STUDENT SUCCESS STORIES

Name: BRIDGET TULLY

Class Year/Year of Graduation:  2014

Major/Graduate Program: Communication Studies

Newly hired as (position, company):
Xavier University Athletics-Development Intern

Where did you hear about this professional opportunity, and what do you think contributed to being hired?  
In one of my classes freshman year, my professor encouraged everyone to subscribe to a Sports Management Newsletter-- I subscribed, not thinking anything would come of it. But this Spring I saw they had listed an internship with the Xavier Athletic Offices, and I applied immediately.

I always make sure I have a solid up-to-date resume on file, but I think it was a collection of good things- a strong resume, timing and punctuality, preparedness, and a confident interview that ultimately got me hired.

How did Xavier Career Services help you along the way to achieve this accomplishment?  I was definitely more than a little overwhelmed at the beginning of my job search. So, I stopped by the CDO for some general resume assistance thinking they'd be able to help me get a solid start and I could take the reins from there. But after my initial visit, I realized how much they have to offer and since then, the CDO has been my "go to" resource for all my job search questions.

The office is filled with professionals who WANT to help you. When I went to the office for help with my resume, my counselor taught me how to match my skills and qualifications with what each job required. This resume building is what enabled my resume to stand out and ensure that I was given an interview.

The CDO helped me improve my interview skills, strengthen my resume, network with professionals, and much more. After each visit with the CDO my comfort and eagerness grew. They really helped me get to a place where I felt confident and prepared, which led to landing a great summer job.

Based on your own experiences, what advice do you have for students as they gear up for their job/internship search? 

Be proactive. Employers are not going to come to you. You have to keep your networks open and take advantage of every opportunity.

Prepare. Whether you are going to an interview, career fair, or just sending out a resume- make sure you are prepared! Before an interview it is imperative to research your organization and go prepared with questions. Similarly, when going into career fairs it is crucial to have a brief elevator pitch prepared so you can stand out to employers. Lastly, be ready to provide a resume at any time!

Brag. Do not be afraid to talk about how talented you are in your interview (After all, this is really the only acceptable environment to talk about how great we are!) Employers need to hear what you can bring to the table.