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In this issue: • Resume Reviews through Hire-a-Shocker • Why should I attend a Career Fair? • School & Career Counselors • Books that shaped work in America • Bonus Feature: - Researching Employers WSU Career Services Hire-a-Shocker Building Shockers, Building Professionals Issue 11 / 03.03.14 Transition into the Professional World by Jan Mead, Career Counselor Congratulations! Late night studying and early morning classes are about to end. It’s time for you to transition into the professional world of work. Contrary to some opinions, the perfect job is not guaranteed upon graduation. Even if you are graduating from the college whose men’s basketball team is the only undefeated team in the nation, it will be more difficult and take longer to land a job than you expect. You need to get started. You need to get started now. Five points follow to help you get on track. 1. As soon as possible – really, just as soon as possible – make an appointment to meet with one of our counselors to formulate a job search plan. At this meeting you can talk about the kind of job you hope to land, as well as a plan B. The type of job you target will determine how you write your resume. You will also discuss resources and strategies such as Hire-a-Shocker, LinkedIn, informational interviews, membership in professional associations and networking. It’s coming... Spring 2014 Career Fair Wednesday, April 9, 2014 4:00 - 6:30pm Koch Arena Got the app? Wichita State Career Fair Plus 2. Continue or start networking. You don’t have to present your 30-second elevator speech to everyone you come face to face with. You do need to talk with people. Lots of people. You don’t know who might know of a potential opportunity, or may know someone who knows of a potential opportunity. 3. Within two weeks after your first appointment with the counselor, using our Starter Kit as a guide, have your resume, cover letter and reference page ready to go. You will also want to prepare the profile you will use on LinkedIn. You will go over these documents in your next meeting with your career counselor. If you cannot find a time for you and the counselor to meet, email these documents to her. 4. When your counselor gives you the go-ahead, upload your resume in Hire-a-Shocker and make it available for employers to view. Also, open a LinkedIn account, and post your profile. 5. Schedule a mock interview with your counselor. This may sound painful but it will be very worthwhile and much less challenging than going to a “real” interview unprepared. You can also go over your progress on your job search with the counselor and make any adjustments needed. Landing a job is hard. We want to help. Call us today. 978-3435. Resume Docs @ the Health Fair Wednesday, March 26, 2014 11:00am - 2:00pm Heskett Center Gym Have your resume reviewed during the Health Fair, no matter what your major!

March 3, 2014 Hire-a-Shocker Newsletter

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