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SPECIAL EDITION Career Scoop: 2018 Job Fair Registration is OPEN! #HIRETOMMIES #MNPCFAIR

Registration for the 2018 Minnesota’s Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair is open. This exclusive, once-a-year event allows students the opportunity to network with over 300 organizations representing business, non-profit, social service, engineering, IT and bioscience employers to discuss internship and full-time career positions. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors, as well as December 2017 graduates, are eligible to register.

Per the rules of the MNPC Consortium, First Year students, Graduate Students, and other Alumni are not permitted to attend.

The event will be held at Minneapolis Convention Center on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. In 2017, 700 UST students attended this fair to network with employers.

To complete your registration for the fair, follow the steps outlined below:

If you’ve attended the fair in a previous year (2015, 2016 or 2017)

  1. Bring your registration form and $15 payment to MHC 123 and have the person at the Front Desk check the list of previous attendees. Registration is due DECEMBER 18th at 4 p.m.
  2. Remember: Attending an orientation session does not count. If you went to an orientation but did not go to the fair, you must repeat the orientation!

If you have NOT attended a fair previously

1. Attend a short, 30 minute Orientation Session to learn more about the fair and what your responsibilities are as an attendee.

2. Bring the registration form and your $15 payment to MHC 123 by DECEMBER 18TH at 4 p.m.

Payment

The fair costs $15 to attend, and payments can be made by cash, check, or Tommie eXpress (we cannot take credit cards or FLEX dollars, sorry!). Students may request a refund of their fee through February 21, 2018.

More Information

For more information about the MNPC Job Fair and orientation sessions, visit www.stthomas.edu/careerdevelopment/fair.

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Advice from Employers

Here are some tips from Employers who are looking to hire students.

  1. It would be beneficial if you could get exposure to jobs or internships related to your major whilst in college. This will better enable you to look for the right type of jobs post-graduation.
  2. If an interview is scheduled and you are unable to attend, ensure that you communicate with the potential employer and let them know if you wish to reschedule or cancel the interview.
  3. If an organization offers internships, 49% prefer students to be in their junior year and 40% would accept applications from freshman or sophomores.
  4. You are encouraged to use your college career webpage because these employers who are trying to reach you. Visit the Career Development Center’s Job & Internship Listings frequently.
  5. It is important to research and know about the company before attending interview sessions.
  6. Read the position description and have several questions ready for the interviewer about the job role and company.
  7. Customize your resume based on the jobs you are applying for.
    E.g. list “technical skills” on a resume when applying for a technical position.
    You can attend one of our resume writing seminars hosted by the career development center or learn from our online resources to get help with drafting your resume.
  8. Employers expect you to research market rate salaries to get more realistic expectations about salary offers.

Source: Minnesota Job Outlook Survey 2016

 

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What new grads want from employers

Student and New Hire perceptions about the job search, selecting employers, and the workplace

Before results come out from the Class of 2016, I wanted to share with you some insights from the Class of 2015 about their job search preparation and selection process.

In this survey of current students and recent graduate hires (1-3 years after college), respondents included 126 current students, and 147 recent hires.

What impacts decision to accept a job offer:

  • The nature of the work/job content
  • Salary/Benefits
  • Location

Suggestions and activities that would help them:

  • Host job shadowing
  • Day-in-the-Life exposure
  • Access to talk to recent hires (non-recruiting staff) during the interview process
  • Internships
  • More specific job descriptions

Major Observations & Themes:

  • In hind-sight, I believe that internships where students only work on a single, special project is not as helpful to them as digging in to the real, daily work of the department.
  • Students need exposure to and comfort with ambiguity.
  • Students want to hear about what ‘work-life balance’ really means.
  • Students want authenticity and honesty in the recruiting & hiring process.
  • Students want to hear why people have stayed with their employer.

 

Source:  Workplace Expectations – Mary Scott, of Scott Resource Group

Time period of survey:  April – June 2015