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SHIP Alumni Career Newsletter

January 2014 Edition

January 14, 2014
In This Issue
Alumni Invited! Upcoming Career Programs
Employer Perspective: Take your Resume from Good to Great
Highlighted Job Postings
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Welcome to the January edition of the Alumni Career Newsletter!
Alumni Invited... Upcoming Career Programs

All of these job fairs and events are open to Shippensburg University Alumni. Contact Lorie Davis at or 717-477-1218 for additional information on any of these programs.


Resume Boot Camp, Shippensburg University
February 4, 11:00am-3:00pm; Stop by and have one of the ten  employers review your resume. Get an industry specific critique as well as network with these employers during your critique.  Excellent opportunity. Pre-registration is not required. Event will be held in the Ceddia Union Building MPR room.  

Central PA Employment Consortium Job & Internship Fair
February 18, Camp Hill;
Click for Fair Details and to View Employers Attending
Pathways to Success Professional Career Conference, Shippensburg University - April 17;
This is an excellent event! Hear from alumni and employer speakers around a variety of career topics and take advantage of the excellent opportunity for networking and getting possible job leads. The conference will have two different times for breakout sessions so even alumni working full time are able to attend. More information will be coming in February. Save the date now.
Highlighted Job Postings
Take your Resume from Good to Great.
By Shannon (Hatfield) Smedstad '99, Employment brand & HR social media manager at GEICO.

When it comes to writing a resume, there are common "mistakes" that people make. Based on my many years in recruiting... here are some top tips for articulating your awesomeness on a single piece of paper:

  1. Think about what makes you different from all other candidates. Why should someone hire you over them? Put that information on your resume.
  2. Highlight your accomplishments, not menial tasks. Think about everything you've done throughout your career and include your achievements, chronologically by company.
  3. Quantify your results when possible. How much did you save? How many people do you manage?
  4. If you have information about your successes online, link to them. You can link to your blog, portfolio or LinkedIn profile; this allows recruiters to see your work and recommendations.
  5. One resume does not fit all. If you want a specific job at a specific company, tailor your resume to that opportunity. 

And, here are some quick tips on what not to include. Do not:

  1.  Include marital status, DOB, SSN or photo unless it's specifically required.
  2. Write "References Available upon Request" at the bottom. It's archaic and a waste of space.
  3. Have a resume that's more than two pages long, in most cases.
  4. Include hobbies unless they directly relate to the type of position you desire.
  5. Use company jargon; use verbiage that your average recruiter can understand.

Most recruiters spend less than one minute scanning candidates' resumes! You have to sell your skills and abilities in a way that's also easy to read. If you need help with your resume, there's a lot of free information online and the SHIP Alumni Career Services office can help, too.

Highlighted Job Postings

These companies are looking to hire SHIP alumni. You can find out more about these opportunities as well as other opportunities on Ship Career Connection. If you are a Ship alumni and looking to hire other Ship alums or students please contact us to highlight your job and post it on Ship Career Connection. Learn how to access SHIP Career Connection at


SU Alumni Association

Entry-level positions in Accounting and Finance, PeopleShare


PeopleShare is recruiting for entry level positions in the accounting and finance field for a well- known financial company in Oaks! Theyare seeking recent college graduates looking to start their career off in a stable, growth filled organization with many advancement opportunities! These entry level positions include some of the following duties: Client interaction, reporting, reconciliation, analysis, and various finance and accounting duties. This is the perfect opportunity to get your foot in the door. These positions have the potential for an immediate start! Position Requirements: BS/BA degree in accounting, finance, economics, statistics, mathematics, business administration or related field (3.0 Minimum GPA); Must have completed at least 1 internship in a related field; Willingness to learn new systems, concepts and broaden knowledge in the industry; Detail oriented, Team Player, Flexible; Excellent interpersonal, communication and customer service skills; Ability to work under pressure; Ability to work in a changing environment; Knowledge of Excel for Windows. Contact: PeopleShare (1566 Medical Drive, Suite 102, Pottstown PA 19464)


Account Executive, WPMT FOX 43, York

Care Coach, Health Dialog, Hershey, Lebanon, Middletown

Entry Level Editor, PBP, Malvern

Marketing Coordinator, PBP, Malvern

FREE Career Assistance

It's a NEW year! Get ready to start or re-invigorate your job search. Have your resume critiqued so you can be prepared for any opportunity that arises. Contact Lorie Davis at or 717-477-1218 for assistance.

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