Sep 11, 2014
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The CDO is on Instragram!

The CDO is now in Instagram! Follow us to keep up with CDO events, tips, and more!


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Aug 25, 2014
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Welcome Back!!!

We hope that all of you had a wonderful summer and that we will see you in the office soon!

Make sure you comment below by September 12th about the career related experiences you’re excited about this year! Once you comment, you’ll be entered to win prizes from the CDO. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to enter.


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Jul 10, 2014
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Protecting Yourself from Job Scams

Throughout the year the Career Development Office works to verify employment and internship opportunities for you in order to ensure that each opportunity we post is truthful and enhances your skills and experience. Every so often we locate a scam or are notified by another local college about a possible employment scam. Although we screen all postings to Goucher Recruit, it is also your responsibility as the job seeker to practice vigilance before applying. For this reason we want to ensure that you are taking the measures necessary to identify job scams before they become unfortunate situations.

Tips for Identifying Job/Internship Scams

  • Research the company and job. Can you locate the company and does the job posting seem to fit?
  • The posting focuses only on the benefits, not the actual requirements
  • The employer asks you to deposit a check for them once you are hired
  • The employer requires you to pay money up front or to use your bank account
  • The email address associated is not the same url associated with the company
  • When you contact the employer/are hired, the job requirements aren’t what was stated in the ad
  • If it seems too good to be true, it just might be

Protecting Yourself from Scams

  • Bring the posting to the Career Development Office for review if you’re uncertain
  • Search for the email address/phone number/company online- does the company come up in your results? Is any of the information reported as a scam? Does the posting seem to fit with the companies mission?
  • Do not provide any personal information unless you feel 100% comfortable with your employer
  • Check their references just as they may ask to check yours – Ask to speak with current or previous employees


If you learn about a job scam please report it to the CDO at For more information on job scams or to report a job scam, visit the Federal Trade Commission.

Jul 1, 2014
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Phone Interview Tips

Phone Interview Tips- Undercover Recruiter

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Jun 26, 2014
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Elevator Pitch

The summer is a great time to meet new people. Maybe you meet someone new in the airport, walking through your neighborhood, through that volunteer opportunity you’re working with this summer. Either way, each time to meet someone new you have the opportunity to network and make a great first impression. Having your elevator pitch prepared and perfected will help you make the best first impression possible. Elevator pitches can take many forms- it can be as an introduction in a pre-scheduled meeting or interview, or maybe you have a chance meeting on an airplane. It’s your chance to tell someone who you are, your strengths, and your passions in under 60 seconds.

The CDO has wonderful handouts to assist you in your networking endeavors here. Check out the “30 Second Pitch” handout for examples of elevator pitches. Also, Interview Stream has put together a great infographic on utilizing your elevator pitch for an interview. Check it out here!


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Jun 5, 2014
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What is a soft skill?

When applying for a job or internship, marketing yourself to employers, and making new connections, you’re focused on your technical and industry related skills. But what about your soft skills? These skills are the ones that many employers note as equally important when reviewing applicants. They are also the skills that most employers note applicants could strengthen to be more marketable and competitive. Take a look at this article from US News and World Report to learn about various soft skills. Have any questions about soft skills? Contact the CDO!

Soft Skills: What Are They and Why Do They Matter?


Jun 1, 2014
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Spotlight: Art Majors

Are you afraid of becoming a struggling and starving artist? Are you filled with creative passion and ideas but have no idea where you want that energy to take you? What exactly can you do with an art major? Surprisingly enough, the stereotype is worse than the reality. There are plenty of interesting and exciting jobs that art majors can get involved with. According to, the arts and culture industry creates about 5.7 million full-time jobs per year!

Jobs/Industries Include:

  • Conservation
  • Book Design
  • Art Law
  • Advertising
  • Medical Illustration
  • Curating/Art History
  • Education

Two women interviewed by say that being an art major forces you to develop self-discipline and a strong work ethic. With an art major you learn various social skills, the vulnerability of showcasing your own talents, motivation, experience with failure, and much more. All of these skills should be highlighted in potential resumes, cover letters, and interviews!

Listed below are some profiles of students who have graduated with art majors and share their various experience and expertise, courtesy of


Matthew Kilareski

Exhibit Designer, Hands-on House; Lancaster, Pennsylvania

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, industrial design; Rhode Island School of Design

Kilareski wanted to design toys, so he wrote to 10 toy companies and asked what college major would lead to his dream job. About half wrote back, suggesting industrial design. After attending the Rhode Island School of Design, Kilareski decided to use his major for a different purpose. Upon graduation, he worked for a company that designed children’s furniture, made technical drawings, and designed industrial products. Now he is responsible for designing and maintaining exhibits at a children’s museum in Pennsylvania. One includes a make-believe corn field where kids pick plastic corn covered with husks Kilareski sewed on. He also found foam that could be cut into parts for kids to assemble toy airplanes. “You have to think like a kid, so you have to think of how a kid’s going to interact with something,” he says.


Durell Comedy

Dancer, Limón Dance Company; New York, New York

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, dance performance; George Mason University

“My mom says I came out of the womb dancing,” Comedy says. Now he’s making a living with the company named after modern dance pioneer José Limón. While working on his dance performance degree, he learned about choreography, rhythm, the history of dance, different styles of dance, and how bones and muscles move. With Limón, Comedy has performed in Italy and China. The company also performs shows in New York City and teaches schoolchildren about dance. Most days start with warm-ups, followed by rehearsals for upcoming shows or learning new or reworked routines. Besides providing an outlet to do what he loves, Comedy says his work with Limón helps him develop as a performer.


Haley Roberts

Assistant Director, David Klein Gallery; Birmingham, Michigan

  • Bachelor of Arts, art; Wayne State University

After the final exam in a community college art history class, Roberts asked her instructor about jobs in the local art scene. He pointed her to the David Klein Gallery, where Roberts still works today. She worked her way up from an entry-level secretarial job to become Assistant Director, doing everything from shipping artwork to designing the gallery website. The gallery focuses on post-war and contemporary works by American artists, but Roberts has also handled original pieces by famous names like Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Her art history classes gave her a deeper appreciation for art, which she shares with clients. “It’s kind of fun to see people’s faces light up when you tell them about a piece of art,” Roberts says.


Whitney Wilson

In-Game Entertainment Coordinator, Richmond Flying Squirrels; Richmond, Virginia

  • Bachelor of Arts, media arts and design; James Madison University

Minor-league baseball games are as much about entertainment as the sport itself. During each Richmond Flying Squirrels home game, Wilson is in charge of adding some production value to the bases, keeping fans entertained. “It’s basically a big show every night,” Wilson says. She picks songs for when players step up to bat, makes animated vignettes for the stadium video board, and edits videos of game highlights, later setting them to music for the team website. Wilson wanted to work in entertainment ever since she worked on her high school’s TV announcements, but she preferred being behind the camera. She worked on a similar program in college, and even got class credit for an internship assisting the director of the soap opera Days of Our Lives. She’s glad she also learned skills like photo editing, studio production, and Web design.


Nicole LaBonde

Executive Director, Indigenous Pitch Dance Collective; Ardmore, Pennsylvania

  • Bachelor of Arts, dance and general music, Eastern University

After graduation, LaBonde taught dance classes, conducted recreational therapy at a facility for people with disabilities, and worked as an account manager for an insurance office. Then, the founder of Indigenous Pitch, a dance company, recruited LaBonde to be its Executive Director. She says the position uses the artistic and administrative skills she picked up in her other jobs. LaBonde makes the organization’s ideas a reality. Among other things, that means seeking grants and donations, and getting media attention for Indigenous Pitch. In addition to performing, the Collective’s dancers host children’s camps in New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Haiti. Campers learn about dance, theater, creative writing, and other art forms.

Studying the arts doesn’t mean you’ll turn into a starving artist. Actually, it opens up a wide world of careers. “Artists can have very secure incomes,” Mady says. “They can lead happy, productive lives.”


As always, if you have any questions or concerns feel free to come into the Career Development Office for Walk-In hours or call to make an appointment with one of our counselors. We are here for all Goucher Gophers and their career needs!

May 13, 2014
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“How Do I Decide on a Career Path”: An Infograph



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May 2, 2014
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Spotlight: Business Majors

According to the Open Education Database, there are 6,419,370 people employed in business careers. The average salary for those employed is $69,550.

If you are considering or are already pursuing a business major at Goucher College, how are you going to take control of your education and ensure your career success? Being one of the most flexible disciplines in the world,  business majors have an advantage as they are able to capitalize on a variety of different skill-sets and concentrations of interest.

Open Education Database writes, “Jobs for business majors fall into one (or a combination) of three primary categories: financial, management, and marketing. People with business degrees may become human resources managers, accountants, market research analysts, insurance underwriters, and more. Many of these careers are not only attainable but are projected to grow faster than other occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Because many business careers require the same skill sets, any of these jobs listed may naturally lead to another, though some additional training, experience, or education may be required for a smoother transition. The transferable nature of these jobs ensures that any person pursuing a major in business has a number of options for their future employment, which could translate into job security.”

Fastest Growing Jobs for Business Majors

Apr 19, 2014
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Through the Eye of a Recruiter

Whether you are a soon-to-be college graduate or you are still enduring your college career but are looking for a summer job or part-time employment throughout the school year, understanding the mindset of an employer can be extremely confusing. How do different industries vary in terms of their hiring process? What do employers look at when they are reading your resume and cover letter? What determines if a company/business will contact you or not?

An article published on by Lily Herman showcases a slideshow that introduces some basic ideas and tips when it comes to managing your job search. An employer from LinkedIn tells his own story through this slideshow and uses his own experience to inform young adults of a large part of the job search process that they are often missing.

Follow the link and check out the information! Learning the prospective of the employer can help you gain powerful insight and turn you from just another candidate, to the candidate!

If you have any questions or concerns regarding employment, summer jobs or internships, resumes or cover letters, please stop by the Career Development Office in Dorsey Center to schedule an appointment attend walk-in hours! We look forward to hearing from you soon.