Monthly Archives: April 2009

Full-Time Activities Counselor; Intercept Youth Services, Inc.

The Activities Counselor plans and implements recreation services for residents that develop leisure, socialization, motor and task skills.
Interested?
You can find out more by logging into your RamsRecruiting account. Make sure that your resume has been approved before you apply for this position. You can do so by contacting your Career Consultant or utilizing our walk-in hours:
University Career Center Career Consultants by Major
Walk-in Hours (left hand side of the page)
Don’t have an account?
It is easy to get one! Stop by the Career Center in the University Student Commons (across from the Chick-Fil-A) and request an account or email us at careers@vcu.edu.

Part-Time Resident Flex Counselor; Intercept Youth Services, Inc.

The Resident Flex Counselor serves as a positive role model for residents to observe and learn socially effective values, attitudes, and behaviors. Contributes to the formulation and implementation of the resident treatment plan, and completes direct care duties as detailed below.
Interested?
You can find out more by logging into your RamsRecruiting account. Make sure that your resume has been approved before you apply for this position. You can do so by contacting your Career Consultant or utilizing our walk-in hours:
University Career Center Career Consultants by Major
Walk-in Hours (left hand side of the page)
Don’t have an account?
It is easy to get one! Stop by the Career Center in the University Student Commons (across from the Chick-Fil-A) and request an account or email us at careers@vcu.edu.

Mistakes college graduates make during the interview process

This is from a new CareerBuilder survey.
When asked to identify the biggest mistakes recent college graduates make during the application and interview process, employers reported the following:
* Acting bored or cocky – 63 percent
* Not dressing appropriately – 61 percent
* Coming to the interview with no knowledge of the company – 58 percent
* Not turning off cell phones or electronic devices – 50 percent
* Not asking good questions during the interview – 49 percent
* Asking what the pay is before the company considered them for the job – 38 percent
* Spamming employers with the same resume and/or cover letter – 21 percent
* Failure to remove unprofessional photos/content on social networking pages, blogs, etc. – 19 percent
* Not sending a thank you note after the interview – 12 percent
The direct link to the article is here: http://jobradio.fm/2009/04/16/mistakes-college-graduates-make-during-the-interview-process/

A College Degree…Now What? How Psychology Major Successfully Launched Career In Business

By Nicole Prunier
I graduated from college with a psychology degree. Psychology… It was a great major. Very interesting and I loved it but I still had no idea what I wanted to do. I started out thinking I would go into social work or teaching and even thought about forensic psychology. All seemed like interesting career options. At the last minute before graduation, however, I decided to change my path and go into business.
My father is the person who encouraged me to look into the business world. As an entrepreneur himself, he recognized some qualities in me that I did not even recognize in myself. He pointed out that I am competitive, have a mind of my own and that I have an entrepreneurial streak. I won’t say that I listened to his advice right away. Initially, I got defensive and thought he was not supportive of what I really wanted. After some reflection, however, I realized that he was simply trying to point me in a direction in which he believed I would both enjoy and realize success.
So, I started interviewing at consulting firms. My first interview experience was while I was still at George Washington University. A slew of consulting firms came onto campus to do on-campus interviews. I interviewed at 3 consulting firms. One of the companies had a 4 step interview process. I made it to the last interview and by the time I was done meeting with 4 people on the executive team, I could not wait to get out of the offices. I guess it was lucky that I did not want the job because I did not get it… Despite my lack of desire to work at this particular company, I was still disappointed. I moved on and went to another consulting firm. This time, I was “in it to win it”. I did not want to get rejected again. I was ready. I got hired. I accepted the position as a consultant. I hated it! I stuck it out for a little over a year. I realize now that I did not really think about what it would be like to work at this company. I took the job because it was offered to me. I applied to the company because it was on campus and convenient. I tried to get the job because I did not want to be rejected. I did not listen carefully to the job description. I did not contemplate whether this company or the position would be a good fit for me.
The Silver Lining
I do not regret my experience. I was afforded the opportunity for a practical education, hands-on experience and a better understanding of what I wanted out of my next career move. I learned that I was not good at computer code, that I did not like being behind a desk all day and that I did not like to travel long distances for work. I wanted to try something new. I had a connection at an advertising agency and ended up securing a job as a Media Planner.
The advertising world was interesting. I was able to build some great relationships. I attended lunches with the magazine and newspaper companies and met a lot of advertising sales reps. I learned about client relations and how to service clients well. Personally, I learned that I wanted some freedom in my life – independence that I soon realized would only come from working for myself. I also wanted to make a more meaningful impact on people. And finally, I wanted to have the potential to make an income that was commensurate with the effort I put into my work.
Fast forward to where I am now – The Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. I started as a Financial Representative and now am the Director of Career Development for the Portsmouth, NH office. In my 8 years at Northwestern I have worked harder than I have ever worked. I have had to learn a new business, experience intense training and high levels of accountability. I took a leap of faith and believed in myself and the company to start my own practice with Northwestern. I did this all because I knew I could have everything I wanted out of my career if I could endure the steep learning curve and take on the challenges of starting my own practice in the financial services world. I did not think I would find a career that would fulfill my desire for Impact, Income and Independence. I am very happy I took that leap of faith.
My Best Advice
Get an internship – a meaningful internship. Find an internship that will allow hand-on experience. Learn as much as you can while you are still in school. Learn about yourself – what your strengths and weaknesses are, what you enjoy and what you are willing to do to reach your goals and dreams. Getting an internship will also help you to build relationships. The company you intern with might want to hire you when you graduate or the people with whom you work might be willing to help you find another job.
100% effort. Always put your best effort in whatever work you do. Even if you are unhappy with your job choice or the situation, put forth your best effort. You can learn from every work experience and make a good impression on the people you work with.
Ask for help. It is okay to ask people you know to introduce you to others who can either steer you in the right direction or even get you an interview at the company of your dreams.
Be Brave. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Have faith in yourself.
Nicole Prunier is an Associate Financial Representative and Director of Career Development for the Portsmouth, NH office of the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network (NMFN). NMFN is the marketing name for the sales and distribution arm of The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Milwaukee, WI, and its subsidiaries.
Here is the direct link to the story: http://www.careerealism.com/a-college-degreenow-what-how-psychology-major-successfully-launched-her-career-in-business/

2009 Charlottesville Community Job Fair , which will be held on Monday, April 27 , from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the Omni Hotel in Downtown Charlottesville

Given the current economic conditions, the sponsors are trying to get the word out to those in the Charlottesville area and surrounding communities because they are aware that there are going to be a lot of unique opportunities available at this job fair. In addition to the regular employers, they will also have some of Charlottesville ‘s most prominent technology employers onsite. These include: BAE Systems, Battelle, Booz Allen Hamilton, CFA Institute, Northrop Grumman, Pragmatics, nTelos, VGT, and MircoAire.
We expect to have over 60 employers participate this year.
For a complete listing of employers, please visit: http://www.charlottesville.org/Index.aspx?page=2458

Professional seminar and great opportunity to network!

The Hermanos of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity Inc.; The VCU Career Center and Cabell Library invite you to a professional seminar and book signing event.
When: Tuesday, April 21 at 7:15 p.m. Virginia Rooms C and D.
What: Professional Seminar led by author, Jose A.Rodríguez Jr discusses his book, “Not Intuitively Obvious”
Description:
More often than not, the most successful professionals have been honed by years of trial and tribulation. J. A. Rodríguez Jr. helps those entering the professional workplace better utilize these critical years by revealing the often unwritten and unspoken expectations. Culling from twenty-one years of leadership roles, Rodríguez compiles the valuable and hard lessons he has learned on excelling in the professional work environment. Rodríguez dispenses well-timed advice during difficult economic times. Informative and engaging, this seminar will help guide the new professional’s destiny towards success by offering some of the keys previously only available to the seasoned professional.
The seminar will include a question and answer session and an author book signing (25% off list price). Book information can be viewed at: http://notintuitivelyobvious.com
About the Author:
J. A. Rodriguez Jr. is a senior manager for a Fortune 200 company. He has over twenty-six years of professional work environment experience. The last twenty-one years were in leadership roles of increasing responsibility. His responsibilities extend to the development, deployment, and implementation of strategic plans and programs across the globe; for creating partnerships in new and existing business initiatives. He is an author, engineer, inventor (patent no. 5,285,961), Certified Safety Professional, martial arts instructor, expert trainer, mentor, motivational speaker, and former college professor.