Ten Career Lessons

Jack Klues ’77 our current Chairman of the Gamma Zeta Board of Trustees and former CEO of ViVaki highly recommends this article written by Rishad, one of his closest agency friends…

Ten Career Lessons

“Great advice from one of my closest agency friends.  I owe a great deal of my personal and corporate success because of this man’s big brain.  I urge you to follow him in Social Media.  Thought it worth sharing



Jack Klues”

Ten job hunting tips for Gamma Zeta Seniors

I’ve spoken to many Gamma Zeta seniors and other soon to be college grads who are in the process of looking for their first job and find that I’m repeating some of the suggestions over and over again.  I thought that it would be useful to put them in writing so that I can just point people to a link as a follow up to a call but also to solicit tips from others.  After reading this list if you have other ideas, please make note in the comments section or send me a note at daneluhrsen@gmail.com.

So, here are a few thoughts that I’ve heard have been helpful… Continue reading

The Myth of Following your Passion

Image-1I came across an interesting Blog and Podcast series called “The Art of Manliness“.  It contains interviews with authors and experts who have studied various topics of interest to men… “a blog dedicated to uncovering the lost art of being a man”.  This particular episode challenges the popular career advice of “Follow your Passion” and everything else will take care of itself.

Well, what if you are like the vast majority of 22 year old people and you don’t yet know exactly what your passion is?  This discussion and the book written by the author who is interviewed provides some great advice.

Podcast – The Myth of Following your Passion

Book – So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport

Not Just Your Space – The College Student’s Guide to Managing Online Reputation

download (3)Gamma Zeta Alumnus Tom Drugan ’98 wrote the linked below ebook about the importance of managing your online reputation.  Included are some tips on what to do if you have some less than favorable items out there that you’d rather not have potential employers or grad schools see.

Start by googling yourself.  Do you believe that what shows up on the first couple of pages is going to help your chances of landing that position that you want or hurt it?  Put yourself in the shoes of a 40 year old hiring manager… not one of your drinking buddies.

Not Just Your Space
The College Student’s Guide to Managing Online Reputation
Written By: Tom Drugan
Co-Founder of Naymz.com


Networking Tips for College Success: How to Build Relationships and Land a Great Job After College

Image-1I came across another article on the value of networking for college students from the Art of Manliness that I think is very relevant for our undergraduates.  In addition to the tips mentioned in this article, they have the benefit of their mentor and the entire Gamma Zeta alumni network. Here’s the link – Networking Tips for College Success: How to Build Relationships and Land a Great Job After College

Building a Resume and Preparing for the Interview Process

Creating a resume doesn’t start in the fall of your senior year in college when you first wake up to the reality that your college years are almost over and it’s time to start looking for a career and first full time job.  For those who have the most success in the job search process and have the most options to consider, It starts the moment you step on campus as a freshman… even sooner.

The linked paper below was contributed by Dave Erhardt (Gamma Zeta ’81).  It was written by his older son John who had recently landed a great first job with PwC Consulting and addressed to his younger son, Paul, who was just starting college.  Great advice from one brother to another…

Building a Resume and Preparing for the Interview Process

Using Linkedin

LinkedInGroupsMany people view Linkedin as a tool for those already well into their careers.  However, there can be tremendous value for undergraduate and graduate students as they are just beginning their job search.  Gamma Zeta ATOs have the additional advantage of a large and active private Linkedin Group and several subgroups by industry.  Gamma Zeta ATO members in these groups are happy to help students and each other with insight into particular companies and careers and introductions to others who can help.

To take advantage the first thing to do is to create a Linkedin Profile.  Here’s a link to an on-line article with tips in what should be in a student’s profile .

Once a profile is created, the next step is to join the ATO Gamma Zeta Illinois group and subgroups of interest.  Here’s a link to the ATO Gamma Zeta Illinois linkedin group .

Finally, familiarize yourself with linkedin.  Learn how you can search for individual names, job titles and industries to identify Gamma Zeta brothers who you’d like to meet.  Reach out to these guys respectfully and request a time convenient for them to talk.  You’ll find that the members are knowledgeable, generous with their time and happy to help.


Join Gamma Zeta Alpha Tau Omega Illinois Linkedin Subgroups

LinkedIn_logo_initialsWe’ve created Linkedin “Subgroups” across a number of industries and career path as a way to identify Gamma Zetas who have expertise in each of these areas. You are encouraged to join those groups that are appropriate for you and to use these groups to identify support when needed. Here are the groups that have been created and links to join:

First, please join the main Gamma Zeta ATO Illinois Illinois Linkedin group – http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Alpha-Tau-Omega-University-Illinois-96736/aboutContinue reading