On a recent Wednesday evening, seven students in a National Louis University classroom were scanning resumes of job candidates posted on the whiteboard. The students, all from the Pathways at NLU program, scribbled the positives and negatives of each candidate on sticky notes. Two adult volunteers, both working professionals, guided them through an exercise in which the students had to act as hiring managers, deciding which of the fictitious job candidates to contact for an interview. Continue reading
By Casey Platt, Career Advisor at National Louis University
Applying for jobs may sound like a simple task, but in reality, it can be a time-consuming process. Especially if you have obligations such as family, work, school, and other life responsibilities, it can sometimes be difficult to find time for sleep, let alone searching and applying for jobs. Devoting more time to the job search process usually means higher quality applications, which will help you to stand out in a sea of applicants. This means a higher likelihood of getting the job you want! How can you fit the numerous job hunt steps into your busy schedule? You may want to consider the following tips: Continue reading
By Consiglia Intile, Assistant Director of Career Services
First impressions are critical in a job search. They can either jumpstart your search or bring it to a halt.
You make your first impression on the employer with the documents you send, especially the resume. Your resume’s format, presentation, content and grammar will give the employer a strong sense of the soft skills you have and ones you need to further develop. Continue reading
Does the holiday season have you feeling pensive about your current work situation? Are you tired of applying for jobs and getting few results? Perhaps you should try a different job search strategy. Eighty-five percent of career positions are attained through networking – so grant yourself the gift of gab and exercise it during the holiday season. Continue reading
As students and alumni of NLU’s M.S. in Written Communication program listened to a panel of celebrity writers at the program’s annual MOSAIC party Oct. 23, emcee Marjie Killeen asked the panel a question that almost had them at a loss for words.
Almost, but not quite. Continue reading
Does the thought of job interviews make you feel anxious? Guess what? This feeling is completely normal! However, make sure that your interview nerves are not so strong that they cause you to appear visibly unprepared. But how can I avoid messing up during an interview, you may ask? The goal is to make the interview conversation feel natural between you and the interviewers through practice. Here’s how. Continue reading
Ever since she was a five-year-old living in Poland and watching American Westerns on television, Ewelina Duda knew she wanted to be a police officer.
“I was a little shy, but I knew I wanted to be the sheriff,” recalled Duda, who took the Chicago Police Department exam last year, got accepted as a police recruit and entered the Chicago Police Academy in August. Continue reading
By Consiglia M. Intile, M.A., LPC, NCC, NLU’s Assistant Director of Career Services
The question “Tell me about yourself,” is one of the most important questions a candidate will answer in any job interview, because it is often used as the first question. Since it is the first action question, much weight is placed upon it because it will set the tone for how the rest of the interview will go. Many candidates become nervous and unsure on how to go about answering this tough question because they want to make a first great impression. To alleviate some of those nerves and gain a clear strategy on how to WOW the employer at your next interview, follow these tips.
Many job seekers find there are times when they’re not getting much response from employers. That’s when it’s time to put another strategy in play: career fairs.
Career fairs give you that opportunity to meet face to face with employers and make your first impressions count. Use the eight tips below to make a positive lasting impression and stand out amongst other candidates. Continue reading
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