Let the countdown begin!  Employ the PACK: A Conference for Emerging Professionals is just a few days away.  Happening Saturday (January 25th), this half day conference will feature a keynote speaker, breakout sessions and an alumni networking panel designed to provide juniors, seniors, graduate students and young alumni dynamic solutions to launching their careers.

We are excited to have James Marshall Reilly serving as our opening keynote speaker.   James Marshall Reilly is an entrepreneur, consultant, journalist, public speaker, and the founder of The GUILD Agency Speakers Bureau & Intellectual Talent Management, Inc., a smart-content media firm headquartered in New York City. He is the author of Shake the World: It’s Not About Finding a Job, It’s About Creating a Life (Penguin/Portfolio, January, 2012). His work is focused on the branding and marketing of cutting-edge thinkers and connecting them with audiences worldwide, exclusively representing and advising numerous world-class business icons, entrepreneurs, best-selling authors, philanthropists, and global-thought leaders.

He has lectured at corporations, universities, and conferences in North America and Europe, including Microsoft, Syngenta, M.I.T., and Chicago Ideas Week. In 2011 Reilly was honored at the White House as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs in the United States age 30 or under. After the initial success of Shake The World’s hardcover release last year, Penguin now is set to release the paperback edition in late August of 2013, with a new foreword by Steven Kotler, co-author of the New York Times best-seller Abundance.

Since Shake The World’s release, James Marshall Reilly has built an internationally recognized brand, The GUILD Agency, and advises several other companies. Shake The World is now being used as a “common read” at several colleges and universities across the U.S. and worldwide, and has been translated into multiple languages, including Korean and Chinese.

Employ the Pack: A Conference for Emerging Professionals will be held in the Danna Student Center on Saturday, January 25th, 10am – 2:30 pm.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.  RSVP required!  To RSVP, click here or email tbaker@loyno.edu.  If you have any questions, please call the Career Development Center (504-865-3860).

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The New Year is a great time to reflect on the year past and, more importantly, the year to come.  As you take time to reflect on 2013’s successes and shortcomings, take an inventory of the ways you have developed your professional self.   Since most New Year’s resolutions are abandoned by February, don’t make a career-related New Year’s Resolution.  Instead, make a concrete plan to attain your professional goals.  Here are a few helpful steps to incorporate into your plan!

1.     Schedule an appointment with a career coach to set realistic career goals for the year to come….and follow through on them!

Sometimes the first step is the hardest.  Don’t be afraid to schedule an appointment if you have no idea how or where to start on your journey to career success.  The career coaches at the Career Development Center can help you sort everything out.  To schedule an appointment, call 504-865-3860.

2.     Attend Employ the PACK: A Conference for Emerging Professionals.

Employ the PACK is a half day program on Saturday, January 25th aimed at giving dynamic solutions to launching your career.  The program is totally free and registration is open.  To learn more or to register, click here.

3.     Learn how to navigate Employola, CareerShift, GoingGlobal, or any of the other career resources the Career Development Center provides for you.

Visit the Career Development homepage and explore the resources available to you 24/7.  If you have any questions about how to utilize these, schedule an appointment with a career coach!

4.     Register for Emerging Professionals.

Emerging Professionals is a structured, semester-long program designed to prepare junior and senior level students for the transition from college to the professional world of work. Whether you’re interested in entering the job market, attending graduate or professional school or looking for gap year options, this program is flexible and customizable to your individual career interests.

5.     Fine tune your professional marketing materials…or create your first draft!

It’s always a good idea to have your resume, cover letter, and other marketing materials up-to date.  Take this semester to fine tune your documents or begin crafting them from scratch.

Here’s to a rewarding and successful 2014!

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To help its students and young alumni conquer the job search, the Loyola University New Orleans Career Development Center is hosting its second annual employment boot camp, EMPLOY the PACK. James Marshall Reilly—an entrepreneur, best-selling author, journalist and founder of New York City media firm, The GUILD Agency—is the newly announced keynote speaker for the Saturday, Jan. 25 conference.

The half-day, professional-caliber employment strategies seminar is available to students and young alumni for free. Featuring one-on-one consultations and on-site 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.

Reilly’s best-selling book “Shake the World: It’s Not about Finding a Job, It’s about Creating a Life” features in-depth interviews with Tony Hsieh of Zappos, Doug Ulman of LIVESTRONG Foundation and Blake Mycoski of TOMS, along with many other top entrepreneurs, business leaders, philanthropists and social entrepreneurs. Reilly’s book unveils the similarities among some of the nation’s top leaders; he learned that despite their different fields, they are all using similar tools to seize opportunities and redefine success. He will teach EMPLOY the PACK conference attendees how to model those behaviors as a means to achieve and sustain success of their own.

The conference is open to all Loyola junior, senior, graduate students and young alumni, and will offer all participants dynamic solutions to launching their career. More detailed information about additional conference sessions will be available closer to the date. This conference is co-sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations. For more information, contact the Career Development Center at 504-865-3860.

Pre-Register Now!

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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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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 an 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 the sure-fire way to find success. The easiest way to accomplish this? Simple honesty 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 that you can join in on, which 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 in the Danna Center to pick up helpful handouts or schedule an appointment with one of our career counselors today!

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Are you interested in Graduate or Professional School? The Fall Graduate and Professional School Fair will be held on October 22, 2013 in the St. Charles Room of the Danna Center from 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Prior to the Fair, I will host two 1 hour empower sessions regarding “Preparing for Graduate and Professional School”. Tips for attending the fair, information on becoming a competitive applicant, and additional information to assist you in your search for the right program will be provided. Below are the schools and programs that will be in attendance.

When & Where: Preparing for Graduate and Professional School Workshops

-October 17th, 12:30pm-1:30pm – Monroe Library -Multimedia Room 1

-October 21st, 12:30pm-1:30pm – Octavia Room in the Danna Center

If you would like additional information on Preparing for the Graduate and Professional School Fair, please join us or schedule an appointment with a Career Coach in the Career Development Center by calling 504.865.3860.

Organization Name
Adler School of Professional Psychology
American University of Antigua College of Medicine
Brooklyn Law School
Columbia School of Social Work
Florida Coastal School of Law
Fordham Law School
George Mason University School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Tuskegee University Integrative Biosciences Ph.D. Program
Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
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Keck Graduate Institute School of Applied Life Sciences
Lake Erie College Osteopathic Medicine
Loyola University New Orleans Graduate School Council
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center
LSUHSC- School of Public Health
Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law
Mercer University School of Law
Mississippi College Graduate and Professional Studies
Mississippi College School of Law
New England School of Law
New York University School fo Continuing and Professional Studies
Northeastern University School of Law
Penn State School of Law
Regent University Graduate School
Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
Southern Methodist University–Cox Schol of Business
Southern University Law School
Southwestern Law School
St. George’s University
The Princeton Review
The University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program
The University of Texas School of Law
Tulane School of Social Work
Tulane School of Public Health
Tulane School of Law
Tulane University Freeman School of Business
University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) Rosenberg School of Optometry
University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service
University of California San Diego School of International Relations and Pacific Studies
University of Maryland School of Public Policy
University of Minnesota School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota School of Public Health
University of Mississippi School of Law
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Graduate School
University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice
University of Southern California Anneberg School for Communication and Journalism
Xavier University of Louisiana School of Education and Counseling

 

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Interested in graduate or professional school? The Loyola ~ Tulane Graduate and Professional School Fair is next week! Coordinated by Loyola University Career Development Center and Tulane University Career Center, the fair will be held on Tuesday, October 22, 12:30 p.m. –4:30 p.m. in the St. Charles Room of the Danna Student Center.  Currently, over 40 programs are registered to attend.   The Graduate and Professional School Fair gives undergraduate students—from both campuses– an opportunity to learn more about a variety of graduate programs and schools to further your career in areas such as education, international affairs, nonprofit management, public policy, social work, and many more.

No RSVP required, all students interested in attending graduate school are encouraged to attend.

Check out the list below for current registrations.  For more information, please call the Career Development Center at 504.865.3860.

Organization Name
Adler School of Professional Psychology
American University of Antigua College of Medicine
Brooklyn Law School
Columbia School of Social Work
Florida Coastal School of Law
Fordham Law School
George Mason University School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Tuskegee University Integrative Biosciences Ph.D. Program
Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
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Keck Graduate Institute School of Applied Life Sciences
Lake Erie College Osteopathic Medicine
Loyola University New Orleans Graduate School Council
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center
LSUHSC- School of Public Health
Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law
Mercer University School of Law
Mississippi College Graduate and Professional Studies
Mississippi College School of Law
New England School of Law
New York University School for Continuing and Professional Studies
Northeastern University School of Law
Penn State School of Law
Regent University Graduate School
Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
Southern Methodist University–Cox Schol of Business
Southern University Law School
Southwestern Law School
St. George’s University Medical Programs
The Princeton Review
The University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program
The University of Texas School of Law
Tulane School of Social Work
Tulane School of Public Health
Tulane School of Law
Tulane University Freeman School of Business
University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) Rosenberg School of Optometry
University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service
University of California San Diego School of International Relations and Pacific Studies
University of Maryland School of Public Policy
University of Minnesota School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota School of Public Health
University of Mississippi School of Law
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Graduate School
University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice
University of Southern California Anneberg School for Communication and Journalism
Xavier University of Louisiana School of Education and Counseling

 

 

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It is that time of the year again! The Fall Career Expo will be held on October 2, 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome from Noon-4:00 p.m. I have provided 4 tips to assist you in having a successful Career Expo experience.

Prepare in advance: Ensure that your cover letter and resume are up to par. If in doubt, schedule an appointment with me in the Career Development Center. Work on your 30 second elevator pitch so that it is natural and shows confidence. Determine what you are looking for; an internship, a full-time position, or a development program. Research the companies attending the Career Expo and find the right match for you.

Impression Management/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 me in the Career Development Center.

Networking: Ask for business cards/contact information from the 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. You never know, they may be the individual who can assist you with your career goal at that company.

Develop a Game Plan: Use the option of taking the shuttle to the Career Expo. 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 Expo. In your development game plan, include your personal PDSA method: Plan. Do. Study. Act.

If you would like additional information on Preparing for the Career Expo, please join me in the Octavia room, second floor of the Danna Center, for a 1 hour empower session on October 1, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. or 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 September 30, 2013 from 10 am – 4 pm the Career Development Center will host Rapid Resume Review with no appointment needed!

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The Fall Career Expo is less than two weeks away! It will be held on Wednesday, October 2, noon-4 pm in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  Over 60 employers are currently registered to attend.  Check out the list below.

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).  For more information, please call the Career Development Center (504-865-3860)

Currently registered to attend:

Abercrombie & Fitch
ABS
Aflac
Allegro Development
Ameritas Technologies
ARAMARK
Audubon Nature Institute
AXA Advisors
Bloomberg, LP
CANON SOLUTIONS AMERICA
Chevron
City Year
Dockwise
Drury Hotels
ENTERCOM NEW ORLEANS, LLC
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Ferguson
Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP Certified Public Accountants
Hertz
Hillstone Restaurant Group
IBM-Baton Rouge Service Center
INROADS
Kongsberg Maritime, Inc.
LaPorte CPAs & Business Advisors
Monsanto
Naval Research Laboratory  (NRL) Summer Research Program for HBCU/MI Undergraduate Students
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
New England Law | Boston
Northwestern Mutual
Ochsner Health System
Panda Express
Pelican Energy Consultants, LLC.
PepsiCo
Procter and Gamble
Progressive
PROS
Prudential
Quorum Business Solutions
Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers
Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group
Republic Finance LLC
Republic National Distributing Company
River Consulting
Ross Stores, Inc.
Sasol North America
Schlumberger
Sherwin-Williams
SMART Scholarship for Service Program
State Farm Insurance and Financial Services
Texas Chiropractic College
Textron Marine and Land Systems
The Breakers Palm Beach
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United Rentals
University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Allied Health
US Army
US Navy
USAA
Verizon Wireless
WellPoint/Amerigroup Louisiana
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Welcome to campus, Class of 2017, and a warm welcome back to all returning students!  The Career Development Center is thrilled you’re here.  As you settle into the routine of class and extracurricular activities, don’t forget to drop by the Career Development Center.  Whether you’re an undeclared first-year or a senior with a Biology-Spanish double major, we have a wide variety of programs and services to help you succeed.  Take a moment to review a sampling of the services we have highlighted here.

  • What Can I Do with My Major: a valuable online resource that provides students insight into the most common career paths for graduates within specific majors. Additionally, it provides examples of employers who recruit graduates of specific disciplines and outlines strategies for students to acquire marketable skills before graduation.
  • Employola: an online job and internship database only for Loyola students and graduates. Be sure to login, check out the opportunities available, and create a job or internship agent so that you are automatically notified of the positions that meet your criteria.
  • CareerShift: a national job hunting and career management tool that will instantly streamline your job search by compiling any job posted on a public URL into one user-friendly format.  It also allows you to search for employers and contacts within specific industries anywhere in the United States.
  • GoingGlobal: the ultimate jobseeker’s tool for finding employment or internships abroad. It includes country-specific career information compiled by local career specialists including job search websites, top companies, employment outlook information, work permit and visa regulations, industry specific and professional organization lists, cultural advice, and much more!
  • One-on-one appointments: your opportunity to meet with a career coach to speak about your specific career needs including the major decision, finding an internship, career options, job search strategies, interviewing, or any other career related topic. One-on-one appointments are available for students of any year or major.
  • Walk-in hours: held every Monday and Thursday, 2-4 p.m.  No appointment necessary.  Simply drop in to have your quick questions answered.
  • ·         Social Media: follow the Career Development Center on Twitter (@EMPLOYOLA_Surge) and like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/EMPLOYOLA). The Career Development Center uses its social media outlets to advertise hot job/internship opportunities and to provide useful career and job search tips and strategies

To schedule an appointment at the Career Development Center, call 504-865-3860.

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