Fall Job and Internship Fair 2012

As students get back into the swing of things with classes, Career Services is busy getting ready for the Fall Job and Internship Fair.  This is a great event in which to meet area employers to discuss full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities.

The Job and Internship Fair will be held Wednesday, September 26 from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM.  Be sure to prepare for the Fair by updating and printing copies of your resume.  Make an appointment with a Career Services professional if you would like help making sure your resume will stand out to employers.  It is also important to dress appropriately for the Job and Internship Fair.  SKIP THE JEANS!  A pair of neatly ironed dress pants and a button-down shirt with a tie for gentlemen, and a pants suit or knee-length skirt and blouse for ladies is always a safe bet.  Remember conservative business attire will help you appear professional and hirable.  This is the first time you will be meeting with a potential employer and first impressions are key.  For more information on appropriate Job and Internship Fair attire, visit the Career Services webpage and click “Dress for Success.”

There are also several other ways to prepare for the Fall Job and Internship Fair.  The Career Services webpage offers videos and articles from Career Spots that explain anything from making a great first impression to tips on how to successfully pitch yourself to a potential employer and more.  Be sure to check these out!

Welcome Back!

It’s that time of year again! Summer has come to a close and UWGB classes are back in session. Here at Career Services we are getting ready for another amazing year. We have some great events in store that will help put you on a fast track to professional success. Check out Creating a Resume 101, Linked-In, Interviewing Basics, Mock Interview Day, and, of course, the Fall Job and Internship Fair all coming this September. Look for posters around campus and announcements on the Career Services PRO, Facebook, and Twitter pages for more information.

Career Services would also like to remind you that our staff is available for one-on-one appointments to discuss resumes, cover letters, and to answer any other career planning questions you might have. Stop by the office in Student Services 1600 or call 465-2163 to make an appointment.

New this year, students are encouraged to sign up for Phoenix Phanatics, a campus program to earn points towards great rewards. Points can be earned by liking, tagging or tweeting UWGB Facebook and Twitter pages, so be sure to check out the Career Services on Facebook and Twitter. Check out the link at http://phoenixphanatics.socialfanrewards.com/ for more information. There are some great prizes to win including a 42” LCD TV, First Day Class Registration, $400 Phoenix Bookstore credit, PassPoints, and much more. Click the link to sign up and get started earning your points, and don’t forget to like and follow UWGB Career Services! Start earning your points today!!!

Still Undecided?

               Choosing a major is one of the most important decisions of your college experience.  It can also be one of the most difficult and stressful decisions you will make.  But did you know it doesn’t have to be?  UWGB offers so many resources to help you make the right decision for you with as little pressure as possible.  One of the most interesting options is the Career Planning course that is offered every semester.

               Human Development 225 is a rewarding class that offers students the opportunity to explore major and career options through self-evaluation.  A description of the course as described by the syllabus reads: 

This course is designed to help you develop a broad, interdisciplinary perspective on career development, as reflected by the definition presented in the text book: “the total constellation of economic, sociological, psychological, educational, physical, and chance factors that combine to shape one’s career.”  The class sessions and assignments will provide the knowledge and resources necessary for conducting self-assessment, researching occupational and educational options, and establishing goals for career/life planning.

               In the class you will also learn how to understand and apply career development theories, assess your own values, personality, and skill set, explore your academic options, and learn how to make informed career decisions.  The course is worth one credit, has two sections to choose from, and is open to everyone. 

               Register for the Human Development 225 this fall through your SIS account or visit Career Services in SS 1600 for more information!

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!

Assessing Your Future

Imagine you future in a couple of years.  Where do you see yourself?  What kind of job do you have?  Are you happy in this job?  As a college student it is inevitable that you will have to seriously start thinking about your future; it’s right around the corner!  Most likely you are at UWGB to earn a degree that will prepare you for a career.  But do you know about the many different career options that are offered?  Or maybe you are undecided on a major.  Have you looked at the list of majors offered at Green Bay and other schools?  Sometimes it is difficult to know where to start, and when looking through so much information, it can be terribly confusing.  Luckily, there are several tools and websites available that can offer assistance in you search. 

If you are undeclared on your major, chances are you may be feeling overwhelmed when you even think about choosing.  It’s not uncommon, and there are many sites on the web that offer “major assessments.”  One website I came across was mymajor.com.   This site allows you to create an account using your email address, and then take a quiz to determine some possible major options.  The program asks for you to rate the classes you took in high school and also asks you a few work related questions.  The system then calculates your answers and formulates a list of five majors that fit your preferences.  I was interested to see the accuracy of the MyMajor program, so I decided to take the quiz for myself.  I had been seriously considering a degree in Communication, so I was definitely expecting a list of five writing or speaking-oriented majors— English, journalism, public relations, etc.  This was far from true, because I was presented with 1. Chemical Engineer, 2. Metallurgical and Material Science, 3. Mechanical Engineer, 4. Aerospace Engineer and 5. Biological Engineer.  How could that be?  Confused, I took the quiz again, this time really putting extra thought into my responses.  And wouldn’t you know it, 4 out of 5 recommended majors were exactly the same (Foreign Language/Literature replaced Biological Engineer).  I took several other quizzes and they were all different with some common reoccurring themes.  I have to admit that these quizzes have opened my eyes to new possible majors, and I have decided to explore different options before I make a final decision about my major.  I concluded that online quizzes are a good starting point, but they are not always what you would expect.  It’s important to take quizzes that are made by a reputable university or college prep site.  This will help you avoid quizzes with no real logic to them.  Take a few quizzes, but don’t freak out if the recommendations aren’t what you expected.  Just keep an open mind and you may be surprised what you learn about yourself.

If you have decided on a major, or even if you haven’t, and are looking to build or explore career options, then wiscareers.wisc.edu is a great tool to use.  Create a username and password login to access thousands of career profiles including a general overview of the job description, salary, and educational path for each occupation.   It also includes “Hot Occupations,” which are jobs expected to see job openings increase by at least 27% in the next 10 years.  This is a great way to get a sense of what a job is all about and to compare different options.  The descriptions are quite honest and include a section of both pros and cons about the occupation.  If you aren’t sure where to start you occupation search, Wiscareers also offers several career, skill, and values assessments, and uses your responses to generate suggested occupations.  You can then browse through the recommendations and also find out what Wisconsin colleges offer degree programs required for each occupation.  Wiscareers can then link you to any college, university, or tech school in the United States. 

Assessment tools on the internet are numerous, and sometimes pretty confusing.  If you take a few and aren’t sure how to begin applying the responses, it’s always a good idea to make an appointment with a Career Services professional.  They can give you additional advice and steer you in the right direction when it comes to choosing a major and career planning.  Office hours can be found on the Career Services website, by calling (920) 465-2163, or by stopping by SS 1600.  We are always happy to help!

Major Dilemma? Let Career Services Help

               With registration for the spring 2012 semester fast approaching, some students are faced with that all-important (but hair-pullingly stressful) task of declaring a major.  With so many choices, how can one possibly choose?  Human Biology, Political Science, Communications, Education, and Accounting: the list goes on forever!  But don’t worry, because Career Services is here to help guide you on your way to making the decision that is right for you.

               The best place to start your possible major search would be the “Choosing a Major” guide on the Career Services website.  There you can look at the list of majors and minors UWGB has to offer and even print a complete copy of the guide.  This information will help you consider your interests, values and abilities and transform them into a major that fits you.  If you’re not quite sure what a major is or are interested to know what kind of career options are available within that major, you can visit Majortopia, also on the Career Services website.  This page will provide you with in depth information about the major, including necessary skills, possible career paths, and links for even more extensive information. 

               Choosing your major could be one of the biggest and most personal decisions you make during your college career.   It is important that you choose something that helps you get where you want to go, and most importantly, something that you enjoy!  If you aren’t sure where to begin or want to know if you’re on the right track, you can make an appointment with Career Services by calling (920) 465-2163 or stopping by SS 1600.  The Career Services staff members would be happy to talk to you and help you figure out what you want to do with your major and what you intend to get out of it.  They can also tell you more about the Human Development 225 class offered at UWGB.  This is a one-credit course that teaches and prepares you for career planning.

No matter what major you choose, it is a very personal decision.  Only you can make the one that is right for you.  It’s important for you to know that there are many tools offered by UWGB Career Services.  They are there to help you every step of the way!

2011 Job & Internship Fair

In case you didn’t see the countless posters and Facebook and Twitter posts, the Fall Job & Internship Fair was held at UWGB last week on September 28th.  Now, being a first-year student, I really didn’t know what it was all about.  The professionals in the Career Services office were tangibly excited, but the students on the other hand, were terrified.  The idea of walking into a room full of potential employers was almost as scary as meeting up with a band of monsters.  But if there is one thing I learned from watching Scooby Doo it’s that there is always a person behind that mask.  So I set out for the Job & Internship Fair with one goal in mind: to solve the mystery of the Job Fair Scare!

Why are students so intimidated when it comes to interviewing?  Is it the fear of answering a question wrong?  Of being ill-prepared?  These are the questions I asked myself as I began to investigate the topic.  The Career Services website had tons (literally, TONS!) of advice on what to wear, how to sell yourself, and so many other ways to be prepared for the Job Fair, but students were still nervous.  The nerves were even starting to get to me!  At 10:30 AM, I arrived at the Job Fair wearing my best business attire and a brave face (I thought it best to skip the bell-bottoms and ascot).  Not surprisingly, there were no cobwebs, no eerie fog, and NO masked ghouls anywhere.  It didn’t seem like this was going to be as eventful as anything Scooby and the gang encountered, but the mystery was still unfolding…

With my name tag on, I decided to begin my investigation with a little observation.  The Fair was already in full swing: smartly dressed students were everywhere (obviously they checked out Career Services’ “Dress for Success” tips!).  And as I watched the many tentative (and some bolder) students work up the courage to approach the company reps, I wondered, “What are they afraid of?”  “It’s so nerve-wracking,” one girl said.  “They just seem so intimidating.”  The employers at every single booth were standing, smiling, and practically begging to be approached.  Their tables held enticing goodies like candy, snacks, pencils, pens and other free stuff; anything they thought would lure in students.  It was obvious that they wanted to be engaged, but they were waiting for students to make the first move.  When a student approached, the interactions always started the same way: a firm handshake, the exchange of names and the four-word phrase that can make or break you in any job interview—“Tell me about yourself.”   Jinkies!   My first clue!  It was time to dig deeper. 

I wanted to get some insight from employers, so I approached a table for WS Packaging Group, Inc.  I spoke with a representative who told me what she thought the most important thing to do before an interview was.  “I feel that when we read resumes, applicants are not looking at the job description and the qualifications.” She felt it was extremely important to research the position and its requirements before you apply.  Don’t apply for a science-related position if you are an English major that hated your science classes.  A representative from the Wisconsin State Government expressed concern that students and graduates looking for jobs “think they can jump right into an advising position.” Students seem to be so confident in their abilities and eager to climb the career ladder that they forget they do have to start on the bottom rung.  She said they must remember that no matter how smart they are, going from graduation to management is simply not (or at least very rarely) going to happen.  When I asked employers about skills their company was looking for in a potential employee the responses were pretty much what you would expect: communication and writing skills, work ethic, leadership, and education among the most common.  I realize that many students may think that these skills are obvious.  They already know they must possess the vast majority if they even want to be considered for a job.  That’s when I knew I had found my second clue.

I stumbled upon my third clue in a much more subtle way.  There is no doubt that the company representatives are all very good at their jobs and that they know what they are doing, so it’s easy to see why students are intimidated at the thought of speaking to these employers.  But who would be surprised to know that the employers were just as nervous?  It’s true!  When I first approached a booth, I would introduce myself, telling them I was an intern with UWGB Career Services, and ask if they would mind answering a few questions.  Almost immediately, there was a change.  Their eyes widened a little, smiles faltered for just a split-second, and I knew right then that I had made a breakthrough.  I had definitely caught them off guard: most of the representatives came to the Job & Internship Fair to interview students, but in an ironic turn of events, they found themselves in the middle of an interview.  They answered my questions and were very helpful, but I could tell that it was quite unexpected.

At that point I had gathered enough information.  I couldn’t help feeling a little like Velma as I went through my list of clues, but I was definitely ready to solve the Job Fair Scare.  First of all, I wondered, why do employers ask such a broad question to start the interview?  Such openness makes some students very nervous.  They aren’t sure exactly what to say, but above all, they want to avoid rambling.  Employers do this because they want to know about you.  They generally look for the student to speak first at a job fair because their main objective is to get an idea of whether or not you would be right for their company.  The representative is never going to try to embarrass you or make you look stupid.  Just be confident and professional, but most of all, be you. 

Secondly, it is one thing to have the skills employers are looking for, but it is entirely another to actually know what to do with those skills.  A professor in one of my classes once said, “Interviewers are really thinking, ‘I know you have the skills.  So what?  How is it going to help my company?’”  I think this is a really important question that students should ask themselves as they prepare for a job fair or interview.  If you can tell employers a specific example of how you can help their company, it is a much more impressive answer and will definitely help you stand out.

Finally, the third, and I feel most important thing I learned at the Job and Internship Fair, is that everyone is nervous about being interviewed!  Even professionals that are very knowledgeable about their field and position are susceptible to the butterflies and stutters that come with this natural fear of speaking publically.  It’s important for you as a future job applicant to realize that it is natural to feel a bit on edge—everybody does!  No matter if you’re eighteen, twenty-two, or forty-three, the nerves get to us all.  This doesn’t mean we have to let it get the best of us, and miss important opportunities:  no, it just means that we can recognize the nervousness and easily learn to push it aside.

So, jinkies, that’s that!  Mystery solved.  There were no ghosts, goblins, or monsters running booths at the Job and Internship Fair; just normal professional people with the same emotions as students.  So now that all of your fears are put to rest, start your own job search today!  Go to http://www.uwgb.edu/careers/skills/job-search.asp to get started!

Go Government Webinar Series

Have you considered a career in the federal government?  According to a recent report from the Partnership for Public Service, opportunities for employment are high as an estimated 60,000 federal workers are expected to retire in 2011.  This leaves federal agencies with the task of attracting young, skilled, and educated individuals to replace these retirees.  If they are to maintain the high level of performance required to run the government, job seekers must understand what federal agencies are really looking for.

UWGB Career Services is offering three Go Government webinars in October to any students interested in learning about careers with the federal government.  From finding the right federal job/internship to applying and interviewing, these webinars will provide useful insight into this exciting and competitive field.  Thousands of positions are available in agencies such as Veterans Affairs, Department of Agriculture, Homeland Security, and many more.  These webinars are designed to help students match positions to their specific skill set and subsequently prepare them for the federal application process.  By using the site USAJOBS.gov, you can also find a search feature that allows you to browse positions by agency, geographical location, or occupation.  For each posting, a description of the job and the educational/training requirement are posted, as well as estimated salary and number of promotional opportunities.  This is a great way to do research before the webinars to get an idea of what federal jobs may be right for you.

The Go Government webinars will be held October 4th, 12th, and 20th.  You can attend any or all of them, and no registration is required.  For information about location and session times, please visit the Career Services Events Calendar.

Another webinar for those interested in public service careers will also be offered in the month of October.  How to Do Well While Doing Good: A College Student’s Guide to Socially Responsible Careers, presented by Donald Asher, will be held on October 13th.

Contact Career Services if you have any questions!