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University of Chicago Committed to AmeriCorps Alums and Providing a Foundation for Career Success

Identifying options for continuing education is a priority for many AmeriCorps alumni, but that equation is impacted by a variety of factors (Is the school and its program a fit for my professional aspirations? Will the school allow me to maximize my Segal AmeriCorps Education Award? Are there other AmeriCorps alumni who can speak to the value of the program?).  These are just a few factors you might weigh as you consider your continuing education options.  If you are seeking a career in social services or teaching, the University of Chicago Master’s programs in the School of Social Service Administration (SSA) and Urban Teacher Education Program (UTEP) are leading options to consider.

AmeriCorps Alums enrolled in the SSA or UTEP Master’s programs are eligible to receive generous financial support in the form of service awards and scholarships.  During the current school year, the University of Chicago has provided over $1 million in service awards and scholarships to enrolled AmeriCorps Alums The SSA and UTEP programs offer the following Master’s degrees for AmeriCorps alumni:

AmeriCorps alumni attending the SSA and UTEP programs are nothing new.  University of Chicago has been a long-term supporter of AmeriCorps, and it has created an environment where AmeriCorps Alums can and do excel. Learn more about AmeriCorps Alums who have attended the SSA and UTEP programs.

Skye Black
AmeriCorps '10 - '12
Read her story here
Tawa Jogunosimi
AmeriCorps '97 - '99
Read her story here
S. Craig Denuyl
AmeriCorps '10 - '12
Read his story here

Ask The Career Coach: How To Get Employers to Notice You
by Denise Riebman, AmeriCorps '94

Each month Denise takes questions from the AmeriCorps Alums LinkedIn Group and responds in our "Ask the Career Coach" column.  If you have a question for Denise, you can submit it here.

Question: I'd like tips on how to make myself more noticeable to employers.  Maybe what I need is resume advice, but I feel like I have a pretty good resume format, one that I usually tailor to each specific employer and/or job I'm applying for with a company. 
Why should YOU be NOTICED?

Let’s start by turning your question around to bring it back to you and ask, "What is noticeable about YOU?”  While jumping headfirst into writing cover letters and resumes is initially faster than taking the time to assess your own unique strengths, it ultimately puts you on the slow track for landing a job.  Without knowing what make you noticeable, it’s easy to get stuck using clichéd resume terms, lackluster cover letters and vague goals when networking.
Here are some questions to get you thinking about what makes you NOTICEABLE:

Continue Ask The Career Coach here

AmeriCorps Alums To Host Virtual Grad School Fair

On Thursday, December 12, 2013, from 1PM to 5PM Eastern, AmeriCorps Alums will host the first ever AmeriCorps Alums Virtual Grad School Fair.  The event will feature schools that offer a match to the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, and is a valuable opportunity to connect with schools that are committed to national service and AmeriCorps alumni. The event is FREE to all AmeriCorps Alums and current AmeriCorps members.

If you are considering graduate school as the next step in your leadership journey, and are looking for school options that provide major incentives to AmeriCorps Alums, this event is for you! 
You can register for the event here.

In this issue

University of Chicago
Ask The Career Coach
Virtual Grad School Fair
October Prof. Dev. Webinar

October Career Webinar:
Careers in Disaster Management

Many AmeriCorps Alums have created careers in Disaster Relief and/or Disaster Management, and many more will eventually enter this field as a career choice.  Join us for our October monthly professional development webinar as we explore career options related to disaster management and disaster relief.  This month's webinar will occur on Thursday October 31, 2013 from 12PM - 1PM Eastern. Register here.

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