Learn Educate Discover: A New Way to Explore Career Options

With the fall quarter quickly approaching, there is no better time than the present to explore career options! Whether you have your ideal field narrowed down but are trying to decide a few nuances, or you’re torn between finance and accounting, the resource, Learn Educate Discover is a helpful, free virtual resource for clarifying and exploring your career options. Learn Educate Discover provides dozens of podcasts covering different individual’s perspectives on their career path, giving listeners an insider lens into a particular career that they are considering. From Business Strategy, to Management Consulting, Consumer Insights in CPG, or Venture Capital, this resource provides business students with a variety of insights into different career paths.

Beyond the career path themed podcast, you will also find advice for growing your network, advancing your career by moving up not out, salary research information, and information on careers in startups and innovation. Podcasts and web resources through Learn Educate Discover make exploring your career convenient, and can be a great first step to research your chosen career path.  If you here or read something that sparks an idea for a career pivot, a great next step would be making an appointment to discuss career strategy with a CMC Career Specialist. Give us a call at (312) 362-8272 or shoot us an email at cmc@depaul.edu.


Getting Past the ATS: A Job Seeker’s Guide

The current recruiting process isn’t perfect, and I have heard frustration on both the job hunters’ and recruiters’ side. One could spend hours applying to jobs online, only to receive automated emails as response that their application was received, and then radio silence after that. A recruiter could receive thousands of applications for a given position, and there aren’t enough hours in the day to screen that many candidates.  As a means to answer that problem, ATS or Applicant Tracking Systems are commonplace in the job search. They act as an automated first step when a candidate applies for a position; screening a candidate’s resume, cover letter, and other application materials for key words, skills, titles, and experiences that the employer selects for a given position.  While this process aides the initial problem of volume that recruiters face, it can be difficult for a candidate to ensure that their resume makes it into human hands for consideration. To avoid becoming one of those discouraged candidates, consider the following tips when beginning a job search:

1). Quality over Quantity: A big red flag that a job seeker is about to experience application burnout and feeling discouraged is when I hear that they have applied to hundreds of positions in a short amount of time. While it might seem like the more positions you apply to, the better, it is most often not the case. By taking advantage of “one step apply” features on sites like LinkedIn or CareerBuilder, the candidate often is spending little to no time deciding if this position is a good fit for them, or reflecting on what experiences and skills they have that prepared them well for it. By skipping the step of taking the time to personalize your application materials, and to evaluate if this is even an opportunity you are interested in anyways, you are ending up in a quantity over quality situation. It might initially feel productive to apply to that many positions, but the return on investment isn’t high in this scenario. Instead, developing a target list of employers and job searching strategically will be a better use of your time, and will likely result in a much better job fit.

2). Keywords: Although there is no way for you as the job seeker to know exactly what each keyword an ATS uses, one can still pay attention to clues. Do you see a certain skill mentioned a few times in the position? How about looking at the LinkedIn profile for someone who is currently in that role…what sorts of skills and experiences do they have? Are the skills and experiences you see through doing that research as well as on the posting mentioned in your resume? Taking the time to customize your resume for emphasizing certain skills and experiences you have as relevant to a certain position will definitely help you get past the initial ATS screen. One important word of caution: Make sure you are always authentic in your portrayal of skills. It won’t do you any good to include “Advanced skills in Excel” when you’ve never used a pivot table in your life. Instead, emphasize and showcase the skills you feel are strengths that are also relevant to the positon at hand. Make sure you are including examples of when you demonstrated skills, rather than only listing the skills without context. Additionally, if your resume uses abbreviations, it may be a good idea to also include what the abbreviation stands for incase the ATS uses abbreviations or full phrases.

3). Keep your formatting simple: While you may think fancy formatting and design will help your resume stand out, it will likely just trip up the ATS. Make sure to use standard fonts like Calibri, Arial, Times New Roman, etc. Additionally, using traditional black and white formatting, without symbols or pictures, will help ensure the ATS picks up on your great content. Formatting elements such as tables, and a two-column alignment can also sometimes cause an ATS difficulty.

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

Congratulations, Graduates!

Congratulations to our MBA and MS students who are graduating this Sunday! We are excited as you begin this new chapter in your lives. This great article from Forbes Magazine features advice for recent MBA graduates. Some of the more poignant statements are around the power of networking, taking risks, and leadership.

We wish you great success and hope you’ll be back at DePaul engaging as alumni as you pay it forward to the new cohort of students.


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