Beware and Be Wise



It seems each May and December bring out scammers preying on new college graduates. As Career Services representatives, many of us at Iowa small colleges and universities try to warn the others when we find out about scams – and often it’s not the company scamming, it’s dishonest folks using a company name to do their dirty work. The following warning came from outside Iowa, but it provides an example of how these scams might work.

So beware and be wise as you navigate your job search!

“We just got a call from a student who was scammed by a company calling itself Hanwha Group.  He was interviewed and offered a summer internship, and then asked for money.  Unfortunately, he gave them his money.  I deleted the job posting and disabled their account (and added notes for each), and I emailed all the other students who applied for the job to let them know it’s a scam.  I told them that legitimate employers will never ask for their money, and to let us know if they get contacted by Hanwha Group or anyone else who asks for a payment.   I called the phone number provided by the contact, and it does not match the company’s office at that address.  Plus, I called that number and it has been disconnected.  The contact’s email address does not match the company domain–there is an extra letter.  Their account has Hanwha’s real website and mailing address.  The company is legitimate, but the contact person, email, and phone number are not.”

Penn Career Networking Social – April 20

Join Penn students, faculty and staff, and area employers for the 2017 Career Networking Social on Thursday, April 20, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the MTC Atrium on William Penn University’s Oskaloosa Campus. Learn more about Penn’s academic programs and area employers’ needs as you mingle and enjoy refreshments. A great opportunity for students to start building a career network!

Look at Your Internship as an Extended Interview

If you already have a summer internship, staffing and recruitment leader Michael Sherman suggests thinking of it as a 10-Week Interview. Come early, stay late; know the industry and ask questions; build relationships with co-workers and show enthusiasm, are among the tips he provides. He also shares that, according to CareerBuilder, 63% of graduates who complete a paid internship will receive a job offer to join their employer upon graduation. Overall, graduates with paid internship experience had average starting salaries 28% higher than their peers without internship experience. To read his post in full, click HERE.


Jobs – March 20, 2017


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Indian Hills Community College, Director-Human Resources, Ottumwa, IA

Des Moines University, Research Associate & Programmer, Des Moines, IA

KCAU-TV9, News Anchor, Sioux City, IA
(deadline April 5)

Florida A&M University, Internship Program Coordinator, Tallahassee, FL

Office of Auditor of State, Assistant Auditor, Des Moines or Ames, IA

FarmLogs, On-Farm Research Agronomist, Des Moines, IA

Ballard Golf & Country Club, Golf Course Superintendent, Huxley, IA

MSA Professional Services, Bridge Project Manager/Bridge Designer, Cedar Rapids, IA

City of Iowa City, Hourly Assistant-GIS Specialist, Iowa
(deadline April 7)

Palmer College of Chiropractic, Senior Director of Human Resources, Davenport, IA

City of Sioux Falls, Equipment Operator, South Dakota

City of Sioux Falls, Library Support Staff (PT), South Dakota

City of Sioux Falls, Laborer, South Dakota

City of Sioux Falls, Seasonal Driver, South Dakota


Get Noticed by the Hiring Manager



With competing for good jobs with numerous candidates, how does one stand out to a hiring manager? Dipanjan Nag makes some suggestions in his article “Three Things that will get you Noticed by a Hiring Manager.”

  1. If you are not on LinkedIn you do not exist!
  2. Every meeting that you have is a job interview.
  3. Your resume still matters.

Read the full article HERE; Nag goes into further detail on each suggestion.