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JULY 2014

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Concordia University, St. Paul Offers $5,000 Scholarship for AmeriCorps Alumni 

In what’s believed to be the first and most far-reaching offer of its kind, Concordia University, St. Paul in Minnesota has announced today that it will extend a $5,000 scholarship to any AmeriCorps alumni accepted into any of their undergraduate or graduate programs. This benefit for domestic service is the broadest example yet of how the higher education community is competing over talented young people who serve in AmeriCorps, and the critical 21st century skills in teamwork, project management, facilitation, and communication that are developed in their service year. Click here to read more about the scholarship opportunity, and click here to read AmeriCorps and Concordia Alum Emily Stage’s story.

Virtual Career Fair Proves Companies Eager to Hire Talented Alums

On July 8th, AmeriCorps Alums piloted a Virtual Career Fair with 15 employer partners led by title sponsors American Red Cross, Boys Town and Teach For America. This inaugural effort, which will become a seasonal event, successfully linked Alums to nonprofit, corporate, and government organizations eager to recruit from our talented Alums network. One recruiter values that Alums are “flexible, work effectively within diverse communities, and are mission driven.” Another recruiter appreciated that alums come in with a team orientation, a “client and community focus, strong communication skills, and with experience building relationships.” We agree and are eager to expand the pathway from your service to your career with more partners.


Ask the Career Coach: Building a Professional Network from Scratch

1. STOP Saying Networking
The word “Networking” can conjure up images of smarmy people, uncomfortable favors or long awkward silences. Instead think about it as “building your network” which represents mutually reciprocal, professional relationships with people you respect, admire and want to work with now, and in the future. Notice I said “work with” not “for.” Even if that person does hire or recommend you for a job, that should only be one part of your relationship building. Your professional network could include grant writing partners, community collaborators, potential panelists (or someone who asks you to speak at their event!), prospective applicants for a job you’re hiring for…and the list goes on and on. Reciprocity might not be obvious to you right now, but think about how mutuality could develop in the future. Building Career Capital with a community of individuals with shared interests and goals could result in a greater impact for your causes. Read more.

Explore Our Top 5 Professional Development Webinars

Are you looking for career support as you put AmeriCorps on your resume and figure out your next career move? Take advantage of our 5 most popular webinars to help you transition after service. Learn how to translate AmeriCorps onto your resume to help employers see how service made you a better employee and citizen. Find out what the best jobs for AmeriCorps Alums are as you job search. For more seasoned professionals, listen to our webinar on LinkedIn to learn how to use this tool to build your network. Even if you’re not looking for employment opportunities, but are interested in opportunities in education or service instead, we have resources for you! Discover opportunities for international service and the most effective ways to use your Segal Education Award. Once you’ve viewed our top 5 webinars, explore our 20 other webinars!

In this issue

Concordia University, St. Paul
Virtual Career Fair Recap
Ask the Career Coach
Top 5 Career Webinars

Translating AmeriCorps Onto Your Resume Webinar

This professional development webinar on August 27th, at 12 PM EST, will help you highlight the skills you developed in your service year. AmeriCorps Alums are increasingly being recognized as a key talent pool for employers in nonprofit, private, and government sectors. Join us as we explore effective ways of putting AmeriCorps on your resume. RSVP today!


National Teaching Fellowship
Citizen Schools

Program Manager
Los Angeles, CA

RISE Fellowship
New Sector Alliance
Minneapolis, MN

Donor Systems Consultant
Coxe Curry & Associates
Atlanta, GA

Child Care Counselor
Katy Family YMCA
Katy, TX


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