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Career Advice From The Vice President of Communications and Operations

Earlier this week we had the opportunity to interview a current employee of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Tom Schuman is the Senior Vice President of Communications and Operations for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. We asked him about his previous work experiences and how it prepared him for his career.

 

 

Indiana INTERNnet: What is your current position and what do you do?

Tom Schuman: I’m the Senior VP of Communications and Operations. I know it sounds like an intense title, but it isn’t! Communications is broad because there are many things you do. When I started (at the Chamber in 1998) most communications was print and newsletters whereas now it’s more diverse with electronic, social media, video, and some print. Much of the communications work is communicating with members and stakeholders. On the operations side of things, it is more of the business things like office …

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Sophie Michal: Making an IMPACT

Indiana INTERNnet celebrated internship excellence on February 26, 2019 at the 13th Annual IMPACT Awards Luncheon. Though the event is over, and the winners have been announced, we are continuing to celebrate the nominees’ successes.

 

These are their stories.

I am currently an undergrad at Butler University. I am planning to graduate from the Lacy School of Business in 2020. While I am currently majoring in Marketing, I am looking to pick up a Finance double major this upcoming semester when I return from my study abroad in Bilbao, Spain. I have had a marketing internship with the Indy Chamber, Patachou, Inc. and this summer I will be interning at Eli Lilly and Company.

 

Indiana INTERNnet: You are a graduate of 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. What made you interested in pursuing that?

 

Michal Sophie: When I first got to Butler I had a …

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Career Advice From The Creative Director at The Indiana Chamber of Commerce

Earlier this week we had the opportunity to interview a current employee of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Tony Spataro is the Creative Director for the Indiana Chamber. He told us about his internship experience as well as his professional career development. He provided us with very insightful information of how things have changed in the creative sector, and how to prepare for a career similar to his.

 

 

Indiana INTERNnet: What is your current position and what are your day to day tasks?

 

Tony Spataro: I’m the creative director for the Indiana Chamber. I handle the designs and layouts for the Chamber and its subsidiaries. The majority of my design work includes layouts, marketing, print, email and some web materials. Recently, we started a podcast for the Chamber called EchoChamber, which I’m the producer for. I also shoot videos and photography for the various departments at …

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Career Advice from the Human Resources Director at the Indiana Chamber of Commerce

Earlier this week we had the opportunity to interview a current employee of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Michelle Kavanaugh is the Director of Human Resources for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. She has been with the company since 2011. We asked her about her career experience and what HR departments look for when selecting candidates. She provided us with tips about resumes, interviewing, and what to do (and not do) when applying for jobs!

 

 

Indiana INTERNnet: What is the screening process like when people apply for positions?

 

Michelle Kavanaugh: First I have to sort applicants out and see if they meet the minimum qualifications. This helps me find out which applicants are worth talking to based on their background. After that I sort them by skill sets and whether they fit the position. Once they are categorized into yes’s and no’s then I phone …

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Career Advice from the Manager of Membership Development at the Indiana Chamber

Earlier this week we had the opportunity to interview a current employee of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Matt Ottinger is a Manager of Membership Development for the Chamber. He’s been with the organization since 2007. We asked him about his career experience and what’s important in the early stages of professional development.

 

 

Indiana INTERNnet: What is your current position and what do you do?

 

Matt Ottinger: I’m currently the Manager of Membership Development and I’m in charge of finding new members that we can offer our service to. I find and research potential companies to contact through various methods such as events and conferences, Chamber programs and news. I have been with the Chamber since 2007 and started out in communications and publications.

 

IIN: When did you decide to start searching for …

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