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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?

1. Use your network
Tyler says he began by talking with friends who had already graduated, older students he knows through his role as president of the ECU Scuba Club, contacts he met through the dive shop where he works, and even family members like his older sister, Shelby Boruff (MGMT ’12, MBA ’13), who now works with Target Corporation (where one of his job offers originated).

“I also got to know the College of Business’ Career Center team and learned how to use the online CareerNet system, plus I spent extra time planning with faculty members like Prof. T.D. Gribble and Associate Dean Dr. Jim Westmoreland,” Tyler explained. “I tried to get the most out of my BUSI 3200 assignments and guest speakers, too, since the class focuses on teaching students how to become business professionals.”

2. Prepare for the ECU Career Fair
Tyler says he can’t say enough about the ECU Career Fair (the spring fair is March 19th – mark your calendar!) Do your homework beforehand, and you might be surprised at the opportunities that surface.

Tyler said, “Research the companies and people who plan to attend, and narrow down the firms that interest you most. Reach out to potential employers before the fair, and let them know about your interest (and send them your resume and portfolio in advance). Try to understand what each company is looking for – since each recruiter wants something different – and position yourself for that job.  Also, have an open mind at the Career Fair and look at companies that may not be on your list.”

3. Edit Your Resume
Tyler says his resume improved dramatically as he went through the editing process and gathered input. In the end, he had a solid resume that put his best foot forward and advanced him to the next round.

4. Practice your Interviews
Practice with a trusted professor. Practice through the Career Center. Practice in the mirror. Know what you are going to say and how you’re going to say it. Also, be ready with a firm handshake and elevator pitch. Even if you think you feel comfortable talking in front of others, like Tyler does as a scuba instructor, preparing will help you feel ready and confident.

5. Dress Professionally
For guys, that means you must wear a suit and tie. Be clean shaven and get a haircut. Wear a sport jacket. You may need to spend a little money, but your professional image is well worth it. (Tyler says he coupon shopped for his suit and found one at Belk’s.)


6. Take Advantage of Opportunities to Become Well Rounded
Grades are very important, but what you choose to pursue outside of the classroom is just as important. Find something extra-curricular that sparks your interest. Seize opportunities to demonstrate leadership. Consider studying abroad.

“I think studying abroad is something every student should do if they can,” Tyler said. “I traveled to China through the College of Business Study Abroad Program in summer 2014, and it was a life changing experience.”

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.


Wings is a fantastic example of how students can mold their graduate experience into a holistic and experiential route to a dream career.  By combining his academic interest in marketing and his love of the outdoors he secured an internship with the marketing department at the Voyageur Outward Bound School, which is a program that seeks to challenge students based on four main values: compassion, integrity, excellence, and inclusion/diversity.  The program also utilizes expeditionary travel to develop leadership skills and encourages participants to work as a group to complete goals.  Outward Bound uses adventure to develop personal leadership skills and to increase one’s understanding of the world around them.

This adventurous spirit is evident in Wings’ choice of participating in an internship outside of his comfort zone as he states:

“My career goals have changed drastically since I first started the MBA program at East Carolina University and this internship was more or less the biggest turning point I have had since the transition.  Two years ago I was on my way to having my dream job working for a Business Management consulting firm, but I soon realized my heart belonged to the woods, outdoor education, and adventure.  I still wanted to be able to use my past education in my future career and have found that marketing for organizations that I believe in, such as Outward Bound, could help bind together two loves in my life.  This is why I challenged myself to complete an internship with Outward Bound.”

We can conclude from this notion that internships are great opportunities for students to experience the real world of work, and in this case, a new realm of the world of marketing.

The experiences that Wings gained through his internship have enriched his education here at ECU which he clearly expresses:

“I have many new skills and also many programs I am now familiar with.  I definitely believe that part of my success was having pre experience and education in the marketing field.”

Wings not only benefitted himself through his internship, but also made a positive impact on the Voyageur Outward Bound School as they now wish to continue the marketing internship that he pioneered.  As he explains the value of the internship, “I believe it was very beneficial for anyone looking for a career in marketing.”

We are fortunate to have students such as Wings Mankedick leading our graduate programs to excellence through their strong work ethics and ability to realize the value of a holistic, graduate experience.  It is our hope that other students follow this example and search for their own passion along their path to a rewarding career.

**If you are interested in interning please contact Dr. Killian via email or make an appointment by calling: 252-737-1236

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:

Update your resume:  With the beginning of the New Year, it is a good time to reflect on what you have accomplished since last year.  Did you work over the summer?  Did you start a new job?  Did you study abroad?  Have you been a volunteer?  Everything has potential to be a resume builder.   Remember to always make strong arguments for your accomplishments by using power verbs and incorporating facts and figures into your resume.  Don’t simply state job duties.  Expand your impact and grab attention by explaining what you accomplished and why it was important.  Remember, the resume is your teaser advertisement for you.  Take charge and spend time crafting the foundation that can be easily customized whenever you want to apply for a position.

Set up a LinkedIn profile, or update your current profile.  This online social media tool is an excellent way to stay connected with friends, work associates, prior colleagues, people you want to get to know…you name it.  Spend time crafting your headline, pull updated accomplishments from your resume.  Find new groups or people to share with.

Explore Twitter:  Don’t just tweet random thoughts.  Find groups with common interests and join the conversations.  Maybe you don’t start out adding your own tweets, and that it ok.  Follow a conversation on a hot topic one evening.  See what others in your industry are talking about.  Join a group of Millennials as they talk about entering the workforce after college.  Follow recruiters where you want to work.  Twitter has so much to offer, go see for yourself.

Refine your Pitch.  You never know when you will meet someone unexpected.  Have your pitch ready to share.  It’s your opportunity to shamelessly promote yourself.  You never know where these new connections and conversations may take you.

Now is the time to start off the New Year with new habits.  Take time to make a few updates and explore a new tool.  You may just find that the New Year brings you closer to your goals.

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.

Detailed agenda is available a


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

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 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 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.


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.


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