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Member Activity Report Several students in the last month of the fall semester were notified of being recipients of scholarships. Anne Christensen was presented scholarships from the Grace Foundation, Hormel Foods, Zimmerman Memorial, and South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship. Special thanks to the Society in Women in Engineering, Minnesota chapter for selecting Anne for her Hormel Food Scholarship. As well, IIE Twin Cities Professional Chapter awarded Jeff Wientjes, Benjamin Johnson, and Kristy Rennick with scholarships for ongoing contributions to their local IIE student chapters, as well as their community involvement. Congratulations to all the scholarship awardees! Top Row: Jeff Wientjes, Anne Christensen. Bottom Row: Kristy Rennick, Benjamin Johnson

Professional Development: Making the Most of a Career Fair The Career Fair, held once a semester, is a great opportunity for students at all levels to explore career and internship/co-op opportunities. The goal of the student is to find out about suitable positions with potential employers, to obtain company and industry information, and to distribute resumes. Employers are looking to identify potential candidates for known or anticipated positions, to share information relative to their business, and to collect resumes. Keep in mind that typically the same recruiters come back to Mines each semesters! The most important thing to do before the Career Fair is prepare! Check the SDSM&T Gold Mine for the list of companies attending to Career Fair and what positions and majors they are interested in hiring. Your success at the Career Fair depends on how well you have prepared and on how well you communicate your interests and abilities to recruiters. Conduct preliminary research: Research every company that you are interested in and come with specific questions to ask the recruiters. Company websites are a great way to find out information in order to prepare for a face-to-face meeting. Bring plenty of resumes, pen and paper, and business cards if you have them. Have your resume proofread by the Career Center before the event. Do not forget to dress to impress! Prepare questions and an Elevator Speech. Be prepared to go into a "60 second summary" of who you are and what you have to offer an employer. Preparation, enthusiasm, and energy will get you noticed! Also, make sure that you are prepared to answer questions regarding your education, work experience, skills, and abilities, as well as ask intelligent questions about the company you are interested in. Speak clearly and concisely. Make sure that you can be heard above all of the noise! Do not let yourself be distracted when talking to an employer. Maintain good eye contact and focus on what is being said. Manage your time well so that you are able to see all of the employers you are interested in. Remember that you may have to wait in line for some employers. Avoid Common Mistakes:  

Inappropriate dress. Dress professionally and conservatively. Failure to do background research on participating companies. Have a few notes on each company ready in a folder and review them before speaking to the recruiter  Running out of resumes. Bring plenty! 30 copies is a good number.  Not having a plan of attack. Retrieve the floor plan ahead of time and highlight the companies you want to visit and their location.  Failure to show enthusiasm. Be positive and upbeat!  Follow up with a thank you letter or email. Write down the name of the recruiter you spoke with. If you participate in an interview, always send a short email or letter thanking them for the opportunity and highlight some key points you enjoyed from the interview. Information taken from :

Article contributed by Jeff Wientjes, Treasurer