Tag Archives: Strategies

Career Fairs This Week!

This Thursday, March 19th, two career fairs are in town this week worth checking out.  As part of your job search strategy,  try to hit up both to maximize your potential!

Career and job fairs offer the opportunity to meet many employers.  Before you attend, be sure you know what employers will be there and what types of jobs they may be offering.

  • Also, it is important to know if the employers will actually be conducting interviews on-site, or if this is simply an opportunity to speak with employers and exchange your resume for their business cards and literature.
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Top 10 Hidden Resources

TOP TEN Most Hidden, Least Utilized Career Center Resources

10. The Career Resource Library – Free advice (and worth every penny), books and computer access.

9. CareerSearch – Millions of employers, and their websites. You think these guys are all listing their jobs on Monster!?  (No. The correct response is: no.)

8. Vault and WetFeet Guides to Career Fields and Companies

  • Downloadable, excellent – and FREE to BC students.
  • Hey, the Career Center pays for this stuff, you might as well look at it, right?
  • Lengthy career guides to Media & Entertainment, I-Banking, Advertising & Public Relations, the Fashion Industry, TV News, Capitol Hill Careers, and more.

7. Internship Review – BC students rate their internships…. Hmm, what could be more fun?

6. Career Advisors – Speak with an advisor about jobs, internships, resumes, majors, your parents – anything career-related.

5. Career Assessment Software –  Know thyself, and save thyself from inappropriate and evil jobs and internships.

4. “Resources For” pages – Hey, everyone has their own page – AHANA, LGBTQ, Nursing, Social Work, Seniors, Freshmen / Sophomores / Juniors, Teachers. Even your Parents. (Parents seem to be taking it on the nose here….)

3. Job Search Strategies The Wall Street Journal says, “Job hunts conducted solely online rarely produce jobs.

2. Research Before Your Interview – Lack thereof is the biggest reason for not getting the job or internship.

And the number 1 Most Hidden, Least Utilized Resource of the Career Center is…

1. Networking with Alumni

  • Students fear it irrationally. Many alumni understand the absolute necessity.
  • Want to learn about a possible career field? Learn to network!
  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70 percent of all jobs are found through networking, and the best way to succeed during the current economy is… networking!

Resource Highlight: CareerBeam

Alumni, are you puzzled by your career options?  Utilize CareerBeam to help put the pieces together!

CareerBeam is a wonderful portal, provided to you by Alumni Relations, which integrates all phases and stages of the career development process.  With CareerBeam you can:

  • Develop a complete personalized Career Profile with ten separate assessments
  • Find detailed information on over 200 industries
  • Search over 18 million organizations and 22 million company contacts
  • Identify US companies that operate outside the US and foreign firms with offices in the US
  • Review answers to the most frequently asked career questions
  • Build a professional resume and cover letter

Login to the BC Alumni Online Community, go to Career Resources, and access CareerBeam to help you in your career development efforts today!

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Effective Job Hunting Skills in a Tough Economy

Baby, it’s cold out there!  The economy is in a swoon, and companies in every industry are cutting back and laying off employees.  The prospect of finding a job in the worst market in decades is certainly daunting, but savvy job hunters can still find the great jobs that are available.  In this special panel session, organized by the Boston College Technology Council, you’ll get tips, advice, ideas and encouragement on how to land that dream job.  Designed for Boston College alumni and undergraduates, speakers will provide a variety of viewpoints on hiring – from big tech companies to start-ups – to help you draft a job-hunting plan and search out the openings that exist.  How do you open doors?  What are hiring companies looking for today?  What makes you stand out – both good and bad – as a candidate?  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about launching your career in a downturn.  The panel discussion will be immediately followed by a question and answer session and networking reception with the speakers.

Happening today, February 24 at 3:45 pm  registration / 4:00 p.m. Panel Discussion in the Heights Room.

Web Resources: LinkedIn

Virtually prepare yourself for the professional world, and use the 2nd fastest growing social networking website to leverage your job search.  Seniors, as you prepare to go from undergrads to professionals, consider your online presence.  While Facebook has provided you with all of your social networking needs throughout your college career, the content is best kept from potential employers’ eyes.  For alumni, consider expanding your online presence in a professional atmosphere.  For everyone involved, utilize this tool as an alternative way to search for job leads, to find movers and shakers, to network within your field, or to solidify your personal brand.

According to Nielsen Online, LinkedIn grew more than 20 percent month-over-month to 9.5M uniques.  Year-over-year, that represents 193% growth for the website, which indexes highest among ages 35-49.  Check it out today!

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Where Are All the A&S Jobs?

Your CSOM friends put on their suits and interview for good jobs, and you’re wondering, “Where are all the jobs for people like me?!”  We’ll look at a variety of job search strategies (focusing on networking and informational interviewing) as well as what goes into sorting out your long-term career satisfaction.  Register (required) for this workshop sponsored by the Career Center through EagleLink.

Happening this Friday, February 13 at noon.

Job Searching in a Tough Market

These sessions for seniors are designed at making sure they know all the different job search strategies they should employ in their effort to find work.  Special emphasis will be placed on effective networking and how to leverage your BC degree.  These are one hour long sessions.

RSVP via Eaglelink.

Today at 6pm.