Wednesday, August 27, 2014

How do I find a part-time job?

Part-Time Job PowerPoint

How do I find a part-time job while in school? On campus?

Everywhere you go on campus you will see students working. Students are directing traffic, selling textbooks and snacks at the CSU, washing dishes, writing parking tickets, and refereeing games at Campus Recreation. 

Many of these students found their job on but some also used “Networking” as a method for finding a job. Networking is just communicating with people about possible opportunities. Get out there and ask around. Talk to everyone about your interest in finding work. 

Start with the areas you are interested in. Do you work out at the gym every morning? Maybe the Recreation Department needs help at the gym. Are you good at Math? Maybe the Center for Academic Success needs a math tutor. Are you a Law Enforcement major? Maybe Campus Security has an opening or will have an opening soon. 

Some Networking Tips – make a good first impression, keep it friendly and enthusiastic rather than desperate and intense, and find ways to make it easy by getting involved with clubs or volunteering.

For most students off campus jobs are also a good option to consider. Did you know it only takes 20 minutes to walk the 1 mile to downtown Mankato? Local employers depend on college students to fill many part time jobs and the Mankato area has been growing very fast recently. Take advantage of this local growth spurt by knowing this will mean more jobs and maybe you are a perfect fit for one of those opportunities.

Don't forget to go to the annual "Campus & Community/Part-time Job Fair" (Sept 4, 10am-1pm at Myers Field House) where this all comes together in one place and one event; talk to campus organizations and local businesses, get leads on potential job opportunities, submit applications, enjoy the free food and more!

- Matt Carlson, Career Exploration Coordinator

Matt Carlson

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

“Welcome to Mr. Slushy Dawg, may I take your order?”

Welcome back to classes, Mavericks!

With some luck, your internship, part-time job, or volunteer experience over the summer was something directly related to the career you want to pursue after graduation, and the skills and experiences you had are a no-brainer for your resume. If so, that’s great - write it all down now before you forget, so your resume is ready to go when that next dream opportunity comes at you out of the middle of nowhere!

For the rest of us who ended up working at the Mr. Slushy Dawgs of the world, we may need to put a little more thought into how we list that job on our resumes, to show off our best selves to potential future employers.

Bottom line is, you need to be thinking about “transferable skills”.  Sure you were slinging hot dogs all summer – but was that really all you were doing?  If you think about it, you were:
  • Prioritizing and organizing different work orders
  • Practicing good customer service skills through setting customer expectations, and politely and professionally handling difficult situations and customers
  • Working as part of a team, potentially even leading a team, or filling in for other roles and responsibilities as needed
  • Being responsible by showing up when you said you would, and maybe even on time!

And lots more, I’m sure.  Guess what? These are all skills that employers – all employers – are looking for!  If you can translate your transferable skills into a resume, and give solid examples of how you practiced those skills in an interview, you’re going to be just fine whenever you apply for your next job – whether that’s in accounting, or nursing, or construction, or managing a music studio - wherever you want to go!

Need help? Stop by QuickStop here at the Career Development Center (WA209) between 11am-2pm, Monday through Friday, for a quick 15 minute walk-in session, and we’ll be glad to help!

Don’t have time, or aren’t ready for an in-person chat? Check out some of our online resources – one of our favorites is the Career Development Center’s own Job Search Handbook, but we have lots more resources available on our website as well:

Need a hint on what types of transferable skills you might have picked up over the summer without even realizing it?  Check out the lists here for some ideas:

As always, we’re just a phone call or email away, and we’d be glad to help you sort out any questions you might have about translating your skills in a way that will make you a very attractive candidate to future potential employers!

Career Development Center

Monday, August 4, 2014

5 Tips to Become Successful In College

We all have different reasons for attending college - some want to expand their way of thinking, or gain a competitive edge in their field of study, and others simply want to make more money. In the end, we all strive to become successful in college and meet the expectations we have set for ourselves. At this point you are probably thinking, how do I strive to be successful in college? Well have no fear, this blog will provide you with some general tips to become a successful college student!

1.       Show up to class
  • First things first, you got to show up to class. Don’t press the Snooze button. Get up and go to class! This shows how you have good time management skills, and the willingness to learn new things.   

2.       Stay Organized
  • Possibly use a planner to keep track of what assignments are due for all of your classes. Take the time to print up all of your syllabi and sit down with a planner to stay organized and on top of your game for all your classes.

2.       Become familiar with resources around campus
  • Go the extra MILE and Explore campus to see all the great resources MSU has to offer you. For instance, the Center for Academic Success is a wonderful place to accommodate all of your tutoring needs. If you need help with any subject you are studying, the Center for Academic Success is the place to be.    

3.       Don’t PROCRASTINATE
  • “Oh I will just study the day before the exam and I’ll be fine.” DON’T DO IT! Plan in advance and set time aside to study for the big exam. Develop good study habits to avoid studying the night before the exam. Gather some of your classmates together to form a study group, or go solo. Plan in advance how much time you need to study for each of your classes.

4.       Get involved on campus
  • There is always something exciting happening on campus. Check out all of the student organizations being offered through Student Activities or possibly create a new student organization and become the president.  There is always something going on at the CSU.  

Overall, just show up to campus with a positive attitude ready to learn and bring a smile, ready to take on new challenges, and to gain great experiences. Also, check out these links about being successful in college:

- Antonio Moore, Graduate Assistant, Career Development Center

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

6 Reasons why YOU should use MavJobs!

THIS JUST IN! MavJobs is constantly trying to find ways to improve, and make your experience using the job search engine one you won’t forget, and here is why you should use MavJobs.    

1.    Great For Storing Your Resume and Possibly Landing A Job
MavJobs is a great place to showcase your experiences to employers and really show off your talents. Additionally, employers can search resumes on Mavjobs and possibly land a job, and/or internship, so try uploading your resume. Eliminate the hassle of searching for your resume, because you will have it conveniently uploaded on to MavJobs. No more searching through piles of emails, and no more thinking “where did I last save my resume?” because your resume will be saved on MavJobs.    

2.    Job Search Site With Strong Ties To MSU Alumni
“The Maverick pride is strong with this one”; Minnesota State University, Mankato is such an AWESOME university that employers specifically post job openings to MavJobs to get people like you. 

3.    Want To Work Overseas?
Well MavJobs has you covered! By connecting you with sites like Going Global and USA Jobs you are able to get connected to job and internship opportunities around the world.  

4.    Keeping You In The Loop
The news feed on the home page of MavJobs is great for keeping you in the loop of what events and fairs the CDC will be hosting, and providing you with advice on career-related topics. Job and internship openings are also posted in the news feed to keep you up to date on what is currently available for you. Don’t be left out of the loop; check out the MavJobs news feed. 

5.    Investigate Possible Careers
Learn about different careers through Mavjobs under the “Explore Career Resources” tab. You are able to do some investigating to determine a career path and see what steps you will need to take to be a professional in a specific field you desire. Take a look under “Learn about potential employers” tab to do some additional investigating - take on the role of Sherlock Holmes, to break the case and discover your potential career! 

6.    Scheduling Appointment Made Easy
MavJobs makes it easier to schedule an appointment with a career counselor here at the CDC.  You don’t even have to leave the comfort of your dorm room or apartment, or even your bed, to schedule an appointment. If you have a computer handy, just log into Mavjobs and scroll down a bit, on the right hand side of the screen you will find the “Schedule an appointment” shortcut.

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Now that you read this blog about MavJobs, and discovered all the cool stuff you can possibly do, go experience MavJobs for yourself. The experience is truly one you won’t forget.

- Antonio Moore, Graduate Assistant, Career Development Center

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Top 5 CDC Blogs of the Past Year

As the summer finally gets underway and the rain stops pouring down, it can be a good time to reflect on the past school year. The school-year cycle is beginning anew as students begin attending orientation so that they may begin their first-year on campus in the fall. Other students are waiting for their final year of school to begin. Still, others are taking summer classes or working on campus to make extra cash.

It is an exciting time and the perfect opportunity for us here in the CDC to reflect back on our work in this past year. One of the most important parts of our work is this very blog. We work hard to put out new content every month and ensure that everyone has something to learn. Well, except this time, because we are all super-tired! Instead, we will present the top 5 blogs that were written for and by us in the past year. Hopefully, this will offer a chance for new students to read some topics that you may have never read about before and also give you returning students a chance to revisit some valuable information.

  •  This is a blog that was written by last year’s Graduate Assistant, Shannon Dale. It gives some great advice on where to go to find information about being an entrepreneur.

4. Athletics: Be a sport in your career hunt! (10/8/2013)
  •  This blog deals with students looking to take advantage of skills they have learned while being a student-athlete. This was written by Nora Stauber, one of last year's  swimming and diving team co-captains for MNSU.

3. Navigating and planning your career path. (3/24/2014)
  •  In this excellent blog, an intern from last year, Amanda Dolfin, gives students a great idea of how to plan for your future career.

2. I have a LinkedIn account, but how can I use it effectively? (10/22/2013)
  • This blog written by a current Graduate Assistant, Joshua Foss, details 5 effective ways to utilized LinkedIn.

1. Where will your part-time job skills take you? (9/3/2013)
  •  The number one blog of the past year was also written by Shannon Dale. Here, she outlines how you can put your part-time job experience to good while pursuing your career.

Well, that does it for the top 5 best blogs of the past year! We hope that you laughed, cried, and maybe ate a sandwich. The information in here is useful and valuable to all students, regardless of where you are in your career path. Hopefully, you can find something in here that will help you reach your goals. 

  - Josh Foss, Graduate Assistant