Class Year/Year of Graduation:  Senior/2013

Major/Graduate Program: Communication Studies (Major) Public Relations (Minor)

Newly hired as (position, company):
Development Coordinator at Crayons to Computers

 Where did you hear about this professional opportunity, and what do you think contributed to being hired?  I was fortunate enough to have an internship with this organization last summer, that they approached me about the position. However, I still had to go through the interview process and also submit a writing project. My confidence and professionalism during my interview contributed significantly to being hired, as well as my performance with the organization during my internship.

How did Xavier Career Services help you along the way to achieve this accomplishment?  The Career Development Office served as a huge source of assistance in order to achieve this accomplishment. Throughout the spring of my junior year, I was constantly in and out of the office editing my resume and working to perfect it to be as professional as possible. While working on my resume with my career counselor, it gave me the opportunity to understand my strengths and qualities which would later be used once in the interview process. During my recent interviews, I was once again in the CDO in between each of the interviews I had. I would stop in during the drop in hours where I was able to ask quick questions including interview tips, how to handle a panel interview as opposed to a one-on-one interview, when to send your post interview thank you notes, understanding the importance of follow-up phone calls, as well as any other details. I appreciated that I felt comfortable going to the CDO multiple times a week and that these resources were readily available.

Based on your own experiences, what advice do you have for students as they gear up for their job/internship search?  The most important thing to keep in mind is being organized with the entire process. When searching for a job it is crucial to know and have a clear idea of what the step by step process entails and be aware of any deadlines. Following up with interviews is always necessary because it will show potential employers your level of interest. Also, don't let just one interview stop your search. After an interview it can be multiple weeks until you hear back regarding the opportunity, so utilize that time to continue applying to other jobs and continuing your search. Above all, always be confident in what you have to offer to an employer.