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Career Coach Scott Swedberg '07 created his dream job when he founded The Job Sauce in 2014. Scott and his team of career services professionals are dedicated to helping clients land their dream jobs quickly with meaningful raises. Watch Scott's informational webinar to gain helpful hints on how to land your ideal job!"
resume writing: Dave Lucey '87
Dave Lucey ’87, Vice President of Talent Acquisition at Epsilon, offers tips and suggestions on writing an effective resume. Use this PDF resource and sample résumé to write your first resume or to tweak your current resume.
Career Building Resources
Highlighted below are recent internship and job opportunities sponsored by alumni and friends for St. John's alumni and current students. Please note that any jobs or internships listed on this webpage are not guaranteed to be provided to Prep alumni. More internships to come!
CBRE/New England: Boston, MA - Summer Internship opportunity for juniors in college who want to gain exposure into the many facets of the growing commercial real estate (CRE) industry. A detailed description of the internship can able be found here and a blog post with insight into last year's program can be found here. If you have any questions please email Taidgh McClory '93, CBRE/New England, managing director/partner.
SAP: Multiple locations - The SAP Academy for Early Talent is presented by Drew LeBlanc '05, Northeast Presales Director. The program attracts, inspires and develops a globally diverse community of high performing university graduates. It harnesses the skills and natural abilities to empower the next-generation of SAP professionals through a world-class multi-dimensional learning experience. Recruiting for the 2016 classes has started! Apply online.
Biased Boston Sports: Are you interested in the journalism/blogging world? Biased Boston Sports has internships available for committed individuals looking to pursue careers in journalism. If interested please visit biasedbostonsports.com, email Peter Packowski '14 or call 978-766-3841.
Acelleron Medical Products: North Andover MA - A fast growing medical equipment company is seeking full-time, highly motivated, Customer Service/Sales Specialist. The fast paced environment requires a detail-oriented person who possesses the ability to educate clients and multi task. Good communication skills and problem-solving skills are essential to be successful in this role. If interested, please email Jason Canzano '96 or call 978-738-9800 x100 for a complete list of requirements.
Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor: Andover, MA - An entry level position with an established Financial Advisory and Wealth Management Team at Merrill Lynch with a career track to becoming a Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor. This job is presented by Larry Hurst P '17, senior vice president wealth management. If interested, please call Larry at 800-734-0650.
The annual Young Alumni Career Workshop took place on January 4, 2017. Check out these helpful hints from Coley Rybicki '78!
1. Job descriptions - Companies spend a lot of time writing them - use them to your advantage. Hiring managers are looking for candidates that are prepared and confident in their accomplishments.
2. Be happy - Money isn't everything - at a minimum you will be working 2080 hours a year, your well being will suffer if you are unhappy with your career.
3. Adaptability - Despite four years of college most do not work in the professions they studied as an undergrad. Be open to all possibilities. It is okay to apply for jobs in a variety of industries.
4. Work your network - Start with your St. John’s Prep and college networks; the more connections you have, the more opportunities you might find. Keep your LinkedIn and Prep EverTrue app profiles up to date. Attend events such as SJP Business Breakfasts and regional networking receptions.
5. Know the value of a Prep education - St. John’s Prep is not only well known in the Boston area, but holds a strong reputation around the country. You may feel pressure to remove your high school information from your resume. You never know, your interviewer may have a connection with the Prep!
- Fully understand your financial conditions: How much do you need to make to pay current expenses and meet long term financial commitments? How much do you need to make to have a reasonably fulfilling lifestyle?
- Make an inventory of your skills so you know what you're good at (or need to improve on). Also, make an inventory of the qualities you want in a job (big vs. small organization, customer facing vs. desk job, amount of travel, etc.).
- Write a resume and outline how you will write cover letters for job opportunities. Your resume should be a well-organized, cleanly formatted summary or snapshot of your professional skills, qualities, achievements, and expertise. When you write a cover letter, it should be customized to a specific job opportunity. It should connect the requirements of the position laid out in a job posting with the skills, qualities, achievements, and expertise on your resume. Have more than one person (a friend, relative, networking contact, career counseling professional) review your resume (and occasionally your cover letters) to spot errors or make suggestions for improvement.
- Network, network, network. I can't emphasize enough how important networking is in today's economy. Networking is relationship building, not transactional. Prepare for networking conversation or informational interviews much as you would for real job interviews. Always be open to networking opportunities. Utilize all networking avenues available to you (your network of family, friends, neighbors, fellow high school or college alumni, former professional or volunteer colleagues). Try to network your way into organizations that interest you or that will be hiring.
- Set daily, weekly, monthly goals for job search actions you can control: networking calls made, informational interviews requested, resumes submitted, etc. Treat your job search as a full-time job (which also means, taking a break occasionally to avoid being overwhelmed by the search).
- Consider part-time or temporary employment to help alleviate financial concerns. Also, consider volunteering for a day or two each week. Getting out and doing something, whether paid or not, can provide structure, enhance your feeling of self-worth, and potentially expand your professional network.
- Be self-aware. Make sure you feel like you are making progress in your job search. Try to know where you need to improve throughout the process (practice interviews, resume writing, etc.). Keep track of what is working and what is not working. Don't be afraid to ask for help.
Career Tips - Peter Dolan '74, chairman of a national task force on childhood obesity (ChildObesity 180) and past chairman and CEO of Gemin X Pharmaceuticals and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Use these tips to make your search more effective.
- Start with an honest and critical assessment of your strengths and weaknesses. Be able to tell your story.
- Generate a list of 10-15 people you think would be willing to help you on your journey. This is NOT 10-15 people you barely know but instead people who are in your targeted area and whom you can seek advise from.
- Network with the people on your list. Ask to meet then pick their brain with questions relative to the industry you wish to pursue.
- Do not burn up your best network prospects until you have done #1. Don't meet with people until you have a story to tell. Make sure you can tell your story in a compelling way to make these contacts want to help you.
- The purpose of meeting with your 10-15 best network people is to get at least one or two ideas from every meeting; industry pros and cons, people you can call or meet, interview tips, etc.
- Follow up, follow up, follow up. Demonstrate you are the kind of person they want to help and would hire if they could. Let them know what happened when you called or met with their contacts. Keep them appraised of your search process overall until you land a job.
- Be open to serendipity and don't miss an opportunity to tell your story. You never know where the conversation may go or where it might lead.
- Finding a job is hard work. It requires positioning yourself in a positive but realistic way and targeting your search toward appropriate prospects. It also calls for a positive attitude (and a willingness to accept rejection), and above all else, persistence.