College Career Advice Roundup – February 2015

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In college, career advice can feel like drinking out of a firehose. That’s where we come in! We’re here to help by finding the best tips around so you can build an awesome portfolio & confidently pursue your career. Check out this month’s roundup of college career advice!

February College Career Advice Roundup

FROM INTERN TO EMPLOYEE: 4 TIPS FOR MAKING A LASTING IMPRESSION – IDEALIST CAREERS

We’ve all been there, interning away, often for free, desperately hoping to convert an internship into a paid opportunity. As more evidence piles up about the value that your college internship can bring to future employment, take a moment to find 4 great tips about how to make the most out of your internship and increase your odds of converting it to a paid, full-time gig.

THE JOB SEARCH SILVER BULLET (INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEWS) – JIBBER JOBBER CAREER MANAGEMENT 2.0

Navigating the brave new world of job searching can be daunting. But there is one tried and true trick for increasing your odds of landing something great– informational interviews. Personal aside, one MBA I know conducted over 100 of these and now has a powerhouse network and his dream job. Don’t feel overwhelmed, start small and use this article to find great tips on how to make the most out of your next informational interview.

RESUME CHECKLIST – KEPPIE CAREERS

Ah, the good ol’ resume. We all need ‘em. This quick read gives you three main things to keep in mind when you work on your next batch of resumes. Added bonus? When you get the perfect set of bullet points, you can revisit your Seelio to show them off with all of the other cool multimedia you’ve got on hand.

GET THE CALL BACK WITH RESUME ACTION STATEMENTS – SIMPLY HIRED

Another resume post? I know! But this is chock full of examples and one golden rule for writing strong action statements about each of your valuable experiences. Take a look, trust me- your resume will thank you for it.

3 INSPIRING WAYS TO TURN YOUR PASSION INTO A BUSINESS – BRAZEN CAREERIST

Lastly, for all of the entrepreneurs out there, use this article to take a quick gut check and see if your passion is ready to be your full-time job. All of us at Seelio know how rewarding it can be to start something you love, but we also know that there can be a lot of challenges along the way. Are you ready for the plunge? Read this post to get a step closer.


And that’s it for this month’s college career advice roundup! Let us know what jumped out to you or what topics you’d love to see in the next roundup by giving us a shout on Twitter @seelio!

Student Spotlight: Andrew Copp Shares Why He Uses Seelio

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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)