Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Be a Ghost, and Other Writing Jobs


Here's a way to broaden your horizons: writing jobs you might not have thought about. Visit the website linked above to find out more about these careers:

  • Video game writer
  • Copywriter
  • Business writer
  • Speechwriter
  • Technical writer
  • Freelance niche writer
  • Ghostwriter (has nothing to do with seances!)
  • Grant writer

Each category has a brief description, and some include links to professional organizations and other resources.

Thanks and a tip o' the Twitter hat to @Career Addict!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Job Fair March Madness!

Our colleagues at Fredonia and Buff State are bragging that they had over 300 students attend their job fairs and we will not tolerate that. Let's make this the biggest job fair turnout ever!

Start with Job Fair Boot Camp
  • Thursday, March 19
  • 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Multipurpose room, Lower Level, Gallagher

Free food--real food, not just pizza and wings
Networking reception with employers and recent alumni

The main event is Career Expo 2015
  • Wednesday, March 25
  • 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Upper level, Gallagher Center (we outgrew the Castellani!)

Full-time jobs, part-time jobs, summer jobs, internships
Something for everyone, and not only in Buffalo
First 200 attendees get a free tee-shirt or a free Tim Horton's coffee card

More details at http://goo.gl/tezGLK

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Is your Interviewer Stupid?


Sometimes, interviewers don't know how to interview. I mean, there is no formal training or certification required to interview candidates, and some people sitting on the other side of the desk may be clueless.

If you get a dud, you might want to consider whether this is an organization you really want to work for. If the interviewer doesn't know how to do his or her job (which after all, is your opportunity to get a first impression of the people you would be working for) perhaps you might consider looking elsewhere. If your interviewer is clueless, what is your boss likely to be?

Another approach, however, is to try to figure out what's behind the question... even ask the interviewer! 

And remember, some interview questions are flat-out illegal. Here's a list of the kinds of things prospective employers may not ask you--as well as information on legal questions (suggesting what they are actually entitled to know, and how you might respond): http://www.gsworkplace.lbl.gov/DocumentArchive/BrownBagLunches/IllegalorInappropriateInterviewQuestions.pdf

Thanks and a tip o' the Twitter hat @KennedyExec!