We are pleased to invite you to West Virginia University’s 1st Mountaineer University Employer Summit on July 15th and 16th, 2015 at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown, WV. As an alum, you want WVU to be the best, and this event is a great way to show your support and give back to the institution. Whether you have a history of hiring our students or are exploring the possibility of recruiting at WVU, Mountaineer University will give you the tools to develop and grow an innovative recruitment strategy. Even if you’re not in a direct hiring role, you can encourage your organization to attend by sharing this information with your Human Resources Department.
The event will include a campus tour in addition to the opportunity to network and engage with other employers, University leaders, faculty members and students. In conjunction with some of our employer partners, we will facilitate breakout sessions regarding branding strategies, research opportunities, investing in the University, how to make the most of your experiential learning programs and much more! The event will conclude with an afternoon BBQ picnic and zip canopy tour at our state-of-the-art Outdoor Education Center on Thursday, July 16th.
This event is free to attend, and the complimentary registration will include all meals, parking, and event activities!
If you are interested in sponsoring the 2015 Mountaineer University Employer Summit, please review our available sponsorship option. We are eager to share our University with you and hope that you will be able to attend!
As alumni of West Virginia University, one of the easiest ways you can give back to your alma mater is by recruiting a Mountaineer to work at your company. This weekend, December graduates will leave Morgantown with wonderful skills and a passionate attitude. Some of them will need our help in landing their first job out of college.
That’s where you come in. There are a number of ways you can help our new graduates, as well as those alumni who are looking to change careers. First of all, if you have a job with your company, make sure you share it with us and we can share on our various social media sites, including our LinkedIn page, as well as post on WVU Career Services MountaineerTRAK.
Additionally, you can come to campus and meet our students during the 2015 Career Fair in February. This is a great way for you to meet these future grads while providing them an opportunity to start honing their professional interviewing and networking skills. Landing those key internships and permanent positions is challenging in today’s competitive work force, so providing students and alumni with great opportunities is crucial to their success.
We hope you’ll consider getting involved in the University’s efforts as we begin a new year. Let’s Go Mountaineers!
In a few short weeks, we will welcome the Class of 2014 as our newest members of our alumni family. That will expand our Mountaineer family to a little more than 194,000 alumni worldwide. It’s amazing and wonderful.
Many of these new grads will be heading off to new jobs Some will go to grad school. Others will be looking for jobs or moving to new cities.
As WVU alum, you have the wonderful ability to be a lifeline to some of these young alums. You can:
- Mentor an alum who needs career guidance or advice.
- Reach out to those moving to or living in your area. Invite them to a chapter event or other WVU activities
- Hire them. Or if you can’t hire them, maybe you know someone who can.
I’m sure many of you remember leaving the University and being a little scared of what the future held. So, we hope you will take this opportunity to be a Mountaineer and reach out to these graduates and help them get a great start on their new adventures! As we hear over and over, WVU grads are the most passionate people out there, and we know that we can count on you to welcome our newest alums to the family!
Let’s Gooooo Mountaineers!
Job seekers are usually finding it’s not an easy task to land their dream career! There are lots of bumps in the winding road to professional success. So, I thought it would be fun to focus on a few common complaints and some possible explanations! Just keep this in mind so you don’t get discouraged next time you encounter a road block.
“I keep sending my resume out but nobody ever calls me.” If you haven’t been networking in addition to sending out resumes, you’re possibly missing out because the employers are hiring referrals rather than an unknown candidate. Rework your cover letter and be sure you are targeting it specific for each position, and make small changes to your resume to make it better fit the job as well. Do your research and follow-up on jobs you apply for to show you’re a serious candidate. Read job postings closely and make sure you are applying only to jobs for which you are adequately qualified and interested.
“There just aren’t any jobs posted in my field.” Pay attention to keywords and be sure to search under multiple job titles that are similar. Again, since so many employers have referral programs, lots of jobs are never posted – do your networking. Be creative in your focus. If you want to work in marketing, look at advertising, media, PR or events jobs since they are closely related, and consider working in the marketing department in companies to get experience.
“I never get past the phone screen/first round.” You must be doing something right to have gotten a call back in the first place. Maybe you should spend a little more time preparing for interviews or try to practice. Make sure you keep track of everything you apply for so you can refer to it if you do get a call. If you hear back from an employer that they chose another candidate, ask for feedback or pointers for how you might have done better.
“I need experience to get a job but I just graduated.” Think about how you can do other things to get experience, like internships or volunteer work. Consider signing up with a temp agency to get some work history to boost your resume. Don’t underestimate the importance of work like retail, babysitting, food service or lifeguarding. You have likely developed some excellent skills such as customer service, problem-solving, teamwork, decision-making and multitasking, which all hold value to prospective employers.
Written by Shannon Gallo (‘99 BS, ‘01 MS). Shannon is a member of the NY-NJ Metro Chapter and is Manager of Career Services for CUNY School of Professional Studies in New York City.
Season’s Greetings Mountaineers!
The year 2013 is coming to a close. As we look back on the past twelve months, our University has once again witnessed a year of change. The campus has been a flurry of activity, including major construction projects aimed at enhancing the student experience, while providing our faculty and staff with much needed resources.
Our alumni remain the backbone of our University. I am reminded of that every day. You always proudly carry the Flying WV. You remain engaged and involved in alumni events and activities. Students benefit from your loyalty through mentoring opportunities and scholarships. And, you maintain your unwavering commitment to service – in your own communities – even after you leave WVU. In the coming year, we hope you will renew that commitment and identify additional opportunities for you to help your alma mater be the very best it can be.
I want to close by thanking President Jim Clements and his wife, Beth, for their service to WVU. Jim’s leadership has helped our University maneuver the changing (and challenging) landscape of higher education while continuing to focus on our mission as a land grant institution. We wish he and his family well in the next leg of their journey. If you would like to leave a note of thanks/well wishes to President Clements, you can send to email@example.com. But know the University is in good hands. We’re pleased to welcome Dr. Gordon Gee back to WVU. President Gee’s energy, expertise and passion for WVU will serve us well during the coming months. We look forward to 2014.
Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season to you and your family.
The WVU Alumni Association celebrated five years in The Erickson Alumni Center earlier this month. Since that time, hundreds of thousands of alumni, friends and visitors have entered the facility using the Ware Family Alumni Walk which is lined with bricks honoring loved ones, commemorating special events, and showcasing the Mountaineer pride.
WVU alumna Bobbie Godbey (‘04, ‘05) is one hundreds of individuals who took advantage of the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of her and her family, including her mother Jami Myers (PhD ‘06) and her sister, Samantha Godbey (08, ‘10). Bobbie, who now lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and fellow grad, Ryan Lewis (‘05, ‘10), notes, “This was a way to not only recognize our accomplishments, but also our love for our university. It’s also neat that now I live 3,000 miles away from Morgantown, and I’m still a part of the University.”
The Ware Family Alumni Walk provides a beautiful setting where alumni can view their brick, reminisce about their time at WVU or celebrate a major milestone. The bricks make wonderful gifts for that favorite Mountaineer in your family!
The WVU Alumni Association is accepting brick orders for the coming year. Alumni can purchase small bricks or larger pavers with the Flying WV logo on them. For those individuals interested in making a larger gift, can consider purchasing a granite bench or column. Bricks ordered by the end of the year (December 31, 2013) will be placed on the walk in May 2014, prior to graduation.
For more information, visit our special gifts page or go to the WVU Alumni Association webpage and click on the brick icon located on the lower, right-hand side of the page. If you have additional questions, contact Nicole Riggleman at 304-293-0971.
WVU alumni are proud. They are proud of their professional accomplishments, their personal achievements and their time at the University.
And, we’re pleased to be able to lift up and celebrate those successes through our 2013-14 Alumni Directory. This project has been a tremendous undertaking, but we are pleased by the response from our alumni in sharing information with their classmates and fellow grads. The response is just another example of the passion and pride shared by Mountaineers worldwide.
As you can imagine, gathering information on more than 190,000 graduates is a rather huge undertaking. We started collecting information last November and wrapped up that phase in early May. Now we are in the “editing” phase and that should be completed within the next month. Those who purchased a directory can expect to receive them late-fall. The picture shown here is a sneak peek at the cover of the directory.
A few fun facts about our directory:
We are editing more than 1,500 pages in the alphabetical listing alone.
We collected/verified more than 196,500 pieces of information from alumni.
Alumni purchased 4,184 directories and/or CDs.
Not only is this information wonderful for your fellow grads to enjoy, but it also allows us to keep you with you and continue to enhance our communication to you – no matter where you live.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to update their information and news – what a wonderful tribute to the Mountaineer pride and a great celebration of our fellow alumni. And, a special thank you to those who purchased a copy of the directory. We appreciate your support and hope you enjoy reading about our wonderful alumni and friends.
Let’s Go Mountaineers!
In Morgantown we have been anxiously awaiting Spring to arrive! With a few late March snowstorms and cold temperatures, we weren’t sure if it would ever get here. But now that it’s here, the WVU Alumni Association staff, chapter volunteers, and others have been busy planning special events to bring Mountaineers together.
If you haven’t attended a local chapter or alumni event in your area, you are missing out! Not only are these events a great way to network with fellow Mountaineers, but they also offer unique opportunities and a lot of fun. In the next few months, we’ll have numerous events taking place all over the country.
Next weekend, we’ll welcome back black alumni for a special reunion to be held in conjunction with our annual Alumni Leaders Institute and the Gold & Blue Spring Game. And, in June, our 50+ year graduates will return to campus for Graduate Emeritus Weekend. These on-campus events provide alumni with a chance to return to their alma mater and become re-engaged with the University. This in turn helps us enhance our alumni presence, assist with the recruitment of future students, and provide networking opportunities for alumni and current students.
At the end of April (27th), the Low Country Mountaineers (Charleston, SC), RTP Chapter (Raleigh), Charlotte Chapter, and the Central Virginia Chapter are kicking things off with some great events for WVU alumni and friends, including a barbecue/pepperoni bake-off, steeple chase, golf tournament, and NASCAR event. I know our staff is excited about these great events and certainly appreciate the time and effort our volunteers put into making them happen.
The summer will be just as busy with golf tournaments (including the Alumni Association’s Gold & Blue Golf Tournament on July 26), pig roasts, family picnics, our Alumni Luncheon on Capitol Hill, the NCAC Crab Feast, and much, much more! We hope you will consider joining fellow Mountaineers at one of these unique events. Click here for a calendar of events – be sure to check back, as events are added daily!
See you soon!
When I think about what I did to find a job after graduation, I think about how the process had nothing to do with “after graduation.” My search for a job began with seeking the perfect institute to continue my education.
West Virginia University was the second school I visited with my parents, and the last. The Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism sold me with its high academic standards, informative advisors and invested professors. I knew I would not be just a number at WVU.
Once I was acclimated to the university, I sought connections within the journalism school. During my sophomore year, I reached out to Jason Broadwater, an advisor for the school at the time. I discussed with him the possibilities of internships I could apply for and work toward. He informed me about a prestigious internship with GolinHarris in DC. To help me connect with the firm, Mr. Broadwater introduced me to Mike Fulton who worked at GolinHarris at that time. When Mr. Fulton was in Morgantown, we met briefly in the Mountainlair. We discussed GolinHarris, his place in the company, my future goals and prospective plans.
After Mr. Fulton and I got acquainted, I reached out to see if he would mind me shadowing him at the office. By visiting, I was able to see what the firm was about and discuss my chances of joining the GolinHarris team. He let me down easy.
I was a good student, even as a sophomore. Unfortunately, that isn’t enough. I needed experience, and Mr. Fulton was honest about that fact. Although the rejection stung at the time, I knew he was right. Shortly after, Mr. Fulton introduced me to Tara Curtis at the WVU Alumni Association. After interviewing with Ms. Curtis, I started my very first internship.
I wrote press releases, spotlight stories on alumni, helped edit the yearly calendars and helped coordinate and host events. I gained real world experience at the WVU Alumni Association, as well as new connections. Through new connections and old, I also interned for Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Central West Virginia and WVU Extension Services.
A year later, I still visited Mr. Fulton at GolinHarris on breaks. Then, in January of my junior year, I was offered the GolinHarris internship position for the summer 2012. Of course, I accepted. After the internship, I completed my last semester at WVU and graduated this past December. I returned to GolinHarris on January 16 as a full-time employee.
My search didn’t begin in December of 2012. I wouldn’t have a position at GolinHarris without interning for them. I wouldn’t have interned for them without gaining experience. I wouldn’t have those experiences without meeting Mr. Fulton. I wouldn’t have met Mr. Fulton without talking to Mr. Broadwater. And I wouldn’t have talked with Mr. Broadwater if I hadn’t chosen to attend WVU.
Alicia Elkin graduated in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
WVU students preparing to enter the workforce will soon be asking “what did I do wrong”? Not long ago, a good GPA nearly guaranteed a recent grad an acceptable starter job. Unfortunately, today our soon-to-be fellow WVU alums may not be experiencing the same good fortune. But, there may be something simple that you, as a fellow Mountaineer, can do to help.
And while there are multiple factors in the hiring process, many students on the verge of graduation are finding that they may not fully understand what employers are hoping to find in a strong resume in today’s competitive job market.
A mere decade ago, a student was “career ready” if he or she had performed well academically, received a quality education and was prepared to discuss his or her qualifications in a face-to-face interview. There is no argument that academic performance remains the most important component of career readiness. However, it has now become critical for a potential employee to demonstrate other non-academic activities and achievements that have better prepared them for a particular career opportunity. Skills and experiences outside the classroom such as leadership roles in student organizations, study abroad or fluency in a second language can be items on a resume that sets them apart from the other applicants and wins them the all important interview.
Of all the knowledge and skills that a student can amass from extracurricular activities, none is more important to developing a strong resume in the 21st century than presenting some degree of career-related experience. Touted under the auspicious heading of Experiential Learning (aka internships), a variety of programs exist that can be paid or unpaid, not-for or for-credit, or even some that may be full time or part time. Whether it is through a paid learning experience, a formal co-op program or simply volunteering in a career-related setting, nothing impresses a potential employer more than knowing that an applicant has some practical experience in their career field of choice.
So, as loyal WVU alumni what can we do to help? It may be as simple as suggesting to your employer that they consider bringing a WVU student on for a paid or unpaid (preferably paid) summer experience. Or better yet, if you are self-employed or are in a position to hire/place a student worker within your company, consider the advantages of bringing a student to your operation.
Our WVU students and grads rank among the nation’s leaders for their work ethic and career readiness, and they are extremely bright, energetic and bring a certain passion and freshness to the workplace that is contagious. In light of our unstable economy, it is clear that we may not always be in a position to help our fellow Mountaineers by hiring them for full-time positions, but considering some form of experiential learning program just may be something you can do.
To learn more about how you can help our current students and new grads, contact us or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org!
Director, WVU Career Services
Asst. Director, WVU Career Services
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