of the Greek community who will graduate this spring gathered
at Phi Sigma Kappa on Sunday night to figure out how to find a
meeting was organized by Paul DeBettignies, an alumnus of the
University and Delta Kappa Epsilon. DeBettignies now works in
recruiting for his firm e-Strategies Group, and had plenty of
advice for students ready to leave school and enter the work
world or searching for internships.
said he is trying to help students make the leap from
preparation to implementation by organizing a job and
internship Web site for Greek students.
have a résumé, now how do you find a job?” he said.
gives students examples about preparing and sending résumés
electronically and how to get noticed by employers, or what he
described as “how to get around the person answering the
said part of the Greek community is building networks and
helping students find jobs just like other groups do. He
doesn’t think it’s unfair for Greek members and alumni to
work together to find jobs for students.
sure College Republicans do something, or the DFL,” he said.
“Carlson (School of Management) has one behind a firewall,
is that fair?”
said that often chapter members have skills recruiters are
members) have experience working with different kinds of
people, and if you’ve been a treasurer, you’ve already
been managing a $100,000 budget each year,” he said.
Brabec, an actuary science and finance junior and president of
Phi Sigma Kappa, said the job hunting sessions are a good way
to learn how to find a job. Brabec said he has heard stories
of Greek members being handed jobs by alumni, but said it
don’t believe (the Greek community) gets you connected,”
he said. “It just makes networking easier.”
students, like electrical engineering graduate student Nick
Gabriel, said Greek life has taught him things he hopes will
help him find a job.
to a fraternity, you learn a lot of interpersonal skills,”
he said. “They are valuable skills to pick up.”
said the job Web site will help students who don’t have
have students who take a couple of classes at Carlson but
aren’t Carlson majors, so they don’t have access to
Carlson’s (job) Web site,” he said. “So how do we help
to Carlson School office assistant Samantha Chamberlin, the
school doesn’t open its job site because many employers are
searching only for its graduates.
are certain businesses looking just for Carlson students, so
it’s good for them,” she said.
said his hiring seminar isn’t just for the Greek community,
but would offer assistance to any group that wants it.
kids in Middlebrook (Hall) wanted to, I’d do it in a
heartbeat,” he said.
Timmins, career services coordinator for the College of
Liberal Arts said preparing for the job market is important
students near graduation, we strongly encourage them to get in
touch with their career services department,” he said. “It
will help (them) develop a résumé, job search strategies and
develop interviewing skills.
said it is common for many academic departments to offer
networking opportunities and said the alumni association also
has a networking database.
important to establish good habits now and network now,” he
said. “Learn the nuances of the jobs you are looking for.”
said as many as two-thirds of available jobs are never listed,
so students need to learn how to tap into the hidden job
said he also plans to e-mail 1,200 employers in the
Minneapolis area and connect them to the Greek alumni job Web