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    Six Simple Suggestions for Winter Break

    December 21st, 2011, 3:34 pm

    Take stock of where you are.

    Our career counselors have designed six brief activities to help you think about who you are, what’s important to you, and where you’re headed. Download a few activities from our Web site and consider talking through your answers with folks at home or discussing them during a counseling appointment next semester.

    Update your resume.

    Visit our Web site for resume tips and examples. Sign up for an account with Optimal Resume. Create resumes from templates and breeze through formatting issues using this interactive and Georgetown-customized website.

    Create or update your LinkedIn profile.

    Don’t know what all the fuss is about? Visit LinkedIn’s student guide to get started. While you’re on the site, join relevant groups (affiliated with Georgetown or an industry of interest) and search for companies to get the inside scoop on current trends, connections and job openings.

    Learn about different industries.

    Vault is a great resource for learning about industry trends. Click the “guides” button, then “industry guides” to browse downloadable guides from industries such as screenwriting, consulting, government, and fashion. Our Web site also has links to our favorite career Web sites, organized by industry.


    Search LinkedIn or the Alumni Career Network for relevant contacts. Don’t forget to talk with friends and family while you’re home for ideas or to learn about the work they are doing (visit our Informational Interviewing page for sample questions to ask).

    Participate in one of our Winter Break Tours. Georgetown alumni will be gathering in nine major cities over winter break to offer their insight and expertise on a variety of industries. Learn more and RSVP on our Web site.


    Know that regardless of where you are in your career development process, you’re allowed to take some time to rest during Winter Break.  Come visit us when you return to campus!

    The Elevator Speech

    March 23rd, 2011, 5:07 pm

    This is an excerpt from our Senior Handbook, a guide we have written to help seniors prepare for life after graduation. The Senior Handbook is now available for download on our Web site.

    Not every networking opportunity has the structure of an informational interview.  For less formal situations, such as a conversation at a conference, you can prepare by drafting and practicing an elevator speech.  An elevator speech is a commercial of sorts that concisely describes your relevant qualifications, accomplishments, and goals as you move forward.  Preparing a personal pitch helps you control your first impression, convey confidence, and articulate what you’re seeking.

    An example might be as follows:

    “Hello, Dr. Smith.  I attended your session this morning and appreciated your insights regarding BCM theory.  My name is Jack Walter, and I hope to be a future colleague someday.  As a sophomore at Georgetown University, I have been taking coursework in biology and neuroscience as well as working in a lab at the Georgetown Medical Center.  I plan to matriculate directly into a masters program so that I can participate in neural network research.   I am particularly interested in your work at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.  May I e-mail you next week to ask some questions about your research there and how I can position myself for work like yours?”

    Essentially, an elevator speech should follow the format below.  Of course, there is room for flexibility depending on your goals and context:

    1. Who I am.
    2. What I want (short-term, long-term).
    3. My academic and experiential background (as it relates to what I want).
    4. What I can contribute to your organization (not necessary for informational interview).
    5. What I’m hoping you’ll do for me.

    Career Fair Myth vs. Reality, Myths 5 & 6

    September 28th, 2010, 5:24 pm

    MYTH 5: “I might receive a job offer during the Career Fair.”

    The Reality: Unlikely! Employers are not coming to the Career Fair to hire someone on the spot. They’re coming to meet strong potential candidates, learn more about your experiences and skills, and to talk about their company’s hiring process. As you may have read in the other career fair myths blog posts this week, they’re coming to network and share information. Remember that some employers can’t even collect résumés at the fair because of federal regulations, so use this time at the fair to make a quick positive first impression, get feedback on your résumé, and learn valuable information that will help you be a stronger candidate on your application. Then remember to follow up with the employers and recruiters you meet with so that they remember you and start forging a relationship. Read the rest of this entry »

    Career Fair Myth vs. Reality, Myths 3 & 4

    September 27th, 2010, 4:24 pm

    MYTH 3: “All I need to do is show up on the day of the Career Fair”

    The Reality: Our employers have high expectations and in this down economy, you want to stand out and be prepared every chance you get. I know how much time you spend on the computer, checking your gmail and looking at photos on Facebook. I admit, I’m guilty of the same, so it really shouldn’t be too much trouble to stay on for an extra 15 minutes and do a little bit of research on the participating employers. In that time, you can look at the list, check out their available positions, read through their Web sites, and look through their career opportunities.  Jot down a few notes to help you come up with some good questions for each employer.  Do not ask them, “So what does your company do?”  It will make you sound uninformed and lazy, and who wants to hire someone with those qualities?
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    Maintaining Your Professional Network

    September 15th, 2010, 3:51 pm

    “Take my card and stay in touch,” says the woman in 27D, following a mid-flight conversation about her business and your major.

    “Take my card and stay in touch,” says your internship supervisor on your last day of work for his non-profit organization.

    “Take my card and stay in touch,” says your favorite professor after an hour of coffee and talk of your thesis.

    “Thanks,” you say to your contacts, while wondering what in the world you’ll do with a pile of business cards.

    Students often tell me that while it’s been easy for them to make connections with others while taking classes, working on or off campus, or attending social functions, they’re not sure how to utilize or maintain the network they’ve built as they consider career options and apply for positions.

    Below you’ll find five simple ideas for maintaining your network throughout the school year and even after you graduate:
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    5 Things You Should Know About Information Sessions

    September 9th, 2010, 2:46 pm

    Information session season is upon us. Throughout the year, employers send representatives to campus to tell you about their organization and what  career opportunities they offer. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of these information sessions.

    1. They are for you! Regardless of your class or major, information sessions are a fantastic way to learn about a company or an industry. You don’t have to know all about an organization in order to attend an information session. In fact, the whole point of the visit is for employers to introduce themselves to you and get you excited about their organization.

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