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Penske Truck Leasing Company Positions Available

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Penske_logo_color.jpgPenske Trucking Leasing Company is hosting on-campus interviews on December 10th! They have an interview sign up for their PT Rental Agent position and their full-time Management Sales Trainee program. The Rental Agent position is a great part-time postition for a college student. While the full-time Management Sales Trainee program is a wonderful entry level sales position.

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Success Story | Amanda Rydberg, English Education ILP

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Name: Amanda Rydberg amanda head shot.jpg
U of M program: English Education
Graduation Date: May 2013
Employer: Colegio Inglés, Torreón
Position: 6th Grade Teacher

1. How did you learn about your current position?
I attended the Minnesota Education Job Fair and met the director of my school there. There was an entire row of international schools at the fair, and I went there right away. I researched all the schools that I was interested in the night before and had a cover letters prepared for the fair addressed with the recruiters' names and specifically addressing their mission.

2. Describe the application and interview process.
Since I met my supervisor at the job fair, I scheduled an interview with her for later that day. After the initial interview, she encouraged me to apply online. One important thing that she mentioned was to upload a picture with my resume and application materials to help her remember our interview and who I was. I also thought it was interesting in the interview and application that they were asking about things such as marital status and any health issues- those are generally things that U.S. employers are not allowed to ask or discriminate on. International schools might do things a little differently. [It is common practice for international schools to require a picture and personal information such as marital status.]

3. How did you make yourself stand out during the job search?
I always researched the school ahead of time if possible, or used the interview to find out what they valued in teachers. In the case of Colegio Inglés, they are looking for teachers who really understand child development. I emphasized my experience with children, which goes back farther than my teaching experience, and I had no international experience to talk about. I included work with summer camps, volunteering, and tutoring. During the interview, I also had some stories that I had prepared which highlighted my understanding of and experience working with kids.

4. Looking back, what did you find to be the most helpful during job search process?
I talked to people who I wanted as references early on. I asked right away if I could put them as references and let them know what kinds of jobs I would be applying for. I invited them to observe me in student teaching if they hadn't already. Since they are all busy people, I was glad I scheduled that time sooner rather than later.

My cooperating teacher was especially helpful as a mentor during my job search. She gave me advice on what to talk about during interviews and shared the wisdom that she gained from her own experience landing a teaching job.

It also took me a long time to get psyched up for the job search process, so I'm glad I started back in January adding a little bit to my cover letters, resume, and searches every day. That way it wasn't so overwhelming by April. One thing that really helped when writing cover letters was to read the teacher job description for schools that really inspired me and craft my teaching philosophy around those descriptions.

5. Did you utilize career services (on-campus interviews, career events, appointment(s), online resources)? If so, what was your experience like?
I registered for the job fair through CEHD career services/GoldPASS. I also used some of the campus interview events as both networking and practice interviewing. It was really helpful to interview with schools before I even started seriously searching. It helped me figure out what my teaching practice was about and what I should focus on in interviews.

6. What advice would you like to share with others about your experience finding a position in another country?
Be ready for anything because International schools run on a much different schedule and have different expectations. I was offered this job before most school districts had even started emailing candidates and it was a hard decision whether I wanted to accept a job before I had any other offers to compare it to. I also really had to manage my expectations of what the school would be like because the only information I had was from flyers/videos and other promotional materials. I couldn't go see it for myself so I had to be comfortable with some things being unknown.

Work Effects Looking for HRD and Marketing Interns!

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Work Effects, an HR strategy consulting company, is looking for a Human Resource Development Intern and a Marketing Communications Intern.

Work Effects is currently looking for an energetic, organized, detail-oriented undergraduate or graduate student to serve as our HRD Intern. This person will assist in creating leadership development curricula, training materials, and administrative guidebooks to support our suite of Leadership and Organization Development products. Find out more information WE HRD Intern Job Description Spring 2014.docx

Work Effects is currently looking for a detail-oriented student with expertise in marketing and an interest in HR and consulting. This intern will be responsible for performing a variety of marketing communications, and sales-related activities in an HR consulting context. Find out more information WE MarCom Intern Job Description Spring 2014.docx

Minneapolis Kids is Hosting Job Fairs and Hiring!

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The Minneapolis Public School District's after school program called Minneapolis Kids is hiring both permanent and substitute positions! Minneapolis Kids are looking for energetic college students who could work afternoon hours. This experience provides a great hands-on experience for college students. Minneapolis Kids said, "Our students feed off the energy and passion that college students bring!"

Check out the flier with details on their upcoming Job Fair.Minneapolis Kids Hiring Fair (1).pdf

Apply anytime online!

Success Story: Austin Kennedy, Park and Leisure Studies

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IMG_0137.JPGWhat was your position? What organization is it for?
Craft Immersion Internship Position, at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota.

How did you learn about this position?
I found out by word of mouth. I had previously been to the school and heard they were offering new internships opportunities.

Describe your position.
North House Folk School's Internship program is dedicated to preserving the future of traditional craft by nurturing an interest in craft education & hands-on learning. Interns increase their awareness of and exposure to various responsibilities involved with non-profit education and program management. Interns play an active role in the day-to-day campus coordination, public outreach, administrative support, and the developing of traditional craft skills.

What do you most enjoy about your position? What are some of the challenges?
I greatly enjoyed the connections I made with the students. As an intern I support and participate in the mission/vision of the North House Folk School: "enriching lives and building community by teaching traditional northern crafts in a student-centered learning environment that inspires the hands, the heart and the mind." The ideals of teamwork, dedication, responsibility, efficiency and creativity are central to the success of the organization.

The internship's work schedule and time commitments are divided among various roles, each of which is directly connected to the daily affairs and educational vision of campus. It is a long dedicated commitment but the reward of doing such wonderful work in unhindered by its challenges.

How does your position fit with your long-term career goals?
I plan to continue down the road of Outdoor Education, and this hands-on experience gave me the skills that will prepare me for the work in my field. I believe in the connection of nature and preservation, whether it's crafts, skills, relationships, or the natural world.

During your job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
I took great strides to ensure that my personality resonated through my entire resume and cover letter. I dutifully went through the job description and the history of the organization to entice my interviewers to understand my passion and desire for the intern position.

Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
Do your homework, prepare for interview questions based on the job descriptions. Rework your resume with help from Career Services, use the tools and resources you have available to you while at University. Above all, be yourself, show your personality and be confident.

Project Footsteps Job Openings!

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Project Footsteps, Inc. is offering positions for Youth Leadership Retreat Coordinator, Human Resource Assistant, Business Administration Intern, Marketing & Development Coordinator, and Graphic Designer!

About Project Footsteps:

Project Footsteps is a non-profit organization that serves to inspire, empower and prepare young people to be agents of change and become social leaders within their schools, communities and organizations. Since 2008 we have provided youth driven program experiences both long-term and introductory level that have inspired thousands of students to become leaders in action.

Check out the positions on GoldPASS: Youth Leadership Retreat Coordinator, Human Resource Assistant, Business Administration Intern, Marketing & Development Coordinator, and Graphic Designer

Special Education Screening Fair!

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Minneapolis Public Schools are hosting a Special Education Screening Fair November 22nd from 8:00am-4:00pm!
Minneapolis Public Schools are seeking individuals who are:

-Fully licensed in Special Ecuation (EBD, LD, DCD, ECSE, ABS, ASD)

-Special Education Teachers with Autism Certification

-December 2013 Special Education Graduates

To be considered for this opportunity, please contact: Cherse Williams, HR Consultant, at 612-668-0503

Employer Spotlight | Fraser

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Describe your organization.
Fraser serves children and adults with more than 60 types of mental and physical disabilities, and is Minnesota's largest and most experienced provider of autism services. Fraser School provides childcare and early childhood education for young children with typical needs and special needs. Fraser offers an array of housing and in-home support options for people with disabilities in the Twin Cities area. Our programs are nationally recognized for their high quality, innovation, and individualized, family-centered approach.

What do your employees enjoy about Fraser? What are some of the challenges they face?
In our recently annual survey, Fraser employees stated that they love the work they do in working with the clients. Fraser employees across the organization derive satisfaction in contributing to the mission and vision of Fraser. In addition to the value they find in their work, Fraser employees enjoy flexibility in their jobs, opportunities for personal and career growth while enjoying a collaborative work environment with great co-workers!

Fraser is a rapidly expanding non-profit as we seek to provide quality services to clients. Our vision is to provide regional services so that clients never have to travel more than 35 miles or 35 minutes from their homes. As we expand to new locations, employees are continuously challenged to work collaboratively and strategically in order to contribute to best practices in Autism services while continuing to provide the quality of service that clients have come to expect from established locations.

When you are looking for employees, what do you search for?
-We seek employees who are passionate about the Fraser mission which is "to make a meaningful and lasting difference in the lives of children, adults and families with special needs. We accomplish this by providing education, healthcare and housing services."
-In addition to being passionate about the mission of Fraser, we all seek employees who would serve as an example of the Fraser Employee Credo "I am passionate for the client, I am committed to success and I value relationships"
-We look for employees who are positive, team oriented and promote/embrace change.

Do you have any tips to share with students or business professional that are looking to enter the workforce?
-Always submit an updated resume and cover letter explaining why you are interested in working for the company
-Resumes - ensure your resume displays your skill sets accurately to show how your background aligns with the requirements of the position you applied for.
-Research the company to make sure the culture and job are the right fit for you!

Fraser has a variety of part time and full time opportunities available across all divisions, if you are interested in employment with Fraser, please go to our website to submit an application at

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