Tips for Following Up from the Fall Career & Graduate School Expo

October 31st, 2011

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

  • Visit organization/company/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 Fair coming up next semester on February 22, 2012! Until then, please stop by the Career Center if we can be of any assistance.

Are You Ready for the Fall 2011 Career & Graduate School Expo???

October 24th, 2011
  • 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 on the Career Center website, or stop by the Career Center this week during Drop-In Hours between 1-4pm to talk with a Career Advisor.

See you Wednesday at the Career Expo!

Fall 2011 Career, Internship & Graduate School Expo

October 17th, 2011

Fall 2011 Career, Internship & Graduate School Expo
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
12:00 – 3:30 pm
Gaillard Municipal Auditorium, 77 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC
*Open to students and alumni of The College of Charleston

The day is finally approaching. After four (or five) years, you are now ready to go into the world of professional employment or continue on to graduate school. But where will you find that wonderful new career or right school for you? One choice is at the Fall 2011 Career, Internship & Graduate School Expo. There will be over 65 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 and graduate schools as possible. Maybe you feel pretty confident that you want to work with or go to _______ but have you also thought about _______? Never pigeon hole yourself into one school, job or place to work without looking at all the different options.

Here a few suggestions to follow when preparing for and coming to the Expo:

1. Do your research. Look at the different companies/school 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 to come by the Career Center for a 15-20 minute appointment with an 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 be humble or show your shyness. Be bold and approach the different employers because they are not going to just grab you out the crowd. Go say hi, talk about their company and talk about yourself.

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

For more information on how to prepare for the Fall 2011 Expo please click here.

Interested in learning more about the upcoming Expo and how to prepare for it? Then come by the Preparing for the Career Fair workshop this Thursday, October 20th at 5:30 in the Career Center. For more information, contact the Career Center at 953-5692 / careercenter@cofc.edu.

Who Gets Promoted, Who Doesn’t & Why: 10 Things You’d Better Do if You Want to Get Ahead

October 10th, 2011

PODCAST
From Salary.com

If you’re a fast-tracker striving for career advancement like a heat-seeking missile then this is a podcast you can’t afford to miss. On this week’s episode of Salary Talk, we interview Donald Asher, author of “Who Gets Promoted, Who Doesn’t and Why” and “Cracking the Hidden Job Market,” who deals exclusively with career professionals who aren’t happy unless they’re earning a promotion every 12-18 months. You’ll find out why raises aren’t about past performance, being indispensable isn’t a good thing and discover why talent is a distant second to timing. Asher’s insight into the corporate culture of raises and promotions could have you earning more in no time.

To listen to the interview podcast, please click here.

What Employers Want – and Do Not Want – in Your Resume

October 3rd, 2011

by Robin Schlinger, Robin’s Resumes
From CareerRealism.com

You are struggling to understand what employers want in a resume: What will make them stand up and take notice? In many ways, what you leave out is just as important as what you leave in.

*Interested in learning more about what employers think about your resume? Come by the “What Employers are Saying about Your Resume” workshop this October 6th at 5:30pm in the Career Center. For more information, contact the Career Center at 953-5692 / careercenter@cofc.edu.