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Private College Job and Internship Fair

Additional opportunities after the fair – #USTJobFair

Published on: Friday, April 4th, 2014

Minnesota Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair

Minnesota’s Private Colleges 2014 Job and Internship Fair

This is for those who registered for Minnesota’s Private Colleges 2014 Job and Internship Fair.

Job and Internship Survey: looking for your feedback

It seems hard to believe that the MN Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair occurred almost 2 months ago.  A survey was sent to you in the past week asking for information regarding your experiences prior to and at the Fair. We appreciate the feedback and rely on this information in planning for the coming year over the summer months.  We value your insight and comments and hope you can find a few minutes to complete the survey.

Upcoming Events

Events in the coming week for those still seeking opportunities are listed below.  For further details or registration as indicated connect to Tommie Careers.

Employment Agencies Information Fair

Tuesday, April 15 in the Anderson Student Center. Feel free to stop in anytime between 11:30 a.m.-1:30 pm. Employment Agencies offer contract and short-term employment for students seeking summer work, and many have full-time jobs for graduating seniors. So bring your resumes, your questions, and your friends!

Virtual Career Fair

Employers offering full-time jobs, Co-ops and Internships for all types of majors and degree will be held on Thursday, April 17.  Register on line, review the list of participating employers and submit a resume prior to the date.

What’s Next?  Job Search Strategies for Graduating Seniors

A free webinar offered by GradStaff covering topics such as; transferable skills, career interest areas, demographic trends, target industries, entry level career opportunities and networking.  Various dates offered and pre-registration is required.

Additional events after the Job Fair – #USTJobFair

Published on: Friday, March 14th, 2014

Minnesota Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair

Minnesota’s Private Colleges 2014 Job and Internship Fair

This is for those already registered for Minnesota’s Private Colleges 2014 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.

You may be interested in hearing about additional opportunities to meet with employers who are hiring, connect with Alumni or participate in the Job & Internship Search Series.

Career Fair

Wednesday, March 19 from 9:00-4:00 Minneapolis Convention Center.

Sponsored by the UST Opus College of Business, free and open to the public. A list of participating organizations and registration information is currently available at http://www.stthomas.edu/mcf/fair/career-candidates.html

Canterbury Park Job Fair

Saturday, March 22 from 10:00-2:00

They will be hiring for more than 400 seasonal positions for the 2014 live horse racing season, which runs May 16 – September 13! Positions include Mutuels, Security, Racing, Facilities, Guest Services, Food & Beverage, and more! http://www.canterburypark.com/jobs

Employment Agencies Fair

Tuesday, April 15 from 11:30-1:30 in Anderson Student Center

Bring your resume and shop around for the agency that fits your needs whether temporary/contract work or full-time hire. Log into TommieCareers for more information.

Virtual Career Fair

Thursday, April 17

Connect with employers via chat sessions recruiting talent across all majors and degrees.  Register prior to the event on the website: www.Minnesota.CareerEco.net

Job & Internship Search Preparation

This is a three-part seminar series that focuses on online and face-to-face networking, tools to find open positions, interview skills, creating/refining a resume, and how to use your strengths in presenting yourself to an employer.  Registrants will take the StrengthsQuest online assessment and learn about their Top 5 Strengths and how to use those strengths in the job/internship search process.

When: Tuesday nights (5 to 7 pm) in April (4/1, 4/8, 4/15)

Cost: $15 for StrengthsQuest assessment

Registration: Through TommieCareers (log-in with UST NetID and password)

You must commit to attend all three seminars in order to register. Space is limited, so sign up today! For more information, please contact Kristen Murphy at kristen.murphy@stthomas.edu.

Final information prior to the Fair – #USTJobFair

Published on: Friday, February 14th, 2014

Minnesota Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair

Minnesota’s Private Colleges 2014 Job and Internship Fair

This is for those already registered for Minnesota’s Private Colleges 2014 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.

Each week since early January emails have been sent out regarding the Job and Internship Fair.  If you need to read any of the previous emails they can be found at:  http://blogs.stthomas.edu/careers/category/private-college-job-and-internship-fair

Read the packet, “I’m Going to the Fair” and the handouts you received at the Information Session.

Look ahead at your class schedule to determine if you will attend classes on Wednesday, February 19 or make arrangements to miss class(es).  An email list of all Job/Internship Fair participants is sent to the Academic Deans  on Monday, 2/17, notifying them of your attendance at a UST sponsored event. (If you register after 2/12 your name will NOT be on this list).  If you plan to miss class, inform the instructor as soon as possible.  There are nearly 600 UST students attending the Fair.  Instructors do not want to be overwhelmed with last minute requests for missed work.

Here are some of the quick answers to the FAQ:

When:

  • Wednesday, February 19- Open floor time 9:00-3:00. Students with need for extra time due special accommodations may enter at 8:30am. Prior to entering, check-in at the UST table on the Lower Level, outside of Exhibit Hall A.  Interviews 9:00-5:00.  There is a FREE coat check.
  • Science panels- Two science panels will be offered at 10:00 and 11:30.  Each session will focus on different career paths within scientific organizations.
  • Thursday, February 20- You only need to be at the Fair if you have an interview.*

Bus:

Free shuttle bus leaving from Flynn Hall.  The first shuttle will leave at 8:00 a.m. and the last shuttle will depart from Mpls Convention Center at 5:00pm. Shuttle will run only on Wednesday.

Three buses will loop every 20 minutes. Look for the sign in the window “MN Private Colleges Job/Internship Fair.”    The UST Minneapolis shuttle will not take you to the Convention Center.

*The UST shuttle would be a good option for anyone with interviews on Thursday.  It is only a few blocks walk.

 Where:

Minneapolis Convention Center- http://www.mplsconvctr.org/   (see Visitor Info)

What to Bring:

Copies of your resume on quality bond paper.  No business cards,cover letters, transcripts or references. Money for food or beverage purchase.

What to Wear:

Wear professional business attire. http://www.pinterest.com/ustcareer

The 30 Second Elevator Speech at the #USTJobFair

Published on: Monday, February 10th, 2014

As you approach each employer at the fair, take the initiative by extending your hand for firm handshake while making eye contact and smiling.  Then, hand over a copy of your resume (printed on resume paper) and pretend they ask you the question, “Tell me about yourself.”  This is when you get to tell them something about yourself that you really want them to know.  Make sure your elevator speech is tailored to the company and the position(s) they may have open in order to peak the recruiter’s interest. Think of what makes you unique or qualified for the position.  Then throw in a tidbit of information you learned through your research about the company or position that has you interested in talking with them.  Create a question to ask that leads them to provide you more information or ask you a question.  Here’s a great example:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHrts1wvOWs

Some things you might mention in your elevator speech:

  • That you attend the University of St. Thomas
  • Class year
  • Major(s)/Minor(s)
  • Current work/activities
  • Related experiences (internship/work/activities)
  • Leadership experience
  • Related skills (related to the position(s) they have posted)
  • What you are looking for (internship/entry level and type of position)
  • What you like/know about their company
  • Ask a question about potential opportunities or for more company information

Remember that this should only be 30 to 60 seconds long so you don’t need to include everything above. Pull out the information and experiences that will best market your potential for success within the company. Practice your elevator speech with your friends, or, stop by the Career Development Center to schedule an appointment with a career specialist or receive quick feedback during a pop-in.

Services to help you prepare for the fair – #USTJobFair

Published on: Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Minnesota Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair

Minnesota’s Private Colleges 2014 Job and Internship Fair

This is for those already registered for Minnesota’s Private Colleges 2014 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.

As you look ahead to attending the Job and Internship Fair on Wednesday, February 19 you may want to take advantage of some or all of the following services offered by the Career Development Center, located in Murray-Herrick room 123, (651) 962-6761.

If you have missed the previous emails regarding fair preparation they can be found at http://blogs.stthomas.edu/careers/category/private-college-job-and-internship-fair.  The last day to cancel your registration is Wednesday, February 12.

Final details for the Fair will be sent on Friday, February 14, be sure to check your email.

Plan to Attend These Events

We have lined up events to help you prepare for the fair so be sure to attend:

  • Job Fair Insiders’ Tips on Tuesday, February 11 at noon in Anderson Student Center’s Woulfe Alumni Hall
  • Alumni Networking Event on Wednesday, February 12 from 6:00-8:00pm in Anderson Student Center’s Woulfe Alumni Hall

Resources to Help You Prepare

Resume Development:

  • Read our guidebook and other materials
  • “Pop-in” for a quick resume critique: Call for hours available daily.
  • Post your resume for employers to access on mnpcfair.org
  • Print copies on resume bond paper and customize for employers of interest.

Research Employers:

  • Use the Job and Internship Fair website: mnpcfair.org
  • Meet with a UST Reference Librarian to assist with your research.
  • Read pages 13-14 in your, “I’m Going to the Fair”, packet.
  • Create notes to bring to the Fair

Prepare and practice your 30 second “Elevator Speech”:

Interviewing Skills:

  • Access guidebooks, media and reports
  • Attend a seminar: Monday, February 10 at noon or Monday, February 17 at 10:00 a.m. in 124 Murray-Herrick Campus Center

Why it’s Important to Research Companies Before Attending the Job Fair – #USTJobFair

Published on: Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Question: What is More Impressive to an Employer at the Job Fair?

  1. A Student Asking the Representative What the Company Does
  2. A Student Who Knows Something About the Company in Advance

If you have attended the Job and Internship Fair Orientation Session you know that #2 is the right answer!

Why?

  • When you communicate that you are familiar with the company’s history, the product(s) or services delivered, and the clients served you appear more competent than the person behind you in line who has not done their research.
  • When you communicate your knowledge of a company it shows that you took the time to prepare and demonstrates enthusiasm.
  • When you research a company you can determine if you want to work for the organization and learn about current open positions.
  • Researching the companies in advance will help you choose which employers to visit on the day of the Fair.

One of the best places to find company information is on their own website
Look at the list of employers who will attend the Job Fair and make a list of those you are most interested in talking with.  Visit the website of each to learn about the organization and pay special attention to the Careers or Jobs page.  If you find a job or internship opportunity of interest pay attention to the qualifications or skills required for the position so you can be prepared to talk about how your experience fits.

LinkedIn and Twitter are other great resources for learning more about a company and career opportunities.  If you don’t already have a LinkedIn profile, you can create one and then “follow” several companies of interest.

Whether you are preparing for the Job and Internship Fair or for an interview, knowing how to research employers is an important skill that is sure to help you find the right fit and stand out to employers.

Preparing for the fair Tips 10 and 11 – #USTJobFair

Published on: Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Minnesota Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair

Minnesota’s Private Colleges 2014 Job and Internship Fair

This is for those already registered for Minnesota’s Private Colleges 2014 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 at: http://blogs.stthomas.edu/careers/category/private-college-job-and-internship-fair

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

If you plan to follow tip #4 outlined in one of the previous emails, please note the date corrections on page 15 of your handout for the pre-arranged interview times should read Wednesday, February 19 and Thursday, February 20.

Tip #10

A frequent recommendation is to research the companies prior to attending the Fair.  There are over 180 employers registered to attend!  Use the mnfairpc.org site 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.  The Reference Librarians are a great resource to assist you in finding the best sites to use.

Tip #11

In addition to the Job and Internship Fair, the spring session for On-Campus Interviewing provides opportunities to meet with employers who are hiring for full-time and internship positions.  Interviews begin in February. If you have not attended an Orientation to On-Campus Interviewing Session (different from the Job and Internship Fair Orientation) you will need to attend one of the seminars.

Upcoming Seminars and Events

Job and Internship Fair Success Tactics: Held in Murray-Herrick Campus Center room 124

  • Thursday, January 30 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 5 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 13 at 12:00 p.m.

Job Fair Insiders’ Tips: Tuesday, February 11 from noon -1:00 p.m. in Anderson Student Center, Woulfe Hall

Networking with UST Alumni: Wednesday, February 12 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Anderson Student Center, Woulfe Hall

Fair Preparation Tips 8 and 9 – #USTJobFair

Published on: Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Minnesota Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair

Minnesota’s Private Colleges 2014 Job and Internship Fair

This is for those already registered for Minnesota’s Private Colleges 2014 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.

Plan to attend “Job Fair: Insiders’ Tips” on Tuesday, February 11 at 12:00 in Anderson Student Center’s Woulfe Hall.

Another job fair you may attend is the Sixth annual Diversity Job and Internship Fair!  January 24, at St. Cloud State University, Atwood Memorial Center (student union), 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Fair is open to all college graduates and current students.  More information can be found on St. Cloud State University’s web site. Questions can be directed to the SCSU Career Services Center at (320) 308-2151 or careerservices@stcloudstate.edu.

Tip #8

Begin to gather information about interviewing skills. Pages 16-19 in your packet give further resources and information about preparing for successful interviews. Students who have attended recommend knowing about behavioral interviewing prior to the Fair.

Tip #9

In addition to the Job and Internship Fair, the spring session for On-Campus Interviewing provides opportunities to meet with employers who are hiring for full-time and internship positions.  Interviews begin in February. If you have not attended an Orientation to On-Campus Interviewing Session (different from the Job and Internship Fair Orientation session) you will need to attend one of the seminars.

Upcoming Seminars

  • Interviewing Skills: Thursday, January 23 at 12:30 and Wednesday, January 29 at 11:30
  • Orientation to On-Campus Interviewing: Friday, January 24 at 11:30 and Monday, January 27 at 12:30
  • Job and Internship Fair Success Tactics: January 28 at noon and January 30 at 3:00 p.m.

Fair Preparation Tips 6 and 7 – #USTJobFair

Published on: Friday, January 17th, 2014

Minnesota Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair

Minnesota’s Private Colleges 2014 Job and Internship Fair

This is for those already registered for Minnesota’s Private Colleges 2014 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.

Tip #6

Are you able to describe your top interests, skills, personality and values?

The handouts and worksheets in your packet on pages 4-10 will give you some informal inventories that will assist in learning more about yourself.  Employers seek candidates who know how to describe themselves and their fit with the job or company culture.  Use this information to describe yourself and to give life stories on your career related qualifications.

The “30 Second Career Counselor Goes to the Fair” has advice from an employer who suggests getting to know yourself

If you think additional testing would be useful, Career Counselors can provide other inventories to assist in identifying interests, skills, values and personality traits.  Call the office to schedule an appointment.

Tip #7

Spend time learning more about occupations available in your major or career field.

Within every career field there are numerous related occupations.  Are you able to give examples of titles or areas within an organization that would hire people with your career interests/skills?  Use the Career Development Center’s website, to research several occupations or use the resources listed on page 11 to complete the worksheet on page 12 of your packet (make additional copies as needed).  Employers want you to tell them what you are interested in doing.  If you are able to identify career fields, job titles or occupations of interest, even if employers are not recruiting for that position at the Fair, they will get a better idea of your focus and be able to refer you to another contact at their organization.

Upcoming Seminars

All held in Murray-Herrick room 124 unless otherwise noted

  • Job and Internship Fair Success Tactics: Friday, January 17 at noon  and Wednesday, January 22 at 2:00 p.m. (bring your packet)
  • Resume Writing: Wednesday, January 22 at noon
  • Interviewing Skills: Thursday, January 23 at 12:30 p.m.
  • Orientation to On-Campus Interviewing: Friday, January 24 at 11:30 a.m. and Monday, January 27 at 12:30 p.m.

Special events

Details on Tommie Careers

  • Wisconsin Broadcaster Association Career Fair: Wednesday, January 22, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Diversity Job and Internship Fair- Friday, January 24 at St. Cloud State

Appointments and Pop-in hours offered daily, call (651) 962-6761 for times.  Office is closed on Monday, January 20 in observance of the holiday.

Upcoming Fair Preparation Events PLUS Tips 4 and 5 – #USTJobFair

Published on: Friday, January 10th, 2014

Minnesota Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair

Minnesota’s Private Colleges 2014 Job and Internship Fair

This is for those already registered for Minnesota’s Private Colleges 2014 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.

Upcoming Events to Prepare

Plan to attend the following two events:

“Job Fair: Insiders’ Tips” on Tuesday, February 11 at noon in the Anderson Student Center Woulfe Alumni Hall.

“UST Alumni Networking” will be held Wednesday, February 12 from 6-8 p.m. in the Anderson Student Center Woulfe Alumni Hall. RSVP to d.cattoor@stthomas.edu

For previous tips be sure to visit our previous blog posts.

TIP #4

Your resume should be in the final draft stages and ready to send/post to employers.  Refer to page 15 in your packet for ideas on resources available through our office to assist you with the development of your resume. When your resume is complete, post it on the www.mnpcfair.org website where employers attending the event will have access to your information and may contact you for an interview.

TIP #5

Remember that feedback from previous students strongly recommends applying in advance. “It really works.”  NOW is the time to research and apply directly to employers who are accepting resumes in advance of the Fair.  Refer to page 15 in your packet for what to include in the letter to employers.

Listen to what a UST student who has participated in the Fair had to say about resumes and applying in advance of the Fair (video).

Upcoming Seminars

All seminars are held in Murray-Herrick room 124 unless otherwise noted. Sign up to attend by visiting our Seminars and Events page.

  • Resume and Cover Letter Writing: Monday, January 13 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Maximizing Your LinkedIn Profile: Thursday, January 16 at 12:30 p.m. (LIB 208)
  • Interviewing Skills: Tuesday, January 14 at noon.
  • Job Fair Success Tactics: Friday, January 17 at noon (bring your “Going to the Fair” packet).
  • Orientation to On-Campus Interviewing: Friday, January 24 at 11:30 a.m. or Monday, January 27 at 12:30 p.m.