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10 Things to Know Before a Career Fair

1. Dress the Part

Business professional people! Dress for the job you want, not the job you have. Depending on the industry, dress to standards. Do some research about your industry online, ask the career center, or even a professor for advice. Everyone, wear a fresh face and a smile! 

2. Prepare an Elevator Pitch 

Preparing a 30 second speech about who you are will be great material to get any conversation started, or just to keep one going. Great tidbits of information to include are your class, major/concentration/minor, future career interests, past experiences and maybe even hometown. 

3. Perfect your Resume 

Do you know how long most recruiters take to review an individual resume? On average, they take six seconds. Six seconds to make a lasting impression is difficult! Be sure to polish off your resume by coming into the Career and Professional Development office and speaking with one of our ProReps, or schedule an appointment with a career advisor at www.Gonzaga.JoinHandshake.com. 

4. Research Organizations 

Handshake lists of all the organizations who will be present at the career fair. Peruse it and compile a short list of organizations you are interested in and research them. It will show during your conversations with recruiters if you’ve looked into their current endeavors or organization values. 

5. Know your values 

Going along with #4, know what qualities and values you look for within an organization– and then ask about them! Yes, the career fair is about showing organizations why they want you, but it is also about organizations showing you why you want them! Let the organizations connect with you above and beyond your impressive resume.

6. Update your LinkedIn

Make sure your profile is up to date when researching organizations. You want to ensure your perfected resume and experiences are displayed appropriately on the professional social media platform. After the career fair, connecting with recruiters on LinkedIn is a great way to solidify a relationship and to give a face to the resume you just handed them. Therefore, updating your LinkedIn ahead of time will allow you to simply go in and start connecting right after the career fair while recruiters and conversations are fresh in your mind. If you have not created a LinkedIn, now is your chance—come into Crosby and speak with one of the ProReps any weekday between 1pm and 4pm! 

7. Print Business Cards 

In addition to resumes, business cards are an amazing way to have organizations contact you after a career fair. Get 100 for $5 through the Career and Professional Development office at www.commerce.cashnet.com/GUCPD. Cards take one week to process, so order today! 

8. Prepare Questions 

Have some questions in your back pocket to keep conversations flowing nicely. Some great ones include, “What does the day to day of [said position]?”, or “What is your favorite and least favorite part of working for [said organization]?” 

9. Stay Organized 

When speaking with recruiters, they will hand you flyers and business cards. You also may want to take notes. Make sure you won’t be fumbling with all these materials and bring a portfolio! Typically, portfolios have a notebook area for you to take notes and a folder insert for your resume and any handouts from recruiters. Portfolios look official, sleek, and are super handy! Grab one from the Zag Shop in a pinch. 

10. Be Confident! 

All in all, you are a Zag. Zags are intelligent, professional, and completely employable. The organizations at the career fair know the value of our education and you as an individual. So, walk in with your head high and show the recruiters what Zags are made of! You got this

Need Career Services Help?

Attention GU Students!

Seeking resume or cover letter assistance? 

Need help locating a job or internship? 

Have questions about interviewing or want a mock interview? 

We can help in all these areas and more!

Schedule an appointment on ZagTrax.net today!

Use ZagTrax to Schedule Career Coaching Appointments

  1. Go to ZagTrax.net, choose “Student/Alumni” for user type
  2. Use your Gonzaga user name and password to login
  3. Scroll down, see lower right side of page, click on “Request an Appointment”

ZagTrax.net screenshot for reference:

Weebly

Have any of you Zags out there ever heard of Weebly? Weebly is a free service that allows you to create your own website, whether you want to create a personal blog or even just a site to house your resume and writing samples. It’s actually surprising how easy it is to create a completely unique site through Weebly – there are so many different options to choose from, so it’s simple to personalize the site however you want. All of the themes are extremely modern (plus they’re formatted for phones and tablets, which is just awesome). Basically, Weebly makes blogging easy and accessible anywhere. Not interested in starting a personal blog? No problem! Use Weebly to post your resume and create a site centered around your experience and what you’re proud of to show employers.

Want to see an example of a Weebly page? Check out Greg Talbott’s (2013 Gonzaga University Grad) Weebly Page! Greg did a great job showcasing his talents in an easy-to-read format. Check it out!

First RESUMANIA of the School Year is Sept 5th

First Resumania of the school year is Sept 5th

Resumania

12-1 pm

Crosby #211

The First Thursday of Every Month!

Bring your resume (and cover letter) and enjoy free pizza while the Career Center & GAMP staff review and edit your career documents!

CONNECT EVENT “Careers in Technology” Tues 11/27

Hey Zags! Don’t Miss This GREAT Opportunity to CONNECT with Employers!

Come Hear Industry Advice for Acquiring a TECH Job or Internship!


Tuesday, November 27th

5:30 to 7 p.m.

Foley Library Teleconference Room

 

Speed Mocks Wednesday, Game On

Zags, why attend Speed Mock Interviews? Better yet, why miss the chance to show employers your fantastic skills and abilities, as a trial run, to get all the jitters out?

 

Practice makes perfect – we hear it growing up playing instruments and practicing sports. It’s all about muscle memory. But your brain has muscle memory, too.

 

A study by the Society of Human Resources Management reported that qualifications were less influential when it came to hiring an applicant than interview performance and professionalism.

 

Turn-on those communication skills. They’ll pay off in the long run.

 

Katharine Hansen, Ph.D. writes on Quintessential Careers that “[j]ust one mock interview will result in a marked improvement in your interviewing skills,” says College Grad Job Hunter author Brian Krueger, who recommends going through two such interviews (and, of course, the more you do, the more skilled you will become). For the inexperienced interviewee, mock interviews provide an excellent picture of what to expect.”

 

Think of the STAR (Situation + Task + Action + Result) Method to answer questions. Employers and mock interviewers will be impressed with the thought and depth articulated in the message.

 

The more you articulate a speech or practice an interview, the more successful you will engage your audiences and more likely impress an employer. You learn how to answer difficult with poise and confidence (no ums, buts, whatsoever).

 

Bring up-to-date resumes for these one-on-one opportunities to practice your game plan from Employers and Career Specialists who are there to help and guide your interview skills.

 

Remember, smile, firm handshakes, and eye contact. These actions will make a great first impression. The rest is easy. The ball’s in your court.

Gonzaga Career Center & GAMP hosts Speed Mock Interviews Wednesday, Oct. 3 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Cataldo Globe Room.

RSVP on ZagTrax.net.

Read Quintessential Career’s Tips on interview preparation

Resumania this Thursday 5/3 (last one of the year!)

Today is the day.

dannycg-jump-green-sun-raysYour resume is perfect.  Your elevator pitch is polished.  You are ready to shine and today is the day to prove it.  The Career Center wants to invite you (yes…you!) to our Business & Liberal Arts Career Fair TODAY from 1-5 pm in Jepson.  34 companies have registered and are planning on attending to meet you! There are companies from all over the Pacific Northwest recruiting for both internships and full-time opportunities.  In this economy meeting HR recruiters is a valuable use of your time.

So put that Wii down, jump into the shower and pull out your iron.  (You want to look your best right?)   If you need some last minute coaching on your elevator pitch, networking or even another glance on your resume we have on hand “Resume Doctors” waiting for you at the fair!

No excuses.  Today is the day.

Get Ready to ROCK Campus Career Week: Nov. 5 to Nov. 12

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Next week employers will be flooding our campus! This is your chance to get a jumpstart! Look forward to the Speed Mock Interviews and the Business & Liberal Arts Career Fair! Never been to a Career Fair? Check out How to Rock a Career Fair!

Thursday, November 5

Interview prep workshop: 4pm in the Road to Bali

Monday, November 9

Resume/ Cover Letter Workshop &How to Rock a Career Fair: 7pm in the Road to Bali

Tuesday, November 10

Drop-In Tuesday: Noon in the Career Center

Networking Workshop: 4pm in the Road to Bali

Wednesday, November 11

Resume/ Cover Letter Workshop & How to Rock a Career Fair: Noon in the Road to Bali

Speed Mock Interviews:7pm Lower Crosby

Limited opportunities sign up now! RSVP Careercenter@gonzaga.edu

Thursday, November 12

Business & Liberal Arts Career Fair:  1 to 5pm Jepson Center

Let the Career Center & Employers know you are coming! RSVP at Zagtrax.net.

Fall is Here.

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I love fall.   It is by far my favorite season of all four.  The is something magical about way the world seems to transform  almost overnight.  I cannot think of better things in the world than awakening on a chilly October morning, before the light fog has risen.   With coffee in hand, the world seems to be full of sheer opportunity and possibilities.  The vivid colors of the changing leaves with crispness in the air is a pairing that cannot be matched any other time of the year.   Campus truly seems to come alive as the trees are reminiscent of a 3-year old’s coloring experiment.

Each tree seems to have a different story to tell or a different point of view towards this magical transformation.

Just like how each tree expresses fall differently, so should your approach be in regards to writing your resume. Throw out the idea of using a template and create a document that is a reflection of your personal story and point of view.

Answer the questions: Who are you?  How do you stand out from the crowd?  What is your point of view?

Although daunting, the process of self-discovery will allow for you to gain advantage in both the job and internship hunt on your horizon.

If your resume isn’t reflecting the story you’d like to tell as vividly as possible, come see us here in the Career Center.  Our staff can coach you to develop your resume to perfection.  No resume started?  No problem, we can coach you from start to finish.
To make an appointment, e-mail us at careercenter@gonzaga.edu  or swing by the 2nd Floor of Crosby.   Also, feel free to join us for drop in hours…every Tuesday from 12-1 pm where we have staff on hand to answer any and all career development questions!

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