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SHIP Alumni Career Newsletter

September 2012 Edition

September 19, 2012 
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Employer Perspective
Fall Career and Job Fairs
Highlighted Job Postings
Wrap up
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Welcome to the September edition of the Alumni Career Newsletter!
Employer Perspective

Building Your Professional Network.  By Lorie Davis '98M, assistant director, University Relations, Shippensburg University

Whether you graduated 2 years, 12 years or 20 years ago, knowing how to create a professional network should not be overlooked. Given how the economic climate has significantly changed over the past 2 years it is even more imperative.  

Follow these ideas to build your professional network:

  • Don't overlook people you already know. Start your list with: parents of children on your child's sports team, college friends, past faculty members, previous employers, your parent's friends, people you met through other people or other activities. Create your list of people and begin to spread the word about your career goals.
  • Connect back with your alma mater, Shippensburg University. Use the internet to connect with many other Shippensburg alumni through LinkedIn Alumni groups!  LinkedIn is a career-oriented social networking tool and alumni on this site are looking to connect with other alumni for career purposes. There are also excellent Facebook Alumni groups however these have a more social perspective. 

Read more on building your network.

Fall Career and Job Fairs

All SU students and alumni are invited to attend these upcoming career and job fairs. For additional information or to have your resume reviewed prior to the event contact the University Relations office at


College of Business Career Expo

Thursday, September 27, 2012
1:00 - 4:30pm

SU Campus - Ceddia Union Building Multipurpose Room


Experience Harrisburg
Thursday, October 11, 2012
5:30 - 9:30pm
Register at



Capital Region Internship and Co-op Fair

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
10:00am - 3:00pm
Penn State Harrisburg - Capital Union Building
No advance registration necessary.

Highlighted Job Postings

These companies are looking to hire SHIP alumni. You can find out more about these opportunities as well as MANY other opportunities on College Central at  

SU Alumni Association


Sales Executive Trainee, Capital Blue Cross

Capital BlueCross seeks strong candidates to join our Sales Executive teams in our Harrisburg and Lehigh Valley offices. Several openings are available for good communicators who are interested in building skills in sales/business development in the dynamic insurance industry. You will assist Sales Executives with prospecting new clients; research; proposal/presentation preparation; and generating reports associated with rate renewals and financial studies. Will also attend training seminars for customers and producers, and provide administrative support. Preferred candidates will have a Bachelor's degree and the ability to obtain a Pennsylvania  license to sell life, accident and health insurance within 90 days of hire. Excellent verbal communication skills are necessary for presenting our products to various groups. Must also have strong analytical skills, a valid PA driver's license, a self-starting nature and organization skills.  Excellent compensation and benefits are offered. Apply online at


Software Programmer/Analyst, ITMystics, Inc.

ITMystics Inc., incorporated and headquartered in Sterling, VA, is a global IT Service & Systems Integration firm that delivers high-quality IT services to leading clients around the world. We have been playing the role of a trusted IT partner to our clients by helping them translate their IT vision into solid, measurable value. For more information about ITMystics Inc. please visit

ITMystics Inc. is looking for candidates with programming skills, DB knowledge and SQL programming skills wanting to pursue a career in .Net Technologies, Quality Assurance, Business Analyst. Minimum 0-2 yrs. experience with Bachelor's/Master's degree in Computer Science or equivalent degree. Recent graduates with no experience are also welcome to apply for the above positions. Should have understanding of programming or database concepts should have knowledge of any programming language or databases. Willing to relocate nationwide in the US, Training for required candidates is going to be on-line or in Sterling, VA. POSITIONS OPEN FOR THE FOLLOWING TECHNOLOGY AREAS. .Net;  JAVA / J2EE; Quality Assurance; Business Analyst

More information or apply at: ITMystics Inc. or contact Maria by email at


Sales, First Command Financial Services

First Command Financial Services was founded in 1958 by a retired Air Force officer with a very specific mission: to improve the financial well-being of America's military families. Today, more than 400 independent First Command Financial Advisors across the United States and Europe build comprehensive financial plans for military and other deserving individuals and families and coach them in their pursuit of financial security. As a First Command Financial Advisor in Carlisle, I'm proud to be a part of this wonderful legacy and enjoy a tremendous relationship with the local community. I've been recognized as one of the Top 40 Business People under 40 by the Central Pennsylvania Business Journal and was voted the top financial advisor in the 2011 and 2012 "Best of Carlisle" awards sponsored by The Sentinel. As my business continues to grow and thrive, it's become apparent that I need help! That's why I've decided to add an Associate Advisor to my team. This is a tremendous career opportunity for someone who has the right qualities. Specifically, I'm looking for someone who: Is a business-minded entrepreneur, Has access to a natural market, i.e. is well connected, Is goal-oriented and values driven, Has served in leadership roles (sports, charity, civic organizations, etc.), Has strong communication skills. If this sounds like you contact Jim DeGaetano Jr., CFP�, CPA, MBA, Carlisle, PA  17013 ; phone 717.960.0012.


Analytical Recovery Auditor, Footlocker, Inc.

The incumbent hired into the Recovery Auditor role will be responsible for analyzing contract and payment information to determine compliance, identify potential recovery opportunities and collect monies due the company. Research, analyze, document and deliver cost recoveries in retail areas and applications such as logistics, technical information, service applications, and financial transactions. Review technical contracts and payment information to identify noncompliance and possible overcharges. Document, investigate and collect money from property claims, contract audits and special audits as assigned by management. Provide recovery and savings information to management. Audit and test payments for accuracy according to established guidelines and provide feedback. Identify and assist in the implementation of process improvements for assigned areas using Access. Analyze current and past data using excel and various reporting tools. Prepare detailed reports of audit findings and submit reports as requested. Requires a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Business or Finance and a minimum of 2 years of related experience; 2 years Auditing experience a plus. For more information or to apply go to

StrategyEmployer Perspective: Building Your Professional Network


  • Join a professional association that caters to people in your career field. This is a very effective way to meet other professionals in your line of work and a great place to meet potential employers.
  •  Attend local Chamber of Commerce events or volunteer with an organization in your town. The people you meet by engaging in these types of activities might not have the same career goals as you but they might know someone that could be helpful to you. You never want to discount the potential of someone in your network.
  • Ask every person that you know or develop a relationship with for referrals. Simply ask "Is there anyone else that you know that might be helpful for me to talk to?"  By phrasing the question this way people will feel more comfortable giving you referrals for information gathering rather than if you are asking for a job.

For more information on how to build your professional network, crafting a 30 second "elevator speech" or any career assistance contact the University Relations Office for alumni career services at or 717-477-1218.

Homecoming - Join the fun and network!

Alumni activities can be great events to meet other alumni and network! You never know who you will meet that can assist you with your career development. Come out and join the fun! It's bigger than ever!

Celebrate Homecoming with us!  You'll enjoy a revamped and expanded alumni tailgate area that will feature an all new FAN ZONE with tailgating, music DJ, a variety of inflatables including a moon bounce, football, soccer, and basketball inflatables, and a new 5th Quarter special with a live band in the Ceddia Union Building after the game. Save the date, send in your RSVP, and make plans to celebrate Homecoming 2012 at SHIP. View the Homecoming Weekend brochure on-line. The brochure is your go-to for what's happening Homecoming Weekend!  See the listing of activities and any associated costs and make plans to return for Homecoming Weekend! 


Encourage others around you by forwarding this career newsletter to them. Additionally, be sure to seek out career assistance from your alma mater, Shippensburg University, by contacting the alumni office at or 717-477-1218.

University Relations
Shippensburg University Alumni Association
717-477-4071 (Fax)