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“Why do I have to sign up for Career Connection?”  We hear that question quite a bit in the Career Center.  Our answer is, “Yes!  You can’t start your job or internship search without this valuable tool!”

CareerConnection is an online tool where employers post jobs and internships just for our students and alumni.  These employers are actively posting jobs and internships for GC students and alumni.  When an employer calls or emails the Career Center about a position (which happens several times a day), the information is posted on the CareerConnection site so that our students can benefit.  When you use big job boards advertised on TV, you’re competing with the world.  On Career Connection, the world suddenly gets a little smaller and you finally get noticed.

Employers also search student resumes on Career Connection.  This past week, MSC Industrial Supply (formerly Barnes Distribution), came on campus to conduct campus interviews with students they found on Career Connection.  By simply uploading their resumes (which are reviewed and approved by the Career Center), these students received interviews for a sales position 

Most recently, Will Lowe, a senior Management major shared his Career Connection success story that has led to a full-time job

“At fImageirst I hesitated to sign up for GC’s Career Connection, but I could not have been more wrong. Thanks to the quick and easy sign-up, the helpful staff, and the vast amount of interested employers, I’ve been hired for my ideal career with Total Quality Logistics! Here I come, Charleston!”

We congratulate Will on achieving this exciting opportunity.  Total Quality Logistics also attended Senior Picnic in the fall. To learn more about them, visit http://www.tql.com/tql-jobs/home. 

Now you’re asking, “How do I sign up?”  Go to http://www.gcsu.edu/career and click on the large student button.  You’ll next see the Career Connection logo.  Click on the logo so that you can begin creating your account.  

Don’t just sign up in Career Connection.  Use it!  Once you log in to the system, upload your resume.  If you have never been in for a resume review appointment, we may suggest an appointment to make your resume better.  As Martha Stewart says, “This a good thing.”  We want your resume to be at its best so that employers notice you in a positive way.

The “Job Search” tab will lead you to full-time and part-time jobs as well as internships (paid and unpaid).  When companies visit for career fairs, you can also use Career Connection to see who is attending.  We even have companies that set up campus interviews so be sure to check the “Campus Interview and Resume Collection” menu.

To our graduates who have already located jobs, we wish you the best of luck.  To those who are just starting the search or need a job search boost, try using Career Connection to its full potential.  Did we mention it even has a list of over 2000 employers in the Employer Directory?  Don’t make the job search harder than it is!  Start out with a resource created just for GC students and alumni. 

To get started with Career Connection, register at http://www.gcsu.edu/career.  This resource is for GC students and alumni only and the employers who want to hire them.  Contact the University Career Center at career.center@gcsu.edu for more information. 

 

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By Lauren Darrow

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Last May, I was a junior struggling to find an internship and was extremely frustrated with my search. Finals came and I was still without an internship. Then, the Career Center send out an email the day of my last final and my friend encouraged me to apply to an internship mentioned in the email. I applied through Career Connection for the internship, and luckily, I received a phone interview and then an in-person interview. I landed the internship and couldn’t had been more excited. Looking back, I have been so thankful for the Career Center sharing this opportunity with me. Since completing my internship with GovStrive, I have worked part-time with them the past school year and recently have been offered a full-time position after graduation. I would highly encourage any GC student to utilize the services offered by the Career Center.

Currently, I am helping GovStrive select new interns.  If any junior business major is interested in consulting, they should definitely consider applying for the internship with GovStrive.  Campus interviews are Thursday, April 17 in the Career Center.  To be considered, create or login to your account on Career Connection at http://www.gcsu.edu/career, upload your resume, and then submit your resume to the Campus Interview Schedule section of Career Connection.

 

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By: Iris Cochran, Career Peer Advisor

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Ashley Lollar, Graduate Assistant GC Career Center

One of the biggest networking opportunities are coming –up this week! Know how to get the most out of the GC Career Center’s annual Career Expo and Interview Day and snag a great job while you are there! Let’s prepare for a great experience, and go through a play-by-play to get that competitive edge to make the best first impression.

Be ready to mingle and introduce yourself to over 40 employers. The career fair will be from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. in Magnolia Ballroom in the Student Activities Center, which is March 5.Those of you who are there to get a job stick around for the pre-scheduled interview, which is 2:30- 4:30 p.m. in Magnolia Ballroom.

Some of the companies include:

Baldwin County Department of Family and Children Services

Department of Juvenile Justice

Dress Up Boutique

Falling Creek Camp

First Investors Corporation

GC College of Business Graduate Programs

GEICO

Jay’s HOPE Foundation

Merritt Massey & Karen Rowell State Farm Insurance Offices

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Nolan Transportation Group

Northwestern Mutual

To view all the employers attending the Career Expo be sure to visit Career Connection

https://www.myinterfase.com/gcsu/Account/LogOn?ReturnUrl=%2fgcsu%2fstudent

As there are more employers who will be attending the Career Expo, it is pertinent that you do a little research on potential employers before the career fair so that you are prepared to ask them questions that go deeper than, “What do y’all do?” Being prepared will make you stand out from others who did not do any research prior to the event, it will also so the employers that you are dedicated to taking the extra steps needed to succeed. While talking to employers you should also have an “elevator pitch” prepared to answer the tell me about yourself question. This is another important aspect when networking with employers, because in that brief pitch you can tell them what makes you stand apart from other people who are applying for the position.

Next, you must ensure that you dress professionally for the day of the Career Expo. Not sure what to wear? Check out the suggestions that that Career Center has to offer in the “Dress for Success” handout.  http://bit.ly/NbYJDK . One classic way to dress sharp is to wear neutral colors, like black slacks and a black blazer with a natural top. TIP: It is always better to be overdressed, than underdressed.

Next, make sure to bring at least 30 copies of your résumé, so that you can give them to employers while talking to them about their company. **( If you need your résumé to be looked over, the Career Center, located in 110 Lanier Hall, suggests you drop in anytime from 1-3 p.m. or come by the for Résumé Review Day, which is March 3, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)** Remember that this is a unique opportunity where employers are coming to you, so take advantage of the wealth of opportunities that the Career Expo has to offer. Also, be sure to look at companies that you have never heard of, just because you have not heard about their organization does not mean that they are not a good company.

One final note: If you are interested in interviewing with one of the employers who are holding interviews, be sure to sign-up on Career Connection. In preparation for the interview, you need to do your research on the organization, their competitors, and have a list of questions for the interviewer about the job/ organization.

If you are still nervous about showing up, the Career Center suggests to look over “Making the Most of a Career Fair” handout. http://bit.ly/1fempD

Just remember: You may be nervous about networking with these companies, but they were all once in your shoes.

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By: Iris Cochran, Career Peer Adviser
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Ashley Lollar, Graduate Assistant GC Career Center

Say, you have just been awarded a job opportunity at a Fortune 500 company for your first job out of college. Great! Congratulations!

The feelings of excitement, anxiousness, and pure joy overwhelm you because this is why you spent so many sleepless nights in the library studying for exams and ultimately your passion and drive is what brought you to this pivotal point in your career.

You may be thinking, what do I do now? What is the appropriate way to act in a corporate environment? Wait, are they going to train me, because I have no idea what to do!!

Take a Deep Breath….It will all be okay!

Honestly, this is how we both felt when we began our internships, and when I (Ashley) started working as a Graduate Assistant. All these feelings are normal, but it is important to keep calm and be confident in your abilities. You would not have been selected for this job if they did not believe in your abilities.

Here are some tips from our personal experiences so that you can make a lasting impression:
- Keep calm and dress professionally

- Be confident in your abilities, & play to your strengths not your weaknesses

- Be attentive to the corporate culture and try to blend in with the culture

- Dress to fit with the corporate culture, act professionally and dress for success. Your appearance gives you an essence of who you are as a person. For example, if you look like you rolled out of bed for you 8 a.m. class, then your boss may get the wrong impression of you, and may not take you seriously. After all you look like you don’t take yourself seriously, so why would anyone else. Remember first impressions stick!

- Get to work before your boss, and leave after your boss—this shows dedication

- Don’t try to kiss up to your boss, just be yourself and work hard to achieve your goals
- Ask your boss to sit down with you to have a strategic planning meeting with you, so that you can gain a better understanding of what he or she expects of you and how you plan to get there

- When you get your assignments, try to figure out any problems by yourself, but if you still feel as though you are unsure of what to do, just ask

- On the flip side, make sure that when trying a new approach to a task or assignment that you ask your boss because you don’t want to spend hours on a task only to find out that your boss wanted it done a specific way

- If there is a problem fix it yourself, then go to your boss with the resolved issue

- Be sure to proof read your work before giving it to your boss, nothing says I don’t care like a bunch of typos and grammatical errors

- If you make a mistake, don’t keep playing the situation over in your head, just focus on what you learned from the mistake and grow from it

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Here at the GC Career Center, we have been up to a lot lately with our Instagram Your Experience Contest, which is still going on (check out the previous blog post), to the constant reviewing and bettering of student resumes! It gets better, on Monday, we are hosting our biggest event of the year and you do not want to miss it! The GC Career Expo and Interview Day, with over 50 employers attending to offer summer opportunities, internships, full-time and part-time jobs.

The Career Expo is a great opportunity to meet professionals from all over the southeast and to practice your much needed networking skills. Open networking will be held in Magnolia Ballroom on Monday, March 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and interviews will be conducted afterward from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Please note, students who wish to participate in the interview portion must visit Career Connection to pre-register and to upload their resume.

The Career Expo is open to all current GC students and alumni. Because we all know the saying,”you can’t make a second first impression,” dress in business professional attire. Your snazzy business clothes will be sure to impress!

Not exactly sure what business professional attire looks like? Check out these great ideas from Pinterest. Girls and guys alike, do not be afraid to show your inner style. Business attire does not have to mean boring, have fun with it! Also, bring copies of your resume and some business cards, you never know when you will have the opportunity to hand those out. We recommend that you bring about 20 copies of your resume.

Visit Career Connection to view all the employers and organizations that will be attending this event. As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to visit us in our offices, located in 132 Lanier Hall. Also, follow us on Facebook or give us a call at 478-445-5384.

See you on Monday!

Everyday Georgia College students work hard to gain outside the classroom experience. Whether that means completing an internship, practicum, clinical, student teaching experience, service learning project or any other hands-on activity, we know that students put in many hours of work each week for the betterment of their education. Well, we want to award students for their hard work. For this very reason, the Instagram your Experience competition was created.

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Instagram your Expeience is a competition that allows students to submit a picture of themselves from any of the hands-on experiences listed above, for the chance to win a Kindle.

There are two parts to this competition. First, a picture and short description of your experience must be emailed to michelle.berg@gcsu.edu anytime between now and March 5 at 5 p.m. to qualify for the competition. Second, all the pictures will be uploaded to the Instagram your Experience event page on the morning of March 6 and the voting process will begin. The winner will be the person who receives the most “Likes” on their picture before the voting window closes on March 13 at 4 p.m. The winner of this competition will be annouced on March 13 once the competition has ended.

If you wish you tweet or instagram your photo please use the #GCExperience along with your description. However, if you do not have an Instagram or Twitter account no need to panic, emailing the picture still counts!

As with any competition there are a few rules and regulations:

  • You must be a current Georgia College student to participate in Instagram your Experience.
  • There needs to be at least 15 entries for the contest to be official.
  • Once you have submitted your picture you must “Like” the GC Career Center page, in order to be tagged in your photo.
  • Include your name, email address and phone number in your email.
  • Include a brief description of what is happening in the picture and where and when it took place.
  • The picture does not have to be in Instagram format to be accepted.

For more information or to ask questions please visit our Facebook page.

Good luck to all who participate and thank you for all your hard work!

Are you currently looking for an internship or job for this upcoming summer or year? Have you felt the weight of how important a clear, creative and concise resume is to a future employer? Writing a resume can be a very daunting task, one that can quickly overwhelm. However, it doesn’t have to be that way for you! Put some magic in your resume by attending Resume Con on Monday, Jan. 28 anytime from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in 132 Lanier Hall.

We have created this costume event to facilitate a fun and relaxed environment that aids students in the professional development of their resumes. The theme of Resume Con is based off of the very famous Dragon*Con, held in Atlanta every fall.

Dragon*Con is the largest popular culture convention in the world. This convention attracts science fiction, fantasy, gaming, comic and film lovers from all over the world. Hundreds of people flood in every year wearing some of the most intricate and creative costumes you may ever see! Here are some examples:

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^^Fiona, from Shrek^^

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^^DC Universe box costumes^^

That being said, we cordially invite you to dust off that old superhero costume (or any other film/comic costumes that we know you have) in your closet, grab your resume and head over to the University Career Center. We will all be dressed up as well and offering resume reviews all day. There will be free food, cocoa and BUTTERBEER. I repeat, we will be serving J.K Rowlings famous Butterbeer. Also, you will receive your very own Resume Con badge for attending!

It seems that it couldn’t get any better but we also have a prize pack awarded to the person with the best costume (that’s appropriate, of course).

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^^PRIZE PACK^^

So come on out on Monday anytime from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Career Center is located at 132 Lanier Hall.

See you there!

If you have any questions, please e-mail us at career.center@gcsu.edu or call us at 478-445-5384.

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