Get Organized for the Career Fair this LDW

There’s a 3 day weekend on the horizon … which means plenty of time to prepare for the Career Fair on Wednesday, September 7th!  Career Fair Pro, Hallie, offers more tips on ensuring a successful Career Fair.

And so it begins… CAREER FAIR PREP SEASON! With the career fair less than a week away (Wednesday September 7th), it’s time to finally sit down and figure out how you’re going to land your dream job. Here are some quick tips for adding those finishing touches to your resume and your elevator speech—and how you’ll avoid showing up to the fair completely clueless.

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Resume Tips/ Tricks

  • Always list your events in chronological order with your most recent events at the top. Along with this idea, make sure all the internships and clubs that you are currently still involved in are written in the present tense, and all experiences that you have done in the past are in the past tense.

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  • At the top of your resume, there should be a unique header that includes your name, address, phone number, and email. If you ever need to submit a cover letter along with your resume, your cover letter should use this same header layout.
  • Make sure all of your experiences include the company/organization you worked for, the position you held, the time frame you worked there, and the city and state in which you worked. With regards to writing dates, it’s fine if you just include the month and year of your start to the month and year of your finish. For example, September 2015 – April 2016.
  • Dates and cities should be aligned to the right side of your page.
  • Don’t be afraid to mess around with the margins of your resume. But at the same time, you still want there to be a solid border of white around the whole page.  1/2″ margins around the page should be the minimum.
  • ALWAYS use black ink and print your resumes a few days in advance. You want to make sure you have at least one resume per company you plan to visit, along with five to seven extras. The Resource Room in the Union has resume paper available for a small fee, but can often run out close to the career fair date.
  • For more information on preparing your resume, review the Office of Career Management’s Resume Guide.

Elevator Speech Preparation

  • Your elevator speech will include the key points about yourself that will help start off your conversation with the recruiter. Career fairs and interviews are your time to boast about yourself, so don’t be afraid to let companies know the amazing things you’ve done!
  • Start off with a friendly hello and a firm handshake – no dead fish!

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  • Introduce yourself by stating your name, year in school, and major. Feel free to also list some of the organizations you are involved in on campus, as well as some of your past internship experiences. Even include how they may relate to the company you are speaking with.
  • Sometimes the recruiter will then turn it into a conversation and start asking you some questions about yourself, but if that doesn’t happen, don’t be afraid to continue leading the conversation and maybe ask a question of your own.
  • Companies want to know that you did your research. If you’ve seen something in the news about them recently, feel free to mention it!  Make sure it is a positive comment!
  • Lastly, direct the conversation towards the programs they might offer. If you’re a freshman or a sophomore, and they say they’re only looking at juniors, don’t be afraid to ask what your next steps should be, or what you can do in the next year or so to work towards a position with that company.

Remember, career fairs are all about networking. Ask for business cards when you’ve enjoyed your conversation with the recruiter and follow up by emailing those contacts afterwards. Although you might not always directly get an internship or job, the career fair can often set you up for a great opportunity in the future!

The First Step in Succeeding at the Career Fair is Preparation

With the Career Fair quickly approaching, Career Fair Pro, Amanda, offers advice on preparing for the Big Event!

Whether you are a senior and have attended multiple career fairs or a freshman just starting out, it is totally normal to have some anxiety about the event. The Fisher Career Fair is a great way to jump start your job and internship search. Here are some tips to help you prior to the event to make you as prepared and confident as possible!

Company Research

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A great way to start off your company research is by checking out Fisher Connect. If you have not already done so, be sure to create a profile and upload an updated version of your resume. Next, you can check out all of the companies that are going to be attending the career fair by clicking on “Career Events”, as seen below, and selecting “Fisher Fall Career Fair 2016”. From here you will be able to view all of the employers attending. Each employer has a profile which gives information about who they are, the industry they operate in, what positions they are hiring for, and majors they are looking at. I suggest looking at multiple companies in varying industries.

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Company Websites

After you have looked at the companies you are interested in, the next step is to research the company on their website. This will give you more information on their specific programs for post-graduation opportunities such as rotational programs or what their internship program consists of. This research is key for communicating with recruiters at the career fair so that you can reference and ask about their company specific programs. It would also be helpful to do some research on the company in general for instance: How did the company perform last quarter? Have there been any recent mergers or acquisitions? This information will show to the recruiter that you have an interest in the company or industry as a whole.

Preparing to Interact with a Recruiter

Think about your introduction and practice it many times before the career fair.  Start with your first name, year, major, a brief explanation of past work experience or campus involvement, and why you are interested in the company. Try to make this introduction concise because the recruiter will inquire for more information if they would like. Practice is important! Practice in front of a mirror and aloud. It will even be helpful to practice in front of a roommate or friend. Be sure to speak clearly and make eye contact, this indicates to the recruiter that you are confident in who you are and that you are qualified to work for them. Always remember to give a firm handshake.

Preparing to Attend the Career Fair

First, print off more resumes than you think you will need. At least 5 more than the number of companies you have on your list to visit. Second, look at a map of where the companies will be located and make a route. It may be helpful to start off by going to the company you are least interested in to be prepared for the companies you are really interested in. Third, plan your time accordingly. With lines and walking from company to company, be sure to allot plenty of time to attend. Lastly, bring you BuckID to get in and $1 for book bag check. You should only have your pad folio full of resumes with you during the event.

Dress for Success

The dress code is business professional, so dress to impress. This means a suit. Make sure it is clean before the day of the event. Men should wear a nice shirt and tie combo and be sure to match your belt to your shoes! Ladies be sure to wear a nice blouse under your jacket and comfortable shoes. You may want to pull your hair back to you are not tempted to twirl or play with it while talking to a recruiter. Most importantly wear a smile and let your personality shine!

 

Good Luck!

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Locking Down an Interview Before the Career Fair

With the Career Fair quickly approaching, Career Fair Pro, Luis, provides alternative tips to meeting with recruiters prior to the “big event.” 

Career Fairs can sometimes be scary; the long lines, recruiters and a professional suit that just doesn’t feel right on you. A room full of students looking for the exact same opportunities that you are. It is not a walk in the park. However, finding a job does not need to be as hard as this, especially if you are interested in working at a Fortune 100, Bank or Big 4. Would you believe me if I told you that you could have an interview locked down even before the career fair comes? Well it is possible.

The Background

While Ohio State is one of the biggest undergraduate business schools in the nation, it is constantly placing high in rankings. This combination is ideal for companies looking to recruit in the Ohio area, as these can find both high quality and vast amounts of quantity of good potential new hires. It is not a surprise then that a survey conducted by Bloomberg shows Fisher as the 7th most preferred school for recruiters in the nation. For these exact same reasons, recruiters cannot afford to limit their recruiting efforts to the career fair. They are aware that only one day a semester is not enough to find their new recruits. Because of this, companies compile a list of students that they will be sending interview invitations even before the career fair day comes. The career fair thus becomes just another opportunity for companies to interact with students, but it is not THE opportunity.

How it Works

These companies spend extensive resources into getting to know students outside career fairs; student organizations, case competitions, company workshops, and Fisher’s special programs, such as Industry Clusters, Emergent Consultants, and Fisher Futures, are just a few examples of events where companies try to reach out to students. In fact, as President of the Hispanic Business Student Association, I am constantly meeting with recruiters that are interested in attending our meetings so that they can interact with students. One of our members, for example, met JPMorgan Chase during one of our spring meetings and was later invited to a networking session in their Polaris Office.

Make it to the List

Making it to the list is not any easier than it would be at the career fair. You will still need a competitive GPA, some level of leadership experiences, and a professional attitude. However, you will not feel the same pressure as you would at the career fair, as far less students attend this networking/student organization events and you have plenty of time to share your story. If you attend more than one event where a given company is present, eventually they will start to recognize you, and by the time you see them at the career fair, you will be greeted personally.

Visit FisherU and read This Week in Schoenbaum to make sure you know when companies come around!

HR Interview & Resume Tips

Hi Everyone! I wrote this post about 2 weeks ago but wasn’t able to post it. Hopefully this will work now! Last week HR had a Resume & Interview Workshop where all of the interns got to ask about any questions we had. So below I’ve listed 10 things HR mentioned that I think are very important, hope you think the same!

1. Cover letters: Only submit a cover letter for two reasons. 1) The employer specifically asks for one. Most of the time they have at least 200 applications for one position. They barely have enough time to skim your resume, yet alone read a whole cover letter. 2) You have to explain something they might not understand about you from your resume. For example, if you are moving to a new state because of your family, they can better understand why you are applying to that location.
2. Company Culture: Ask and be observant about the company culture while interviewing. If each person you interview from one company describes the culture in a drastically different way, it is probably not a good sign. Find a place to work that you would fit in and enjoy! Make sure to look at their social media to get an insight of the atmosphere!

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3. Career Fairs: When approaching a company at a career fair, make sure that you have done your research. Come prepared with questions and know what you are looking for in an internship. Obviously you want a job, but be specific and confident!

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4. Free stuff: When at a career fair and a recruiter offers you some free swag, always take it and say thank you! The recruiters don’t personally pay for the swag and they brought it there for you. Be excited and grateful. Also, don’t throw the gifts away in the trash at the fair. People from HR are everywhere and will remember if they see you trashing everything you just took!

5. Resume: First off, you probably don’t need an objective statement. Your objective is to get the job you’re applying for. An objective statement is probably just taking up space where you could write more about your experience.
6. Tailoring: If have a lot of experience make sure to tailor your resume. For example, if you are applying for an internship at DSW make sure to include your experience as a sales associate in a store. If you are applying to a bank, add some extra bullets under your VP Finance position for your student org. But always remember if you are applying to many companies at once, don’t write the wrong company name! No one at Deloitte wants to hire someone who writes in their email how much they would love to work at PWC. Always proof read!
7. Salary: Looking for a full time job and want to ask for a higher starting salary? HR at DSW said this isn’t rude, it actually shows how much you want to make this position work. Instead of accepting an okay job with a good offer, you want their job and are finding a way to get it. Just make sure to be respectful, they still have the right to say no. I suggest looking at Fisher Career Data Central, so you can bring in documentation of what other Fisher students of your major are earning after graduation. This is great to show how you have done your research!

8. Be transparent: If you have other offers, don’t lie to your potential employer. They appreciate transparency and might even expedite an offer if they think you might go to another company!
9. LinkedIn: HR told us that they look at 80-90% of candidates LinkedIn profiles. What does that mean for you? Make sure your profile is always updated! A great thing about LinkedIn is that you can go into much greater detail than you would normally do on a 1-page resume.
10. Reach out: Curious about a position? Connect with someone in Recruiting at the company you are interested in. HR at DSW said they get requests and messages all of the time on LinkedIn and many times even set up exploratory conversations with potential new hires.

*Fun Fact: DSW has the BEST food! Their cafeteria is amazing and has tons of options for breakfast and lunch everyday. It has great prices and some of the best melty chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had!

**Tip of the day: Write what you do! You don’t have to start a blog or anything, just make a bulleted list in your phone of any tasks or projects you complete. This will come in handy when you update your resume and LinkedIn profile!

***Embarrassing moment: I have a confession to make…I have an irrational fear of birds. Their beady little eyes and ability to fly out of nowhere is terrifying. Anyway, I arrived at the parking lot at DSW the other day and saw a bird on the car across from mine. Getting ready to run inside away from the bird, it then flew onto my driver’s side mirror and stared at me for 5 straight minutes. The bird refused to move even after me blasting my music and honking my horn. Yes, I realize I sound slightly crazy, but it was staring into my soul!

So I backed out of my spot and it flew onto the hood of my car. I then proceeded to drive around the parking lot and it stayed on my hood like I was its ride! I was going to be late, so I parked, crawled through my car and went out the passenger’s side door. My day started with me defeated by a bird and praying no one saw what just happened.

Also, that bird has since come back to my car 5 times this summer! I’m not joking. I think I need a restraining order.

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Internship Reflection & Advice

Next week I will finish my work here, after which I will be back to Ohio State to finish my curriculum and dedicate the rest of my time there to the Ambassador program, DSP, the Finance department as a tutor and my chapter of ALPFA HBSA. I will be coming back with an offer from PwC, to work in the banking and capital markets industry of the auditing service line. My networking efforts culminated today with an interview with the Private Equity Valuation group of the firm, which I was able to obtain because of referrals from a mentor of mine and my CFA exam successful results. I am leaving New York knowing that the growth opportunities within this city, within this PwC office itself, are very extensive. I am leaving knowing that I am a lucky person, since not only do I enjoy what I study, but I also was able to find a job in the emblematic city of NY with it.
Looking back at this internship, I can tell you that auditing is more about business processes, regulation, and corporate governance than it is about accounting. At least that is the way it is in Manhattan. It is necessary to know accounting, as the audit goal is to trace the source of every financial statement item line in a 10-k to its point of origin (at a very high level). But I can also tell you that there is not as much math or market awareness as I would like there to be in my career going forward. Regardless, because of the continuous growth in regulation from part of the SEC, FINRA, FED, and other agencies, the regulatory and financial background acquired in this position are highly searched for in the banking and corporate world. Getting into a big 4 in NYC is also easier than landing a front office role at a financial institution, and you learn more than you would at back office. I plan to accept my offer, keep learning throughout my academic career, and start studying for the CFA level 2 now.

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Now I want to leave a piece of advice. If you want something, go and get it. There is no such thing as something being “hard”, every objective has a price, and is up to you to the math and see if you are willing to pay that price. It may mean long hours of study, trips to other cities to network with employees from companies you are interested, or simply maintaining a 4.0 GPA to just be considered for the same position that someone from a private school may be with a 3.5. Whatever it is, if you really want it, then just go for it. If it seems hard and you want to quit, then there is a good chance that that is not what you really want to do with your life, which would signal that you need to go back to the white board.