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April 4, 2014

Now Hiring: 2014 Grads!


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Success Story | Erin Klimek, Business Marketing Education and Human Resource Development


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Erin Klimek, Business Marketing Education and Human Resource Development
Financial Recruiter | Coenen Bros


How did you learn about your current position?
At the Human Resource Development (HRD) recruiting fair held in STSS.

Describe your position.
I am a financial recruiter for Coenen Bros. My job is to recruit public accountants from the Big 4 accounting firms and place them in new positions within our client companies. Throughout the process I provide a wider professional network for my recruits, offer them career counseling and resume tips as well as create the opportunity for a more satisfying professional life.

What do you enjoy most about your position? What are some of the challenges?
I really enjoy that every day isn't the same. I get to talk to a handful of different people each day, go to coffee with recruits and get to know them, and talk to different clients and showcase the strengths of the recruits I am working with. The variety of things I get to do helps me to stay really interested in my job and look forward to each work day!

How does your position fit with your long term career goals?
Recruiting is an area of HRD that I explored in the course Professions and Practices of HRD (OLPD 3696) and really took an interest in. I have always wanted to work with people and be able to help them in some way, so recruiting helps me to tie my interest in the business world into my desire to help people and make a difference in their lives. I enjoy seeing people make positive advances in their careers to make for a better work-life balance overall, and I'm happy that I can be the one to help make that happen.

During your internship/job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
I constantly updated my resume and sought out advice from other professionals in my network. I made sure to be outgoing at career events such as the HRD fair put on by CEHD Career Services because making yourself stand out from the crowd is sure to help in landing the perfect position!

What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship/job search process?
I found attending the HRD fair put on by CEHD Career Services to be the most helpfuI. An event catered to my field of study was the perfect way to find an internship within my interests and it offered a really good way to get my name and resume out to multiple employers at once.

Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
Take your internship day by day and really focus on all the different things you are learning! Internships are the perfect way to really decide what you want to do later in life. I would suggest doing as many internships as you can and getting a feel for multiple types of jobs so you can make sure you are following the right career path.

March 3, 2014

Employer Spotlight | Minnesota United FC

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Describe your organization.
Under new ownership and rebranded at the beginning of the 2013 Season, Minnesota United FC is dedicated to making professional soccer sustainable in the state of Minnesota. Our position as a growing sports franchise creates a unique atmosphere where "start-up" meets pro sports team.


Please describe your company culture. What do your employees enjoy about your organization? What are some challenges they face?
Our company culture is smart, fast-paced, and hardworking. We are very much in a start-up culture, and growing quickly. Sometimes this is good, and sometimes it is challenging. There is a lot of opportunity to launch new ideas and projects, and improve on what was done before. We can only work within the capacity we have as an organization, so sometimes we have to make choices about priorities and timing. There are two distinct times in our workyear - the season and the offseason. Priorities are different in each one.


When you are looking for new employees, what do you search for?
Generally, we look for people who have bachelor's degrees, preferably in sports management, business, or communications. We always like sports-specific experience, and look for people who have done at least one internship during school.


What does a typical hiring process look like for your organization?
Generally, we begin with phone interviews, and then in-person interviews. Sometimes we will do a second interview, and usually conclude the hiring process within a month. Many people participate in the interviews, including a representative from human resources, the hiring manager, and other executives in the front office.


What tips do have for students and alumni who are looking to enter your industry?
Passion is good, but doesn't go a long way in making a candidate stand out in the application and interview process. It's great if someone likes or plays soccer, but since we are not hiring soccer players, we are more interested in what non-soccer skills our employees will contribute toward making ours a successful club.


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Minnesota United FC representatives at the 2014 School of Kinesology Job and Internship Fair

Success Story | Jiayin (Julia) Qian, Family Social Science

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Jiayin (Julia) Qian, Family Social Science
Internship | The Hoarding Project


How did you learn about your current position?
I got the chance to learn about this position from my major advisor's (Jessie Rudi) information list. She usually forwards lots of useful emails about internship positions that are relevant to our major. After reading the email, I learned more about the position from the organization's website.

Describe your position.
My position is a hybrid internship working both with individuals, couples, and families in the community addressing a variety of needs and concerns related to hoarding disorder, as well as conducting research. The organization I am working for is called The Hoarding Project.

How does your position fit with your long term career goals?
My passion is the interactions between couples and parents- children communication; it drives me to explore more about family therapy counseling work in community. This position is definitely a great chance for me to learn more about the clinical work, research and education to individuals who hoard and their communities, as well as to mental health and other professionals who work with hoarding, and the media. It provides me a chance to connect our textbook knowledge to the practical life.

During your internship/job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
I think the most important part is to be well prepared in both resume and interview. Before handed in my resume and cover letter to my employers, I have gone through all the materials with career service's advisor several times. It really helped me to show my strength in the paper work. In addition, I have looked through the online interview training from career service website. It helped me to build up confidence and be flexible with the answer I prepared.

What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship/job search process?
Our CEHD Career Services is the most helpful resource that helped me to search and be prepared for the internship.

Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
Show your confidence to employers during the interview. It is a good way to leave a positive impression to the employers. Also, don't forget to send a thank you letter for follow-up with employers after interview.

Success Story | Jiayin (Julia) Qian, Family Social Science

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Jiayin (Julia) Qian, Family Social Science
Internship | The Hoarding Project

How did you learn about your current position?
I got the chance to learn about this position from my major advisor's (Jessie Rudi) information list. She usually forwards lots of useful email about internship position that relevant to our major. After read the email, I started to search more about my passion position from their organization's website.

Describe your position.

My position is a hybrid internship working both with individuals, couples, and families in the community addressing a variety of needs and concerns related to hoarding disorder, as well as conducting research. And the organization I am working for is called The Hoarding Project.

How does your position fit with your long term career goals?

My passion is about the interactions between couples and parents- children communication; it drives me to explore more about family therapy counseling work in community. And this position is definitely a great chance for me to learn more about the clinical work, research and education to individuals who hoard and their communities, as well as to mental health and other professionals who work with hoarding, and the media. So it could provide me a chance to connect our textbook knowledge to the practical life.

During your internship/job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?

I think the most important part is to be well prepared in both resume and interview. Before handed in my resume and cover letter to my employers, I have gone through all the materials with career service's advisor several times. It really helped me to show my strength in the paper work. In addition, I have looked through the online interview training from career service website. It helped me to build up confidence and be flexible with the answer I prepared.

What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship/job search process?

Our CEHD Career Service is the most helpful resource that helped me to search and be prepared for the internship.

Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?

Show your confidence to employers during the interview. It is a good way to leave a positive impression to the employers. Also, don't forget to send a 'thanks letter' for follow-up with employers after interview.

Success Story | Jiayin (Julia) Qian, Family Social Science

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Jiayin (Julia) Qian, Family Social Science
Internship | The Hoarding Project

How did you learn about your current position?
I got the chance to learn about this position from my major advisor's (Jessie Rudi) information list. She usually forwards lots of useful email about internship position that relevant to our major. After read the email, I started to search more about my passion position from their organization's website.

Describe your position.

My position is a hybrid internship working both with individuals, couples, and families in the community addressing a variety of needs and concerns related to hoarding disorder, as well as conducting research. And the organization I am working for is called The Hoarding Project.

How does your position fit with your long term career goals?

My passion is about the interactions between couples and parents- children communication; it drives me to explore more about family therapy counseling work in community. And this position is definitely a great chance for me to learn more about the clinical work, research and education to individuals who hoard and their communities, as well as to mental health and other professionals who work with hoarding, and the media. So it could provide me a chance to connect our textbook knowledge to the practical life.

During your internship/job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?

I think the most important part is to be well prepared in both resume and interview. Before handed in my resume and cover letter to my employers, I have gone through all the materials with career service's advisor several times. It really helped me to show my strength in the paper work. In addition, I have looked through the online interview training from career service website. It helped me to build up confidence and be flexible with the answer I prepared.

What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship/job search process?

Our CEHD Career Service is the most helpful resource that helped me to search and be prepared for the internship.

Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?

Show your confidence to employers during the interview. It is a good way to leave a positive impression to the employers. Also, don't forget to send a 'thanks letter' for follow-up with employers after interview.

February 5, 2014

Valeria Sinelnikov | Business and Marketing Education, Talks about her Job Fair Experience

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Valeria Sinelnikov
Business and Marketing Education

Why go to the job fair?

There are a couple of really good reasons, and in my opinion the main one is the face to face experience. Because candidates today can apply to practically any job online, employers will appreciate individuals who took the time to come in and meet them in person. Another great reason is the practice. At the job fair, you can practice your networking skills and work on overcoming the initial fear of approaching someone that you never met before in a professional setting. Also, introducing yourself and talking to company recruiters is a great way to repeat your elevator speech and work on your interview skills.


Who do you think should attend the fair?

Some people may think that the job fair is only meant for juniors and seniors. However, this is not true at all. My first time at the job fair was during my freshman year, and even though I was not looking for a job at that time I still learned a lot. For example, I got familiar with a large number of companies that I have never heard about before. Had I not gone to the fair, I would have limited my job search in the future only to the companies that I was familiar with. Therefore, it is wise to spend some time at the job fair learning about the business of different companies. You will be surprised how much you can find out about new opportunity that best match your needs.


What do you recommend doing before attending?

I think that a couple of things are critical before attending:

- Make sure that you look at the list of companies attending and choose the ones that you want to speak to their recruiters. Take some time to research them, so you can have something to talk about to their representatives. Remember that the few minutes that you spend with the recruiters can sometimes be critical.

- Print a couple of copies of your resume. Make sure that is it the most updated copy, and if needed visit the career services for advise!

- Practice your elevator speech, or at least make sure that you have an appropriate opening line to introduce yourself. Also, practice your handshake if you are uncomfortable about it.

- Relax, and set yourself reasonable expectations. You may not get a job offer on the spot, but you for sure will be one step ahead in your job search only by attending. Remember that the job fair is for creating the initial contact with employers and learning about new opportunities. As long as you come to the fair feeling comfortable and with an open mind, you will have fun.

- Bring a binder for the business cards and other materials that you will receive. You do not want to walk around with a pile of papers in your hand. Also, bring a pen so you can write on the back of the business cards some of the things that you talked about with the recruiters. The notes will be useful when thinking about how to begin a follow up email.


Finally, what to wear?

At the fair that I attended, I was impressed that students who wore a business attire rather than casual looking clothes appeared to make a better first impression. Since a job fair is a professional event, definitely go with the business look.

February 3, 2014

Success Story | Yifei (Duke) Lu, Human Resource Development


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Internship Assistant | Minnesota Historical Society

Describe your position.
My position is Internship Assistant, and I am working for the Minnesota Historical Society.

What do you enjoy most about your position? What are some of the challenges?
The thing that I most enjoy is I am working for a great manager. My manager always gives me clear goals, work orders, and schedules. In fact, she helps me to focus on my job and give me less pressure in my work. On the other hand, I also think she can always teach me a lot of things. She is a steady and careful person. I am enjoying working for my manager.

I think what is most challenging is that I need to learn how the American workplace operates. This is my current challenge as an international student, but it is also a great chance to learn.

What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship/job search process?
Networking. I believe the networking is always very important to every job candidate.

During your internship/job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
Being confident. I think this is the very important for a job interview. I think people need to get enough sleep before a job interview, because high quality sleep can help you save energy and this can help you look more confident during a job interview.

Researching the position is the best thing to make a job candidate stand out. They have to show that they know more details about the job and they have their faith to do a better job than other people. Also, if job candidates do research for their positions, it can prove that they really understand the duties of the position and that they are the right person for the position.

Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
Create Your Own Resume and Cover Letter. Have copies of your resume and cover letter ready and bring them with you the first day you begin your job search. You never know who you will meet and who maybe able to help you. You may change the content and tailor your resume and cover letter to match the requirements of the job you're applying for, but, the contact information and your opening and closing paragraphs won't need to be changed.

Be Sharp in Your Professional Dress. First impressions last, and it always very important to be you!

Use Job Search Engines. GoldPass, LinkedIn, and Internship.com. They are always very useful.

January 30, 2014

2014 MN Education Job Fair

Registration for the 2014 MN Education Job Fair is open! Meet school district and education organization representatives, attend district presentations, and interview for jobs. Here are the details:

2014 Minnesota Education Job Fair
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | Minneapolis Convention Center
10:00am - 3:00pm Employer Booths Open
10:00am - 5:00pm Interviewing Area Open

The MN Education Job Fair is open to students and alumni from participating MN colleges and universities. Teacher candidates must be licensed by December 2014. Education services candidates (such as school counselors, school social workers, speech therapists, or school administrators) may also attend.

University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) Registration:
University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) students and alumni should register with CEHD Career Services by Friday, April 4, 2014 at 4:30pm. There is a $20 fee to attend. Need-based fee waivers are available.

Visit the CEHD Career Services website for more information about registration instructions, event logistics, employers attending, and preparation tips.

January 16, 2014

CEHD Alumni & Student Networking Event

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Join us at the CEHD Alumni & Student Networking Event to connect with CEHD alumni, learn about their career paths and practice your networking skills in an informal and casual setting.


Tuesday, February 18, 2014
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Coffman Memorial Union, Mississippi Room (3rd floor)


Need a professional headshot for your LinkedIn profile and other social media? Free headshot photos will be taken at the event!

Complimentary food and refreshments.



RSVP Today!


Sponsored by the CEHD Alumni Society and the CEHD Undergraduate Student Board

December 31, 2013

Teaching positions in Wayzata Public Schools for 2014-2015

Beginning in January, Wayzata Public Schools will be scheduling preliminary interviews for anticipated 2014-15 teacher openings. Whether you are just beginning your career or are a seasoned veteran considering a career change, Wayzata Public Schools want to hear from you if you meet the following requirements.

• Must TRULY believe in the ability of each and every student to achieve excellence, and are confident in your ability to teach and assess all levels/types of learners.
• Must be able to follow trends and ensure that the preparation of today's children is always focused on preparing them for the world in which they will live and work.
• Must possess the communication skills necessary to work together with colleagues, parents and students to ensure maximum student achievement and professional growth.
•Must have a high level of knowledge in your subject matter. If you are an elementary teacher this means that you must be strong in all core subjects.
•ALL CANDIDATES MUST HAVE THE INTEGRITY TO DO THE RIGHT THING IN THE RIGHT WAY AT THE RIGHT TIME, EVEN WHEN NO ONE IS AWARE. 
If you meet all of these requirements above and feel that Wayzata Public Schools is the place that you want to call your home away from home, please apply online to job number 14-100.These are preliminary interviews for jobs that we anticipate having open for the 2014-15 school year. They are not representative of current active openings. This will be an excellent opportunity for you to learn more about Wayzata Public Schools and an opportunity for us to learn about you. 


More Information: www.wayzata.k12.mn.us/jobpostings

Wayzata Public Schools Facebook!

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December 30, 2013

Employer Spotlight | Target

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Describe your organization.
From our Minneapolis-based headquarters to over 1,800 stores and more than 35 distribution centers across the U.S. and Canada, Target offers a world of possibilities in an environment that will encourage you to innovate and contribute ideas. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week.

What do your employees enjoy most about Target? What are some of the challenges your employees face?
Many of our team members enjoy the people they're able to work with and the overall culture of Target. Target focuses on hiring great leaders with diverse backgrounds, which allows you to gain many different perspectives while having fun at work. Target's culture is focused on team, development and results. You are able to continuously look at your development and work with leaders to grow personally and professionally.
At Target, we realize there are different ways to lead teams, and we value diverse perspectives and leadership styles. Target leverages each individual team member's strengths and opportunities to help our team become the best they can be.

When looking for employees, what do you search for?
Our ideal candidate is someone who enjoys working within a team, can motivate and inspire others, and has the ability to lead and engage teams to provide a great guest experience. Target focuses on continuous improvement, and great teams allow us to become better.

What tips do you have to share with students or business professional that are looking to enter the workforce?
We certainly recommend you do your research before applying for a position. Determine what is important to you and where you want to be long-term. Don't focus on using positions as stepping stones; rather, start with a role you will truly enjoy. This will make the journey a lot more enjoyable!

December 4, 2013

Teaching Temps Employment Open House

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Teaching Temps, Inc. provides new teachers with teaching experience at a variety of levels, networking in area schools, and a competitive wage. Teaching Temps full time employees also receive benefits. Many teachers receive offers for full-time positions after working with Teaching Temps! Teaching Temps is actively seeking teachers with certification and teachers working on certification for full-time and part-time positions. Everyone is welcome and highly encouraged to come to the Teaching Temps Employment Open House!

Success Story: Mykenna Yesnes & Whitney Zahn, Elementary Education

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Answered By: Mykenna Yesnes (Right in picture) and Whitney Zahn (Left in picture)

What are your positions? What school is it for?
We are currently practicum students in Clara Barton Open School in Minneapolis.
How did you learn about this opportunity?
Three practicum blocks are required for the undergraduate Elementary Education program. Next year as seniors, we will finish the other two practicum blocks (reading and special education). For placements this semester, we ranked schools we preferred to work at. Mykenna knew the principal of Barton and really wanted to work in his school.
Describe your positions.
As an introductory practicum, we don't teach in front of the class yet, but rather act as a cooperating teacher when there is work time. Students see us as another instructor in the class and ask similar questions that they ask their teacher, Penny. Much of the introductory practicum is about observing the main instructor and getting a feel for classroom.
What do you most enjoy about your position? What are some of the challenges?
The kids are hands down the most enjoyable part of this position. Being able to help students find the answer to a difficult math problem or work through a paragraph they've been slaving away on is the most rewarding feeling...cliché, I know! But, it's so true! Often times, students forget my role as a teacher and treat me more as a friend. When I come in the morning and when I leave in the afternoon, many of my girls will race over to hug me, which is not how they would treat their teacher. It's difficult to maintain a professional role in the classroom while creating relationships with the students we have come to know over the past couple months.
How does your position fit with your long-term career goals?
Mykenna: This position directly reflects what I imagine myself doing down the road. I'm currently placed in a mixed 3rd and 4th grade classroom, which is my ideal grade to teach in the future. I absolutely love the school I'm placed in. Barton is one of the best elementary schools in Minneapolis and I'd be extremely lucky to work in a school of its caliber in the future.
Whitney: My experience at Clara Barton elementary school has been rewarding in a variety of ways. I have become more aware of the variety of schools I have the potential to teach in and the different goals each school has set for their students. Working in a combined third and fourth grade classroom was quite daunting at first but I have become accustomed to the classroom environment and could not imagine helping out anywhere else. In my future classroom, I hope to work with 3rd or 4th graders because of my experience at Clara Barton. I have gained a great deal of confidence from this semester in the classroom and I look forward to the experiences and challenges that lie ahead for me.
During your job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
Fortunately, when being placed at a school site for each practicum, there isn't much competition between other undergraduate students. Generally speaking, students are able to work at their 1st or 2nd preferred school site. However, in the future when applying for jobs, it will be extremely beneficial having the amount of experience the University of Minnesota has provided their undergraduates. After graduating from the masters program, University of Minnesota students are somewhere between 5-7 times more qualified than others due to the rigorous and integrated program.
Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
Bring a notepad to school and take notes! It is a great gift to be able to observe teachers who've been teaching for 20+ years and you'll want to document it. Ask for their advice and insight, as they're the best resource for your future. Create great relationships with your cooperating teachers, so you can revisit their classroom in the future or gain more knowledge from them!

Success Story: Mykenna Yesnes & Whitney Zahn, Elementary Education

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Answered By: Mykenna Yesnes (Right in picture) and Whitney Zahn (Left in picture)

What are your positions? What school is it for?
We are currently practicum students in Clara Barton Open School in Minneapolis.
How did you learn about this opportunity?
Three practicum blocks are required for the undergraduate Elementary Education program. Next year as seniors, we will finish the other two practicum blocks (reading and special education). For placements this semester, we ranked schools we preferred to work at. Mykenna knew the principal of Barton and really wanted to work in his school.
Describe your positions.
As an introductory practicum, we don't teach in front of the class yet, but rather act as a cooperating teacher when there is work time. Students see us as another instructor in the class and ask similar questions that they ask their teacher, Penny. Much of the introductory practicum is about observing the main instructor and getting a feel for classroom.
What do you most enjoy about your position? What are some of the challenges?
The kids are hands down the most enjoyable part of this position. Being able to help students find the answer to a difficult math problem or work through a paragraph they've been slaving away on is the most rewarding feeling...cliché, I know! But, it's so true! Often times, students forget my role as a teacher and treat me more as a friend. When I come in the morning and when I leave in the afternoon, many of my girls will race over to hug me, which is not how they would treat their teacher. It's difficult to maintain a professional role in the classroom while creating relationships with the students we have come to know over the past couple months.
How does your position fit with your long-term career goals?
Mykenna: This position directly reflects what I imagine myself doing down the road. I'm currently placed in a mixed 3rd and 4th grade classroom, which is my ideal grade to teach in the future. I absolutely love the school I'm placed in. Barton is one of the best elementary schools in Minneapolis and I'd be extremely lucky to work in a school of its caliber in the future.
Whitney: My experience at Clara Barton elementary school has been rewarding in a variety of ways. I have become more aware of the variety of schools I have the potential to teach in and the different goals each school has set for their students. Working in a combined third and fourth grade classroom was quite daunting at first but I have become accustomed to the classroom environment and could not imagine helping out anywhere else. In my future classroom, I hope to work with 3rd or 4th graders because of my experience at Clara Barton. I have gained a great deal of confidence from this semester in the classroom and I look forward to the experiences and challenges that lie ahead for me.
During your job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
Fortunately, when being placed at a school site for each practicum, there isn't much competition between other undergraduate students. Generally speaking, students are able to work at their 1st or 2nd preferred school site. However, in the future when applying for jobs, it will be extremely beneficial having the amount of experience the University of Minnesota has provided their undergraduates. After graduating from the masters program, University of Minnesota students are somewhere between 5-7 times more qualified than others due to the rigorous and integrated program.
Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
Bring a notepad to school and take notes! It is a great gift to be able to observe teachers who've been teaching for 20+ years and you'll want to document it. Ask for their advice and insight, as they're the best resource for your future. Create great relationships with your cooperating teachers, so you can revisit their classroom in the future or gain more knowledge from them!

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