In this issue: • Make Your Resume Stronger • Employers On-the-Concourse • Forensic Science Technicians • Career Fair Prep Party • Career Fair Bonus Features: - Meet the Employers - Attend the Fair Like You Mean It
WSU Career Services
Building Shockers, Building Professionals Issue 12 / 03.28.14
Spring 2014 Career Fair When you attend a career fair you have the opportunity to expand your knowledge of the job market and specific jobs. You are also building your professional contact network. Students who attend career fairs effectively have a better chance of getting through the application process. Don’t underestimate the value of personal contact. Students who impress recruiters do some, if not all, of the following: • Dress appropriately • Present a professional resume • Know the company products or services • Approach recruiters with a smile and offer a ﬁrm handshake • Prepare a verbal summary of his/her background • Ask for a business card If career fairs were pointless, companies would not participate in them. Companies send representatives from human resources, usually someone from the university relations team. Some companies choose to send members of the technical team, the marketing department or employees who are graduates of the university. You never know who you will meet at the fair. Smaller companies might be represented by the president. Why would you miss out on the chance to introduce yourself to the president of the company? You may never have that opportunity again.
It’s coming... Spring 2014
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 4:00 - 6:30pm Koch Arena
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Your resume will be more effective if you focus on accomplishments, achievements and results rather than job duties. Example: Helped create ﬂyers and posters.
Let’s ask questions about this statement. Was the person part of a team? Employers value teamwork, so let’s change helped to Worked in team of three. Now we have “Worked in team of three to create flyers and posters.” How were the flyers and posters used? The flyers and posters marketed new products. Stronger statement: Worked in team of three to create marketing pieces advertising new products. Ask the next logical question - What were the results of the marketing efforts? Business increased 25% the next quarter. Now we have a lot of good information, probably too much for one point, so we break it down into two accomplishment statements. The two new statements point out teamwork, creativity and results. *Created marketing pieces advertising new products, working with a team of three *Contributed to 25% increase in business for ﬁrst quarter of FY09 Career counselors can help you perfect your resume for the Career Fair. Stop by 203 Grace Wilkie during the extended walk-in hours. April 7 & 8 Noon to 7:00 pm
Career Coffee Blog...By Jan Mead The Career Fair - why go? Why would you take time to attend the Spring Career Fair? Time from studying, extra-curricular activities, your job, your family or friends? I’ll tell you why! Attending our Career Fair will put you face-to-face with employers. It will give you the opportunity to become a real person rather than merely an electronic record. This is a huge advantage. Recruiters tell us the people they meet at Career Fairs have the chance to make much more of an impression on them than any record in their resume management systems. And, in order to realize this advantage all you need to do is spiff up – yourself and your resume – and come over to Koch Arena April 9 between 4:00 and 6:30pm. Some employers will be on the lookout for candidates for current openings. Some will be watching for future openings. All will be anxious to meet students and looking for talent. If employers are willing to devote time and money to come to campus to meet you, why wouldn’t you take the time and make the effort to walk over to Koch Arena and meet them? Abby Nelson, B.A., Integrated Marketing Communications, 2013, did and she said: “While attending a WSU Career Fair, I spoke with a representative and later landed an internship with their aerospace company. That internship gave me the skills needed for my own start-up marketing business.” So, get your suit cleaned. Iron your shirt. Shine your shoes. Print off several copies of your resume on bond resume paper. And, come to Koch Arena Wednesday, April 9 between 4:00 and 6:30pm. Make time! It’s the smart thing to do. And, you’re smart...you’re in college.
“Be ready to articulate your skills and your job target in a brief 30-60 seconds. The more contacts you make, the better chance you have of landing a job sooner than the average job seeker.” Pam Kanagy, Compass Aircraft Group “For a job candidate, our recommendation would be to do your research. Take some time and learn about the company... by doing some research, you will certainly network more effectively. It is an indicator of initiative and motivation.” Rick Ralston, SendThisFile, Inc.
By Jeanne Hopkins
There is an excitement felt as soon as you enter the Charles Koch Arena on any occasion – Convocation, sporting events, graduation, and the Spring 2014 Career Fair will be no different. The sounds of employers and students engaging in conversation will echo throughout the concourse on Wednesday, April 9 between 4:00 and 6:30 pm. Instead of jeans and t-shirts, attendees will be wearing interview attire and holding portfolios with resumes and business cards while viewing their uploaded version of the Wichita State Career Fair App. Employers will be stationed around the concourse, ready to network with students, recent graduates and alumni interested in learning about their job opportunities. This is the time to be professional, well-prepared, gracious and polite. Be inquisitive. Be an interested listener. Be a Shocker. Put on your best smile and professional air and wow the employers. Have your student ID ready for quick entry to the fair. If you have any questions during the event, the WSU Career Services staff members will be happy to assist you. There will always be someone at the front check-in area.
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Forensic Science Technicians Forensic science technicians help investigate crimes by collecting and analyzing physical evidence. Most technicians specialize in either crime scene investigation or laboratory analysis.
Duties: At crime scenes, forensic science technicians, also known as crime scene investigators, typically do the following: • Walk through the scene to determine what and how evidence should be collected • Take photographs of the crime scene and evidence • Make sketches of the crime scene • Keep written notes of their observations and ﬁndings, such as the location and position of evidence • Collect all relevant physical evidence, including weapons, ﬁngerprints, and bodily ﬂuids • Catalog and preserve evidence before transferring it to a crime lab Crime scene investigators may use tweezers, black lights, and specialized kits to identify and collect evidence. In addition to processing crime scenes, they may also attend autopsies. In laboratories, forensic science technicians typically do the following: • Identify and classify crime scene evidence through scientiﬁc analysis • Explore possible links between suspects and criminal activity using the results of chemical and physical analyses • Consult with experts in related or specialized ﬁelds, such as toxicology, about the evidence and their ﬁndings • Reconstruct crime scenes based on scientiﬁc ﬁndings Important qualities: • composure • critical thinking skills • detail oriented • problem-solving skills • speaking skills • writing skills
Job Prospects: Competition for jobs should be stiff because of the substantial interest in forensic science and crime scene investigation spurred by its portrayal in popular media. Applicants with experience or a bachelor’s degree in forensic science or a related ﬁeld should have the best opportunities. Year to year, the number of job openings available will vary based on federal, state, and local law enforcement budgets.
Similar occupations: biochemists, detectives, private investigators, medical scientists Occupational Outlook Handbook / Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Meet the Employers Aﬂac’s philosophy is to combine innovative strategic marketing with quality products and services at competitive prices to provide the best insurance value for consumers. BoldChat is a market-leading live chat solution enabling businesses to quickly and effectively engage visitors on their websites. Since 2010, BoldChat has been named one of the top 3 live chat providers to the Internet Retailer Top 500. Boston Scientiﬁc, based in Natick, MA, is the world's largest Cardiovascular Device Company. Boston Scientiﬁc has a broad and deep portfolio of innovative products, technologies and services across a wide range of medical specialties. Campus Special is the industry’s leader in college marketing. We are based out of Atlanta and Chicago, and work with over 350 universities nationwide. For the last 4 years, Campus Special was recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the 5,000 fastest growing private companies in the United States. CCH Tax & Accounting, a Wolters Kluwer business is a leading global provider of tax, accounting and audit information, software and services. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, tile and carpet cleaning, promotional products, ﬁrst aid, safety, ﬁre protection products and services and document management services for approximately 900,000 businesses. Since 1901, City National Bank is a family owned & operated bank with over 425 employees. We provide on the job training, advancement opportunities & excellent beneﬁts. Concepts Information Technology is a well-established company in delivering Software IT solutions to leading clients in the commercial and government sectors. Consolidated Electrical Distributors is a privately held company consisting of over 550 Proﬁt Centers engaged in the wholesale distribution of electrical equipment and supplies. Dillard’s searches for the ﬁnest merchandise around the world and brings the newest and best to you for the style of your life. We believe, as William Dillard believed all those years ago, that value is about quality, not about price. Dillons Food Stores mission is to be a leader in the distribution and merchandising of food, pharmacy, health and personal care items, seasonal merchandise, and related products and services. The Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation is a non-proﬁt organization that promotes the growth and development of existing businesses and pursues quality new businesses to help sustain the economic vitality of the area.
Emporia State University MBA and MAcc Program within the School of Business is looking for students interested in a traditional MBA or an MBA with concentrations in Accounting, Information Systems, or Enterprise Resource Planning. Through strong working capital, dynamic leadership and a commitment to community growth, Emprise Bank has developed a niche as the approachable community bank where customer relationships still have value, with local decision making and a willingness to make it work for the customer. Enterprise Rent-A-Car is recognized as one of corporate America's leading management development organizations by allowing you to run your own business, hire and manage your own team, and gain crucial business training in a short period of time. At Farm Bureau Financial Services, we provide insurance and ďŹ nancial strategies that can help you protect what matters most. Since 1928, Farmers Insurance agents have been dedicated to providing insurance services and helping people protect what matters most to them. GKN Aerospace Precision Machining, Inc. is a leading aerospace subcontractor engaged in the manufacture and assembly of precision-machined structural aircraft components and assemblies for tolerance critical applications. INTRUST Bank Financial Corporation is the largest independent bank holding company headquartered in Kansas. At iSi Environmental, we are a dedicated operations partner, providing expertise to help our clients navigate compliance issues and regulations. Jani-King of Wichita is a commercial cleaning franchise company. We are a support office for our franchisee's that provides new business and operational assistance. Journal Broadcast Group enjoys the unique position of operating six successful radio properties that entertain and inform Wichitans, and at the same time deliver excellent results for our marketing and advertising partners by helping their businesses grow. At Kansas State University Online Degree Programs, our mission is to extend Kansas State Universityâ€™s intellectual resources through quality degree programs, lifelong learning, and professional development opportunities. At Kansas Works/KS Dept. of Commerce, we provide no-cost services to jobseekers and employers, such as a statewide job board to post resumes, search KS job openings, post KS job openings; assessments, training; computer lab use; facility use for single-employer job fairs; application collection & pre-screening.
Meet the Employers KMUW Radio service offers readings of daily and weekly newspapers, magazines and books, as well as news, interviews and other programs dealing with disability and aging issues. The best way to understand Koch Industries is to view it as a collection of capabilities continually searching for new ways to create value. Dedicated to service and quality; Menards carries a complete selection of high-quality, name brand merchandise, tools, materials and supplies for all home improvement needs. New York Life offers both term and whole life insurance at a price that works within your budget. You’ll have the peace of mind knowing that you’re backed by one of the strongest, most ﬁnancially secure companies in the industry. Northwestern Mutual Financial Network’s mission is to help our Clients, Financial Representatives, and Employees create successful, well-balanced and intentional lifestyles. PepsiCo offers the world's largest portfolio of billion-dollar food and beverage brands, including 23 different product lines that generate more than $1 billion in annual retail sales each. Primerica, Inc. is a leading distributor of ﬁnancial products to middle income households in North America. Protection 1 is the second-largest business and home security company in the United States, provides installation, maintenance, and monitoring of single-family home security systems, business security systems and multifamily security systems. Royal Engineered Composites offers complete design, manufacturing and prototyping services, as well as mold making and technical support for aerospace and defense companies. Seaboard Foods, a division of Seaboard Corporation, has grown from a start-up operation in the early 1990s to become an integrated food producer of premium pork products. Sedgwick County Division of Human Services provides a multitude of services, including programs for seniors, animal control, appraising, code enforcement, records, corrections, elections, and emergency medical services. Sherwin Williams is committed to providing our people with a friendly, safe and exciting work environment that includes opportunities to learn and grow. At Target, we have a vision: to become the best – the best culture and brand, the best place for growth and the company with the best reputation. The mission of the Topeka Police Department is to reduce crime and make neighborhoods safer.
The strength of the U.S. Army lies not only in numbers but also in the individual Soldier. Because no matter what job they have or rank they hold â€” there is nothing stronger than a U.S. Army Soldier. Our philosophy at KU Law is to teach students the foundations of the law, then provide them with the hands-on experience necessary to begin their careers ready for practice. The Varsity Company International, in association with various universities, works with college students during the summer helping them gain the experience to apply the knowledge, concepts and skills gained in the classroom to an actual work setting. Via Christi Health System is a Catholic, mission-focused, not-for-proďŹ t healthcare system of medical centers, senior communities, health plans and outpatient and retail facilities serving Kansas and the surrounding region. With over 8,000 stores nationwide, Walgreens is creating opportunities for talented, ambitious individuals to be ready to contribute to future success. Wal-Mart offers a variety of opportunities in every area of our operations and in many locations around the world.
For more information on the attending employers, download our app from the App Store or Google Play Store for FREE. Search Wichita State Career Fair Plus. OR Log in to your Hire-a-Shocker account through your myWSU to learn more. Employer registration is still open; check frequently for updates.
Attend the Fair Like You Mean It! Because you are a prospective employee, we’d like you to attend the Spring Career Fair like you mean it. And that will take some preparation.
Don’t wait until the last minute to accomplish the following: 1.) Learn all you can about the companies that interest you. When an employer asks “What do you know about us?” you want to have an answer. The Career Fair app is the perfect tool to help you begin the research. 2.) Create a great resume. Read the Starter Kit and use the tips to either begin your resume or to improve it. You’ll find the Starter Kit along with a resume check list in the Resource Library of Hire-a-Shocker. 3.) Check out the Resource Library of Hire-a-Shocker. There are six articles in the Career Fair section. Read them to have an effective experience at the fair. *30-Second Elevator Speech *Before, During and After: Making the Most of the Job Fair *Dress to Impress *Questions to Ask at a Career Fair *Research the Companies *Sample Business Card 4.) Attend the Career Fair Prep party on April 2. Bring your resume to have it critiqued. Bring your questions. Not sure what to wear to the fair? Take a selfie in your career fair outfit and we’ll say yay or nay.
And now for the DON’Ts • Don’t come during the last half-hour of the Career Fair and expect to make all the contacts you planned. Be one of the first to arrive when the recruiters are fresh! • Don’t come to the fair with a group of friends. Interact with recruiters on your own. You won’t be hired in a group! • Don’t carry backpacks or large purses. Carry your freshly printed resumes in a professional-looking portfolio or small briefcase. • Don’t show up just to get the giveaways. Not cool.
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Career Fair Prep Party
CAREER FAIR PREP PARTY APRIL 2, 2014 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM RSC FIRST FLOOR
Have your resume reviewed by one of our Career Counselors! Ask about what to wear to the fair! Get your questions answered and be prepared for the Career Fair!
Spring 2014 Events
April 2 - Career Fair Prep Party
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - 8:00am - 7:00pm Friday - 8:00am - 5:00pm
April 7 - Resume Walk-In hours - 12-7pm April 8 - Resume Walk-In hours - 12-7pm April 9 - Spring 2014 Career Fair April 11 - Physical Therapy Career Fair
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