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Hot Jobs :: Week of 04.06.09

Here are this week’s featured jobs on the NEW Pittsburgh Career Connector. visit to find more jobs and internships.

SEO Specialist

Senior Executives

Executive Director
The Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County
Hot Internship:

SQL Server – Summer Intern
Del Monte Corporation


April 6, 2009 at 1:23 pm Leave a comment

Job Fair Season

The change of seasons means a new crop of job fairs is sprouting up. Check them out!

CCAC Allegheny Spring 2009 Job Fair 
Date: Wednesday, March 18 
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
Location: Allegheny Campus Student Services Center 2nd Floor
For more information, including a list of participating companies and organizations, contact Career Services, Allegheny campus: 412.237.2545.

.org Nonprofit Career Fair
Date:March 19th
Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Carnegie Mellon University, University Center, First Floor
For more information, visit:

West PACS Spring 2009 Fair
Date: April 1st
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Pittsburgh Indoor Sports Arena:
For more information, visit: 

Community College of Beaver County
April 15th
Time: 10:00 – 3:00
Location:CCBC Dome, 1 Campus Drive, Monaca, PA  15061
For more information, contact the Career Center at 724-775-8561 ext. 170, 251 or 276

Monroeville Job Fair & College Expo
Date:April 17th
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location:CCAC – Boyce Campus Student Union – level 5
For more information, including a list of participating companies and organizations, contact Career Services, Boyce campus: 724.325.6770.

March 12, 2009 at 1:31 pm Leave a comment

Laid Off? Go Camping.

Driving into work today I heard this story on NPR and thought, “What a great idea!” Laid Off Camp is a grassroots sort of project started by someone who was, what else, laid off himself and wanted to connect with others who were unemployed. These informal groups of job-seekers get together for support, guidance, and potentially – leads to a new career. Their workshops focus on issues like budgeting, how to find affordable health insurance, and how to start your own consulting business. Although started in San Fransisco, new groups have cropped up around the country. No one has planned one for Pittsburgh yet, but I’m sure there are some enterprising individuals out there who will take on this great idea. Just be sure to let me know when you pitch your first tent!

March 4, 2009 at 5:48 pm Leave a comment

Didn’t your mother tell you to say thank you?

One of the best things you can do to make sure you leave a positive impression after an interview is simply say, thank you. It can get a bit confusing however, when one takes into account the many ways of communicating this simple message. Send an email? Write a formal letter? Use those leftover thank you cards that your Aunt Sally gave to you back in High School? And then, what do you say?

Someone once gave me advice that I found quite refreshing. He told me that nothing works better than a handwritten note. It’s personalized, shows sincere effort and interest in the position, and doubles as a quick reminder of the excellent impression you made during the interview. Just make sure you have some decent, professional looking notecards or stationary. My thank you notes are typically short and succinct:

Dear so-and-so,
Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to meet with me. It was great to [learn about X] or [meet you and so-and-so]. I am excited about the opportunity and know that [my skills in X] would add unique value to your company.  Yadda, yadda, yadda.

It can certainly get more detailed and formalized than this, and depending on what you pick-up about the interviewer’s personality, you might feel more comfortable sending a typed-written letter instead. Alternatively, if you know that decisions will be made very quickly, within two days of the interview, an email is acceptable. I would only use this as a last resort however, since an email is the least likely to stand out and definitely the laziest option.

Of course, in this day and age the lost art of nice handwriting  is likely also lost on you . If you need a little refresher you can practice by printing out these old school lesson sheets that are sure to bring back some memories. Just make sure to give yourself a gold star when you’ve mastered them.

And, don’t forget to get that note to the post office box ASAP! Employers expect to receive a thank you within 2-3 days of an interview.

February 24, 2009 at 1:20 pm Leave a comment

Hot Jobs :: Week of 01.19.09

Here are this week’s featured jobs on the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Career Center. Visit for more job listings.

Server Operations Engineer
Sierra w/o Wires

Maintenance Manager, Corporate
American Textile Company

Strategic Online Marketing Leader
Hot Internship:

Information Services Summer Internships
Giant Eagle, Inc.

January 20, 2009 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Hot Jobs :: Week of 01.12.09

Here are this week’s featured jobs on the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Career Center. Visit for more job listings.

Director of Sales
True Commerce, Inc.

Director of Information Technology
One Planet Corporation

Network Tech
Hot Internship:

Intern Positions
United Cerebral Palsy of Pittsburgh (UCP)

January 12, 2009 at 6:00 pm Leave a comment

Tip #3: Business Cards

Print your own business cards

It’s simple, but also one of the best things I did during my last job search! When you are at a networking event, or just run into someone on the street, it’s not good to leave them empty handed. There are great, online and inexpensive printers that can create stylish designs for you too! And, after you’ve landed the perfect job you can use them as calling cards like they did in the 19th century. I still use my leftovers for personal connections.

On Friday – Tip #4…

January 8, 2009 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

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