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Career Services Resources for Student Athletes

  1. 1. Career ServicesCareer Services Julie Way Career Advisor
  2. 2. CHOOSE to UseYour Career ServicesCHOOSE to UseYour Career Services Because, research shows… That students who use their Career Services are more successful at finding an internship, co-op, or full-time position and…. are far more successful at landing the job of their dreams
  3. 3. Career Services StaffCareer Services Staff  Jim Turnquist, Director  Jeff Kangas,Assistant Director  Tina Giachino, Manager of Job Development  Julie Way, Career Advisor  Gina Goudge, Coordinator of Career Center Programs  Matt McCormick,Analyst Programmer  Rita Smith, Staff Assistant  Renae DesRochers, Office Assistant  Laura Givens, Office Assistant
  4. 4. Career Center ProfessionalsCareer Center Professionals  Provide one-on-one help with all your career development needs: Choosing your optimal career – MyPlan Guidance for co-curricular participation Resume and cover letter writing Interview coaching and practicing Career Fair Preparation Job Search Strategies including our new on-line recruiting software - NACElink On-campus interview scheduling Offer negotiation and benefits evaluation Business etiquette advice
  5. 5. The ResumeThe Resume
  6. 6. Who are you and what do you want?Who are you and what do you want? Do some introspective brainstorming and ask yourself: ◦ What do I really want to do?  Be as specific and detailed as possible ◦ What am I really good at?  Identify your hard skills and soft skills ◦ What kind of company and job environment do I really desire?  Research and evaluate companies you may want to target for employment
  7. 7. Create an Outstanding and Effective ResumeCreate an Outstanding and Effective Resume  The first and perhaps the most vital step in preparing yourself for a successful job search is to create a powerful resume that will open doors and generate interviews.  And you’ll want a powerfully effective and attractive resume because:  “On average, most recruiters spend about 30 seconds scanning a resume and cover letter before sending it to the “yes” or “no” pile.”
  8. 8. What do employers want from me?What do employers want from me? Employers are looking for people with these Top 10 skillsEmployers are looking for people with these Top 10 skills and experiences:and experiences:  Co-op/internship experience  Communication skills (both written and oral)  Strong work ethic  Teamwork and interpersonal skills  Computer Skills & Technical skills  Motivation & Initiative (can you think outside the box?)  Problem solving/Analytical skills  Flexibility/adaptability  Accomplishments/Achievements  Confidence Your resume should provide evidence that you possess many of these skills
  9. 9. Design Your ResumeDesign Your Resume To clearly communicate who you are, what you can do, and how well you do it.  Clean: You want to make a strong visual impact on your reader before the first word is read – that means white space and symmetrical spacing, a clean strong font, and consistent formatting  Clear: You want to write who you are in terms of education and experience - what you can do in terms of action - and how well you can do it in terms of accomplishments and achievements  Concise: You want to state your experience in terms of accomplishments/skills/professional behaviors, based on your target job, with detail, but in a short, cohesive way.
  10. 10. Job SearchJob Search
  11. 11. The Job MarketThe Job Market What’s it look like out there?What’s it look like out there?  Economic Downturn = Your job search will be more challenging, but not impossible!  Technical skills are in still in high demand  Engineers  Computer Science/IT  Health Care  Accounting  Financial Analysts
  12. 12. Job SearchJob Search Use NACElink - Often Network MTU Career Fairs and Info Sessions Family Friends Professors MTU Alumni Relations Informational Interviews
  13. 13. Job SearchJob Search Join Professional Associations Subscribe to Professional Journals Attend Professional Conferences Check out other school’s Career Services website to find out who’s recruiting and hiring those students Identify Target Companies Write cover letter to introduce yourself and ask for an interview Follow-up with a phone call
  14. 14. ConnectConnect with companies who want YOU…with companies who want YOU… with YOUR new recruiting software NACElinkwith YOUR new recruiting software NACElink   This software will help you manage and publish your resume, search job postings, and connect with hundreds of employers from around the world. Upload your new or updated resume to NACElink soon! Go to
  15. 15. Facebook – just not a good ideaFacebook – just not a good idea Do a careful reading and observation of your web presence. Ensure your public or social web space is a positive reflection of you. ◦ What you think is cute and funny, may be interpreted in a completely different way by your audience. Or…seriously consider removing any personal social networking websites at this time.
  16. 16. The InterviewThe Interview
  17. 17. ““So…tell me about yourself”So…tell me about yourself” Is the first question an interviewer asks in the vast majority of times. This is where you set the tone for the interview. Make the next half hour a pleasant one for your interviewer. Develop and MEMORIZE your 60 second info-mercial (elevator speech) Give a mix of your academic, professional, and personal background. Tell something unique to remember you by.
  18. 18. The Behavioral InterviewThe Behavioral Interview Past Behavior = Future Behavior  Interviewers want to know:  How well you work with others – will you fit on their “team”  How well or how tenacious you are at problem solving – do you think outside the box?  Do you take initiative, can you take the lead, will you take risks, are you competitive  What have you done – your accomplishments and achievements, have you overcome challenges  Interviewers will ask questions that can be answered in short, detailed stories:  Introduction - give the W, W, W, W, H  Problem – what was the problem or challenge  Action – what action did you take to solve the problem or overcome the challenge  The End – what were the results of your actions  Interviewers insist that you know about their company and how you can help them:  So…do your research
  19. 19. Your Turn…Your Turn…  Be sure to ask intelligent, informed questions of your interviewer. This shows you know their company and you’re making an educated decision to work for them.  Some Sample Questions:  Ask about a specific project you know the company is working on.  What is the company’s biggest challenge at this time.  Where would the company like to be in 5 years?  Ask your interviewer about his position and work history with the company.  Ask about professional development opportunities  Ask about advancement opportunities  Finally – Don’t forget to send an immediate THANK YOU letter. This is appreciated and expected!
  20. 20. Co-op and Internship EducationCo-op and Internship Education Valuable real-world, hands-on experience for students Important recruiting tool for employers About 85% of Co-op students usually receive a full-time job offer from the company they co-op with
  21. 21. Campus Career FairsCampus Career Fairs
  22. 22. Come to the FairCome to the Fair No tilt-a whirl or cotton candy, but…exciting none the less!No tilt-a whirl or cotton candy, but…exciting none the less! The 2011 Spring Career Fair is February 22 Noon – 6:00 p.m. at the SDC Companies also offer casual, informal pre and post Career Fair informational sessions – all listed in NACElink. Check out our website to see who’s coming. Then…
  23. 23. Prepare and PlanPrepare and Plan  Identify 5 – 10 companies you’d really like to talk to.  Do your homework! Research the company in order to determine what they’re doing and how you can be of value to them.  Develop and MEMORIZE your 60 second “infomercial.” Begin your introduction with a thank you.  Let them SEE that you’re serious:  Suit  Tie  Dress shirt  Good shoes  Impeccably groomed
  24. 24. Visit Career ServicesVisit Career Services Harold Meese CenterHarold Meese Center Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8 am – 5 pm Call ahead for an appointment 487-2313 Check out our website –