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Dori Weldon, career counselor, helps a student pick out clothing in the Campus Career Closet on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, in Auburn, Ala.

Career Closet provides free professional attire By HANNAH LESTER Campus Writer

As students prepare for internships, interviews and graduation they often take notice of the little statement that reads “business professional attire required.” For a student who has never worn business attire in their life, much less own the necessary pieces, this can cause stress and anxiety. Auburn University is here to help with their Campus Career Closet, which provides business professional attire to students at no cost. “It is an opportunity for students to put a polished professional image out for any kind of professional interaction whether that be interviews, career fairs, scholarship events,

conferences or even just beginning their wardrobe for their first semester or first time at an internship or a full time job,” said Addye Buckley-Burnell, assistant director for development. Buckley-Burnell had the dream of a Campus Career Closet at Auburn for seven years before making it a reality. In partnership with Auburn Cares and the Student Government Association, two months of hard work brought the vision to life. “It is very important for students to feel confident in their interactions when they are seeing themselves as a new professional,” Buckley-Burnell said. “And that can be challenging for anyone, but having the right professional clothing without it being a restriction for them is just really essential.” As a student enters the third floor of Mary Martin Hall and asks for the Campus Career Closet they might be led into the

small couple of rooms that host the wardrobe. The first room is full of women’s blazers, pants, skirts, dresses, blouses, jackets and more. In addition, students can find shoes, bags and jewelry to finish their outfits. A second room borders the first, and it is full of jackets, pants, shirts, vests, shoes, belts, ties and other professional wear for men. Clothes overflow shelves, racks and boxes providing an abundance of choices for students looking to create a polished look for themselves. Students can take up to four items per academic year from the campus career closet at no cost. “We want to make sure that we let our students set themselves up for success both in the classroom and in the workforce,” Buckley-Burnell said.


Career goals being met with career service team By TRICE BROWN Campus Reporter

The Auburn University Department of Career Services and Cooperative Education helps students at every stage in the career process, from picking a major to finding a full-time job. Addye Buckley-Burnell, assistant director of career development, said the most common reason students visit the department, which is located in Martin Hall, is for re-

sume reviews. However, the campus career closet has seen a lot of use recently, with 70 appointments so far this month. Buckley-Burnell said the Campus Career Closet offers professional clothing for free to students who need appropriate clothing for an interview, career fair, or first week on the job. The clothing is donated through clothing drives across campus. “This semester, we had so many dona-

tions that we didn’t have the space for it all, which is a good problem to have,” she said. Students looking to explore potential majors or career paths can utilize various assessments through the department to match potential careers with their values, personality types or interests. “So we don’t have anything that tells you the magic formula,” Buckley-Burnell said, “but we do have a few things that help understand a bit more about yourself so you can start exploring in a more guided way.”

Buckley-Burnell said she has a hard time deciding on what her favorite service the department provides is, but she enjoys career counseling, where she can help students get a better understanding of who they are and what would be a good fit for them, whether that is a major or a career path. Students can drop in at the department to take an assessment, use the campus career closet or get a resume review Monday through Friday — no appointment required.

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CLA aims to help students’ career goals By LAUREN PIEPER Lifestyle Writer

Marianne McCarley is the College of Liberal Arts’ career adviser. She works to get in contact with employers who are looking to hire students. It is her mission to meet with all the juniors and seniors in the College of Liberal Arts before they graduate. McCarley may be new to this position, but she has already been an active career adviser for her students, and has planned many events to help those in the College of Liberal Arts find careers and internships. “I oversee all of these career initiatives,” she said. “Right now it includes the employer series, the speaker series and the internship scholarship.” One of her upcoming events is a trip to Atlanta as part of the career track program. “Students can come and meet with all these incredible employers,” McCarley said. “We are going Feb. 12 to Atlanta and meeting with Coca-Cola and meeting with executives all the way down to the interns for Coca-Cola.” The trip is all expenses paid, and anyone in the College of Liberal Arts can sign up. The first 25 who sign up will get picked to go.

The Alzheimer’s Association and Melt Sports Marketing will also be in attendance in Atlanta. McCarley wants to meet with everyone to help them find their perfect career. “The dean has asked me to have 100 percent engagement with juniors and seniors in the College of Liberal Arts by 2020,” she said. “This past fall, I was almost able to have 47 percent of engagement. That is definitely something I would like to better.” Students can meet with her by making an appointment on Advise Assist. McCarley can help with career coaching, looking over resumes, doing mock interviews and getting students involved with a mentor. The mentorship program is new, but soon students will be interviewed to be given an appropriate mentor. “It’s open now for students that want to come in and have that mentor relationship,” she said. McCarley calls herself a sounding board for students. “I am here to help set some goals, short term and long term, to be better prepared for their future,” she said. “If anything, I am here to try to meet their expectations by looking at their job offer to answering questions about the interview process, or I can do a more long-term career coaching.”

McCarley is thrilled that students who came out to meet with alumni speakers and employers had over 17 interviews. “Of that, three students got internships, one student got a job offer and four students got paid project offers,” she said. “That goes from everywhere from the Rosa Parks Museum internship program to an Atlanta-based construction company to a psychology company based in Atlanta.” She believes every College of Liberal Arts student is represented in possible careers her work is helping with. Students should look forward to the mock interview series where students will have mock interviews with real employers, and a select handful of students will be picked to do real interviews afterwards. You do not have to be a student in CLA to come to these events. “Every student at Auburn University is welcome to come out to the employer series and the speaker series,” McCarley said. McCarley is excited for the future of these programs and encourages all students to come to her for help attending these events. “We want to help you,” she said. “Come out, and let us help you with your career goals.”

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Students share their story of working the graveyard shift around Auburn. By MIRANDA SHAFFER Lifestyle Writer

It’s 12 a.m. on a week night, and starving students take a break from their late-night cramming for a midnight meal. The options around Auburn are endless for those seeking food at unusual times, from Jimmy John’s to Domino’s to Mamma Goldberg’s, but with these late night options come the reality of late night shifts. Students call in their pizza order or head over to their favorite sandwich place to find other students answering the phone or standing at the front of a counter ready to serve when most people are sound asleep. Students trying to decide if the late night shift is the option for them should first consider the advantages and disadvantages of the situation. For those who have a full class schedule during the day, so a night job is their only option for work, it could be worth it.

“I like working night shifts because I am able to go to my classes and get my school work done, and then know I can still go to work after all that is done,” said Kaylin Hentschel, junior in communication disorders and employee at the Auburn Hotel. Another advantage is the ability to make some extra cash and not have to worry about working around classes, she said. “I would really recommend it to people if they need the money,” said Joshua Picott, freshman in computer science at Auburn and a current employee at Jimmy John’s. Depending on what job is, it there may even be the possibility of getting paid more than one would if working a morning shift. “I prefer night shifts over morning shifts because I make so much more money at night,” said Hentschel. According to Hentschel, working night shifts can also help build valuable life skills students would not otherwise

learn. Hentschel said working nights has given her good time management skills because, regardless of how much school work she has for the day, she always makes time to meal prep, workout and do her homework all before her shift begins. Of course, there are obvious downsides to working the late shift as well, such as being exhausted for classes, dealing with the late night crowds and not having enough time in the day. “I’m often very tired for days in a row, or sometimes I don’t finish my schoolwork or studying,” said Hentschel. Picott said it is worth it overall for him, but you have to be able to deal with the crowds of people who roll in after being out all night. Dealing with drunk and hungover people is definitely a reality of the job. The late night shift can be overwhelming for some but beneficial to the right people, Hentschel said.


Local baristas share their coffee story By JACK WEST Community Writer

Many Auburn students see coffee as nothing more than a way to get a caffeine boost before class. Some see it as an art form to be appreciated, and others are calling it a job. Jakob Geiger and Tucker Horn are both baristas at coffee shops in the Auburn area and have served coffee for over two years. Neither of them plans to continue working behind the counter after graduation, but both say they’ve thought about it. “I really did consider going into coffee as a career,” Geiger said. “I thought about maybe staying, working here and eventually trying to buy the shop or going with some of my old coworkers and trying to start a shop.” For those considering a career in coffee, these two baristas have words of encouragement and warning. “There’s always something to do to pass the time,” Horn said while cleaning dishes,

serving customers and making drinks. “It’s fun to be able to interact with community members on a daily basis,” Geiger said. “We make people really happy by giving them coffee.” So, what does it take to become a coffee jockey, mug thug or all-around caffeine bean grinding machine? “People skills,” Geiger said. “If a customer isn’t happy, you’ve got to be able to deal with that gracefully.” “Sometimes you work weird hours,” Horn said. “I’ve worked until midnight before and served coffee the whole way.” Importantly though, there are some major upsides. A completely unscientific study where one searches “coffee” in various cities on the internet reveals that Birmingham and Atlanta both have over 20 coffee shops. “It’s a good go-to job whenever you are trying to set up shop in a new town,” Horn said. Another upside is that all of your work

clothes will smell like coffee. If you do not like the smell of coffee, this may be less of an upside. Coffee may not appear to most people as a career, but learning the skills involved should not be written off so quickly. The same merit given to those finding internships at NASA, CVS, CBS, ESPN or other acronyms should also be extended to those working behind the coffee counter.


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tips to help set up career while at Auburn

Resume and cover letter By NATALIE BECKERINK Campus Writer

In order to succeed during one’s time in college and beyond, it’s important to have a solid resume and cover letter, but a lot of times students don’t know where to turn to find help. Luckily, many resources are available online and on Auburn’s campus to assist in tackling this task. In regard to resumes, Auburn’s Career Center provides drop-in hours for students who wish to meet face-to-face with someone to discuss their resumes. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 303 Mary Martin Hall, where a peer career adviser will be available to review documents. Also on the Career Center website, there is an option for an electronic resume review for students who can’t make it to the center. One important note to remember when formulating a college resume is that it will look different from a resume that someone in the workplace uses. Some important tips for writing a resume to use while in college include: • Keeping the length of the resume to a page or less — any more at this point in one’s career would be excessive • Use consistent and professional fonts • Include GPA if it is above a 3.0 • Emphasize leadership experience in various extracurricular activitiesmake sure to include descriptions of the tasks so companies can see specific experiences • Talk about relevant jobs — again,

shows experience and emphasizes responsibility • Peer review — it’s always a good idea to get a second opinion on a resume before turning it in Cover letters can be a little more intimidating for students, because most haven’t needed one up until this point. Knowing that a cover letter will change for every job is important, because companies like to see why a person wants to be at their company specifically. Here are some other important things to remember when writing a cover letter: • Opening lines are important — it draws the reader’s attention into the letter • Go beyond the resume — taking highlights from a resume is a smart idea, but what makes a cover letter different is that those points are expanded further to truly show why it makes someone qualified • Try to address the letter to a specific person — it shows the writer has done research and is genuinely interested in the company • Again, professional fonts are important to keep up appearances • Thank whomever the letter was written to and express interest in future discussion- shows persistence and interest • Once a solid cover and resume are complete, students will be ready to hit the career fairs and secure their future jobs. For any further questions in regard to resumes, cover letters, the interview process or job searches, students can visit for more information.

On-campus jobs By ABIGAIL MURPHY Lifestyle Writer

Trying to find a job on campus can be overwhelming, but there are plenty of opportunities and it’s just a matter of getting started. “To look for a job here on campus there’s a couple different things to do,” said Abbi Brown, director of student and temporary staffing services. She also recommends checking individual department websites if a student knows what kind of job they want. “I think to start off with looking online is probably the first thing to start with to see what is out there,” Brown said. “Handshake right now is the No. 1 medium to do that, that the departments can utilize. So, I would say number one get registered with Handshake if they haven’t already done so. So make sure that you’re checking that pretty regularly.” Also checking in person with departments can be good too. When going in person make sure to bring a resume to give to the department as a reference back and also dress professionally, Brown said. For certain departments, a certain time of year may be better to look. For example, a lifeguard position at the rec would be more likely to come up in the spring getting closer to summer. However, in general, jobs are always being posted regularly so continuously looking is helpful if there isn’t a specific job in mind, Brown said. Even though on-campus employ-

ment is now under Human Resources, and they are happy to answer any questions, the Career Center can still be a good starting point. Amy Bruce, student and temporary employment specialist, said the Career Center can help with tips on utilizing handshake and offers resources like mock interviews for students. Brown also adds they have resources online about how to dress professionally. As far as building a resume, Brown mentions the Career Center has both online and in person resources to help with creating a resume. However, some basic tips are checking grammar, checking spelling, having an easy font and having a professional email address are all little things that can help make a resume better, said Patrick Johnston, communications and marketing specialist. When it comes to the context of a resume, skills sets are important to look at, Brown said. “For me, it would be just making sure you have a strong understanding of what your skill sets are and what you’re looking to accomplish by getting the job,” Brown said. She also points out that what someone’s skills are can be more than just what they learned in a job setting. Volunteer work or some classes can also show off skill sets. “Any experience that you have out in the world is going to help you with what they’re looking for today in a job,” Brown said.

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Online tool for students to find jobs: Handshake By NATALIE BECKERINK Campus Writer

In college, students spend a decent amount of time in pursuit of an internship. Students spend much of their free time looking for on-campus, and post-graduation jobs are on seniors’ radars. However, finding job opportunities has students spending most of their time online, sorting through different job boards. A common hurdle that most students experience is where to go to look for opportunities specifically related to their field of study. Auburn’s Career Center has recognized this and provided the students with a resource that solves this dilemma — Handshake. “I think to start off with looking online is probably the first thing to start with to see what is out there,” said Abbi Brown, director of student and temporary

staffing services. Handshake is a website that was created by three Michigan Tech students in 2013. The purpose behind it was to help students facing inequalities in regards to building their careers. Eventually, they decided that the most important resource students needed was equal access to the job search, which is what Handshake was transformed into. Since its creation, over 700 of the top universities in the United States have joined with Handshake in order to ensure easy access to their students. Currently there are over 300,000 employers, including every Fortune 500 company, tech companies, marketing agencies and nonprofits. Students are able to build a profile that will tailor the job search to their specific needs and make it easier for employers to find them.

“Handshake right now is the No. 1 medium to do that, that the departments can utilize,” Brown said. “So, I would say number one get registered with Handshake if they haven’t already done so. So make sure that you’re checking that pretty regularly.” All Auburn students have the ability to create a profile on Handshake through their Auburn ID. It adopts students’ public Auburn ID information into the Handshake profile. Not only can they apply for thousands of jobs and internships, but they are also able to see when career fairs are being held, schedule appointments with career services and sign up for on-campus interviews. Access to Handshake can be found on the AU Access webpage, and the website is similar to LinkedIn, another website that was created in hopes to join those trying to find jobs and employers.


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people with disabilities have protections, rights when searching for employment By SCOTT BERSON Assistant Community Editor

In today's competitive market, the journey to a good job can feel like trudging up the side of a towering mountain. For people with disabilities, that tough climb can be even tougher. About one in every five Americans has a disability, according to the 2010 Census, with about half of those reporting the disability as "severe." But many people with severe disabilities go on to find work. In 2017, nearly 20 percent of people with a disability were employed, and the unemployment rate for those with disabilities was dropping, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those with disabilities have protections when trying to find work. There are laws that can help ensure those who have disabilities are treated fairly and given the same opportunities as any other job applicant. Most of those protections come from the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which prohibits employers from discriminating against qualified job-seekers with disabilities. Here are the basics: People are covered by the ADA's protections if they have a disability that "substantially limits a major life activity," and there is a record of them having the disability. It's an intentionally broad definition that could include anything from getting around with a wheelchair to blindness to having HIV/AIDS. The job seeker must be qualified for the position, and they must be able to do the job with reasonable accommodations, such as adding wheelchair ramps or allowing short breaks for someone with diabetes to check their blood sugar. "One of the most common examples of such discrimination is the failure of the employer to provide a reasonable accommodation to a qualified person with a disability who seeks such an accommodation," said James A. Tucker, director of the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program. Here are some of the protections for those with disabilities: Employers are not allowed to discriminate against those with disabilities when it comes to hiring, firing, promotions, pay, leave or any number of other employment practices. Employers cannot ask a job seeker about visible disabilities or whether they have any. Employers cannot require a medical exam before they extend a job offer. An employer can ask to have a medical exam done to get support for accommodations, but they cannot disclose the

results of the exam or use them as a basis to withdraw employment. Employers cannot refuse to hire if a disability is discovered after the job is offered, and the person can still do the work. Employers cannot pay people with disabilities less to "make up the cost" of providing accommodations. Alternatively, employers can't make job seekers pay for the accommodation. Job seekers do not need to disclose a disability unless they believe it could impact their ability to do the job. However, there are some caveats: Employers aren't required to hire someone because that person has a disability. Employers just cannot use it as a reason not to hire someone. Employers don't have to make accommodations that would cause them "undue hardship" or would be extremely expensive. Employers can withdraw an employment offer if the person has a disability that would make doing the work a danger to themselves or others. Say, operating fast-moving, danger-

ous machinery. People using illegal drugs are not covered by the APA's protections if the employer moves to fire them for using the drugs. Employers can ask a job seeker to take a medical exam, but only if every employee must take the same exam. There are resources for those who need help navigating employment law for people with disabilities or feel they have been discriminated against. In Alabama, the Alabama Disability Advocacy Program connects people with resources and legal help, Tucker said. "If a person believes he or she has been subject to unlawful discrimination regarding the terms and conditions of employment, he or she should contact an attorney , or he or she may file directly with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission," Tucker explained. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is the main arm of the federal government that investigates discrimination in hiring. A job seeker can file a complaint within 180 days of the alleged discrimination, according to the commission.


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Career fairs provide students with job opportunities By HANNAH LESTER Campus Writer

As students study and learn at Auburn, the prospect of a career is often in the back of their minds. Students in every major are looking for jobs to sustain them after graduation. For seniors graduating in May, these thoughts are ever more pressing. Auburn helps prepare students as best they can with internship, part-time and full-time career fairs throughout the semester. Starting the semester off with a bang, Auburn’s first 2019 part-time job and internship fair was held on Jan. 29. The event, held in the Student Center Ballroom, recommended students bring resumes and required they dress business casual. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., students came to explore positions with companies such as Alabama Rural Ministries, GEICO, Peace Corps and many more.

For engineering students, the engineering and technology career fair will be held on Feb. 12 in the Beard Eves Memorial Coliseum from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. This fair will not only have internships but fulltime positions for graduating students. As an added bonus, there will be a photographer taking professional headshots for students. On Feb. 28, Auburn is hosting a coop interview day at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for students interested in co-oping. Education students should prepare for education interview day on March 5. For this event, students should dress in business professional and arrive at the Beard Eves Memorial Coliseum by 8 a.m. for registration. Following registration, students can schedule the interviews they are interested in for the next hour. Finally, on March 25, all majors can par-


ticipate in the all majors career fair. Business professional attire and resumes are required for this event held in the Student Center from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Once again, a photographer will be on hand to take

headshots for attendees. At handshake. com, students can find a list of employers who will be present. For more information on Auburn’s career fairs, there is an app available — Auburn Career Fair Plus.


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A guide to career fairs coming up FEBRUARY


07 College of Agriculture

05 Education Interview Day

11 American Society of Civil Engineers

05 Harbert College of Business

12 Engineering and Technology 20 Supply Chain Managment

25 Auburn University Career Fair, for all majors


26 Building Science, includes interviews

The Career Discovery Workshops are offered to help incoming and current students to decide on the best major.

28 CO-OP Interview Day

March 18, 25 April 1 June 12, 19 26


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dress specific to the company in interviews


Knowing what to wear on the regular can be an annoyance. Figuring out what to wear to an interview? Stress inducing. After all, if first impressions can only be done once, then what you wear to an interview is crucial in making a good memory to the hiring staff or the graduate school committee. So, what to wear? This all depends on the job that in which you’re applying. For minimum wage jobs, you can dress more casually. As someone who has had seven interviews with retail/food chain/ mail service employers and gotten five of those jobs, I can tell you that you don’t need to wear a suit or a classic dress. Button-up shirts or nicer blouses will do the job just fine, just make sure they’re not severely wrinkled, have holes or stains. Khaki’s and jeans are acceptable as well, but they

need to be darker with no tears. For most of my interviews, I wore a dress that was knee length or right above the knee as well as a jacket, usually black. However, the dress was very loose-fitting and simple, so there is no need to buy something fancy. For more professional interviews, such as a career affiliated job or a graduate school interview, your outfits need to be more put-together. According to the Auburn University Career Services & Cooperative Education Job Search Guide, which can be found on the Campus Career Closet page, you need to assume that business professional is the go-to unless otherwise stated in the email from the hiring manager. Pages 40 and 41 of this pamphlet give examples, tips and tricks for what exactly this means and what to buy. “For an interview, we recommend dressing 1-2 steps above what you would wear on the job,” Addye

Buckley-Burnell, Assistant Director of Career Development for the University’s Career Services & Cooperative Education Department said. “For more masculine attire: well fitted suit, typically grey, black, or navy, pressed dress shirt, tie, polished shoes and minimal jewelry. For feminine attire: fitted pants/ skirt, suit or dress with jacket, knee length preferred, conservative cut blouse, polished shoes – no more than 2-inch heels and minimal jewelry.” Michael Young, a senior in civil engineering, said that for an interview he had for a structural engineering co-op, he wore a button-up, sports coat, khaki pants, tie and loafer-like shoes. Cassidy Allison, a junior in the pre-med program, recently had an interview with the Be Well Hut to obtain a leadership position that she later received. “I wore black slacks and a flowing, flowered shirt. My shoes were heeled ankle boots that I wore be-

cause they were a professional color,” said Allison. As she is in the premed program, she also had a mock interview to practice for her medical school applications and said that she wore the same outfit to that. If you are struggling with the price of the clothes you need for these kinds of interviews, there are ways to save your wallet. The Campus Career Closet, located in the Career Services and Cooperative Education Department on the 3rd floor of Mary Martin Hall, offers four free professional clothing items per semester per student. “Auburn prepares our students in the classroom to be profession-

als and we want them all to be able to look professional out of the classroom,” Buckley-Burnell, who helps run the Campus Closet, said. They offer suits, dresses, tops, skirts, shoes and other accessories and pieces that are either donated by the public, the school or by their community partners, Belk and Ann Taylor Loft. There is also always the option of thrifting. “I would say that Goodwill is generally pretty helpful as far as looking for business wear in general,” Sydney White, freshman in business administration and local thrifter said. “Plato’s Closet also has some good options. I’ve found blazer’s there before.”





Blazers and jackets hang in the Campus Career Closet on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 in Auburn, Ala.


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