SU Alumni Association

SHIP Alumni Career Newsletter

April 2012 Edition

April 12, 2012 
In This Issue
Employer Perspective
Highlighted Job Postings
Need FREE Career Assistance?
Virtual Job Fair
Join Our Mailing List!
Quick Links

Like us on Facebook  View our profile on LinkedIn  Follow us on Twitter  View our photos on flickr

Welcome to the April edition of the Alumni Career Newsletter!
Employer Perspective

Is social media a part of your job search strategy?  It should be.  By Shannon (Hatfield) Smedstad '99


Using social media in the job search used to be an unknown concept to many people. Just a few short years ago, some  voiced their concern about having employers on Facebook. Well, it's 2012 and times have changed. Companies, recruiters and savvy job seekers are all engaging online. Here are 13 easy ways to incorporate social media into your job search, and start connecting and networking today!


Facebook & LinkedIn  

  1. Connect with SHIP - our alma mater is already posting career advice, sharing announcements, listing important event details, and more via the general university and alumni pages.
  2. "Like" companies - read what they are posting, see what other people are saying about them, and ask questions. Some companies have general corporate pages, as well as career-related pages.
  3. Connect with recruiters - there are corporate and agency recruiters who post links to blogs and career articles, share information on their company and jobs, and who will answer your questions.
  4. Join LinkedIn groups - the Shippensburg University group, as well as job search, corporate and industry groups are relatively active and include job postings. Engage in discussions, network with members, and receive updates on career opportunities.
  5. Ask questions - join online conversations with employers, recruiters and other professionals via the Facebook pages of sites such as Brazen Careerist, Careerealism, AfterCollege and New Grad Life.

Read on for more social media job search strategies.

Highlighted Job Postings

4 Excellent Job Opportunities for SHIP Alumni

SU Alumni Association


Phi Sigma Pi Foundation:  Director of Development and Alumni Relations

Four year college degree. A minimum of three years of experience in fundraising, donor relations, stewardship or alumni relations preferred. Strong writing and communication skills. The ability to travel to attend fraternity related events and personal solicitation. Assists with communication strategy to Alumni and Donors; Cultivates Alumni Relations; Lead fundraising initiatives; Assist Executive Director and Foundation Board Members as needed.  More information can be found at or by contacting the career office. The deadline is April 30.


Web Page FX (6 job postings)

Jr. Web Project Manager; Social Media Networker; Jr. Web/Open Source Developer; Jr. SEO; Jr. Internet Marketer; Jr. Front End Web Designer; Jr. Account Executive/Inbound Sales

For more information visit or


Liberty Mutual: Insurance Sales

A career oriented position that requires hard work and dedication to build a book of business and the recognition and earnings potential are great for those driven to succeed. Liberty Mutual's 13 week sales training program is comprehensive and gives you the right track to run on.
Contact Jonathan at: or 717-620-9614.


Ascensus:  401K Client Service Representative

Responsible for providing client service to our partners, intermediaries and plan sponsors. The Account Executive will develop and maintain a thorough understanding of retirement plans and Ascensus products and services with the goal of helping our clients manage their retirement plans appropriately. The Account Executive delivers exceptional service by taking ownership of client issues, providing subject matter expertise on day-to-day activities, and providing value added consulting resulting in high levels of client satisfaction and plan retention. For more information or to apply check out and search for job ID 2563013.


Deloitte Consulting LLP:  .NET Developer to join our project team to provide development and sustainment services for our clients, both pre and post-implementation. This candidate will be a key software developer for the implementation and/or support of various client applications. Responsibilities include working with system architects and business analysts to understand business requirements and solutions architecture. They will assist in the full life cycle of development. Job Requirements: Experience developing applications using Microsoft Visual Studio .NET, .NET 3.5 Framework, VB.NET, Functional knowledge of supporting web-based applications, Effective in team setting or as individual contributor, Strong analytical and problem solving skills, Ability to multi-task & support multiple priorities / multiple deliverables. Experience: 2-3 Years. Located in Camp Hill, PA Application Details: Please email Ashley Meyer at with your name and resume. In addition, we invite you to apply for employment via our website:, and search our Experienced Hire positions in our Career section for job posting E12CMPCSRCSP888-AMS.

StrategyEmployer Perspective: Social Media Job Search Strategy cont.


  1. Corporate channels showcase what it's like to work there. Peek inside the walls of organizations that interest you, get more information on the company, see the work environment and hear from employees.
  2. See jobs before you apply - channels like JobsinPods, SeetheJobdotcom, and Job are resources where you can learn more about companies, jobs, interviewing and making your resume stand out.


  1. If you're just getting started on Twitter, be sure to follow @shippensburgu and @ship_alumni.
  2. Search for jobs using hashtags like #hiring, #ITjobs, #PAjobs, #salesjobs, #entrylevel and #jobs.
  3. Many student organizations tweet valuable information to current and alumni members, including networking events and job announcements.
  4. Like on Facebook, employers and recruiters are tweeting career advice, links to articles, job openings, career fair dates, and answering your questions (all in 140 characters or less).
  5. Attend job chats to interact live with recruiters and company representatives. Often times they will ask you to tweet your LinkedIn URL (so make sure your profile is complete and up-to-date).
  6. Job sites are tweeting thousands of geo-targeted openings each day. Consider following Monster Careers, CareerBuilder, TweetaJob and #TweetMyJobs. 

*References to third-party resources are provided for informational purposes and do not necessarily constitute an endorsement by the author.


Shannon Smedstad

Shannon is currently the employment brand and HR social media manager for a major U.S. auto insurer, and has more than 12 years of HR, recruiting and college relations experience. She graduated from SHIP in 1999 with a B.A. in Speech Communication. Outside of work, she's a busy mom raising two awesome girls. She enjoys reading, yoga, traveling and her morning coffee. You can connect with her on LinkedIn or Twitter.

Need FREE Career Assistance?

Need Career Assistance?

Spring has sprung! In this new season of beginnings many alumni start the job search for a new position or career. If you need assistance with this process, please contact the University Relations office at 717-477-1218 or e-mail 

Virtual Job Fair

Virtual Job Fair Coming Soon

The Cumberland Valley Virtual Job Fair is coming in June. Watch in May's career newsletter for more information.

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