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Feel like you're going to have a blue christmas if you don't find a job or co-op? There's no need to pout & I'll tell you why. No, Santa's not going to leave a job under the tree (it'd be kind of hard to fit anyway). You, yourself, can try to use your rosy cheeks and Holiday spirit to get out there and put yourself at the top of some HR wishlists.

Vault Career Insider recently posted to their blog about ways that job seekers can take advantage of the holidays to help them in their job search. They say that many job seekers take off for the holidays, assuming that most HR departments are too busy planning for their department's holiday parties than they are to look through job applications. That's where being proactive during this time can help separate yourself from the crowd. Here are a few suggestions:

"The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear"- Unless you have a really good voice, I wouldn't actually suggest singing. But spreading holiday cheer in other ways, such as sending holiday cards to, and checking in with, people in your network, are great ways to not only warm people's hearts but also to keep you in the front of their minds for positions that they may be looking for.

"...And what have you done, Another year over, And a new one just begun"- Many companies usually spend the last several weeks of the year looking at their budgets and, at least for those who did not go over, figuring out how to spend the leftovers. The last thing they want to do is to come up short and potentially lose that funding for future years. They know they have to spend it on something, so why shouldn't that something be you?

"The party's on, The spirit's up, We're here tonight, And that's enough"- While you may not be feeling the holiday spirit in your ugly Christmas sweater, it may still be a great time to talk to other party-goers about their careers and your job search. Who knows, the holiday party your parents drag you to may also have potential connections in attendence. You won't know until you start talking with someone. Just make sure that if you are networking to lay off your crazy aunt's egg nog & tequila concoction.

To read the entire blog, you can read it here.


While I know that this is a few weeks into the term already, I would like to welcome you back to Drexel for a new school year! We have been doing a lot of great preparation over the summer for the beginning of the Fall term. In regards to the careers collection, there are a couple new and updated resources that I highly recommend you check out.

The first is the new Vault Career Insider. While we have had access to this database in the past (it can be accessed in the Databases and Electronic Resources section of my reference page), it has recently been updated so that it is easier to navigate. It still provides fantastic company reviews by employees while also providing great resume and cover letter advice and samples. Vault is still THE place to go to prepare yourself for your job search and now it is even easier to find the information that you're looking for!

A new resource that Drexel now has access to is Glassdoor, which is a fantastic resource for finding job descriptions and salary information for a variety of positions and companies. While the website has always been free, full access to the content was limited unless you signed in and provided information about your own job. Now, through the partnership between Drexel Libraries and Glassdoor, you have full access to all the content on the website without having to sign in or create an account! All you need to do is click on the Glassdoor button also located in the Databases and Electronic Resources section of my reference page and you will automatically have access to everything.

These are just a couple of the exciting new career resources available to Drexel students and staff. Make sure to check them out and keep an eye out for more resources as they come along during the school year!


For those that are questioning their sexual orientation, or those that are still uneasy about sharing that information with new acquaintences, finding a co-op or job where you feel comfortable being yourself can be difficult. At what point should you come out to your employer, if at all? How do you know if they will be accepting of who you are? These are difficult questions to answer, especially if you would like to make a good impression on your new employer.

Fortunately, there is a new resource available through the Steinbright Career Development Center called Out for Work which provides tools for LGBTQA job seekers to find LGBTQA-friendly companies, advice on how and when to come out in the workplace and other resources to help LGBTQA students like yourself find a co-op or job that makes you comfortable.

The Out for Work Career Resource Library can be accessed from my Reference Page under the Career Databases and Electronic Resources section. To login, please use Username: outforwork,  Password: cccp2013, NOT your DrexelOne credentials. The Out For Work Library should also become available in the Databases tab on the Hagerty Library website in the near future.


Hopefully you all are enjoying the sun this summer. However, for some job seekers their outlook may be a little cloudier than they would like. For those of you who are still looking for that dream job, or are just looking for that first full-time position out of school, here are some tips to keep in mind during your search:

  • Make sure you are looking for the right kind of jobs. So often, we may spend our time scouring the web looking for anything remotely related to our fields. Instead of shooting out your resume to any position that moves, search the web for only the positions that best match your skills and abilities. If you don't know what you would be doing in the job, or feel that you would have a steep learning curve once hired, then it probably is not the position for you.
  • The way you communicate can go a long way in saying what kind of person and potential worker you are. But it's not just about what you write or say: your body can communicate as much, if not more, than your mouth. Make sure to maintain good posture throughout your interactions with others, as well as maintain good eye contact. The message you send with your body could speak volumes for your potential as an employee.
  • Don't fret if you haven't found anything yet. Job searching is hard and it can be even harder if you have a long list of criteria you would like to meet. But that doesn't mean you have to be desparate. Continue looking, but in the meantime try volunteering within the industry or taking a part-time job or internship to gain experience and make connections. If you need to find a job sooner rather than later, consider some of your job criteria that you can compromise on (such as salary, location, company, etc.)/

Overall, make sure you know that you are not alone and that there are people here to help. Feel free to check out the Career Services Library Assistant's Reference Page for Career Guides on topics such as Interviewing, Networking and Industry-specific guides. You can also schedule an appointment with a staff member at the Steinbright Career Development Center at 215.895.2185 to learn some steps you can take to improve your job search. To learn about more tips, you can check out US News & World Report's Careers section.


It may seem weird and maybe even unreasonable to practice your job search every day. There's so much that goes into it: resume and cover letter writing, interviewing skills, good posture and eye contact, even dressing appropriately. How can you possibly practice all of that every day? By living out the skills, experiences and professionalism you are trying to convince employers that you have.

Some of this is obvious and is usually accounted for. If you say you have critical thinking skills and you use them at work or in class every day, then you got that covered. But other things, such as behavior, dress and posture, can sometimes be a little lax when you aren't in the spotlight. But, like they always say, practice makes perfect.

If you show up to meetings with professors or other staff members on campus, then you will be practicing punctuality, both for interviews and for your job. Don't go out drinking the night before an early morning meeting (I had a student show up hungover one morning and she threw up in my office. Safe to say if that was an interview... she wouldn't get the job). If you can't make a meeting, hungover or otherwise, contact that person and explain that you can't make it. They'll understand and will appreciate not sitting around for you. Also, when you meet someone new, or are talking to someone in class, practice good posture and eye contact. Even if you're not meeting with someone, going out in public looking like a slob may look bad if you run into a potential employer. You don't have to dress like Barney Stinson everywhere you go, but those sweatpants with the holes in awkward areas probably aren't the best option.

All of these things allow you to practice appropriate behavior that you will need to use for interviews and in general in the workplace. The more you practice it now, the more comfortable you'll feel doing it and the less different it will feel to act that way.


This past weekend, I finally joined the 21st century: I finally got a smartphone. I know, I know, I'm about 5 years behind everyone but it really was about time. And now that I have it, I'm discovering all the cool things I can do with it. I now have a calendar to help me keep track of things when I'm on the move and can finally keep up with my friends and family on facebook and twitter. Most importantly, I can keep up on my sports scores so I don't miss a single game (much more important than work or family, that's for sure).

The same can happen with your job search. There are so many tools and resources out there for you to try to help you find a job or co-op. Some of them, like LinkedIn or electronic company directories and databases, are technology based. But there are "analog" resources too, like local chapters of professional associations. Try something different that you haven't had a chance to yet. Create a profile on LinkedIn and see who you're connected to. Use the D&B Million Dollar database to find companies in your industry you didn't even know existed. Attend the monthly happy hour for the local chapter of that association you've considered joining. If you do it just once, you will be exposed to a whole new world of people and information that you may not have even known existed. And hopefully, that something new that you try will suck you in and make you better prepared for your job or co-op search.

If you want to learn more about what tools and resources are available, feel free to check out my reference page at www.library.drexel.edu/careers or attend my Job Search Resources workshop (you can find the schedule on my reference page as well). So go out and try something new in your job search. You won't know what you're missing!


The Night Before Christmas

'Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the town,
holiday parties were planned, yet you wear a frown.
You're afraid of the questions, by family and friends,
Asking exactly how your job search has been.

What do you say, that your job search has failed?
Try to answer politely, with your frustration veiled?
Those questions can make these parties seem a grind,
But here are some tips to help your ease your mind:

Don't talk about how the search makes you sad,
Instead talk about some industry fad.
You may meet someone who you think can help you,
but avoid begging them, that you cannot do!
You may think a few drinks will give you some more charm,
but you'll likely cause you less help and more harm.

For more information on what you should do,
if these holiday parties are making you blue,
read the Vault blogs, they're available here,
to help you go out and spread some Holiday Cheer!

Happy Holidays from Drexel University Libraries!

 

(Image from Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/The-Night-Before-Christmas-English/dp/1563680203)


Many times the descriptions for jobs you're interested in ask for qualifications you may not have. However, according to a recent post from the authors at Vault Career Insider, that doesn't mean that you shouldn't apply anyway. Often, employers will use very strong language in "requiring" applicants to have certain skills and experiences. That doesn't mean that your skills and experiences won't work as well. You have to keep in mind that a lot of expertise can be learned on the job and that employers are more interested in if the person can learn those skills after they've been hired. So even if the description asks that you know a specific software program, or asks for a specific number of years experience, doesn't mean that it will exclude you from consideration. I often talk about how you can use your resume and cover letter to explain how, even though you may not have all of the qualifications, you have enough skills and abilities to make you a great candidate anyway. It's this marketing and salesmanship which can convince an employer that you may very well be the best fit for the position.

Just keep in mind that you DO NOT want to make any outrageous claims that you cannot back up during the interview process. Saying you have experience with computer programming languages is one thing. Saying that you're an expert at C++ when you only used it for one project in class will not end well. So don't be scared off when you read the dreaded "Must Have 3-5 years experience" line. If you're qualified, apply anyway. Just make sure you provide a good reason to back it up.


Thanksgiving dinner with family'Tis the season for giving thanks for what we have by sitting around a table with people we love and digging in to a homemade Thanksgiving meal. It's also a great time to learn about some career opportunities of which you may not be aware.

Many people think of networking as happy hours after work and striking up a conversation with a tired and potentially drunk professional. But networking can happen anytime, anywhere, including around the thanksgiving table. There may be some people that you don't see regularly, but that may work in an industry, or for a company, that you're interested in. Strike up a conversation after they've finished cooking or before the tryptophan knocks them (or you) out on the couch after dinner. See if they know of any opportunities or have some people they could pass your name onto. Ask them questions about their job and what responsibilities they have. Just remember to chew between sentences.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Everything today is going mobile. The term "there's an app for that" has turned from an advertising slogan to reality. Pretty soon you will be able to cook your Thanksgiving dinner's with your phones (ok, maybe not).

But with all those great apps out there, you know that there must be a bunch that can help you in your job search. While many of them are simply mobile versions of their web-site counterparts, they allow you to conduct your job search on the go. Meet a prospective employer on the street but don't have any business cards? Download one of the many business card apps to manage your business card collection. Trying to find a job close to home (or in a specific location)? Check out Job Compass. There are so many options for you to choose from that can help you in any stage of your search.

Want to learn about the best ones? Check out Mashable.com's Top 4 Job Search apps. You can also check out About.com's extensive list of job search apps to find even more options.


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