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2016 Best Employers for College Students

2016 Best Employers for College Students
2016 Most Attractive Employers for College Students

The votes are in! For the 2016 Universum Talent Survey, 70,000 college students voted these organizations as their Top 5 employers for the following majors:
Top 5 for Business Majors: Google, Disney, Apple, Ernst & Young, J. P. Morgan
Top 5 for Engineering Majors: NASA, Google, Boeing, Tesla, SpaceX
Top 5 for Computer Sciences Majors: Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Disney
Top 5 for Natural Sciences Majors: Mayo Clinic, National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, National Geographic, American Cancer Society
Top 5 for Humanities Majors: Disney, United Nations, National Geographic, Google, FBI
 
Also noteworthy were the not so obvious employers that ranked high in each of the categories. Here are some of those less than obvious top organizations selected by your peers: 
Business Majors: Major League Baseball, Under Armour, Southwest Airlines, Teach for America
Engineering Majors: US Department of Energy, 3M, NASCAR, Pfizer
Computer Sciences Majors: Peace Corps, Hasbro, Nike, Bose
Natural Sciences Majors: IBM, Nestle, Coach, PetSmart
Humanities Majors: Random House, Gap Inc. Best Buy, Target
 
This second list underscores the importance of being a creative job searcher because organizations you never considered before may fit your career interests. So, time to explore and discover and expand your career search options! You can start by searching @Zoomdojo.

Posted By: 
Carol

The Most Common Job Qualification Required

The Most Common Job Qualification Required
The Most Common Job Qualification Required

After reviewing more than 100,000 internship and entry-level job opportunities listed by hundreds of organizations, we have consistently found one particular skill described as a desired or required job qualification, across the board. Regardless of the job type, the one qualification or requirement most organizations seek in a candidate is "strong writing and communication skills". Most students have limited work experience and, in general, are not expected to have highly developed functional skills. Employers hire interns and recent college graduates for their potential and their perceived ability to develop skills through training and on-the-job experience. But one quality that most employers expect candidates to possess is the ability to convey information clearly and simply to all the people that the candidate will interact with when they become part of their organization. Effective communication is, therefore, regarded as a vital skill and ability - and is often taken to be an indicator of potential. So find every opportunity to practice your ability to communicate in the classroom, in your papers, presentations and tutorials, in your clubs, through extra-curricular activities and with volunteer work. And for sure, remember that clear, concise, compelling communication can make your cover letters, resume and interviews stand out! Check Zoomdojo Resources  to help you create better cover letters and resumes and to shine in your next internship or job interview.

Posted By: 
Ritu

You Do Not Need an MD for a Career in Medicine!

You Do Not Need an MD for a Career in Medicine!
You Don’t Need an MD for a Career in Medicine

Medical doctors get all the press. Just think of House, M.D. and Grey’s Anatomy.  What do you want to be when you grow up? A doctor, right? Nobody ever says “phlebotomist” or “radiographer.” But maybe they should!

As of January 2016, the healthcare and social assistance sector employed a whopping 19 million people in the US, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics - which is nearly twice the population of Greece or Portugal. Furthermore, the sector has grown by four million jobs since 2006, with barely a slowdown during the recession. The BLS Career Outlook also predicts that healthcare will post the fastest and largest employment growth of any industry in the country from now until 2024, by which time an additional 3.8 million new jobs will have been created in the sector. 

The vast majority of those employed in the healthcare sector are NOT doctors. Nurses, coders, transporter, physical therapists, dieticians - these are just some of the specialities other than doctors which make up this rapidly growing employment field. We can see @Zoomdojo many healthcare jobs and healthcare internships underscoring the growth of this sector, not just for MDs! 

Posted By: 
Camden

Top 5 Job Search Tips for College Seniors

Top 5 Job Search Tips for College Seniors
Top 5 Job Search Tips for College Seniors

Thanksgiving is almost here, so is the end of your last fall semester. Have you started your job search? Here are five key job search tips to help you land your first job after college!

1. RESEARCH: Finding a job is hard work. The job market is competitive and the search for job opportunities is time-consuming. Even after you discover a good opportunity, the movement from identification of the opening to actually getting the job requires many steps. Therefore it’s best to tackle the job search in the same way you would a final exam or paper. Allocate as much time to your job search as you would to an academic endeavor, commit yourself to achieving the greatest success you can in exploring and identifying opportunities, ace the interview, and receive an offer - that's the A+ in “job search” you are aiming for!
 
2. PREPARE: Experienced professionals unanimously agree that the most important factor in a job candidate's success is good preparation. What bothers professionals most when they meet with a student or job seeker is when it is clear the candidate hasn’t done any advance preparation. So make sure to carefully study your own résumé, explore the company website, keep up to date with relevant current events, and above all make sure to show your interviewer that you’ve done your homework!  
 
3. PRACTICE: There’s an old joke that goes, "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” And the answer is, "practice, practice, practice!” The same applies to the question, "How can I improve my interviewing skills?" The best way to hone your interview skills is to practice, practice, and practice some more. Almost everyone needs to practice to be an effective and successful interviewee. Most people are not naturally gifted public speakers. It's only through endless practice that people become good or even great speakers. The same applies to interviewing. How can you practice? Sign up for mock interview sessions offered by your college or ask a friend to interview you. Create hypothetical questions that might be asked at an interview and answer them out loud. Practicing out loud is key. Practice your opening lines to common interview questions such as "tell us about yourself" or "walk me through your résumé." With practice you’ll become a poised, relaxed, and confident interviewee ready to nail the interview!

4. UPDATE & REVISE: You finished another semester and one or more of the following occurred: your GPA went up; you took a course relevant to the career you hope to pursue; you wrote a great research paper; you did volunteer work; you were elected to a position as an officer of a club. Did you update your résumé to reflect these changes? Maybe you moved, have a new email address, or a new phone number. Time to revise that résumé! You forgot that you had received an honor last year or found a better phrase to describe the responsibilities you had at your last summer job. Revise the old information now! Updating and revising your résumé is something you should be doing regularly to accurately reflect vital information, as well as to further improve and refine your résumé. We can help you with your résumé check our résumé builder and résumé resources to build better résumés.
 
5. NETWORK: Students often tell us that they “don't have a network." What is a network? A college student's network can be pretty extensive, including family, neighbors, and friends, as well as teachers, classmates, college administrators and alumni. And that's just for starters! What is the purpose of a network? Your network is your support system and information resource. “Networking” is simply utilizing, activating, and growing that support and information system. Whether you ask someone to listen to you as you practice your pitch, get another set of eyes to review your résumé, or learn about a friend’s company or why a person does what they do, each person in your network can help you in this case with your job search. It’s great to have a network to ask for help, but remember that helping you is only one part of how a network works. It is not just about what my network can do for me, it's about helping, listening and being supportive of those in your network too. A network is a two way street. Networks require nurturing and take time to develop and build.

We’ll review more tips in the New Year! 

Posted By: 
Carol

Make Your Passion Your Career: Arts Jobs

Make Your Passion Your Career: Arts Jobs
Make Your Passion Your Career: Arts Jobs

How does a student majoring in an arts related field find a career? 
 
Arts education often consciously does not teach students how to integrate their artistic pursuits with business and technology know-how - skills which, in lieu of royal patronage of eras past, have become essential for a successful career in the 21st century. So as an artist or art historian or musician, how can you can earn a living after college? How can you get beyond Oscar Wilde’s observation: “When bankers get together for dinner, they discuss art. When artists get together for dinner, they discuss money.” 

 

Fortunately, job opportunities in the arts are more numerous than commonly believed. From computer aided drafting and design to science illustration and art therapy, creative people are in demand. If you can convert your artistic skills into the digital domain, you will vastly increase your employability, especially in fields like advertising, video game design, film, and publishing. Art and engineering are also intricately connected. Besides traditional industrial and product design, creative people are also needed for the emerging field of “eco-design,” which focuses on sustainable materials. Advertising and film require sound engineers and musicians, who should be familiar with the most commonly used digital audio workstations. Composers make great coders because composition is math, and a type of coding. Marketing and advertising require talented writers too - good well written content is still king.
 
Of course an artist, musician, or writer can simply excel at being a pure artist, musician, or writer, but this path is fraught with peril and financial uncertainties and instability. Beyond exceptional ability, an artist must make her/his “brand” as compelling and desirable as possible, which involves extensive networking, social media, and self-promotion, and a bit of luck. Working in the creative industry, in finance, marketing, and administrative roles, are alternative ways to remain connected to the arts while ensuring financial security.
 
So don’t restrict yourself to imagining that the only path forward is becoming the next Mozart or Michelangelo. Don’t be left wondering what to do with that art history degree. Your education has made you qualified for a wide range of jobs, within industries and in roles that touch upon your passion. Consider broader options: explore private sector companies as well as educational institutions and non-profits. Look at creative industries, technology companies, communications and marketing companies, design firms and more. These pathways will build your skills, create opportunities and dovetail your talent and your interest in the arts to your career. There are many careers available to those who are willing to be open-minded about their range of options.

 
Visit Zoomdojo to learn about our events that focus on how young graduates can connect the arts with the wider economy in a way that is both meaningful and pays the bills. We also publish listings for arts-related internships and jobs, which you can access via Zoomdojo job search.

Posted By: 
Camden

Why Cover Letters Matter

Why Cover Letters Matter
Why Cover Letters Matter

Resume updated? Check!  And, cover letter? Not that important ... so, no problem. WRONG!
You’ve updated your resume, and are now in the throes of applying to internships and jobs. Did you put any thought into your cover letters? You think to yourself, no one reads them… well, you could be right, but you could also be completely wrong. 
 
You may be wondering what the purpose and role of the cover letter is. Beyond the resume, the cover letter gives you an opportunity to tell the prospective employer what you can do for the company. You can use it highlight aspects of the resume or add additional information that did not fit into the resume. Simply stated, the cover letter is a way to communicate why you are right for the job. 
 
But remember not to waste this prime real estate. The average time a recruiter spends reading (or scanning through) a cover letter is 3-5 seconds, giving you less time to make an impression than you will take to read this article. You should be precise and gain the reader’s attention from the very first line, which should explain clearly what the cover letter is about (E.g. Subject: The Human Resources First Year Apprenticeship). You should not repeat facts which already exist in your resume. Rather, you should provide strong (and interesting) supporting evidence of why you can do the job better than anyone else. 
 
Unless explicitly instructed not to include a cover letter, it is appropriate to write one as part of your job application; and for many employers, it is an expected part of the job seeker's package. While there's no certainty that your letter will be read, it is a valid communication and marketing tool. And from your point of view, your letter may catch someone's attention and help you move up in the pool of applicants under review. You really have nothing to lose - and everything to gain - by writing a strong cover letter for each job that you apply for.

So don’t disregard cover letters. Take the time to compose a meaningful cover letter and increase your odds to achieve job search success! 
 
You can check Zoomdojo Cover Letters for more cover letter tips and advice. 

Posted By: 
Ritu

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Friday, March 24, 2017
Why Cover Letters Matter

Resume updated? Check!  And, cover letter? Not that important ... so, no problem. WRONG!
You’ve updated your resume, and are now in the throes of applying to internships and jobs. Did you put any thought into your cover letters? You think to yourself, no one reads them… well, you could be right, but you could also be completely wrong. 
 
You may be wondering what the purpose and role of the cover letter is. Beyond the resume, the cover letter gives you an opportunity to...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Make Your Passion Your Career: Arts Jobs

How does a student majoring in an arts related field find a career? 
 
Arts education often consciously does not teach students how to integrate their artistic pursuits with business and technology know-how - skills which, in lieu of royal patronage of eras past, have become essential for a successful career in the 21st century. So as an artist or art historian or musician, how can you can earn a living after college? How can you get beyond Oscar Wilde’s observation: “When...

Monday, January 9, 2017
2016 Most Attractive Employers for College Students

The votes are in! For the 2016 Universum Talent Survey, 70,000 college students voted these organizations as their Top 5 employers for the following majors:
Top 5 for Business Majors: Google, Disney, Apple, Ernst & Young, J. P. Morgan
Top 5 for Engineering Majors: NASA, Google, Boeing, Tesla, SpaceX
Top 5 for Computer Sciences Majors: Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Disney
Top 5 for Natural Sciences Majors: Mayo Clinic, National Institutes of Health, Centers...

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