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Career Fair on the Fox at Your Fingertips

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Career Services is now providing a new digital service this year, the Career Fair on the Fox Plus App. This full-featured iOS and Android app puts the power to prepare for the fair in the hands of students and employers to get the latest news and information about the fair on their smartphones.

Features of the UWO Career Fair Plus App Include:

Complete Company List

  • Search for companies by locations, position type and majors.
  • Detailed information on each employer is provided on this app.
  • This allows you to mark employers as “favorites.”

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  • Plan your visit to the Career Fair by mapping out where your favorite employers will be stationed.

Event Details

  • Add prior and later events to your calendar.

Updated Announcements

  • Learn about any changes that are made to companies or events on campus.

Career Fair 101

  • Use this feature to find tips and advice on you professional appearance, elevator pitch and how to follow up with employers after the fair.

 

Search for University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Career Fair Plus on the App Store  and the Google Play Store For more information,  check out our video blog about the Career Fair Plus App.

After you check out the new app, don’t forget to attend the event. The Career Fair on the Fox is Tuesday, March 4th in Kolf. The event will be held 1pm until 5pm.  Hope to see you there!

Dress: Business Professional is required.

 

Do’s and Don’ts of Networking

Do’s and Don’ts of Networking

Thinking about attending the College of Business Networking Night or the Career Fair on the Fox?

The word networking and the idea of attending a networking event might scare a lot of people, but having a strong network and the ability to effectively communicate with people in person and via social media is essential in today’s economy. UW Oshkosh Career Services office is holding a networking workshop on Monday, September 16th at 4:30 P.M. This workshop will help students learn how to create a network, develop techniques to network effectively, and ways to utilize the individuals they meet to help with internship and job searches.

According to John Bennett, director of the Master of Science at the McColl School of Business, 70% of jobs are found through personal relationships.  Although a Networking workshop may feel as awkward as a middle school dance, it can also expand professional networks and is a great way to find a job or an internship.

Here are some basic do’s and don’ts to help survive a networking event and make your networking workshop experience an effective one.

Do’s:

  • Thank your network partners and keep in touch with them
  • Develop lasting relationships, not just contacts
  • Have an elevator pitch prepared
  • Remember to ask important
  • Questions like, “What is your story?” And “What advice would you have for me as I consider looking into this field?”
  • Dress professionally

 Don’ts:

  • Brag or exaggerate the truth in a conversation
  • Gossip or share unrelated information with network partners; stay professional and relevant
  • Allow your networking relationship to become one-sided
  • Ask personal questions or questions about money/salary
  • Forget to thank your network partners and keep in touch with them

If you are interested in attending our Networking Workshop next Monday please register here.

Check out the Career Spot short video for more tips: The Importance of Networking   

From College To Career

You’ve just come back from spring break and the realization that only a few weeks stand between you and graduation is suddenly a terrifying thought because… that means you have to get a grown-up job! The fact that you can no longer roll out of bed and rush to class in the comfort of your sweatpants is bearing down on you HARD. You find yourself staring at a blank computer screen unable to absorb that it’s actually happening. The time to take the next step towards finding employment is upon you. You might even panic at the realization that you have procrastinated in your attempt to take the preparatory steps of post-college career life. Here are a few suggestions to help you get the ball rolling as you dive into the professional world and seek out your career path.

  • Check your school resources! Your university wants you to get employed upon graduation, because it reflects the ability of the school to help you reach your future goals as a result of the education you have been provided. Most schools have a Career Services office to help you prepare your resume, cover letter and even guide you in your job search.
  • They also may offer opportunities directly from employers that are looking to hire for open positions by utilizing Career Services access to an abundant student database. Here at UW Oshkosh, these open job and internship opportunities can be found on Titan Jobs.
  • Talk to your professors and advisers for advice or networking connections that they may have developed with previous students. These days, networking is absolutely essential to building a reputation that may help you get your foot in the door.

Career Services Creating Connections in Reeve Ballroom on March 2nd, 2013.

Don’t leave it at that! The most important part of the job search is being persistent. Apply, apply, apply. Make sure to research the companies you are applying to, and always include a cover letter as well as a follow up inquiry pertaining to the receipt of your application (generally the Monday following a full two weeks after your original application date). This shows employers you are genuinely interested in working with their company.

There are an infinite number of job search sites out there and many of them are tailored directly to recent college grads. For more opportunities check out: AfterCollege.com

Career Fair Do’s and Definitely Do not’s

Career Fairs and networking can be nerve-wracking, but we’ve got you covered as long as you present yourself professionally and have done your research. Take a look at our entertaining elevator pitch examples: 7 Tips For Career Fair Success where we demonstrate some of our recommended do’s…

Clip from: Seven Tips For Success

And our definitely do not’s:

It's good to be confident and personal but probably best not to act like this around an employer

It’s good to be confident and personal but probably best not to act like this around an employer

(Click on the screen shots or the 7 Tips for Career Fair Success above the picture to check out this fun video)

Career Fairs only come around once in awhile so take advantage of having hundreds of options all in one place. Make sure to dress for success, come practiced and prepared and ready to make a professional impression. These events often lead to employment or internship positions and provide ample networking time.

Buying Business Dress for Less

One of our big events for the Spring semester is the Career Fair on the Fox. Even if you can’t recite your elevator pitch forward and backward, your company research is all prepared, and your resume has been scoured and no t’s have been left uncrossed or i’s left un-dotted, but you can still blow the Career Fair experience if you don’t arrive in professional dress.

You’ve probably heard the saying you don’t get a second chance at a first impression.

A whopping 55% of how we dress, act and walk through the door are the biggest factors of an interviewer or recruiter’s first impression.

So let’s get down to the first impression wardrobe do’s and don’ts. Sweatpants, hoodies and sneakers are completely out of the question. Most jeans, even if they are MissMe or $200 designer jeans, aren’t going to get the reaction you desire either.

Suit up. For women pantsuits, pencil or A-line skirts paired with a button down and a cardigan or blazer are key pieces. Avoid anything too tight. Even if you want to show off your amazing figure, you can flatter your assets without flashing your assets.  Keep it conservative with an appropriate neckline and hemline. Add a pop of color with a scarf or simple statement jewelry.

Dress pants, dress shirt, blazer and colorful scarf

Dress pants, dress shirt, blazer and colorful scarf

Men should also wear a suit or pair dress pants with a button down and a sweater vest. A tie or bow tie is always appropriate as long as the pattern and print aren’t distracting to the interviewer. Of course you want to make a memorable impression, but charm them with your knowledge and wit without searing that loud ugly tie into their brain.

Khaki colored dress slacks, button down, brown blazer and red tie.

Khaki colored dress slacks, button down, brown blazer and red tie.

The best part is that it’s extremely affordable. These two display outfits cost under $10 each thanks to the local Fox Valley Thrift Shop. Affordable, professional, stylish and memorable makes for a lasting impression. Not the best at coming up with fashionable combinations or feeling fashion an savvy challenged? No problem! Check out sites with professional dress ideas like Pinterest. Many pins can lead you to fashion blogs and offer endless ideas to keep you looking and feeling sharp.

Tweet to Connect, Master Twitter Networking With These Tips

Twitter is the latest form of networking that is blowing up social-media using a form known as micro-blogging. Twitter limits users to 140 characters per post and allows linking to websites, connecting to other people or organizations by mentioning their Twitter handle (which is what we call the username with an @ symbol in front of it), and also hash tagging.

Users are free to use their Twitter account however they choose, whether it’s for personal expression, business, humor, social networking or information sharing. However, employers do take Twitter and social networking sites into consideration when getting to know prospective employees. For example, your drunken tweet from Saturday night with a picture of you doing a beer bong may have just cost you the job opportunity.

Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube are several sites that are changing the field of PR, new media and traditional media. It’s much more than a rolling news feed of status updates. It’s a source for advertising, talking with consumers, engaging other groups, promoting products or events, providing customer service and demonstrating service with pictures.

So how can you use Twitter professionally?

By using @ you can connect to specific users and create a relationship with them.

The hash tag # symbol makes your tweets searchable and allows you to join in chats. It allows you to follow certain news and connect with other tweeters.

Make your Twitter you personal brand. Remember: Be interesting. Avoid toilet tweets. No one wants to know about your bodily functions. It’s also best to avoid sexual, religious, political and obscene tweets. Connect with professionals by sharing useful and intelligent or informational links. You can shrink the links to save space for descriptions or ideas by using link-shortening sites like bitly.com.

Check out this info-graphic from Mediabistro.com pertaining to social websites and employment. http://www.mediabistro.com/alltwitter/twitter-posts-job_b27156

Social media affects employment opportunities.

Social media affects employment opportunities.

 

Career Services Intern Chai Lee Explores What Can Career Services Do For You?

Career Services Human Resources Intern Chai Lee

Hi Everyone,

Why come to Career Services?

Career Services can help you find jobs and internships, work on resumes, cover letters, and networking.  There also events that are held by Career Services such as, Career Fairs, Mock Interview, and Dining with Professionals and many more.  All students can use Career Services for free up until one year after graduation.  So use the opportunity to use Career Services because you also paid for all of these services so why not use the service.

All Students can use the services during Walk-In hours from 11:00AM to 1:00PM on Tuesday through Thursday or call to make appointment with the choice of advisor by majors.

Here is the website to see which advisor would best fit your needs.

http://www.uwosh.edu/career/about-us/professional-staff

My Internship Experience:

I want to share a little bit of my experience while I am an intern here at Career Services.  My name is Chai Lee, a Human Services Major.  Being an intern at Career Services, I had a lot of fun and also did a lot of exploration.  First of all, I worked on my resume and cover letter of a choice of employers that I want to work with.  I participated in the Career Fair; I got to meet many of employers and student from different majors.  During the Career Fair, I met with three different employers and gave my resume to them to look at.  Next, I attended class presentations with different advisers on topics of interviewing, portfolio, and general ideas of what is Career Services is.  Attending class presentations helped develop my professional skills and allowed me to find helpful resources.  My next step was the networking part, which I participated in Dining with Professionals and did the Mock Interview.  I did Dining with Professionals, where I met employers such as J.J. Keller, Alta Resources, Sherwin Williams and Big Brothers Big Sisters.  I had a choice of where I could sit, so I decided to sit at the table of Big Brothers Big Sisters and our host was Ellen Evensen.  During the dining, it is more of follow the leader or the host who talked about what to eat and drink with professional people.  At the end of the dining, I had some extra time to talk to Ellen and then she offered for me to send in my resume and cover letter for an internship opportunity.  I was so happy that I participated in Dining with Professionals and met employers from different companies.  I also attended Mock Interviews which was also with Ellen of Big Brothers Big Sisters.  Before hand, I did research about the agency and the person who interviewed me, so I had an idea of what the agency’s main role is.  The Mock Interview went really well and I liked it because it built my confidence and learned what I should say and not say to the employer.  Overall, being at Career Services, help me to get out of my comfort zone and explore the world.

~Chai Lee

Why Attend A Career Fair?

Two words; free pens. I can’t say I knew what to expect for my first career fair experience but it turned out there are no clowns and there are instead oodles of free pens.

I’ve been to a few fairs in my younger days, but this was my first formal attendance of the Career Fair on the Fox. Unlike my childhood memories of cotton candy and merry-go-round rides, this kind of fair involved much more mature opportunities like booths with company names on them (some still have candy), company chap-stick, and brochures. However as crazy as it sounds, I realize that a job opportunity has higher value and may last longer than a bit of sticky sweet pink fluff that dissolves in your mouth.

I wasn’t fully prepared for the enormity of the event with over 140 companies lined up in booths and waiting for me to approach them and strike up my best elevator pitch with the flourish of my well-rounded resume. In fact, I wandered through the aisles a couple times just taking in all the companies’ names and representatives smiling at me with their “ask me anything,” attitudes.

The first few booths made polite chit-chat but they just didn’t seem to have a position that I found desirable considering my Journalism Major. Reaching the homestretch of the final row of booths in the field house, I was drawn to the 4imprint company which posted openings for a graphic design position. I’m not a full fledged designing genius but I know how to work some of the newer graphic programs so I shyly smiled at Lia Cummings and we struck up a conversation about 4imprint and the potential career opportunities I may want to consider. I left with her business card, but the true gift had been the amount of information I had compiled today.

I also had a professional picture taken for free, which I can use for business cards and networking. The fair offered resume reviews and great interviewing experience. My reaction to this wonderful opportunity is that it really helped me practice and get comfortable with connecting to potential employers as well as learn about how to market myself and create positive and lasting  impressions.

Top Tips to Prepare for a Career Fair

Feeling hesitant about attending the Career Fair because you don’t know what to expect or how to present yourself? No problem! The Career Services Staff has you covered. Here are some tips straight from the office on how to prep, present yourself with confidence, and make the most of your Career Fair experience.

Go outside your comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to talk to companies and explore opportunities that you may not have been considering.

-Aleah Van-Gheem, Career Resource Specialist

Research and Identify Employers you may want to connect with prior to the Fair to avoid getting overwhelmed at the event.

-Rich Marshall, College of Letters and Science and CNL Career Advisor

Make sure to wear professional dress and bring several (5-10) copies of your resume.                                                                                                      

-Justin Lyons, Career Resource Specialist

Bring a business card. You can order them online or if you’re short on time make your own by going to a local supplies store such as Office Max or Staples and they can print them up on cardstock.

-Sarah Kriha, Career Event & On-Campus Interview Coordinator

Prepare and practice your pitch, a 30 second “elevator speech” which is a brief introduction you can give to employers which includes your name, major, academic year, and job positions you’re interested in.

-Chelsey Cegielski, Career Service Staff

Career Fairs are filled with opportunity and information, so don’t be afraid to polish your presentation, put yourself out there and make connections.

Take a look at last spring’s Career Fair on the Fox!

 

 

 

Federal Internships



By Emily Colon 

The webinar “Go Government: Landing your Dream Internship” took place on Feb. 8, 2012. The facilitator was career adviser Cassie Curry from Career Services. There were a decent number of attendees for an auditory webinar.

The two panel members, Chris Hogan and Jessica Wahl, were featured. Chris works for Homeland Security and Jessica works for the Department of the Interior. They talked about a variety of topics including how there are many different opportunities within federal jobs. Websites where you can go to find federal internships are USA.gov, makingthedifference.org and usajobs.gov.

There are also many third party internship providers such as agency websites, career development centers, career fairs, social media and personal networks.

Some facts about federal jobs are that they offer excellent pay and benefits, high levels of responsibility, valuable work experience, flexible schedules, training and professional development and great travel opportunities.

The panelists talked about the different bureaus and how there are internships for every major. Jessica said that the breadth of experience you get is great. Chris added that you get unique opportunities.

Some advice the panelists gave was to tailor your resume by using the job announcement, expand your experiences and make a master resume. Something interesting they mentioned was that federal agencies prefer if you wait until they contact you with a job opportunity rather than you contact them because they get many applications.

If you are interested in a federal internship, check out Titan Jobs, an online database with job postings and much more. And if you need help with tailoring your resume, make sure to make an appointment here at with a resource specialist at Career Services Ph: (920)424-2181


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