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Love is in the air this month, with Valentine’s Day coming up. But, while most of us can see the value in building loving relationships with a significant other, friends, family and others in our daily lives, the question remains … is it necessary to love what you do for a living?
Well, it might not be necessary, but it can help. It turns out that workers who enjoy their jobs are 12 percent more productive, and being happy in the workplace can make employees more sociable, more generous, less lethargic, and generally healthier. With that kind of incentive at stake, it’s good to know that you have a Sun Devil connection to finding a new job you’ll love … finding new ways to love the job you’re in!
The ASU Alumni Association’s Alumni Career Services program will be offering numerous live and online events this month. Select the ones that work best for your schedule and interests!
Young Alumni Career Night, 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. This event is a chance for Sun Devils under age 35 to build relationships and uncover business connections within the Sun Devil Nation. Hear from a panel of successful professionals who are ASU alumni, and seek the answers to your most pressing career issues!
Maroon & Gold Professionals Network Mixer, 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Moxy, 1333 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Reach out at this event and meet fellow ASU alumni who can help boost your career or business venture.
Careers, Connections and Cubs, 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 26, at Sloan Park, 2330 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa. Enjoy an afternoon of spring training baseball and learn more about the career services and resources available to ASU alums. Attendees will have a seat under a covered patio on the third-base event deck and will be able to see a rematch of the 2016 World Series, as the Cleveland Indians take on the Chicago Cubs!
Virtual Career Workshops/Opportunities
ASU Alumni Virtual Career Fair, 1-3 p.m. (Phoenix time), Thursday, Feb. 9, Online.
Try a new way to look for work! Our virtual career fair follows an online chat format that will connect you directly with hiring organizations looking for qualified ASU graduates. Our online, cloud-based platform can be accessed from the comfort of your home, office, smartphone or tablet. Organizations participating in this virtual event will also be on the ASU Tempe campus Feb. 15 and 16 to meet in person.
Weekly Webinar Series Topics
These webinars will help you get ready to show your best professional face to the world, interview well, and land your dream career! During February, the webinars will be held every other week and they feature an expert presenter!
This month’s topics include:
Feb. 8 - Professional Profile and Commercial: Career coach and certified professional resume writer John Singer will show participants how to answer that most vexing of interview questions - “Tell Me About Yourself” - to brand yourself and show how you can use your skills and experience to solve problems within the organization.
Feb. 22 - From Conversational Cover Letter (CCL) to Interview Strategies: John Singer returns to explain how to write a Conversational Cover Letter, which is written in the applicant’s voice (in a narrative style) and addresses the key requirements that are posted for the position. He will also demonstrate how to follow up a CCL with a masterful strategy in a phone or face-to-face interview.
These webinars will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Arizona time (Mountain Standard Time) and are FREE. To sign up, visit https://alumni.asu.edu/content/alumni-career-services-weekly-webinars.
Career coaching for Sun Devil alumni - now available on demand!
ASU career advisors offer professional guidance in all aspects of career development including resume writing, interview preparation and job search strategies. To learn more about career advising, including how to make an appointment to meet with a career advisor at one of ASU’s campuses or remotely, visit Sun Devil CareerLink at https://eoss.asu.edu/cs/sdcl.
~ Liz Massey, Managing Editor, ASU Alumni Association