When I say the words job search or career transition, what is the first thing that comes to mind? For many people it’s their resume. Producing a draft you feel good about is almost a rite of passage: “Okay world, here I am on paper, a brief history of my work and a declaration of where I see myself headed professionally.” Yikes! No wonder so many of us feel such pressure when it comes to writing our own resume. There is a lot at stake and it is just plain hard to write about ourselves. Here is some good news for those of you who are procrastinating, struggling or suffering from writer’s block: there is help available on campus! Students and alumni can come to the Resume Drop-In sessions. The Drop-Ins are one of our most successful events; we’re going to continue through December 17, take a break, and start up again January 14. There is no appointment needed, just stop by sometime between 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m., with your document (even if it feels dusty, rough or skimpy). Don’t have a draft? We have some nice templates to get you started quickly. Sharon, writing tutor extraordinaire, and Bill, career counselor, will be standing by and ready to offer suggestions and ideas on taking your resume to the next level.
Resume Drop-In Sessions: Every Wednesday through Dec 17, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Library 132.
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Over 170 students and alumni participated in our Diversity Networking and Job Fair on November 6. There were 32 companies; a nice mix of corporate, non-profit, and government agencies. This annual event proved again to be a golden networking opportunity for our students. For those who missed it, get ready for the Minnesota State Universities Career Fair in early February – read more below, mark your calendars and get those resumes ready now!
From Bill Baldus, Career Counselor
From everyone here at the Career Development Center, we wish you a Merry Holiday and a Happy New Year!
Explore career opportunities at the biggest job fair of the year. Employers seeking students from many majors will be in attendance.
Mark your calendars: Friday, February 6, 2015
NEW LOCATION! Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center, MN
Join approximately 1,000 students and alumni from the seven Minnesota State Universities and over 150 companies and organizations for an exciting day of networking and relationship building at the Minnesota State Universities Job and Internship Fair! Visit employer booths to discuss opportunities, schedule interviews, and network, network, network! The registration fee includes round-trip transportation from Midway, lunch and a free LinkedIn profile portrait.
Date and Times: 11am–3pm, Friday, February 6, 2015
Location: Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center, MN
Registration information to be posted by Tuesday, January 6 at http://metrocdc.wordpress.com/
There will be a $20 registration fee if you register by 4:00pm on Monday, February 2nd. At the door, the fee will be $30. You must be a Metro State alumni or current student to register for this event.
Exciting short term opportunities with Minnesota Reading and Math Corps — education awards up to $5,645!
Register at this site: CLICK HERE!
We’re pleased to announce our list of the 2015 Military Friendly® Employers and the Top 100 Military Friendly® Employers. Visit militaryfriendly.com to meet the companies leading the way in hiring and supporting our nation’s veterans. Our Employers reported hiring more than 155,000 post-9/11 service members.
Getting the call for a job interview can be exciting. You’ll start preparing for the interview by doing things such as practice answering questions, putting together a list of questions for the interviewer and refreshing your knowledge about the company.
There are some things you can always say during the interview that can help you do better.
1. Know the company really well.
You should already have done your research on the company. Weave this knowledge throughout your responses during the interview. Know the scope of the company and about current events related to it. This will show your true interest in working at the company.
2. You have the experience to do the job.
Every interviewer is going to ask about your experience. Use this question as your opportunity to prove you have the ability to do the job. Talk about relevant things you’ve done and the results of your work. Explain that your success with a previous project will allow you to successfully do something else for this company. Prove your worth.
3. You work well with others.
The ability to work in a team is one of the qualities employers want most. An interviewer wants to hear how you have worked in a team in the past and how your team succeeded. Explain what your role on the team was and how you contributed to the team’s success. Companies want to create teams that can manage themselves and produce strong results.
For more things to say, check out DEED’s page by clicking HERE!