STUDENT SUCCESS STORIES
Name: KRISTEN C. ALPAUGH
Class Year/Year of Graduation: 2011
Major/Graduate Program: B.S. Psychology
Newly hired as (position, company): Team Coordinator, Tapestry Networks – Boston, MA
Where did you hear about this professional opportunity, and what do you think contributed to being hired? A professional staffing agency in Boston. How I got hired? My resume got me in the door, but I’m a firm believer that my interview skills are what landed me the job.
How did Xavier Career Services help you along the way to achieve this accomplishment?
I initially went in for a mock interview. I thought I’d be in and out, but after the interview I just kept coming back! From first-hand experience, I knew the staff were not only a great resource, but eager to help – so I took advantage of their offerings. From 101 career counseling to quick resume formatting and proofing, CSC had answers for me.
To bring my story full-circle (or to Boston, rather)– it was my CSC counselor who encouraged me to use networking as a resource in my job search. So, I asked around amongst fellow classmates at Xavier and a friend’s parent offered to put me in touch with his colleague. She recommended trying out staffing firms to build my resume – I would have never thought to do this – but I went for it. Long story short, I was directly hired by a great company and couldn’t be happier than where I am now.
All in all, CSC was invaluable to my job search and subsequent hire. They helped me hone my skills in searching for a job and also those needed to get an offer. I highly recommend their services to current students.
Based on your own experiences, what advice do you have for students as they gear up for their job/internship search?
1) Ask Questions. We all know that questions provide answers, but the right questions (especially in an interview) can also demonstrate your knowledge in the field.
2) Network. Opportunities abound, try not to leave any rock unturned.
3) Know what you bring to the table and own it. A little confidence goes a long way.
4) Bring your resume to life. Once you land an interview, use your time in person to bring more color to your resume. Your interviewer has already read your resume, what can you offer that is not on paper?
5) Stay motivated. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t land the job you want right out of the gates, take each interview as a learning experience.