Career Center Winter Newsletter 2/13/2017

Hello everyone,

Today we have an announcement to make regarding an upcoming event with one of New York Times best-selling author and a warning about employment scams:

“Designing Your Life” Career Ideas Festival Seminar

As you shift gears from your winter break to spring semester classes, think about putting a special event on your calendar: March 10 our first Career Ideas Festival where New York Times best-selling author, Dave Evans, will talk about Designing Your Life. You will learn how life design can help you get unstuck, shape career plans, and find direction – look at it as design thinking applied to career development! To learn more, visit:

Refreshments will be served. Signed copies of the newly released New York Times best-seller Designing Your Life by Dave Evans and Bill Burnett will be available at the event.

WHERE:          Metropolitan State University, Founders Hall Auditorium,
700 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul
WHEN:            Friday, March 10, 2017
8:30-9 a.m.      Registration and networking
9-10 a.m.         Presentation
10-10:30am     Book signing and networking
FREE! To all Metro State students, alumni, staff and faculty

STUDENTS REGISTER: > Events > Designing Your Life (You may need to activate your handshake account, if this is your first time using handshake.  You must use your student email.)


This event is a golden opportunity to learn a fresh approach to career planning and exploration. It is by far our biggest event of the year and we want as many of our students and alumni to be there as possible. Please register and join us.

Watch Out for Employment Scams!

When you see something online that seems too good to be true, it probably is! You should never have to pay an employer something to accept or start a new position. College students across the United States continue to be targeted in a common employment scam. Scammers advertise phony job opportunities on college employment websites, and/or students receive e-mails on their school accounts recruiting them for fictitious positions.

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Resume Drop-Ins

When: Every Wednesday. 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Where: St. Paul Campus Student Center Fireplace Lounge

Need some feedback on your resume? Not sure what to say or how to say it? Help is here. No appointment or RSVP needed to attend the Drop In, just stop by with your draft sometime between 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. There will be Career Center staff and one of our cracker jack writing tutors standing by, ready to offer suggestions and ideas on taking your resume to the next level. Please bring whatever draft you have on paper, a USB device or in your email. The Drop Ins are a wildly successful collaboration between the Career Center and the Center for Academic Excellence.

If you’d like a flyer, please click this link:


Attend the 2016 Job and Internship Fair!

Get a chance to win a Surface 3 tablet, “Beats by Dr. Dre” Earphones or a $100 pre-loaded credit card!

Pre-register and attend the Fair for a chance to win an iPad mini!

This is an outstanding event for all students and alumni who are looking for an internship or employment. The event will be held from 11:00am – 3:00pm on February 26th at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center. For more updates and information, check your Career Center site:

This Fair’s going to be better than ever! This year:

  • We expect nearly 150 organizations in attendance and looking to hire!
  • You can register with a credit card!
  • You can ride free transportation from the Midway!
  • Take in an historic venue!
  • Have our free photographer take your picture for your LinkedIn profile
  • Enjoy a free lunch!

And, when you register and attend the Fair, you’ll be automatically registered for a chance to win:

  • A Microsoft Surface 3 tablet,
  • Beats by Dr. Dre Earphones or
  • A $100 Visa/Mastercard!
  • Exclusively for Metro Students, if you pre-register and attend the Fair, you will automatically get a chance to win an iPad mini!


JOB AND INTERNSHIP FAIR 2016: Essential Facts

Date: ………….  Friday, February 26
Place: …………  Earle Brown Heritage Center
Address: …….. 6155 Earle Brown Drive, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
Hours: ………..  11:00am – 3:00pm
Register Now:  Through Handshake – log in to Handshake and register
Price: …………   $20 early registration fee before 12:00 midnight on Sunday, February 21
…………………..   $40 at the door

Pre-register and attend the Fair for a chance to win an iPad mini! This is an exclusive offer for Metro State alumni and current Metro State students. However, the Job and Internship Fair is open to all students and alumni from the seven state universities: Metro State, Mankato, Bemidji, Moorhead, Southwest, St. Cloud, and Winona.


Tips for Preparation

Prepare for your Interviews: Check out our Career Spot Videos! We recommend: 

  • The Elevator Pitch
  • Make Your Resume Pop
  • Career Fair Success
  • 7 Tips for Researching Companies
  • The Interview
  • Interview Dress
  • 10 Top Interview Mistakes
  • The Salary Question
  • Follow-up with an Employer


Plan your Employers and Resumes

  • The first and most effective way is by contacting the employer in advance. To enhance your chance of an interview at the Fair, research the employers who will be attending (find contact information at and then simply e-mail the employers directly attaching a resume and cover letter. In your letter mention that you will be attending the Job Fair and will stop by and introduce yourself. If the employer indicates that they are interviewing at the fair you can ask for an interview in your letter.
  • The second way to get an interview is by meeting with the employer the day of the event.
  • The third way is to upload your resume to the Job and Internship Fair database prior to the event. Go to, then under candidates, click on “Post Resume Online.”

Remember this about Employers and Resumes:

Many employers may choose not to pre-schedule interviews. If you do not hear from an employer prior to the event, make sure you visit their booth at the fair. Some employers may not even accept resumes at the fair but may want you to upload your resume prior to the event onto their company website. It is still important to stop by, introduce yourself to these employers, and mention that you have already uploaded your resume to their site.

Research the employers prior to the event

It is important to research employers prior to applying for positions and attending the Fair. Employers like candidates who do their homework! A list of the anticipated employers attending and positions for which they are seeking candidates can be found on Job Fair site:


Plan your Transportation

The Career Center will be providing transportation for pre-registered students and alumni to and from the Job Fair. Limited free shuttle service available for the first 56 people to register. You must be registered for the Fair to ride the bus. (NOTE: 10:30am depart from Midway and 2:30pm arrive back to Midway). Students may also drive or arrange their own transportation. Map online at: Directions listed below:

From the West – Plymouth, Maple Grove, St. Cloud
Take I-94 East and I-694 East. Follow I-94 to Shingle Creek Parkway exit #34, follow Cloverleaf around, turn left onto Shingle Creek Parkway, left at stoplight (Summit Drive North), left again one block at Earle Brown Drive (first turn), follow around to the main entrance.

From the East – Minneapolis, St. Paul
Take I-94 West and I-694 West to Shingle Creek Parkway exit #34, follow Cloverleaf around, turn right onto Shingle Creek, left at second stoplight (Summit Drive North), left again one block at Earle Brown Drive, follow around to the main entrance.

From the South – Airport, Bloomington, Richfield
Take I-494 West to Hwy. 100 North, exit at John Martin Drive. Cross through intersection 57th Avenue North to John Martin Drive, turn left, continue to first stop sign, turn right onto Earle Brown Drive, continue on and watch for the main entrance on your left.

From the North – Duluth, Forest Lake
Take I-35 South to I-694 West, then to Shingle Creek Parkway exit, follow Cloverleaf around, left at stoplight (Summit Drive North), left again one block at Earle Brown Drive (first turn), follow around to the main entrance.

Plan your Day

Arrival at the Fair: Learn to navigate these four crucial Fair areas at the Earle Brown Heritage Center:

  • Check-in: if you are not taking the shuttle, you may want to arrive between 10:30-11:00am. Free parking is available at the Earle Brown Heritage Center. The students’ entrance is Door #4. The Fair officially starts at 11:00am and employer booths close at 3:00pm. Check in at the Metro State table to pick up your name badge — please wear it at all times – and your lunch voucher ($10 value) for the concession stand right at the Fair. Spouses or guests will be not allowed to enter the Fair. For a fee, coats may be checked at the coat check in the lobby. No bags will be accepted at the coat check.
  • Lounge and Lunch: there will be complimentary coffee, tea, and apple cider waiting for you to begin your morning near the concession stand. Also, as an added benefit to students, Hire Wire will be on hand outside the Captain’s Room to take a FREE professional photo for your LinkedIn profile.
  • Employer Tables: Carriage Hall A & B, the Captains Room, the Harvest Room and the Garden City Ballroom.
  • Interview Area: located downstairs in the Morgan Room. Dress appropriately and be ready for the possibility of an interview. Suits for both men and women are suggested. You want to make your best impression!


Plan your Follow-up

After The Fair: Follow up on any commitments you made.

  • Write thank you letters to each employer with whom you interviewed within 24 hours. Also, write to employers who sparked your interest, whether or not you interviewed that day. Thank them for participating in the Fair and express your interest in any openings.
  • Notify the Career Center of any job offers you received. Many students have received job offers as a result of attending the Fair. Although attending the Fair does not guarantee you will receive an offer, your chances will be greatly increased. Employers have also contacted students after the event as openings have developed.


We hope you have a great experience. Good luck with your job search!

You’ve Been to the Job Fair – Now Don’t Forget the Thank-You Note

Posted on November 18, 2015 at 4:00 PM


What is the purpose of a thank-you note? When should I send one?

When writing a thank-you note to a potential employer, remember there is more to the art form than just acknowledging the time spent with you. Take a more thoughtful approach.

When should I send a thank-you note?

Send thank-you notes to:

  • Reaffirm your interest in the company or employer.
  • Jog the memory of the employer’s representative you spoke with at the career fair and to remind them of your conversation.
  • Show that you are courteous and professional.
  • Mention something relevant that you may have forgotten during the career fair event.

When are thank-you notes appropriate?

Thank-you notes are appropriate after the following occasions:

  • After someone has helped you with your job search process. (For example, if the employer’s representative referred your resume to someone else in the business or offered you contact information)
  • Job interviews (both in-person and phone interviews).
  • Informational interviews.

How do I write a thank-you note?

Thank-you notes should:

  • Be short, concise, to the point and free from errors.
  • Express gratitude for the chance to interview or for job search assistance.
  • Mention aspects of the interview or conversation that were of particular interest to you.
  • Give you the opportunity to add something that you may not have mentioned during the interview or career fair-held conversation that is relevant to your job search or application.

How should a thank-you note be sent?

If the employer has contacted you via email, send your thank-you note the same way. If you expect to learn of a job decision quickly, send your note immediately. Always send your thank-you note within 24 hours of your interview or conversation. Either way, whether electronically, by post, or hand-delivered to the employer’s reception desk, be formal and professional in your communications.

Here’s a sample of a thank-you note.