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Success Story | Hayley Chartier, Family Social Science

Hayley Chartier

Hayley Chartier | Family Social Science
Special Education Teacher | Teach for America

Describe your position.
I am a Special Education Teacher with Teach for America. My job is to work with local schools in the Denver area to successfully teach and guide my students over the next two years. I will be teaching 9th and 10th grade with a focus on math.

How did you learn about your current position?
I learned about my position through the company’s website.

What do you most enjoy about your position? What are some of the challenges?
I enjoy the opportunity to get to know the students. They all have something great to offer and I have a lot to learn from them as well.  It can be challenging when each day looks so different, but this also provides me energy to keep working each day!

How does your position fit with your long term career goals?
I have always had a passion for education. When I decided to major in FSoS, it was with the idea in mind that I would be a high school guidance counselor. This position with Teach for America will help me be prepared to work with students both in and out of a classroom.

During your internship/job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
I worked really hard on my resume and cover letter. These are the two things that I was able to give potential employers as a first impression of me. I did this by constantly asking for help from the career counselors and professionals in the field that knew what my employers were looking for.

What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship/job search process?
I found working with the career counselors to be the most helpful. I was able to get feedback on my resume that really helped me improve and better market myself. They had a lot of tips and tricks that I do not think I would have otherwise thought about. The counselors work really hard to know these things so make sure to make the most of them!

Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
Don’t be afraid to network. Meeting people in my field was so helpful when it came to the actual interview process. I was able to ask for help on my interview prep work and have people to serve as my references as well.

Anything else you would like to share?
Have fun with all of it. Interviewers and recruiters will be able to tell when you are not being yourself. If you are pursuing a position that you really want, that will shine through.

 

 

USB Career Workshop Series 2015

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Resume and Cover Letter Writing 

Thursday, February 5th, 2015
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
330 Education Sciences Building 

How do you tell a story in your resume/cover letter? What details should you include or not include? Having a clear, concise and engaging resume/cover letter is important for getting your foot in the door. This workshop will give you the basics of writing a resume/cover letter and explore how to tailor them for the job or internship you want.

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Brand U Online

Monday, February 9th, 2015
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
330 Education Sciences Building

How are you currently communicating your “personal brand” online? This workshop will help you evaluate what employers may see if they Google your name. It will also discuss strategies for how to build your personal brand through various communication tools and social media.

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Practice Interviewing

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
330 Education Sciences Building

What is your greatest strength? What is your greatest weakness? Come to this workshop to learn how to respond to these questions and many more! Practice your interviewing skills and gain insights into how to effectively communicate why you’re the best fit for the job or internship.

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Success Story | Erin Klimek, Business Marketing Education and Human Resource Development

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Erin Klimek, Business Marketing Education and Human Resource Development
Financial Recruiter | Coenen Bros


How did you learn about your current position?
At the Human Resource Development (HRD) recruiting fair held in STSS.

Describe your position.
I am a financial recruiter for Coenen Bros. My job is to recruit public accountants from the Big 4 accounting firms and place them in new positions within our client companies. Throughout the process I provide a wider professional network for my recruits, offer them career counseling and resume tips as well as create the opportunity for a more satisfying professional life.

What do you enjoy most about your position? What are some of the challenges?
I really enjoy that every day isn’t the same. I get to talk to a handful of different people each day, go to coffee with recruits and get to know them, and talk to different clients and showcase the strengths of the recruits I am working with. The variety of things I get to do helps me to stay really interested in my job and look forward to each work day!

How does your position fit with your long term career goals?
Recruiting is an area of HRD that I explored in the course Professions and Practices of HRD (OLPD 3696) and really took an interest in. I have always wanted to work with people and be able to help them in some way, so recruiting helps me to tie my interest in the business world into my desire to help people and make a difference in their lives. I enjoy seeing people make positive advances in their careers to make for a better work-life balance overall, and I’m happy that I can be the one to help make that happen.

During your internship/job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
I constantly updated my resume and sought out advice from other professionals in my network. I made sure to be outgoing at career events such as the HRD fair put on by CEHD Career Services because making yourself stand out from the crowd is sure to help in landing the perfect position!

What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship/job search process?
I found attending the HRD fair put on by CEHD Career Services to be the most helpfuI. An event catered to my field of study was the perfect way to find an internship within my interests and it offered a really good way to get my name and resume out to multiple employers at once.

Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
Take your internship day by day and really focus on all the different things you are learning! Internships are the perfect way to really decide what you want to do later in life. I would suggest doing as many internships as you can and getting a feel for multiple types of jobs so you can make sure you are following the right career path.

Employer Spotlight | Minnesota United FC

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Describe your organization.
Under new ownership and rebranded at the beginning of the 2013 Season, Minnesota United FC is dedicated to making professional soccer sustainable in the state of Minnesota. Our position as a growing sports franchise creates a unique atmosphere where “start-up” meets pro sports team.

Please describe your company culture. What do your employees enjoy about your organization? What are some challenges they face?
Our company culture is smart, fast-paced, and hardworking. We are very much in a start-up culture, and growing quickly. Sometimes this is good, and sometimes it is challenging. There is a lot of opportunity to launch new ideas and projects, and improve on what was done before. We can only work within the capacity we have as an organization, so sometimes we have to make choices about priorities and timing. There are two distinct times in our workyear – the season and the offseason. Priorities are different in each one.

When you are looking for new employees, what do you search for?
Generally, we look for people who have bachelor’s degrees, preferably in sports management, business, or communications. We always like sports-specific experience, and look for people who have done at least one internship during school.

What does a typical hiring process look like for your organization?
Generally, we begin with phone interviews, and then in-person interviews. Sometimes we will do a second interview, and usually conclude the hiring process within a month. Many people participate in the interviews, including a representative from human resources, the hiring manager, and other executives in the front office.

What tips do have for students and alumni who are looking to enter your industry?
Passion is good, but doesn’t go a long way in making a candidate stand out in the application and interview process. It’s great if someone likes or plays soccer, but since we are not hiring soccer players, we are more interested in what non-soccer skills our employees will contribute toward making ours a successful club.

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Minnesota United FC representatives at the 2014 School of Kinesology Job and Internship Fair

Success Story | Jiayin (Julia) Qian, Family Social Science

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Jiayin (Julia) Qian, Family Social Science
Internship | The Hoarding Project

How did you learn about your current position?
I got the chance to learn about this position from my major advisor’s (Jessie Rudi) information list. She usually forwards lots of useful email about internship position that relevant to our major. After read the email, I started to search more about my passion position from their organization’s website.
Describe your position.
My position is a hybrid internship working both with individuals, couples, and families in the community addressing a variety of needs and concerns related to hoarding disorder, as well as conducting research. And the organization I am working for is called The Hoarding Project.
How does your position fit with your long term career goals?
My passion is about the interactions between couples and parents- children communication; it drives me to explore more about family therapy counseling work in community. And this position is definitely a great chance for me to learn more about the clinical work, research and education to individuals who hoard and their communities, as well as to mental health and other professionals who work with hoarding, and the media. So it could provide me a chance to connect our textbook knowledge to the practical life.
During your internship/job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
I think the most important part is to be well prepared in both resume and interview. Before handed in my resume and cover letter to my employers, I have gone through all the materials with career service’s advisor several times. It really helped me to show my strength in the paper work. In addition, I have looked through the online interview training from career service website. It helped me to build up confidence and be flexible with the answer I prepared.
What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship/job search process?
Our CEHD Career Service is the most helpful resource that helped me to search and be prepared for the internship.
Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
Show your confidence to employers during the interview. It is a good way to leave a positive impression to the employers. Also, don’t forget to send a ‘thanks letter’ for follow-up with employers after interview.

Success Story | Yifei (Duke) Lu, Human Resource Development

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Internship Assistant | Minnesota Historical Society

Describe your position.
My position is Internship Assistant, and I am working for the Minnesota Historical Society.
What do you enjoy most about your position? What are some of the challenges?
The thing that I most enjoy is I am working for a great manager. My manager always gives me clear goals, work orders, and schedules. In fact, she helps me to focus on my job and give me less pressure in my work. On the other hand, I also think she can always teach me a lot of things. She is a steady and careful person. I am enjoying working for my manager.
I think what is most challenging is that I need to learn how the American workplace operates. This is my current challenge as an international student, but it is also a great chance to learn.
What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship/job search process?
Networking. I believe the networking is always very important to every job candidate.
During your internship/job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
Being confident. I think this is the very important for a job interview. I think people need to get enough sleep before a job interview, because high quality sleep can help you save energy and this can help you look more confident during a job interview.
Researching the position is the best thing to make a job candidate stand out. They have to show that they know more details about the job and they have their faith to do a better job than other people. Also, if job candidates do research for their positions, it can prove that they really understand the duties of the position and that they are the right person for the position.
Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
Create Your Own Resume and Cover Letter. Have copies of your resume and cover letter ready and bring them with you the first day you begin your job search. You never know who you will meet and who maybe able to help you. You may change the content and tailor your resume and cover letter to match the requirements of the job you’re applying for, but, the contact information and your opening and closing paragraphs won’t need to be changed.
Be Sharp in Your Professional Dress. First impressions last, and it always very important to be you!
Use Job Search Engines. GoldPass, LinkedIn, and Internship.com. They are always very useful.

Graduation Planner and GoldPASS 101 Workshops

Join CEHD academic advisors and career counselors for two interactive and engaging workshops!
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3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
518/520 Science Teaching and Student Services Building (STSS)

Thursday, March 28th, 2013
Explore the requirements for majors and minors and make a plan that will help you stay on track for graduation by using the Academic Progress Audit System (APAS) report and Graduation Planner (GP). This workshop will familiarize you with these two tools, giving you more confidence when using them, and encouraging you to plan out your academic future. We also hope to inspire you to prepare for your upcoming advising appointments by using one or both of these tools before meeting with your adviser.
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3:45 pm – 4:30 pm
518/520 Science Teaching and Student Services Building (STSS)

Thursday, March 28th, 2013
Looking for a summer job or internship? Learn how to use GoldPASS, the U of M’s job and internship online database, to find opportunities that will help you gain experience and develop the skills employers are looking for. In this workshop you will create your profile, search for open positions, find career events and more!
Both workshops will be useful whether you have decided on your major or are exploring. You are welcome to attend one or both sessions!
Please RSVP here!
These workshops will be interactive, so please bring your iPad or laptop if you have one. For students who don’t have a portable device, please email Kirsten Collins at coll0260@umn.edu to reserve one.