Achieving SUccess during #SUCareerWeek

By Tracy Tillapaugh

Image of students and employers at Career Fair @ the Dome

This fall, Career Services will bring in more than 90 employers to meet YOU at our Career Fair. We’ve already written about how to prepare for the fair, and posted a video telling you what to do after the Career Fair, but what do you do when you’re actually at the Career Fair? I’ve compiled some tips for making the most of your Career Week.

First, you will want to make sure you take a directory and map of employers at the fair. With more than 90 employers to meet with on Tuesday, September 30, it’s important to know where the employers you want to meet are set up. Take a few minutes when you first arrive to get acquainted with the setup and decide which employers you will visit first!

Second, you will want to greet each employer with a smile and a firm handshake. As you approach the employer, extend your hand, make eye contact, provide a firm handshake, and introduce yourself. One of the best things you can do as you speak with the employer is to tell him or her a few things about yourself that show that you are interested in and qualified for their opportunities (you’ll know about the opportunities since you’ve already done your research).

Third, ask for business cards! You will want to end the conversation by asking for a business card so you can then follow up to continue the conversation you started in person. It’s also helpful to find the person on LinkedIn and send a personalized connection request. Finally, send an email thanking them for their time at the Career Fair and attach an electronic copy of your resume to that email.

Following these tips will help to ensure that you have a SUccessful experience during our #SUCareerWeek events!

Agents of C.A.R.E.E.R.

By Shannon Feeney Andre, Assistant Director

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to better connect Career Services with the student body.

Career Services Student Ambassador ProgramCareer Services is looking for students to join the Student Ambassador Program for the 2015-16 academic year.  The Student Ambassador Program brings together an elite group of students with diverse talents that are interested in assisting their peers as they navigate the career development process and engaging in the employer relations activities on campus.  Student Ambassadors act as the official liaisons between the Career Services office and the student body.  Ambassadors do this by providing feedback on any new ideas for Career Services’ programs and events, promoting and publicizing events and services, and serving as a role model and resource for their peers.  While serving as a Student Ambassador, your assignments could range from volunteering at an employer event, to participating in a focus group, to providing suggestions on marketing (and more!).

For students interested in gaining campus leadership experience, helping their peers, and marketing the work of Career Services, the Student Ambassador Program is for you!

Do you have what it takes?  Then apply via OrangeLink today (Job #74079).  Candidates need to submit a resume and cover letter explaining why they want to join the team.  The deadline to apply is July 1st.

*Updated to reflect new dates

3 Things I Learned From Bridge to Business

By Maryann Akinboyewa ’15

I know I can’t be the only student on campus who sometimes feels overwhelmed and unsure when it comes to thinking about their career. One of my goals for 2014 is to get unstuck and tackle those feelings. What do I really want? Who do I want to be?

During winter break, I participated in Career Services Bridge to Business trip. Sixteen other SU students and I spent two nights in New York City with Career Services’ employer relations team, Shannon Andre and Sue Casson. We visited companies like Macy’s, AOL, J.P. Morgan Chase, GroupM, and Teach For America. Even though we all came from different majors, backgrounds, and class years, we quickly bonded as we each took a step towards figuring out our careers.

Here are 3 things I learned from the Bridge to Business trip:

  1. It’s all about the attitude.
    The Bridge to Business group at Macy's Inc.
    The Bridge to Business group at Macy’s Inc.


    We had to wake up at 6 a.m. each morning to prepare for the day’s events. The lastday of the trip was most challenging because everyone was exhausted from the previous day. When we finally stepped out onto the streets of New York City, it was freezing! At one point, I couldn’t even feel my own toes! Despite the harsh weather conditions, not one person complained. I realized then how important it is to have a positive attitude. Searching for jobs and internships can be an emotional experience, but I truly believe we can choose how we react to adversity. This semester, I’m going to make it a goal to take things in stride. After all, if one door closes, know there is always one waiting to be unlocked.

  2. Interviewing is a two-way street.
    I was really impressed with the diversity of the companies we visited. Some of the companies we visited had a more “laid-back” office culture where employees wore t-shirts and jeans while other companies prided themselves on putting in long hours and maintaining a conservative office culture. It is so important to understand what you are looking for in a company. When interviewing, ask probing questions that can help you decide whether the company is right for you. During the trip, I quickly discovered how important work-life balance is to me. In addition, I thrive in creative environments and need to be around people who share the same values.

    Networking with alumni
    Networking with alumni
  3. Networking… you better work!
    One of my favorite moments of the trip was when we worked late into the night crafting elevator pitches and honing our networking skills. Once we had written our pitches, we had to recitethem to five different people. Creating my elevator pitch was a challenge, but I felt encouraged and motivated by my peers. Everyone wanted to see each other do well. The skills I learned that night were especially helpful when it came time to network with employers and SU alumni. Because we had practiced, I felt a lot more comfortable in my ability to communicate my skills and interests to others.

I came back from the Bridge to Business trip with 16 new friends and a better sense of what life could be like after SU.  I can’t say I’ve figured it all out yet, but I’m definitely on my way.

With a little faith (and a few trips to Career Services), I know 2014 will be the year I get unstuck and work towards the life I’ve always dreamed of.

Maryann went to New York City to interact with these companies, but guess what? Dozens of companies are coming to YOU next week. If you are looking for ways to engage with employers and practice the tips Maryann shared, make sure you stop by the Syracuse University Career Fair (12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Goldstein Auditorium, Schine) and Diversity in the Workplace (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Panasci Lounge, Schine) on Tuesday, February 11!  Take the opportunity to learn more about the types of companies you may want to work for and build that network!

 

3 Things I Learned From Bridge to Business

By Maryann Akinboyewa ’15

I know I can’t be the only student on campus who sometimes feels overwhelmed and unsure when it comes to thinking about their career. One of my goals for 2014 is to get unstuck and tackle those feelings. What do I really want? Who do I want to be?

During winter break, I participated in Career Services Bridge to Business trip. Sixteen other SU students and I spent two nights in New York City with Career Services’ employer relations team, Shannon Andre and Sue Casson. We visited companies like Macy’s, AOL, J.P. Morgan Chase, GroupM, and Teach For America. Even though we all came from different majors, backgrounds, and class years, we quickly bonded as we each took a step towards figuring out our careers.

Here are 3 things I learned from the Bridge to Business trip:

  1. It’s all about the attitude.
    The Bridge to Business group at Macy's Inc.
    The Bridge to Business group at Macy’s Inc.


    We had to wake up at 6 a.m. each morning to prepare for the day’s events. The lastday of the trip was most challenging because everyone was exhausted from the previous day. When we finally stepped out onto the streets of New York City, it was freezing! At one point, I couldn’t even feel my own toes! Despite the harsh weather conditions, not one person complained. I realized then how important it is to have a positive attitude. Searching for jobs and internships can be an emotional experience, but I truly believe we can choose how we react to adversity. This semester, I’m going to make it a goal to take things in stride. After all, if one door closes, know there is always one waiting to be unlocked.

  2. Interviewing is a two-way street.
    I was really impressed with the diversity of the companies we visited. Some of the companies we visited had a more “laid-back” office culture where employees wore t-shirts and jeans while other companies prided themselves on putting in long hours and maintaining a conservative office culture. It is so important to understand what you are looking for in a company. When interviewing, ask probing questions that can help you decide whether the company is right for you. During the trip, I quickly discovered how important work-life balance is to me. In addition, I thrive in creative environments and need to be around people who share the same values.

    Networking with alumni
    Networking with alumni
  3. Networking… you better work!
    One of my favorite moments of the trip was when we worked late into the night crafting elevator pitches and honing our networking skills. Once we had written our pitches, we had to recitethem to five different people. Creating my elevator pitch was a challenge, but I felt encouraged and motivated by my peers. Everyone wanted to see each other do well. The skills I learned that night were especially helpful when it came time to network with employers and SU alumni. Because we had practiced, I felt a lot more comfortable in my ability to communicate my skills and interests to others.

I came back from the Bridge to Business trip with 16 new friends and a better sense of what life could be like after SU.  I can’t say I’ve figured it all out yet, but I’m definitely on my way.

With a little faith (and a few trips to Career Services), I know 2014 will be the year I get unstuck and work towards the life I’ve always dreamed of.

Maryann went to New York City to interact with these companies, but guess what? Dozens of companies are coming to YOU next week. If you are looking for ways to engage with employers and practice the tips Maryann shared, make sure you stop by the Syracuse University Career Fair (12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Goldstein Auditorium, Schine) and Diversity in the Workplace (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Panasci Lounge, Schine) on Tuesday, February 11!  Take the opportunity to learn more about the types of companies you may want to work for and build that network!

 

…Career Fair is Coming

careerfairiscomingWith Career Fair at the Dome less than a week away, there’s only a little time left to get ready to impress the employers visiting campus!  Here are some quick tips to help you along the way:

1)      Have an up-to-date resume.

Remember that your resume is a marketing tool.  Most recruiters will spend less than 10 seconds reviewing a resume.  You’ll want to make a great impression!  Spend some time reviewing the Career Services Career Guide for all the basics of building a resume.  Make sure it’s free of grammar and spelling mistakes too!  Once it’s ready, have it reviewed by one of our career counselors during 15 minute drop-ins, or visit us during Resumania on Monday, September 30.  Employer experts will review resumes from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.

2)      Do your research.
One of the most frequent criticisms we hear from employers is that our students have not done their research when they approach the employer’s table.  Before you attend the Career Fair, it’s important to check out the employers visiting, the opportunities they have available, and to learn a little bit about the company.  Utilize resources like OrangeLink, LinkedIn, Twitter, and the company’s website to do the background research.  It will make you stand out!

3)      Practice your elevator pitch.
When you approach an employer, you’ll give them a firm handshake, introduce yourself, hand them your resume, and then have a few moments to explain why you are a great candidate for their position.  Be prepared to speak for 30 to 60 seconds about your qualifications, experiences, and goals as they relate to the position you are interested in (this is where that research is really important).  Don’t be afraid to write it down and practice!

4)      Dress for SUccess.
First impressions are key, which is why dressing the part is so important.  Make sure your clothes are ironed and appropriately cut.  Some suggestions for business dress include: dress pants, khakis, button-down shirts, collared shirts, suits, ties, skirts, and blouses.  Remember comfortable shoes too!  Check out Career Services’ Pinterest board for some examples.

If you need additional help preparing for the fair, Career Services is hosting a ‘Prepare for Career Fair’ workshop this week –  Thursday, September 27 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  Learn how the Career Fair works, what to wear, what to bring, and how to approach employers.

We look forward to seeing you Tuesday, October 1st, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Dome for Career Fair!

Fall 2013 Events

Welcome back to campus #OrangeNation! While you have been away enjoying your summer and looking forward to returning to campus, we have been busy putting together new programs and events for you. Here are a few snapshots of what you can expect this year!

Workshops:

  • Lunch Resume Series: Take your resume to the next level with these half-hour sessions during lunchtime. (Check OrangeLink via MySlice for dates, 12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m., 235 Schine)
  • Rethink OrangeLink: Making the Most of It: Did you know that you can use OrangeLink for more than just job and internship searches? This workshop will teach you the basics of OrangeLink as well as some strategic tips and tricks to increase efficiency to leverage this system. (Check OrangeLink via MySlice for dates and times, 235 Schine)
  • Prepare for the Career Fair:  Get ready for the career fair by learning  how the career fair works, what to wear, what to bring, how to approach potential employers, and how to navigate the fair. Ask questions and leave ready to take on the Career Fair! (Check OrangeLink via MySlice for dates and times, 235 Schine)

Workshops:

  • Considering Grad School: Learn more about the process of applying to graduate school, what to consider, resources to utilize, and how to make your graduate school application competitive in this two-part series. (Wednesday, September 11th, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Bird Library and September 18th 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Bird Library)
  • Senior Sessions:  For those seniors approaching graduation, these sessions are designed to help in your job/internship search. They will help you learn how to maximize your resume, ace your interviews, and utilize your social media skills to connect with opportunities. (Check OrangeLink via MySlice for dates and times and to RSVP)
  • Business Smarts for Sciences and Arts: Interested in learning more about certain business related fields? These presentations bring the experts to you so you can follow a business career regardless of your major. (Check OrangeLink via MySlice for dates and times and to RSVP)

It’s also never to early to start preparing for #SUCareerWeek or #SUCareerFair!

  • Local Internship Fair: Wednesday, September 18th, 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Panasci Lounge
  • Resumania: Monday, September 30th, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., 235 Schine
  • Career Fair: Tuesday, October 1st, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Carrier Dome
  • Grad School Information Fair: Wednesday, October 2nd, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Panasci Lounge
  • Law School Information Fair: Thursday, October 3rd, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Panasci Lounge

Keep an eye out for more information on these events and the others from our office. We look forward to seeing you in 235 Schine and around the campus this year!