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Land Your Dream Job at the Fall Career & Internship Fair

With school finally being in full swing, it’s time to get out those planners and start planning out ttb10316your events for the fall. With doing so, make sure to add in the Fall Career and Internship Fair, occurring October 7 from 12:00p.m. to 3 p.m. in the SECU Arena. With over 200 employers, the fair is the perfect opportunity to explore various career options, network with professionals in your field and potentially land that dream job you’ve always wanted!

If you’re a senior you may be thinking that it is way too early to start job hunting; the reality is that it’s NOT. Many employers (particularly big businesses) look to hire for entry-level positions and internships as early as a year before they want you to start. You don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to work for your dream company by choosing to wait until the spring. By choosing to attend the fall fair you will also be avoiding the rush of students who will be scrambling to get a job in the spring to prepare for after graduation. The time is NOW, so make sure to attend.

Not sure how to properly prepare? The first step to being prepared for the fair is to determine your strengths as an individual. By discovering your strengths you will feel more confident in yourself while engaging in conversation at the fair and will be better able to discuss how you can add value to a potential employer’s company. StrengthsQuest is a quick and easy way to determine your strengths and is available for free to all Towson University students. 103163

Once you have determined your strengths through StrengthsQuest, it is important to incorporate them into your 30-second commercial. Your 30-second commercial should be a flexible statement that answers the request of “tell me about yourself.” It is basically a brief summary of your background, accomplishments, and strengths you have obtained via work experience, community involvement, etc. Use the 30-Second Commercial Worksheet (PDF) to best prepare your mini-presentation and always remember to PRACTICE for the big day.

Once it’s the big day of the fair, always make sure to dress to impress! Professional attire is extremely important so that potential employers take you seriously and know that you are taking the event seriously as well. When in doubt, always lean towards the more conservative side with clothing choices. The Professional Attire Worksheet (PDF) is a great resource to reference when deciding what to and what not to wear.

Lastly, make sure to have 10-15 copies of your up-to-date resume with you at the fair and try to research companies you are looking to talk to ahead of time so that you can impress thettb103164m with your knowledge of their company (employers love this). Most importantly, have fun when you are at the fair! The employers attending are friendly individuals who simply want to learn more about you and what you can bring to their company.

Ditch the nerves at the door and be confident and proud of your hard work during your time at TU!

Kelly Zindel

Career Center Marketing Intern

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Do You Have the Experience Needed to Launch Your Career?—Get Started Today

MCC Career Fair
It’s that time of the year again! No, I’m not referring to the Super Bowl, rather the time of year when you can find the perfect internship to launch your career.

For me, my internship was a wonderful and helpful experience which allowed me to gain valuable skills along with the reassurance of knowing I enjoy my chosen career path. At the start of my senior year I began an internship with BrickHouse Books Inc., a small publishing press where I gained experience in different areas of publishing, including writing for social media and editing manuscripts. While I found my internship through my department’s website, I used many resources from the Career Center, such as a resume and cover letter review. After reflecting on my internship experience, I now realize how valuable it was for my career path. Not only do I now know what I want to do, but I also gained experience that makes me more marketable to employers.

There are many ways to begin searching for the perfect internship or job, and lucky for you, a major resourceMCC Logo is coming up…the MCC Career Fair Friday, Feb. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Towson Center. This is an amazing opportunity to meet and network with over 130 employers from many different industries and organizations, including the Baltimore Orioles, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Northrop Grumman, Teach for America, and World Relief. To get the scoop on all the organizations attending the fair, check out the directory. There are opportunities for all majors, so don’t miss your chance to hand out your resumes and begin talking with employers about internship and job opportunities.

If you are reading this and start to freak out, don’t worry! Below are a couple of tips to help make sure you are prepared for the fair!

1. Make sure your resume is top-notch! If you haven’t polished up your resume lately, now’s the time to stop by the Career Center. You can make an appointment to meet with an advisor, or come in for a brief consultation during Express Hours (Monday- Thursday, 1-3 p.m.). Take an ample supply of resumes to the fair, and make sure they are perfect! You wouldn’t apply to college without looking over your admissions essay, so don’t apply for a job or internship without first looking over your resume!

2. Dress to impress! First impressions are critical, so ladies and gentleman make sure you dress in a conservative, tailored, well-pressed business suit. This isn’t the time for boat shoes, polos, and tight skirts. How you look will play a big part in determining employer interest, so make sure you are creating the best possible professional image.

3. Practice what you’ll say! Remember, employers won’t be able to talk to you for too long, so what you say in those few minutes really counts! Prepare an interesting summary of your background, achievements, and career interests to make a strong and professional first impression! For some great tips, check out the Preparing for a Career Fair video.

4. Social etiquette! Nothing kills a first impression quite like texting. Make sure your phone is off or on silent. This is your golden opportunity to build your network and land a job; not the time for Twitter and Instagram! Eye contact, a strong handshake, and a professional appearance really make a difference! Additionally, fresh breath is important, but make sure if you are chewing gum to spit it out before meeting employers. Remember, small things make a big difference.

I know searching for a job or internship can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! If you are prepared and use your resources, it can be a pretty painless process. For more help, visit the Career Center.

Shelby Hillers
Career Peer Advisor
Career Center

It’s Registration Time and Your Advisors Miss You!

server.npThe falling of the leaves, the drop in the temps and consuming warm beverages can mean only one thing…registration is here! Registration for spring classes begins November 7 and continues through the end of the month.  Registration dates and times are listed on your Online Student Center and are based on the number of credits you’ve earned.  Registration time also means it’s time to meet with your Academic Advisor so open your planners, get on your iPhones or Galaxies and schedule a time now!

Just like there are different registration dates by credits, the things you can discuss with your advisor vary by stage in your academic career.  Yes, you will talk to your advisor about what classes you should take next semester, but your advisor can give you more than just permission to register.

First-year students should meet with their First-Year Experience (FYE) Advisor.  Your first year in college is all about transition and exploration.  You are learning about how college works, meeting new people (#roommates), deciding what activities appeal to you (#clubs), and figuring out how to balance your time.  You may or may not have decided on a major.  Your advising sessions should focus on completing some of your requirements in a way that will help you learn about different departments and majors.  Not sure if you want to major in Business?  Take Micro or Macro Economics to fulfill your Social and Behavioral Science Core requirement.  Thinking about majoring in English?  Take British Literature to fulfill your Arts and Humanities Core requirement.  Not sure what Metropolitan Studies is?  Take an introductory course to find out. Talk with your advisor about how s/he chose a career in higher education.  Did they know what they wanted to major in when they were freshmen?

Second-year students should have an advisor in a declared major.  If you are a second-year students without a major, contact the Academic Advising Center to request an appointment with an Academic Advisor to talk about all your options.  Make sure you understand the pre-requisites for some major classes.  Check your progress on completing the Core requirements.  Start considering the possibility of studying abroad, taking part in a National Student Exchange, or look into internship opportunities.  Your advisor can give you a hand with all of these things.

All students need to have declared a major by the time they’ve earned 60 units (credits), so by your third year, you should be meeting with your major advisor.  Review your progress toward completing your major and progress toward graduation.  If you are studying abroad, make sure you know how those courses will fit into your major requirements.  Start talking with your advisor about all the career or graduate school opportunities for your major.  Think about things you can do – by taking specific courses or doing an internship – to learn more about your chosen field.

By your fourth year, graduation is near!  Talk with your advisor about capstone experiences in your major.  Find out about major-related associations and organizations you can join.  Learn about graduate school programs, think about an additional internship, and explore jobs.  And be sure you’ve reviewed all of your graduation requirements:  completing your Core/General Education and major requirements, have at least 32 units (credits) of upper-level coursework, have at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average, and have at least 120 total units.

Wherever you are on your road to graduation, make sure you meet with your advisor well before your registration day.  Bring a copy of your Academic Requirements report and think about (and write down) all the questions you want to ask.  Your advisor in an invaluable resource – take full advantage!

In summary, yes this time of year can be a stressful one with mid-terms coffeeand planning for the next semester, but the registration process does not need to be.

Keep warm, drink lots of tea/coffee/hot cocoa and enjoy this time of the year! After all Spring is right around the corner. Right?

Vicki Cohen
Associate Director
Academic Advising Center

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