Student Spotlight: Andrew Copp Shares Why He Uses Seelio

We think Andrew Copp’s portfolio is pretty awesome. We bet if you take a look you’ll like it too. We asked him if he’d take a few minutes to share why he uses Seelio and how it helps him stand out in his job search.

Hear what he has to say about Seelio:

Then, take a look at his portfolio!

Andrew's Seelio

 Want to share your Seelio story? Contact us at students@seelio.com!

 

Career Fair – 6 Tips From the Other Side of the Table

It’s almost the end of January, and you know what that means.

If you haven’t already had a second pass at career fairs, you will soon!

Seelio has been at several career fairs this past year, and I can tell you we have observed a lot. I figured, as someone who has been on the other side of that table, we would give you some tips straight from the horse’s- er recruiter’s mouth.

Career Fair

1. Research the Company.

Some people like to wait until the last minute and wing the career fair. If you actually want to find a job here, this is probably a bad idea. It’s demotivating when people come up wanting a job at your company, but they don’t know why. It makes you feel bad and kind of used, like dating someone because they’re good arm candy. If you don’t want to get to know us, why should we get to know you?

2. Be Memorable.

I once had a friend threaten to come to the career fair in a wet suit. That probably would not have helped much, but it IS still a good idea to make yourself stand out- with your confidence and your pitch. Career fairs are long, real long, and we’re standing for most of them talking til we’re blue in the face. We probably won’t remember most of what you tell us unless you can make a genuine connection. My advice, first, know your elevator pitch, but also know something about the company that the rest of the people around you probably won’t know, and engage me about it. Impress me.

3. You’re Resume Gets 6 Seconds, Make it Count.

Recruiters receive many, many resumes in the course of a career fair. I used to get excited with the prospect of each new piece of paper, each new person I got to learn about. Then an hour passed, and reviewing resumes took too long. Recruiters can only afford a few seconds to review your resume, whether it’s standing talking to you or flipping through afterward. We skim to see if something catches our attention, and if we need to we read further. Make sure you have all the basics down (contact info and graduation year easy to see, check for typos), but also make sure your resume is easy to read. If it looks bad to you, it looks bad to us too. If it looks great to you, have someone else look just in case, you can’t be too sure. 

4. Know Your Value.

If you can’t tell me what value you bring to the company, how am I supposed to tell you? While it might sound nice that you are a jack-of-all-trades or that you’re happy to try anything if there is a fit, it also sounds desperate (unless you’re going into consulting). Frankly, we don’t have the time to find the perfect role for you. It’s your job to convince me I want you, not the other way around.

5. Plan Ahead.

Some companies will have long lines. Especially if you have many companies to see or a class to get to, make sure to use your time wisely. Most fairs will provide you with a list of companies beforehand, and a map during. These would be good to plan out your route and budget your time. Also, try to catch a recruiter when they’re still bright eyed and bushy tailed (aka earlier in the day) and if you can, when they’re not surrounded by people.

6. If You Fall Down, Get Back Up.

Not so much of a recruiter anecdote, but a personal tip. Career fairs can seem discouraging. A recruiter may be ask really hard questions, or worse, be uninterested, but don’t let it get you down. There are several companies at any given career fair, and if talking to one doesn’t work out, brush yourself off, take a deep breath, and continue. Career fairs are tough on everyone, but give yourself a pep talk, reward yourself with some candy, whatever it takes, you can do it (and get free swag in the process).

While some of this may seem somewhat scary, it doesn’t have to be. The bottom line is recruiters come to career fairs because THEY want to be successful, they want YOU to be successful.

Chances are if a recruiter is representing a company they either love people, or love the company, so all you have to do is take care of the rest. Have a little confidence in yourself. With some advanced preparation, and some good ol’ mirror pep talks, you can do it.

Questions about this post? More tips to share? e-mail Chelsea (chelsea@seelio.com)

A Message from our CEO, Moses Lee

Hello Everyone,

Happy Wednesday! We have had many exciting things happening at Seelio, and we wanted to give you a quick re-cap of all the excitement!

This past week we hosted Facebook recruiter Will Barnett at our office. He shared great insights with us on the recruiting process, including this little tidbit:

Any ability to learn who a candidate is, beyond just their resume and degree, is critical to finding and assessing the best talent.”

Including Seelio URL on your resume sets you apart by showcasing who you are and what you can do, and it ultimately increases your chances to land a job.  

Here are a few more items to note:

Jobs: Since the opening of the jobs board last week, so many of you have applied for jobs and been contacted by companies. Email us when you land an interview through Seelio. We love hearing your success stories!

Meet the Companies: Companies on Seelio are also showcasing themselves, helping you determine whether they are a good fit for you. Check out these exciting opportunities: FacebookBlackboardAirtime and Fueled.

Be Discovered: If you have not already been convinced to get a Seelio, here is another reason: Seelio is onboarding great companies left and right. For example, Twitter and Palantir signed up just last night!

Seelio has been busy travelling from campus to campus. We have recently been to the University of Illinois, Purdue University, Notre Dame and the University of Michigan. In the coming weeks, we will be back at University of Illinois and at Carnegie Mellon University. If you are a student at either of these schools, email us at students@seelio.com —we would love to meet you and give you some cool swag!

Happy job hunting!

-Moses

Co-founder & CEO