Monthly Archives: January 2010

Spring 2010 Career and Internship Fair!

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Resume Express: Quick resume reviews
1st Floor, Student Commons, Room 143 
Monday, February 1, 2010, 11:00am – 4:00pm 
Tuesday, February 2, 2010, 11:00am – 4:00pm 
Employers will give you their feedback on what makes a strong resume whether you’re attending the career & internship fair or going to an interview. Bring the final draft of your resume to have a quick review by an employer or UCC staff member! *We strongly suggest reading & applying the information in the resume writing guidelines before attending. (
Wednesday, February 3, 10am-3pm 
University Student Commons, 2nd Floor 
Check-in at Commonwealth Ballroom 
Register on the Rams Recruiting Calendar beginning Tuesday, January 19
To see which employers are attending & their opportunities, visit: and click on Registered Employers (near the top). 
Remember to do your research in advance and to come dressed professionally!  Not sure what to say? Practice your one minute speech with our networking guide. Networking Handout.doc

Etiquette Tip of the Week: Waiting Room Shocker

“There is one story that, when I tell it in a university setting, I can see the whites around the eyes of the students.  
A woman approached me after a talk in Oklahoma and said, “I am the receptionist in my office.  The hiring manager has asked me to keep an eye on the job candidates in the waiting room and report back to him which ones are talking on their cell phones, checking messages or texting.  Those are the candidates we do not hire.  
Avoid using your cell phone or text messaging while sitting in the waiting room before an interview or even a sales call (which is in itself, an interview).  Take out a notebook and study your notes (for surely you have done your research on this company — their leadership, mission statement, sales figures, etc.)  Go over the answers to tricky questions in your head.  Even if you usually review notes on your phone or PDA, use something else so you don’t appear to be checking messages.  Leave the impression that you are focused on the business at hand and not distracted by other things in your life.”
The Etiquette Tip of the Week may be forwarded to others who really, really need it, pinned to billboards, taped to the water cooler, blogged, Twittered or used to fill that last little hole in your newsletter.  Giving credit to the Culture and Manners Institute at is the polite thing to do.

Peace Corps opportunity

Peace Corps Volunteers share their technical skills and culture with communities that have requested their help. In return, they gain job and language skills that jumpstart a host of overseas and domestic careers, including positions in the US Foreign Service, US Department of Agriculture, US Forest Service, Centers for Disease Control, the Carter Center, and numerous private and public sector entities, including school districts seeking teachers across the country. 

Here are some ways you can prepare yourself for Peace Corps: 

Apply online. Visit to start the online application. We accept applications year-round, and the application process typically takes 9-12 months. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen and in good health. Competitive applicants have a college degree and/or applicable experience. 
Attend a Regional Event and speak to a recruiter. Visit to see a list of events near you (left side-bar), including our online information sessions facilitated by a live recruiter. At Peace Corps events, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and Peace Corps staff members speak about their overseas service and answer your questions about Peace Corps and the application process. 
Research. Visit to learn more about the types of assignments available for Peace Corps Volunteers and details on the benefits of serving. Peace Corps also has several social networking sites that are good resources to check out. See the links in my signature below. 
Gain more skills and become competitive. While we have programs in many areas, currently, our highest need is for applicants with interest and experience in English teaching, environmental science and agriculture. Gaining at least three months (10 or more hours/month) of English, foreign language or literacy tutoring/teaching experience at the middle school, high school or adult level can make you more competitive for service. We are also looking for applicants with French or Spanish language ability – studying or taking up to Elementary French II or Intermediate Spanish II classes can make you a more competitive applicant.

Apply by February 22nd, 2010 to be considered for programs leaving fall 2010 – winter 2011!


If you have any questions about Peace Corps service, feel free to contact us at 404.562.3456 or We look forward to speaking with you about Peace Corps in the future! 

I have a B.S. in Psychology. What are my career options?

Article 1: What you can do with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology:

The good news is there are plenty of things that you can do with your  bachelor’s degree in psychologyyou just won’t be a working psychologist. Statistics tell us that only about 25 percent of undergraduate psychology majors nationally go on to graduate school and become a psychologist, or go to medical school and start a practice as a psychiatrist.

Shelly K. Schwartz, in an article called “Working Your Degree,” reported that the top 10 occupations that employ students with only a bachelor’s degree in psychology are:

  • Top- or mid-level managers, executives and administrators
  • Sales
  • Social Work
  • Management-related occupations
  • Personnel, training and human resources or labor-relations
  • Administrative jobs
  • Insurance, real estate and business services
  • Marketing
  • Registered nurse, pharmacist, therapist and physician’s assistant
  • Accountant, auditor and other financial specialists

As you review the list, you’ll notice that most of these jobs involve dealing with people. Since psychology is the study of human behavior and organizational behavior, a 4-year degree in the field offers you a good understanding of people, their motivations and why they act as they do. In addition, psychology teaches students to think critically as well as creatively, so graduates generally have excellent communications skills. This kind of versatility is desirable in professions that demand interacting with other human beings, which opens the door to most professions. So hold your bachelor in psychology degree high—it offers you more opportunities than you may have ever imagined.

Article 2: Explore Your Psychology Career Options

The wonderful thing about a psychology degree is that it is much more
flexible and adaptable than any other degree–in other words, your have
options in psychology! After all, no matter what career path you are
on, other people are sure to be involved—as customers, co-workers,
employees, and bosses. A quality undergraduate education in psychology
prepares you to be a good citizen and a critical thinker, and the skills
and abilities that psychology majors acquire through their coursework
and out-of-class experiences make them marketable for a wide variety of
employment options. Even though the bachelor’s degree in psychology is
not a professional degree, it is still a great way to become a well
rounded, well-educated citizen and person—and who doesn’t want to hire a
person like that? With a degree in psychology, career options abound.

Here are just a few of the professions that value those with a psychology degree:

Human Services. Federal, state, and local governments
as well as many non-profit organizations are eager to hire those with
an undergraduate degree in psychology.
Administration. Any administrative position in
government or in other organizations can utilize those with a psychology
degree. Throw in a business double major or minor, and any company will
find you indispensable.
Community Relations. This fascinating field covers a
wide range of jobs—working as an advocate, an outreach coordinator, an
event coordinator and more.
Public Relations. As a public relations specialist,
you’ll work with the media, write press releases and other materials, do
research and fundraising, organize events and more.
Advertising & Market Research. More and more Advertising Agencies are hiring those with a psychology background to help formulate advertising strategies.

Teaching. If you also obtain a teaching certificate along with your degree, you can teach in both public and private schools.
Retail and Sales. Every retail organization
understands the power that a psychology degree can bring to their bottom
line; these companies are always eager to hire those with a background
in psychology!


UCC Open House – Wednesday, January 27th!!! FOOD AND PRIZES!!!

Economic times are difficult and students, faculty and parents are wondering what the job market will hold. While the job market for new college graduates remains tough, there are signs that the job market is improving, according to recent polls.(National Association of Colleges and Employers: 01/06/10). The University Career Center realizes that we must be pro-active and help YOU get the edge in the job market- students need the Career Center now, more than ever.
To showcase our services, we are sponsoring an Open House on January 27, 2010 from 12 pm – 2 pm for all VCU students and faculty. Rams Welcome!!!! 
The benefits of attending the event: 
See a demo of InterviewStream
Sign up to use RamsRecruiting to find internships, co-ops, and jobs
Get Co-op/Internship information
Ask Federal Work Study questions
Come to “Ask A Counselor” to learn more about the best approach to a successful  career search 
Network with employers (bring your resume  for review)
Light refreshments will be served . Don’t miss the Prize Drawing!!!! 

Richmond SPCA Job Opening: Part-Time Adoption Counselor

The Richmond SPCA is seeking outgoing, friendly people who enjoy working with the public and would like to help potential adopters find the best pet for their home. Applicants must be energetic and comfortable working in a fast-paced environment. Responsibilities include assisting the public with appropriate adoption choices in a friendly, courteous and approachable manner and general cleaning, restocking, and upkeep of work space and existing organizational systems. Sales experience is a definite plus! This is a paid, part-time position. Duties generally take place at the Richmond SPCA’s Robins-Starr Humane Center at 2519 Hermitage Road in Richmond, although working at offsite events is not
uncommon for Richmond SPCA adoption counselors.
 – Both weekend and weekday availability. 
 – Excellent customer service skills with previous customer service experience/ability to solve customer service issues 
 – Excellent verbal and written communication skills 
 – Must be comfortable handling/learning to handle both dogs and cats (petting, leash-walking, some lifting and carrying), and restraint (placing animals in cages/carriers) 
 – Ability to multi-task and make appropriate prioritization decisions 
 – Strong computer skills (Word, Excel, MS Outlook) 
 – Typing and data entry skills 
 – Occasional kneeling, stooping, using stairs, reaching, pulling and lifting weights up to approximately 75 pounds. 
 – Valid driver’s license  
To Apply:
Please complete the Richmond SPCA employment application, available at, and e-mail it to Carly Sgueo at Applications may also be faxed to 804-521-0540
or dropped off at our front desk at 2519 Hermitage Road. Feel free to submit your resume along with your application. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted. No phone calls, please. 
About the Richmond SPCA:
The Richmond SPCA, founded in 1891, is a non-profit, no-kill humane organization dedicated to the principle that every life is precious. As a national leader in humane care and education, the Richmond SPCA is aggressively tackling the problem of pet overpopulation through
education, adoption, rehabilitation and spay/neuter. The organization saves the lives of 3,000 homeless animals each year and cares for approximately 350 cats and dogs daily. The Richmond SPCA operates a free and low-cost spay/neuter clinic and behavior helpline and offers pet behavior classes, children’s educational programs, and numerous volunteer and pet retention programs.

Southeastern Research Institute is looking for a Market Research Intern for Spring 2010!


About SIR:


The Southeastern Institute of
Research (SIR) was founded 46 years ago on one simple but powerful idea —
marketing research has to be actionable! It must generate information and
insight that leads to action and, ultimately, results. It has to stay off the
shelf and on the desk as a useful tool. Simply put — we believe in research
that works!


This perspective has guided the
over 13,000 marketing research studies we have conducted since 1964, making us
one of the oldest and most experienced marketing research firms in the country.
Our experience comes from helping clients like AARP, AT&T, Goodyear, GE,
National Kidney Foundation, Polaroid, Rubbermaid, Owens & Minor, PayPal,
American Chemical Society, Liberty Mutual and Media General — plus many
smaller, niche companies and entrepreneurs whose names are not widely known.


Today, we help corporations,
organizations, and associations formulate unique brand positions, identify and
seize opportunities, manage competitive threats, test new products and
services, launch new initiatives, and track the overall effectiveness of
marketing programs. Along the way, we have learned that the real key to
actionable research isn’t in running surveys or crunching numbers; it’s in
figuring out how people think, feel, and act. It is deconstructing and then
reconstructing behavior, motivations, and desires.


Job description:


Build job skills
while learning about the exciting career of marketing research. This
research-oriented internship would be perfect for a psychology or sociology
major who is starting to explore different career options.


The intern will
assist full-time research staff in a number of different marketing research
related activities, such as:


Conducting survey

Coding open-ended

Data analysis


Data entry

Helping to
preparing reports

questionnaires and reports


REQUIRED skills: The ideal candidate must be detail oriented with a strong desire to
learn about marketing research. A working knowledge of Microsoft Word,
PowerPoint, and Excel is required.


Preferred skills: Experience designing surveys, programming online surveys, and
conducting analysis in SPSS is preferred. Coursework in marketing research or
survey design is a plus.


Anticipated Dates: Spring Semester 2010, with the possibility of
continuing to Summer/Fall


Number of openings: 1


Flexible, 8-10 hours a week


Compensation: TBD


To apply: Send a resume and cover letter sent to
Anna MacIntosh at

Direct Action Research Training (DART) Center – Community Organizer for Social Change

DART is a nonprofit network of affiliates, founded in 1982 to assist in the development of strong, congregation-based, grassroots community organizations committed to democratic principles and values of justice and fairness. The DART Network currently consists of nineteen affiliates spread throughout Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Indiana, and Kentucky, each with their own leaders, staff, funding base, and accomplishments toward justice at the local level. DART has fought and won across the country on a broad set of issues like joblessness, access to health care, living wage and job source agreements, crime and drugs, improved public education, quality affordable housing, fair immigration practices, and dozens of others. We are broadening our power into new communities throughout the country by training a new generation of community organizers.
Locations & Dates:
The DART Organizers Institute includes an initial 7-day classroom training and 15 weeks of infield training at one of the DART affiliates. In 2010, the 7-day classroom training will start in mid-July. During the following 15-week infield training, OTs could potentially be placed with any of the local DART affiliates including organizations in Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Indiana, and Kentucky. OTs will be informed of their training placement at the culmination of our national search, approximately 6 weeks prior to training. We will certainly take into account the OTs interests in terms of location. But placements will be determined based on our interest in providing the best training experience possible, and may require sacrificing one’s desire for a specific location.
OTs will be equipped in mid-July with an intensive classroom workshop, but most of the training will take place while working to build the power of one of the local DART affiliates. OTs will be expected to create a work plan based on the goals set by the local leadership, execute the techniques and strategies they learn during the classroom training, be accountable to DART and local organizing staff through written weekly reports and check-ins, and should continuously evaluate their own progress toward becoming a skilled professional community organizer.
Although it may be helpful, no direct experience is necessary. Applicants must possess a commitment to pursue community organizing within the DART Network as a long-term professional career. Applicants must also have a college degree or similar life experience prior to the start of the Organizers Institute (i.e., July 2010). They must also display a strong work ethic, be driven to produce sustained results, have proven capacity to build relationships of trust, create and execute a plan, act professionally, feel comfortable working with congregations, be accountable and willing to hold others accountable, demonstrate disciplined thought and action, and work in a team setting. Applicants must also have access to a car during their training and be flexible regarding relocation. Fluency in Spanish/English is a plus and people of color are encouraged to apply. A master’s degree or similar life experience is also preferred though unnecessary. Proof of US citizenship or permanent residency is required. Finally, applicants must possess a passion to change structures of injustice in the cities where DART affiliates currently work.
Salary & Benefits:
This is a paid training program. OTs will be given a living stipend of $7,000 during the four-month training. DART will also pay transportation costs to the classroom orientation and host city, and mileage reimbursements during the field portion of the training. Room, board, and tuition will also be paid by DART during the 7-day classroom orientation. After successful completion of the program, DART will work to place graduates into full-time positions making salaries between $30-35,000/year, plus health and benefits.
To apply, please visit the website or call the Recruitment Center at 785-841-2680.