Welcome to the Kellstadt CMC Blog

The Kellstadt Career Management Center team will be posting regularly about job postings, employer meeting updates, alumni profiles, helpful articles, and much more. We will also share with you upcoming events and programs. If you have questions please send us an email us at cmc@depaul.edu.

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Just in time…

Graduation is coming up quickly, and it seems like Spring Quarter came and went so fast. If you are looking for upcoming events to interact with employers on campus, check out the Just in Time fair on June 2nd. This event is on the Lincoln Park Campus (and it is university-wide, not specific to Kellstadt) from 11-2pm, and the dress is business professional. Be sure to check out the employers that are coming to this event on Handshake to see who is of interest to you.

If you are anxious about the career fair setting, and want to know how to prepare, please schedule an appointment to meet with a Career Adviser at the CMC (312) 362-8272

Spring Cleaning: Quick Tips For Sprucing Up Your Resume

It’s that time of year again, and as we start to think of ways to refresh and regenerate, what a better place to start than our resumes! Especially if it has been a few months, even a year since you’ve last updated, there are likely many new projects, experiences, and achievements that you will want to include. Your resume is a document that blends both storytelling and marketing into one finely tuned package, so making sure you are using that space wisely is important.

Things to keep in mind while updating:

1). Quantify:  Adding those specific details like the amount of money or percentage of time you saved your employer goes a long way in showing the impact you had while working there. This information is especially crucial to update frequently, because the longer you wait to add in that information, the more challenging it will be (and sometimes impossible to get the exact numbers/data if you no longer work there). You are much more likely to be able to include more specific and accurate information if you update your resume frequently.

2). Consistency: Double check your formatting for consistency throughout, and maybe even have a second or third pair of eyes check this for you (such as a CMC Career Adviser). Little details can easily get thrown out of place, and while it might not seem like a big deal, consistency on your resume shows to an employer that you are detail oriented and that you took the time to proofread. Your resume is your first impression, and you don’t want to appear sloppy in your first impression to anyone.

3). Note Job Descriptions for Key Words: I would recommend having a document where you list common skills, words, and phrases you come across as you search postings for jobs you are interested in. Compare that document to your resume, and see where the gaps and similarities are. For example, you may include “Created marketing materials through using Photoshop to promote _____ campaign” on your resume, but a lot of the postings you are interested in mention looking for list specifics such as “campaign management” “business to business” and “direct marketing.” Perhaps you do have that exact experience in those areas, but the employer won’t be able to know that because your resume wasn’t picked up by their ATS (Automatic Tracking System).

Happy resume updating! Remember that there are great resume visuals and guides available to you on Handshake under the Resources tab.


On Sourcing Employers: Database Deep Dive

Why create a target list or source employers? Many students that I meet with have their sights set on the Big 4, or well-known names that have a large marketing presence. They think they already know exactly who they want to work for.  Unfortunately, by only approaching the job search from this name-brand perspective, you may be overlooking a great deal of opportunity. According to “The 2-Hour Job Search,” 99% of overall employers have fewer than one hundred employees (Dalton, 16)! That’s an exponential amount of untapped opportunities to explore in the job search.

There are a few methods of sourcing employers, but one that utilizes key university resources that you have access to as a DePaul KGSB student are university library databases. I met with my fellow Career Specialist, Enrique Guerrero, to learn from DePaul University Librarian Brian DeHart about these databases, and what to keep in mind while searching. I often advise students to think of their job search as a research project…they already have the skills for this over the years of school (especially as a graduate student!) and utilizing databases to create a target list is one of the most research-project-esq tactics! We discussed the following three in depth:

  1. LexisNexis: As a grad student, you probably have familiarity with this resource, but you may not have known that you can create a company list with this! To access this resource, click on “Create a Company List via LexisNexis.”  Here, you will be able to search by various information including company size, sales/revenue, NAICS code or SIC code. In case you didn’t know, NAICS and SIC codes were derived by the federal government to categorize employers. NAICS is the newer version, but using one or the other to select the industry in which you want to search employers for will be helpful in your database search.
  2. Business Source Complete: Business Source Complete is a division of the EBSCO database that focuses on current company profiles, and a SWOT analysis from the market research firm MarketLine. This will be a helpful resource in researching employers and learning more about what they’re up to.
  3. Reference USA: Reference USA will allow you to perform similar functions to creating an employer list through LexisNexis. Advantages of this resource over LexisNexis: it connects directly to Indeed, so while you’re creating your employer list, you will simultaneously be able to see if an employer is hiring at the time. Also, it is connected through the Yellow Pages, so you will have greater access to the super small businesses, if that is what you are looking for. Disadvantages over LexisNexis: There is so much data and it is difficult to tell how up-to-date it is, so you may find employers that are no longer in business.

Whichever resource you choose, make sure you do your research in the job search! If you have any questions about making an employer list in your job search, schedule a career advising appointment with CMC.

To learn more about how to use databases and how to effectively utilize them to build your employer list, save the date for in an interactive and informative upcoming workshop presented by the CMC,  “Kellstadt Build Series: Developing a Target List” on May 4th from 4:30-5:30 in the DePaul Center room 5800.

Additionally, if you have any questions about how to use databases and university library resources, you can schedule an appointment to meet with DePaul Librarian Brian DeHart.

Clerestory Consulting

Clerestory Consulting is a women-owned, privately held Change Management consulting practice headquartered in Evanston, Illinois, and founded in 2003. Their mission is to provide quality change management to local businesses by providing high caliber customer service and challenging their employees. I met with a Kellstadt Alum, Asad Ali and recruiter Kristin Daus to learn more about their business and what they look for in a candidate.

Clerestory continues to grow and they are in need of full-time consultants to join their team. The 40 person teams leads projects in a variety of industries with regionally based clients which allow for a great work-life balance. The small teams that lead projects consist of consultants and partners, allowing you to learn from one another. Once a project is completed, you’re able to request other projects based on skill sets you would like to grow and develop.

The office is located in Evanston and has a strong Kellstadt presence. They’re looking for people who are flexible and willing to jump in and be involved in the different parts of the project. The hiring process moves fast ranging from 1-3 weeks. In a short span of time, you’ll have worked on various projects where you work from solving the operational issues, developing custom plans, and then leading the change with the client. If you’re interested in learning more please contact Kristin Daus (kdaus@clerestory.com).

Explore with an MBA

I have to be honest – I’ve never worked or studied abroad. Neither in undergrad nor while earning my MBA at Kellstadt. Do I regret it? All the time. Have I traveled internationally for fun? Of course. Would it be strange to put these trips on my resume (other than listing “travel” in my Skills and Interests section)? Probably.

I don’t mean to negate or devalue the experiences a person can have backpacking after college or on a family vacation, because I’ve had some amazing ones. But since starting my work in the field of international education, I finally understand the value of studying and/or interning abroad.

I have the privilege of working for an organization that puts an emphasis on research and sharing information. We learn from the experiences of our past students and interns. With this insight, IES Abroad developed a 50-year Alumni Survey, as well as Recent Graduate Survey results which was the basis for an outlook on the career benefits of studying and interning abroad.

Among these benefits, we found that, on average, IES Abroad alumni earn $6,000 more in starting salaries than students who didn’t study abroad. What’s more is that 97% of IES Abroad alumni secured a job within one year of graduation as compared to only 49% of the general college population. While these ‘benefits’ focus on undergraduate students, it’s easy to believe that they would apply to MBAs, as well.

Another thing to consider: when are you going to be able to study abroad again? Pretty much never. While opportunities to work abroad may present themselves in the future, these opportunities will be much easier to come by if you have some form of international experience already on your resume. Even if living abroad full-time is not your goal, multi-national organizations also seek candidates with international experience and cultural sensitivity. Employers want to be confident that, if someone needs to visit the office overseas, you can handle it. According to the RAND Study of HR Managers, “80% of companies report they would be more competitive internationally if they had a more globally competent staff.” Wouldn’t you like to be one of those ‘globally competent’ staff members?

Keep in mind that Kellstadt and DePaul’s Study Abroad Office offer international study programs varying in length and credits so you can find something that fits your course schedule and path to graduation.

About the author:

Kellstadt Alum Shaina Moran  started her career working in outdoor retail as a manager and Marketing Coordinator while earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and MBA in Marketing Management from Kellstadt. In the summer of 2011, she joined the Office of Career Advancement at the University of Chicago as a Program Coordinator for the UChicago Careers in Business (UCIB) program and then the Assistant Director-Marketing for UCIB. In this role, she advised students on internship and full-time job opportunities in marketing among other fields. She also planned weekly large-scale workshops, treks, and site visits and produced marketing communications and collateral for the group. Most recently, Shaina worked as a College Relations Manager and Berlin and Sydney advisor for the IES Internships program at IES Abroad, a Chicago-based and internationally-focused, not-for-profit study abroad provider. Shaina now works as the Marketing Specialist at IES Abroad and is happy to share information about the organization and IES Internships programming.