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ACTIVATE ACCOUNT NOW! Racer Tracks is available to every Murray State student, alumni and faculty or staff member with an M#! Students/Alumni with M#: Login to MyGate. Select Academics tab and then click on the Racer Tracks Icon. Create your profile and upload a resume to begin applying for employment opportunities and internships

Faculty/Staff with M#: Login to MyGate. Select Employee tab and then click on the Racer Tracks Icon. Create your profile. Optional: upload a resume to begin familiarizing yourself with the system to promote to your respective students.

Activate your account as soon as possible to prevent missed opportunities! Note: Accessing Racer Tracks through Career Services will be deactivated soon.


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Important Info: COVERLETTER Cover letters are important documents of introduction, relaying who you are and what you offer to a potential employer. They are written in a business-letter format. You should use simple and straightforward sentence structure, but avoid starting every sentence with “I” or “my.” The reader should reach the end of your letter thinking, “This person fits the job!” because you used the language from the job description and confidently and succinctly told them that you are the match. Dos • Collect the correct company information including contacts, job description and mailing information • Tailor the letter to a specific position and company • Address the letter to a specific person • Elaborate on skills and qualifications not listed on your resume • Use same color and quality paper and envelope • Type address on envelope • Keep letter to one page in length • Obtain input from others for opinions on content • Proof and reproof • Ask for an interview and provide dates and times of availability

Don’ts • Address letter to “Gentlemen” or “To Whom It May Concern” • Make each paragraph too lengthy, limit each to 4-5 sentences • Exaggerate or claims skills that are untrue • Make the letter so general that it could go to any company • Handwrite your application materials, except your signature • Forget to say what position for which you are applying • Begin any paragraph with “I” or “My” • Fold your letter or resume


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SAMPLERESUME Is yours ready? Resume Tips: – Avoid templates! – Proof over and over and have someone in the Career Services review it. – Vary your resume for different jobs, changing objective or summary and content every time. Consider changing format and content for others. – Keep resume to one page if have less than 10 years of experience. – Omit high school information by mid sophomore year. – Use bullets, not blocks of text to encourage readability. – Tell the truth 100% of the time. Optional Headings include but not limited to: – Affiliations – Memberships – Organizations – Professional Development – Training – Experience – Volunteer – Special Class Projects – Special Training – Certifications For additional assistance or for resume critiquing contact Career Services at 809-3735 or by e-mail at msu.careerservices@ murraystate.edu or by appointment at 100 Oakley Applied Science Building.

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A resume is a targeted personal marketing piece that summarizes your education and experiences to highlight your qualifications as they relate to the job you are seeking.


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Spring 2013 Recruiters The Spring Career Fair has attracted recruiters with nationwide employment opportunities. Don’t miss what may be your only opportunity to network with individuals from your field of study or interest. Fairs like this one sway companies large and small – even some Fortune 100 and 500 companies! Come prepared with resumes and professional or business-casual dress. REMEMBER: Don’t forget to dress appropriately for the Career Fair – professional dress required! Accident Fund Holdings Industry: Insurance Jobs Being Recruited: Loss control intern; Loss control consultants Majors Being Recruited: Occupational Safety & Health Aerotek Industry: Other Jobs Being Recruited: Recruiter/Sales Majors Being Recruited: Business Administration; Management; Marketing; Mass Communications AFLAC Industry: Insurance Jobs Being Recruited: Account Representative Ag Connections, Inc. Industry: Agriculture/Farming/Agribusiness; Technology - Other Majors Being Recruited: Computer Information Systems; Computer Science; Telecommunications Systems Management; Agribusiness; Agricultural Science and Technology; Agriculture Mechanization; Agronomy Americorp Industry: Education/Academia - PostSecondary/Higher Ed; Government - Other; Academic Archer Western / The Walsh Group Industry: Construction Jobs Being Recruited: Safety Engineers; Safety Coops; Safety Internships Majors Being Recruited: Occupational Safety & Health Balfour Beatty Construction ndustry: Construction Jobs Being Recruited: 2013 Summer Intern Majors Being Recruited: Civil Engineering Tech (Architect & Constr); Construction Engineering Tech Bellarmine University Industry: Academic Majors Being Recruited: All Majors Briggs & Stratton Industry: Manufacturing Bristol Broadcasting (WKYQ , Double Q, Electric 96.9, WLLE) Industry: Communications/Media - Other

Campus Evolution Villages Industry: Real Estate Jobs Being Recruited: Internship-Community Ambassador Carey Counseling Center Industry: Social/Human Services - Other; Nonprofit Organization; Healthcare - Psychology Jobs Being Recruited: Case Manager; Master Level Therapist; Marketing Assistant Majors Being Recruited: Marketing; Criminal Justice; Social Work; Psychology/Clinical Mental Health; Sociology; Family & Consumer Studies; Counseling; Clinical Psychology; General Psychology Carpenter Company Industry: Manufacturing Jobs Being Recruited: Account Mgr-outside sales; Production Manager Trainee Majors Being Recruited: Industrial & Engineering Tech, Mfg Tech, G&D; Manufacturing Technology Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation Industry: Finance/Banking - Other Jobs Being Recruited: Information Services Analyst - 2013 Summer Internship Majors Being Recruited: Computer Information Systems; Computer Science Chase at Murray Industry: Real Estate Jobs Being Recruited: Keystone Majors Being Recruited: Business Administration; Marketing Christian County Chamber of Commerce Industry: Nonprofit Organization City of Murray, Kentucky Industry: Government - Other Comfort Group Industry: Engineering - Other Majors Being Recruited: Architectural Engineering Tech; Construction Engineering Tech; Engineering Graphics & Design; Mechanical Engineering Tech; Drafting & Design Tech; Applied Engineering & Tech Mgt Consolidated Electrical Distributors - CED Industry: Other Jobs Being Recruited: Management; Sales; Accounting; Technical Sales

Majors Being Recruited: Accounting; Business Administration; Management; Marketing Crop IMS Industry: Agriculture/Farming/Agribusiness Jobs Being Recruited: Crop Consultant; Technology Specialist Majors Being Recruited: Agribusiness; Agricultural Science and Technology; Agriculture Mechanization; Agronomy Emerson Climate Technologies Industry: Manufacturing Jobs Being Recruited: Safety Co-op Majors Being Recruited: Occupational Safety & Health Enterprise Rent-A-Car Industry: Automotive Jobs Being Recruited: Mgmt Trainee; Mgmt Trainee Intern FiveStar FoodMart Industry: Food and Beverage; Retail/Merchandising Jobs Being Recruited: Associate Manager; Shift Supervisor; Customer Service Representative Four Rivers Behavioral Health Industry: Healthcare - Psychology Jobs Being Recruited: Clinical Practitioners; Case Managers; Assessment Specialist; Comptroller; Clinical Associates Majors Being Recruited: Accounting; Social Work; Psychology/Clinical Mental Health; Sociology Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company Industry: Automotive; Manufacturing Majors Being Recruited: Business Administration; Computer Information Systems; Electromechanical Engineering Techology; Engineering Science Graceland Management Services Industry: Finance/Banking - Other; Manufacturing Jobs Being Recruited: Staff Accountants; Sales Management Majors Being Recruited: Accounting; Business Administration; Marketing Gray Construction Industry: Construction Jobs Being Recruited: Project Engineer; Site Safety Technician Majors Being Recruited: Occupational Safety & Health; Civil Engineering Tech (Architect & Constr); Construction Engineering Tech;


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Recruiters (continued) Electromechanical Engineering Techology; Engineering Science; Elec Engineer Tech; Electrical & Telecomm Engr Health Business Navigators Industry: Healthcare - Other Jobs Being Recruited: Credentialing Navigation Specialist; Payer ContractsNavigation Specialist Helena Industries Industry: Agriculture/Farming/Agribusiness; Manufacturing Jobs Being Recruited: Occupational Safety & Health Internship Majors Being Recruited: Occupational Safety & Health Heritage Bank Industry: Finance/Banking - Other Jobs Being Recruited: teller; customer service rep Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas Industry: Automotive Jobs Being Recruited: Mechanical Engineer; Electrical Engineer; Industrial Engineer; Industrial Maintenance Tech Majors Being Recruited: Electromechanical Engineering Techology; Industrial & Engineering Tech, Mfg Tech, G&D; Mechanical Engineering Tech; Applied Engineering & Tech Mgt; Elec Engineer Tech

Computer Information Systems; Management; Organizational Communication; Occupational Safety & Health; Environmental Engineering Tech; Environmental Regulartory Affairs; Industrial & Engineering Tech, Mfg Tech, G&D; Applied Engineering & Tech Mgt Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training Industry: Government - Other Majors Being Recruited: All Majors Kentucky Division for Air Quality Industry: Environment - Other Jobs Being Recruited: Environmental Technologist; Environmental Engineer; Environmental Inspector; Environmental Scientist Majors Being Recruited: Environmental Engineering Tech Liaison Technologies Industry: Technology - Other Jobs Being Recruited: Mapping Analyst; Support Analyst; Project Manager Majors Being Recruited: Business Administration; Computer Science Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law Industry: Academic Jobs Being Recruited: Students

Home City Ice Industry: Automotive; Consumer Products; Food and Beverage; Manufacturing; Transportation Jobs Being Recruited: Route Delivery Salesman; Production Employee; Truck Loader Majors Being Recruited: All Majors

Logan Aluminum Industry: Manufacturing Jobs Being Recruited: Internship - CIS/Computer Science Majors Being Recruited: Computer Information Systems; Computer Science

Hopkinsville Police Department Industry: Government - Other Jobs Being Recruited: Patrol Officer

Lourdes Hospital Industry: Healthcare - Other Jobs Being Recruited: RN; LPN; PCA; Nurse Practitioner Majors Being Recruited: Nursing

Hutson Industry: Agriculture/Farming/Agribusiness Majors Being Recruited: Accounting; Agribusiness; Agricultural Science and Technology; Agriculture Mechanization; Agronomy Ingersoll Rand/Trane Industry: Manufacturing Jobs Being Recruited: Design Technician Intern; Quality Intern Majors Being Recruited: Engineering Graphics & Design; Industrial & Engineering Tech, Mfg Tech, G&D; Mechanical Engineering Tech Kalleo Technologies Industry: Technology - Other Jobs Being Recruited: IT Specialist Majors Being Recruited: Computer Information Systems; Computer Science; Management of Technology Kenlake Foods Industry: Manufacturing Majors Being Recruited: Business Administration;

Marathon Petroleum Company Industry: Energy/Utilities Jobs Being Recruited: Health, Environmental, Safety & Security (HES&S) Intern/Co-op Majors Being Recruited: Occupational Safety & Health; Industrial & Engineering Tech, Mfg Tech, G&D McCarthy Building Companies Industry: Safety/Emergency Jobs Being Recruited: Safety Coordinator Majors Being Recruited: Occupational Safety & Health Mediacom Industry: Telecommunications Jobs Being Recruited: Direct Sales Reps; Commercial Sales Reps Methodist Theological School in Ohio Industry: Education/Academia - Other Majors Being Recruited: All Majors

Metropolitan Nashville Police Department Industry: Law - Other Jobs Being Recruited: Police Officer Trainee Majors Being Recruited: All Majors Middle Tennessee State University Industry: Education/Academia - Other Jobs Being Recruited: Graduate Teaching Assistantships Majors Being Recruited: All Majors Missouri State Highway Patrol Industry: Government - Other Jobs Being Recruited: Probationary Trooper Recruit; Civillian Support Personnel Modern Woodmen of America Industry: Finance/Banking - Other Jobs Being Recruited: Financial Representative; Pathway to Leadership Murray Calloway County Hospital Industry: Healthcare - Other Jobs Being Recruited: Registered Nurse Murray State University Army ROTC Industry: Education/Academia - Other Jobs Being Recruited: 2LT U. S. Army Majors Being Recruited: All Majors Murray State University Graduate Studies Industry: Education/Academia - PostSecondary/Higher Ed Majors Being Recruited: All Majors Murray State University WKMS-FM Industry: Arts & Entertainment - Other; Non-Profit - Other Majors Being Recruited: All Majors Northwestern Mutual Industry: Finance/Banking - Other Jobs Being Recruited: College Financial Rep. - Top 10 Internship; Financial Representative; Financial Advisor; Wealth Management Advisor; Sales & Marketing Majors Being Recruited: Advertising; Business Administration; Finance; Management; Marketing; Public Relations; Mass Communications; General Studies; Undeclared; Home Economics Nucor Steel Arkansas Industry: Manufacturing Majors Being Recruited: Accounting; Computer Science; Telecommunications Systems Management; Occupational Safety & Health; Electromechanical Engineering Techology; Engineering Physics; Engineering Science; Mechanical Engineering Tech; Mathematics; Elec Engineer Tech; Electrical & Telecomm Engr Paducah and Louisville Railway Industry: Transportation Paducah Parks Service Industry: Government - Other; Recreation/Parks/Sports


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Recruiters (continued) Jobs Being Recruited: Camp Coordinator; Camp Coordinator - Special Needs; Recreation Leader; Lifeguards/Attendents; Pool Manager Majors Being Recruited: Recreation Theraputic; Social Work; Exercise Science; Recreation Outdoor; Education-Art Education; Psychology/Clinical Mental Health; Child Development; EducationEarly Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Athletic Training; Health & Physical Education; Youth & Nonprofit Leadership; Special Education; Recreation & Leisure Services; Physical Education Paschall Truck Lines Industry: Transportation Majors Being Recruited: Accounting; Business Administration; Computer Information Systems; Computer Science; Finance; Management; Marketing; Public Relations; Counseling PCL Construction Industry: Construction Majors Being Recruited: Occupational Safety & Health Peel & Holland Industry: Insurance Pella Corporation Industry: Manufacturing Jobs Being Recruited: TBD Majors Being Recruited: Business Administration; Management; Manufacturing Technology Rehrig Pacific Company Industry: Engineering - Other; Manufacturing Jobs Being Recruited: Safety Manager; Plant Engineer Majors Being Recruited: Engineering Physics; Mechanical Engineering Tech; Applied Engineering & Tech Mgt Rosendin Electric Industry: Construction Jobs Being Recruited: EH&S Manager; Electrical Construction Safety Manager Majors Being Recruited: Occupational Safety & Health SAIC Industry: Technology - Other Majors Being Recruited: Computer Science; Telecommunications Systems Management; Applied Engineering & Tech Mgt Sherwin Williams Industry: Retail/Merchandising Jobs Being Recruited: Management Trainee; Summer Intern Majors Being Recruited: Accounting; Business Administration; Economics; Management; Marketing Southern Illinois University School of Law Industry: Law - Other Majors Being Recruited: All Majors Sportable Scoreboards

Industry: Manufacturing Jobs Being Recruited: Sales representative; Engineering tech Majors Being Recruited: Public Relations TapLogic / FarmLogic Industry: Agriculture/Farming/Agribusiness Jobs Being Recruited: Marketing Intern; Software Developer; Web Designer; Software Tester; Customer Service TempsPlus, Inc. - Employment Services Industry: Human Resources Tennessee Department of Audit Industry: Government - Other Jobs Being Recruited: Legislative Auditor 1; Publications Editor; Legislative Performance Auditor 1 Majors Being Recruited: Accounting; Business Administration; Mass Communications; Technical Writing The Campus Special Industry: Communications/Media - Other; Other Jobs Being Recruited: Account Executive- Sales & Marketing Internship Majors Being Recruited: All Majors The H Group of Kentucky Industry: Social/Human Services - Other Jobs Being Recruited: Case managers; Therapists Majors Being Recruited: Social Work; Psychology/Clinical Mental Health; Learning & Behavior Disorders ; Social Science; Counseling; Clinical Psychology Total Quality Logistics Industry: Transportation Jobs Being Recruited: National Logistics Account Executive

Firearms and Explosives Industry: Government - Other Jobs Being Recruited: Special Agent; Industry Operations Investigator Majors Being Recruited: All Majors United States Marine Corps Industry: Accounting; Automotive; Aviation/Aerospace; Communications/Media Other; Construction; Defense; Engineering - Other; Finance/Banking - Other; Food and Beverage; Government - Other; Law - Other; Technology Other; Telecommunications; Transportation; Other; Non-Profit - Other; Public Affairs; International/NGO; Intergovernmental; Legal Services; Nonprofit Organization; Private Public Interest Firm; Prosecutor’s Office; Public Defender; Courts; Private Firm; Safety/Emergency Jobs Being Recruited: 2nd Lt of Marines; Staff Jusge Advocate; Pilot; Naval Flight Officer; Ground Officer Majors Being Recruited: All Majors United Systems & Software Industry: Technology - Other Jobs Being Recruited: Sales/Marketing Intern; Web Development Intern; Network Administration Intern; Documentation Intern; Ad/Content Develpment Intern Majors Being Recruited: Computer Information Systems; Computer Science; Marketing; Telecommunications Systems Management; Creative & Technical Writing; Technical Writing; Graphic Communications Management; Graphic Communications Tech United Theological Seminary Industry: Religion

Transamerica Agency Net work Industry: Insurance Jobs Being Recruited: Career Agent; Producer Agent; Sales Manager

Vectren Corporation Industry: Energy/Utilities Majors Being Recruited: Accounting; Computer Information Systems; Computer Science; Civil Engineering Tech (Architect & Constr); Engineering Science; Mechanical Engineering Tech; Applied Engineering & Tech Mgt; Elec Engineer Tech

Traylor Bros. Industry: Construction Majors Being Recruited: Occupational Safety & Health

Wal-Mart Industry: Retail/Merchandising Jobs Being Recruited: Management Internship Majors Being Recruited: All Majors

Tyson Foods Industry: Agriculture/Farming/Agribusiness Jobs Being Recruited: Processing Supervisors; Operations Associates

Webstaurant Store Industry: Other Jobs Being Recruited: Customer Solutions Specialist; Operations Manager Trainee

Ulrich Medical Concepts Industry: Healthcare - Other; Technology - Other Jobs Being Recruited: Software Application Developer Majors Being Recruited: Computer Information Systems; Computer Science; Medical Technology

Wirtz Beverage Group Industry: Wholesale Jobs Being Recruited: Sales Consutlant; Sales Associate; Merchandiser Majors Being Recruited: Business Administration; Management; General Studies

United States Army Recruiting Industry: Government - Other United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,

Woodmen of the World Industry: Insurance Jobs Being Recruited: Sales Representative


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& tricks

Tips

Career fairs provide job seekers a way to explore opportunities from many companies in one location. It’s a great way to learn about job openings, research companies and practice your iterviewing and networking skills. To get maximum results, prepare ahead of time so that your efforts are effective, impressive and beneficial to your job search. Network!

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Update your resume. Though you won’t target every resume you distribute at Career Fair as you would for an application, it should be as up-to-date with your relevant experience and goals as possible.

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Research participating companies & positions. Find a list of participating employers on Career Services’ website.

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Dress professionally. Wear a suit with dress shoes. Your hair should be well groomed and in general, you should look like you are interviewing for a job, not going out.

4. Prepare your elevator speech. In less than 60 seconds, introduce yourself; tell what type of employment you seek; summarize your relevant education, experience and skills; reiterate interest and ask a meaningful question. Thank the recruiter, ask for a business card and move on.

5. Bring copies of your resume. Print your resume on resume quality paper and bring enough copies to distribute to companies with whom you want to speak and a few extras.

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Bring a folder or portfolio. This will hold your resumes, a pen and paper for making notes about specific job opportunities and the business cards you will receive from recruiters.

7. Come early. Some recruiters leave early so come early if you don’t want to miss anyone.

8. Don’t chat with friends...this isn’t a social outing! You want to stand apart from your peers so don’t join groups chatting about tomorrow night’s party. Tell your friends you will talk to them later.

9. Ask questions. Prepare questions for various recruiters to show sincere interest and knowledge of their company/organization.

Junior guard Dexter Fields of the Racer men’s basketball team prepares to set a screen at a home game earlier this season. The team looks to claim another OVC Championship title later this month. File photos

10. Follow-up with recruiters. Send an email that night thanking recruiters for their time during Career Fair and forwarding your most updated resume. Write (if you have legible hand writing) a thank you note as well, and mail it the next day.


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What Employers Want: The Perfect Candidate Every student at every university wants to know what employers looking for in their future employees. At Career Services our goal is to inform you of the skills you are really going to need to succeed following graduation. The job description will provide you with a list of required qualifications – a particular major or group of majors, a specific skill set, a minimum GPA and so forth – but employers have a substantial list of abilities, qualities, attributes and “soft” skills that they also seek in their new hires.

Employers are searching for several different abilities, qualities, attributes and “soft” skills in their new hires.

Angel’s Attic Thrift Shop of Murray donated professional attire to Career Services for Career Fair examples. || Austin Ramsey/The News

• Leadership skills • Strategic planning skills • Creativity skills • Technical skills • Computer skills • Organizational ability skills • Friendly/outgoing personality • Entrepreneurial/risk taker • Tactfulness • Communication skills

(written and verbal) • A strong work ethic • Teamwork/interpersonal skills • Analytical problem-solving skills • Initiative • Relevant work experience (through an internship or co-op assignment) • Flexibility and adaptability Detail-oriented

Source: Job Outlook 2011, National Association of Colleges and Employers; stock photos

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Using social media responsibly Sam Crume Freeman+Leonard Imagine if someone could read minds. Think about the consequences of your peers hearing your inner monologue. What if our deepest thoughts were public information? Maybe you’re someone who has to bite your tongue every time you see a particular co-worker or your boss. Maybe you are a college student looking for a job and a certain professor makes you squirm. Maybe you had a rough night that you don’t want anyone to know about. Do you really want this information getting back to people you know? We live in a world of instant access to an infinite amount of information; however, your personal information doesn’t have to be among the masses of the internet. You don’t have to post inappropriate pictures or write offensive things, there is a choice to be responsible. It seems today that everyone is using social media. According to Tom Webster of Edison Research, “51% of adults in the United States, ages 12 and up are using Facebook,” and Twitter has between 36 and 56 million active users. That’s a lot of people. Consider this; about one out of every two people have access to whatever someone posts on Facebook and about one out of every seven people have access to whatever is tweeted. Future employers, grandparents, parents, friends, and co-workers have access to whatever you do and say. Think of social media as another way to build the brand that is you. What do you want a potential employer or recruiter to think you stand for? As a college student and intern, I know that every student is worried about finding a job after graduation. As a student, you want to have every edge you can possibly get. That being said, college is a time of change, uncertainty, independence, and yes, often stupidity. Just assume that everyone whom you know and will ever know will read what you post. Your future boss doesn’t want to find out that you made a racial slur over twitter, and Grandma doesn’t need to see the pictures of you and you’re buddies drunk at a party. You never want to forget that you added a colleague or superior and then made a rude remark about them. Think about the consequences of what information you are making public.

In regards to finding a job, think of social media as another way to build the brand that is you. What do you want a potential employer or recruiter to think you stand for? It is important to understand that you’re digital footprint can only grow. Once something is out there, it stays out there. Imagine whatever you do on the internet as a permanent tattoo. The tattoo might be under your shirt, but with a little effort, it can be seen. You may have posted something years ago, and that picture, tweet, or status update is somewhere out there. Whether you’re applying for an internship over the summer, or running for political office, your words literally will echo for eternity. Employers are now able to run background checks on individuals through social media sites. There is an entire industry arising to do background checks on social media sites. According to Jennifer Preston of the New York Times, “There is a year-old start-up, known as Social Intelligence, which scrapes the Internet for everything prospective employees may have said or done online in the past seven years.” According to Preston, Social Intelligence assembles a profile of everything you’ve done that meets the criteria of “racist remarks; references to drugs; sexually explicit photos, text messages or videos; flagrant displays of weapons or bombs and clearly identifiable violent activity.” You can’t clean it up. We must simply be responsible. Social media sites can be an extremely useful tool when it comes to job searching. Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn will get your name out there, and help build networks. Guidelines • Don’t post a picture or reference any illegal activity. • Don’t post offensive commentary regarding any racial, cultural, or religious community. • Don’t insult people in a position of authority. An insult to your boss over the internet is still an insult, and cause to be reprimanded or even fired. • Don’t share personal information that you don’t want everyone to know about. • Don’t write anything that you wouldn’t be willing to say to anyone. Imagine that your grandparents will read everything you ever post and see every picture.

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Playing Fair: Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Job Seeker

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HOTTEST CAREERS

by the National Association of Colleges and Employers Principles for Professional Practice Committee

Experts predict where jobs will be in 2018

What’s your part of the search?

Government economists estimate which occupations will have the most job openings between 2008 and 2018. Openings occur because new jobs are created and because workers retire or leave the field for other reasons.

What you can expect from employers: 1. Confidentiality Employers are expected to maintain the confidentiality of student information. Employers shouldn’s disclose information about you to another organization without prior written consent, unless necessitated by health or safety considerations. 2. Accurate information Employers are expected to provide accurate information about their organizations and employment opportunities. 3. Freedom from undue pressure Employers are expected to provide you with a reasonable amount of time to make a decision about accepting an employment offer. Employers are also expected to provide you with a reasonable process for making your decision, it is improper for employers to pressure you to revoke your acceptance of another job offer. 4. Timely communication Employers are expected to inform you of your status in the hiring process and communicate hiring decisions within the agreed upon time frame. 5. Fair treatment If an employer is required by changing conditions to revoke a job offer that you have accepted, your entitled to a fair and equitable course of action. That can include, but is not limited to, financial assistance and outplacement service.

1. Provide accurate information about your academic work and records, including courses taken, grades earned, positions held and duties performed You can, however, refuse to provide an employer specific information about any job offers you may have received from others. You can give broad responses to such questions, naming types of employers – “I’ve interviewed with employers in the retail industry” – and offering salary ranges rather than specific dollar amounts.

Bachelor Degrees Occupation

Total Job Openings 2008–2018

Elementary school teachers, except special education

597,000

Accountants and auditors

498,000

2. Be honest. Do NOT lie or stretch the truth on your resume or applications, or during any part of the interview process.

Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education

412,000

Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education

251,000

3. Interview genuinely. Interview only with employers you’re sincerely interested in working for and whose eligibility requirements you meet.

Computer systems analysts

223,000

Computer software engineers, applications

218,000

Network systems and data communications analysts

208,000

Computer software engineers, systems software

153,000

Construction managers

138,000

Market research analysts

137,000

4. Adhere to schedules. Appear for all interviews, on campus and elsewhere, unless unforeseeable events prevent you from doing so. And, if you can’t make the interview because of an unexpected event, notify the employer at the earliest possible moment. 5. Don’t keep employers hanging. Communicate you acceptance or refusal of a job offer to employers as promptly as possible so they can notify other candidates that the position is filled or that they are still being considered. 6. Accept a job offer in good faith. When you accept an offer, you should have every intention of honoring that commitment.

6. Testing information Employers should inform you in advance of any assessments, the purpose of the tests and their policies regarding disclosure of test results.

7. Withdraw from recruiting when your job search is complete. If you accept an offer or decide that full-time graduate or professional studies are for you, notify your career center and withdraw from the oncampus recruiting process immediately. And, inform employers that are actively considering you for a job that you are no longer seeking employment.

7. Nondiscrimination Employers are expected to avoid discrimination in their recruitment activities and to follow equal employment opportunity and affirmative action principles.

8. Claim for reimbursement. If an employer has agreed to reimburse you for expenses you incur during its recruitment process, your request should be only for reasonable and legitimate expenses.

Information provided by nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nace/JobChoices2012_business/index.php

Graduate Degrees Occupation

Total Job Openings 2008–2018

Postsecondary teachers

553,000

Doctors and surgeons

261,000

Lawyers

240,000

Clergy

218,000

Pharmacists

106,000

Educational, vocational and school counselors

94,000

Physical therapists

79,000

Medical scientists, except epidemiologists

66,000

Mental health and substance abuse social workers

61,000

Instructional coordinators

61,000

Information provided by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


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A lot more than you are probably aware! Career Services provides MSU students and alumni with a variety of opportunities and assistance in all aspects of career development. Please use the following FREE services to maximize your career potential!

Employment Opportunities Information on full- and part-time employment and daily, updated listings of job vacancies on and off campus are available on the Career Services website and in the Career Services office (100 Oakley Applied Sciences Building). In addition, applications for local student work programs can be obtained in the office. Career Counseling Trained professional staff members are available to assist you one-on-one or through group orientations with career planning, job search techniques and Internet searches. A computerized program called Discover is also available for you to explore job choices and determine which jobs might be your best fit.

Tracks is exclusively unique to MSU students, alumni, faculty and staff. To begin, simply log on to your MyGate Account and click your “academics tab”. Scroll down and click on the Racer Tracks logo. From there, you can upload multiple resumes and manage your own credentials electronically on a continuous basis while searching for employment opportunities, and internships. Perfecting your Resume and Cover Letter To perfect your resume and/or cover letter, first email them to kmantooth1@murraystate.edu. Next, call 270-8093804 to make an appointment to meet with Katie and discuss suggestions to enhance your documents. You will be sure to leave with a resume that will stand out against competition!

Career Fairs Career Services sponsors various events throughout the year, including Fall and Spring Career Fairs as well as Teacher Career Fairs. All students and alumni are encouraged to attend and network with company representatives. Additional information and a calendar of events can be obtained in the Career Services office or on the website. Questions? Contact Regina Hudspeth at vhudspeth@murraystate.edu or 270-809-2907.

Mock Interviews Mock interviews are designed for you to learn about the interview process and gain interviewing skills. Mock interviews can be arranged on an individual basis for most any type of interview setting and are held in the Career Services office, unless otherwise stated. To sign up for a mock interview, contact Katie Mantooth at kmantooth1@murraystate.edu or 270-809-3804.

Graduate School The staff in the Career Services office can assist individuals interested in graduate or professional school by providing information on applications, interviews, scholarships, testing and admission requirements. We have listed excellent links for information through our website.

On-Campus Interviews Announcements of employers interviewing on campus are posted on the Career Services website and throughout campus. You can schedule an interview with a recruiter through a Racer Tracks account. Company information is available in the office and on the web and should be reviewed prior to interviewing. Questions? Contact Regina Hudspeth at vhudspeth@murraystate.edu or 270-809-2907.

Online Recruiting Create an account on “Racer Tracks”, a new single sign-on job search database, today! Racer

Cooperative Internships By participating in this program, you have the

opportunity to apply skills and knowledge learned in the classroom to actual on-the-job experience while gaining course credit. The work experience can be a full or part-time, paid or non-paid, career-related position. You can elect to co-op/intern for a summer, semester or an academic year. To be eligible for this program, you must be in good academic standing and be enrolled at MSU the semester prior to the work assignment. Enrollment must be concurrent with employment. Need further information or assistance? Contact Ray Karraker at rkarraker@murraystate.edu or 270-809-3117. KHEAA Work-Study Program The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority Work-Study Program provides job opportunities to eligible students by placing them in career-related positions. You must be a Kentucky resident, have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA, and be progressing satisfactorily toward completion of a degree. For more information, contact Donna York at dyork@murraystate.edu or 270-809-2906. National Student Exchange Program (NSE) Through the NSE network, undergraduate students have the opportunity to study for up to one year at one of over 180 colleges and universities at little or no more cost than attending MSU. This program allows you to take advantage of the academic strengths of the other universities in their chosen programs. Many returning students also have new perspectives on their education and better appreciation of their home region, family and campus. For more information, contact Donna York at dyork@murraystate.edu or 270-809-2906. Visit our website at http://campus.murraystate.edu/services/careerservice s/index.htm to learn more about what we can do to make you one of our many success stories.


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going global In addition to Racer Tracks Networking Database,

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SO YOU LANDED AN INTERVIEW... ARE YOU PREPARED? Be prepared to answer the key interview questions, google common interview questions. Nobody expects you to have an answer memorized for every question. However, you should think of examples, stories or experiences in advance. If there are questions that you are weak on, practice and be prepared with positive answers.

  



           

          

         

      

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Career Services is pleased to provide Going Global, an online portal that gives students and faculty access to career resources in 33 countries and 43 U.S. cities. Going Global career and employment resources include more than 10,000 pages of constantly-updated content on topics including: job search sources, work permit/visa regulations, resume writing guidelines, employment trends, salary ranges, networking groups, cultural/interviewing advice and more. In addition to job resources each country profile contains cultural advice and guidelines. Students will also benefit from the USA City Guides which contain career and employment resources for the 40 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. Included in this database are: job search resources, employment outlook, professional networking groups, cost of living, major employer listings by industry sector, non-profits and volunteer opportunities. Additionally H1B employer listings are listed for all 50 states. To access the Going Global portal you must have access to MyGate as a student, alumni, faculty, or staff member

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Recruiters on three key job interview questions The only three true job interview questions are: 1. Can you do the job? 2. Will you love the job? 3. Can we tolerate working with you? That’s it. Those George Bradt three. Think back, Contributor every question you’ve ever posed to others or had asked of you in a job interview is a subset of a deeper in-depth follow-up to one of these three key questions. Each question potentially may be asked using different words, but every question, however it is phrased, is just a variation on one of these topics: Strengths, Motivation, and Fit. Can You Do the Job? – Strengths Executive Search firm Heidrick & Struggles CEO, Kevin Kelly explained to me that it’s not just about the technical skills, but also about leadership and interpersonal strengths. Technical skills help you climb the ladder. As you get there, managing up, down and across become more important. You can’t tell by looking at a piece of paper what some of the strengths and weaknesses really are … We ask for specific examples of not only what’s been successful but what they’ve done that hasn’t gone well or a task they they’ve, quite frankly, failed at and how they learned from that experience and what they’d do different in a new scenario. Not only is it important to look at the technical skill set they have…but also the strengths on what I call the EQ side of the equation in terms of getting along and dealing or interacting with people. Will You Love the Job? -Motivation Cornerstone International Group CEO, Bill Guy emphasizes the changing nature of motivation, … younger employees do not wish to get paid merely for working hard—just the reverse: they will work hard because they enjoy their environment and the challenges associated with their work …. Executives who embrace

this new management style are attracting and retaining better employees. Can We Tolerate Working With You? – Fit Continuing on with our conversation, Heidrick’s Kelly went on to explain the importance of cultural fit: A lot of it is cultural fit and whether they are going to fit well into the organization… The perception is that when (senior leaders) come into the firm, a totally new environment, they know everything. And they could do little things such as send emails in a voicemail culture that tend to negatively snowball over time. Feedback or onboarding is critical. If you don’t get that feedback, you will get turnover later on. He made the same point earlier in an interview with Smart Business, referencing Heidrick’s internal study of 20,000 searches. Forty percent of senior executives leave organizations or are fired or pushed out within 18 months. It’s not because they’re dumb; it’s because a lot of times culturally they may not fit in with the organization or it’s not clearly articulated to them as they joined. Preparing for Interviews If you’re the one doing the interviewing, get clear on what strengths, motivational and fit insights you’re looking for before you go into your interviews. If you’re the one being interviewed, prepare by thinking through examples that illustrate your strengths, what motivates you about the organization and role you’re interviewing for, and the fit between your own preferences and the organization’s Behaviors, Relationships, Attitudes, Values, and Environment (BRAVE). But remember that interviews are exercises in solution selling. They are not about you. Think of the interview process as a chance for you to show your ability to solve the organization and interviewer’s problem. That’s why you need to highlight strengths in the areas most important to the interviewers, talk about how you would be motivated by the role’s challenges, and discuss why you would be a BRAVE fit with the organization’s culture.

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How to sell yourself effectively in an interview Courtesy of undercoverrecruiter.com It is easy to have a casual attitude towards interviews, particularly if you have attended many in the past. However, you may find this isn’t working anymore. Why? The jobs market has changed drastically since the recession forcing recruitment to take a new form. Of course, CVs are still the backbone of any job application, but there are also ways in which to stand out amongst other candidates when it comes to your interview. First impressions count and you will get a very small window to show off what you can offer. This is why it’s important now more than ever to learn how to ‘sell yourself’ as effectively as you can. Think of it as if you were selling a product to a customer in a store. Remember to keep in mind what you are selling, who you are selling to, and what the unique selling point is. What are you selling? Remember that in this situation it is yourself that is the product up for grabs. You want to highlight your strengths to maximise the conversion rate, like you would do if you were selling an item on eBay. So, how do you make yourself look as good as possible? Firstly ensure that you have the correct qualifications needed for the position. It is true that more employers are looking for people with experience, but for many academic careers, a minimum educational level is a must. If you don’t have the formal qualifications to argue that you’re knowledgeable on a topic, why do you think you’d be good for this position? Make sure you have adequate experience to make up for this. Alternatively, turn to the internet. There is a wealth of free information online, so although you may not have the means to attend an education establishment, it doesn’t mean you can’t advance your knowledge. In terms of experience, get out there and get some! It’s important to bear in mind that employers will consider your past performances as an indication of your potential future accomplishments. If you’re new to the jobs market, try some unpaid work experience. The fact that you have sacrificed your time and money to advance your career prospects speaks volumes to an employer. They don’t always want the finished package. They want someone who will develop and grow within a company. If this is you, state it explicitly in an interview. The employer will be impressed at your straightforward approach and willingness to progress. What’s most important to a company is proven results. Whether you get this from a previous job or from an unpaid internship, it doesn’t matter. Better yourself, not just for the interview, but for you career in the long term. Who are you selling to? Make sure you research the market you are looking to enter. The majority of interviews fail due to a lack of preparation or because of nerves. Kill two birds with one stone here by over-preparing. If you are well researched, you will come across as more confident.

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Pristine looks aren’t everything in an interview; it is important to remember how to sell your qualities to the buyer, or interviewer. Also think about how you match up against their criteria? Is it a small business? If so, they may want someone who can multi-task and take on more responsibilities from the beginning. If there is a minimum requirement for the position, then it would be necessary to make sure you pay attention. Recruiters prefer when their instructions are followed. Saying this, if you feel you have ways to make up for a lack of experience, for example, make this clear in your covering letter, and it’s worth a shot. One way to stand out in your interview is through questions. Look through the job description and other company literature to find relevant questions you could ask. This shows enthusiasm and confidence. If you ask about the company’s plans, it shows you are thinking about long term plans. Furthermore, asking questions in reference to their website, or business strategy, or press they have received, is evidence that you’ve done your home, and makes a fantastic first impression. You’d be amazed how many people don’t research prior to interviews. Make sure you’re not one of them.

What’s the USP? Put yourself in the position of the interviewee. What is it that you offer that someone else can’t? They might see a large number of candidates in one day, so find a way to be memorable, whilst professional. When discussing experience, you don’t always have to reference an employment example. Perhaps an unusual hobby of yours has given you some desirable skills for the job. There are three Ps to think about when it comes to your USP: Performance (what have you achieved so far in your career?), Potential (what are you capable of in the future?), and Perseverance (enthusiasm can speak volumes). Go through these prior to the interview and think of evidence where you have shown these traits. If you have any documentation or a portfolio to back it up, always bring it with you. But most of all, relax and be yourself. Just because the situation is formal, doesn’t mean you can’t be cheerful. Most people are so nervous, showing your smiley bubbly side could be the easy solutions to stand out amongst the crowds.


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My Career. My Company. My Legacy. At PCL, you are more than just an employee. You have the opportunity to be an owner in one of the most dynamic companies in North America through PCL’s 100% employeeownership model. Whether you are looking for a corporate career, or a career in civil infrastructure, heavy industrial, or commercial buildings, PCL has a career that will help you showcase your skills. Our people have helped us stand out as one of North America’s leading general contracting organizations, which is why we’re always looking for new talent – dynamic individuals who can bring innovative solutions and thinking to every project. Join a company that offers challenging work assignments and a supportive working environment that promotes personal and professional growth. The PCL family of companies are consistently ranked among the best companies to work for. Let us help you build your legacy today. We are currently looking for HSE Graduates and Interns throughout our US locations. PCL is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V

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Meet the Career Services staff

RossMeloan

RayKarraker

DonnaYork

Director

Cooperative Education/ Internship Coordinator

Administrative Assistant

Career Counselor

Career Specialist

Graduate Assistant

Donna M. York is often a Murray State student's first contact with Career Services. She keeps the office running and can be reached to schedule an appointment with a staff member. Donna also manages the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority WorkStudy Program (KHEAA), a program that benefits both employers and students. She also serves as the Program Assistant to the National Student Exchange Program (NSE), a program that allows MSU students to exchange with different universities in the United States, its territories, and Canada for up to a year.

Katie Mantooth joined Career Services in August 2012. She brings over 13 years of career services experience and looks forward to helping Murray State students successfully navigate both the career development and job search processes; develop resume and cover letter writing and interview skills; as well as implement effective job search and professional branding strategies. Katie graduated from the University of South Carolina with a master's in student personnel services and Queens University of Charlotte with a bachelor's in corporate communications.

Regina Hudspeth has been with Career Services since Fall 2007. She manages Racer Tracks, a resource she encourages all MSU students to utilize for their job search, plans career fairs sponsored by Career Services, and coordinates on-campus interviews. You will find her out on campus presenting on job search techniques or in her office encouraging students through the process as well. Regina obtained both her BS and MS degrees at Murray State University. She is married to Danny Hudspeth, '78, and has two sons; Dominique, '08 and O’Shea (Brooke), Lexington, KY, both University of Kentucky graduates.

Kurtis Nicholson, formerly the Outreach Coordinator with Upward Bound, returned to Career Services summer 2012 as a graduate assistant where he helps coordinate Racer Tracks, career events and oncampus interviews. Career Services is happy to have him back as he worked here as an undergraduate as well. He is currently working on a master's in Agricultural Education, and he also received his bachelor's at Murray State in Animal Health Technology. Kurtis is a proud member of Hester College, the Murray Youth Baseball & Softball Association and FFA as well as a volunteer with Special Olympics KY.

Dr. Ross Meloan is an alumnus of Murray State University with experience in Student Affairs, the Registrars Office and Counseling and Testing since 1977. Dr. Meloan was also a Director of Franklin College from 1975-77 and is a 18-year veteran of the Career Services Office. Dr. Meloan is married to Sharion Meloan, the Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Finance & Administrative Services. He recently became the proud grandfather of another aspiring soccer player.

Ray Karraker joined the Career Services staff Fall 2008 as the Coordinator of Cooperative Education and Internships. Ray comes to Murray State from a business background in the banking and financial services industry. He is a graduate of Murray State with a BS in economics (’74) and M.B.A. (’77). He resides in Murray with his wife, Sabrina and daughter MacKensie. Ray is active in his church and enjoys numerous outdoor activities.

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