Spring Job & Internship Fair

It’s that time of year again!  The Spring Job and Internship Fair is right around the corner on Wednesday, March 7, 2012.  You may be wondering, “What is the best way to prepare for it?”  Well, there are a few simple things you should do to make sure you are absolutely ready for the Job and Internship Fair. 

First of all, you are going to want to make sure your resume is updated.  A good resume is paramount to the job search.  It is the first glance that an employer will get of your background and credentials, so you want it to be neat and tidy.  You want to make sure you include your most recent employer and possibly take out any information that may be irrelevant.  For help with your resume you can find helpful information on the Career Services website, or you can always schedule an appointment with a Career Services professional.  They can guide you step by step; making sure everything is in order and giving you useful suggestions on how you can improve the professional appearance of your resume.  Once you have your resume in tip-top shape, you should print off several copies to hand out to the employers you speak to at the Job Fair.

The second thing you should do is to make sure you have appropriate professional attire.  It is important to remember that the Job Fair is just like a job interview: you want to make the best first impression possible.   Here are a few of the basic tips on professional attire.

For guys…

  • Wear nice dress pants that are clean and pressed with a buttoned up shirt and tie.
  • Choose a solid-color button down shirt that is wrinkle-proof.
  • If you can’t afford a suit, purchase a single-breasted, black, two-button blazer that will go with several of your dress pants.
  • Black leather laced shoes are another “must have” that can be worn with a variety of outfits.

And for ladies…

  • If you don’t own a suit, you could wear a skirt (knee length or below) with a sweater set or nice blouse.
  • Avoid heels unless you need the height and are comfortable wearing (and walking!) in them. Remember – closed-toed shoes.
  • Ideally, blouses should not reveal any cleavage or undergarments (bra straps, etc.).

It is important for everyone to remember that as a general rule, jeans are a no!  If you are having trouble figuring out what to wear, always err on the side of caution and go for being over-dressed.  Also, be sparing with make-up, perfumes, and colognes.  More information can be found on the UW-Green Bay Career Services’ website.

Once you have your resume finalized and your outfit picked out, the last thing you should do is do your homework!  Research the companies that will be at the Job and Internship Fair and get to know a little bit about the ones you would like to speak with.  It is a great way to make a good impression and you will be more relaxed knowing you will have something to talk about with the employers.  The company representatives will also be impressed that you took the time and effort; just another way to stand out in the crowd!  A full list of the employers attending can be found on the PRO website – and if you log into PRO, you can view all of the information submitted by the employers, including informatino about their organization and the types of positions which they are hiring.  There are 66 employers signed up to attend so you will have many diverse options.

So don’t forget to mark your calendars for March 7th, 2012.  Get your resumes ready, get out your pants suits and sports coats, and brush up on your interview skills.  The Spring Job and Internship Fair 2012 is almost here!

Business Week 2012

     If you have been in the Career Services Office lately you might have noticed a buzz of excitement.  That’s because we are currently getting ready for Business Week, coming February 27th through March 7th.  This is an opportunity for students of ALL majors to explore areas in business, particularly the job search.  With many events, there is sure to be something for everyone.

     Business Week kicks off on February 27th with a special LinkedIn Speaker.  Some students may have heard of this social media site that aids in the job search, but far fewer utilize it.  UWGB Career Services is excited to welcome Dana VanDen Heuvel, a renowned blogger, author, and speaker to our Business Week festivities.  VanDen Heuvel is the founder of The MarketingSavant, a business-to-business marketing firm specially designed to use social media to promote business and hiring.  She will demonstrate the usefulness of the LinkedIn site and its benefits as a new, interactive marketing trend.  The event is free to all students and runs from 12:00pm to 1:30pm on Monday, February 27th in the Phoenix Room B.

     The second event to look forward to is the Dine Like a Professional Etiquette Lunch.  This event will give students the unique chance to speak with UWGB alumni and community members and develop professional table manners.  The free event will be led by registered dietitian and Associate Director of Dining Services at St. Norbert College, Matthew Doyle.  Doyle will share his insight on professional dining and proper etiquette.  Students must pre-register by noon on February 21st for this event.  Students will be charged $15 if they do not attend or fail to cancel registration before February 21st.  To register click on the following link, http://www.uwgb.edu/careers/skills/etiquette-program.asp.   Professional attire is highly recommended.

     Wednesday, February 29th begins bright and early with the Mock Interview Day.  This event will help students brush up on their interviewing skills by meeting for 20 minutes with a professional from various Green Bay area businesses.  It is a no-risk setting that allows students to get tips and feedback about their interview style and how effectively they communicate their strengths and qualifications.  Registration is required for the Mock Interview Day and you also must have a resume loaded onto the PRO website.  Time slots are available from 8:00am to 4:30pm and will be given on a first-come, first-served basis, so don’t wait!  Register today!

  1. Navigate to www.uwgb.edu/careers to access PRO.
  2. Your username is your UW-Green Bay 9-digit campus ID number in this format: uwgb_123456789
    Your password is your birth date in this format: ##/##/## – (2 digit month/2 digit date/ 2 digit year)
  3. Go to “Campus Interviews” and click on Schedule ID# 402- Mock Interview Day for February 29, 2012.
  4. Click on a session to view the available time slots. Click “Sign Up” to submit your resume and select a time slot. There are multiple sessions; you may need to view several sessions to find a time slot that works with your schedule.
  5. You MUST have a resume uploaded into PRO to sign up for a mock interview.
  6. The deadline to sign up for a mock interview is 11:59 p.m. on February 26.

     And if you want to know what employers are really looking for in a potential employee, you’re not going to want to miss Insider Tips on the Job Search From Area Employers on March 5, 2012.  A panel of experts including, Tonia Gibeault (Senior Human Resource Specialist, ACUITY), Linda Johanek (HR Professional and Adjunct Instructor), Cassandra Anick (HR/Sales Capability Associate, Frito-Lay/PespiCo), and Geoffrey Rullend (Human Capital Leader, Humana), will take your questions on anything from resumes and interviewing to networking.  The program will be held from 12:00pm to 1:15pm in the Phoenix Room B.

     Business Week will wrap up with the Spring Job and Internship Fair on Wednesday, March 7th.  Dress professionally and don’t forget to bring your resume! You can find more information and RSVP the Business Week events by Liking the Career Services Facebook page.  If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact Career Services, SS1600, or at (920) 465-2163.  Hope to see you all at Business Week 2012, and remember it is open to ALL students!