Tips for Following Up After the Career & Graduate School Expo

October 25th, 2010

Here are a few reminders, ideas and suggestions for following up with employers and graduate schools after the Expo:

  • Visit organization/school websites for additional information. Apply online to companies that indicated this as your next step in their application process or follow the instructions you were provided in order to indicate your interest.
  • Promptly follow up with recruiters representing organizations of interest to you. Send a short thank you note (email is acceptable, or regular mail) to the recruiters representing organizations of particular interest to you. Use this opportunity to thank the recruiters for their time and to re-affirm your interest in their organization
  • Stay informed. Know what the next steps are to earn the position you seek. Keep on top of all communication with employers and follow up with them by the deadlines indicated.
  • Avoid letting too much time lapse in between communications – but don’t confuse persistence with pushiness. Give them ample time to get back in touch with you. Sometimes recruiters are on the road longer than anticipated and cannot follow up with you exactly as they had intended. However, if you haven’t heard anything by a week after the recruiter indicated you would be contacted, follow up with them.
  • Stay connected to future employer and career related opportunities with the Career Center website and our Events Calendar.
  • Make sure to keep checking CISTERNonline to see if employers post any future positions or openings.
  • Make sure to schedule an appointment with a Career Center representative if you need assistance in the application process for graduate school.

These are just a few ideas the Career Center suggests.  Make sure to stay tuned for the Spring Career Expo coming up next February!  Until then, please stop by the Career Center if we can be of any assistance.

Are You Ready For the Career Expo & Graduate School Fair?

October 18th, 2010
  • Have you researched the employers and schools that will be attending?
  • Is your resume up to date and relevant for to the Career Fair employers and schools?
  • Do you have appropriate, professional attire to wear?

If you need any guidance or assistance in preparing for the Fair, please make sure to check out the Career Expo Student/Alumni Guide, or stop by the Career Center this week during Drop-In Hours between 1-4pm.

See you Thursday at the Career Expo! 

Preparing for the Career Expo

October 11th, 2010

The Fall 2010 Career Fair & Graduate School Expo is coming up next week, so to help get you ready for it, here a few suggestions to follow in your preparations.                              

1. Do your research. Look at the different companies, organizations and schools 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 15-20 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. We love looking at resumes and will enjoy helping you make yours perfect.

*Note: We have Drop-In Hours every weekday afternoon from 1:00-4:00pm. No appointment is required, and this is the perfect opportunity for a 15-20 minute meeting with a Career Center Advisor to look over your resume and provide you with feedback.

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 approach the different employers/grad schools because they are not going to just grab you out the crowd. Go introduce yourself, talk about their company/school and talk about yourself.

These were just a few tips to get your started. Also, check out the list of companies/graduate schools already slated to come on the Career Center homepage. Remember, come to the Fall Career Expo & Graduate School Fair and get started on that wonderful new career that is waiting for you.

For more information on how to prepare for the Fall 2010 Career Expo please click here.

Fall 2010 Career & Graduate School Expo…Less than 20 Days Away and Counting

October 4th, 2010

Fall 2010 Career & Graduate School Expo
Thursday, October 21, 2010
12:00 – 3:30 pm
Gaillard Municipal Auditorium, 77 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC
*Open to students and alumni of The College of Charleston

The 2010 Fall Career & Graduate School Expo Fair is right around the corner…Thursday, October 21st to be exact. There will be 80 different employers lined up to talk to you about possible futures with them, including Career Networking, Full and Part-Time Positions, Internships and Graduate & Professional Schools.

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 graduate school, job or place to work without looking at all the different options.

Over the next few weeks, the Career Center Blog will be focusing on the Career Expo and highlighting some tips and suggestions to help you prepare.  In the meantime, make sure to check out the list of participating organizations already slated to come to the Expo and the Career Expo Student/Alumni Guide on our homepage. 

Still need some help preparing for the Expo?  Then make sure to stop by the Career Center for one of our Career Expo Workshops for advice, tips and suggestions.

Upcoming Career Fair Workshops:

Tuesday, October 5th             12:15-1:15pm              

Wednesday, October 6th       4:00-5:00pm

Next Weeks Blog: Being Successful at the Career Expo