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Creating Connections Empowered through Networking

By Emily Colon (@emimariec)

Creating Connections Empowered through Networking is a career event that will be hosted this spring for its second year on Wednesday, April 25. It is an event that is directed to students of color, women and LGBTQ students. The directive is aimed at them mainly because those groups are underrepresented in management positions. Employers who will be present are directly seeking these kinds of students. However, don’t get discouraged if you don’t fit into those categories. The event is open to everyone and I encourage everyone to come.

This event will be held in Reeve Memorial Union Ballroom 227. It will go from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and will be split up into two sessions; one going from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and the other from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. If you should choose so, you may stay for the duration of both sessions. I know I am!

Employers who will be present include:

This is event is formal yet relaxed, allowing students to explore opportunities and build relationships with employers, so dress business casual. If building meaningful relationships with employers doesn’t allure you, I am sure the next thing will. We will have delicious free food for participants. It doesn’t end there, we also have door prizes! Two lucky winners will receive a $100 Reeve gift card each.

After reading all of that, I am sure you can’t wait for April 25th to get to the event. Well I am with you! I wish it was April 25th as well, but there are still some things to do first. First off, you have to register for the event on Titan Jobs. You can register for one or both time slots.

Second, make sure that you update your profile on Titan Jobs and upload your resume if you have one. After doing that, if you feel like you are nervous and don’t know what you will say to an employer, have no worries. We have an event that will serve kind of like a practice run for you, and it will be held just one week before the event.

Join us here at Career Services for our Networking Workshop on Monday, April 16 at 5:00 p.m. I Hope to see all of you there. To view photos from last year’s Creating Connections event, click here.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me at: colone98@uwosh.edu

Tables of Titans

Tables of Titans invites students to meet and have dinner with a variety of UW Oshkosh alums. This event provides a unique opportunity for students to network with alumni while exploring future career options in an intimate, friendly, and welcoming environment. The employer will cover lunch/dinner costs. Each event has a capacity of eight students each, so sign up quickly! Please be advised, that you are expected to attend if you RSVP. Your Titan Jobs account will be inactivated if you fail to do so. You will receive a confirmation e-mail with further details before the event.

Prudential
When: March 8, 2012 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Where: Fratellos Waterfront Restaurant
1501 Arboretum Drive, Oshkosh


Prudential companies have over $600 billion in total assets under management. This includes the Prudential Insurance Company of America, one of the largest insurance companies in the United States. They offer a variety of products and services including life insurance, mutual funds, annuities, pension and retirement related services and administration, asset management, securities brokerage, banking and trust services, real estate brokerage franchises and relocation services. They serve 15 million individual and institutional customers worldwide. They have approximately 39,000 employees.


Host: B.J. Helleson, Manager, Financial Services

I am currently a Manager and Financial Advisor with Prudential Financial in Wauwatosa, WI.  My responsibilites include growing the agency with quality advisors and providing the support and training that new advisors need when they first get into the financial services industry.  I started with Prudential right after I graduated in May of 2009.  I found that our training and development program and our compensation/benefits package is second to none, and can be a great opportunity for dynamic individuals to start off a great career.

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
When: March 13, 2012 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Fratellos Waterfront Restaurant
1501 Arboretum Drive, Oshkosh


Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP is one of the oldest and largest certified public accounting and consulting firms in the U.S. As an independent member of Baker Tilly International, the world’s 8th largest network of accounting firms, we bring you access to market-specific knowledge in 120 countries. 

Baker Tilly originated in 1931 with a commitment to deliver innovative financial solutions and solid business strategies to our clients. We believe that an accounting firm should complement the business style it is serving. Our approach balances solid financial know-how with a talent for innovation and creativity. This “can do” philosophy has resulted in our position as one of the industry’s most progressive and respected accounting firms.

Our clients are both privately held and publicly traded companies, and occupy all stages of development—from start-ups and family-run businesses to international corporations. They choose Baker Tilly because of our depth of experience, comprehensive service offerings, and commitment to their success. Many of the businesses we serve are closely held entities. A large part of our practice consists of providing tax and consulting services such as estate planning, succession planning, and owner buy/sell consultation to closely held companies.
Baker Tilly is an independent member of Baker Tilly International, a global network of high quality, independent accounting and business services firms. All Baker Tilly members are committed to providing the best possible service to their clients, in their own marketplaces and across the world, wherever help is needed. All firms within the network adhere to the same high quality standards and share skills, resources, and expertise to create best practices.
Host: Christina Stelter, Senior HR Generalist and Campus Recruiter
I am currently a Senior Generalist and a Campus Recruiter with Baker Tilly in Appleton, WI.  My responsibilities for campus recruiting include building relationships with professors, students and career services. As for my HR responsibilities, I work with our leaders and staff with succession planning, individual development planning, on boarding and exit process, and employee relations.  When I graduated from UWO, I start with Target Corporation as an Executive Team Leader – Human Resources and then joined Baker Tilly in fall of 2007.  I found that culture and a company’s appreciation of its employees is a major key to retention and overall employee satisfaction. I have found that both companies that I have worked for hold these qualities.

Cintas
When: April 4, 2012 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: Fratellos Waterfront Restaurant
1501 Arboretum Drive, Oshkosh

Cintas Corporation is one of America’s fastest growing and most respected service corporations. We are the largest company in our industry, and have an aggressive growth strategy focused on increasing our share of a $30+ billion market. We design, manufacture, and distribute products that are used by our customers for corporate identity and facility service programs throughout North America. Every day, more than 4 million people go to work in a Cintas uniform.
Host: Elaine Ruh, Human Resources Representative  & Health and Safety Coordinator
I am the Human Resources Representative for Cintas at the Greenville WI location and have been in  this role for the past 3 ½ years. Daily tasks and responsibilities that I oversee in the HR position are; recruiting, hiring,  benefits, payroll, training and development and fun team building activities.  As being the location’s Health and Safety coordinator, I manage all OSHA recordkeeping, implement new safety ideas, create awareness for a safe working environment and audit all training documents. Before starting at Cintas, I had two internships throughout my college career. I was the Sports Events Management Intern at Special Olympics in Appleton and an Office Manager/HR Generalist for a Regional Vice President for Primerica Financial Services.

UWO marketing major shares his Dining with Professionals experience

On Tuesday, Feb. 21, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Career Services held its first Dining with Professionals event of the semester. The event allows students to learn the basic fundamentals of networking, dinner conversations and proper dining etiquette. A fashion show is often held to explain what are appropriate clothing selections for different events. The next Dining with Professionals event will be April 18 and held at La Sure’s Banquet Hall. Visit Titan Jobs to sign up today! (spots fill up fast)

Last semester, UWO student and marketing major Brian O’Connell attended the Dining with Professionals dinner. This was his experience:

“Prior to the Dinning with professionals, I had a phone interview the same day for an internship.  It went well and I was excited because the employer wanted a second interview. On the way to the event later that night, I was talking to my friend about how my interview went great and. We arrived and went to our assigned groups to talk with employers. Low and behold, the second employer to come talk to my group was the person that interviewed me earlier that day. How crazy!?”

“I was quite surprised and immediately thought to myself, this dinner is going to mean much more than just satisfying the requirement for my class. I thought it would be best that since they just met me I should probably sit at their table to get to know them and provide a good first impression. Long story short, the dinner went well. We chatted a little bit and both expressed our excitement to see each other the following week for my second interview. The moral of this story is to show the importance and benefits of not only networking, but the events that UWO offers to us students. Take advantage of these events!!!”

8 tips for a professional LinkedIn profile

By Sheng Lee (@shengdanger)
Linked in is the well-known dark horse of social media. We all know it exists, but few use it to its full potential. This is a major mistake. When it comes to marketing yourself, most people go straight to Facebook because of its considerable user base, but demographically speaking, LinkedIn is ahead in the social media race with over 135 million users worldwide, 77 percent of users are age 25 and older, and the average household income of users is $109,000. If you want to get serious about social networking, ditch the Facebook playground and graduate to LinkedIn.

LinkedIn is a network of professionals who are the movers and shakers of their industries. Yes, Facebook and Twitter can be powerful tools, but LinkedIn users are known for their no-nonsense sentiments when it comes to their jobs, industry and social network. So keep in mind that while it’s fun to post silly pictures on Facebook and tweet about what you had for lunch on Twitter, the conversations on LinkedIn are more focused on cultivating partnerships and advancing business.

LinkedIn tips:

1.)    Complete your profile

Did you know that your Linkedin profile generally ranks in the top five Google search results for your first and last name? Make sure your profile is completely filled out, because first impressions are everything. Skimping on your personal profile will decrease your value, so take the time to tell people what you’re all about.

2.)    Connect with everyone

When it comes to making connections, get out of your comfort zone. Connecting with people you already know and trust limits your network. Remember: There are 135 million members out there to connect with! The more direct connections you have, the larger your network will be, creating more business opportunities in the long run.

3.)    Customize your URL and websites

Customize your URL and websites to reflect your name. You can do this by finding the “edit profile” option from the “profile” tab at the top of the website. If you have a blog or website to add, scroll down to the “additional information” section of your LinkedIn profile. Click the “edit” button. Select “other” in the dropdown menu and customize its name. A customized website name will inspire others to click through your sites.

4.)    Spice up your image

Your profile now needs some pizzazz and style. A bland, lifeless profile turns off potential connections, so let your personal creativity shine through. Use stories, video recommendations etc. to tell others who you are, what you’re all about and how you can help them advance professionally.

5.)    Recommend others

Recommend others as much as you can, and they will reciprocate. The more you give, the more you receive!

6.)    Join groups

Join LinkedIn groups that will put you in touch with other experts in your industry. Try your hand at starting your own group and establish yourself as an expert in the field. Like a mini-social network, these niche groups will encourage discussions, spread your message and connect you with important people.

7.)    Optimize your search ranking

Many people use LinkedIn to search for experts in their field, a new job or connections. This is where optimization in keyword search is crucial. It takes time and effort to reach the top, but imagine how cool it would be if you rank number one when someone searches for “social” or “management” for example. A way to start is by incorporating your desired keywords into your headline, current work experience, past work experience, summary and specialties.

8.)    Add Apps

Lastly, add applications such as Twitter, WordPress and calendars to your profile. This will promote your work and improve your profile’s overall visitor experience.

 


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