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The staff of the office of Experiential Learning and Career Management (ELCM) would like to formally invite one and all to the 2013 Career Week festivities that they have planned. The ELCM team has been feverishly working on a plethora of educational yet fun events for the Millersville University student body to attend during Career Week, which will be held on campus Oct. 21-25.
Monday, Oct 21, 2013:
There will be two separate opportunities to sit in on the workshop “Social Media & the Job Search.” The sessions will last about an hour, the first will run from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and the second will be from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. At these workshops, you will learn about the important role that social media plays in the job search process today, as well as advice on how to build a professional online presence, research employers, locate jobs and connect with professionals in your field. It is highly recommended that you BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) to the workshop in order to make following along easier, and also so you can update your own social media profiles as you learn.
From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. the ELCM staff will be available to review your LinkedIn profile with you one-on-one. No appointment is necessary for this clinic; staff will work with people as they arrive (first come, first served).
The “Building a Winning Resume” presentation is back by popular demand for the fall 2013 Career Week. From 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. the presenter, Jim Clontz, Vice President of Career Concepts, Inc., will discuss how to improve your résumé for maximum impact and effectiveness.
While you listen to Clontz’s presentation, Human Resource professionals from Lancaster County Association for Human Resource Management (LCAHRM) will look over your résumé and offer you advice on how to “clean it up.” After the presentation concludes, you will receive one-on-one feedback from a Human Resources professional. Bring two copies of your updated résumé with your cell phone number included if you intend to take advantage of this opportunity.
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013:
Use your lunch break wisely, and take part in the “Researching Companies” workshop that is taking place from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. You can expect to learn about how to use the Internet and social media to discover information that will better prepare you to answer interview questions and find out whether the company is a good fit for you.
If you cannot make the noon workshop and have more questions, the ELCM staff will be available from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. to provide hands-on, one-on-one help with company research. No appointment is necessary, they will be working with everyone on a first come, first served basis.
Tuesday evening from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. there will be a panel discussion, “The Interview: Before, During and After,” on how to prepare, what to say, what not to say and how to best represent yourself during the interview process in order to improve your chances of receiving a job offer.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013:
“How to Find a Federal Job” will be presented by Jeff Hanks, Employment Readiness Manager, U.S. Army member, and certified Federal Job Search Trainer and Facilitator, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Hanks will be lecturing on the secrets in identifying hiring agencies, how to effectively develop a network, the steps to successfully apply, and the differences between traditional and federal resumes.
Have a resume, and need advice on how to make it stand out in a sea of applicants seeking the same position? Bring two copies of your resume over to the ELCM between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for review and critique. No need to make an appointment—first come, first served.
The “Dress for Success Workshop” is from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature a small fashion show so that you know what to wear and not to wear for your first interview.
“The outfit you wear to the interview is critical because it is the first impression that you make on your interviewees. People form a lot of opinions in the first 30 seconds of meeting others, and your dress is an important component of this introduction,” said Audrey Bare, graduate Assistant at the ELCM. She added, “I think it is definitely possible to come back from a fashion mishap. As the interview progresses, the interviewers will be paying close attention to your manners, the detail you provide in your answers, and how well they think you may fit into their organizational culture. You can overcome a minor fashion faux pas by performing well in these other areas.”
Juniors, seniors, and graduate students have the opportunity to partake in the “Dining in Professional Style: Etiquette Dinner.” During this event you will learn important etiquette tips on how to present yourself professionally when attending a formal business dinner. Pre-registration for this event is required and spots are filling up fast, so do not hesitate if you are interested. You can register at: https://www.myinterfase.com/millersville/Account/LogOn.
Margo Sassaman, Associate Director, Career Management at the ELCM, shared why it is important to have proper dining etiquette.
“In many professional positions, individuals will be required to meet with customers or potential customers, people in positions of power within the organization, and possibly influential community members, during receptions or dining situations. During these events it is important to the employer that you handle yourself in a professional manner, representing the organization in a positive light. When interviewers interact with potential employers in a meal situation, they often forget that they are still being interviewed [and] drop their guard and act or say things that are inappropriate. This meal setting is one more opportunity for the employer to measure if you are the right fit for the organization.”
Sassaman also shared some of the best interviewing-while-dining advice she’s received: “When attending conferences, always make a point to sit with individuals you don’t know during meals. This will give you the opportunity to expand your professional network, learn how other people in your field operate and share best practices. I have embraced this philosophy and have a network of friends/colleagues throughout the U.S. that I can call at anytime if I have a question about how to best handle a situation or to discuss new ways of doing things.”
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013:
Interested in going to graduate school? Take advantage of the Graduate School Fair from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Memorial Center, multi-purpose room. There are 50+ graduate schools attending and free give-a-ways and prize drawings. For a full list of schools that are participating in the fair visit: www.millersville.edu/elcm.
From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. the ELCM staff will be available to give hands-on résumé reviews again for those who cannot attend the résumé reviews on Wednesday afternoon. Bring two copies of your most up-to-date résumé and have them critique it for you. There is no need for an appointment; they will be taking care of everyone on a first come, first served basis.
Friday, Oct. 25, 2013:
One last chance to get your résumé reviewed and critiqued by the ELCM staff before the Fall Job and Internship Fair. Bring two copies of your résumé between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m, for a one on one résumé advice session.
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013:
A career fair may seem intimidating, but after taking part in the “Job Fair Success 101” workshop, from 5:30 pm to 7 pm, you will be able to increase your confidence and be more successful with effective preparation and communication. This session will help you research companies and develop strategies for getting the most out of your job fair experience.
The Career Week events lead up to the Fall Job and Internship Fair which takes place on Thursday, Oct. 31 and where you can meet with 100+ national and regional employers about full-time, part-time, summer and intern employment opportunities. Pre-registering to attend the fair is recommended but not mandatory; use your Career Connections account to register at www.millersville.edu/elcm. For a full list of employers that are participating, go to www.millersville.edu/elcm/job-internship-fair.php.