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Admit it, you've had those dreams of "working" in the Latin Quarter in Paris, the bustling streets of Shanghai or on the shores of some remote Mediterranean island. That's about the time you usually wake up, or realize that those opportunities are a long way off.

But who says that working abroad is just a pipe dream? At Drexel, you can do your Co-op abroad in any country you would like! And to help you out, the Steinbright Career Development Center has just created the International Co-op website which provides its own system for international co-ops only. It also has a ton of other resources to help explain the steps you need to take to get an international co-op, as well as student's stories of their amazing experiences living and working in another country. And with many opportunities available right on the site, you don't have to worry about finding a job yourself.

Now's the time to travel abroad while fulfilling your co-op requirements. Check out the International Co-op site and get ready to see the world!


Welcome Drexel students, new and old! The 2012-2013 school year is officially off and running. For many, this new year will be completely different than the last couple of months. Many students are coming back to Drexel after studying abroad. Others are returning to class after working on their co-op. And, of course, there are the many new students who are starting their first year of college today. For the Freshmen, today represents a new beginning, providing them with many new opportunities to grow and explore. However, for the upperclassmen, today can be a Fresh start.

Whether you had a rough couple of classes, or didn't get the co-op you were hoping for, this year can be the year you turn it around. Like I mentioned in a previous post, create a set of goals for yourself for this year. Determine what it is that you want to accomplish and map out how you can achieve them. For your career goals in particular, try to use as many resources as possible. Speak to a career counselor, co-op coordinator or myself for personal assistance. Visit the Career Collections in Hagerty & Hahnemann Libraries for more information on certain industries or tips for your job search. Attend a workshop to help with your interviewing, resume writing or job searching skills. If you're unsure of where to look, follow the Steinbright Career Development Center or the Career Services Library Assistant on Twitter.

No matter what your goals are, know that there are resources here to help you make this year your best year yet!


Need some assistance looking for a co-op or job but not finding many resources to help? There have been some new Career Guides added to the Drexel Library's website under Research Guides and also on the Career Services Library Assistant's Reference Page.

These include resources on industries such as:

and career guides on certain countries like:

and more. These guides are great places where you can become familiar with major-specific resources that can help you find a co-op or job. These guides, in addition to the print collections located at Hagerty and Hahnemann Libraries, can help give you the tools you need to find a position on your own.

If you have a suggestion for another industry, job search topic, or country guide, please feel free to email me at blj38@drexel.edu.


So, it's B-Round and you're still looking for a Co-op. You didn't get anything in A-round. You've had some interviews, but you're nervous about how well they went (since apparently your A-round interviews didn't go as planned). You really don't want to wait for C-round or have to go work for your Aunt Agnes. So what do you do?

First off, relax. Not every student is going to be placed in A-round. In fact, the odds were against you to do so anyway. Many times, it's simply a case of students and employers just not being a good match. With several new jobs in B-round, you have another opportunity to meet and impress a company looking for someone with your unique set of skills.

That said, you should take this opportunity to re-examine your resume and interview technique to see if there is anything you can improve for the next round of applications and interviews. Maybe this was your first set of interviews and you came across as nervous? Or maybe you completely missed the misspelling of "Drexel" on your resume (it happens). No matter what it is, go back and double check to make sure that you come across as the most capable and talented applicant that you can.

This might also be a good time to begin your Self-Directed job search. Maybe the industry or job you're dreaming of isn't available through SCDCOnline? By using the resources available in the Steinbright Career Development Center and Hagerty/Hahnemann Libraries, you might be able to find companies and jobs that you didn't even know existed, but that are just what you are looking for. So see if you can attend a Job Search Resources workshop or set up an appointment with your co-op coordinator or the Career Services Library Assistant to help you with this search.


Around this time, many companies, including Drexel, begin to make yearly and multi-yearly goals. They sit down and think about how they can improve their services all while trying to fulfill their mission. But they shouldn't be the only ones making these types of plans.

You can, and should, sit down this summer to come up with your own "Career" plan before you come back to school. Sit down and take a look at where you have come so far in the past year. Next, you want to look at your overall career goals. If you have yet to create a career goal, then make one. Think about where you would like to eventually end up in your career path (no, you will not become CEO of Apple when you graduate) and think about how you can reach that goal through your academic and your co-op and work experiences.

After looking at all of what you have done and what you want to do, sit down and create a plan for the next year that can help you reach your goals. Determine what companies you would like to co-op with and what classes you would like to take. Set a goal for the number of contacts you can add on LinkedIn or see if there are any opportunities for you to volunteer or intern with your targeted companies on the side. Ask yourself: What can I do in the next year that can bring you one step closer to reaching my goals?

If you want some help, definitely check out the Career Exploration Career Guide on my Reference Page and check out some of the Career Planning books available in the Career Collections in the Hagerty and Hahnemann Libraries. And, most importantly, talk to your Co-op Coordinator or a Career Counselor to help you create this plan.


With the April 11th Spring Career Fair only a week away, many of you may be feeling a little 'career fair anxiety' about how to make the best impression on your favorite companies. No need to fear as the people from Vault Career Insider have some tips to give you that edge and make you stand out from the crowd! They offer some very important Do's and Don't's by talking about the good, the bad and the ugly things that students do at career fairs.

Before you go, make sure to:

  • Find out which companies will be there
  • Research your favorite companies to have some talking points to bring up
  • Shower (this might seem obvious, but there are still plenty of students who don't)

While you're there:

  • Show up in a clean and pressed suit to make a good impression
  • Even for companies that prefer electronic resumes and applications, bring paper resumes as well
  • DON'T chew gum while speaking with employers

After you leave:

  • Use LinkedIn to make a connection with the person you spoke with at the fair or follow up with thank you notes, either hand-written or through email (or both)
  • DON'T stalk the company. Phone calls very day after the fair is not going to move your application along any faster.

Overall, remember to relax and be confident in yourself and your abilities. You would not have been able to get to this point if you were not capable of great things. These employers are not looking for the best candidate as much as the best person for the job, so remember to add a little of your own personality to your conversations as well.

To read the entire article, simply log on to the Vault Career Insider database through Hagerty Library's website and click the "Blogs" tab on the top of the page. While you're there, check out all the other great tools Vault has to offer like Career Guides, Industry Information and Resume Advice. You can also follow this link to the article: http://blogs.vault.com/blog/job-search/how-to-find-job-fair-success/.

Happy Hunting!


Take a look at the new books available in the Hagerty Careers Collection in Hagerty Library, behind the printers! Stop by and give one a test read.

Career Match: Connecting Who You Are with What You'll Love to Do - Shoya ZichyCareers in Computer Graphics & Animation (Gardner's Guide Series) - Garth Gardner PhD	  Culinary Careers: How to Get Your Dream Job in Food with Advice from Top Culinary Professionals - Rick Smilow	  What to Do with Your English or Communications Degree (Career Guides) - Princeton ReviewCareer Opportunities in Banking, Finance, and Insurance - Thomas P. FitchFood and Culinary Arts (Field Guides to Finding a New Career) - Ken MondscheinGreen Jobs for a New Economy: The Career Guide to Emerging Opportunities - Peterson'sGreen Collar Jobs: Environmental Careers for the 21st Century - Scott M. DeitcheThe Insider's Guide To Political Internships: What To Do Once You're In The Door - Grant ReeherAn Insider's Guide to Political Jobs in Washington - William T. EndicottHow to REALLY use LinkedIn - Jan VermeirenI'm an English Major Now What? - Timothy LemireGreat Jobs for Political Science Majors - Mark RowhBecoming a Landscape Architect: A Guide to Careers in Design - Kelleann FosterLife After...Biological Sciences: A Practical Guide to Life After Your Degree - Sally LongsonNetworking for People Who Hate Networking: A Field Guide for Introverts, the Overwhelmed, and the Underconnected - Devora ZackNow What?: The Young Person's Guide to Choosing the Perfect Career - Nicholas Lore	  The Passionate Programmer: Creating a Remarkable Career in Software Development (Pragmatic Life) - Chad Fowler	  Smart Moves for Liberal Arts Grads: Finding a Path to Your Perfect Career - Sheila J. CurranCareer Opportunities in Travel and Hospitality - Jennifer Bobrow BurnsBecoming an Urban Planner: A Guide to Careers in Planning and Urban Design - Michael BayerGreat Jobs for Chemistry Majors, Second ed. (Great Jobs For... Series) - Mark Rowh


Facebook, Monster.com, Twitter, Career Builder.com, and Linked In We have all heard about them: Monster.com, CareerBuilder.com, LinkedIn, etc. We know that they can be helpful in getting your resume out there for companies to see. But we also know that we are competing against hundreds, sometimes thousands, of other job seekers just like us. How can we possibly stand out from the crowd with those odds stacked against us?

Rob Byron, from the staffing organization Winter, Wyman, wrote an article on how to separate yourself from the faceless masses on the Internet. In the article, Byron discusses how to build your brand with everything you do online. From your Facebook posts, to your Tweets, to a blog you write or frequently comment on, think about how a prospective employer would view your online actions. Byron also provides recommendations on how to properly use job boards and social media to show your best face to the employment world.

To read he whole article, visit http://mashable.com/2012/01/08/recruiters-perspective-job-boards-career-websites/.


Man contacting company via phone and emailOne of the most useful techniques for getting a job in a company is by directly contacting them and inquiring about any employment opportunities they may have. This shows that you are a go-getter, someone who is willing to take that extra step to get the job done. Many prospective employers see this as a good thing.

However, one can also be too overzealous in reaching out to companies, which can eliminate your chances at getting a job at that company and potentially damage your reputation elsewhere. How do you know when to draw the line between actively pursuing an opportunity and being an annoying, arrogant self-seeker?

Writers from the database Vault Career Insider recently looked into the dilemma. They wrote an article which highlighted an example of exactly how not to contact a company. The article also discusses what the job seeker should have done to improve his chances at getting his message across. At the end, the author provides some good pointers on the best way to reach out to those companies that you are very interested in. Some of those points included:

  • Be humble: Even though you may think that you're the perfect fit for the position, it doesn't mean that you should assume that you will be working at that company.
  • Be polite: Don't passive-aggressively ask what is taking so long in the job search process. The more you come off as rude or pushy, the less likely you will be offered a position.
  • Be professional: Just as you should dress professionally, you should also contact companies professionally. Keep your emails short and direct without spelling or grammar errors. If you are speaking to someone directly, speak clearly and avoid slang and filler words like "ain't," "shoulda," "like," or "um."

For the entire article, click here or create an account in Vault and read through Vault's blogs.


We all know that Senior year has its positives but one thing that no one looks forward to is the search for a job after graduation. While the last several years have been awesome, it's now time to come back to the real world to find the perfect job and, hopefully, career for you. Unfortunately, there are so many options and things to consider that it's hard to know where to start. Fortunately, we at Drexel are here to help!

 

The Steinbright Career Development Center is hosting several workshops for graduating seniors and recent alumni who are looking for full-time positions. On September 20-22, the staff at the SCDC will host three workshops a day to discuss the strategies needed by, and resources available to, graduating Drexel students. We also strongly recommend that graduating Seniors utilize the SCDC's Dragon Jobs site, and attend the Fall Career Fair on Wednesday, October 12 from 10am-3pm. For a full listing of available workshops, please visit the SCDC Calendar and Events page found at http://www.drexel.edu/scdc/events/index.html.


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