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SHIP Alumni Career Newsletter

April 2013 Edition

April 3, 2013
In This Issue
Employer Perspective: Tips and Advice for Finding your First Job
Highlighted Job Postings
Job Search Tool Kit
Career Programming for SU Alumni Veterans
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Welcome to the April edition of the Alumni Career Newsletter!
Employer Perspective

Tips and Advice for Finding your First Job in "The Real World".  By Caley Tate '10, Publication Manager,

As the weather gets warmer, graduation is upon thousands of college seniors in the next month or so. Although this is a fun time for celebrations, it is also a time to start thinking about getting a "real job" and how to land that first big-time job. Of course we have all heard different tips and advice on how to do this, right? Here is what I have found to be most helpful, for me, Shippensburg alumni of 2010.

Do anything and everything you can. What does this mean? Take a job that is unpaid for a few months. This will get your name out there. It looks good on a resume and it enhances your skill set. Starting from the bottom is not always ideal, but it means there is nowhere to go but up.

Start a blog. You do not have to be a professional writer to have one. Wordpress blogs are free to start. A blog is a great place to discuss topics of your interest and your area of expertise.

Network.  I don't mean tagging friends on Facebook. Get Twitter. Use LinkedIn to connect. In today's technological world, everyone and everything is online. Take advantage of this. Reach out to people, start a discussion board. Post controversial topics and start having conversations with people who are like-minded or not as like-minded as you.

Don't be afraid to take chances. Put yourself out there. Ask questions, apply for jobs anywhere and everywhere. If you are not afraid to fail, you won't.


These are the top four things that I have experienced in my three years post Ship. I have had some not so great jobs, but they were stepping stones which have led me to my career today. I absolutely love my job and if it weren't for taking risks, asking questions and taking advantage of the networking resources online, I would not be sitting where I am today. Feel free to connect with me on Linkedin, I would love to chat and hear any other questions that you may have.

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 you are a Ship alum and looking to hire other Ship alums or students, please contact us to highlight your job and post it on College Central. 

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Capital Resource Conservation and Development Area Council 
he Capital Resource Conservation and Development Area Council (Capital RC&D), a regional non-profit organization, seeks to fill a limited term (11 month) Program Assistant/Technician position. This position will provide both field support and office support for Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) conservation projects administered by the county NRCS office. The position will require on-the-job training to develop proficiency in use of NRCS computer systems and in-field procedures. The position requires strong attention to detail and ability to work with NRCS customers to collect information and schedule visits. The position will provide general support for the development of contracts and conservation plans and will include both office work and a limited amount of outdoor field work. Tasks and activities include:Technical and administrative support for the field team; Data entry and data review using various NRCS computer programs including Protracts, PRS and Toolkit; Travel to various field sites to assist in data collection or verification; Assist in the development of planning documents. 

The successful candidate should have the following experience/qualifications: BS degree in natural resources related field or equivalent experience; Demonstrated general knowledge of soil and water conservation practices as they relate to agriculture; Experience learning and working with a variety of computer programs. Candidates must demonstrate knowledge of agricultural and natural resource best management practices. Good oral and written communications skills and computer proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite are also required. This is a grant funded term position. Interested candidates should submit a resume to:Capital RC&D Area Council; Attention: Susan Richards, 401 E. Louther St., Suite 307, Carlisle, PA 17013.Email:


DC Area Supervisor, The Home Depot

The DC Area Supervisor will lead an hourly team and influence the entire distribution team to do the fast-paced work required to run the distribution center as efficiently, safely and productively as possible. This role will handle management responsibilities for the team members under his/her supervision. This role is responsible for ensuring prompt, efficient and accurate handling of merchandise as well as developing and implementing team goals. This role is responsible for hiring, evaluation, development, discipline, and termination of hourly associates. This role has management responsibilities for 20-30 hourly associates. Will report to the Operations Manager. Accountable for direct supervision of the work activities of others. Planning, monitoring and reviewing work of subordinates is required. This may include direct supervision of a shift or the coordination of multiple work groups. Makes recommendations concerning selection, termination, performance appraisal and professional development. Minimum two years of relevant work experience needed and a BA degree in any area as well as experience in Warehouse management systems. Apply at


Research and Development Chemist   

Sylvin Technologies, a best-of-the-best ISO 9001 certified manufacturer of vinyl compounds is searching for an experienced Chemist. Sylvin is located in Denver, PA and offers a 35 year history of growth and product excellence. This position will make an immediate difference technically, in house and with our customers, transferring - adapting experience to plastic compound processing; Spectroscopic and Chromatographic techniques, Regulatory compliance, extrusion process engineering, formulation chemistry; color specialties, raw material selections and testing; and new product development. Desired applicants will be highly motivated and share Sylvin's desire to be creative, curious and be driven to succeed into a leadership position within the organization.

Requirements: BS in Chemistry; Plastic or Chemical Engineering, 2-5  years of technical manufacturing experience (preferably in a research environment), 2-5 years of experience in a product development/chemistry formulation, Process engineering or training a definite +, Experience with Regulatory Compliance and Laboratory Analytics. If interested, please send cover letter, resume with salary requirements to Sylvin Technologies, Attn: HR, PO Box 308, Denver, PA 17517.

Job Search Tool Kit

We recently created a Job Search Tool Kit for Alumni. If you are interested in receiving a PDF copy of this tool kit email us at
Tools included:

  • Conducting a Strategic Job Search
  • Resume Basics & Mid-level Professionals Samples
  • Writing a Cover Letter that Gets Noticed & Sample
  • Interview Preparation & Skills
  • Negotiating an Offer
  • Declining an Offer

This is a great comprehensive resource that will take your job search to the next level.

Career Programming for SU Alumni Veterans

Mission Career: A Workshop Series for Student, Alumni & Community Veterans

April 15, 2013 (6:00 - 8:00pm) - The Orchards, Chambersburg
etworking and Interviewing - Panel discussion with employers from a variety of industries to discuss major interviewing points, including how to talk about your military experiences and transitional skills during the interview. A networking reception with hors d'oeuvres will follow the one-hour long panel session. This networking reception will encourage veterans and employers to network and potentially lead to some internship/job opportunities. At the conclusion of this event, each attendee will receive a "Military to Civilian Transition Pocket Guide", which includes veteran-specific information about the following: Job search success; Transferable skills; Resumes; Networking; Job fairs; Military-friendly employers; Federal jobs; Interviewing; and Starting your own business.


For more information or to register, contact

Need Career Assistance?

Are you stuck in a rut at your current job?  Are you job searching and feel like you are on a treadmill going nowhere?  If so, contact the University Relations office for assistance. We can help you with resumes, cover letters, networking, job leads, job searching tips and much more. This is a FREE service to Ship Alumni!  Be sure to use it. E-mail or call 717-477-1218.

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