This assignment will help you in developing a plan for how you will meet with potential employers at the Career Opportunity Fair.
THE CAREER OPPORTUNITY FAIR IS WEDNESDAY, September 25, 2013 FROM 10:00 AM TO 2:00 PM AT THE H & HU BUILDING LOCATED between 8th and 9th Streets facing Cherry Street (the side street for the Scott College of Business.
PREPARATION ASSIGNMENT: This is the beginning of developing your career. It is a position in your career path it is not a job! Jobs are when you work at McDonalds or Hardees. You are on your way to developing and positioning yourself as a professional.
STEP 1: Get your resume together. There are a number of examples of resumes online. Look around – remember I am always encouraging you to do some research.
But I already have a resume: We talked a little in class about how to develop a resume. If you already have one you can use it. I would suggest that if you do have one you have it reviewed by a professional in the Career Center. You can call them and make an appointment to go and have it reviewed. The phone number for the Career Center is (812) 237-5000. They review resumes for ISU students every day Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
I don’t have a resume and don’t know where to start: If you need help with the layout for your resume just Google “how to write a resume” or “resumes” and you should find plenty of ideas. You can’t do this in just a few minutes so take your time and then get it reviewed by a professional in the Career Center. You can call them and make an appointment to go and have it reviewed. The phone number for the Career Center is (812) 237-5000. They review resumes for ISU students every day Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
DETERMINE YOUR ATTIRE: You are creating your working persona, (how do you want other professionals to see you?) Ask yourself what you want it to be. We make a first (and too often a lasting) impression within the first 30 seconds of someone meeting us. Be sure you are at your best!
What NOT to wear:
NO flip flops
NO tennis shoes
NO plunging necklines or tight clothing
NO white athletic socks (even if they are new)
NO stilettos or platform shoes
NO back packs
What TO wear:
Business casual – kakis (but not with all those 1,000 pockets), shirt with a collar (such as a polo shirt or a button down broad cloth shirt with short sleeves, nice shoes (guys please wear socks), - ladies you can wear a skirt that comes below the knee or kakis (but again not with all those 1,000 pockets), sweater
Interview attire – dark suit (jacket and pants match) black, gray, navy, guys wear socks that are the same color as your suit, guys wear a long sleeve white shirt (it can be button down and does not need to have cufflinks), and wear a conservative tie, ladies wear a long sleeve white blouse and a conservative scarf or modest jewelry.
DO THE RESEARCH: You will need to go to the website for the Career Center www.indstate.edu/carcen click on sign in. On the left you will find the Career Opportunity Fair listed. Click on that, across the top you will find a bar on the left “Employers Attending,” click on that, a list of all of the employers attending will come up.
Here is your research assignment. You need to find at least 6 potential employers that you would be interested in talking with. Once you have your list you will need to go to their websites and do a little research on each of them. You are going to create 2 questions for each of your 6 employers. You can determine the questions you will want to ask them by doing the research on their website. The purpose of the questions is three-fold 1) I want you to go to their website in order to learn a little about them and their product or service and 2) having predetermined questions will assist you in breaking the ice with the employer as you talk with them and 3) being prepared will help you alleviate your nervousness.
CREATE YOUR ELEVATOR SPEECH: You need to create and write out your elevator speech. It can be as simple as:
HELLO MY NAME IS: ___________________________________ I AM MAJORING IN BUSINESS AND AM LOOKING FOR AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK IN __________________________________.
WHAT WILL YOU TURN INTO ME (this assignment has a total of 6 steps; 3 in each of two parts.)
WHAT DO I TURN IN? You will be turning in your “Assignment package” which includes:
1. A cover page that includes Your name, Business 100 – (your section number), Career Opportunity Fair, and the date (the assignment is being turned in).
2. A (one) copy of your resume
3. A copy of your elevator speech, and
4. A copy of the list of the 6 (six) employers you plan to visit – this document should include the two unique questions for each employer.
This package should be turned in our first day of class next week Monday for MWF students and Tuesday for TR students. The package is to be turned into me at the beginning of class no later than the time that class starts. By having your PACKAGE done and to me on time you earn 20 points.
WHAT DO I INLCUDE IN MY PROTFOLIO TO TAKE TO THE CAREER FAIR?
Step1: Get your resume together you will need to print out at least two copies for each employer you intend to visit with. You will turn in a copy of your resume to me the last class day before the Career Opportunity Fair. As with any assignment your resume is due to me by the time class starts (do not plan on printing your resume after class starts). This part of the assignment is worth 20 points.
Step 2: Make a list of all of the employers you intend to visit. You will need to list two questions for each of the employers (this is what you will talk to them about when you approach their table). Remember:You will turn in your list of employers you wish to visit including the two questions you plan to ask each one. This list will also be included in your portfolio to take with you the day of the Career Opportunity Fair. As with any assignment your list of employers with the two questions for each one is due to me by the time class starts (do not plan on printing your list of employers and questions after class starts). This part of the assignment is worth 20 points.
Step 3: Create your elevator speech and write it out. You will turn in your elevator speech to me and have a copy for yourself in your portfolio. As with any assignment your elevator speech is due to me by the time class starts (do not plan on printing your elevator speech after class starts). This part of the assignment is worth 10 points.
What will you turn in on Monday, September 23 (classes that meet MWF) or Tuesday, September 24, (classes that meet TR)?
· One copy of your resume,
· One copy of your elevator speech, and
· One copy of your list of employers you plan to visit along with the questions you have prepared for each one.
· This packet should have a cover sheet that contains
o Your name,
o The date,
o BUS 100- the section number, and
o Assignment #6 in the upper left hand corner (the remainder of the cover page should be blank). I will use this packet to provide you with the grade you earn.
· You will also bring your portfolio with you to class so that I can make sure you have everything included. You will earn 20 points for having your portfolio properly prepared.
· Your portfolio which is Part 1 of the assignment is due to me on at the beginning of class.
o You will put a minimum of 8 copies of your resume into a portfolio and
o Include your elevator speech (taped to one of the pockets)
o Along with your list of 6 employers that you intend to visit with including 2 questions for each.
REMEMBER: do not cut and paste questions; by that I mean do not use the same two questions for each employer. You will be telling me that you did not do your research and that you do not care about this opportunity. The questions for each of the employers should be unique.
Step 1: Attend the Career Opportunity Fair. Attend the Career Opportunity Fair on Wednesday, September 25. The Career Opportunity Fair will be from 10:00 to 2:00; you don’t need to stay the entire time but be sure to visit at least 4 employer booths. Be dressed appropriately and have your portfolio with you. I will be there during the entire time in case you have additional questions or you need assistance. I will try to sit to the left as you enter. I will be there from 10:00 to 2:00. When you enter you will want to ask for a map so that you know where employers are located on the floor. This will get you through the process much more quickly and get you out and on your way. If you have prepared as I have instructed you to do so you should be able to come in and visit with at least 4 employers and leave within about 20 to 30 minutes.
In your portfolio you should have two copies of your resume for each employer you intend to visit (sometimes they have two people sitting at a table). Some employers don’t take paper copies of resumes but will ask for you to submit it electronically. You can do that when you get back to your room or apartment. Also in your portfolio you will want to have pen, paper for writing notes, your list of employers you want to visit, including the questions you intend to ask them and a copy of your elevator speech (just in case you get nervous and want to remind yourself what you intend to say).
Step 2: As you visit with employers be sure to get business cards. This part of the assignment is the fun part. Before you approach the employer’s table, take a minute and review your elevator speech and look at the questions you intend to ask them. When you talk with the people at the table be sure to ask for their business card. Your goal is to collect at least 4 business cards. At some tables there will be two people and you can collect one from each. However you need a minimum of 4 cards from 4 different employers. As you leave the table, go off to the side and make a note on the back of each card to remind yourself about something unique you spoke to the person about. This way you can include something personal in the note you will write later in class. You may collect up to 6 business cards for points for this part of the assignment. Each card will be worth 5 points. The requirement is to collect 4 cards from 4 different employers (this part of the assignment is worth 20 points). However, you may collect up to two additional cards for a total of 6 cards and 10additional incentive points.
What if they do not have a business card? I am surprised every year when students tell me that the person(s) they spoke with did not have a business card (we will talk about this later in the semester but sharing your business card is great personal public relations for you and additionally, it is a form of marketing and brand recognition for the company). However, in the event that they do not have a card, ask for a brochure or other printed material. Make sure you get their name and mailing address. You need this for the next potion of the assignment.
Step 3: We will write personal (hand-written) notes to the people you talked to thanking them for taking time out of their schedule to speak with you. Don’t worry about this part of the assignment we will talk about it later and we will do it in class. Each note you write will be worth 5 points. You are required to write a minimum of 4 but you can write up to 6 for an additional 5 incentive points each.
REMEMBER: HAVE FUN!!!! THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO DEVELOP YOUR CAREER AND BECOME A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL.
QUESTIONS FOR BUILDING YOUR RESUME
As you type the boxes will expand so just get started and don’t worry about it. This is your first attempt at building your resume. If you need help with the layout for your resume just Google “how to write a resume” or “resumes” and you should find plenty of ideas.
At the top of your resume you will want to include your name, address, phone number, and email address.
List your education (this should include high school, college and your expected college graduation date including your major and any minor).
List all of the jobs you have had in this box (including the date you started and the date you left the position):
List all of your skills in this box (this can be in the form of duties you performed at each job):
List all of the organizations to which you have belonged (past and present):
List all of your activities (past and present) for example band, choir , football team, volleyball team etc. and the dates that you participated;
List all of the honors and awards that you have received include the dates that you received each award:
List all of your community activities for example that you sat on the Youth as Resources Board. Include the date you started and the date you ended:
What else you have done that would represent the fact that you take responsibility? List any of those things here:
|Due By (Pacific Time)||09/23/2013 12:00 am|
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