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The Northern Iowan’s Fall 2019

CAREER FAIR Guide

Tips, attendees, career opportunities and more to help your future seem like less of a “Stranger Thing”


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Fall 2019 Career Fair Guide Attendees

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Advance Auto Parts Aerotek Allen College Altec ALTERNATIVES PREGNANCY CENTER American Axle & Manufacturing AmeriCorps NCCC Ames Chamber of Commerce Apex Systems ArcBest BankIowa Becker Professional Education BerganKDV BKD, LLP Boy Scouts of America Buckle Businessolver Cambridge Investment Research Camp Adventure Child & Youth Services Camp Wyoming Cedar Rapids Police Department

• CliftonLarsonAllen LLP • CO-OP Financial Services • Collins Aerospace • Collins Community Credit Union • Conlon Construction Co. • Consolidated Electrical Distributors, Inc. • Cottingham & Butler • CPM Holdings • CRST International, Inc. • Cumulus Media Des Moines • CUNA Mutual Group • CURRIES • Dayton Freight Lines, Inc. • Deloitte • Des Moines University • DLL • Dominium • Drake University Head Start • Drake University Law School

• Dupaco Community Credit Union • Easter Seals Iowa • Eide Bailly LLP • EMC Insurance Companies • Emerson • empirical foods, inc. • Enterprise Rent-ACar • Exceptional Persons, Inc (EPI) • Exide Technologies • EY (Ernst & Young) • F&M Bank • Farm Credit Services of America • Fastenal • Federated Insurance Company • Ferguson Enterprises • First Heartland Financial Group • Forest Ridge • GEICO • Global Atlantic Financial Group • Gosling & Company PC • GreatAmerica • Financial Services Corporation

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• Greater Des Moines Partnership • GreenState Credit Union • Grinnell Mutual • Grow Cedar Valley • Henning Companies • HNI Corporation • Hogan - Hansen, P.C. • Hormel Foods • Houston Police Department • Hubbell Realty Company • Hy-Capacity • Hy-Vee, Inc. • Hybrid Transit Systems • IBM • IMT Insurance • Intoxalock • Iowa 80 Truckstop • Iowa City VA Health Care System • Iowa Division of Banking • Iowa State University • Iowa State University-College of Engineering • J.B. Hunt • JCG Land Services • JF Brennan • John Deere • Kendall Hunt Publishing • Kent Corporation • Keyot • Kingland Systems Corporation

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Kohl’s KPMG LLP Kubica Corp Kuder, Inc. Kunkel & Associates LattaHarris, L.L.P. Loeffler Construction & Consulting Loras College LSI (Lutheran Services in Iowa) Lutheran Lakeside Camp Marion Police Department Martin Marietta Medix Menards Merrill Manufacturing Company MidAmerican Energy Company Mount Mercy University Mudd Advertising Nationwide Insurance Next Generation Wireless Northwestern Health Sciences University Northwestern Mutual Office of Iowa Auditor of State PDCM Insurance Pella Corporation Principal Financial Group Raising Cane’s Renewable Energy

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Fall 2019 Career Fair Attendees continued • Robert Half • RSM • Self-Help International • Sherwin-Williams Company • Situs RERC • Smart Avenue • Social Security Administration • Sogeti USA • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville • Spartan Light Metal Products • St. Ambrose University • SystemWorks LLC • Tanager Place • Target Corporation • TDT CPAs & Advisors • Terex • The Accel Group • The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation • Titan Pro • Transamerica • TrueNorth Companies • UNI Career Services • UNI Employment Services • UNI Graduate College • United Fire Group • United Technologies Corporation • United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities • University of Iowa • University of Iowa Tippie College of Business Specialized Master’s Programs • University of Minnesota Law School • University of Missouri- School of Law • University of Nebraska College of Pharmacy • Veridian Credit Union • VGM Group, Inc. • VT Industries Inc. • Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield • Wells Fargo Home Mortgage • Western Illinois

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University-School of Graduate Studies Wired Production Group Woodward Academy Workiva WorldWide Logistics WPD Management

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importantly than that, employers want to see whether or not This past Thursday, UNI you are using what you learned hosted Career Readiness Day in the classroom in the work in Rod Library. The event was world, volunteer world or in designed to assist students as student activities.” they work to become job ready. A common mistake some Matt Nuese, associate direc- students make is to focus too tor of Career Services, had much on listing the tasks they some suggestions for the best performed and not enough on way to build a resume. the skills they gained. According to Nuese, employ“On your resume, your eduers want to see that students cation is two lines. The rest of have been successful in school, the page is why they hire you,” which can be demonstrated in Nuese said. “You need to list the multiple ways. tasks you did, how you did it, “One aspect is the GPA, and and how it will help the profesthe other aspect is what you sion you are going into.” studied,” Nuese said. “But more In regards to the design of

a resume, one page is recommended, unless the student is in a “helping field,” which includes professions such as social work or teaching. In this case, the student would create a two page resume. Nuese suggests using a clean font, such as Calibri or Ariel, between 10 and 12 points. “You should always keep a margin because there should be a balance of white space and text,” Nuese advised. “You can’t have every single inch of paper filled, but it also can’t look empty. There has to be a balance.”  See RESUME, page 4


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Students looking for future employment opportunities will have a chance to network with a wide variety of employers this upcoming Monday. On Sept. 23, UNI students can come to the McLeod Center for this semester’s job and internship fair. The event goes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and all students are encouraged to attend. The fair will feature over 160 businesses, along with a few graduate schools and nonprofit organizations. Both large and small businesses will be represented at the fair. “There’s a reason that

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When arranging a resume, Nuese suggests starting by listing the most prominent part of their training, which is their education. “From there, students should list their experiences, then evidence of leadership, and other relevant activities, as well as their skills,” said Nuese. However, this structure is

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[these] organizations are here; it’s to talk to students,” said Sarah Goblirsch, assistant director of employee relations at UNI Career Services. Among the larger businesses in attendance at the fair are Principle and John Deere. At the same time, smaller, locally-based organizations like Allen College and the Black Hawk County YMCA will also be at the Career Fair Businesses choose to attend this event so they can interact face-to-face with students. According to Goblirsch, they want to be able to show students what they have to offer.

Students coming to this event should be dressed in professional business attire, says Goblirsch. While this does not mean that they have to be dressed in a suit, they should at least wear dress pants and a matching dress shirt. However, according to Goblirsch, it is preferred for seniors who are attending the fair to wear a suit and tie. Goblirsch stressed, though, that students should not feel obligated to go buy a new suit for the event, as long as their attire is appropriate. Students looking to prepare for the upcoming fair should have their resumes reviewed in advance, says

Goblirsch. Throughout this week, UNI Career Services will be offering a variety of different walk-up hours in which students will have the opportunity to get their resume reviewed before attending the fair next Monday. Goblirsch also advised students to review the UNI Career Services website and the list of businesses and organizations that will be attending the event. Doing this will give students the upper hand when it comes to talking points and knowledge about each specific business that they plan to talk to. Along with all of the businesses and organizations

that will be attending the fair, there will also be many different opportunities for internships. “We always recommend students to do as many internships as they can,” Goblirsch said. Many students may be thinking that the career fair is only meant for juniors and seniors who know what they want to do and are ready to find a job. However, Goblirsch always recommends that freshman and sophomores also attend the fair just to see what is out there. “Regardless of what year you are in school, there is always something to learn,” Goblirsch said.

not set in stone. “If the student has exceptional experiences, for example, they’ve done the job already, then this might move their experience above their education,” Nuese stated. The greatest advice Nuese had to offer students was to have other people look at their resumes before submitting it to employers. He also encourages students to put themselves out there despite the risk of rejection.

“Overall: do something.” Nuese said. “You have to put yourself out there and prepare to be rejected. If you apply for 10 jobs, you’ll get an invitation to interview for maybe two or three of them. You have to play the numbers game, so do something.” UNI Career Services offer regular outreach efforts to students looking to improve their resumes. “Students can always call our office and get help with

building a resume. We also give samples of resumes on our website. We have 15 different samples based on the job type students are going for.” In addition to building a successful resume, Nuese suggests students join clubs that relate to their future profession and network with faculty. This is because a resume has to meet the expectations of the industry students are working towards joining.

“Write for the audience you are looking for,” Nuese recommended. Nuese highly suggests that as soon as students finish their resume, they should go to the Career Fair because the event will host employers from all kinds of professions. “There is literally something there for every student on campus,” said Nuese. The Career Fair is Sept. 23 in the McLeod Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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As the world continues to advance in technology, the rise of social media has skyrocketed alongside it. Social media’s simple accessibility makes it a breeding ground for inappropriate and nonwork friendly content. In turn, many employers have begun checking out their job applicants’ and current employees’ online profiles to ensure they are “keeping things PG.” According to Mary Doyle, a field experience coordinator for the College of Education, inappropriate online profiles

could cost a teacher applicant their job. “Since I work with future teachers, I know that mentor teachers, administrators, students, staff and even parents are ‘looking up’ students on social media,” Doyle said. “A negative impression can make a big difference and cause loss of opportunities and recommendations.” Although it may seem like an invasion of privacy, having clean online profiles and social media can give a job applicant a leg up above others when searching for a job. Doyle said to

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delete any pictures or posts on social media that involve inappropriate, offensive or discriminatory language, and those that implicate evidence of drinking or drug abuse. Employers want to see that their potential employees are ethical and have good values, both online and offline. Doyle encourages every student to give their online profiles a good look-over to ensure they are comfortable with future employers seeing anything and everything they post. Although privacy settings are something that can be set fairly high to elim-

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inate a lot of this privacy invasion, Doyle made it clear that it’s better to delete the inappropriate posts than to rely on your privacy settings. “Certainly check your privacy settings and protect as much as possible, but to be aware that even then, things get out,” Doyle said. Although there are plenty of things employers are hoping not to see on their future employees’ social medias, according to Doyle, they’re always on the lookout to get impressed as well. Adding things that reflect community service involvement,

highlight skills, talents, work ethic and responsibility can make your profile look clean, and add something above and beyond your resume. There are also many different resume-building and professional networking sites available to students and employers. The largest of these is LinkedIn, especially popular in the business world. Using these resources and guidelines, students can craft a social media presence that, as the saying goes, even their grandmother would be proud of.


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