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Career Services Plants Seeds of Purpose in Student Minds

September 13, 2010 / by / 0 Comment

Career Services presented its first Lunch & Learn session on Monday, Sept. 13, in McKinley Hall in the Student Union.

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GCU Students Making a Difference at Boys & Girls Clubs

July 22, 2010 / by / 3 Comments

Andre Bell says working with kids is a little like the poetry he writes. It’s all about understanding his audience.

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Career Services: A Partner in Student Success

July 08, 2010 / by / 0 Comment

By Nate Perry GCU Administrative Assistant Are you looking for a job?  Looking for a new way to network and promote yourself?  Confused about choosing a major? Career Services has the tools and resources to help you succeed.  From free business cards to career opportunities, its mission is to help you get connected and stay connected for a lifetime. Students can take advantage of opportunities to sharpen their job skills and earn some extra money through student-worker positions on campus.  Workers are hired on a short-term, temporary basis, usually by semester, and they work no more than 20 hours a week.  If you’re interested in a job opportunity or in learning more about the student-worker program, call Career Services or stop in at the Student Union office. To help with finding a job and networking, all GCU ground students are eligible to receive free business cards from Career Services.  Business cards help you connect with potential employers and associates.  Career Services also offers tips on networking etiquette and on how to effectively use your business cards. The staff leaders of Career Services are Jacqueline Smith and Dr. Mary Askew.  Between the two of them, they have more than 35 years […]

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Student Contact Center Becomes a Success

June 02, 2010 / by / 0 Comment

A crew of students has turned the new GCU Student Contact Center into a blessing for campus job seekers as well as potential University students. The center is earning rave reviews on campus. According to Mike Rasmussen, who is currently pulling double duty as an enrollment manager in the business division and as the interim Student Contact Center manager, all the credit goes to his team of students. Student Contact Center workers contact potential students who have asked for more information about the University and its degree programs. Rasmussen says his team members often catch people on the phone before they have even left gcu.edu. The team calls to make sure potential students are directed to the counselor who will best meet their needs. This includes understanding if students need to be directed to military or tribal counselors, or simply to the correct degree program. Rasmussen encourages his team to mention that they are students on campus. They are able to develop quick rapport with people and, according to Rasmussen, have done an outstanding job of making potential students feel a connection to campus. Many of the Center employees are student-athletes, student leaders or commuter students. The Center’s hours provide […]

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Develop Your Personal Brand With Social Media

April 15, 2010 / by / 1 Comment

You may be underestimating the power of your Facebook account. By Zane Ewton Communications Staff As you share photos, interact with friends and load up on apps, you also are developing your image — a personal brand. Just like a celebrity or company promoting a product, social media will be how others view you. According to GCU Social Media Strategist Robyn Itule, personal branding is the process by which we market ourselves to others. You’re building a brand, whether you realize it or not. Ever Google yourself? Were you surprised by the information that was available about you? Anything you post online, even conversations on Twitter, can be pulled by Google into its search results. People who search your name will find those results, and those people might be important to your college or professional career. According to CareerBuilder.com, almost 30 percent of hiring managers use Facebook to check out job applicants. Of that number, 50 percent look for those who are compatible with their organization and 35 percent use Facebook to evaluate communication skills. Social media provide a unique opportunity to take control and define your personal brand. Itule says there are four methods to build an effective personal […]

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Set Goals to Set a Purpose for 2010

December 22, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

It is that time of year again when we begin thinking about New Year’s resolutions. What is it you want to accomplish in 2010? Setting goals creates a sense of purpose. Top-level athletes, successful business people and achievers in all fields use goal-setting techniques. Clearly defined goals provide long-term vision and short-term motivation. Goal setting can help you: Decide what is important to achieve in your life Separate what is important from what is irrelevant or a distraction Motivate yourself Build self-confidence, based on successful achievement of goals Add power to your goals by following the SMART mnemonic. Goals should be: S Specific M Measureable A Attainable R Relevant T Time-bound When you achieve one of your goals, take time to enjoy the satisfaction that comes with the achievement. Appreciate your successes, and evaluate the progress made towards your other goals. Your goals will change over time. Adjust them regularly to reflect growth in your knowledge and experience, and if certain goals no longer hold any attraction, let them go. For more information, or to talk about your goals, visit Career Services. We are located in the Student Union or contact 877-610-5506 or careerservices@gcu.edu. Happy New Year! Make this your […]

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Career Services: 10 Tips for a Successful Interview

November 18, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

Review your resume. Revisit your resume from the point of view of the interviewer. Anticipate the company’s needs and why they are interested in you. Get back online. Visit the company website again and start taking notes. Gather as much information as you can, including corporate officers, the latest press releases and the company’s annual report. Study, then study some more. Knowledge about the company and the job will make you more confident in your attitude and your answers. Rehearse your interview. Prepare for the typical questions you may be asked. Write down some of your most insightful thoughts regarding the state of your industry and profession. Be prepared to describe past positions, responsibilities and accomplishments. Develop a list of questions. Your first question should not be, “how much do I get paid?” Ask questions that show you understand the job and the company’s needs. Be quick to notice the interviewer’s comments and follow up by asking relevant questions. Dress for success. An interview is a performance with people playing different roles. Your role is successful job prospect. Play the part. Whether you are female or male, the conservative business suit is the recommended attire for any interview. Get cut […]

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