Category Archives: Career Services

Career Networking Event a Success!

Written by Lindsey Sing, COB Career Center Graduate Assistant

Well done College of Business students! With 31 employers and 130 attendees, last week’s COB Career Networking Event held in the Mendenhall Student Center was a success. Employers were blown away with the quality turnout and enjoyed speaking with our impressive students. Below are several comments from some of the employers that attended:

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Tips For Writing A Personal Statement

Written by Sharon Justice, Leadership and Professional Development Program

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When do you need a personal statement?  Anytime you want to market yourself.  You are an Entrepreneur of your own career so you better get started.  No one else is going to jump start your career for you, so take charge now.  How you respond to “tell me about yourself” can be the entry into more conversation, or it can be a door shutting on opportunity.

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Are you “Career” ready?

SPRING CAREER FAIR is next week!
March 19th, 1-4pm, Minges Coliseum

Written by Lee Brown, Director, College of Business Career Center

Career FairAttending a career fair for many can be a daunting task.  You’re told to make multiple copies of your resume, dress professionally and go. So, how do you make the most of your career fair experience? It really comes down to 3 simple steps: have a plan, network and effectively follow up. Continue reading Are you “Career” ready?

How to Land a Job Before you Graduate

Insights from a Senior Business Student with Four Job Offers


Senior finance student Tyler Boruff, 22, plans to graduate this spring, and he already has a great job lined up. Actually, he had four job offers lined up by the beginning of 2015, and selecting the best one was the hard part. Starting July 17, he will be an associate production manager for Aramark in Dallas, Tex. as he begins in thecompany’s management training program called Accelerate to Leadership, or A2L.

“The College of Business was there for me all the way and gave me a lot of valuable guidance throughout my job search, from beginning to end,” Tyler said.

So what are Tyler’s secrets to landing a good job?

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Internship Outside of Comfort Zone Pays Off

Written By Dr. Susanne Killian, Career Counselor, CoB Career Center

Henry David Thoreau stated, “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” This quote encompasses the career path of Wings Mankedick, a Master’s of Business Administration student here in the East Carolina University College of Business.

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New Year- Time To Update That Resume!

Written by Sharon Justice, Department of Management


The start of the New Year always brings time for reflection, refocus, or resolutions.  Often, we think that resolutions have to be momentous, life changing events.  It’s not too late to start the New Year off with new habits that can make a difference, not just resolutions that get lost in the shuffle.  Here are a few to consider:

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Investigate the Business of Healthcare


Since 2008, the College of Business has been collaborating with the College of Allied Health Sciences to organize the annual Business of Healthcare symposium. This year the College of Business is collaborating with the College of Allied Health Sciences to organize the 2014 North Carolina Healthcare Informatics Career and Internship Fair/Symposium at the East Carolina Heart Institute on Oct. 24. College of Business Dean Stan Eakins will give a welcome speech in the morning. Dr. Huigang Liang, Director of Center for Healthcare Management Systems will start the poster session at 1:00pm.

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Health informatics is a fast growing field. A new study found that between 2007 to 2011, job postings for positions in healthcare informatics grew by 36 percent, compared with a 9 percent growth in all healthcare postings, and 6 percent increase in all U.S. jobs. Informatics positions now constitute the eighth-largest share of healthcare occupation postings.

Students in management information systems, business administration, and other related majors are encouraged to attend the career and internship fair to look for job and internship opportunities. Faculty members are welcome to join with colleagues from other NC universities and practitioners from healthcare organizations to explore research ideas.

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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



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.


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.


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.


• 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?


• 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