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Career Fair Advice From the Other Side of the Table: What a Fortune 500 Company Looks For

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Advice You Can Use at Your Next Career Fair

Recruiting season is in full swing!

We caught up with one recruiter from a Fortune 500 company who was on campus at the University of Michigan last week. This company is a major player in the energy space and is frequently on campus recruiting for talented undergraduate students to join their general sales and marketing internship program. We only had a minute but grabbed some quick advice from this recent MBA grad turned recruiter so you can blow employers away at your next career fair or recruiting session!

What impressed you most about the students you met with?

I was extremely impressed with how much students had already accomplished. From having performed deep, substantive work for both large companies and startups, to volunteering for social impact organizations, to a wide variety eye-opening international travel experiences, the breadth of their experiences was phenomenal.

One student came in with an example of a pitch deck that he put together for a student investing club that he’s involved in. This impressed us, both because it showed his initiative and intellectual curiosity to get involved in real work outside the classroom, and because it enabled him to better illustrate the type of analysis that he’s capable of.

What were you surprised that students didn’t know?

Many of the students we talked with struggled to place their experiences in context and explain how the arc of their experiences has led them to be interested in this specific opportunity with our company. Some also struggled to convey what they perceive to be their weaknesses in an open, honest way.

What do you look for to move an applicant forward?

In a nutshell, we look for how their experience has led them to be a great fit for this opportunity, and how well they’re able to convey that.

Now that you’re recruiting, what do you wish you had known when you were on the other side of the table? 

It’s not always about having an extremely intricate knowledge of the company or any one specific interview answer. It’s more about a high level narrative that matches your experiences with this particular opportunity, and your overall ability to communicate your thoughts effectively that matters.


One more tip from us? Taking time to reflect on your experiences, and writing them down (or capturing them on Seelio!) can help you better tell your story to recruiters.

What works for you? Share your career fair advice with us on Twitter @seelio.

 

Showing Skills to Employers with Seelio and Fullbridge

Google, Airbnb, Prezi, The Daily Muse

Where can you meet and network with companies like these?

At an upcoming Fullbridge Future Leaders Summit!

Future Leaders Summits are 1-day events that bring together student leaders and young professionals to learn, network, and design innovative solutions to real world problems. These interactive experiences provide future leaders with the tools they need to succeed.

We got a chance to participate in the October 3 Summit in NYC and it blew us away. Students gathered together with leaders from The Daily Muse, Google, and Fullbridge to learn how to take their education and put it to work for their career goals. At the event, we shared about the importance of building a professional online profile to show evidence of skills to employers.

Moses Lee and David Nesbitt present Seelio at Fullbridge Future Leaders Summit

Moses Lee and David Nesbitt from the Seelio team with students at the NYC Future Leaders Summit

Jobvite’s “2014 Social Recruiting Survey” underscores the importance of demonstrating skills to employers in an online profile. Ninety-three percent of recruiters said they will review a candidate’s social profile before making a hiring decision, and 83 percent stated that they look for examples of written or design work in their review.

Employers today aren’t just looking for a degree or GPA, but they want real evidence of the skills that students have. We love the work that Fullbridge does to help students build skills, and we were glad to help students at the Summit showcase their talents on Seelio,” said Moses Lee, Seelio co-founder and group president at Keypath Education.

Jenni Maier, managing editor for The Daily Muse and a speaker at the Summit, agreed. “A portfolio tells a company who you are and what you care about – more than a resume,” she said. “And that’s what employers want to know.”

Students at the Summit documented examples of their skills and projects on Seelio. See a gallery of their work here. Better yet? We shared that gallery with all of the recruiters who attended to the NYC Summit so they could continue networking with students who could become future leaders at their companies.

We spoke with one student, May Yee Brenda So, to see what she thought about building a professional profile on Seelio as a part of the Summit. “It’s really exciting because I’m an engineer and lots of the things I do involve the design process. You can’t actually show the design process in a resume because it takes a lot of time to explain, but with a platform where I can show videos, my prototyping, and even write a few lines to describe my project, it actually shows an employer what I think, how I think, and how I cooperate,” she said.

There’s still a chance to join an upcoming Future Leaders Summit this year! Send in your application for the next Summit in San Francisco:

Click here to apply for the 11/7 San Francisco Summit by 10/20

Can’t make it to the Bay Area? You can build your Seelio anywhere. Sign up and start showing employers your skills today!

This School Year, Bring Your Resume to Life with Seelio and LinkedIn

We’ve shared before how you can spruce up your LinkedIn profile and bring your resume to life with works from your Seelio profile.

Today we want to show you how Michael Baker put that advice into action. Michael is a student we first met at the University of Toledo who graduated, finished one master’s degree at Georgetown University and is now getting a second master’s in economics at American University while working at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Michael Baker on Seelio

Michael hasn’t left many stones unturned throughout his higher education experience. From working on a capstone project with NASA to a going on a service learning trip in Costa Rica, he was on the look out for experiences both in and out of the classroom that could bring his skills to life. Better than just finding the experiences, he saw that he could bring his resume to life by posting about them on Seelio so others could see the skills he developed and the lessons he learned.

Michael first encountered Seelio as a student at The University of Toledo’s Jesup Scott Honors College. But even after he graduated, he saw a way to put his Seelio to work for him– on LinkedIn! When we asked if we could share his profiles as an example for other young professionals we also asked if he had any advice to share. Here’s his great tip:

“Any experience, no matter the field or the scale, helped to develop you to who you are today. Document it and talk about it at length, because if you don’t, no one else will either!”

Michael is absolutely right. Did you work on something this summer that you can share on your Seelio? Take a moment to upload it– you never know how helpful it will be when it’s time to bring your resume to life for a potential graduate school admissions officer or employer!