Prepare for career fair season with Handshake — Joyce’s Career Tip of the Week

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018 in Career |

Handshake is the tool used by ASU to connect students with employers, internships and jobs. The career fairs will be taking place next month, so now is the time for you to start preparing, and Handshake is the place to start. (If you have not used Handshake yet, get started today!)

First, let me ask a few questions and include a few tips that you might find helpful.

Is your profile complete? Have you posted a picture? Did you fill in the applicable information about employment, extra-curricular activities and academic projects? Have you posted your résumé and made it available for recruiters to see?

Are you setting time aside to look over posted jobs and internships? Do you know how to filter positions to see those related to your major or interest area? Have you created a Search Alert that will monitor postings and send you a message about positions?

Spend time looking at Events – Career Fairs and Workshops. You can see which companies will be attending career fairs. You can also see all of the upcoming events, plan ahead to ensure that you will be a well-prepared and competitive internship/job seeker.

All ASU students have access to GoinGlobal — a tool for finding job and internship opportunities in the U.S. as well as internationally. There are also U.S. and Global City Guides with a plethora of information to help you with your search as well as assist with potential relocation. The list of companies that have sponsored H1-B visas is valuable for international students.

Optimal Résumé is a resource especially for Fulton Schools students. There are tools to help you create your résumé, and you can use Optimal Résumé to submit your résumé for review. The Interview module has sample interview questions and a “coach” who will give you examples of appropriate answers. You can find both GoinGlobal and Optimal Résumé by clicking on the Career Center tab and then Resources.

Finally, you can use Handshake to schedule an appointment with a peer career coach or professional staff member. Click on the Career Center tab and then Appointments.

The Fulton Schools Career Center professional staff and peer career coaches are looking forward to working with you. Remember: Successful performance is the result of 90 percent preparation and 10 percent flawless execution.

 

Joyce Donahue is a career counselor in the Fulton Schools Career Center.  She is nationally certified career counselor and holds “Master Career Counselor” membership status in the National Career Development Association. 

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Now is the time! Joyce’s Career Tip of the Week

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in Career |

Did you know that there are certain times of the year when companies send recruiters to college campuses to hire interns and new college graduates? Every year, there are two peak recruiting seasons: one in the fall (September and October), and the other in the spring (February and early March). This is not unique to ASU. This cycle applies to companies and colleges all over the United States.

What does this mean to you? It means that even though it is the first week of classes, now is the time for you to be planning and taking action to ensure your summer or post-graduation employment. If you are considering organizations that do recruit at ASU, check their websites. Most likely, their application dates will follow the same schedule.

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Happy New Year! Joyce’s Career Tip of the Week

Posted by on Jan 2, 2018 in Career |

A new year is an opportunity for new beginnings.

We can look back on the previous year and discover some valuable life lessons. While you’re sure to remember things that went well, reflecting on things that did not work out the way we hoped they would also present an opportunity. We can ask ourselves this question: Are there things I could have done differently that might have changed results?

Rather than making a long list of “New Year Resolutions,” determine what is the one change you can make that will make the most impact. When selecting the area where you are making a change, consider your own personal values. What is it that matters the most to you?

As a Fulton Schools student, be sure to remember that you are not on this journey alone. There are peer career coaches and peer mentors, academic advisors and career center professionals to help you. All of us are looking forward to working with you.

Finally, all of us at the Fulton Schools Career Center wish you a happy, healthy, prosperous and successful 2018.

 

Joyce Donahue is a career counselor in the Fulton Schools Career Center. She is a nationally certified career counselor and holds “Master Career Counselor” membership status in the National Career Development Association.

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It’s Winter Break! Joyce’s Career Tip of the Week

Posted by on Dec 18, 2017 in Career |

Let me take this opportunity to wish all of our Fulton Schools engineers and technologists a Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah and Kwanza. Whatever holiday you are celebrating (or if you chose not to celebrate at all), enjoy this winter break. Take time to relax, have fun and reflect.

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