Handshake is a career platform to help connect the DePaul community to their dream career. You can search for jobs and internships, access career planning resources and career-related event information, opt into a Career Community, and even schedule an appointment with a career advisor.
Join the Handshake Referral Program Giveaway for a chance to win $10,000! Referring your friends to log in to Handshake is as easy as copy and pasting a link. In addition, you and each friend you refer could both win $10,000.
Each referral counts as a new entry in this contest, so start spreading the word today!
What are student referrals?Student referrals is a program designed to enable current activated students on Handshake to easily invite your friends and networks to join. You will be provided a unique link that you can share directly to your friends or via social media. For each new student that signs up and activates their account for the first time via your referral link, you will get credit for the referral.
How does it work?
Share your referral link with friends.
Your friend signs up through your referral link.
You and your friend are entered to each win $10k.
Each friend you refer counts as a separate entry.
Contest period ends 11/30/2018. Winners will be selected and announced by Handshake shortly following the contest period
What are the incentives?
Sweepstakes ($20k): Anyone can win. You only need to refer 1 friend to participate. At the end of the contest period, Handshake will randomly select a referrer-referee pair to each receive a $10k prize. Referring more than 1 student increases the number of entries for that referrer in the drawing.
Performance ($5k): Handshake will reward the student with the most referrals at the end of the contest with a $5k prize
These 10 companies are currently looking to hire DePaul students to fill internships. Explore these opportunities and many more at depaul.joinhandshake.com.
Radio Flyer is a recognized leader in the toy industry, headquartered in Chicago. For over 100 years, Radio Flyer has produced innovative toys that inspire active play, bring smiles, and create warm memories that last a lifetime. Having fun at Radio Flyer isn’t just another perk, it’s a job requirement!
Cards Against Humanity is a Chicago-based game design firm. Following a successful Kickstarter project, their first product, Cards Against Humanity, became the top-selling game on Amazon.com and has sold out three printings.
The Honeycomb Project is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to family volunteering. Like a honeycomb, they bring nonprofit organizations, families, and resources together to build stronger communities in Chicago. Past projects have included preparing meals at shelters, improving city parks and beaches, building community gardens and more. Since January, 2011, The Honeycomb Project has engaged more than 10,000 volunteers to make our city a cleaner, safer, and happier place to live.
Northwestern Mutual – Chicagoland believes in doing what’s right. This is evident in the impact they have on the clients they help protect, the financial representatives that they develop & support, and the communities in which they serve. Teamwork, training, hard work, and fun are all part of what has made the Northwestern Mutual internship program a Top Ten Internship for the past 21 years in a row.
RXBAR is one of the fastest growing natural brands in the country. They manufacture, market, and distribute whole food protein bars. While the protein bar market is crowded, RXBARs are the cleanest protein bar available. RXBAR is building a brand that cuts through the clutter to be real and upfront with their customers by providing simple, delicious, convenient nutrition.
Hillstone Restaurant Group is a privately-held collection of upscale restaurants with 45+ locations in major cities across the country. Known for attracting exceptional people who are passionate about service, their performance-driven environment prepares you to build a rewarding career in hospitality.
JPMorgan Chase is one of the oldest financial institutions in the United States, beginning over 200 years ago. They are a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. JPMorgan Chase has assets of $2.4 trillion, operates in more than 60 countries, and has over 240,000 employees.
Northwestern Medicine is a health system comprised of more than 100 locations throughout the Chicago region, anchored by the #1 hospital in Illinois as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. They pride themselves on better thinking, resources, and people working together to give their communities access to a better experience, every single day. The Northwestern Medicine Cybersecurity Co-op presents a valuable hands-on opportunity for students interested the growing field.
A.T. Kearney is a leading global management consulting firm with offices in more than 40 countries. Since 1926, they have been trusted advisors to the world’s foremost organizations. A.T. Kearney is a partner-owned firm, committed to helping clients achieve immediate impact and growing advantage on their most mission-critical issues.
RSM US LLP is a leading provider of audit, tax, and consulting services focused on the middle market. They guide their clients through business challenges by understanding their needs and bringing together the right team to address them. Interns work with large and small companies in various industries. They develop strong working relationships with clients built on understanding their businesses and challenges.
By: Alexandra Bradbury, DePaul University Organizational Communication major, American Studies major ’19 and Career Center Communications Assistant
It is not uncommon for a hiring manager to completely dismiss a candidate because they did not receive a thank you note. The interview isn’t over when you leave the room. Writing a post-interview thank you is essential to show your professionalism, writing skills, and character.
We spoke with Sherry D’Amico, Co-Founder and Consultant at The Etiquette School of Chicago, to learn more about the do’s and don’ts of post-interview thank you emails.
Make sure you send your thank you note within 24 hours of the interview. Hiring managers move quickly. Send your thank you as soon as possible to put yourself in the best position to be hired.
Use a professional subject line and email address
Your subject line will vary depending on the job industry and the tone of your interview. For example, if you are applying to a large company in the finance industry and your interview was formal, you’ll want a formal subject line, such as “Thank you – [Position Title].” If you are applying to a small technology start-up and your interview was informal, your subject line can be more relaxed, such as “Great speaking with you.” Make sure you are using a professional email address so the interviewer recognizes who you are.
State your interest and summarize your best qualifications
You should describe why you want the position, what your qualifications are, why you are a great fit, and how you would make significant contributions.
The follow-up note is a good opportunity to showcase your personal brand. Attach links to your online portfolio, website, LinkedIn or other professional profiles to highlight your experience, skills, and personality.
Be precise and concise
Limit your note to 2-3 short paragraphs and include specific takeaways from the interview. For example, mention how you could help with a project your interviewer mentioned. Specificity demonstrates that you understand the needs of the position and company based on your conversation.
Send a thank you note to each interviewer
Sending a generic note may hurt your chances of landing the job. You should tailor the note to each person you interviewed with and make them unique.
Forget to proofread
Sending a thank you note via email has many benefits, but it may cause you to send a note in haste and forget to check for spelling and grammar mistakes. Errors in your note may lead the hiring manager to think that you are unprofessional, lazy, or a lousy writer. Make sure that you are proofreading your email and ask someone to take a second look for mistakes you might have missed.
Ask about salary or benefits
You weren’t offered the job yet, so your thank you note is not the time or medium to negotiate your salary or benefits.
Say “thank you” using words, not a plant or a fruit basket. Sending gifts may make the manager feel uncomfortable, make you appear desperate, or seem like bribery.
Send a note via text message
While sending a thank you note via email is encouraged, sending a thank you note via text is too casual and informal. Texting the hiring manager can seriously harm your professional image.
Thank you for taking time out of your day to meet with me yesterday regarding the Archivist position within your organization.
I truly enjoyed learning more about the opportunity, as well as the growth and development happening within Chicago’s non-profit sector. As someone who has spent the last four years studying Communication and Media at DePaul University, it was empowering to learn about the role Archivists are playing in these exciting trends. I also appreciated meeting with your assistant, William, as he provided me with great insight into the specific roles within your organization.
Meeting with you reaffirmed my interest in working for the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, and I am very thankful to be considered for this opportunity. As was evident in my resume and conveyed during my interview, I have a passion for community development and have developed strong multimedia documentation skills through my coursework. I am confident that I would be able to use these experiences to add value to your organization, especially with regards to the public art project you outlined during our conversation.
It would be a privilege to work with you and your team. Thank you again for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
A little gratitude can go a long way. Writing a prompt, appropriate, and genuine post-interview thank you email can set you apart from other candidates. Have more questions about thank you letters or other aspects of the job search process? Visit the Career Center website or connect with a Peer Career Advisor to help you land the job!
By: Alexandra Bradbury, DePaul University Organizational Communication major, American Studies major ’19 and Career Center Communications Assistant
Appropriate behavior and professionalism in the workplace may seem like common sense. We know not to arrive three hours late in our favorite plaid pajama pants and take a four hour lunch break. But, professionalism extends far beyond these obvious offenses.
We sat down with Sarah Carbone, the Associate Director of Student Employment and EDGE at DePaul, to uncover the less obvious, but common, mistakes people make in the workplace.
1. Wearing Unprofessional Clothing
Although workplaces are becoming more casual, it is still important to dress professionally. Never assume the attire is casual and never push the envelope when it comes to your clothes – if you look in the mirror and you’re on the fence, don’t wear it. Sarah believes that professional attire can have an impact on your mindset, productivity, and confidence. Whether it’s a phone interview, in-person interview, or a day at the office, wear an appropriate professional outfit to make a good impression and feel like your best self.
2. Gossiping About Coworkers
Remember when adults used to tell you, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all?” This adage also applies to your job or internship. Gossiping can damage your credibility, causing others to see you as untrustworthy or unprofessional. Avoiding gossip is particularly important if you are an intern. Gossiping about your superiors or coworkers could sabotage your chance at a full-time offer. Sarah encourages employees to “be respectful, even if you disagree.”
3. Getting Distracted
When was the last time your phone was more than a foot away from you for a long period of time? Fight the urge to use your phone for personal matters at work. Sarah’s reminder is that “in most office settings, anyone can walk by your desk at any time.” If your co-workers or superiors see you scrolling through Twitter, it can communicate that you are distracted or unmotivated and damage your reputation.
4. Losing Track of Time
Managing your time involves prioritization, communication, and taking initiative. Sarah advocates for prioritizing tasks according to deadlines. Rather than starting with the most enjoyable task, tackle the project with the nearest deadline to avoid rushing through your work and delivering a mediocre end result. It is also important to engage in constant communication with your supervisor. Make sure you’re keeping them updated on the status of your projects and tasks. Instead of spending your downtime mindlessly scrolling through social media, Sarah encourages you to ask your supervisor for more tasks to boost your skills.
5. Resigning Unprofessionally
Even if you’re miserable, you shouldn’t ghost your employer. If you plan to leave your job, it’s critical that you give two weeks notice to your supervisor during a face-to-face meeting and write a formal resignation letter after you meet. Even if you don’t enjoy the job you’re leaving, it’s an experience you can learn from.
We all make mistakes. But luckily, these five mistakes are easily avoidable. Lingering questions about workplace professionalism or any other career concerns? The Career Center is here to help. Visit our website or stop by the Career Center for more information on how to be a stellar employee!
These 10 companies are currently looking to hire DePaul students to fill paid internships. Explore these opportunities and many more at depaul.joinhandshake.com.
Sour Fish Events started in 2012 with an idea and a goal and have since created new ideas and set more goals. They believe in creating events that they would want to attend. They believe in working hard and playing hard. Fin-terns (interns) play a real part in every event and are never just standing on the sideline.
ADROC works with brands of all sizes to help market products in new, creative, and effective ways. They tell stories through creative, digital, social, experiential, and retail. From developing and executing a full marketing campaign, to working on one-off projects, ADROC treats every project with the same importance and dedication.
The Terra Foundation for American Art is dedicated to fostering exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts of the United States for national and international audiences. Recognizing the importance of experiencing original works of art, the foundation provides opportunities for interaction and study, beginning with the presentation and growth of its own art collection in Chicago.
At Golub Capital, their approach to credit asset management is fine-tuned. They are rigorous and creative. Process-driven and entrepreneurial. Aggressive and prudent. For more than 20 years, they’ve relied on this uncommon mix of flexibility, decisiveness and insight to pursue consistent results for private equity sponsors and borrowers. Along the way, they’ve grown to become a nationally recognized credit asset manager with over $15 billion in capital under management for institutional investors and family offices.
TCS Education System (TCS) is a nonprofit system of colleges that was launched in 2009 to advance student success and community impact. Currently, the System spans five colleges, campus locations across 12 cities and a community of 21 global academic partners to fulfill the aspirations of nearly 7,000 students.
Children’s Home + Aid is a leading child and family service agency in Illinois. Each year, it protects, educates and counsels more than 40,000 children, youth and families to overcome the overwhelming obstacles of poverty, abuse and neglect. The dedicated team of staff and volunteers deliver more than 70 programs including foster care, adoption services, early childhood education, family counseling, and youth services in nearly 60 Illinois counties.
After School Matters is a nonprofit organization that offers Chicago public high school teens high quality, out-of-school-time opportunities to explore and develop their talents, while gaining critical skills for work, college, and beyond. Their hands-on, project-based arts, science, sports, technology, and communications programs are delivered at Chicago public high schools, at community locations throughout the city, and downtown at Gallery 37 Center for the Arts.
AKA is an award-winning branded video agency. They deliver creative, all-in production, intelligent distribution, and complete program management for many of the world’s most successful brands. They are a Chicago-based communications company that works with public relations firms and Fortune 500 companies to produce, distribute and measure video, radio, web, television, and social media campaigns.
Want to create change? At Morgan Stanley, they raise the capital that builds the things that change the world. Join them. Morgan Stanley Wealth Management is one of the largest wealth management firms in the world, with $2 trillion in client assets and more than 16,000 Financial Advisors.
Fusion Risk Management is known as the most innovative and fastest growing provider of cloud-based enterprise software and consulting services for business continuity, disaster recovery, and risk management. They have been recognized by many industry organizations including Gartner, Business Continuity Institute, Disaster Recovery Institute, and CIR magazine.