Vol. 2, Issue 18: May 16, 2014
In this Issue: Create a Greeting Card Scholarship (page 1) Upcoming Career Services Events (page 2) Software Engineering Virtual Career Fair flier (page 3) EOP’s STEM Diversity Career Expo flier (page 4) WVSOM Summer Open House Flier (page 5) Office of Science and Technology Policy Internship Program (page 6) “Killer Cover Letter Tips for Your Job Search” Article (page 7) Internship Opportunities and Summer Camp Jobs (page 8) Job Opportunities (pages 9-10) Short-Term Housing in DC area This Summer (page 11) “Resume Font” comic (page 11) OCS Contact Information (page 11)
Eighth Annual Create a Greeting Card Scholarship! Follow this link for a great opportunity to design a greeting card and win a $10,000 Scholarship! CLICK HERE for details! Page 1
Software Engineering Virtual Career Fair May 20-22, 2014 See page 3 or visit www.careereco.com for more details!
EOP’s STEM Diversity Career Expo May 30, 10am – 3pm Ronald Reagan Building, Atrium Hall 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. See page 4 or visit www.eop.com/stemexpo for more details!
National Cybersecurity Career Fair presented by Cyber Aces June 18-19, 2014 Cyber Aces is excited to invite students and jobseekers to the inaugural National Cybersecurity Career Fair (NCCF), a virtual event for individuals with aptitude and all levels of experience looking to work in the cybersecurity industry. Scheduled for June 18-19, NCCF is the next step to connect those looking to enter the cybersecurity field with employers. Register NOW at www.nationalcybersecuritycareerfair.com
ChattyJob FREE Virtual Career Fair June 26, 1-4pm Join us on June 26 for an outstanding recruiting event. Meet live with recruiters from dozens of industry leading employers, and from the comfort and convenience of home. Chat with recruiters, view/apply for jobs, network with other job seekers, and be entered to win an iPad. Space is limited, and demand is high so be sure to register today to reserve your space. Register at www.chatty.jobs
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Summer Open House June 20, 8:30am – 1:30pm See page 5 or visit www.wvsom.edu for details! The full calendar of events is available at: http://www.bridgewater.edu/student-life/services/careerservices/events
SOFTWARE ENGINEERING VIRTUAL CAREER FAIR - May 20-22, 2014 REGISTER NOW * LEARN MORE Exclusive Event for Class of 2015 Grads
Friday, May 30th, 10am-3pm EOP's STEM Diversity Career Expo for members of minority groups, women and people with disabilities (including wounded warriors)in the SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, and MATHEMATICS (STEM) career disciplines.
Ronald Reagan Building, Atrium Hall 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.
FREE ADMISSION You must be dressed in business attire Bring numerous resumes to give potential employers Must be at least 18 years of age
Meet Face-to-Face With Employers Register now at www.eop.com/stemexpo For Further info, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Killer Cover Letter Tips for Your Job Search April 29, 2014 By Rachel Kaufman at Brazen Careerist Writing a cover letter for your dream job, but don’t know where to start? It’s a common problem. Your cover letter has to be excellent to make a good impression. If you include these five elements in your letter, you’re almost guaranteed job-hunting success. You need… 1. A compelling first line. Too many cover letters start with “I am pleased to submit my application for the marketing assistant job posted on your website,” which is a snooze-fest. Even “I’m excited to apply for your marketing assistant position” is about eight hundred times better because you sound like a human being. If you want to go beyond “I’m excited to apply for…” you have a few options. Consider starting by dropping a name or with an anecdote (“If the Jell-O Wrestling Club’s latest match hadn’t ended with two injured contestants, it wouldn’t have been facing the biggest PR disaster of its short life. But now I had to fix it.”). 2. A list (but not actually) of all you bring to the company. The meat of your cover letter should talk about your skills and accomplishments, but not in the same way as your resume. Your resume is a bulleted list; your cover letter should be written in sentences. For example: “I thrive in fast-paced environments and love tight deadlines. At my previous position, I often filed reports finished long before they were due.” Or: “I’m a multitasker — I manage four social media accounts and have grown followers an average of 30 percent over each year I’ve had this job.” Or “My marketing strategy at XYZ company yielded purchase orders of over $2 million.” 3. A story: show it, don’t tell it. Ever since the first cavemen huddled around a fire and tried to explain the stars, human beings have been storytelling creatures. You can use your cover letter to tell the story of why you want to work at company X, how you became interested in field Y or why there’s a big gap on your resume. Nobody wants to hear your whole life story from birth onward, but consider this: If it weren’t for my elementary school music teacher, I might never have become a writer who specializes in advocating for the arts. The only time my parents took me to Baltimore’s symphony hall, it was because they accidentally bought tickets for the opera Amahl and the Night Visitors, thinking it was some sort of holiday variety show. But Mrs. Lindquist? She made sure I made it to the Meyerhoff three times each school year. I was fortunate to attend school in a well-funded district that valued music education, even if it wasn’t a high priority in my family. Not all kids are so lucky. This is how a writer opened her cover letter to a nonprofit that brings music education to schools that don’t have it. It’s six brief sentences, but tells a full story. It’s also funny and insidery, with the references to a fairly obscure opera (for those not versed in the musical world) and the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. This letter got the writer an interview. Think how different it would have been if she had instead said, “I am applying for your open position because I am passionate about music education and want to help children experience it for themselves.” Kinda blah, right? Think about how your experiences make a story and include details. 4. Some humility. “I know I am the perfect candidate for your job.” No, you don’t. “You owe it to yourself to invite me in for an interview.” Yikes. Don’t put yourself down, but keep in mind that you’re one candidate out of many, and you definitely don’t know that you’re the best (even if you feel that way and your mom agrees). Besides, your cover letter is an opportunity to line up your skills with the company’s needs— not to talk about how great the job would be for you. 5. A great closing line. Here’s what is not a great closing line: “I’ll call you next week to set up an interview.” Maybe that worked in your parents’ generation, but these days, that’s far too pushy. Instead, try: “I’m excited to speak with you about the opportunity to join the team!” Or “I’m eager to help ABC Co. continue to set itself apart from the competition.” Or even just “My resume is attached, as requested, and I look forward to speaking with you further about this job.” Ideally, you want to straddle the line between excited (good) and Overly Attached Girlfriend (bad). Then just add a “Sincerely, your name” and you’re done. Seriously, that’s it. Now, that wasn’t so hard, was it?
Internship Opportunities Marketing and Events Intern: Christopher William Jewelers, Harrisonburg. Summer/fall. Assist in creation of billboards, website graphics, social media, blogging, email marketing, advertising, along with planning and execution of events. Marketing experience preferred. Email resume, cover letter to email@example.com. Summer Economic Development Intern: City of Staunton. Gain experience in marketing and local government operations. Data collection/analysis, database creation/maintenance, marketing, social media, grant research and th writing. June to August, up to 20 hours/week. $10/hour. Apply at www.staunton.va.us by May 25 . Community Development Intern: Rockingham County. Several internships through offices of Planning, Zoning, and GIS. Detail-oriented self-starter with strong investigative/research skills. Data collection, document analysis; organization and preservation of historic resources; spatial analysis and data manipulation. Ideal candidate will have some experience with GIS. Cover letter & resume to James May: firstname.lastname@example.org. William Charleton ’15 Internship Program: Augusta Military Academy (AMA) Alumni House and Museum. Assist in attaining accreditation from American Alliance of Museums. 2 positions available, $10/hour. Summer: June through mid-August, Tues-Fri 10am-4pm and one weekend per month. Contact OCS for details. Summer Marketing Intern: Drake Company, Waynesboro. Interest in marketing/global business. Work directly with the marketing coordinator to execute a marketing campaign for new equipment introduction. Analyze global market research data & disburse information to field sales reps. Send resume to email@example.com.
Summer Camp Jobs! Arts & Crafts Activity Head: Camp Wicosuta, New Hampshire. 4-week sleep away camp for girls to provide Confidence, Competence & Community. Help teach ceramics, painting, drawing, sewing, beading, photography. Housing provided. Visit www.campwicosuta.com.
INTERNSHIPS IN PARADISE Internship opportunities do not get any better than this. We need bright idealistic students to make a commitment to their country while having the experience of a lifetime. Internships available in Information Technology, Political Research, Development, Media Relations, Maintenance. Working at an extraordinary place with extraordinary people, interns make friends that will last a life time. All living expenses funded through one of Vote Smart’s scholarships: Barry Goldwater Scholarship, William Proxmire Scholarship, William Clements Scholarship, Hearst Scholarships. Vote Smart’s research retreat located at its exclusive Great Divide Ranch locate high in the Montana Rockies with extraordinary recreational opportunities on pristine lakes, streams and mountains or on our tennis/basketball/ volleyball courts and boat ramps right outside our door. For more information about internships or how to apply: VOTE SMART.ORG click on Three Ways to Help
Equestrian Program Staff: O.A.T.S. – Overcoming Adversity Through Silence. Looking for summer staff to work June 15 – August 9, 2014 for $300/week. Program includes trail riding, horsemanship training, instruction in horsemanship for Boy Scout merit badge. Visit www.oatsinva.com for more info or contact OCS. Summer Camp Counselors: Shepherd’s Spring Outdoor Ministry Center, near Antietem Historical Battlefield. Focused on Christian values, campers stay overnight for 5-6 days. Programs mid-June to early August; counselors live in a Staff Cabin for the summer. Email Mark Cubbage for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on any of the opportunities listed in this newsletter, please contact the Office of Career Services at email@example.com!
Job Opportunities! VA Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired: Current openings: Orientation and Mobility Specialist-Henrico (LINK), Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor-Norfolk (LINK). Visit www.vdbvi.org for more information. VA Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS): Current openings: VR Counselor-Fishersville (LINK); Unit Supervisor-Culpeper (LINK) by 5/19; VR Counselor, Substance Abuse-Portsmouth (LINK) by 5/19, Disability Determination Analyst Trainee-Fairfax (LINK). Visit www.vadsa.org/jobs for more information. Nutrition Outreach Instructor: Community-led and Faith-based Volunteer Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education Initiative (SNAP-Ed), Harrisonburg. Instructor will provide overall coordination in planning, developing and implementing the volunteer program within the assigned district. View description HERE. Invasive Plant Control Team Leader: Nashville, TN. Work in natural areas throughout the eastern US; conduct habitat rehabilitation of many different native plant communities; utilize a variety of techniques including chemical and mechanical methods to control invasive exotic plants. Lodging/transportation provided. Cover letter and resume to Lee Patrick: firstname.lastname@example.org. Brought to you by ecojobs.com.
Sherwin-Williams Management/Sales Training Program (Entry Level) in Harrisonburg, VA Learn all the skills necessary for a successful career in management or outside professional sales. Program includes self-study modules, on-the-job training, classroom instruction, etc.
New Product Innovation Technology Manager: INVISTA, Waynesboro. Lead a team of 10-15 professionals (engineers, chemists, polymer scientists) in new product innovation, research, and development of CLICK HERE for the application! polymers, materials, fibers, and advanced textiles for INVISTA’s Apparel Business. Lead projects with the team, key internal partners, and business stakeholders. Apply HERE.
Mechanical Engineer – Research & Development: INVISTA, Waynesboro. Strong background in machine design and development. Responsible for identification, development and commercialization of innovative machine, process and product technologies that meet important market and business needs. Apply HERE. Food Ministries Coordinator: Washington City Church of the Brethren, Washington DC. Direct overall operations of the Brethren Nutrition Program, a lunch program for people who are homeless and in need in Capitol Hill. Position begins July 1 and is a full time 40 hour stipend position with benefits including housing at Brethren House. View the position description HERE and send your cover letter and resume to email@example.com. Adventure Program Summer Staff: Summit Bechtel Reserve, West Virginia. Positions include canopy tour guides, high ropes facilitators, zipline operators, rifle, shotgun and pistol instructors, BMX instructors, lifeguards and mountain bike guides. Visit Summithighadventure.org and contact Troy Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org. System Operations Coordinator: Dynamic Aviation, Bridgewater. Provide operational/administrative support to all Flight Operations business segments. Assist with special projects. Apply HERE. Operations Center Manager: Aircraft Service International, Inc. Manage and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the Operations Center through improvements to each function as well as coordination and communication between support and business functions. Apply HERE. Operations Planning Manager: Aircraft Service International, Inc. Manage RFP proposal process; Manage operations analysis, data analysis; Budget and forecast Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) projects. Apply HERE. Supervisor – E&I: Invista, Wanesboro VA. Responsible for managing hourly work force of 25 skilled craft employees. Strong engineering aptitude, organization and planning skills required. Apply HERE.
More Job Opportunities! Pharmaceutical Laboratory Technician: Afton Scientific. Entry-level technician to manage daily laboratory operations. Includes sampling, testing, data gathering, interpreting and report writing. Technical guidance will be provided. Send resume and cover letter to Carrie Chiarella at email@example.com. Programmer Analyst: BEAM BROS. Trucking Inc. seeking an experienced analyst to design, develop, and evaluate programs for internal functional areas at the headquarters in Mt. Crawford, VA. Complete a Non-Driver Application and attach a resume with salary requirements. Go to www.beambros.com for application and details.
Teachers wanted: Math, Spanish, and English at Fishburne Military Academy Fishburne Academics - Success through Structure: Fishburne Military School has a strong emphasis on academics. Our cadets thrive in the classroom with a small student-teacher ratio of 12:1. This personalized attention gives professors the opportunity to make sure that students grasp every concept. It also allows for in-depth lively discussions and advanced learning opportunities. Military Boarding School: As a military boarding school for boys, the atmosphere at Fishburne allows students to focus on their studies without the distractions found in co-ed and public schools. Contact: Please send a completed Employment Application, resume, cover letter to Headmaster MAJ Dan Baranik, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marketing Specialist: JMU College of Business, Institute of Certified Professional Managers. Establish and implement marketing campaigns for promotion of the Instituteâ€™s management development programs worldwide. Highly creative, experienced in managing social media sites and administering online advertising with Google AdWords. View the posting HERE or by visiting https://joblink.jmu.edu position #0405927. Pump It Up Supervisor: PC literate, available to work weekends during the school year. Shifts range 2-6 hours. Must enjoy being around children and parents. Stop by at 255 Cecil Wampler Road or call 434-7867. Operations Assistant: XTRA Lease, a Berkshire Hathaway company, the nationâ€™s largest semi-trailer leasing company based in Richmond. Entry-level position with a full description located HERE.
Television Station Job Opportunities! WHSV TV Harrisonburg: Openings: News Producer (dominate breaking news/severe weather coverage), Technical Media Producer (TMP) (direct live or pre-recorded productions, monitor on-air signals), Assignment Editor (Manage assignment desk; excellent story development, news logistics). Resume&reel to email@example.com or call for details: 540-433-9191, ext. 156. WSLS-10 Roanoke: Openings: Producer (News) (gather information, write scripts for news stories, direct newscasts), Executive Producer (direct supervision of newscast producers and mid-level management), Digital Content Manager (run the website and social media platforms, manage and train newsroom staff), V.P./General Manager (Oversee News, Sales, Marketing, Engineering, IT, Programming, Production, Community Affairs and Administration; create strategic plan for growing ratings, revenue and profits; 10yrs experience). Visit www.mediageneral.com/careers for details on any of these positions! For more information on any of the opportunities listed in this newsletter, please contact the Office of Career Services at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Looking for short-term housing in the DC area this summer? Morning Gate house, in Hyattsville, MD (just outside the District, accessible to the PG Plaza stop on Metro's green line) has several rooms available for volunteers, interns, or students. Cost is between $350 and $450/ month, including utilities. Residents share in household responsibilities and also agree to give 3-4 hours/month of volunteer labor to the congregation supporting the house. Contact email@example.com if you're interested (or call 301-864-4328)
Questions? Comments? We can help! Bridgewater College Office of Career Services Flory Hall Room 10/11 (Lower Level) Call 540-828-5357 to set up an appointment.
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