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Upcoming Career Fair: Wednesday, March 18th!

Meet with more than 50 Upper-Midwest employers looking to hire interns & entry-level to professional positions. The Career Fair is free and open to the public but pre-register to have your resume viewed by participating companies in advance.

Location: Minneapolis Convention Center

Time: 9 AM – 4 PM

Dress code is business attire, make sure you look your best!

NOTE: Open to college student and graduates from ALL COLLEGES, including associates and college certificates.

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Link to Career Fair and Career Services Center: http://www.stthomas.edu/workplaceforum/career-fair-candidates/

Pre-Register for Career Fair HERE.

 

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Apply for the 2015 STEM Scholarship!

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It is that time of year again!

STEM is currently accepting applications for the Minnesota High Tech Association Foundation (MHTF) Scholarship. The scholarships are for Minnesota undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. These awards include $2,500 and $5,000 awards and can include internship opportunities at MHTA member companies. MHTF supports diversity in this application and award process.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree in a STEM field or in STEM teaching
  • Only students with sophomore through senior academic status in the current school year may apply. Sophomore status may include students who have achieved this status through advanced placement (AP) credit or post-secondary options (PSEO)s
  • Applicants must be enrolled at an accredited, Minnesota-based higher education institution.
  • In addition to traditional STEM fields, health science majors whose studies will not lead to participation in direct patient care are welcome to apply.
  • Scholarships will be awarded in the fall term of 2015 and presented to recipients at MHTA’s Tekne Awards in November. Students must be enrolled at time of award.
  • Deadline for application is April 1, 2015.

Application forms and more detailed information is available at their website.

Good Luck!

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Pathways Program Field Trip to Wells Fargo Corporate Offices

The Pathways Program was developed through a partnership between Metropolitan State University and Travelers in 2007. The purpose of the program is to help current students explore career options within the insurance and financial services (IFS) industry and teach them the skills they need to successfully secure a job in their chosen field. The recently redesigned program guides participants through a variety of online career development modules that cover topics such as conducting career research, interviewing, resume writing, networking, and professionalism. The program also provides opportunities for students to network with employers through a variety of employer events both on and off campus.

Field trips and employer events are an important feature of the Pathways Program and are offered to participants throughout the academic year. On February 25, 2015, a group of seven Pathways Program participants went to Wells Fargo in downtown Minneapolis. The event began with a tour of the Wells Fargo History Museum located on the skyway level of the beautiful Wells Fargo Center building. The museum educates visitors of the bank’s Midwestern heritage which dates back to 1852.

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After the tour the group gathered in a conference room to meet with a panel of Wells Fargo employees representing a variety of departments and careers. The panel was facilitated by the MN Summer Internship Program Manager who shared exciting information about internships. The panel consisted of an Accounting Manager from Corporate Finance-Treasury, a Technology Manager from Equipment Finance, a Recruiter from HR Wholesale-Finance, and a Marketing Database Analyst, from Wells Fargo Insurance. A Retail Banking Manager also stopped by to answer questions.

The panelists shared stories of their personal career journeys, talked about challenges they experience, things they love about their career, and gave tips on how to navigate corporate environments. A key takeaway was that students and new graduates should be open to new opportunities that might not exactly fit with their major. Most of the panelists were working in fields that were not what they would have expected from their choice of major – but opportunities presented themselves and they are happy with where they ended up. All of the panelists spoke about having to climb the corporate ladder and that students should not be afraid to take an entry level – and sometimes less appealing job because that is often the best way to start building your career.

If you would like to learn more about the Pathways Program, find out if you are eligible to join, or would like your company to get involved please visit our website or email Emily Sladky, Program Manager, at emily.sladky@metrostate.edu.

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UpGlo Information & Resume Development Session!

In search of resume development and opportunities for job search training? Upwardly Global, a national nonprofit organization, is holding an UpGlo Information & Resume Development session from 3-5 PM on March 12th! Make sure to check it out! This event is free and open to the public!

Interestd? Please RSVP here: http://tinyurl.com/UpGlo-RSVP

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Don’t miss out on your chance to work in sports!

The Minnesota Timberwolves & Minnesota Lynx are proud to host the annual Working in Sports Workshop on March 7th!

This workshop will feature new teams, new faces, new voices, and new opportunities!

There will be a panel of business executives, breakout learning sessions, and one-on-one time with hiring managers from a variety of sports organizations.

Click here for more information! http://on.nba.com/17SRIS5

2015 Working in Sports Workshop Registration Flyer

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RNXT Corp. seeking IT Students!

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Are YOU or someone you know looking for a position in the IT field? RNXT Corporation is an IT consulting firm located in Minneapolis; it has its own clients and working in a Top Vendor Network! Chances of getting hired by one of their direct clients like Best Buy, Target, Wells Fargo, Thomson Reuters, United Health Group and more are high!
Interested? Send in your resume to: infor@RNXT.com or call them at 952-893-5400.
Check out their site: http://www.rnxt.com/

 

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Mashable: 5 Job Search/Interview Tips for Veterans

Roy Gibson, a retired U.S. Air Force senior master sergeant and president of the Military Benefit Association, said one critical aspect to landing new work for veterans is ensuring they are well-prepared for the job search process, including any interviews they may go on.

1. Identify Your Skills

When going on an interview, it is important that veterans can accurately describe their skills and what they can bring to the table. Gibson said research shows that more than 70% of hiring managers find it difficult to ascertain recent veterans’ skill sets based on their resume alone.

“There is an obvious disconnect there,” Gibson told BusinessNewsDaily. “Eventually, they are going to have to sync up with the hiring managers that are reviewing their resumes and interviewing them.”

Gibson advises veterans use one of the numerous online military-skills translators to help them describe their experience in a way that hiring managers can better understand. Veterans can find skills translators online at Military.com, Home Depot and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and Career One Stop.

“They need to take advantage of the resources that are available to them,” he said.

2. Keep Your Options Open

Veterans also shouldn’t go into an interview with a limited scope of what they can do. For example, Gibson said veterans who spent their time in the military working on jet or helicopter engines shouldn’t focus solely on those types of jobs.

“They should market himself or herself more broadly as a mechanic,” Gibson said. “That will open up a lot more doors than if they tried to stick to what they’ve been doing.”

With that in mind, it is also important that veterans clearly understand the job for which they are interviewing. Gibson advises veterans to clearly dissect the job description for the position they are interviewing so they can best frame their skills to match what the employer is looking for.

“Be thinking, ‘what I can do for this employer,’ not ‘here is what I do, take it or leave it’ and hope it fits,” he said.

3. Find a Mentor

Finding someone who has gone through the process to mentor veterans and help them prepare is also an excellent way for veterans to get ready for an interview. Gibson said the best mentors are those who have military experience and were successful transitioning into the civilian workforce.

In addition to helping them understand the civilian job search process, mentors can also help veterans run through practice interviews to ensure they are getting out the right message to hiring managers.

“Have a mentor to help you practice interviewing,” Gibson said. “There is no substitute for practice, especially if you are doing something as foreign as I think interviewing for a job is for most of these folks that are getting out of the service.”

4. Stay Positive

Knowing that most veterans won’t land a job after the first interview, Gibson said it is important veterans try to stay positive as the job search process extends beyond what they were hoping for. He said the key is having a strategic plan to find work and finding a network of people that can help out in terms of looking for potential jobs that might be a fit.

“I understand that it can be very discouraging if that job doesn’t pop right up and in most cases it does not,” he said. “If you network, have a plan, keep working your plan and using your resources, it will come.”

5. Get a Head Start

In the end, Gibson believes the most critical thing veterans can do to improve their job search efforts is to start the process early. Rather than waiting until they are officially out of the military, he thinks making a job search plan and working on their resume and interview techniques well before that time would best serve them.

“The worst thing is to wake up on your first day as a civilian and say, ‘OK, now I have to find a job,’ because it has to start long before then.”

For full article: CLICK HERE

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