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Is an Internship Right for You?

Written by: Bailey Azarian

Today, people are so concerned with experience. What’s with that word, experience? You see it on resumes, applicants and hear it in job interviews.  According to the Webster Dictionary, experience means: the skill or knowledge you get by doing something or the process of doing and seeing things and of having things happen to you.

Now, you’re thinking, how do I find experience and why is it so important?

Your answer is an internship and internships are a proven way to gain relevant knowledge, skills, and experience while creating important connections in the field.

Landing a job in today’s economy is no easy task, especially for college students and recent grads.  According to Forbes.com, “60% of college grads can’t find work in their fields.” Besides getting a foot in the door with a potential employer and looking good on a resume, internships can benefit you in many ways:

• The opportunity to “test drive” a career (Would I be happier in marketing or advertising? Am I more comfortable working with patients or in a lab?)

• Chances to network with professionals in your chosen field

• Establishing relationships with mentors

• Possible college credit or certification

• Building up new skills

  • Gaining a “real world” perspective on an occupation (How much overtime do employees really work? How much time is spent behind a desk versus in the field?)

Students who complete internship experiences, or multiple internship experiences, may have an advantage when it does come time for the job search.  Employers recognize the advantage of an internship, but even more importantly, the experience and confidence you will gain will be vital in the professional world.

Check out this Career Spot video about Making the Most of Your Internship

Looking for more information about internships on campus? Check out Career Services link to Campus Internship Resources

Career Closet Craze: Dress To Impress

Written by: Bailey Azarian

After many mock interviews and months of preparation, you are finally ready to step out into the real world. Your resume has been written, you scheduled an interview with a possible employer and now all you need is a polished, professional look for your interview that will boost your confidence and help you land your dream job.  UW Oshkosh Career Services opened a Career Closet on Tuesday, October 15th. The Career Closet is an on-campus program dedicated to providing professional attire to students, who are preparing for an interview, and are financially unable to purchase their own. If you have a big interview coming up and need a professional outfit, students can now make appointments to visit the Career Closet in Career Services.  This is a great source of appropriate business suits and ‘office presentable’ clothing.

            It is important to have a prepared, professional look when going into an interview to make your first impression a great one.  The first impression you make on a potential employer is also the most important one. The first judgment an interviewer makes is going to be based on your appearance and what you are wearing. That is why it is always important to dress appropriately for a job interview. Dressing appropriately also gives you the confidence you need to impress interviewers with your personality. The look you display plays an important part in how others perceive you.  Make sure that the first impression you create at an interview is a positive, professional one.  A job interview is not the best time to be concerned with making an individual statement. Base your attire on the company’s culture as well as your possible responsibilities.

            Remember when you a preparing for an interview or a professional event that you only get one change to make a first impression. If you want to be seen as a professional you need to dress like one. Show your interviewer that you understand and accept his or her expectations about dress. UWO students in need of a professional look, whether head –to-toe or just a finishing touch for an interview, workshop or networking event, are welcome to “shop” at the Career Closet in the Career Services office (SSC, Suite 125) – at NO cost to the student! Call Career Services at 920-424-2181 to schedule an appointment to check out our inventory.

Here are just two examples of outfits you might find in the Career Closet. Students will be allowed to choose up to 4 items per semester. Like our Facebook page so you can see our featured “outfits of the week” every week.

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Check out what some employers had to say about making a good first impression!  http://bit.ly/1cE0NyT

More Career Closet Information: http://bit.ly/1eWGkpO

Be Present Online – Keep Yourself Updated

By conducting a search on Google, anyone may be able to find out a lot of information about you. Someone could figure out your interests, your friends, your job status and even find photos of you. You should expect potential employers to type your name into a search engine to find more information about that wasn’t included in your resume. Try Googling yourself right now and see what shows up. Do you like what you see or should you make some online updates? It is important to remember your presence online when you are searching for career opportunities because how you appear online is valuable in setting a foundation for yourself. Here are some tips to help you avoid letting your online existence decline:

  1. Be Consistent

Make sure all of your information online is current and updated.    You don’t want your online information to be different from your resume. Having a clear and revised online presence, especially on professional networking sites like LinkedIn, will show off your experience, but also your other transferrable skills.

2. Update Frequently       

If you have a blog or a Twitter page that has been untouched for months, it shows that you are not committed anymore. Make sure that you and your social media accounts are up to date before you begin looking/applying for positions.

3.  Increase Your Credibility

Using social media as a way to highlight yourself and your  accomplishments is a great idea. Social media shows potential employers that you are interested in the field you are applying. If you are interested in public relations, you should be following  public relations firms or experts. This will show the employer that you truly are interested in this topic.

4.  Stand Out in the Crowd

In today’s economy, the job market is so competitive and recruiters are looking for people that stand out. Be sure to tailor your resume to demonstrate your skills and use words in your resume that will catch a recruiter’s attention.

Check out this Career Spots video on the Perils of Social Networking

Master the Career Fair

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The time has come and the Career Fair on the Fox is finally taking over the UW Oshkosh Kolf Sports Center. On Tuesday, September 24th, flocks of students will be dressed in business attire and looking to create connections.  The Career Fair on the Fox is an opportunity to network with many different organizations in the same place, at the same time.  Whether this is your fifth time attending the career or your first, the fair will provide you the chance to make great strides toward your future career/internship.

Beware.  The environment of a career fair is unique and can be overwhelming, but it should not scare you away.  With hundreds of motivated, job seeking students and over 150 employers, it is still possible to stand out from the crowd and be noticed from a recruiter.

Check out some of our Career Spots Videos for some additional thoughts on preparing for the fair or our very own career fair video for some inspiration!

Career Fair Success

The Elevator Pitch

UW Oshkosh Career Services Career Fair Video

We also have a new event going on this fall called Internship Connect from 4-5 pm in Kolf. Check out our Video Production Intern Paige discuss what to expect if you decide to visit Internship Connect.

Want to know more about the employers attending the fair? Check out this link for a handout detailing some of our 150+ employers attending the fair!

The infographic below will help you to be both prepared and professional to make sure you stand out in the crowd at the Career Fair on the Fox.

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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   


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