From: Career Services News
Sent: Friday, February 01, 2008 11:12 AM
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Subject: Career Services eNews - Feb. 1, 2008
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Feb. 1, 2008
Follow Up is Key after Winter Career Fair
One of the most important pieces of any successful job search is the concept of follow up. Following up with a company not only keeps you on their mind as they make hiring decisions, but also keeps you in the loop as far as what their process is. If you met with company reps at the Winter Career Fair last week, you should now begin crafting your follow up emails. This practice should also be employed after an interview, and after you have previously applied for a job on their website or emailed a resume and cover letter to them to express interest in their opportunities. Following up lets them know you are interested and care enough to continue to seek them out. We have provided some tips about following up with companies at the end of this eNewsletter. Click here to read them.
Winter Career Fair: Success All Around
The Winter Career Fair last week was a success by all measures. This was the first fair where we conducted an official student registration, and we had 800 students register throughout the day. In addition, this was also the biggest Winter Career Fair in Rose-Hulman history. The inclement weather in surrounding areas made travel difficult and several companies had to cancel at the last minute, but we still had 136 companies in attendance last Wednesday, which is the most ever for this event. Thank you to everyone who made this event a success!
NACE International Student Virtual Career Fair
Our office is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and we are pleased to pass on information about the upcoming International Student Virtual Career Fair.
Their intent is to connect global employers with global student talent. Registration is currently open for employers and registration will be open for students soon. We will keep an eye on this and present more details as the event unfolds.
Practice Interview System re-launched!
All students and faculty should have received information earlier this week about the re-launch of our practice interview system through InterviewStream. We are pleased to offer this system to students so that they can practice for interviews from the comfort of their own homes or offices. All you need to use the system is a Rose-Hulman email address and a webcam. If you do not have your own webcam, you can use our private practice room in Career Services! Click here to check out all the details!
Report Those Offers!
If you have not yet reported the offers that you have gotten from companies for full-time or internship opportunities, please do so! We have just compiled our first Senior Salary Averages report for the year and could use information from several majors. Whether you have accepted or rejected an offer, or even if it is still open, we need your information! Your name is never connected with the salary information you provide, and only average data is released to students and employers who call for this information. Click here for the full-time reporting form and click here for internship reporting.
As you read at the beginning of this eNewsletter, following up with companies is a vital part of the job search process. Here are some helpful tips:
· Follow up can be done by phone or email. Email is often a quick and easy way to reconnect with a company representative, but picking up the phone and making a call is acceptable as well.
· Be sure to remind them who you are. It is good to reintroduce yourself and jog their memory as to where they met you or when they last corresponded with you.
· Use each follow up communication to express your interest. Make it specific and genuine. Refer to a past conversation, re-sell your fit for the job or simply restate your interest. Make sure they know you want this.
· Ask questions to find out what you want to know. Don’t be afraid to come right out and ask what you want to know. Will they be conducting interviews? What is the timeline for their hiring process? What is the status of your candidacy? These are all acceptable questions to ask in an email or phone call, just not all at once!
· Offer your assistance. Recruiters are often juggling the hiring needs of various departments while managing the resumes of students from a variety of schools. Do what you can to make it easier on them. Let them know when your break is coming up and that you are free for an interview. Or perhaps mention that you are available for a phone interview. Always end by providing your contact information and letting them know that if they need any more information to make their decision, you can provide it. Attaching a fresh copy of your resume is okay, too.
· Don’t go overboard. The first follow up communication should be 1-2 weeks after the initial meeting, interview or correspondence. Periodic follow up after that should be in 2-3 week intervals. You want to stay on their radar, but not be a pest.
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