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Name: Mark Green
Major/Graduate Program: Marketing; Sustainability, Economics, and Management; Minor, Business Analytics
Newly hired as: Intern at Macy's MCCS
1. Where did you hear about this opportunity, and what/who contributed to you being hired?
I heard about this opportunity at Macy's from the Career Fair. Not the most exciting way to find a job, but it was pretty typical for the fair. I went up and talked to the recruiter for a little while and was told about the on-campus interview process. From there, I went to the pre-interview days to hear more about the company and understand next steps. Overall, outside interaction was minimal for helping me get hired, but rather came from a great interview (very laidback interview I may add) and connecting my experiences/skills with the needs of the company.
What advice do you have for students as they gear up for their job/internship search?
One major point I would give students is to leverage their network to the highest extent possible when looking for jobs or internships. Talk to professors, parents, friends, anyone who can help you get a contact inside the company before applying. This not only increases your odds of getting your resume pulled out for an interview, but also allows you to build your network further and get to know the company at a higher level than what is told at recruiting events. Another piece of advice I would give is to be yourself! It may sound corny but when a company is interviewing you, they are not only looking to see if you fit the job requirements but also if you fit the company culture. Do your research and see what the culture is like, and make sure to show that your personality fits into it (if it actually does) during the interview!
Name: Alex Wolfred
Major/Graduate Program: Health Services Administration
Class Year/Year of Graduation: 2018
Newly hired as: Administrative Intern in Care Management for Berger Health System (Circleville, OH)
1. Where did you hear about this opportunity, and what/who contributed to your being hired?
I heard about this opportunity through my academic counselor, Dr. Frederick Browne, who passed on an email to me from Berger’s CEO looking for interested Xavier students. I got a chance to interview for the job and received a position at Berger for the summer of 2017. While Dr. Browne helped me initiate contact with the company, the Career Development Office also helped me secure this internship. Ms. Andrea Mersmann visited my HESA internship prep class on multiple occasions to help us prepare our resumes and give us important interview tips. She helped me better understand what employers would be looking for in my resume and how to describe my experience from past internships. Career development staff even came to our class and held a resume workshop. They reviewed our resume and gave us recommendations on how to improve them. I am thankful for the important career advices that I received from the Career Development Office.
2. What advice do you have for students as they gear up for their job/internship search?
One thing I would tell students looking to find a job or internship is talk to your professors and advisors. Xavier has been blessed with very experienced faculty who have held jobs in the fields we are looking to enter. You would be surprised how many connections they have that will help you get your foot in the door. I would also suggest having a professional look at your resume. Many times, they can give you pointers you had never thought of that really increase the strength of your resume. The employees in the Career Development Office are always willing to help you with your resume, and they offer great advice. Finally, go into the job/internship search with an open mind. Being picky will limit your options and may prevent you from finding a career that you really like. Remember, CEOs must start somewhere, and sometimes the internships or jobs that seem simple lead to the best experiences.