Originally Posted: September 2016
By: Vlad Kovacevic
It’s that time of year again and school is right around the corner. With September quickly approaching, there are a number of things to begin preparing for such as the highly anticipated Career Fair! For upperclassmen, this is a big opportunity to land your dream internship or job. There are a number of things to review and touch up before coming back to school. You should be updating your resume, refreshing your interviewing skills, and completing your Handshake profile! It also isn’t a bad time to begin searching companies to learn about their backgrounds and culture. By doing so, not only will you get ahead, but you will be organized and prepared when the stress of the first week of school arrives. It also isn’t a bad idea to begin getting in contact with recruiters. A quick email saying that you are looking forward to seeing them at Career Fair and maybe asking what you could do to best prepare yourself for this day could go a long way by maintaining your personal connection with them. This could also give you an advantage and get your name to stand out during the long day of Career Fair. Make sure to utilize all the resources we have available in order to make the big day a successful one!
Although many of you may think it is only August and you still have time to prepare, it never hurts to start early. When we return to school, the first few weeks always become hectic and students often find themselves pushing off refining their resumes or searching companies until the last minute. You will have much better success and be a lot less stressed by reviewing the necessary information today. Also, review our older blog posts as we have given advice in the past regarding this subject. Staying organized and being proactive will help lead to a successful Career Fair and ultimately help get you that dream job or internship you have wanted!
Originally Posted: February 2016
By: Marissa Humayun
It’s here people! Spring I.C.E. is just around the corner, and soon enough, there will be a maze of black blazers making their way to Millett to score that summer internship or job. It seems like just yesterday, everyone was spending their J-term cuddled up on their couch watching The Office or studying abroad in some exotic destination. The haze of our incredibly long break has faded and it is time to get busy! This is such an amazing opportunity to develop yourself professionally, especially for underclassmen. Now, as a sophomore, I am by no means an expert on Spring I.C.E. However, I have enlisted the help of the FSB Student Services advisors for their specific advice on how students should prepare themselves for February 10th.
- DO your research on the companies listed. It is crucial to narrow the 224 companies down to a few you are interested in. Have a solid knowledge base for each of the companies you are interested in. Nick Cattin, Director of FSB Career & Professional Development suggests that students look into companies they have not necessarily heard of, specifically B to B companies.
- DO take this research and tailor your elevator pitch toward the recruiters. Compare what the internship/job description states on Career Link to your own resume, find the similarities and create a pitch that highlights the best things you can offer to the company!
- DO remember that Spring I.C.E. offers many options for sophomores seeking experience. There is a First-Year Friendly Employer drop down box on the Spring I.C.E. Participants page that is useful in your research. Also, Brenda Homan of EY Professional Development and Accountancy Advising suggests that sophomore students take advantage of various summer leadership programs offered by many big names (Accounting students in particular can receive academic credit for this type of experiential learning as well!)
- DON’T forget to apply for your prospective jobs and internships on Career Link or on the company’s “careers” website as soon as possible! Monique Frost, Associate Director of FSB Career and Professional Development recommends this, as it will eliminate the question of “Have you applied?” and will show the recruiters that you are very interested in their position!
- DON’T forget to send Thank You’s to the recruiters you spoke to. It may sound obvious, but it is a key part to building a connection with a potential employer. Write down their names or snag their business cards and then email them a warm thank you! (Also, utilize LinkedIn to maintain a means of contact with the recruiter).
- DON’T stress! It seems cliché or nearly impossible sometimes as a full-time student, but the less stress you have about Spring I.C.E., the more successful it will go for you!
Best of luck readers!
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