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Career Services: Etiquette an important workplace skill

November 24, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Alexa Wennet GCU Career Services The practice of etiquette is on the decline, yet it is one of the most important ways to demonstrate confidence, trust and professionalism.  Practicing workplace manners is especially critical during the holiday season as employers generally may be more jovial and inclined to conduct business over meals as opposed to in the office. Whether you are just entering the workplace or have many years invested in it, here are some tips to making a lasting and positive impression by using proper etiquette. The handshake is often the most important nonverbal signal in a business encounter and communicates who you are.  Here are some tips for an effective handshake: Make sure your hands are free of food and grease. If your hands are sweaty, nonchalantly wipe them along the sides of your pants before extending them. When you extend your arm for the handshake, make eye contact and smile. Make sure your handshake is firm but not floppy like a dead fish. Don’t crush the other person’s hand. A business meal is an extension of your work day. Your ability to interact professionally in a relaxed restaurant atmosphere can determine how you are perceived by management, colleagues and potential clients. Knowing basic table manners […]

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Future Lopes get early help on job searches

November 10, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University on Saturday launched its Jump Start to Jobs, an initiative to help Phoenix high school students who already have been admitted to attend the University learn skills to find and land employment and save money. About 17 local students from six high schools learned about the job-search process and resume development during the first of three workshops to be held over six weeks.

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Teens explore jobs in health sciences, nursing at GCU

November 07, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Nearly 2,500 high school students from across Arizona descended onto the campus of Grand Canyon University today for the 29th annual Health Sciences & Nursing Day. With a theme of “Who are you in Health Care?” the event provided opportunities for students to learn about careers in fields as diverse as athletic training, emergency room nursing, missionary medicine and crime-scene investigations.

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Resumés that make the phone ring

October 31, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Dave Stakebake GCU Career Services After almost a decade of experience working as a recruiter and now career adviser, I have seen a fair share of resumés cross my desk. After all this time, it is still difficult to hear a job seeker say he or she has spent hours on their resumé, but isn’t attracting interview offers.  Hopefully, my top five tips will get you on the right track and keep your phone ringing. Tip #1: Organize and make the resumé easy to read Recruiters only spend 10 to 20 seconds scanning a resumé looking for specific pieces of information pertinent to the position for which they are hiring. Headings should be clearly defined and the content informative (especially the top one-third of the document). Bullet points are good, but no more than three different styles. Recruiters are more likely to read a few bullets than a lengthy paragraph. Certain words, such as your name, headings, university attended, companies or position titles, should be in boldface to guide the reader through the document. Tip #2: Summary over objective Use a summary statement rather than an objective. An objective is a statement of the position you want and the employer you […]

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GCU students profit from Stock Market Challenge

October 31, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Eight GCU business students participated Thursday night in Junior Achievement of Arizona’s Stock Market Challenge and got valuable insights into the business of buying and selling. Their enthusiasm was infectious, and one of them was so taken by the experience he said it confirmed his belief that this is his future. GCU Today has the story.

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New program addresses Arizona’s teacher needs

October 29, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

On Wednesday, Grand Canyon University announced its Lopes Leap to Teach program, a joint effort through the College of Education and office of Strategic Educational Alliances to address Arizona’s teacher shortage. The program will include efforts like a clinical practice expo and networking event in January where Arizona schools can recruit GCU students who’ve recently completed student-teaching assignments, or link up with students and alumni that need to complete practicum hours in local classrooms.

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Commencement a magical time for 1,900 GCU grads

October 25, 2014 / by / 6 Comments

Grand Canyon University’s non-traditional commencement ceremony returned to campus and to the more spacious GCU Arena on Saturday. The extra seats were a blessing as family members and friends of nearly 1,900 online students for morning and afternoon ceremonies.

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Career Services Student Worker of the Month: Brenda Lara

October 22, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Marette Hahn GCU Career Services   You would never know that Brenda Lara is the first person in her extended family to go to college. The October Student Worker of the Month is double-majoring in Justice Studies and Psychology, she is a member of the Honors Institute and vice president of the Lopes Justice Society, and she holds down a student worker position as a peer mentor in the Center for Learning and Advancement. With her parents as her motivation, Lara heeded the advice of friends, family, instructors and her former high school teachers who all encouraged her, “You can do it.” When she’s not planning Saturday hikes for the Lopes Justice Society, she’s organizing speakers and preparing for regional competitions. She has provided solidarity and consistency in a department that recently has seen a lot of change, said Brianna Boling, Lara’s hiring manager. “I nominated Brenda because she has been amazing through all of this change,” Boling said. “At one point, there were five students studying abroad, and she had all their lives in her hands. And she took care of all of them. “She’s the ultimate ambassador for all of these programs,” Boling added. Lara’s dream job is working […]

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Personalities make a difference in the workplace

October 02, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Marette Hahn GCU Career Services In the workplace, understanding that people are different — from their communication, learning and leading styles to their strengths, weaknesses and personalities — can help employees learn to work together toward common goals. At some point in your education or career, you may have taken a personality test, such as Myers-Briggs. It rates people on their: Extroversion (outer world) vs. Introversion (inner world) Sensing (focus on basic information) vs. Intuition (interpret and add meaning to information) Feeling (consider people when making decisions) vs. Thinking (utilizing logic to make decisions) Perceiving (staying open to new ideas) vs. Judging (making hard and fast decisions) After taking the test, you will be placed into one of 16 groups, such as INFP (Introvert, Intuition, Feeling, Perceiving) or ESTJ (Extrovert, Sensing, Thinking, Judging). Not only is it a good idea to understand your own personality, you also may want to create a “Type Table” that maps the personalities of everyone on your team. That way, tasks can be delegated more efficiently, and the team members’ strengths and weaknesses can be maximized. Understanding each other’s personalities can help in a variety of areas. For example, there are significant differences in […]

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