Current Career Topics for Mount St. Mary's University Students
Keyword: career center
Posted by: Meghan Orner
Posted by: Meghan Orner
An important step in the application process that is often overlooked is the cover letter. Cover letters are the first thing an employer sees, even before they look at your resume, so it is imperative that you make a good impression through this letter.
Similar to resumes, cover letters have a specific format that all applicants should follow. Not only does the cover letter introduce your resume, but it should also capture the attention of the potential employer. The cover letter should contain all of the same information that is seen at the top of your resume, such as your name, email address and the addresses of your current and permanent residences. You should always include a specific name of the person who will be reading your resume, or at the very least, use a job title. Avoid using "To Whom It May Concern" if at all possible.
After the greeting section of the cover letter is the first introductory paragraph. These paragraphs should be clear, concise and convincing. This first paragraph explains why you are writing to the person or organization. If you found out about the specific position you are applying for from a personal contact within the company, it is important to mention their name in this paragraph as long as you have permission to use their name. It is also important to show a sincere interest in the company and to explain why you are a good candidate for this position. Remember, cover letters should be convincing, so be sure to have good reasons as to why you want the position.
The second paragraph should give a brief introduction to how your education has prepared you for this position, while the third paragraph should explain how your work experiences and skills can benefit the organization It is important to show your experience in the cover letter because your resume will expand on that information. Briefly describe what you have learned at previous positions and how you will bring those skills into the new work environment. In the final paragraph, you should mention that you will follow-up and remain updated on any other opportunities in the company. This shows an employer that you are being proactive in your job search and that you have sincere interest in the company.
Since they are clear and concise, cover letters should never be more than one page, and always let your personality show! If you have any questions or if you need assistance in formatting or writing your cover letter, please stop by or make an appointment at the Career Center!
Posted by: Naomi Ruth
Written byMeghan Orner
On August 26, the Career Center gladly welcomed Matthew Pouss as the new Assistant Director and Internship Coordinator. With a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Shippensburg University, Matt comes to the Mount with plenty of experience as a counselor for college students, previously working at Gettysburg College and Penn State Mont Alto. Matt looks forward to meeting students and helping them in any way he possible can!
But helping college students find their vision for the future was not always Matt’s career plan. He also graduated from Shippensburg University with a degree in Geography, but soon realized that what he really wanted was to help people: “During my experiences, I realized how much I value human interaction. I love helping people as well, so that allowed me to transition my focus.” As the new Internship Coordinator, Matt will assist students in finding internship opportunities and guiding them in the various aspects of the career process, including resumes, cover letters, interviewing, and other any help a student may need.
Matt could not be happier with his decision to come to the Mount. Although he has only been here a few weeks so far, Matt has already come to know and admire the Four Pillars of our school: faith, discovery, leadership and community. The Four Pillars are all qualities that Matt values, and he has already seen the strong sense of community that ties us all together at the Mount.
Matt hopes that all Mount students will be confident and comfortable in undertaking an internship and finding the value in it.Internships are so important because they offer students the opportunity to learn more about themselves and the whole workforce in various fields.Matt would also like to emphasize the many resources offered by the Career Center. It is important to find those support structures and to learn more about the various resources out there.
Although college can be a great time to find oneself and explore career possibilities, Matt also believes that these college years can come with the challenge of discovering oneself. It is important for students to examine what their college experience will mean to them as they graduate and move forward in their lives.And with that challenge of discovering oneself, Matt would also like to encourage students to find their vision for the future, and to consider what you want your life to mean.
And if you ever need any help discovering your own vision for the future, then stop by the Career Center to make an appointment to meet Matt or stop by during the Career Center’s drop-in hours every Tuesday and Wednesday from 1-2 PM.
The Career Center welcomes Matt, and we wish him all the best as he begins his first year here at the Mount!
Posted by: Naomi Ruth
Written by Meghan Orner
Before you can be eligible for an interview, you must first get an employer’s attention with your resume. A resume is one of the first things an employer will see, so it is imperative that you make a good impression – even before you actually meet the employer in person.
A resume is meant to immediately grab an employer’s attention and to showcase your strengths, accomplishments, and skills. Even though you should certainly focus on your skills that you currently possess, it is just as important to include your future potentiality and the goals you hope to achieve through the particular employment opportunity. When formatting your resume, it should always look neat and even. Since your resume is really the first impression you make to an employer, there should be no mistakes, especially if you take the time to format your resume properly.
It takes time to create a resume. You need to include all previous and current employment and internship experiences along with other leadership positions. But a resume should be more than just a list. Details are imperative in a resume – you should always clearly describe the responsibilities you hold or have held at jobs and internships. Employers have often said that they easily discard resumes with vague descriptions, so be as specific as possible. And as with everything else, be sure to keep updating your resume. Leaving out an experience could be the difference between getting an interview and being tossed aside along with the other applications.
As you start assembling your resume, be aware of the fact that resumes should be one page if possible. If you absolutely need two pages, then the second page should be at least half a page long. Initially, employers may only look at a resume for about six seconds. However, just because an employer will only take a short amount of time looking at your resume does not mean that you should care any less about the way you present yourself through your resume. Like every other form of writing, you need to consider the reader and ask yourself why you are writing and what you hope to achieve. The whole purpose of a resume is to communicate with a potential employer why you are qualified for a specific position, so be sure to keep that in mind as you go about formatting your resume.
If you would like help setting up your resume, or if you have any questions, then make an appointment or stop by the Career Center anytime. Remember that it’s never too early to start building up your resume and preparing for your future!
Posted by: Naomi Ruth
Written by Meghan Orner
I’m sure we’ve all been told at one point or another that our years at college will go by in a flash. We move into our freshman dorms and begin the transition of adjusting to college life, and before we know it, we are holding our diplomas and moving the tassel from one side of the cap to the other.These years at Mount Saint Mary’s University can be the most influential years of our lives, and the experiences we go through can directly impact the career opportunities we will receive after we graduate.So will you be ready when your own graduation day comes, sooner than you think?
My name is Meghan Orner, and I am a junior here at the Mount. I am a Communication Studies Major with concentrations in Journalism and Writing with a Minor in English. I have always enjoyed reading and writing, and I am thrilled to be writing weekly articles for the Mountain Echo as part of my internship with the Career Center this semester!Throughout the past several years, I have held two steady jobs, and this past summer I had my first internship at Clear Channel Media + Entertainment, which is in charge of six radio stations in the city of Philadelphia, through which I was able to learn and grow so much over the course of those several months.
And as I’m sure we all know how competitive the job market is in today’s world, especially for college graduates, landing an internship can be just as competitive for college students.But internships should be a key ingredient in one’s resume since most employers believe college students should have at least one internship. Internships are so important because they offer students real learning experiences and show that students have the specific skills and qualifications employers are looking for in job candidates. Not only do internships serve as great networking opportunities, but they also prove to possible future employers that an individual has the necessary skills to be successful. In addition to internships, involvement in a variety of school organizations on a resume is also impressive to employers to showcase leadership abilities and potentiality.
Remember that it can never hurt to have more experience than less when it comes to applying for various employment opportunities. Be sure to take advantage of all the opportunities the Mount and the Career Center have to offer so that when your graduation day comes, you’ll be ready!
- Meghan Orner