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Posted On: Friday, May 31, 2013 10:47 AM, by Lisa Gebken Thibault
Recently graduated from college? Want a change in your career? Here are seven ways Theta can help you find the best job for you:

  1. Before you do anything, update your contact information on the Theta website. This is crucial so that other Thetas can find you and easily connect.

  2. Check out Sister Search on the Theta website. Here you can search the Fraternity database to connect with Thetas you might know. You can even see job information by clicking More Information within each member's profile.

  3. Search for a job that's been posted by a Theta on Betties List. Or create an ad for yourself! Keep checking back often for new postings, too.

  4. Contact a local alumnae group. Chapter or circle members will have connections and leads for you, so seek them out!

  5. View the JobBound materials, reserved especially for Thetas (login-only). The JobBound videos can help you network, dress for success, write a cover letter, and more.

  6. Join us on LinkedIn. More than 12,000 are connecting with each other and discussing topics. For instance, Sara Manco, Delta Eta/Kansas State, found some wonderful Thetas in the DC area and has created some lasting friendships, thanks to the LinkedIn group!

  7. Follow our Professional Networking board on Pinterest. We've posted lots of job-seeking and networking tips. Remember to "like" what you see!

How has Theta helped you with your career? Let us know and share your tips with other Thetas!

Lisa Gebken Thibault, Epsilon Iota/Westminster, is an associate editor at Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity, and is a charter Life Loyal member.

Posted On: Thursday, May 10, 2012 03:20 PM, by Melissa Shaub
It's that time of year for many of our members...graduation. It is the time that we see many news articles about job searching start to surface, telling us again that the job market is tough. It's not the most cheery news for those graduating or even thinking about a job change. Many are seeking resources to help give them an edge in the job market. Perhaps you just graduated with your bachelor's degree, or maybe you are graduating with an advanced or professional degree, or maybe you are an alumna member just looking for a career change. Perhaps you are just starting an internship or want to be prepared for the career fairs you will be attending next year. Whatever your situation, know that Kappa Alpha Theta has resources to help.

JobBound is a leading provider of career services. The company works with students to executives and other professionals to offer career coaching, resume writing, and mock interviewing. From the JobBound page on the Theta website, you can link to the official JobBound website, download the our JobBound Networking Guide, and watch videos on topics ranging from having a successful internship to answering tough job interview questions like, "What are your weaknesses?".

These resources are designed to be one more added tool for our members to use to give them that edge in the job search. Use these resources to be prepared and think ahead for your job search. Best of luck to all of our members entering the job market this year! And let us know in the Comments section how these resources have made a difference for you!

Melissa Shaub, Alpha Sigma/Washington State, is the director of education and training at Kappa Alpha Theta, and is a charter Life Loyal member.

Posted On: Thursday, June 16, 2011 10:21 AM, by Lisa Gebken Thibault
In Part 2 his two-part blog, guest blogger and president of JobBound Brad Karsh offers tips to recent Theta graduates who are struggling in their job search.

Getting a job isn't easy, but if you really focus your time and energy, you will be successful. Here are a few more tips to help guide you:

  1. Visit your career center. Helping you find a job is part of the career center's job. Employers often publicize their last-minute openings through universities, so this would be the best place to begin your search. Just because you have officially graduated doesn't mean your career center can't be of service!

  2. Reevaluate your job search tools and techniques. If you haven't received an offer yet, you need to take a serious look at your job search tools. What areas can be improved? Ask yourself:

    • Is your resume the absolute best that it can be? Have your resume proofread by at least three people.

    • Are you acing your interviews? Conduct a few mock interviews to practice answers to the most common interview questions.

    • Are you blasting your resume to job boards without following up? Start recording all your calls and contacts in an Excel worksheet so you can keep tabs on follow up calls and emails.

    • Are you networking? Craft a 30-second elevator pitch that you can use with your networks to let them know what type of position you are seeking.

  3. Accept an internship. Some internships are paid, but even if they are not, they often provide more potential than temporary jobs. For some competitive fields, an internship is an excellent way to get your foot in the door at a great company. If you prove yourself, then the company will extend a full-time offer when the internship is complete. Research shows that 85% of companies use internships to recruit for their full-time workforces!

  4. Stay positive. You will be rejected. You will hear "no." Some people may not return your calls or emails, but that is part of the game. Hang in there, stay focused, and follow our tips, and you will have a job offer soon. Good luck!

Learn more about JobBound.
Posted On: Thursday, June 16, 2011 10:18 AM, by Lisa Gebken Thibault
JobBound President Brad Karsh
In the first of his two-part blog, guest blogger and president of JobBound Brad Karsh offers tips to recent Theta graduates who are struggling in their job search.

Holding a diploma in your hand is exciting, but it's always more reassuring if you have a job offer in the other hand.

If you find yourself without a job upon graduation, you first want to calm your breathing, stop those crazy visions of lifelong unemployment, and refrain from the tendency to PANIC. With loans and new bills hanging over your head, your first instinct is to jump into anything that offers a paycheck. All of a sudden, wearing a chicken suit on the side of the road doesn't sound so horrible. Jumping into a temporary job is not your best option, though. If you get an "in-between" job, it will be more difficult to make calls, schedule interviews, and fully dedicate yourself to the job search.

Finding a job is a full-time job, and you need to dedicate seven to eight hours each day to the job search. Now that you don't have to worry about school, you can concentrate on your search. A typical day may look similar to this:

8:00 am: Follow up with companies that interviewed you. Their needs may have changed.

9:00 am: Visit (or call) your career center to focus on job search strategies and pinpoint job leads.

11:00 am: Establish a contact networking list: friends, family, Theta alumnae, neighbors, professors, etc. Begin calling and reaching out to let them know about your job search.

12:00 pm: Meet someone in your network for lunch. Ideally, this is someone who can share career advice with you. This is the perfect opportunity to connect with a Theta alumna in your area. She will be happy to meet with you and share her pearls of wisdom.

2:00 pm: Go on an informational interview at a company that interests you.

4:00 pm: Write thank-you notes or follow-up emails to those you connected with today.

5:00 pm: Write a to-do list for the next day.

7:00 pm: Technology break! Take some time to follow companies you are interested in on Twitter. Read their feeds, take a look at their blogs, and see if you can initiate some conversations through Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. (Don't forget to follow @JobBound!)

Read Part 2 of Brad's blog tomorrow! Learn more about JobBound.
Posted On: Monday, June 13, 2011 01:20 PM, by Julie Ruffolo Gilpin
Fraternity Vice-President Public Relations Julie Ruffolo Gilpin, Alpha/DePauw
New degree, but no new professional job prospects? This economy requires patience and creativity in a job search. There ARE good jobs out there; you just need to open-minded about opportunities, and use free time and small-talk wisely.

Try volunteering. Several recent grads I have interviewed landed a job this way. They took on a substantial volunteer role for an organization or event for which they are passionate. One woman with a new degree in communications chaired the marketing committee for a major fundraising special event. On a day off from her waitressing job, she just stopped in the non-profit's office to see if she could help out, and they quickly put her talents to work! She did an outstanding job by impressing well-connected board members with her ability to meet deadlines, use social media and technology, "think outside the box" and go the extra mile. She treated the volunteer role as a job. When one of the board members had an opening at her company, she thought of this volunteer—and she was hired. Even if you don't get a job from a volunteer role, it might be just what your resume needs to show that you are continuing to gain new skills and experiences with different organizations, processes, etc.

You never know when you might make the connection that leads to a next job. Someone at your gym? The person you always see at the coffee shop? A Theta from two classes ahead of you at your school? Be prepared to make the most of an opportunity to let someone know what you have to offer an employer. Have a short "elevator speech" ready: what you are ideally looking for, what skills and attributes you offer, what experience you have that demonstrate success. Remember to talk about what you HAVE done, results you contributed to (showing experience), rather than only discussing what you WOULD do.

Mentors are always important players in a job search—whether it is your first or tenth! Take the time to cultivate mentors, and stay in touch with them. They are great for connections, advice, and training. They can be in your field—or not. In your city—or not. Think of a Theta advisor who seems to really enjoy her job. Contact her, ask her how she landed in her role, what she likes about it, and what suggestions she has for you as you search.

Of course, Theta is here to help you search, too. Make sure to check out inCircle and Betties List, and the Fraternity's official LinkedIn group.

Do you have any tips to share with our job-seeking sisters? Or have a success story to share?

Julie Ruffolo Gilpin, Alpha/DePauw, is the Fraternity vice-president public relations for Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity.