By: Iris Cochran, Career Peer Advisor
Ashley Lollar, Graduate Assistant GC Career Center
One of the biggest networking opportunities are coming –up this week! Know how to get the most out of the GC Career Center’s annual Career Expo and Interview Day and snag a great job while you are there! Let’s prepare for a great experience, and go through a play-by-play to get that competitive edge to make the best first impression.
Be ready to mingle and introduce yourself to over 40 employers. The career fair will be from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. in Magnolia Ballroom in the Student Activities Center, which is March 5.Those of you who are there to get a job stick around for the pre-scheduled interview, which is 2:30- 4:30 p.m. in Magnolia Ballroom.
Some of the companies include:
Baldwin County Department of Family and Children Services
Department of Juvenile Justice
Dress Up Boutique
Falling Creek Camp
First Investors Corporation
GC College of Business Graduate Programs
Jay’s HOPE Foundation
Merritt Massey & Karen Rowell State Farm Insurance Offices
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Nolan Transportation Group
To view all the employers attending the Career Expo be sure to visit Career Connection
As there are more employers who will be attending the Career Expo, it is pertinent that you do a little research on potential employers before the career fair so that you are prepared to ask them questions that go deeper than, “What do y’all do?” Being prepared will make you stand out from others who did not do any research prior to the event, it will also so the employers that you are dedicated to taking the extra steps needed to succeed. While talking to employers you should also have an “elevator pitch” prepared to answer the tell me about yourself question. This is another important aspect when networking with employers, because in that brief pitch you can tell them what makes you stand apart from other people who are applying for the position.
Next, you must ensure that you dress professionally for the day of the Career Expo. Not sure what to wear? Check out the suggestions that that Career Center has to offer in the “Dress for Success” handout. http://bit.ly/NbYJDK . One classic way to dress sharp is to wear neutral colors, like black slacks and a black blazer with a natural top. TIP: It is always better to be overdressed, than underdressed.
Next, make sure to bring at least 30 copies of your résumé, so that you can give them to employers while talking to them about their company. **( If you need your résumé to be looked over, the Career Center, located in 110 Lanier Hall, suggests you drop in anytime from 1-3 p.m. or come by the for Résumé Review Day, which is March 3, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)** Remember that this is a unique opportunity where employers are coming to you, so take advantage of the wealth of opportunities that the Career Expo has to offer. Also, be sure to look at companies that you have never heard of, just because you have not heard about their organization does not mean that they are not a good company.
One final note: If you are interested in interviewing with one of the employers who are holding interviews, be sure to sign-up on Career Connection. In preparation for the interview, you need to do your research on the organization, their competitors, and have a list of questions for the interviewer about the job/ organization.
If you are still nervous about showing up, the Career Center suggests to look over “Making the Most of a Career Fair” handout. http://bit.ly/1fempD
Just remember: You may be nervous about networking with these companies, but they were all once in your shoes.
By: Iris Cochran, Career Peer Adviser
Ashley Lollar, Graduate Assistant GC Career Center
Say, you have just been awarded a job opportunity at a Fortune 500 company for your first job out of college. Great! Congratulations!
The feelings of excitement, anxiousness, and pure joy overwhelm you because this is why you spent so many sleepless nights in the library studying for exams and ultimately your passion and drive is what brought you to this pivotal point in your career.
You may be thinking, what do I do now? What is the appropriate way to act in a corporate environment? Wait, are they going to train me, because I have no idea what to do!!
Take a Deep Breath….It will all be okay!
Honestly, this is how we both felt when we began our internships, and when I (Ashley) started working as a Graduate Assistant. All these feelings are normal, but it is important to keep calm and be confident in your abilities. You would not have been selected for this job if they did not believe in your abilities.
Here are some tips from our personal experiences so that you can make a lasting impression:
- Keep calm and dress professionally
- Be confident in your abilities, & play to your strengths not your weaknesses
- Be attentive to the corporate culture and try to blend in with the culture
- Dress to fit with the corporate culture, act professionally and dress for success. Your appearance gives you an essence of who you are as a person. For example, if you look like you rolled out of bed for you 8 a.m. class, then your boss may get the wrong impression of you, and may not take you seriously. After all you look like you don’t take yourself seriously, so why would anyone else. Remember first impressions stick!
- Get to work before your boss, and leave after your boss—this shows dedication
- Don’t try to kiss up to your boss, just be yourself and work hard to achieve your goals
- Ask your boss to sit down with you to have a strategic planning meeting with you, so that you can gain a better understanding of what he or she expects of you and how you plan to get there
- When you get your assignments, try to figure out any problems by yourself, but if you still feel as though you are unsure of what to do, just ask
- On the flip side, make sure that when trying a new approach to a task or assignment that you ask your boss because you don’t want to spend hours on a task only to find out that your boss wanted it done a specific way
- If there is a problem fix it yourself, then go to your boss with the resolved issue
- Be sure to proof read your work before giving it to your boss, nothing says I don’t care like a bunch of typos and grammatical errors
- If you make a mistake, don’t keep playing the situation over in your head, just focus on what you learned from the mistake and grow from it
Here at the GC Career Center, we have been up to a lot lately with our Instagram Your Experience Contest, which is still going on (check out the previous blog post), to the constant reviewing and bettering of student resumes! It gets better, on Monday, we are hosting our biggest event of the year and you do not want to miss it! The GC Career Expo and Interview Day, with over 50 employers attending to offer summer opportunities, internships, full-time and part-time jobs.
The Career Expo is a great opportunity to meet professionals from all over the southeast and to practice your much needed networking skills. Open networking will be held in Magnolia Ballroom on Monday, March 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and interviews will be conducted afterward from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Please note, students who wish to participate in the interview portion must visit Career Connection to pre-register and to upload their resume.
The Career Expo is open to all current GC students and alumni. Because we all know the saying,”you can’t make a second first impression,” dress in business professional attire. Your snazzy business clothes will be sure to impress!
Not exactly sure what business professional attire looks like? Check out these great ideas from Pinterest. Girls and guys alike, do not be afraid to show your inner style. Business attire does not have to mean boring, have fun with it! Also, bring copies of your resume and some business cards, you never know when you will have the opportunity to hand those out. We recommend that you bring about 20 copies of your resume.
Visit Career Connection to view all the employers and organizations that will be attending this event. As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to visit us in our offices, located in 132 Lanier Hall. Also, follow us on Facebook or give us a call at 478-445-5384.
See you on Monday!
Everyday Georgia College students work hard to gain outside the classroom experience. Whether that means completing an internship, practicum, clinical, student teaching experience, service learning project or any other hands-on activity, we know that students put in many hours of work each week for the betterment of their education. Well, we want to award students for their hard work. For this very reason, the Instagram your Experience competition was created.
Instagram your Expeience is a competition that allows students to submit a picture of themselves from any of the hands-on experiences listed above, for the chance to win a Kindle.
There are two parts to this competition. First, a picture and short description of your experience must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org anytime between now and March 5 at 5 p.m. to qualify for the competition. Second, all the pictures will be uploaded to the Instagram your Experience event page on the morning of March 6 and the voting process will begin. The winner will be the person who receives the most “Likes” on their picture before the voting window closes on March 13 at 4 p.m. The winner of this competition will be annouced on March 13 once the competition has ended.
If you wish you tweet or instagram your photo please use the #GCExperience along with your description. However, if you do not have an Instagram or Twitter account no need to panic, emailing the picture still counts!
As with any competition there are a few rules and regulations:
- You must be a current Georgia College student to participate in Instagram your Experience.
- There needs to be at least 15 entries for the contest to be official.
- Once you have submitted your picture you must “Like” the GC Career Center page, in order to be tagged in your photo.
- Include your name, email address and phone number in your email.
- Include a brief description of what is happening in the picture and where and when it took place.
- The picture does not have to be in Instagram format to be accepted.
For more information or to ask questions please visit our Facebook page.
Good luck to all who participate and thank you for all your hard work!
Are you currently looking for an internship or job for this upcoming summer or year? Have you felt the weight of how important a clear, creative and concise resume is to a future employer? Writing a resume can be a very daunting task, one that can quickly overwhelm. However, it doesn’t have to be that way for you! Put some magic in your resume by attending Resume Con on Monday, Jan. 28 anytime from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in 132 Lanier Hall.
We have created this costume event to facilitate a fun and relaxed environment that aids students in the professional development of their resumes. The theme of Resume Con is based off of the very famous Dragon*Con, held in Atlanta every fall.
Dragon*Con is the largest popular culture convention in the world. This convention attracts science fiction, fantasy, gaming, comic and film lovers from all over the world. Hundreds of people flood in every year wearing some of the most intricate and creative costumes you may ever see! Here are some examples:
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^^Fiona, from Shrek^^
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^^DC Universe box costumes^^
That being said, we cordially invite you to dust off that old superhero costume (or any other film/comic costumes that we know you have) in your closet, grab your resume and head over to the University Career Center. We will all be dressed up as well and offering resume reviews all day. There will be free food, cocoa and BUTTERBEER. I repeat, we will be serving J.K Rowlings famous Butterbeer. Also, you will receive your very own Resume Con badge for attending!
It seems that it couldn’t get any better but we also have a prize pack awarded to the person with the best costume (that’s appropriate, of course).
So come on out on Monday anytime from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Career Center is located at 132 Lanier Hall.
See you there!
If you have any questions, please e-mail us at email@example.com or call us at 478-445-5384.
Read more to learn about great internship opportunities at Wild Adventures in Valdosta,GA
This past weekend I was fortunate enough to attend Wild Adventures’ 2013 Career Services Day. Some members of the Georgia College Career Center attended as well and we all had a great time.
A little information about the theme park and the Valdosta, Ga area:
- Herschend Family Entertainment has now owned Wild Adventures for about five years. They own 26 theme parks, you might recognize some of these such as: Dollywood, Stone Mountain Park and Silver Dollar City.
- Wild Adventures has more than 40 thrill rides, which includes a water park.
- The park is also home to hundreds of animals including: giraffes, exotic birds, peacocks, and many more.
- Wild Adventures is located in Valdosta, Ga. Valdosta is centered around four other large cities and they include: Atlanta, GA, Orlando, FL, Jacksonville, FL and Tallahassee, FL. Being in this location makes Valdosta, Ga a great place to live and work.
When we first arrived at Wild Adventures we were met by very inviting park team members. We went on a tour of the park and after walking by some of the rides, food and entertainment we all knew this was a great place. We also noticed that the atmosphere was very different, the people working there were all very friendly and seemed to genuinely be friends with one another.
The next part of our day we got to meet with the HR director, a HR recruiter and three managers of various departments at the park. We were treated to delicious pizza and a book that was written by the CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment, Joel Manby. Joel Manby was featured in season one of the hit tv show “Undercover Boss” and has written a book entitled “Love Works”. It is very evident that this company lives and breathes the core values and missions and strives to uphold the traditions of the Herschend Family legacy.
The managers of the food/beverage, games/entertainment and attractions spoke with us next. These three managers were very knowledgeable about their departments and the people that they wanted to recruit to help exceed their goals. After hearing everything that they had to say, we were all impressed with the kindness and professionalism that these individuals had shown us. Next, we were free to roam the park.
Clearly, we all had a blast! The rides were second to none. All levels of thrill seekers needs were satisfied.
What Wild Adventures has to offer
Wild Adventures has many great entry level job opportunities and internships. All internships are paid and Wild Adventures does reimburse for travel costs when you come down to train in March. They will also help you when finding a place to live.
These internships can be found on Career Connection. If you would like help in the application process please contact the University Career Center.
Wild Adventures College Internship program
-Seasonal Jobs: Food & Beverage Area Supervisor
Food & Beverage Team Lead
Attractions Operator In Charge
IT Systems Support Intern
Human Resources Internship
Senior Finance Manager (salaried position)
Please feel free to visit their website to find out more about this organization:http://www.wildadventures.com/
Wild Adventures is a great company to work for and is a great starting point for any career. They will provide you room for growth as well as training and mentoring opportunities. We were all very impressed with this organization and highly recommend that you take a look at what they have to offer. If you have any questions, please come visit us in 132 Lanier Hall, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 478-445-5384.
Guest Writer: Julia Richardson, Career Peer Advisor, Career Assistant, and Mass Communication Major, Class of 2013
What to do after graduation? That is the question on every senior’s mind as we end the near of fall semester. What do we DO? Do we apply to graduate school? Get an internship? Start working? Take a year off? The questions keep coming and they are not getting answered. If you are one of those lucky people who know what they are doing in May 2013, I might despise you. But really I envy you.
I have my immediate future planned out for me being a mass communication major. I need to have an internship set up for the summer in order to graduate. After the summer ends who knows where I will be, and that is what scares me the most.
I am on the search for internships and starting to research is tiring. I attended the internship fair with the Career Center in October, and spoke with some great people. I learned a lot about many different internships, but how do you decide which one to pick?
I am applying to internships over Christmas break, and I plan on attending Intern 101 on November 16 in 102 Chappell Hall at 2 p.m. This will be a great opportunity for me to get advice on how to begin my search and how to begin the application process.
I had some great advice given to me by a former GC student who now works for the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. She told me to apply for an internship at your dream job. Why not? Even if it is outlandish to think they would hire you, why not try for it? Now is the time to do what you want. We only have one month and one semester left, and whether or not you are ready, graduation is coming.