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Use Summer to Network, Build Your Career Prospects Key takeaway: Start now; don't wait until you're graduating

By: Christine Andrelczyk, NLU Career Services Advisor

College is a busy time. Between classes, homework, and exams, it can be easy to lose sight of the ultimate reason for attending college in the first place: your career. With summer break on the horizon, you can take a step back from the hustle and bustle of the academic year and use your downtime to meet new people and build up your professional network. Nowadays, 70% of jobs are attained through networking, so be sure to take some time out of your busy schedule to start making valuable professional connections. Below are a few strategies you can use to build up your network while you’re still in school. Continue reading »

What To Do With Your Criminal Justice Degree Many opportunities await those with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice

If you’re interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, you are on your way to protecting people in your community, maintaining peace and order, and ensuring that citizens enjoy their Constitutionally-granted freedoms and rights.

You can earn your Criminal Justice bachelor’s degree online or on campus at National Louis University, in order to prepare yourself for the many facets of this rewarding field. Continue reading »

Job-Seekers, Follow 7 Rules To Get the Perfect References The employer wants to hire you, but has to check your references first

By Consiglia Intile, Assistant Director of Career Services, National Louis University

You just blew the employers away with your expertise and skills from your final interview. You are offered the position, just as long as the employer can contact and speak with your references. References are an important piece in the interview process because they can validate what candidates have placed on their resumes. To ensure this step doesn’t interfere with your offer, follow these seven rules regarding your references. Continue reading »

Career Changers, Make These Five Updates To Your Resume

By Christine Andrelczyk, NLU Career Services Advisor

So you’ve decided to take the plunge and make a career change! Perhaps you’ve gone back to school to get a degree. Or maybe your life circumstances have changed—your kids are a bit older, you’ve moved to a new city, or you’re ready to start a new chapter.

Career changing is not uncommon; the average professional can expect to change careers three times during their work years. Yet it can still be a challenging and frustrating process. Continue reading »

Stand Out at a Career Fair and Get Hired NLU is holding its Educator Career Fair on Tuesday March 7

 

If you’re searching for a job in your field, plan to participate in career fairs. They help you get maximum return for your time spent on the job search. Instead of typical career-seeking activities such as filling out applications and emailing resumes, career fairs allow you to meet face-to-face with company recruiters. However, you do need to prepare for career fairs in order to make a good impression. Follow the eight tips below, and  you’re on your way to connecting with recruiters about the position you desire. Continue reading »

Alumni Tell How They Got Jobs, How NLU Prepared Them for Careers College of Professional Studies and Advancement alumni share journeys with future students

 

Enrolling in college is an act of hope for a brighter future. It can be reassuring to prospective or newly-enrolled students, though, to hear from other students about how they landed rewarding jobs after they graduated.

To connect the dots between enrolling and reaching the point of succeeding in a good job, National Louis University’s College of Professional Studies and Advancement organized an Open House Alumni Speaker Panel event on Feb. 1 at NLU’s Chicago campus. Continue reading »

Keep Calm and Rock Your Job Interview By Paula Rucci Voigt, Career Advisor at National Louis University

 

“Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.” – Bobby Unser

You’ve landed a job interview – congratulations on getting to this crucial step in your job search! You now have the ultimate opportunity to demonstrate you’re the best hiring choice. Preparation is the key to rocking your interview like a star. Here is a countdown to help you succeed:

The week leading up to the interview…

  • Research the organization. Go through the company’s website and read up on their mission, the size of the company, ongoing projects, and future plans. Get a feel for the culture and work environment. You’ll use this information to demonstrate your knowledge of the company during the interview.

NOTE: The “Interviewing to Win! How to Finish First in Job Interviews” workshop will be held Monday, Feb. 6 from 4-6 p.m. at NLU’s Chicago campus. RSVP to careerdevelopment@nl.edu.

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Mingle All The Way: 4 Ways to Spruce Up Your Professional Network at the Holidays By Christine Andrelczyk, Career Services Advisor

NetworkingHolidaysThe holidays can feel like a huge slump for job seekers. Between the hectic frenzy of holiday parties and gift shopping, it’s easy to lose sight of your career goals or lose motivation altogether, which is why so many people simply postpone the job search until January.

However, the holidays are a great time to find new opportunities. Fewer job seekers means less competition for you, plus companies are looking to fill in any lingering vacancies with strong, new talent to kick off the year with. Whether you’re unemployed, a new graduate, or a professional looking to scope out new opportunities, there are a few simple things you can accomplish during this season of festivities to ensure you will have something to celebrate in the New Year. Continue reading »

Tech Companies, Universities Connect To Better Prep Students for Jobs Tech companies want soft-skills, problem-solving ability, lifelong learners

161129-america-urban-campus-roundtable-020In an employer’s ideal world, universities would prepare students for their careers with the right mix of foundational knowledge, skills and practical experience that hiring companies seek. Instead, however, many potential employers, at least in the tech industry,  are finding that hiring and training newly-minted graduates can be a bumpy process.

In an effort to stem the disconnect and communicate about how universities can give students the preparation employers seek, the Illinois Technology Association convened a “Forecast Roundtable” event on Nov. 29. America’s Urban Campus, a consortium of 22 Chicago universities (including National Louis University), and World Business Chicago acted as co-conveners. Continue reading »

Job-Seeking? Escape The Black Hole of Applicant Tracking Systems By Christine Andrelczyk, NLU Career Advisor

jobsearchphotoWhen you submit an online job application, do you ever feel like your resume is being sucked into a black hole, never to be seen or heard from again?

It may have something to do with the Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) that many companies use nowadays to scan incoming resumes in order to narrow down the applicant pool. Resumes that successfully make it through the ATS will then move on to the next stage of the hiring process. While ATS is a great tool for employers to use in order bring speed and efficiency to their hiring process, it can also be difficult, confusing, and frustrating for job applicants to navigate. Continue reading »