Prepare Yourself for Securing A Job

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The CoB Career Center sponsors a variety of career fairs throughout the academic year. This guide will help you prepare for them and help you make the most of your time while you’re there.

Reasons to Attend

Regardless of your major, year in college, or future goals, there are many benefits to attending a career fair. You can:

• Investigate positions and career fields you could pursue with your major and background

• Meet representatives from organizations for whom you are interested in working

• Get more information about specific companies and organizations

• Gain valuable interview / networking experience

• Increase your chances of interviewing with an employer

• Receive sound job search advice from seasoned company recruiters

• Develop your network of contacts

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What to Expect

Typically, career fairs host groups of employers from specific geographic regions or employers that recruit for similar industries or sectors. Employers expect to interact with students seeking job opportunities as well as those simply researching careers and organizations.

Most career fairs are held in one large room. Rows of tables are staffed by representatives from the participating organizations and decorated with table-top displays.

Student registration tables are usually located at the entrance to the career fair. Here, you might be asked to sign in, create a name tag, and complete a brief questionnaire. Lists of attending organizations and maps identifying their locations may also be available.

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How to Prepare

If you are attending a career fair in search of job opportunities, you should prepare for the experience as you would for an interview.

1. Review the list of organizations that will be attending the fair, then research those employers of interest to you. Visit the CoB Career Center for company literature, and do research on the organization’s website.

2. Ensure that your resume reflects your most current accomplishments, skills, and experiences. Print an adequate supply of your resume.

3. Practice answering specific interview questions and prepare questions you would like to ask the employers.

4. Consider how you will dress. If you are exploring job opportunities, you should dress in professional business attire.

5. Prepare a strategy for working the fair. Prioritize the employers with whom you’d like to speak, identify the information you want to get from them, and specify goals you hope to achieve by attending the fair.

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At the Fair

Don’t ask what positions the employers have; tell them what you’re seeking. If you aren’t sure of the job titles, begin by telling them your major, what you enjoy doing and ask where there might be a fit. Employers respond positively to this direct approach.

Keep your communication brief and to the point. You may want to meet with many employers, and employers will want to meet with as many students as possible. Prioritize your time to meet with all the employers on your list. Be sure to give your resume to each employer, and also get a business card from a representative at each organization that interests you.

Sample Questions You May Ask

Do your homework before you attend the fair and find answers to as many of these questions as possible – it shows the employer you are serious about your candidacy.

Internships

• Do you have a formal internship program?

• Do you have an internship coordinator I could contact?

• When is the best time to apply for an internship?

• What experiences might I have as an intern in your organization?

• Do you offer both paid internships and those for academic credit?

• What courses or majors do you look for in potential interns?

Jobs

• After you describe your academic and work experience: What are typical entry-level positions for someone with my major, skills and experience?

• What skills do you look for in candidates?

• What type of previous work experiences do you look for in candidates?

• What’s the best way to apply to your organization, and how long does the process usually take?

• Will you be on campus to interview?

Sample Questions They May Ask You

• When are you available to begin working?

• Are you interested in full-time or internship opportunities?

• What kind of position are you looking for?

• What geographic areas are you interested in?

• Why did you stop at our table today?

• May I have a copy of your resume?

After the Fair

Within two weeks of the fair, make follow-up contact with the representatives you spoke to, unless you have discussed an alternative arrangement. Employers may leave a fair with hundreds of resumes, and they report that less than 5% of students follow up after a fair. This simple step can give you a big advantage.

Recruiters share the ingredients of a great first impression:

“A firm handshake and introducing yourself.”

“Let me know what your major is and what type of position is interesting to you.”

“Good eye contact and speaking clearly.”

“The time with each student at a career fair is brief, so a student who can get his or her point across in about 1 minute is way ahead of others.”

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Certified Career Facilitator Joins College’s Career Center

Did you know it takes six to ten months on average for students to land their first job?

Susanne Killian, the College of Business’ new career counselor, says it’s never too early to start preparing for your future. She joined the COB Career Center in October 2013, becoming the College’s first-ever Certified Career Facilitator.

Susanne KillianOriginally from Wake Forest, N.C., Killian brings 20 years of educational and career development experience to her role. She also holds a Ph.D. in Educational Research from N.C. State University. She says she enjoys interacting with business students and exploring their options through self-assessment, networking opportunities, and internships. She works with undergraduates, graduate students, distance education students, as well as alumni – and her services are offered for free through the College’s Career Center.

Killian says she offers different types of one-on-one appointments, with students typically needing a general internship/job search session. At this type of meeting, students discuss their concentration, think about their future ambitions, explore their strengths, and discover tools and resources to network and prospect for jobs. She also offers advice on resumes and cover letters, and she has even been known to help students practice talking on the phone – an important skill to develop with so much done digitally these days.

She says that landing a quality internship is pivotal for many students, helping them gain valuable interpersonal skills in an office environment while strengthening their work ethic – traits that employers stress in today’s marketplace.

“It’s a different world now, so students need to use our services and get on the right track early,” Killian said. “There’s a fine line sometimes between networking properly and being perceived as a job hound. Our role is to support students throughout the prospecting process and enable them to put their best foot forward.”

To make an appointment with Susanne Killian, please contact the College of Business Career Center office at 252-737-1236. For resources and other information, visit online at http://www.ecu.edu/business/careers.

ECU Spring Career Fair

The ECU Spring Career Fair is being held tomorrow at Minges Colesium. The event is being held from 10 am – 2 pm. This is a great opportunity for students to “network” with various companies and discuss employment & internship opportunities! We highly encourage students to attend this event. A complete list of the companies attending can be found at www.ecu.edu/career. Professional dress is required to get into the event so dress accordingly. Please make sure to represent ECU and the College of Business in a professional manner at all times.

If you are interested in volunteering during the event, please contact Nadirah Pippen at pippenn@ecu.edu. Duties include greeting and assisting employers with set up, unloading displays, collecting employer/student evaluations, greeting students, etc. Shifts are two hours beginning at 8:00 am and ending at 3:00 pm.

 

Business Buzz- March 18th, 2013

In this edition of the Business Buzz:

  • Reasons to attend the upcoming Career Fair in Minges and how to prepare
  • Ways to volunteer to help at the Fair
  • How to network with employers at the Fair
  • New job postings and the full calender of on-campus recruiting events

Check out the latest edition of the Business Buzz!

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Want To Be a Nurse or OT?

Interested in becoming a nurse or occupational therapist? There are two upcoming presentations on nursing and occupational therapy careers and their respective majors here at ECU.

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The ECU College of Nursing Advising Center will host “So You Want To Be a Nurse?” on Thursday, February 28th from 5:30 pm-7:00 pm in Bate 1031. There will be a discussion of the nursing profession and the degree programs at ECU, as well as a Q&A session with current College of Nursing students and faculty.

The ECU Pre-Professional  Advising Center will host “So You Want To Be an OT” on Thursday, February 21st from 5:30 pm-7:00 pm in Bate 1026. There will be a presentation and discussion with Gina Garris, OTR/L IV, and Tim Garris, COTA/L IV, CWT for insights into the field of Occupational Therapy. There will be a Q&A session with current ECU Occupational Therapy students.

See the attached flyers for more information on the presentations!

So you want to be a nurse flyer

So You Want to be an OT

 

Business Buzz, January 24, 2013

The Business Buzz is an excellent resource for COB students to read to stay informed about job opportunities and career-related events both on and off campus!

In the Jan. 24th edition of the Business Buzz:

  • Upcoming on-campus recruiting events in the College of Business,
  • Other job and internship listings
  • A resourceful search tool for international students
  • Info on a new online program to help you hone your interview skills!

Those things and more in the Buzz!

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Krispy Kreme CEO to Speak at ECU

James Morgan, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, will speak at East Carolina University on Tuesday, Feb. 19 as a part of the Cunanan Leadership Speaker Series hosted by the College of Business. The public is invited to attend this free event, which will begin at 3:30 pm in Wright Auditorium at ECU.

Jim MorganMorgan was named president and CEO of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. in January 2008. He has been a member of the Krispy Kreme board of directors since 2000 and was elected chairman in 2005. Prior to joining Krispy Kreme, Morgan was chairman and CEO of Wachovia Securities following the acquisition of Interstate/Johnson Lane Inc. by Wachovia Corporation. Before it was acquired by Wachovia Corporation, Morgan served as chairman and CEO of Interstate/Johnson Lane, Inc. He has more than 37 years of business experience and is a 1969 graduate of Vanderbuilt University. He also served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.

Dr. Stan Eakins, dean of the College of Business, said, “Mr. Morgan brings deep institutional knowledge and perspective regarding Krispy Kreme’s strengths, challenges, and opportunities. We are delighted to host such a notable business leader and learn from his unique insights and experiences.”

 Mark your calenders for this special presentation!

Who: James Morgan – Chairman, President, and CEO of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc.

What: Cunanan Leadership Speaker Series

Where: Wright Auditorium at ECU

When: Tuesday, Feb 19th at 3:30 p.m.

 

Business BUZZ Oct. 11th

In the October 11th edition of the BUZZ:

  • Info on ECU’s Career Fair which is TODAY at the Greenville Covention Center, from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm
  • Today is the LAST day to register for an interview with BB&T for their Leadership Development Program
  • Upcoming information sessions, interview pointers, and full callender of on-campus recruiting events & job postings
  • Finally, an etiquette tip to never forget!

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