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Job Fair FAQ’s #HireTommies

Whether you are planning on attending the Minnesota Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair on February 22nd, 2017, are  attending another fair, or you just want tips, here are some great questions that we are frequently asked about job fairs!

Please remember that registration for the MNPC Fair is due TOMORROW February 15th in MHC 124. Please complete an orientation session and bring $20 in cash, check or Tommie eXpress funds to the Career Development Center (MHC 123). If you haven’t yet done an orientation, directions for the blackboard orientation can be found here.

Q: How long should I plan on being at the fair?
A: This is very dependent on you, and the answer is different for everyone. You need to do your research (check the list of employers beforehand) and create a game plan for the fair. If you have 5 employers you want to visit, you won’t need to stay as long as if you have 10 or 25. Plan on 10 minutes of time for every employer, knowing some may take a little less time and some may take more.

Q: How many resumes should I bring (and should they be on nice paper)?
A: Again, this depends on your research. Plan on bringing 5 extra resumes (at least), and know how many employers you want to visit. If you have a list of 10 employers, bring 15 resumes. And yes, print them on nice paper. It makes you look extra professional as a candidate. You can pick up resume paper at the bookstore or at any office supply store, and Target and Wal-Mart also carry it. (P.S. Be sure to come into the Career Development Center for a resume review before the fair!)

Q: Where should I print my resume?

A: You can use your own printer, but we also have a printer available in MHC 124 where you can use your own paper! This year, we are also pleased that the Library will have a few computers available in the Rotunda area (by the coffee shop!) especially for students to print their resumes! Library staff will also be on hand to help you out!

Q: Should I do a follow up email with the employers I visit after the fair?
A: Absolutely! If you are interested in working for their company, send them an email, ask to connect with them on LinkedIn (and be sure to tell them where you met!), or even send a handwritten note (this is an especially good idea after an interview!) And make sure you’re following up if the employer outright told you to do so. If they give you a business card and say to email them, do it!

Q: What should I say in an Elevator Pitch?
A: An elevator pitch is an introduction for yourself, but it’s also a means of communicating why you made it a point to talk to that employer. Telling the employer your name, your school and major is important, but also give them some information about your interests, passion, and other experiences, and tell them what interests YOU about their company or position. Again, this takes research ahead of time – make sure you’re well informed so that you can really impress those recruiters!

Pro-Tip

Pro Tip #2: Resume books in Tommie Careers

TommieCareers recently updated the Resume Books section of their website. It is now easier than ever to publish your resume for potential employers to see. We have created a video highlighting the use of resume books but you may find the information below or even the Resume Book PDF Handout helpful as well.

Resume Books are one more way for you to get your name in front of employers with positions to fill. You can include your resume in a related resume book for employers to browse when they contact the Career Development Center.

1. Log into TommieCareers

Go to tommiecareers.stthomas.edu/students and log in using your UST NetID and password. Alumni without a current NetID may request an account for TommieCareers.

2. Upload your Resume

  1. Select the Documents tab and choose Add New.
  2. Label the document and select Resume for Document Type.
  3. Click Browse, choose the correct document from your computer, then click Open (.doc or .docx format recomended).
  4. Click Upload.

Publish your Resume

  1. From the Documents tab, select the Resume Book sub-tab.
  2. From the list of resume books, choose the best one based on your interests. Select your resume from the drop down list on the right. (If you have multiple resumes, this is where having a distinguishing name for each comes in handy.)

You may publish your resume in more than one book as long as you have interest and qualifications.

Removing a Published Resume

Whether you realize you put your resume in the wrong book or you just want to remove it from employer view, you can always remove your resume.

  1. Locate the Documents tab, then the Resume Book sub-tab.
  2. Click on the “X” next to your selected resume.
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Receive email notifications of new positions for On-Campus Interviewing (or any job posting) – #USTCareerProTip

We always suggest logging into our TommieCareers job and internship posting site and setting your email notification preference to “Yes.” This ensures that you receive important announcements such as the Career Scoop and hot job leads targeted towards your area of study.

However, an under-utilized option within TommieCareers is the Search Agent, and it is your ticket to making sure you don’t miss On-Campus Interviewing opportunities as they are posted. Anyone with an account can set up a similar search agent, but only those students who have completed the On-Campus Interviewing Orientation requirement will receive the “Interview” option under “Show Me.”

So, if you’d like to receive automatic notifications of new positions be sure to log in, create a search agent, and schedule it to periodically email you updates!

  1. Under the “Job Listing” menu go to “TommieCareer Listings.”
  2. For “Show Me” select “All Interviews” or “All Interviews I Qualify For” and perform the search.
  3. Use the “Saved Searches” link in the upper right of the results and and enter a name like “OCI Positions.”
  4. Set a frequency to receive emails.

I know there are several steps to this, but once set up it is an invaluable resource to keep up to date with new postings. Each student may set up one or more searches based upon their interests and receive emails automatically without the Career Development Center clogging their email inbox unnecessarily. And again, this isn’t just for On-Campus Interviewing. Leaving the “Show Me” option set to “All” and adjusting other fields will customize the results to meet your specific needs.

For more information about various features of the Career Development Center website visit our Documentation page.

Note that website content updates frequently and the instructions and information above may change. Check our Documentation page for the most up to date information. Thanks to Michael R. for bringing this to my attention.