Media Mentions

Work History

Work History
Nov 2008 - Present

Website Administrator (independent contractor)

WIPCCC (Wisconsin Private Colleges Careers Consortium)
  • Re-designed organization website
  • Update and maintain website for professional association whose mission is "to share career service resources and ideas which support development of career practitioners and services to students, alumni and employers."
Aug 2008 - Present

Website Administrator (independent contractor)

Fox Valley Running Company
  • Maintain events calendar
  • Research merchandise; update e-commerce site
Aug 2007 - Present

Career Technology Specialist

Lawrence University
  • Teach job search strategies to college students through 1:1 advising
  • Oversee Career Service's technology needs, including website, databases, social media
  • Maintain and troubleshoot department's career management tool (CSO/myinterfase)
  • Stay current on recruiting trends, labor market information, career development best practices
  • Regularly collaborate with other university departments, including alumni relations, technology services, residence life, financial aid, student employment
  • Provide career counseling to students and alumni
  • Generate department's annual report statistics
  • Delivered "Getting LinkedIn: Social Networking for New Professionals"
  • Scripted, produced and edited video tutorials
  • Performed voice-overs for video and audio productions
  • Offer technical training and assistance to staff and student workers
Mar 2007 - Present

Career Advisor/Blogger

Sweet Careers Consulting
  • Deliver resume and cover letter assistance to job seekers utilizing both traditional and multi-media tools
  • Teach young professionals about effective job-search strategies
  • Create video tutorials and reviews using variety of Web 2.0 tools, such as YouTube, Jing, and ExplainEverything
  • Recognized as well-trusted, innovative, experienced career advisor
  • Work with national and international job seekers
  • Nationally recognized career development professional

SPEAKER:

  • Keynote address, "Transformative Potential of Twitter: Using Twitter in Career Services" to Kansas Association of Colleges and Employers (KACE) Summer Drive-in
  • Delivered "Technology Talent Showcase" highlighting use of Google+, QR Codes and Screencasting to the Kansas Association of Colleges and Employers (KACE)
  • Presented "Resumes on Screen: Reviewing Resumes and Cover Letters at a Distance Using Screencasting" at InternBridge Online Career Services Conference
  • Interviewed for podcast on topic of international students and employment for Image@Work's Career Center Hot Topics
Jun 2001 - Jul 2007

Career Information Specialist

Lawrence University
  • Provide career advising to undergraduates.
  • Deliver presentations on topics such as job search, resume writing, interviewing, applying to graduate school, and finding an internship
  • Actively collaborate with university staff and faculty
  • Maintain professional relationships through association involvements at local and national level
  • Aassist in training and supervision of student para-professional staff
  • Manage career resource library
  • Provide technical support to department and division
  • Write original content for department blog
  • Maintain website and electronic databases
Sep 2000 - Jun 2001

Career Advisor (Temporary position)

http://www.sfu.ca/wil
  • Developed and facilitated specialized employability skills workshops for university students and alumni
  • Provided individual consultations on resume, cover letter, interviewing, and other work search related topics
  • Familiarized students, alumni and staff with Self-Help Resource office by providing tours and individual service
  • Created and implemented procedures for gathering statistical data on resource usage and job postings
  • Assisted students through career decision making, goal setting and action planning
  • Marketed SFU Career Services to a student body of approximately 22 000 undergraduates and 2200 graduates
  • Established and implemented policies to uphold ethical standards and to achieve departmental goals
  • Managed E-mail correspondence with students and alumni
  • Provided computer and network support for Career Services
  • Trained 8 new staff members
  • Attended weekly team meetings
  • Presented on three-member panel to address career concerns of Applied Sciences graduate students
  • Adopted innovative techniques, such as the use of Task Analysis, for educating students about career development issues
  • Wrote and published a twice-weekly career services newsletter for a mailing list of over 1500 readers
  • Ensured consistent, professional services were provided during major departmental transition to Campus Worklink
  • Provided personal stability and flexibility to ensure comfortable work environment for staff members during significant changes to department
  • Maintained professionalism throughout office’s highest volume period
  • Recruited and trained new student volunteers
Jan 2000 - Sep 2000

Employment/Outreach Assistant (maternity leave coverage)

http://www.sfu.ca/wil
  • Established new operating procedures to make it easier for employers to communicate with the department and access information
  • Updated resources for Student Career Resource Centre, including books, calendars, magazines and multimedia
  • Liaised between employers, students, and the SFU community
  • Maintained and troubleshot extensive job-posting database and website
  • Encouraged students to recognize and use a process approach to career development
  • Educated students about the Career Development Process
  • Informed students about, and assisted students with print and multi-media career resources, such as: Career
  • Cruising, Career Explorer, DISCOVER, Work Futures, and the National Occupational Classification
  • Discussed sources of Labour Market Information with visitors of the Student Resource Centre
  • Developed marketing brochures and hand-outs for University-wide distribution
Sep 1998 - Sep 2000

Career Peer Educator

http://www.sfu.ca/wil

  • Conducted employability skills drop-in sessions on resume and cover letter development, interviewing and networking strategies, Labour Market Information and job search techniques
  • Encouraged students to recognize their own expertise in their career development, and to use career resources as tools to increase their expertise
  • Provided individual consultations to students and alumni to address the work search process and career development needs
  • Remained up to date on Labour Market Information and best practices for career service delivery
  • Served as member of Resource Review Committee to review print and promotional materials for the department

Education

Education
2000 - 2001

Post Graduate Certificate

Douglas College
  • Focused on developing programs and workshop that assist university and college students transition into the workforce
  • Researched various sources of Labour Market Information
  • Created lesson plans geared at the career development needs of university students
  • Facilitated group discussions for 15-25 Career Practitioners
  • Researched effective strategies for individual and group employment counselling
  • Studied use of assessment tools
  • Studied current career counselling theories and application, particularly those of Amundson, Peavy, Super, Perry, and Holland
1997 - 1999

Bachelor of Arts

http://www.sfu.ca
  • Researched the relationship between education and underemployment among immigrant populations for a course on Multiculturalism in the classroom
  • Examined the effect of employment barriers on the mental health of immigration on mental health 
1992 - 1996

Associates Degree

Douglas College

Interest

Working with undergraduate students with little-to-no work experience; international students; career technology; website design (html, CSS, basic java); database management; online tools; Web 2.0; online media (including audio and video editing); podcasting; career blogging.

Summary

I’m a career development professional with 16 years of experience providing career advice to college students and recent graduates.  As a college career advisor and as a career consultant, I’ve been blessed with opportunities to combine my passions: career counseling, education, and technology.  I provide personalized, dynamic career assistance to help young professionals find meaningful careers.  

“Grace was and is a breath of fresh air! I was amazed at how much time she took to go over the documents I sent her and her professionalism balanced with compassion for your individual needs was inspiring. Thank you Grace, you are truly an asset to your field and we need more people like you! I can tell you genuinely enjoy your work and take great pride in providing quality service and insight.” - Dina