Resources for Multicultural/Students of Color Internship or Job Searches



Students of Color

     The job search for graduates is often a difficult process but studies show that it is even more challenging for minorities. Several factors play into this outcome, however, the issue of unconscious bias of interviewers is an essential one. With the lack of minorities in job positions, students of color may not have access to certain connections or resources to help with the journey. Due to lack of mentors, anticipated discrimination in the workplace, discouragement in applying to graduate school or specific jobs, and financial barriers; students of color often experience barriers in their job search.

Preparation can be an intimidating barrier for graduates and students of color; therefore, we want to provide some intentional resources to help you in your excursion. These resources take into consideration the diversity of backgrounds, race and ethnicities that job-seekers possess:

Black Career Women — professional development of black women
Diversity — Website promoting jobs with employers committed to diversity.
Diversity Job-Seeker Resources — a collection of resources for diverse job-seekers from  Quintessential Careers
Equal Opportunity Publications — Resources for women, members of minority groups, and people with disabilities. — one-stop career and self-development site devoted to serving the cultural and career-related needs of all minorities
Resources for Women, Minorities, and Other Affinity Groups and Audiences — a collection of resources from The Riley Guide
The Black Collegian Online — Career Site for Students and Professionals of Color
Diversity Jobs-Site that offers career tips, job boards, scholarships, info blogs and for

Warning Signs you’re Burnt out at Work!


What Exactly Is Burnout?

“A lot of burnout really has to do with experiencing chronic stress,” says Dr. Ballard, who is the head of the APA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program. “In those situations, the demands being placed on you exceed the resources you have available to deal with the stressors.” Left unchecked, burnout can wreak havoc on your health, happiness, relationships and job performance. In order to catch burnout and combat it early, it’s important to know what to look out for.

• Exhaustion

• Lack of Motivation

• Frustration, Cynicism and Other Negative Emotions

• Setting your alarm too early to use the snooze button.

• Being depleted after work.

• Inconsistent sleep patterns.

• Feeling liberated after a Friday at work.

• Dreading every Monday.

• Fantasizing about quitting.

• Constantly feeling overwhelmed.

• Rarely feeling like you’re progressing.

• Being cynical.

• Over-complaining to your partner.

• Dreading a new job search.


Building your BRAND on Social Media


Social Media continues to be a rapidly growing platform for people to connect. It can be used to display a collection of great things about yourself. Whether you’re looking to change your career, apply for a new job or add to your network contacts, it is essential for your audience to know who you are.

The ability to let the world know who you are, what you’re about and your dedication to those efforts come from your brands power. One of the greatest ways to build your brand is through the use of social media.

Here are some tips to building your brand on Social Media

  1. Choose social media platforms that support your image.Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Twitter & YouTube are a few good ones to name.
  2. Provide content that is valuable and that readers want to read and share.Be mindful how you use the social media platform because what you post is important.All content shared should be to build your brand, not harm it.
  3. Identify areas of expertise.What do you want to be known for? Be consistent.
  4. Embrace authenticity and transparency. People want to know that you’re a human being with opinion and thought.
  5. Use good Photos-Pictures are worth a thousand words and it couldn’t be truer on social media. Your photos speak volumes about your brand.One of the best ways to get out there, is to take great consideration in your brand power. Get out there and BRAND the most valuable asset to your life…YOU!


9 Holiday Gift Ideas That Will Take Your Career to the Next Level


1. A tablet
Whether you’re an Apple or Microsoft fan, both tech giants have new tablets for sale this holiday season. The Microsoft Windows Surface comes with a built-in keyboard, USB port and, as an added bonus, complete access to Microsoft Office programs. Apple’s latest tablet, the iPad Mini, does everything a regular iPad does, but in a slim 7.9-inch display. Both products are perfect for work AND play.
2. A pair of sneakers
Did you know that people who exercise make more money at work? It’s true; according to a recent study from the Journal of Labor Research, employees who exercise earn nine percent more than their lazier counterparts. So if you want to up that paycheck, consider asking for a new pair of sneaks and get ready to hit the pavement to shed those unwanted holiday pounds.
3. Membership to a professional organization
Have you been wanting to get involved in a professional organization related to your career field but don’t want to shell out the cash to join? Now’s your chance to have someone else pay your dues and still reap the benefits. Think about your career path and research the organizations that most closely align with your goals. For example, if you’re a PR professional, consider the Public Relations Society of America; if you’re a journalist, try the Society of Professional Journalists.
4. Spa gift certificate
Picture yourself wrapped in a cozy robe, sipping tea and catching up on a good book before indulging in a heavenly 50-minute massage. There’s definitely something to be said for total relaxation to de-stress, recharge and kickstart your creativity at work. Who wouldn’t be a better worker after some time off to get pampered?
5. Coffee
The gift of caffeine! What motivated young go-getter wouldn’t appreciate a little extra boost of energy in their day? I’m partial to my Keurig (this machine has seriously changed my life), but you also can’t go wrong with a Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts gift card. Many coffee shops even sell reusable coffee mugs that make buying that daily buzz cheaper and greener.
6. Practical gift card
If you must go the gift card route, consider asking for one for something practical like gift cards for gas or groceries. It may seem boring, but let’s face it: most young pros aren’t exactly rolling in the dough. It pains me each week I fill up my tank or fork over $40 at Trader Joe’s when I could be spending my own hard-earned money on something a little more fun.
7. Magazine subscription
Even though e-readers are all the rage, receiving a magazine in your mailbox each month is definitely still something to get excited about. Plus, consider reading magazines as research! There are plenty of business- and career-related publications out there. And if you want to land your own freelance article in a publication, the best way to perfect your pitch is to understand the magazine’s writing style.
8. A beautiful painting or print to decorate your office space
Need to find a little inspiration at work? In this article, Kelley Moore, the author of Cube Chic: Take Your Office Space from Drab to Fab!, suggests that because you often spend more time at work than at home, designing your work space can inspire you to be more productive. I personally find great inspiration in my framed print of the word “hope” using photography of nature turned into letters, similar to these Alphabet Photography prints.
9. Pandora One upgrade
If you’re as sick of those pesky Pandora ads interrupting your music (and workflow) as I am, you may want to ask for the gift of a Pandora One upgrade. For $36 per year or $3.99 for a one-month subscription, you can eliminate ads completely, enjoy higher audio quality and remove the daily 12-song skip limit. Happy listening!

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9 Holiday Gift Ideas That Will Take Your Career to the Next Level

Tis the Season of Gift Giving


It’s the gift giving season and many are wrestling with the decision of whether or not to buy a co-worker or boss a gift. Often times people struggle with the idea of what to get, how much to spend and what if they do not have it to give at all. We have become so stressed and worried about the gifts we give and the perceived image if we do not give. Well, here’s some gift giving rules for the workplace to help you out this season.


Research the office gift giving policy. There may or may not be an official rule on gift giving. Knowing the specific guidelines will take pressure off of you and give you a clear course of action.

Ask around. If it’s your first year on the job you may not be familiar with how the holidays are celebrated in the office. Ask your coworkers what they have done in the past and what plans are in place for the upcoming holiday season. If it’s all still up in the air, feel free to contribute your thoughts at the next staff meeting or around the office kitchen or where people usually congregate to discuss what’s going on.

Understand that companies vary from place to place. Some clients will gladly accept a nice bottle of wine or box of fruit while others aren’t allowed to receive gifts of any kind. Call the company and ask about their specific gift giving policy before sending something that your client cannot accept.

Determine what types of gifts are appropriate for your company gift exchange. Every business is different and what is acceptable in one office may be inappropriate for another. A casual tech company may have a more relaxed gift giving policy than a large corporation with hundreds or even thousands of employees. Good taste and sound judgment come into play when determining what to buy.

Give something thoughtful. The gift doesn’t have to be expensive but it should be well planned. If you know who will be receiving your gift, put in a little time to get something your coworker will appreciate. Wrap it carefully and include a bow. If you give a gift card, make sure it is to a store or coffee shop you know they will enjoy.

Stay away from gifts that are too personal for the workplace. Perfume, clothing, jewelry, and Fifty Shades of Grey are all inappropriate gifts for the office. And save the gag gifts for friends and family; the risk of a misunderstood joke giving offense in the office is too high.

Stay within the designated budget. If there is a spending cap, don’t embarrass others by giving a much larger or smaller gift. Either way, someone will feel uncomfortable when they unwrap your gift box. Office gift exchanges should set a low dollar limit so that people who do want to take part can do so, no matter what their budgets. You might even consider a lower-cost, less traditional event like a sock exchange, where everyone buys one pair of the most garish socks they can find.

If your office organizes a gift exchange, make it opt-in rather than opt-out. Most people feel awkward declining to participate, so asking people to sign up if they’re interested is more considerate than making someone announce that they don’t want to take part.


Don’t give a gag gift. You don’t know how other people will react to what you perceive as harmless fun. Steer clear of anything political, religious or too personal. Even if they don’t appear to be offended, what is funny to you may not be as humorous to someone else.

Don’t exchange gifts with only a few coworkers. It causes hurt feelings to give gifts to some people and leave others out. However, if you do not intend to give a gift to all of your peers, which most people do not, just be sure to meet someplace for lunch or after work to exchange those gifts privately.

Don’t refuse to join in the fun. You may not enjoy the office holiday festivities, but opting out of the Secret Santa ceremony sets you up to look like a Scrooge. Unless you are unable to participate because of religious reasons, join in the festivities and be a part of the team.

Don’t buy an elaborate gift for your boss. A small token of appreciation is considerate and all that is necessary for your boss. Better still, go in on a gift from the office and have everyone sign the holiday card. This will save you from looking as if you are a brown-nosing reindeer.

Don’t bring in food items as gifts to those who have taken an early vacation. There is always someone who asks for time off during the holidays. That employee will not want the cranberry orange bread you baked sitting on their desk for two weeks, collecting flies. Find out who will be in the office and plan your baking accordingly.

Don’t pretend you left their gift at home. If someone gives you a gift and you don’t have one to give in return, simply say “thank you for thinking of me” and leave it alone. Rushing out to get something for someone you didn’t intend to give a gift to may throw off your budget. Wait until after the holidays and take them out for a New Year’s lunch. Receiving a gift is not an automatic obligation to reciprocate.

Never feel pressured into spending money you can’t afford. No matter how gung-ho your office is about holiday gifting, stand firm if participating would strain your budget. It’s fine to say, “I’m sorry, I can’t participate this year.”

Additional Tips-(Depending on your company culture)

Don’t solicit financial donations for a group gift for the boss. Employees may worry that not participating could affect the way they’re perceived by the person who signs their paycheck. That’s closer to extortion than a true gift. Sometimes employees would rather give their boss a gift on their own. (Besides, the best gift you can give your boss is being an excellent employee.)

If gifts are given, they should flow downward, not upward. This means that gifts from bosses to employees are fine, but employees should not be expected to give gifts to those above them. Many people resent being expected to give a gift to someone who presumably makes significantly more money than they do.

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Resume Tips


As you build your resume, here are some tips to keep in mind.

What NOT to Include

  • Personal details: U.S. resumes should not list your age, gender, religion, political affiliation, marital status or social security number. Only consider that information in a resume you are sending internationally.
  • Photos: While inclusion of a photo is the norm in certain international settings, it should not be used on a CV or resume intended for a U.S. audience.
  • Salary information: Don’t include salary expectations or salary history on the resume.
  • Hours for part-time work: If you worked part-time, it is not necessary to include the number of hours worked per week.
  • “References Available Upon Request.” This went out of fashion some time ago, and employers will ask for references if they want them.


  • Font: Use an easy-to-read font such as Times New Roman, Arial, Calibri, Cambria, or Garamond.
  • Size: Stay between 10 pt. and 12 pt. Your name can be larger than 12 pt.
  • Margins: Ideal margins are .75” all around, and no smaller than 0.5”.

Electronic Submission

Many organizations scan resumes and maintain databases from which they screen applicants. Other firms use online databanks, which store scannable information about job seekers.

A different approach.

Electronic resume submissions will differ from traditional resumes. Because computers typically scan your resume in as an image, not as text, there are some guidelines you should follow:

  • Use white or light-colored 8 1/2 x 11-inch paper.
  • Be sure to print only on one side. Use a laser or high-quality Inkjet printer.
  • Left-justify the entire document.
  • Do not fold or staple the document.
  • Choose a standard 10 – 14 point font type. Use ample white space to separate sections of your resume.
  • Keep name, address and phone numbers on separate lines.
  • If you are a more experienced candidate, be sure that your name is at the top of the second page.
  • Don’t use italics, underlining boxes, shading, graphics, hollow bullets or other design features.
  • Avoid parentheses, brackets, horizontal or vertical lines — they will not scan properly.
  • You may use ALL CAPS or a boldface type to indicate section headings.

Know how you need to submit it.

If you are sending your resume electronically, you may need to send it in ASCII or “text with line breaks” format instead of regular/formatted text. However, more and more employers are accepting Word attachments. Send a cover letter if you are responding to an ad.


Use keywords, based on field research. These may include degrees, names of schools, licenses or certificates, honors/awards, abilities and training. Results and accomplishments may be more helpful than duties. Try to use industry-related terms. The more keywords that you match, the better your chances will be.

Let the Career Success Center help you with this process. Stop by to sign up for a resume review appointment.
Career Success Center
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Thinking Ahead: Informational Interviews

job-interviewInformational Interviews…the interview process that is often overlooked. Informational interviews offer opportunities to have informal conversations with professionals from a field of interest to you. During informational interviews, you’re able to pick the brain of the professional to learn of their experiences and expertise in the field. Information interviews provide platforms to receive advice and ask various questions that can help you make important decisions to choosing careers and preparing for interviews. Carole Martin a Monster Contributing Writer provides us with some tips to success interviewing. Here are 10 tips to help prepare you for your informational interview.

Identify the Information You Want

Deciding which position, company or industry you want to learn about will depend on what you want to do with your life and career. You should have a sense of what is important to you and what you want.

Make a List of People You Know
Choose those who can help you connect to other people within a company or an industry. Since this is part of networking, you will want to include anyone and everyone you know, from your barber to your sister-in-law.

Make the Appointment
Set up a 15- to 30-minute interview with the person identified, regarding his specialty. Most people will be more than happy to help you. Don’t get discouraged if you find some people are just too busy to give you an appointment.

Plan an Agenda for the Session
This is your meeting. Don’t assume the person will give you the information you need unless you ask the right questions. Select questions that will give you the most information. Be efficient, and do not overstay your welcome.

Conduct Yourself as a Professional
Dress and act the role of the position you are seeking. Know as much as possible about the company before the interview so you can ask informed questions.

Show Interest
A little flattery goes a long way. Say something like, “Mary gave me your name and told me you’re considered to be an expert in your field. How did you get started?”

Be Prepared to Answer Questions About What You’re Looking For
Have a short personal statement prepared that you can present if you’re asked about your job search. Bring a resume, but don’t offer it unless requested. Remember, the purpose of this interview is to obtain information.

Get Names
Ask for other contacts in the field. If no names are suggested, be grateful for information or suggestions obtained.

Send Thank-You and Follow-Up Letters
Thank the person at the conclusion of the interview, but also send a letter stating your gratitude for the time given. Stay in touch with your contacts by writing notes or emails, informing the person how helpful his suggestions have been to you.

Take Advantage of Any Referrals You Receive
In this process, you will have to take risks and stretch beyond your comfort zone. Each step will take you closer to that job offer.

The informational interview is a source of power you can use to your advantage. With preparation, listening and follow-through, you will find the power of people helping each other.

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Meet the Career Success Team


Maribeth Hearn, Director

Hi I’m, Maribeth Hearn and I serve as the Director of the Career Success Center here at University of St. Francis. My role is to ensure that our students and alumni have the tools and strategies to find careers that fulfill their purpose. I edit resumes, provide mock interviews, career counsel and work with employers to educate them on USF and what we have to offer. My office provides Assessments, Job Fairs and on site Recruiting as well as professional development sessions throughout the calendar year. I have 20+ years of Sales and Marketing experience so I can help you sell yourself and build your personal brand.

The thing I love most about USF is: The concierge level service that we can provide to students and alumni because we are a small community of people who contribute to the world through our work.

If I weren’t in my current job, I would be: Writing a book on personal branding!

To me, the USF Family is: smart, resourceful and honorable

My favorite spot on the USF campus is: in the courtyard by Tower Hall. A great place to catch up on a book, or converse with my students or co-workers.

One of my favorite books is: Oh The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Suess. Everyone hates the Waiting place.

My First Job: Checker at my Dad’s grocery store

Funniest Interview Question: Star Wars or Star Trek. To which I answered Star Wars of course and I got the job!


Sue ErrekCareer Advisor

Hi, I am Sue Errek, Career Advisor in the Career Success Center and a USF Alum.  If you need a resume, come see me.  I assist USF student in resume writing, interview skills, and job search strategies.  You may have seen me presenting on these items in one of your classes.  I truly enjoy helping the students and love to hear their stories about what they have done, and plan to do, with their lives and families. I especially love hearing, “I got the job!” or “I got an interview!”

I possess a very diverse employment background having been employed in the corporate environment prior to having children. I have work in HR Recruiting and have been in the educational environment for the past 12 years. I have performed the role of academic advisor, in workforce development and as a remedial math instructor. I have enjoyed all of my role in education. What I enjoy most is meeting with students to assist them in meeting their goals.

The thing I love most about USF is: Being small enough to be able to get to know the students and talk to them personally about their goals, plans or just what is going on in their lives.

If I weren’t in my current Job: I would be helping people in some capacity.  I enjoy assisting people and providing them with the information needed to achieve their goals.

To me the USF Family is: Respectful and focused on assisting students in any way needed.

My Favorite Book: Loved you Forever.  My children loved for me to read it because I cried every time.

My First Job: St. Patrick’s Residence in Joliet. A home for the elderly. I assisted the nuns serving meals and setting up for the next meal. I was only 15 and all my friends worked there. Boy did we have fun after the nuns left!

Funniest Interview Question: If you were a cereal what would you be? Cheerios because they are well rounded and a circle signifies unity.


Betty Kohl, Employment and Internship Support Specialist

The Career Success Center is a very welcoming office.I will help to make your visit here a great experience. I can set up with an appointment for you to receive help with resumes, internships & possible career opportunities along with a few other services we provide. If you already have an appointment, I will point you in the right direction to the person you are meeting with.

A little bit about myself. I have been here at St. Francis for 16 years. Before that I was a stay at home mom and enjoyed being able to stay home and raise my kids. Having said that, it made St. Francis a perfect place for me to start back to work because of all the students I would be working with. Ironically all my children are boys and I now have 4 young granddaughters who I love to shop for. I am very family oriented and I think I show that here at work with the students. I also love to travel to tropical places. I think the warm weather and sunshine just makes everyone feel good. My one confession is that I am addicted to the game Bejeweled on my Ipad!

So come in and see me and I would be glad to help you out. Even if you don’t need help, just pop your head in to say hello when you walk by the office! See you soon!

The thing I love most about USF is: the feeling of belonging. People have a lot of respect for each other and treat each other as their family.

If I weren’t in my current job I would be: a hotel or resort reviewer.

To me, the USF Family is: warm, welcoming, caring and filled with vision about the future of the students.

My favorite spot on the USF campus is: the main entrance to Tower Hall. When you stand back at look at the building it is just an awesome sight. The tower where the bell is, the grandeur of the entrance, it is a monumental sight!

One of my favorite books is: the children’s book, Love You Forever. I read that to my children when they were small and now it is one of their favorite books to read to their children so it has a warm spot in my heart.

My First Job: I worked as a sales person in a bakery and made 90 cents an hour.

Funniest Interview Question: Did I really want the job? Really, how do they expect someone to answer anything but yes to that question!

CeddiCedricka Carver, Career Center Volunteer Assistant

The Career Success Center is a great place to build on your branding skills. It is a welcoming office that offers resume building, mock interview help, career discovery assessment opportunities and many other great things. You may find me in the office helping out throughout the week with events, resumes and our awesome blog.

A little bit about myself.

I actually work in the Residence Education Department as an Area Coordinator and work within the Residence Halls. I really enjoy the campus environment and most of all, I love my interaction with students. I am a mother of two beautiful girls and a coffee lover. I enjoy people stopping by to chat and hanging out with me as well throughout my work day. So come in and see me here at the Career Center or feel free to find me in my office in Marian Hall.

The thing I love most about USF is: Besides the campus community and students, I love the scenery and landscaping.

If I weren’t in my current job I would be: On a teaching track to one day become a principal.

To me, the USF Family is: Unique, compassionate and honest.

My favorite spot on the USF campus is: Marian Hall. As some say, this is where all the fun happens. I am able to see a large quantity of students, interact with them in the Abbey and see great events come to life.

One of my favorite books is: Left to Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza

My First Job: Burger King Cashier

Funniest Interview Question: Shoes or barefoot (Everyone that knows me know that I am a huge fan of shoes and how a shoe can tell a lot about character)

Jhane HeadshotJhane King, Student Worker

Hi I’m Jhane King and I serve as Career Success Center Student Worker here at the University of St. Francis. My role is to assist with center marketing for events and services, to call outside contacts such as recent graduates and employers when necessary, and to work at Career Success Center events. The biggest service I provide to the Career Success Center is my willingness to learn, train and help. My job is to make one else job a little easier. I am a senior marketing major, so working for the Career Success Center enables me to gain experience in the marketing field.

The things I love the most about USF: is the small population size because it allows me to have a more interactive and personal relationship with my professors.

My favorite place on campus is: Pub because the food is great and the layback dynamic of the pub, allows me to simultaneously experience the sit-down nature of a restaurant in which I can converse with my friends, and to experience the convenience of a fast food restaurant.

To me the USF family is: inviting, friendly and goal-minded.

My favorite book is: the Unfortunate Events Series by Lemony Snicket.

My first job: A lifeguard at Splash Valley in Kankakee.

Funniest interview question: What’s your favorite dessert cookie or cake? And because I answered cake I got a free piece of cake!

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More Job Fair Opportunities…Yay!


Job Fairs are a great way to get your name out there and build your brand. It provides a networking opportunity along with the goal of landing an interview with an awesome company. Here’s more great opportunities for you. Take up these awesome opportunities and get out there!

We are pleased to inform you that The Indo American Community Services (IACS) a non-profit organization in the Greater Chicago area will host its 6th Annual IACS Diversity Career Expo at the Chicago Hilton.

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2015

Time:10:00 am to 3.00 p.m.

Details:They plan to host about 50 leading Chicago land companies from a broad range of industries at this event. Participating companies are expected to have Coop, Internship, entry-level, mid-career and senior level positions in varied career fields including Financial and Accounting services, Information Technology, Engineering, Healthcare and Marketing / Sales etc.

More companies that have confirmed their participation!

AT&T, L&T Infotech, Wipro, Allstate, Grainger, Walgreens, Caterpillar, IBM, Abbott Labs, Morgan Stanley, CME Group, Nokia, ITW, Dover, Infosys, TCS, New York Life, MetLife, Fifth Third Bank, Computer Science Corporation, Manpower Group, Mass Mutual and many other companies. They are expecting many more companies to take part in this important event.

The event is primarily focused on job seekers, senior year college and graduating students and alumni. Guess What?  Registration is FREE! Register Here:

Resource Link: Click here for more information on the expo–chicago-2015/career-expo-event-details.html