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Programming: International Student Career Workshop Series -8/3/09

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    • Fall & Spring Workshop Series Presentation
    • Fall Series- Resume Writing
      • The Resume Writing workshop will discuss the main elements of the U.S. resume including:
        • Formatting & Appearance
        • Heading
        • Objective
        • Education
        • Professional Experience
        • And additional components including skills, professional memberships, leadership activities, and honors
        • Reference Page
    • Fall Series-Resume Writing
      • Instructions will be given on items ranging from proper font size & style to the correct resume paper to use in the U.S. job market.
      • Students will be shown how to highlight their skills such as foreign language, computer proficiencies and additional components like industry specific associations
      • Students will receive resume critiques from employers and participating staff
    • Fall Series- Resume Writing
      • International students will also receive a presentation from the mental health counselor on cultural awareness topics to help them when composing their resume such as:
        • Providing a frame of reference when writing
        • Emphasizing strong English skills
        • Ensuring their resume is free of grammatical and spelling errors
        • Avoiding the use of awkward language
        • Have final resume reviewed by Career Counselor and ask for explanations about any changes
    • Fall Series- Resume Writing
      • Additional topics the mental health counselor will discuss during cultural awareness segment
      • U.S. Resume vs. International CV
      • Resume : Chronological order, relevant jobs, education, skills, accomplishments, generally 1-page in length, does NOT include personal information like age, marital status, religion, and less frequently includes military service
      • CV : Explains academic, formal work experience, certifications, sometimes 2-pages + in length, often mentions military service
      • Workshop planning in progress, content may change
    • Fall Series-Plan for the Interview
      • Plan for the Interview workshop will discuss the main elements of the U.S interview like:
        • The Purpose of the Interview
        • Types of Interviews
        • Professional Attire for Men & Women
        • What to Avoid in General
        • During the Interview
        • Types of Questions
        • After the Interview
        • Resources
    • Fall Series-Plan for the Interview
      • Types of Interviews:
        • Screening
        • Telephone
        • Individual
        • Panel/Committee
        • Lunch/Dinner
      • Types of Questions:
        • Open-ended
        • Qualifications
        • Proven successes
        • Behavioral
        • Opinion
        • Off-beat
    • Fall Series-Plan for the Interview
      • In general, avoid:
        • Wrinkled, dirty or ill-fitting clothing
        • Revealing clothes (plunging necklines, exposed midriffs, and skirts above the knee when sitting)
        • Excessive jewelry
        • Visible tattoos or piercings
        • Excessive cologne or perfume
    • Fall Series-Plan for the Interview
      • International students will also receive a presentation from the mental health counselor on cultural awareness topics to help them when preparing for their U.S. interview:
        • Organization of thoughts first
        • Slowing down speaking speed
        • Don’t be embarrassed to ask the recruiter to repeat or confirm the question
        • Practice rearticulating
        • Schedule a mock interview
        • Don’t offer information
    • Fall Series-Plan for the Interview
      • Additional topics the mental health counselor will discuss during cultural awareness segment
        • Communication styles
        • Social interaction
        • U.S. interviews and concept of “Self-Promotion”
        • Keeping an open mind
        • Stress management
        • Time management (punctuality)
        • Maintaining good eye contact
        • Body language
        • Personal space
    • Fall Series-Plan for the Interview
      • What to expect on the U.S. interview…
        • Being late will be a problem
        • Eye contact shows interest and confidence
        • YOU will do most of the talking
        • Age, race, marital status and religion are illegal questions and should not be discussed
        • Promote your skills and accomplishments
        • Research the employer ahead of time
        • Acceptable to ask when you will hear back from the employer
    • Fall Series-”Employer Do’s & Don’ts”
      • The “Employer Do’s & Don’ts” workshop will be broken down into three main segments:
        • 40 minute Employer Panel
        • 30-40 minute Open-Forum Student Q&A Session
        • Networking Session
      • Fifteen employers, who hire international students, were invited to attend the workshop panel. An e-mail and follow-up phone call was made to ensure they were attending the event.
    • Fall Series-”Employer Do’s & Don’ts
      • Panel:
        • Recruiters from each employer will give real life examples and “Do’s” and “Don’ts” tips from various categories pertaining to international students.
        • There will be a power point with a general guide of the following areas:
          • Application Mistakes
          • Interview Mistakes
          • Resume/Cover Letter Mistakes
          • Miscellaneous including physical appearance, interpersonal & communication skills
          • Career Fair & Networking
    • Fall Series-”Employer Do’s & Don’ts
      • Open-Forum Q&A Session:
        • Students can ask specific questions regarding the material presented
        • Staff will have a list of questions prepared by the recruiters to ask to complement student questions
    • Fall Series-”Employer Do’s & Don’ts
      • Networking Session:
        • Tables and corresponding name tag will be set up for each participating employer
        • Students will get the opportunity to practice what they learned in all the workshops to this point
        • Students learn true networking skills by meeting with real-life U.S. recruiters and making first impressions
    • Fall Series-”Employer Do’s & Don’ts
      • Participating Employers:
        • State Farm
        • Geico
        • Enterprise
        • 3D Consulting
        • Boeing
        • Disney
    • Fall Series- Employment Workshop
      • The Employment Workshop will discuss these elements of U.S. immigration including:
        • What is Employment
        • Employment Options
          • On Campus Employment
          • Off Campus Employment
            • Curricular Optional Training (C.P.T.)
            • Economic Hardship
            • Optional Practical Training (O.P.T.)
      • O.P.T. Extenstion
      • H1B Cap Gap
      • Career Related Resources Available
    • Fall Series- Employment Workshop
      • For immigration purposes employment is:
        • Work performed in exchange for money, tuition, books, fees or other benefits like room and board
        • Volunteer work is now included in the definition of employment
      • Types of employment:
        • On Campus
        • Off Campus
          • C.P.T., Severe Economic Hardship, O.P.T.
    • Fall Series- Employment Workshop
      • On-Campus Employment
        • Who is Eligible to Work?
        • Number of hours
        • Location
        • Not related to major
        • No Authorization
        • F/T enrollment
    • Fall Series- Employment Workshop
      • Off Campus employment
        • Definition of C.P.T., Application Process, Summer/Fall Start Dates
          • Internships, Co-op, Work Study, Practicum
        • Eligibility
        • Number of Hours
        • Location
        • Related to Major
        • Authorization
        • F/T Enrollment
        • Cost/Credit Hours
        • Students Currently Employed
    • Fall Series- Employment Workshop
      • C.P.T. is comparable to Experiential Learning
      • Emphasize the importance of Experiential learning by providing important facts
        • 21,000 students participated last year
        • Service-Learning 11,000 +
        • Co-ops ($$) 3,300 +
        • Internships ($) 6,700 +
        • Students with experience are 3 times more successful at entering their chosen profession!
    • Fall Series- Employment Workshop
      • Experiential learning:
        • Directions to Apply
        • Eligibility Requirements
        • Meet with Experiential Coordinator
        • Office Locations
    • Fall Series- Employment Workshop
      • Off Campus Employment
      • Resources to find positions:
        • Experiential learning
        • Internship Coordinators
        • Self-Search
    • Fall Series- Employment Workshop
      • Severe Economic Hardship
        • Eligibility
        • Number of Hours
        • Location
        • Major can be unrelated
        • Authorization (DHS)
        • Restrictions
        • $340 Cost
        • Need Employment Authorization Card
    • Fall Series- Employment Workshop
      • Optional Practical Training (O.P.T.)
        • What is O.P.T.
        • Eligibility
        • Number of Hours
        • Location
        • Related to the Major
        • Authorization
        • P/T or F/T Enrollment
        • $340 Cost
        • Time limits
    • Fall Series- Employment Workshop
      • O.P.T. Overview
        • Required Items to Apply
        • Application Process
        • Summer/Fall Start Dates
        • Necessary Items While on O.P.T.
        • Reporting Requirements While on O.P.T.
        • Limited Period of Unemployment While on O.P.T.
        • 60 Days After O.P.T.
        • Concerns While on O.P.T.
        • 17 Month O.P.T. Extension
    • Fall Series- Employment Workshop
      • Review of E-Verify System
        • Internet-based computer application system used to verify new employees
      • Review of O.P.T. extension process & reporting requirements while on O.P.T.
      • Discussion of “H1B Cap Gap”- There is a time limit or gap on time worked for a student considering all these variables:
        • H1B and F1 Visa
        • Authorization Needed
        • Qualifying Criteria
        • Expiration Date
        • Graduation Date
    • Fall Series- Employment Workshop
      • Additional Student Resources:
        • International Services Center
        • Experiential learning
        • Career Websites
    • Spring Series-Job Search Strategies
      • The Job Search Strategies workshop will discuss strategies for finding a job in the U.S including:
        • Know Thy Self
        • Job Market
          • Hidden vs. Open
        • Job Search Strategies
        • Research
        • Networking
    • Spring Series-Job Search Strategies
      • Networking Strategies :
        • Co-op, Part Time Jobs, Internships, Volunteer, Service learning, Job Shadowing
      • Develop a list of contacts & maintain regular contact with them
      • Additional Networking Opportunities:
        • Career Fair, On-Campus Recruitment, Employment Prep Conference, Practice Interview Program, Professional Associations, Student Groups, Targeted Phone Calls/E-mails
    • Spring Series-Job Search Strategies
      • International students will also receive a presentation from the mental health counselor on cultural awareness topics to help them when job searching such as:
        • Knowing immigration laws
        • Understanding your employment eligibility
        • Clarifying duration of employment seeking
        • Knowing available resources for international students
    • Spring Series-Job Search Strategies
      • Additional cultural awareness issues include:
        • Firm handshake
        • Good eye contact with recruiter/interviewer
        • Maintain a positive attitude throughout
        • Be flexible when searching
        • Be assertive and discuss your accomplishments openly
        • Direct communication
        • Individual equality in race, sex, religion and age
    • Spring Series-U.S. Career Fair
      • The U.S. Career Fair workshop will discuss strategies for working a U.S career fair like:
      • Before the Career Fair:
        • Identify which employers you will speak to
        • Apply to any positions you are interested in ahead of time  show you are proactive & interested
        • Research the company
        • Prepare your resume and bring several copies
        • Practice your “60 Second Elevator Speech”
        • Prepare your professional business attire
    • Spring Series-U.S. Career Fair
      • During the Career Fair:
        • Do not walk in a group with friends.; walk independently to look more serious to recruiters
        • Make a good first impression  Smile, firm handshake and good eye contact
        • Use the “60 Second Elevator Speech” to introduce yourself
        • Tell the recruiter you applied to the position and ask specific questions
        • Obtain a business card and write notes on back
        • Use your research to demonstrate your knowledge of the company
        • Quiet or turn off your cell phone
    • Spring Series-U.S. Career Fair
      • After the Career Fair:
        • Organize all business cards obtained
        • Send a brief thank you e-mail or card within 24 hours  If you applied to a position inquire about the status of your application
        • Apply to any additional job openings you found
    • Spring Series-U.S. Career Fair
      • International students will also receive a presentation from the mental health counselor on cultural awareness topics to help them during the U.S. career fair such as:
        • Know VISA status and do not initiate VISA status during introduction
        • Focus on skills, education, experience and interest in the company
        • Discover if certain companies do/do not hire international students (non-U.S. citizens)
    • Spring Series-U.S. Career Fair
      • Additional career fair tips for international students:
        • Know the latest immigration rules
        • Professional dress
        • Hygiene & clean, neat appearance
        • Avoid salary or benefits questions
        • If asked an illegal question, politely refuse or redirect back to the recruiter
        • Self-disclose
        • Self-promote
    • Spring Series-Mock Interviews
      • The Mock Interviews workshop will discuss how to prepare for a mock interview such as:
        • Sign-Up Process
        • What Type of Mock Interview?
        • Location
        • Check-in Process
        • Mock Interview
          • What to Expect
          • Duration
          • Feedback
          • Cancellations/Late Arrivals
          • How to Prepare
    • Spring Series-Mock Interviews
      • Types of Mock Interviews:
        • Face-to-Face Employer:
          • Volunteer employers come in during the spring series workshop and give instant feedback to the student on how to improve for the actual interview
        • Face-to-Face Career Counselors :
          • Counselors are available throughout the academic year to provide student’s instant feedback on how to prepare for the actual interview
        • Virtual Mock Interview:
          • Interactive tool that uses audio and video to save and record student responses.
    • Spring Series-Mock Interviews
      • International students will also receive a presentation from the mental health counselor on cultural awareness topics to help them during the mock interview such as:
        • Punctuality
        • Professional Business Attire
        • Demonstration of Self & Career Goals
        • Effective U.S. Resume
        • Speak Slowly and Don’t Hesitate to ask Recruiter to Repeat Themselves
    • Spring Series-Mock Interviews
      • Additional tips for international students on mock interviews:
        • Research the organization prior to the mock interview
        • Express interest in the position and thank the interviewer before leaving
        • Collect business card(s) for each interviewer if possible
        • Know the most recent immigration laws
        • Know what illegal questions are and do not answer them
        • State the length of time for which you are seeking employment
    • Spring Series-International Alumni Panel & Networking
      • The International Alumni Panel & Networking workshop will discuss:
        • How the Alumni Panel is Composed
        • Purpose & Panel Topics
        • Methods of Contacting Panel Members
      • Networking in the United States
        • Why it is Necessary
        • Different Methods
        • *workshop is still in progress-outline is tentative
    • Spring Series-International Alumni Panel & Networking
        • How the Alumni Panel is Composed
          • International alumni are tracked in a computer database at the Barbara Ying Center
          • Surveys will be mailed out to alumni regarding their current employment status
          • International alumni must have employment in the U.S.
          • Contact will be made using either e-mail, letter of phone call to ask employed alumni if they are interested in participating in the international alumni panel
          • Confirmation letter will be sent with date of workshop and agenda
    • Spring Series-International Alumni Panel & Networking
        • Purpose & Panel Topics
        • The purpose of the international alumni panel is to help international students start building their networks, foster relationships with fellow alumni and learn through the experiences of other international students.
        • Topics include networking ideas, job search strategies, when and how to tell your employer you are an international student, and going from C.P.T./O.P.T. to H1 VISA status.
    • Spring Series-International Alumni Panel & Networking
      • Methods of Contacting Panel Members:
        • Should international students wish to contact international alumni after the workshop there will be two methods of obtaining their information:
          • Each international alumni will have their name, telephone number and e-mail address listed on the International Services Center website under the group name “International Alumni Panel”.
          • Upon completion of the workshop each alumnus will provide a copy of their business card to whomever requests it.
    • Spring Series-International Alumni Panel & Networking
      • Networking in the United States:
        • Why is it Necessary?
          • It is the primary way to get professional positions
          • Hidden Job Market vs. Open Job Market
            • Hidden Job Market  These are jobs both directly and indirectly known to you.
            • For example: A friend, boss, volunteering, alumni, referrals
            • Open Job Market  These are jobs that anyone can apply to
            • For example: Careerbuilder.com, Career Fairs, KnightLink
            • 60-80% of jobs are found through the hidden job market
            • Only 15% of job seekers find a job in the open market
    • Spring Series-International Alumni Panel & Networking
      • Different Methods of Building a Network:
        • UCF Alumni Association
        • International Services Center
        • International Services Association
        • Friends, colleagues, academic departments
        • Professional Organizations
        • UCF Student Organizations
        • Faculty members & professors
        • Conferences
        • Family & friends back home
    • Spring Series-International Alumni Panel & Networking
      • Other forms of networking:
        • Informational Interviewing
        • On Campus Workshops
        • Career Fairs
        • Chamber of Commerce
        • Career Resource Center
        • International Companies
        • Employment Agencies
    • Spring Series-International Alumni Panel & Networking
      • Networking tips for international students :
        • Companies to avoid
          • Defense Contractors
          • Government Related
          • Anywhere that security clearance is needed
        • Market yourself positively
        • Consider internships or co-ops
        • Explore fields in need of international students
          • Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and Business Administration/Management
        • Be flexible and be creative
    • Spring Series-International Alumni Panel & Networking
      • Questions?