservations will be confirmed in the order they are received.  The deadline to nominate yourself or others is Friday, April 20.

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GE CAPITAL is now in New Orleans.  Are you looking to build an IT career with a Fortune 500 company and establish your career in New Orleans?  Are you a proven strategic thinker, problem-solver, self-starter, and technically adept?  Are you hungry to advance the building and delivery of mobile apps, connected homes, smart grids, or mobile payments?  Are you curious how a company like General Electric Capital works with businesses as diverse as Taylor Guitars, Duckhorn Wineries, and Ochsner to grow their business?  Then you need to look at a career with the GE Capital Technology Center in New Orleans.

The GE Capital Technology Center opens in New Orleans this spring.  Over the next three years it will grow to 300 employees.  To prepare for this growth, GE Capital is inviting 2012 graduates to apply now for the GE Information Technology Leadership Program (ITLP), the premier technical leadership program at GE. ITLP offers those with a passion for information technology the opportunity to grow their leadership skills, business acumen and technical aptitude, while building a career with unlimited potential. Program members lead by doing – gaining real-world experience by working on important and challenging projects alongside some of the brightest technical minds in the world.  ITLP is a two-year program consisting of multiple assignments in different GE business units, 12 weeks of formal training designed to develop leadership and technical skills, and structured mentoring. 

GE Capital has 10 openings for a July 2 start date.  As employees of GE Capital, ITLPs will complete rotations in New Orleans and other GE Capital sites in the U.S.  After completion of the 2-year program, they can consider a role at the GE Capital Technology Center in New Orleans.

Visit the following site for more information about ITLP, candidate criteria, and how to apply:  http://www.gecapital.com/itlp.

Hard dates, no exceptions:

April 23:  Deadline to apply for GE Capital’s ITLP.

May 4:  Select candidates will be invited to participate in a GE Capital information session and interview forum in New Orleans

May 22-23:  GE Capital information session and interview forum in New Orleans

May 29:  Offers will be communicated no later rath

July 2:  ITLP start date

To get assistance with your application call the Loyola Career Development Center today at 504-865-3860.

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Must you always sing in church for free?…
When can you start making money off of your art and design work?…
Do you need to hire someone else to build your web site, or can you handle it yourself?…

Come learn how you can monetize your art now and throughout your career!

Loyola University New Orleans’ Career Development Center and the College of Music and Fine Arts in partnership with the Arts Council of New Orleans present:

The Artistic Entrepreneur

March 23, 2012

Come hear from some of the brightest entrepreneurial minds in the arts and entertainment industries of New Orleans to learn how you can launch your career in the arts.


1.  If not already logged into your Employola account, click on ‘More Information’ at the top or bottom of the screen
2.  Enter your Employola log in info (Loyola username and student ID #)
3.  Click on Career Fairs and Events and conduct a search for ’Artistic Entrepreneur’
4.  Click ‘Register for Event’


1:00-1:45 Keynote- Crowd Funding: Friends and Family: a panel discussion featuring panelists who have experience in both small-scale micro finance and the art of approaching an investor for the first time.  Panelists will draw on their professional experiences and their observations of artists who have used micro finance and small investments successfully to discuss what key qualities indicate a viable idea, what red flags indicate an idea that isn’t ready for market, and what the entrepreneur needs to know when raising money.

Moderator John Snyder, Chair, Music Industry Studies Department
Panelist 1 Elliott Adams, Adjunct Professor of Digital Entities and Director of Digital media for Louisiana Economic Development
Panelist 2 Robert Leblanc, Loyola MBA Alumna and founder of Lifestyle Revolution Group
Panelist 3 Lesli Harris, Associate at Stone Pigman with experience in intellectual property law

2:00-2:45 A) Visual Entrepreneurship: a panel discussion that will explore the ways visual artists can use their skills as an asset in any start-up venture (arts or non-arts related) and how they can view their individual careers as entrepreneurial start-ups.

Moderator Nancy Bernardo, Professor of Graphic Design
Panelist 1 Zack Smith, local independent photographer and musician
Panelist 2 Jim Gabour, Instructor of Videography and Film Studies
Panelist 3 Myesha Francis, local artist and founder of the M. Francis Gallery
Panelist 4 Dan Walter, Associate at Stone Pigman with experience in gallery management

2:00-2:45 B) The Performing Entrepreneur: a panel for actors and musicians that will explore how performers must manage their own careers as if they were running a business.

Moderator Billy O’Connell, Instructor of Music Industry Studies
Panelist 1 A.J. Allegra, Artistic Director and founding member of The NOLA Project theatre company
Panelist 2 Kate Abreo, local musical theatre actress, operatic vocalist, and Loyola Music Performance Alumna
Panelist 3 Gregory Davis, founding member of Dirty Dozen Brass Band

3:00-3:45 Closing Panel- Social Media in Entrepreneurship: a panel discussion of how young entrepreneurs can leverage and maximize resources available through social media, which are usually free, as an aspect of a successful start-up organization or performance career.

Moderator Andrew Larimer, founder of FatHappy Media
Panelist 1 DJ Soul Sister (Melissa Weber), local DJ
Panelist 2 Jeff Gapultos, founder of Eiffel Society
Panelist 3 Megan Hargroder, founder of Conversations, LLC

Visit http://cmfa.pen.io/ for more information and updates

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Your first stop, the Career Development Center.

The Career Development Center teaches students that career success is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.  Preparation before beginning a job search is the key to being successful. Visit the Career Development Center to learn how you can successfully transition from a college student to a professional:

  • EMPLOYOLA: 24/7 job board for employers that purposefully want to recruit Loyola students.
  • On-Campus Interviews: Routinely check the campus interview schedule through EMPLOYOLA.
  • MGI Career Invitational & Fall Career Expo: Career Fairs can be an effective and efficient use of your time and give you an opportunity to meet face-to-face with organizations that are hiring.  Take resumes and prepare an introduction of your skills and interest in the organization. The Career Development Center at Loyola University New Orleans co-coordinates at least two Career Fairs a year!
  • Individual Appointment: Work with your career coach to develop a strategic job search plan and target the industries and employers of greatest interest to you.
  • Take advantage of the programs and services provided in the career development center such as resume/cover letter critiques, mock interviews, career panels and meet with a career coach to assess your career interests, values, skills and use them as criteria to identify work that will be satisfying.

Start early…be open…be mobile.

The typical job search can take six to nine months, but in this economy it’s smart to start even earlier.  While it’s wise to seek opportunities that you’re interested in, be cautious of limiting yourself by searching for your ‘dream job.’ Remember, this is your first job, and no job is perfect. Be willing to try something new and be aware that job descriptions often aren’t all-encompassing.  You’re young, fresh out of college, and likely able to move, so go for it!

Perfect your marketing materials.

Different fields have different application requirements, and you need to know what those are for the field you are in interested in.  Do you need a resume, a cover letter, a writing sample, an e-portfolio?  Always have your application materials reviewed by someone in the Career Development Center.  After polishing and massaging your resume countless times, you are probably too close to see the nits that need to be picked.  Create a resume that clearly conveys your professional goals and accomplishments. Generate correspondence that is personalized and focused.

Leverage 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.  Don’t think you have one?  Think again:

  • Informational Interviews are one of the best ways to gather career information and to get your name, resume and face in front of a potential employer.  Schedule appointments to meet with professionals and ask them about their careers.
  • Network with family, friends, alumni, neighbors, church/synagogue members, professors, advisors, internship supervisor, co-workers, etc.  Be sure to tell each person your qualifications and what type of work you are seeking.
  • Find a mentor, a professional who is recognized and respected as a leader in your field, who may provide you with job search advice and alert you to vacancies.
  • Professional organizations are the ideal place to research opportunities in your industry.  Look for local, state or national association (event student branches on campus).  Students typically receive a discounted student membership rate.  Check the organization website for job listings and get involved in conferences and networking events.  Leverage this group of professionals into a network to help you land the position you want.

Build and manage your brand identity with social media.

If you aren’t already on LinkedIn, you need to be.   LinkedIn allows you to connect to people and organizations you know thus reducing the six degrees of separation to two or three.   Use LinkedIn to conduct company searches, review job postings, send mass emails and link your blog(s) and twitter account.  The best part of Twitter is that it allows you to connect with people you don’t know, based on common interests. What a great way to do some networking!

Be patient and persistent.

Set aside time every week to check for job postings, to do research on employers in your field and to send out a manageable number of applications.  It is probably not realistic to try to send out 20, letter-perfect, individual tailored applications in a weekend, so pace yourself.  It is better to send five high-quality applications than 20 generic ones.  Treat the job search as a marathon rather than a sprint.  When you work on the job search regularly, rather than in fits and starts, it is easier to stay focused and to combat that stress that inevitable accompanies the job search.

Don’t treat an interview as an interrogation.

If you are fortunate enough to land an interview, treat it as an opportunity to establish a professional relationship with the interviewer.  Know the employer, and be prepared to ask intelligent questions.  Engage with the interviewer and do not be shy in letting the interviewer know how much you want to work there.  Be enthusiastic, not desperate.

Practice out loud.

Try to anticipate the types of questions you will be asked, and practice your responses.   If you are uncomfortable in interviews, find someone to do a mock interview with.  Like any other skills, communication skills get better with practice and though you may think you have a perfect answer in your head, you won’t know it until you actually articulate it.

Make that first impression count.

With everyone you meet at the employer, but especially with the interviewer, you want to make your first impression count.  Stand up straight.  Look the interviewer in the eye.  Smile, and extend your hand for a firm handshake.  Always dress to impress by wearing a suit to your interview. Conservative, polished attire will demonstrate your respect for the interview process and let them know you’re a serious candidate.

Stay positive!

Stay upbeat throughout the interview.  Smile – it will register in your voice.  Do not let the interviewer’s facial expression and tone of voice throw you off your game.  Do not assume that a particular answer is “wrong” or that you have “blown it”.  Stay confident when asked about a perceived negative, do not make excuses or provide elaborate explanations.  Give it one sentence, and move on.  Remember that there is no “perfect” candidate; just be the best you can be.

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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, employers expect to increase internship hiring by about seven percent this academic year.*

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.


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.

We recommend all students complete at least one internship (paid or unpaid, for-credit or not-for-credit) before graduation.  Internship opportunities are posted on Loyola’s EMPLOYOLA, CareerInsider, Internships.com and GoingGlobal, all found on the Career Development Center’s website, as well organizations’ websites and several internship websites.  If you need help finding an internship, contact us at career@loyno.edu or (504) 865-3860 for an appointment with your career coach.

*from NACE’s 2011 Internship Survey

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The Mardi Gras Invitational (MGI) Career Fair is Wednesday, February 8 from 12:00 until 4:00 p.m. at the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Your future employer may be waiting there for you.  Buses will continually provide free transportation from the Navy ROTC building on Freret Street to the Superdome starting at 11:30 a.m.

Apple, Entergy, Hyatt, Ochsner, Thomson Reuters, and the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security are among the employers participating this year.  Students are encouraged to research the employers prior to attending.  Even if you are not currently looking for a position, this is a valuable opportunity to talk to potential employers about industry trends, career options for your major, continued education planning, and tips on recruiting success.  Career fairs also provide a safe place for networking, practicing your elevator speech, and honing your professional demeanor.  Professional recruiters are there to meet you and find new talent for their organizations, so take advantage of this event.

Free shuttle service will pick up at Freret St. and McAllister, in front of the ROTC building. The first shuttle leaves at 11:30 a.m., with afternoon pickups at 12:15 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:45 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.  The final shuttle will leave the Superdome for campus at 4:15 p.m.

Here are some important tips to get the most out of the MGI experience:

•    Know who you want to talk to before arriving at the Superdome.

•    Do your research.  Recruiters are impressed if you show knowledge of their company.

•    Prepare your elevator speech. This is a two-minute introduction highlighting your knowledge and skills.  Planning ahead for what you will say eases anxiety and builds confidence.

•    Professional dress is critical.  A good first impression can mean the difference between getting an interview or getting your resume tossed.

Of course, bringing a polished and professional resume is a must.  The Career Development Center is ready to help with Rapid Resume Reviews, held Monday and Tuesday, February 6 and 7, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., no appointment necessary.  Contact Jamie Pollet in the Career Development Center for more information about MGI.

To learn tips on career fairs – what to wear, what to bring, what to say, and much more – stop by our office on the second floor of the Danna Center to pick up the handout Career Shopping: How to Successfully Use a Career Fair.

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Come to a career panel where talent management professionals share their experiences of how they got where they are, what opportunities there are in talent management, and tips on how to get there.


Thursday, January 19

12:30-1:30 PM

Audubon Room

2nd Floor Danna Center

This panel will be moderated by student Kimberly Aguillard of PRSSA Loyola and will feature:

  • Brian Trascher, Political Campaign Strategist and Senior Partner of Gulf South Strategies
  • Harold Bicknell, Professional Athlete Manager and Founder of Bicknell Management Group
  • Howie Kaplan, Owner of The Howlin Wolf and Manager of Grammy nominated Rebirth Brass Band

For more information, contact Georgia McBride at 504.865.3860 or gbmcbrid@loyno.edu.

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After working hard all fall semester, you may want to curl up and spend your winter break sleeping late, playing video games, or hanging out with friends. But we’re encouraging you to resist the temptation to enter full-on hibernation mode. Your newfound free time is a great opportunity to think about the future and get a few steps ahead while you don’t have the weight of exams and term papers resting on your shoulders. Use this calendar to plot out some goals to meet before the spring semester sneaks up on you.

December 20

Update Your Resume with your most recent experiences and achievements and search online templates for ways to make it pop. “When you are seeking a job, internship or volunteer opportunity, there is nothing more important than having an attractive, well-written resume,” says White.

December 22

Build up your online profile. Take your freshly polished resume and post it on career search and networking websites, such as CareerBuilder, Monster, and LinkedIn

December 27

Make five new contacts. Ask family, friends, and professors for help expanding your professional network. “Begin gathering contact information [and] contact them by phone or e-mail,” White says. Don’t ask for a job, but request some of their time.

January 3

Get some counseling. January is actually a great time to meet with your career center as staff will likely have more time to spend with you, says Dr. Richard White, director of career services at Rutgers University-New Brunswick in New Jersey. “They can help you to develop a job search or graduate school action plan, provide employer contacts, and inform you of career-related events during the spring semester.”

January 5

Attend a career fair. Think one-stop shopping. At a career fair, you can browse a variety of recruiters and employers in the same location. Become a hunter-gather: track down companies of interest, learn more about potential employers, and walk away with even more contacts.

January 7

Complete a career assessment. If you haven’t zeroed in on what career path you want to take, an assessment can help with the decision-making process.

January 10

Apply for Internships. Once spring semester is in full swing, you’ll probably be too focused on studies to give internship applications the attention they deserve. Start searching and applying now.

January 12

Let someone else do the bragging for you. Talk to your professors, academic advisers, or past employers and see if they’re willing to write letters of recommendation or be contacted as a reference.

January 14

Send out applications for fulltime jobs. Calling all seniors. Begin sending out resumes, line up a few interviews for spring and you might score a job before graduation day.

This article is from the winter 2010 issue of Jungle Campus.

Megan Sullivan

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Have you ever thought about how you can maximize your time over winter break? Of course after finals all one wants to do is relax and sleep, but having a month off of school may be the best time to start addressing those holes in your resume.

Since winter break does not offer much time to do a full internship, you may think there is not much you can accomplish in terms of career development. One thing you can do to invest in your future is network! Don’t think you have a network?  Sure you do…family, friends, faculty and alumni are all a part of your network.  Leverage them to identify existing connections to potential employers and ask your contacts to make introductions. Consider a short-term internship, job shadowing, informational interviewing or volunteering.  Another way to leverage your network is to conduct informational interviews.  Whether you interview an employer via phone or in person, investing this time into your career search will increase your chance of finding a quality opportunity in the industry of your choice.

With this in mind you should take these steps in maximizing your winter break.

  1. Determine what type of opportunity you would like to pursue.  Are you interested in working in a business environment doing advertising, marketing, public relations, etc? Or do you want to get experience working in a theater, a museum, or a gallery? Maybe you are interested in the science and environmental side of things?
  2. Look at your network. Who do you know that has contacts in your chosen industry? Does a family member, friend or professional contact know someone who would make a great mentor for you?
  3. Spend some time developing your LinkedIn profile and adding contacts.  Follow companies; join groups.  See if you or one of your contacts has a direct connection at a company or organization you would like to explore.  If one of your contacts has a connection to someone at a company or organization that interests you, ask them to make an introduction.
  4. Call that person at your company or organization of interest. Let them know you are a student and are looking to gain professional knowledge over your winter break. Mention the person who referred you. This is when the people in your network come in handy.
  5. Before sending your resume and cover letter to the employer have the documents reviewed by a career coach in the Career Development Center. They can help you develop your professional materials for the specific opportunity.

With these five easy steps you can identify a career development opportunity during your winter break, add more experience to your resume where it is needed, and add valuable contacts to your network.

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Is it to be manager of a touring band, a brew master, an IBM analyst, a Peace Corp member, a graphic designer at Food Network, a Teach for America corps member, or owner of an IT start-up?  These dreams are the real day jobs of some recent Loyola alumni.  Have you given yourself a chance to voice your dreams?  Today is the day to start.

November is National Career Development month, the perfect time to give voice to your career dreams, examine your options, gather your resources, and engage in academic and career decision-making activities.   Get started by asking yourself if you are ready to tell the world what you want to do after graduation.  Do you know what fields you need to study and what experiences you need to have to be competitive when you graduate?  Do you have advisors and mentors who are helping you reach your dream?  Do you have a toolbox of resources to help you find internships and job leads, and conduct an effective job search?

The Career Development Center (CDC) provides the resources, ideas, and experiences you need to help you discover your paths, practice your skills, communicate your differences, and create strategies for career success. Whether you are just beginning to think about a major and its career potential or wondering how to express four years of college work to a prospective employer, we can help.  Meet us in person in the Career Development Center on the second floor of the Danna Center or at any of our programs around campus.  We can help you sort out all your options, develop strategies for obtaining internships and part time jobs, review and edit resumes, help you complete graduate school applications, help you structure your job search, and make contacts for you with alumni and prospective employers.

Ready to get started now?  You don’t have to wait for our office to be open.  Visit our virtual career center and initiate your personal career development plan now.  Access FOCUS2 to take career self-assessments and learn how your unique set of interests, skills, and values can translate to rewarding career options.  Use What Can I Do With This Major to learn about all the possibilities for your degree field.  Make Career Insider and Going Global your personal library of occupational, industry, and job market news.  Take your job search to a new level by using Career Shift to make contacts with specific employers.  Follow us on Twitter @EMPLOYola_Surge and like us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/EMPLOYOLA) to learn about hot internships and job leads, on-campus career events, job searching tips, and general news about the world of work.  Ready to apply for the hot jobs and internships?  Do so through EMPLOYOLA, Loyola’s branded job board.

Make November your personal career development month.  Take a step today and let the team in the Career Development Center help you find a career where you find yourself.

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