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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 »

Trying to Choose the Right Career? 7 Steps to Give You Clarity By: Consiglia M. Intile, Assistant Director, Career Development


You’ve graduated from college or are thinking about transitioning into a new career, and the very thought of picking a career has you feeling overwhelmed. This is a very common feeling for job seekers and career changers. To make the decision-making process simpler, please follow these seven steps.

1. Take a Career/Personality Assessment

Personality/career assessments are an essential way to discover your skills, strengths and likes. They reveal information that you had never really thought of before. Examples include: The MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Instrument) and the Interest Profiler. These two assessments can help you learn more about yourself and what you would enjoy doing. You want to find a career that you love and not consider it work, but your passion. Continue reading »

An NLU Student Veteran Transitions Into the Civilian Workforce Manning Shares Her Career Journey, Tips for Fellow Veterans


By Paula Rucci Voigt, NLU Career Services Advisor

Manning_Natalyia[1]Transitioning to a new career is exciting but can also be intimidating, and can be especially so for veterans. With nine years of U.S. Air Force experience, Natalyia Manning, a National Louis University student who has just recently graduated with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management, knows first-hand about the additional challenges veterans face when moving from a military career to a civilian one. Continue reading »

Dr. McGuire Receives Mentoring Award for Police Explorers He's giving back to non-profit organization where he got his own start


NLU’s Danny McGuire, Ed.D., at right, accepts the Spurgeon Award for volunteer leadership in the Police Explorers.

An NLU professor who learned about law enforcement through the Police Explorers back when he was a youth has received a top award from that non-profit organization, which acquaints teens with various career fields.

Danny L. McGuire Jr., Ed.D., assistant director of NLU’s Criminal Justice program, has received the William H. Spurgeon III award for his work with the Police Explorer program during the past three years. It is the highest recognition for individuals and organizations contributing significant leadership to the Exploring program. Continue reading »

Five Ways to Boost Your Career Over Summer Break By Christine Andrelczyk, Career Services Advisor, NLU Career Development Office

StockBoostYourCareerSummer is a great time to relax and reflect on all you have achieved academically and professionally over the year. It’s also a perfect opportunity to take advantage of that extra downtime to accomplish some valuable professional milestones. Below we’ll discuss five ways you can use summer break to advance towards your future career.


Completing an internship is one of the most beneficial ways of gaining valuable professional experience in your field prior to obtaining your degree. Internships can be paid or unpaid, part-time or full-time, and can last anywhere from a couple of weeks to multiple years if you build a successful partnership with your employer. As an intern, your employer will understand that you’re new to the field and will treat your time with them as a learning opportunity. They will train you on the ins and outs of the position and guide you in honing your professional skills. Continue reading »

NLU Partners To Prepare High Schoolers For Teaching Careers High School District 214 in Northwest Suburbs, NLU launch Educator Prep program

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NLU educators and administrators were at Rolling Meadows High School for High School District 214’s launch of the Educator Prep program. They witnessed two dozen students indicate their interest in teaching by joining the program.

National Louis University and High School District 214 in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs partnered to launch a first-of-its-kind in the nation program called Educator Prep.

It allows high school students, as early as freshman year, to declare their intention to become teachers, and supports them through high school and then college, through to employment as an educator in a primary or secondary school. Continue reading »

Pioneer, Reach Awards Presented at Elegant NLU Event Speakers inspired attendees at gala fundraiser



Jacqueline Samuel, from left, Amanda Leftwich, Arne Duncan and Matthew King posed for a photo at the Reach Awards. Duncan received the Pioneer Award, while the others received the Reach Award.

NLU alumni, donors and friends arrived at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower Hotel Tuesday to honor one of the United States’ most influential education leaders and three NLU alumni who are exercising their knowledge and leadership in ways that bring positive change to communities.

As guests arrived, they greeted classmates and friends during a cocktail hour dramatized by the Sofitel’s sleek architecture. After they took their seats in a huge ballroom beautified by pink orchid sprays on the tables, Emcee Karen Jordan, an anchor at ABC7 News, introduced NLU President Nivine Megahed.


Mike Koldyke, founder of the Golden Apple Foundation, Patricia Koldyke, Illinois First Lady Diana Rauner and NLU President Nivine Megahed celebrated NLU’s successes at the Reach Awards.

“Education, more than ever, is our strongest vehicle for economic opportunity. It is our strongest hope for social equity,” Megahed said, explaining how NLU has created the Harrison Professional Pathways as a quality program, at an affordable price point, to help students from modest-income homes attain their bachelor’s degrees. Continue reading »

Grads: Turn LinkedIn Connections into Networking Opportunities

By Consiglia Intile, Assistant Director of Career Services 

LinkedIn_logo_initialsAs a job seeker, you may come to dread the very notion of networking with valuable LinkedIn connections. After all, these people may hold the keys to your career, provided you make the right first impression. To help remedy your nerves and provide a nice confidence boost, let’s explore some common do’s and don’ts of connecting on LinkedIn.

Do: Research your potential networking contacts and their companies

This is the first step job seekers should take prior to any conversation that is started on LinkedIn or any other networking venue. Job seekers should review the employer’s and the connection’s page and identify something they enjoyed reading or found interesting or instructive. These items can serve as the basis for an initial conversation. Also, adding a question about their background experience can show your connection-to-be that your intent is to learn from them. Forming a friendly relationship in which you are appealing to your connection’s expertise is often an effective way to network. Continue reading »

How do you develop Administrative Leadership skills? When promoted into administration, writer found two resources helpful

shutterstock_290031071Enjoy this blog post from NLU’s McCormick Center for Early Leadership blog. In a recent Whole Leadership post on the McCormick blog, Teri Talan introduced administrative leadership by considering its definition and importance. This led Tarah Kadzielawski to wonder, how do you improve administrative leadership skills? She reflects on her experience as a strong teacher who was promoted into administration. She shares her journey, the advice she’d give her younger self, and her favorite resources for developing administrative leadership.

by Tarah Kadzielawski


In last week’s Whole Leadership post, Teri Talan started us in a new direction, Administrative Leadership. My personal background is similar to many other program leaders in our field—I was a strong teacher who was promoted into administration. In my personal experience with administrative leadership, I felt I could handle pedagogical leadership and thought I had many leadership essentials; however, I knew I was in need of some support and resources to build up my administrative leadership skills. (In hindsight I’m sure I was in need of more resources for pedagogical leadership and leadership essentials as well, but that is a different blog post.)

To build up my administrative leadership skills, I turned to the resources at my disposal. There were director’s networks—I was involved in—related to different funding sources such as Head Start and state pre-K. However, these didn’t provide the administrative leadership skill development that I sought. Two professional learning opportunities that I participated in did help develop my administrative leadership skills: Continue reading »

Students, It’s Time to Network for Your Future Job Don't wait until you have your diploma; start now


By: Christine Andrelczyk, NLU Career Services Advisor

shutterstock_56739871College 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. 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.

Start right away. A common misconception is that you only need to network when you’re actively job hunting. This is a myth! Just like any other investment, your network needs time to grow before you can begin reaping the benefits. Don’t wait until graduation to make your first connection. Start now by joining clubs or professional organizations and attending networking events on campus.

Put down the phone. Social media platforms like LinkedIn make networking quicker and easier than ever before, but that doesn’t mean all of your contacts should be digital. Instead, use social media as a jumping off point. Facebook and Twitter can be great places to find out about networking events happening on campus. Use LinkedIn to join professional groups that host regular, in-person meetings in your community. Social media can also help you spark a conversation with recruiters, alumni, and other professionals in your field.

It’s okay to feel awkward, but don’t shy away from networking because the idea of meeting new people sounds intimidating. Adopt a host mentality to boost your confidence in social situations. NLU Career Advisor Paula Rucci Voigt explains, “Hosts go out of their way to introduce others and make them aware of what they might have in common. Their goal is to help create connections between their guests in an effort to make them more comfortable.” By thinking of yourself as a host rather than a guest, you’re empowering yourself to take control of the situation and make sure everyone walks away satisfied.

Talk to your professors. You may be used to seeing your professors in the classroom, but they’re also experts in their given field or industry. Your professors can offer a wealth of knowledge about what it’s like to work in your field and different career options for your major. They may also have insight on what experiences you should gain during college to best transition into your future career.

Connect with professionals. The best way to learn about a particular job is to talk to someone who’s currently working in that position. Don’t hesitate to reach out to professionals in your field to schedule an informational interview. This is a brief, structured conversation where you can ask day-in-the-life questions about a particular job or company, or find out how to break into the field. If you’re not sure what job or field you’re interested in, don’t worry: These conversations can help you decide.