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Prepare for the Fair Tip Number 10 – #USTJobFair2015

Published on: Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Minnesota Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair

Minnesota’s Private Colleges 2015 Job and Internship Fair

This is for those already registered for Minnesota’s Private Colleges 2015 Job and Internship Fair. If you have not registered and would like to attend, please complete an Orientation to Job and Internship Fair and submit your registration before the deadline. Visit our Job and Internship Fair website for additional information and eligibility requirements.

Prepare, Prepare, Prepare!  The emails sent the past few weeks have all highlighted ways to prepare for the Fair.  If you’ve missed tips 1-9 they can be found on our blog.

Students who attended the Fair last year made the following recommendations in this short video on how to best prepare for the Fair.

Tip #10

A frequent recommendation is to research the companies prior to attending the Fair.  There are over 244 employers registered to attend!  Use the site or download the app: MNPC Career Fair Plus, to research the employers and gather the contact information.  Refer to pages 13-14 in your packet for research tips.  Prepare “cheat sheets” to bring to the Fair for quick reference and to make notes about your contact and follow-up information while at the Fair or use the notes section in the app for each employer.  The Reference Librarians are a great resource to assist you in finding the best sites to use.

Looking for more opportunities to meet with employers to search for an internship or job?  St. Cloud State is hosting a Diversity Job and Internship Fair on Friday, January 30 from 1:00-4:00.  The event is open to ALL students and is free of charge.  For more details on location and a list of employers see the link.

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LinkedIn Challenge Part 5: Connecting with Alumni & Following Companies #USTLIC

Published on: Thursday, January 29th, 2015

LinkedIn can help you with your job search and career exploration by keeping you connected with alumni. Typically, people who share a school in common have an ongoing affinity, whether the school is an undergraduate or graduate college, or even a high school. You can rapidly increase the chance of someone considering your LinkedIn request if you and that person are alumni of the same school.

Therefore, take advantage of your alumni status and try to connect and work with people who went to one of the same schools as you.

One important pice of advice about  Contacting Alumni-

Networking with alumni is about building relationships and connections in a purposeful, organized way. Networking is not about asking alumni for jobs, but asking for assistance. When you contact alumni to network, it should be to seek out and gather information about careers that interest you. Your questions should focus on asking for advice or assistance based on that purpose. Remember it is essential that you be informed, confident, and polite throughout this process.

In addition to joining the ASK group, you can use the Alumni Tool within LinkedIn. Go to Connections, then select Find Alumni. You will be able to see where alumni live (important if you want to relocate to a new city or country), where they work, their job function (what they do), and their college major, among other things. You can filter your search results in this way and get connected to people who might be valuable contacts for informational interviews.

Searching for companies on LinkedIn allows you to gather brief information about who they are and their services. You can also see who you’re connected with that currently works at the company, and, for some companies, what positions they currently have posted. In addition, you can get can get an idea of company occupational titles and job responsibilities by looking at current employee LinkedIn profiles.

When you have identified a company in which you have an interest in, Linkedin gives you the opportunity to follow the company and receive notifications regarding their profile page. This can be done by clicking the “Follow” button on the right hand side of the company page. You will then receive notifications on changes to the page and newly posted positions as part of your network updates on your LinkedIn home page. This is a great way to  keep track of companies you are interested in.

We wrap up the LinkedIn Challenge next week by discussing the Job Search tool, requesting recommendations, and actively participating. As always, we are here to help you make your LinkedIn profle the best it can be. Schedule an appointment for a career specialist to review your profile!


Here’s your chance to meet employers and UST Alumni at two new events – #USTCareerScoop

Published on: Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Career Scoop from the UST Career Development Center

…from the Career Development Center

This mid-week edition of the Career Scoop is being sent to share news of two new events.  For those of you looking for an internship or job the events will provide opportunity to meet employers and UST Alumni.

Diversity Job and Internship Fair

St. Cloud State University is hosting a Diversity Job and Internship Fair is this Friday, January 30 from 1:00-4:00, and all students are invited to attend this free event!  There are over 84 employers attending, including business, communications, industry, technology, healthcare, human services, non-profits, government and education.

Meet More. Faster: UST Speed Networking 2015

Network with successful UST Alumni in a fun, interactive atmosphere to learn more about their career paths, organizations they have worked for, gain tips on hiring tactics and practice your elevator speech, Tuesday, February 10 from 6:30-8:00pm in Woulfe Alumni Hall. Registration is due by February 8 on the website link.