Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
- Get your resume critiqued at the Center for Spartan Engineering.
- Speak with your academic adviser and career adviser about your future.
- Sign up for a mock interview.
- Register on MySpartanCareer (http://www.myspartancareer.msu.edu) with your updated resume.
- Sign up to attend the Career Gallery Job Fair at the Breslin Center and make sure to attend the Pre-Gallery Cram Session in October.
- Stay tuned to this blog for tips on resume development, interviewing skills, and much more!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
It continues on the theme of making the most of your internship to prepare for full-time prospects.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
- Smile! It may seem simple, but smiling and being positive with your co-workers conveys that you are open to conversation. Even if you're having a bad day, taking it out on other people by being negative to them will not help you AT ALL. Just because something is getting you down doesn't mean you have to take everyone else with you.
- Find opportunities to improve your skills. Doing things like being involved in social events with other interns or your co-workers, volunteering to make a presentation or lead a meeting, and talking to someone in person instead of e-mailng them are all ways to work on your communication skills. The key to many of these is to take yourself away from electronic modes of communication and actual interact one-on-one.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
The first step to this process is to figure out what companies you'd like to create profiles for. You can do this with the help of the career search blurb at the bottom of this blog which helps you refine your top company list.
After you have created your company list, you can use that information to create company profiles. Here's what to do. Once you know who you'd like to research, get out a piece of paper, or make an Excel or Word document. On this page, make a table with the following categories:
- Company Name
- URL of Company Website
- Size of Company (Number of Employees, Divisions, Etc.)
- Locations (Headquarters, Plant Locations, Regional Headquarters, Etc.)
- Financial Profile (Annual Income, Trends over the last 5-10 years, Stock trends, etc.)
- Recent News (Significant news relating to company over the last few years)
- Products/Services (General list of products and services provided by the company)
- Company Contacts (List any contacts you may know at the company)
The advantage of making company profiles with these categories is that you can not only use them to prepare for interviews, but you can also use them if you are considering multiple offers from different companies. By utilizing a one-stop resource for useful information, you'll be able to make more informed decisions when the time comes to decide on which company is going to be best of you.
Confused on where to find this information? Most companies' websites actually have the majority of this information. Larger companies will generally publish their most recent annual reports which contain useful information like their annual income, company size, and major changes in company structure or significant mergers, acquisitions, etc. Some companies also publish fact sheets with many of these details as well.
Doing your research is one of the the most valuable things you can do to expand your job search. Making company profiles like the one suggested above with help you be moved informed of significant company information so that when you speak with recruiters, interview, or consider job offers, you'll be informed and ready for action.
Good Luck Job Seekers!