Spring Career Fair ’09…Less than 20 Days Away and Counting…

February 9th, 2009

The day is finally here. After four (or five) years, you are now ready to go into the world of professional employment. But where will you find that wonderful new career? One choice is at the 2009 Spring Career Fair. There will be over 70 different employers lined up to talk to you about possible futures with them.

You can go to the Career Center’s website to find more information about the Career Fair like who is attending and what they are seeking. One thing to remember about the Career Fair is to visit as many employers/graduate schools as possible. Maybe you feel pretty confident that you want to work with _______ but have you also thought about _______? Never pigeon hole yourself into one job or place to work without looking at all the different options.

 

As you have most likely guessed I am a big fan of tips and rules. Well, here a few to follow when preparing for and coming to the Career Fair.

  

 

1. Do your research. Look at the different companies coming to the Career Fair on our website and investigate them. What do they do? Where are they located? Are you interested in them?

 

 2. Prepare your resume and bring at least 20 copies. By now you should have a well written resume that highlights your experience and achievements. If you do not—Write One! Please bring it by the Career Center for the Career Advisor to look at. I love looking at resumes and will enjoy helping you make yours perfect.

 

 3. Dress the Part. Come to the Career Fair in professional dress. You are selling yourself to the different employers and they need to be able to picture you working in their company. See our website for more tips on professional dress.

  

 

4. Don’t be shy. The Career Fair is not a time to show your shyness. Be bold and approached the different employers/grad schools because they are not going to just grab you out the crowd. Go say hi, talk about their company, talk about yourself.

 

 

 

 

These were just a few tips to get your started. Also, check out the list of companies already slated to come to the career fair and the new preparation video on our homepage. Remember, come to the Spring Career Fair and get started on that wonderful new career that is waiting for you.

How NOT to Succeed in the Workplace

February 2nd, 2009

How NOT to Succeed in the Workplace

 

Whether you’re at a part-time job, internship, full-time job, or volunteer position, here are some sure-fire ways NOT to succeed at work!

 

    1.  Ignore the office dress code

 

    2.  Have a bad attitude

 

    3.  Arrive late repeatedly without calling, or – better yet – don’t show up at

         all

 

    4.  Do homework without your supervisor’s permission

 

    5.  Have extended personal conversations at work – either on the phone or

         with friends who stop by the office

 

    6.  Surf the internet, text message, or send personal emails without your

         supervisor’s permission

 

    7.  Get involved in office politics or gossip

 

    8.  Cover up mistakes by lying or shifting blame

 

    9.  Make excuses and avoid personal responsibility

 

   10  .Discuss confidential information outside of the appropriate venue

 

Okay, so how DO you succeed at work?  Check out our online training sessions in the Student Employment box at www.cofc.edu/careercenter.  There’s also a helpful handout on Workplace Essentials – http://www.cofc.edu/careercenter/WORKPLACE%20ESSENTIAL1.pdf