New Free Service – Career Onward Office Hours Is Now On Facebook Live!

We’re launching Career Onward Office Hours on Facebook Live!

Join us for our first session on Monday, November 13 from 3pm – 4pm CST on Facebook Live. We can’t wait to answer your job search and career questions as we support all college students in your college to career transition!

This is your opportunity to ask all those questions you have about conducting a job search:

  • How do I start the job search process?
  • How do I use social media to help in my job search?
  • How do I use LinkedIn to create a professional network?
  • Why am I not getting any responses to my online job applications?
  • How do I reach companies that don’t come on campus for interviews?

We will be available to answer any and all of your career related questions. We hope you will join us!

Make sure to Like us on our Facebook page to participate and to get notified when we are live.

 

Tips For Helping Your Job Search Over Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving break is a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends and get refreshed before finals. There are also things you can do to give you an edge in the job/internship search process:

  • If you’re seeing friends and family during the holidays, they’ll probably ask you countless questions about your life. Be prepared to tell them exactly what you’re looking for so they can help. They may know someone to connect you with, or they may know of positions open in their own companies that they can recommend.
  • Informational Interviews: You have a couple of days off, so why not set up a time to talk with a family member or friend who works in your desired field, company, or occupation. Here are some quick tips for info interviews!
  • Take some time to work on adding LinkedIn connections! Add your family, classmates from high school and college, teachers and professors, and coworkers. This helps your profile standout and may open a few doors when you’re looking for company connections later.

10 Interview Tips for Doing and Looking Your Best For Video Interviews

Video interviews are a very efficient way for employers to screen applicants, which is why they are increasing in popularity. The keys to a successful video interview is preparation and practice to avoid technology problems and feeling confident communicating in this format.

There are two types of video interviews:

Synchronous interviews are conducted real time over the Internet and are used in place of traditional face-to-face interviews as an employer can still assess and interact with the candidate.

Asynchronous interviews are conducted alone, meaning there is no real-time employer interaction. The employer provides a set of questions and asks applicants to record each response by a specific timeframe in a video. This allows the employer to screen candidates quickly and determine who will proceed to the next stage of the hiring process.

10 Video Interview Tips:

  • Conduct a trial run a day or two before the interview and set-up to confirm all is in working order (camera, microphone, lighting) as you would on the day of the interview
  • Position your camera at eye level (not above or below) and look straight at it when responding
  • Check your background so it looks professional (remove pictures, posters, etc.)
  • Make sure that you are in a quiet space with no possibility of interruption (barking dogs, roommates, music, or other sounds) and make a do-not-disturb sign for your door if you’re in your apartment or dorm
  • Turn off your phone and any alerts on your computer to avoid getting interrupted by emails or instant messages during the interview
  • Use the same good posture you would use during an in-person interview, limit hand gestures, and plant both feet solidly on the floor for balance
  • Pay attention to the lighting, avoid having any light sources behind you, and check camera angle
  • Check your internet connection an hour before the interview to make sure everything is still working correctly
  • For the interview, dress professionally, as if it were an in-person interview
  • Be confident, speak clearly, smile, and look directly in the camera

10 Tips To Prepare For Case Interviews

Case interviews are used by consulting, financial services, and an increasing number of other employers to evaluate an applicant’s problem solving, quantitative, analytical, and communication skills coupled with their professional demeanor in a high pressure timed environment.

Types of case interview questions:

  • Market sizing, calculation, estimation, numerical
  • Business operations
  • Business strategy
  • Brainteaser, puzzle, IQ questions
  • Problem case
  • Probing case
  • Resume case (based on a company)

10 Tips for Case Interviews:

  • Practice, practice, and practice again!
  • Check your career center for mock case interviews and case prep sessions
  • Research Glassdoor for typical case questions in the field and company you are interested in
  • Review the companies website as many employers have practice case interviews on their site
  • Review these resources;
  • Be still and read the case carefully first
  • Summarize the problem before you answer to check that you understand the problem correctly
  • Take notes if the interviewer allows it
  • Ask thoughtful questions to clarify points and use the answers to develop your solution
  • Be confident and personable while working through and presenting the case

10 Tips for Successful In-person Interviews

In-person interviews are typically the last step of the recruiting process (unless it’s an on-campus interview) and can range from 30 minutes to multiple interviews on-site during a half or full day company visit.

Ten Tips for Successful In-person Interviews

  • Prepare interview stories using the STAR format (Situation, Task, Action, Result)
  • Research the company and make sure you are aware of any current events that have affected the company (mergers, industry changes, leadership)
  • Review Glassdoor to find out what types of interview questions the company may ask
  • Have questions ready to ask the interviewer
  • Prepare answers to these standard interview questions:
    • Tell me about yourself
    • Why this company?
    • Why this position?
    • Why should we hire you?
    • 3 Strengths/ Weaknesses
    • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
    • How do you handle criticism?
    • Tell me about a time you had to work on a team where the project did not go well
    • Tell me about a time you failed
    • Tell me about a time you had to meet a tight deadline
    • Tell me about a time you had to handle conflict
    • Tell me about a time you had a manage many different projects and priorities
  • Arrive 15 minutes early
  • Look your best – check out the Career Onward Pinterest page for help with your attire
  • Take notes to remember key points interviewers made
  • Send a personalized Thank You email to all interviewers the same of the interviews
  • Write and mail, or drop off, handwritten Thank You notes the day after the interviews

 

 

10 Tips To Prepare For a Phone Interview

Phone interviews are often the first round of the hiring process and are typically conducted by a recruiter on the HR team. A recruiter wants to quickly assess three things within the 20-30 minute call; communication skills, experience relevant to the job, and culture/personality fit to the company. A successful phone screen interview is critical to moving forward in the hiring process so candidates are expected to have done their research and be ready to discuss the company, position, and their skills.

10 Phone Interview Tips:

  • Find a quiet place ahead of time as background noise can be a huge distraction to the interviewer
  • Check your reception beforehand and call a friend from your location to ensure you have a clear connection. Once confirmed, do not move the phone during the interview.
  • Be ready to take the call five minutes before the scheduled time. These interviews are short so you want to take advantage of every minute you have with the recruiter!
  • Research the company and role before the interview and be ready to discuss it.
  • Watch out for filler words such as “like”, “um”, and “uh” as they are more noticeable over the phone
  • Keep your stories concise using the STAR interview format as people tend to ramble over the phone
  • Do not multi-task and make sure you’re in a distraction free area
  • Put up a do-not-disturb sign on your door so you aren’t interrupted by roommates
  • Have questions ready to ask at the end of the interview
  • Send a personalized email Thank You after the interview highlighting key points that were of interest

Products Students Need For Career Fairs

 

The key to success in the job search process is preparation! These are a few things that are always good to have on hand:

Business cards

  • Vistaprint
  • Moo
  • Check with your University to see if they offer them

Personalized Stationery

Portfolio

Select something plain and elegant, ideally leather with a notepad for taking notes, and a section to hold resumes and business cards.

Here are examples currently available on Amazon:

 

Summer is Over, Now What?

What did you do this summer?

Did you Intern? Volunteer? Take a class? Travel? Work a summer job? Study Abroad? Lead at a camp? If you did any one of these or other activities, be sure to add details to your resume and LinkedIn profile. Focus on the ‘Why’ and try to quantify what you did and the impact you made.

After Labor Day, it will be time for the Fall Career Fair, on-campus recruiting sessions, informational interviews, and the list goes on. The sooner you are prepared with an updated resume the better!

Here are some tips to help guide you:

Resume:

  • Add Internships and jobs to your “Professional Experience” Section

  • If you were a Counselor, add summer camps to your work experience

  • Add Study Abroad to your Education Section

  • Add any skills or languages you learned, or any new hobbies/interests to the bottom of your resume.

Updating your LinkedIn:

  • Copy/paste the following from your resume so they match (company name, job title, and dates)
    • Experience:  Each work experience should be entered separately
    • Education: Same as resume
  • Add Volunteer Experience and relevant causes
  • Skills – add all identified on your resume, putting technical/ computer applications first, then business skills
  • Accomplishments
  • Add Courses: Either every class or relevant classes to your major (your preference)
  • Organizations

Are YOU Ready for the Career Fair?

 

Career Fairs can be overwhelming but with adequate preparation, any student can succeed. Here are some guidelines to help you through the process:

What do I bring?

  • A plan of what companies you want to talk to, including practice companies and research on each target company
  • Portfolio (Simple black one with a pad of paper on one side and a pocket on the other side)
  • Pen
  • Plenty of Resumes (Based on how many companies you want to talk to X2)
  • Business Cards (Click here for help)
  • Proper Attire
  • Mints in your pocket
  • A watch (to plan your time strategically without having to look at your phone, if you use your phone make sure it is on silent)
  • A Pitch

 

Tips

  • Look on your university website to identify your Career Fairs date and time, dress code, and list of companies attending
  • Pick a couple of practice companies to talk to first in order to help you get warmed up
  • Don’t walk away from any table without the first and last name of the person you talked to
  • Before you talk to the next person, take some notes on the conversation you just had so that you can reference it later for your thank you note

 

The Pitch

A quick summary of who you are and what you are looking for

 

Intro: Offer your name, a firm handshake, and give them a resume

Objective: Why you’re there and what type of job you’re looking for, and where

Summary: Briefly summarize education, experience, and interests

Closing: Reiterate your interest, thank the employer (get a business card if possible)

 

Example:

Hi, I’m [NAME], I’m a [junior MIS] major, graduating in [May 2018], looking for an [MIS internship this summer].

Really enjoy —–

I’m very interested in (company) and look forward to hearing from you.  Thanks for talking with me.