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In many ways, today's college students have a real leg up on the competition when entering the workforce.  They bring to the table a host of technological skills that can often elude older workers, and grew up in a world of social media, putting them in an excellent position to provide guidance to any employer on how to navigate that world.  Additionally, students come out of college knowing the most-up-to-date information in their field of study, giving them an advantage over more veteran employees who may have not brushed up their knowledge of current practices in some time.

However, there are sometimes key mistakes recent college graduates can make when applying for their first post-collegiate employment.  Boston.com recently posted a photo gallery focusing on six mistakes frequently made by Millenials in their early job searches, with three focused on resumes and three in interviews.  These include listing work and academic experiences as if they were job descriptions rather than showing what was achieved in the role, not conducting enough research before interviewing, and not thinking through follow-up correspondence after a job interview. Forbes.com also recently posted an article on the mistakes 20-something job seekers make.

How can Simmons students avoid these common pitfalls awaiting many young job seekers?  Check out our website's Career Toolkit to find out more about resume writing and interviewing, look up some of the CareerSpots videos offered through our office about the job search process, and schedule an appointment to meet with one of our career coaches to develop a personalized job search strategy.  By avoiding the same mistakes other new graduates make, Simmons students can show employers the value of their education and stand out from the crowd.

Photo Source: Brazen Careerist

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Calling all students!

If you've ever thought about an internship, job, or career in communications or marketing, you're in luck. 

Next week, for the first time in the history of the event, Simmons College will be hosting the College Career Centers of Boston (CCCOB) annual Communications & Marketing Careers Information Exchange. The event, produced by the six-college consortium of BC, BU, Emerson, Emmanuel, Simmons, and Suffolk, will be held on Wednesday, October 30, from 5:30-7:30 pm in the Linda K. Paresky Conference Center on the 3rd floor of the MCB. 

How it works

During this career exploration event, students move to a new table every 20 minutes to learn about a new employer or industry segment of their choice.

The event is open to ALL students. While it's ideal for juniors seeking internships and seniors looking for a full-time job post-graduation, it is also an outstanding career exploration event for first-years just starting out and sophomores deciding what to major in.  

As of now 20 top employers are scheduled to attend, representing advertising, public relations, TV and radio broadcasting, publishing, journalism, social media marketing, and more, including:

  • 451 Marketing
  • American Marketing Association
  • Constant Contact
  • Da Capo Lifelong Books
  • IABC (International Association of Business Communicators)
  • Jack Morton Worldwide
  • KHJ Brand Activation,
  • Mullen
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  • Overdrive Interactive  
  • Pearson Education
  • Racepoint Group Inc.
  • Streetwise Media
  • The Fantastical
  • WBZ/CBS Radio News
  • WFXT-Fox 25
  • . . .and more!

Network with Simmons alums

We are especially excited this year as Simmons is hosting the event for the first time, so we are hoping for a HUGE turnout of Simmons students. Several Simmons alums will be returning to campus for the event as representatives of their employers, including one grad from the Class of 2013 who attended the Information Exchange last year, made contact with an agency rep at the event, was hired for a summer internship, and is now on staff with the agency full-time.

Will you be the next success story? The first step is to show up at the event on October 30 at 5:30 pm in Paresky. Dress: business casual - no jeans or sneakers (business formal also OK).

Learn more about this year's employer attendees by visting the Communications & Marketing Careers Information Exchange event page on the CEC Facebook page. 

Questions? Contact the CEC at careers@simmons.edu or 617-51-2488 or stop by the ground floor of the SOM/Academic Building.

See you on the 30th!

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You find yourself needing advice on the interview you have tomorrow, or a potential employer requests your resume ASAP or it's winter break and you have been procrastinating, but suddenly get the urge to start your job search NOW!

There may not be an opportunity to schedule an appointment with a CEC career coach, but there is a broad scope of virtual career resources right at your fingertips. Two examples of online resources that are rich in job search information and guidance are the Beatly Library's Career Guides and the Career Toolkit on the CEC's website. 

Another quick source of job search tips and advice on the CEC website is Career Spots, which makes it easy to access real world job search advice 24/7 from trusted  professionals who work in the recruiting field! These one to three minute videos provide current job search information in a concise  and entertaining manner, and cover 36 career topics, including:    

Check out the CEC website for a full array of career topics.

 

Top 10 skills employers seek

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student-thinking2.jpgAre you a "team player who can solve problems, organize your work, and communicate effectively"?  Then you have the skills and abilities that employers value in their new hires, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) most recent employer survey.  NACE announced the result of its Job Outlook 2014 survey of college recruiting members wherein employers rated the importance of candidate skills/qualities as follows:

1.  Ability to work in a team structure
2.  Ability to make decisions and solve problems
3.  Ability to plan organize, and prioritize work
4.  Ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization
5.  Ability to obtain and process information
6.  Ability to analyze quantitative data
7.  Technical knowledge related to the job
8.  Proficiency with computer software programs
9.  Ability to create and/or edit written reports
10. Ability to sell or influence others

Now that you know the soft skills that employers value, take the opportunity to make these skills part of your brand.  Review the list, consider where you have demonstrated each of these skills and keep track of them.  For example, where did you show your ability to work in a team structure? Think about the times you played a collaborative role:  Were you part of a committee that planned a charity fund raiser?   Did you work with like minded students to start a new campus organization?  Did you work with other tutors to develop activities for an after school literacy program?  Then be sure to include evidence of these team work skills in your resume.  Additionally, by matching your experience to these valued skills, you'll be prepared to answer behavioral questions about teamwork and other skills in a job interview.

On the other hand, if there is little evidence of these highly rated skills in your personal experience, it's time to look for opportunities to further develop your team work, problem solving, organizational and communication skills.  Get started now!

For more information on resume writing or to learn more about behavioral interviewing, check out Write a Resume and Prepare to Interview pages on the Career Toolkit.

 

PHOTO: Courtesy momentumcareersadvice.com

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OK, so you've had a few weeks to settle into classes and mid-terms will be coming along in a little bit. Juniors and seniors, it's not too early to begin thinking about next steps regarding that job or internship. And first-years and sophomores, you may have majors and career exploration on your mind.

Well, the CEC has you covered with an array of fall recruitment and career exploration events. Here are some highlights of what's upcoming in October: 

  • 10/3 (Wed) - Northeastern Career Fair, 2-4 pm, Cabot Cage - over 200 employers are expected to attend the biggest career fair in our area each year. As always, Simmons students are invited to attend, from 2 pm till the fair closes at 4 pm.
  • 10/3 (Wed) - AT&T Info Session, 6:30 pm, M-202 - the same day (tomorrow!) representatives from AT&T will be on campus to present to students about their rotational Business Sales Leadership Development Program (BSLDP). Great for graduating seniors or interested juniors who want to learn more.  
  • 10/9 (Wed) - Peace Corps Day on campus: Fens Info Table, 11-1; Campus Center Drop-in Hours, 2-3: Info Session, 3-4:30 pm, M-106 - if the Federal Government shutdown prevents this visit from happening look for a reschedule later in the fall or spring.
  • 10/17 (Thu) - BU Fall Career Fair, 10:30-3:30, George Sherman Student Union - all Simmons students are invited to attend BU's fall career fair, with 75-100 employers expected across all industries. 
  • 10/23 (Wed) - SOM Career EXPO, 1-5 pm, Paresky - for undergrad and grad students in the SOM, and SOM alums. Come meet with a range of firms via open networking and one-on-one meetings. Professional dress required.
  • 10/30 (Wed) - CCCOB Communications & Marketing Careers Information Exchange, 5:30-7:30 pm, Paresky - this six-school event (BC, BU, Emerson, Emmanuel, Simmons, and Suffolk) will be here on the Simmons campus for the first time! Every 20 min. attendees move to a new round table to learn about opportunities in advertising, PR, broadcasting, publishing, and more. Open to all majors.

So mark your calendars, get your resume and elevator pitch together, and come join us at one or more of these great events. For more detail on each of the above (including a list of employers attending the Northeastern fair) and a full list of fall career events, go to the CEC Events calendar. As always, should you have any questions contact the CEC at careers@simmons.edu or 617-521-2488.

See you there!