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    What To Do About the Just-a-Job?

    April 11th, 2012, 11:01 pm

    Last semester, I had the good fortune to attend a panel discussion with four young SFS alumni now working full-time.

    Of the topics that came up, one of the most interesting was the question of what to do with what I’m going to call the just-a-job. The just-a-job is the cashier job you took because you needed gas money over the summer. Or the receptionist job you took in a student affairs office on campus to have a little spending money during the school year. The just-a-job is the kind of job that is not, in any obvious way, preparing you for a career. It’s just a job.

    I review resumes all the time and many students treat these kinds of jobs as afterthoughts or ask if they should take them off their resumes altogether. They suspect the job is not relevant or, worse, that employers will look down on it. Not so, based on the experiences of our SFS alumni.

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    Avoid this Mistake and Make a Good First Impression at a Career Fair

    September 29th, 2011, 1:44 pm

    Our Career Fair is happening this Friday. Online registration is now closed, but if you have not registered, don’t worry. You can still come to the fair and register on-site. As long as you are a Georgetown student or alumnus, of course.

    You know that there’s a career fair happening. What should you do to get ready for it? I am going to give you my best piece of advice. Don’t approach an employer and ask, “What do you do?” I have spoken with employers over the years at our career fairs about what impresses them when they meet students in this kind of wholesale setting. Again and again, employers tell me that the behavior that leaves them with the most negative impression is a student asking the employer what their organization does.

    When you speak with an employer, you need to be conversant in the work their organization does.

    How do you do that when there are 101 employers at one event? Read the rest of this entry »


    This Week at the Career Education Center, Nov. 29 – Dec. 3 Edition

    December 1st, 2010, 4:51 pm
    • Senior Celebration – Thursday, December 2 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the Career Education Center – Seniors, join us for an informal gathering to celebrate your last holiday season on the Hilltop! Enjoy seasonal snacks and a holiday movie (hint: “I just like to smile, smiling’s my favorite.”). Plus, Career Education Center staff will be on hand to answer your burning career questions. We hope to see you there!
    • This one isn’t at the Career Education Center, but its a great opportunity for those of you interested in entrepreneurship. Professor Will Finnerty and the McDonough School of Business Entrepreneurship Initiative present Entrepreneurship Speaker Series featuring Michael Saylor, co-founder and CEO of MicroStrategy. Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the McDonough School of Business, Hariri Building, Room 140. There is No RSVP required and all Georgetown students are welcome to attend.
    • On-Campus Interviewing Workshop – Thursday, December 2 at 1:00 PM. This is the last on-campus interviewing workshop of the semester. The on-campus interviewing workshop is an orientation to the on-campus interviewing process. What is on-campus interviewing? Some employers interview Georgetown candidates for their jobs and internships here in the Career Education Center. When we refer to “on-campus interviewing” or “on-campus interviewing positions,” we’re referring to those jobs for which employers will interview here in our office. If you plan to apply for any of these on-campus interviewing positions, you must first attend the on-campus interviewing workshop. You only have to do this once during your time at Georgetown.  You’ll know whether a job is an on-campus interviewing position when you view the position description in Hoya Career Connection, our online jobs and internships database.

    If you have any questions about any of these events, send them to us at careercenter@georgetown.edu.