Category: Career Fairs

Winter Break Job Searching!

Hello Seniors! We are in the midst of 10th week and that means everyone is scrambling to finish projects and papers and, on top of that, trying to find time to study for final exams. With so many upcoming priorities and deadlines, how can you be expected to think about what needs to be done for next June? In fact, that is exactly what you should be doing! Even though graduation still seems a safe distance away, job searching takes TIME! Luckily, you have a six-week winter break coming up with no classes or homework to distract you from your job search! This is the perfect time to search for and apply to positions. That said, the task of finding opportunities can seem daunting when staring at the empty Google search bar. Here are some strategies and tips to help you get going on your job search:

Check LUworks:

LUworks has a continually updated job and internship openings database. By using the advanced search option you can filter your searches by location, industry and organization, among other factors.

Log onto LUworks through the Career Services homepage using your Voyager username and password.

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Career Fair Tips

Career fairs are a great way to search for jobs and make connections with employers and companies, but walking into a convention room filled with dozens of company representatives can be intimidating and a little baffling. To make the most of your time at a job fair, it is important to know what to do before you arrive and how you should interact with the company representatives during the fair.

Listed below are some tips to help make your time at job fairs as productive as possible.

Before the Fair:

  1. Do your homework! Being able to ask informed questions shows the representatives that you are genuinely interested in their company.
  2. Prepare a 30-60 second marketing pitch that highlights your educational history, relevant experiences and some skills specific to the industry you are looking into. Make the most of your face-to-face time with representatives because it will be limited.
  3. Prepare to bring 20-25 crisp resumes.

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Recruiter Pet Peeves

Original article by Lindsay Pollak can be found here.

It’s that time of year again: students are busy applying for jobs and internships that will be waiting for them once school lets out. While it’s very important you take the right steps during the application process, there are also some things you should avoid doing in order to increase your chances of getting the position you want. Below are a few pet peeves expressed by recruiters about entry-level candidates.

1. Not doing your homework. There really is no excuse for not learning as much information about a company as possible before meeting a representative at a job fair, information session, or other recruiting event. Simply visit their website or do a quick Google search. Asking a recruiter a general question about what the company does is a quick way to fall off their list.

2. “Just following up.” There is a fine line between appropriate persistence and pointless pestering. It is absolutely fine to call or email a recruiter to say thank you for a company information session, to ask a few questions, or to mention that you’ll be attending another event they are hosting. But “Just calling to follow up!” doesn’t add much to your candidacy.

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Searching for a Job: Career and Job Fairs

This post was written by Career Assistant Brynley Nadziejka,  ’14.

As we enter the New Year, seniors especially will start thinking about what they will do after graduation, and for a lot of them that will include finding a job. Searching for employment is a daunting process, but career and job fairs exist to make things a little easier. These fairs give you a chance to meet face-to-face with representatives from dozens of hiring companies in only one or two hours. You provide them with a resume and short, 30-second “marketing pitch” about your qualifications (i.e. educational history, applicable skills, and previous experience).

To help you search for fairs, listed below are links to the websites of ten job or career fair companies that host dozens of fairs nationwide over the course of the year:

http://www.careermd.com/default.aspx

http://www.carouselexpo.com/

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Career Fairs … Where do I begin?

Find out how to research employers, make successful first impressions, and get the most out of WorkForce and other career fairs!

Date: Tuesday, February 8
Time: 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Location: Warch Campus Center – Kraemer Conference Room

After attending, be sure to sign up by Monday, February 14 for the WorkForce Career and Internship Fair on Thursday, February 17.

For a list of employers attending WorkForce, visit: http://www.wipccc.org/students/quicklist.shtml