Here are the top three reasons why you should consider attending this year:
- Tours specifically designed for Gonzaga students at industry leaders in both Silicon Valley and San Francisco.
- Insight to recruiting and hiring processes for both internship and full-time positions.
- Networking opportunities with key alumni and friends of Gonzaga.
- Silicon Valley Excursions will take place March 11th with visits to Google, McAfee and Stryker Endoscopy
- San Francisco Excursions will take place on March 12th with visits to: Wells Fargo, Marsh, Blue Shield of California, Deloitte, Baker Street Advertising
Cost: $35 per day or $60 for both Treks. If you refer a friend to join you on the Trek you receive a $10 cash referral bonus!
Bay Trek Registration Deadline is Quickly Approaching!
Deadline for registration and payment is Friday, March 5th
To register, simply go to: https://gonzaga-csm.symplicity.com/events/BAT2010
If you have questions or concerns regarding this amazing career development opportunity, please contact the GAMP office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 313-4048.
We hope you join us for the 3rd Annual Bay Area Trek!
- Find and meet the companies you planned to contact with.
- Greet recruiters with confidence, enthusiasm, and focus.
- Use a firm handshake, smile and maintain eye contact.
- Take business cards with the intention of using them for follow up!
- Interview with as many companies as possible, even if you don’t know much about the company.
- Approach it as a learning experience.
- Take notes of recruiters you interviewed with and ask the best way to follow-up.
- Avoid eating, drinking and smoking around the recruiters.
Event Details: TODAY, 2-6 pm
Who: All students and alumni of Gonzaga, Eastern, Whitworth and WSU Spokane
Why: 71 Employers who want to meet and potentially recruit you! Need a better reason than that?
Do you need a parking permit for the event? Go here!
Tomorrow is the 16th Annual Partnership in Employment Fair. To get you prepped and excited, check out these very easy tips to be confident on the day of!
Event Details: Wed. February 24th, 2-6 pm
Where: Spokane Convention Center (Parking Vouchers available, swing by the Career Center!)
Who: All students and alumni of Gonzaga, Whitworth, Eastern and WSU Riverfront
Why: There are 71 employers registered to attend the Partnership Fair. (This is worth your time to attend!!)
Before The Fair
Before any career fair, you need to spend some time preparing. The provided list of employers is the best place to start. By researching which companies will be there, you can prepare to speak with companies in your career field. If you know that there is a company hiring for a position you may be qualified for, you have the opportunity to tailor your rèsumè and show up fully prepared to speak with the recruiter.
- Research the companies in attendance that interest you the most. Read news, press releases and websites.
- Prepare good questions that exemplify your knowledge about the company.
- Update and polish your rèsumè. Bring plenty of copies to the career fair.
- Prepare a “presentation style” or “short self-commercial” which markets your skills and talents to the recruiter setting you apart from the crowd.
- Dress in business attire.
Curious who is joining us tomorrow (all 71 employers) go here.
Think you missed the boat when registering for the 2010 Seattle and Portland Treks? Think again. Although space is becoming limited on some excursions (which have gone to a waitlist), there is still space available for excursion in both Portland and Seattle. There are still spaces available on the following excursion pairings.
- Columbia Sportswear/Widmer Brothers
- Expeditors Intl & Accenture
- Xversity & Amazon.com
- Starbucks & Experience Music Project
Curious what some of these companies have been up to recently? Through the magic of Google News, I was able to pull up snap shots of the Portland companies to give you all examples of their recent news-worthiness. (I can guarantee you that the companies in Seattle will also have similar news articles… give it a shot.)
The final deadline for registration for the 2010 Treks is next Monday Dec. 28th.
To register, go to the following link: https://gonzaga-csm.symplicity.com/events/TREKS2010.
Columbia Sportswear News:
· Dec. 17, 2009 Helping hands help others
· Dec. 16, 2009: Wednesday’s Wall Street roundup
· Dec. 10, 2009: Oregon’s most admired companies named
Widmer Brothers News:
- Are other schools participating? Nope! This event is exclusive to current Gonzaga students only.
- What does the $35 cover? Transportation to excursion sites as well as lunch and food at networking social.
- Do you provide transportation from Spokane to Portland/Seattle? Unfortunately, at the time we do not. Contact the GAMP office to placed on a list for ride share though.
- Where should I park? Portland: Park at the DoubleTree hotel at Lloyd Center. Seattle: Park near Fx McRory’s (where social will be) then take public transportation/cab to Washington Athletic Center.
- What should I wear? ¡Professional attire as though you were going on an interview. (Yes, this includes pulling out an iron.) Wear shoes that are dressy, but comfortable to walk in.
- Is lodging in Portland/Seattle provided? No, but contact GAMP office for reduced rates at partner hotels. Also, consider staying with friends/family.
- I am a liberal arts major, why should I attend? Regardless of your major, the education and networking opportunities the Trek provides ares universal.
- Why should a freshman attend?To get a snapshot at these companies now, rather than later, gives you a competitive edge in the future.
Space is becoming very limited for the 2010 Seattle & Portland Treks. If you are still on the on the fence about attending this year, I’d recommend making a decision fairly quickly.
The link to register is: https://gonzaga-csm.symplicity.com/events/TREKS2010.
Amy Walker, Coordinator of Parent and Family Programs and Non-Traditional Student Initiatives of the Office of Parent and Family Programs, interviewed me regarding why employers want to meet Gonzaga students, especially on when it comes to yes, the Treks.
To check out Amy’s Parent Blog you can view it by going to: http://blogs.gonzaga.edu/parents/
Ahh… Thanksgiving dinner. A banquet table of food set where friends and family gear up for the feast. Typically in preparation for the big annual event, some people will actually limit the pre-Thanksgiving meals as a way to preparing for the dinner. Or wear their favorite (and comfy) sweatpants for extra room. Don’t giggle, you know it’s true!
Now, this is when I am going to suggest a whole new idea in getting ready for turkey dinner with Aunt Mildred and Grandpa Fred. When they turn to you with the probable question of, “What are you doing after graduation?” Instead of getting sheepish and asking for more mashed potatoes, what if you had a confident and smart reply?
For example, your response can be, “Well, I am planning on attending a program Gonzaga sponsors called the Trek which brings GU students and leaders in top companies in Seattle & Portland together. I’ll get an edge on job/internship hunting, networking all while learning about corporate culture.” (Your reply doesn’t have to be exactly like this, but it gives you the right idea…)
For talking points with family and friends, ten facts of the Treks that will impress everyone!
- Portland is in it’s 8th year and Seattle is in it’s 10th.
- Majority of the excursions are hosted by fellow ZAGS. Who better to tell you recruiting secrets than a zag?
- In tough economies, networking is the key that opens the door. Treks help you get started at top companies.
- Corporate excursions are exclusively for Gonzaga students only. (We get requests from Ducks, Beavers, Huskies and Cougars but the answer is always no.)
- Learning how to conduct research on companies is a critical job hunting skill.
- The Women’s Symposium in Seattle brings together top female leaders with current students to give insight towards career development.
- Need to polish your networking skills? This is your chance to deliever your elevator pitch.
- Curious what a corporate culture is really like? Check out what it’s like to work Nordstrom, Starbucks, Nike, adidas and MORE.
- Keynote speakers in both cities are the best of the best.
- Good food and good networking with alumni and friends of Gonzaga. What more do you need?
If you missed last week’s info session for the 2010 Portland & Seattle Treks, not to worry. There are two sessions planned for Dec. 1st, Noon (Road to Bali, Crosby) and 7pm (Jepson).
Curious what the Treks are all about? Want to know exactly what the corporate visits entail? Or how to prepare for visiting headquarters? Come join us for a Trek 4-1-1 Session allowing you to get all of your questions answered regarding the upcoming Portland & Seattle Treks.
Ready to register? Go to: https://gonzaga-csm.symplicity.com/events/TREKS2010.
From all the staff here at the Career Center, a very Happy & Safe Thanksgiving!!
It can only take a few minutes for two people to click. During speed dating, prospective partners hop from one table to another hoping to find that spark. Yes, it’s terrifying, nerve-racking, and more than a little exciting. What can be even more emotional is not sitting across from a potential first date, but across from someone that will critique your experience, evaluate your character, and decide whether are not you are right for their company. No need to prematurely wave a white flag.
Come to the Career Center’s Speed Mock Interviews tonight at 7pm and get some practice sitting and talking with someone that could change your career as opposed to your lonely Saturday nights.
Make sure to RSVP at email@example.com or stop by 2nd Floor of Crosby!
Yes, I am still in the rainy (but beautiful) Emerald City of Seattle working with employers in finalizing the details of the 2010 Treks.
Before I announce the newest participant, I have to share a little “fun” fact about myself: I love Michael Jackson music. I do. His music is always fun to dance to and no matter what “mood” I am in, I always get cheered up. That is why I was left speechless when I actually got to see his glove in person. Where, you might be wondering did I spot this piece of Pop Culture history? At our newest excursion host: The Experience Music Project.
This excursion will include a tour of the museum along with Q&A from panelists answering what it really looks like to work for a non-profit. All majors are encouraged, especially HR, Public Relations, Marketing, Education as the EMP has internships within those fields. Not in those fields of study? That’s okay, EMP would also be happy to meet with an interest in non-profit, event planning or development.
Registartion begins this Friday! Stay tuned for more details.
Note: Corporate excursions are made available exclusively for Gonzaga students (both undergraduate and graduate levels). Alumni and friends of the university are encouraged to attend the networking social as well as the Career Fair. More information to come.