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IN THIS ISSUE Allen School All Star Program


All Star Program Feedback


Ask James and James


Part Time Job Efforts


Student Success Stories


Upcoming events


Job Search Quick Tip: Practice interviewing, get feedback, and then revise your Interviewing strategy. It even helps to practice in front of a mirror to watch your nonverbal cues.

The Allen School All-Star Program was introduced to students at both of the New York campuses, and the buzz was exciting! The All Star Program allows students the opportunity to gain practical experience utilizing their clinical skill sets while also engaging in the local community. Students have helped by doing over 150 blood pressure screenings with the American

Kidney Fund and at various other programs and providing first aid at a bike race with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. They have assisted the National Kidney Foundation with evaluating community members for early indicators of Kidney Disease and provided medical assistance working alongside doctors and pharmacists from Walgreens, at the Susan G. Komen race for the cure! More exciting events to come!

Congratulations to the following students for their involvement in the All Star Program!

Faith Simms Vierya Lima Jemima Toby Cinthia Torres Pedro Malu Ashley Parkinson

Shemica Lampkin Blanca Echevarria Karla Rodriguez Penelope Halley Aliecia Cargill Lucia Hipplyte

Melissa Eveillard Jhmellah Edwards Melissa Mahepath Alexandria Neve Aisha Aponte Alexis Cedeno

What are community members saying about Allen School All-Stars? “The students were punctual, pleasant, professional and knowledgeable. In addition to blood pressure screenings they helped us with other activities on site. It was a pleasure dealing with all of them and I am sure that our district would look forward to the opportunity to work with the Allen School in the future.”

“Your students were exceptional, enthusiastic, and ready to work. Thank you so much for your collaboration on this program. Once again, the students were wonderful and we hope to work with them again in the future “

“Thank you again for your assistance with securing 4 students to conduct blood pressure screenings for our Pair Up Launch in Times Square on September 22nd. Your students, with the assistance of 1 AKF staff member, was able to provide blood pressure screenings for 142 people in 2.5 hours, which was great! “

Question: James, are thank you letters necessary? Answer: Thank you letters are incredibly important in an effort to stand out as a possible candidate for employment. Interviewing is a like a competition, everyone needs to find a competitive edge to win. A thank you letter will help you stand out because the goal of the thank you letter is to reiterate the reasons as to why you are the best possible candidate for the position. Think about it, a hiring manager interviews 10 qualified candidates, he/she might need a reminder as to why you should be hired, what better way to remind them than a carefully constructed thank you letter! Here are a couple things to remember:  Make mental notes during the interview of the positional requirements so that you can reiterate why you’re the best candidate in the thank you letter.  Always get a business card at the end of the interview that includes an email address.  ALWAYS find out what the follow up process is. This will allow you to find out how much time you have to send the thank you letter!

James Cruz and James Delaney are both excited to answer your questions from the Brooklyn Office of Career Services. Do you have any questions about your job search for James and James? Send them to jena.bandini@

Question: James, sometimes I get nervous during the interview….any hints on how to calm down? Answer: Being nervous during an interview is perfectly normal and expected, but here are a few pointers on how to overcome the nerves during an interview:  Speak Slowly – slowing down your speech with let you set the pace of the interview, allowing you time to formulate your next thought. When people get excited they tend to speak fast which leads to mumbling, speaking slowly prevents that from happening.  Show up early – Show up 15-20 minutes early so that you can men tally prepare yourself for what’s to come.  BREATHE – If you’re nervous, your heart rate will increase, resulting in abnormal breathing. Pay attention to your breathing in an effort to calm yourself down. There is a saying that says "if you want to succeed, as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful". Before attending The Allen School I worked job after job, which is easy for an individual without a career goal, but when I was ready to really do something with my life, The Allen School greeted me with open arms. With obtaining the knowledge from the great instructors, constant hands on work, and the assistance of the Career Services Department, I believe that coming to The Allen School was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I can provide my daughter with the life that she respectfully deserves. Thank you Allen School!

Nikki Cole, Brooklyn Campus

September Student of the Month

Hi my name is Janet Stone I am currently on a Medical Assistant Internship. Without the push that I received from my enrollment advisor and the great support that I received from my family I would never have followed through on school. I made a promise to my dear sweet sister that I would someday go back to school and follow through on my dream of working in the medical field. I found that the instructors at Allen School in Arizona were a great help in preparing me for my future career. They went above and beyond, to give all of the students a lot of extra information. I really do not believe that I would be where I am without their great leadership. The ladies in Career services went above and beyond to help me find the perfect internship for me. I am only halfway through my internship and have already been offered a job with Concentra, When I walked in the door, for my internship, I thought there was no way would I ever get hired on with them. I am grateful for all that I learned through Allen School, it gave me the tools to succeed with confidence and perseverance . So from the bottom of my heart I just would like to say thank you to everyone that took the extra time and compassion to help me succeed.

Janet Stone, Phoenix Campus

Allen School Professional Dress Fashion Show October 13, 2011—Both NY campuses Join your instructors, fellow students and school staff in a fun Fashion Show to learn the Do’s and Don’ts of professional dress and how to be successful at a career fair. All students are encouraged to get involved and to learn as much as they can to ensure success in their job search and in upcoming career fairs, both on and off campus.

Advance Healthcare Job Fair October 25, 2011—Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Attend this FREE career fair to meet with prospective employers, practice your networking skill sets and gain some professional contacts to enhance your career search. The Allen School Career Services offices will also be attending to assist students with the event.

Allen School Resume Review Hours—Every Week! Walk-in Hours—NY Campuses Virtual Critique Hours—Phoenix Please stop by the Career Services Department for a one-on-one resume review with a career services advisor. Learn how to best market your skills and make your resume stand out!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm 11:30 am – 12:30 pm 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Debt Management Tips of the Month!

Part Time Job Assistance Program

Pay up small credit card purchases monthly. Sale items are no longer bargains when interest accrues to the sale price.

The Allen School will provide part time job assistance for active students seeking a part time job near the campus locations. We have sourced part time job opportunities including applications and contact information. Contact the Office of Career Services at your campus for more information on the current positions available!

Using a shopping list can eliminate return trips for forgotten items and also help you resist impulse buying. Crossing off items as you find them tells you when you are done.

Oct. 2011 - Career Connection Newsletter