Beat the Heat: A Brief Guide to Dressing Sharp and Staying Cool

Written by Jonathan Fera

It’s that time of year again: summer.

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Summer: the season of sweating profusely and not being able to wear long sleeves or pants for three months.

The majority of the country, especially Wisconsinites, looks forward to the season without snow (as they should).

However, not everyone in the state goes on summer vacation and sports a swim suit from May to August. Some still have to work their nine-to-five, and for most UW-Whitewater graduates or current students, in business attire.

Dressing professionally in the summer months can prove to be difficult for individuals required to work in suits, long sleeves and pants, which are typically created with thick fabrics.

For example, this guy.

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Finding ways to survive the summer heat while still looking business professional is crucial to remaining comfortable during the work day. To help with this mission, we’ve compiled a few tips on dressing for hot weather.

First off, shaping your summer wardrobe around lighter neutral colors, like white, tan, taupe or pale gray, will help you look professional while cooling off at the same time. This can be applicable for any individual looking to fight off the heat during business hours.

For individuals identifying as female, wearing a sleeveless blouse when strict suit attire is not required is another great way for avoiding the heat during the work day.
Or, you can combine both of these tips!

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Hair is another possible issue in the summer months for women, with humidity, salt water and intense sun causing more harm than fun.

However, using shampoo and conditioner that prevents color fading from the sun can help keep your hairdo from losing its style! In addition, keeping your hair cut flattering to your hair texture is critical to looking fresh.

This is important for people identifying as male too! Not looking shaggy, carrying around a handkerchief to wipe away excessive sweat and rocking a stylish hat can go a long away for men staying cool in the heat.

For men specifically who work in a professional environment, rocking wool “tropical” suits or khaki cotton suits are the best way to go.

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It’s important to be comfortable in your workplace and dressing for the summer months allows you to accomplish that.

Next time you’re breaking into a sweat walking from your car to the building, remember these tips to still looking professional in the summer months!

Intern of the Month: Becky Wintringer

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Written by Stephanie Gordon

Coming to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Becky Wintringer was not sure this was the place for her. It was not until she became involved with her residence hall that she was sure Whitewater was home.

Throughout her time at UW-Whitewater, Wintringer was involved in many aspects of student life. From being a general member of the Optimist Club her freshman year, to being a part of the Homecoming Steering Committee last fall, it seems that she has done it all.

Wintringer, an English literature major with minors in journalism and communication, was named the April Intern of the Month for her internship with Career & Leadership Development (C&LD).

Wintringer was hired as a Warhawk Connection Center Intern for the fall of 2013. However, this was not the path she thought she would take.

Originally applying to be a customer service associate, Wintringer found herself with the offer to be an intern in the Warhawk Connection Center. In looking at this opportunity, she felt that it was an area that she did not have a lot of experience in, however, was one that she could grow and develop from.

Throughout her time in the Warhawk Connection Center, Wintringer has appreciated all of the people that she has met and worked with.

“I have absolutely loved my time in the Warhawk Connection Center,” Wintringer stated. “I have been mentored and advised by wonderful professionals throughout my time here who have really helped me develop into the open-minded and professional that I am today. My skills have been fine-tuned in so many ways.”

Wintringer’s time in C&LD will follow her through her next endeavor. After graduation, Wintringer is going to be moving to Massachusetts to pursue her master’s degree in higher education administration and working in their housing department as a first year resident educator at the University of Massachusetts – Lowell.

After learning and growing here at UW-Whitewater, she is excited to see where this new journey takes her and what new experiences she will have and the lessons she will learn.

Take advantage of the opportunities around you and keep an open mind,” Wintringer noted. “You never know when you’re going to find your passion.”

Surviving Finals Week: Stress Management Tips

With finals season approaching, it is not surprising that stress levels are rising. For a lot of us this is the most stressful time of year. From final exams to group projects and presentations, it seems like the work will never end.

I did some research to see what we can do to help reduce our stress levels and finish out this semester strong. Here are a few tips that I found:

1. Sleep. I know that sleeping when it seems like you have endless amounts of work to do seems like a bad idea. However, getting a good amount of sleep every night can actually help you feel less stressed during the day.

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If you are someone who works better at night, schedule time for a nap during the day. Your body needs to rest. Getting sleep can help you feel more relaxed and allow you to focus on the schoolwork that you need to accomplish.

2. Make some time for fun. If you are spending all of your time in the library studying all day every day, you are eventually going to get burnt out. If you schedule a few hours in your week to just hang out with your roommates or watch some Netflix, you will start to feel less stressed.

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While it may seem like a good idea to stay in and study all the time, your brain needs a break too. With the weather getting nicer, find a friend to just sit outside and talk with. This way your brain is getting a break from all of the educational stuff and you’re getting a chance to relax.

3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Sometimes you have that assignment that you just can’t figure out. Whether it’s coming up for a topic for your big paper, or just getting some pre-presentation jitters out. Your professors are there to help you. They have office hours for a reason. Go in and talk to them, chances are they’d be more than happy to work through your problem with you so that understand what you are doing.

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Ask your friends for help. If you haven’t been there already, you probably will in your time here. Friends are there to help you practice your presentation and tell you that you are saying “um” too much. Plus, chances are they’re going to ask you to return the favor someday.

4. Remember to eat. From experience I can tell you that there’s nothing worse than spending all night studying and then remembering you didn’t eat. Is it worth it to eat right before bed, or do you just wait until the morning? The decision is never easy. Even if you are just snacking while you are reading your textbooks, or creating a presentation. That is better than nothing.

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Your body needs food to function. If you forget to eat, then you will lose any momentum you had in studying and you will have to spend refueling yourself. Also make sure that you don’t just go on a diet of Toppers and McDonalds. Treat yourself to some nice fruits and veggies everyday so that you are making sure you stay healthy.

5. Manage your time. If you are like most college students, you will have more than one project to work on or more than one exam to study for. Make sure that you are spacing out your time wisely. If you know that one of your exams is going to be really difficult and you are going to need to put a lot of time into studying for it, start early. This way, instead of spending hours at a time studying for just that one exam, you can break it up over a few days and study other things along with it.

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Doing this will help you not only not get bored with the topic you are studying for, but will give your brain a chance to retain the information. The breaks that you give yourself can be used to nap, sleep, or have some fun. This way both you and your brain are getting the breaks that you deserve.

While finals are a stressful time of year, it is not impossible to keep your stress levels down. These are also not the only ways that you can help calm your stress. Everyone handles stress differently, so figure out what works best for you and do that.

Searching for Jobs

Looking for jobs is sometimes the most difficult part of the job process. Where do you start? What sites are the best? Are there different websites I should use depending on my major? These are all questions that come to mind when starting my search for a job.

There are hundreds of different websites out there that post jobs. How do you know which one is going to give you the best results and help you find the job in the quickest, simplest way?

Here at UW-Whitewater, we have a great resource to help us find jobs. HawkJobs is a great website for current students and alumni to find jobs and internships. You can filter through positions by inputting your major, desired job location, and what type of job you’re looking for. From there it tells you exactly how you apply for that job.

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Hawkjobs is a great resource to help you start your search for a job. However, HawkJobs only has postings from the employers who know about HawkJobs. This sometimes leaves out a few popular areas of study.

If you are a person who is interested in a career in advertising, communications, graphic design, marketing, public relations, social media, or web design, BigShoesNetwork.com is a great place to search for jobs. There are two different regions that Big Shoes Network offers postings in, the Midwest and the South.

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Once you choose which region you would like to work in, you go to the find a job tab. This page allows you to choose what region you would like to work in and the type of position that you are interested in. Once you see a position that catches your eye, you can simply click on it and it tells you exactly how to apply.

On the other hand, if you are looking for a job with the government, USAjobs.gov is the place that you want to go. Here you can search for all different types of positions with the government. You can narrow your search down by the location you want to be in, the type of position you would like to have, and even the government agency that you would like to work for.

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If your dream job is working for your favorite sports team, then you should go to teamworkonline.com. On this website you can search for jobs by the team that you would like to work for. They have all different types of positions, from ticket sales to marketing. You can even narrow your search down to entry-level positions.

Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 12.25.43 PMFinally, if you are someone who is in the social services field, socialservice.com is a great website for you. This website offers a variety of positions in the social services field from child care workers to case managers. You can narrow your search by what type of degree is required and by location.

Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 12.27.36 PMWhen choosing which site is going to be best for you, make sure that you consider what field you want to go in. While you may still be unsure, it always helps to narrow down your options even a little bit.

Keep in mind that this job search process is one that is going to take a lot of time. There are a lot of open positions out there and you want to make sure that you are applying for the ones that you want.

Remember that employers don’t always post all of their jobs online. It is still very important to build up a network of contacts that you can talk to about possible job openings. Networking in person is just as important as networking online.

HawkJobs, Big Shoes Network, USAjobs, teamworkonline, and socialservices.com are all great sites for you to start your job search. They are easy to use and each one provides something unique in your search for a job.

Five Top Green-Friendly Companies

According to a study distributed by Good.Must.Grow, 30% of respondents stated that they expect to increase the amount of goods and services they buy from socially-responsible companies.

That is a statistic companies cannot afford to ignore, since 60% of those same respondents stated that buying goods from socially-responsible companies is important to them.

It is crucial for companies to give back to the environment, in order to sustain their business and continue to grow within their respective industry.

To celebrate Earth Day, we have compiled the top 5 green-friendly companies. This list will help you when you’re in the market for a new computer, cell phone or even winter jacket that is produced from a green-friendly source.

It will also help you if you’re looking to work for a sustainability-minded company and need a place to start on your job hunt.

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1)      Intel Intel has installed 18 on-site solar plants at several of its facilities. In addition, the company has the equivalent environmental impact of taking more than 455,000 cars off the road annually, or decreasing the amount of electricity that is required to keep the lights on in 327,000 average American homes every year.

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2)      Microsoft Microsoft has a company wide commitment to achieve carbon neutrality. The company met its goal of reducing carbon emissions by at least 30% per unit of revenue below the company’s 2007 baseline.

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3)      Kohl’s Department Stores The company developed strategies to drive its environmental initiatives: sustainable operations, stakeholder engagement and supply chain sustainability. Kohl’s has been a member of EPA’s Green Power Partnership since 2006 and was recognized three times as the EPA Green Power Partner of the Year. saxqwx 4)    Google Google’s facilities consume 50 percent less energy than a typical data center. The company also procures large volumes of renewable power. It has also committed over $2 billion to renewable energy projects. When these projects are added together Google will produce more energy than it consumes. The amount of electricity generated by these projects is the equivalent to the amount consumed by more than 500,000 US homes. saxcqwxd 5)      Apple Apple currently has a goal of achieving a net zero energy program for their data centers, corporate facilities, and retail stores worldwide. This means that Apple wants to create as much energy as it uses for all of those facilities. They also have a preference in grid-purchased renewable energy which is contracted directly with renewable generation sources.

These companies are committed to being more environmentally-friendly. Are you?

Gaining Experience for the Job Search

Here’s a scenario: You just graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. You walk into your first job interview and up to this point, you’ve done everything right. You’re dressed professionally, followed up before the interview and have everything you need for the interviewer.

You sit down and the employer looks you in the eye and asks, “What kind of experience can you bring to this position and company/organization?”

How are you going to answer this question?

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Acquiring experience for your resume and speaking about it in interviews is crucial to landing the job you want.

While gaining this experience proves to be difficult in certain circumstance, UW-Whitewater offers various opportunities to fill your resume with valuable skills.

Not every job seeker is given the chance to intern in a professional environment, so it is crucial for students to be aware of the resources and possible employment opportunities available to be successful in the job search.

The Student Involvement Office in the James R. Connor University Center helps students find campus jobs, clubs and organizations to join and volunteer opportunities on campus and within the region.

From interning for departments on campus to working in student-ran offices, the Student Involvement Office will help any student find their place to develop professional skills on campus.

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Another resource for finding internship or employment opportunities on campus is through the Career Counselors that work in Career & Leadership Development.

These professionals are dedicated to helping students find ways to fill their resume with content that will impress any employer. Appointments with one of the Career Counselors can be made by calling (262) 472-5539.

While interning on campus is one of the easiest ways to gain experience for your resume, not everyone is exactly interested in working in an office.

Just ask Ron Swanson.

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Participating in community service opportunities is another great way to fill your resume with meaningful experiences.

From joining a service organization to participating in events like Make -A-Difference Day, gaining volunteer and community service experience is a great strategy in gaining content for your resume.

More information on community service opportunities can be found here.

Now that you have a better idea of what to put on your resume, you’ll be able to answer the question posed by the employer.

You’ll be more confident about your chances of getting hired. You’ll be able to talk about all of the great things you’ve accomplished during your time at UW-Whitewater. Finally, you’ll be successful in finding your dream job.

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Passion drives motivation: Kate Winkler named March Intern of the Month

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Kate Winkler knew there was something missing from her marketing major when she entered the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

It was not until the second semester of her freshman year when she was enrolled in Biology 120, that she discovered what she wanted to study for the duration of her undergraduate collegiate career.

“I’ve always been proficient in science and wanted to take more science courses after that semester,” Winkler said. “After speaking with my adviser, I switched majors and began the path that has brought me to where I am now.”

Winkler, a senior integrated science and business major from Kewaskum, Wis., was awarded the Intern of the Month honor for the month of March. Her marketing internship started in July of 2014 at Spacesaver Corporation.

Spacesaver is an innovator in storage, offering solutions to make every aspect of a business run more efficiently.

A former supervisor from her time as a market researcher for the Wisconsin Innovation Service Center (WISC) contacted Winkler about the internship at Spacesaver.

“While I only completed one project under her direction, she thought that my constant drive for knowledge and diligent work ethic would be a great fit at the company,” Winkler said. “After doing my research on the corporation, I too, knew it would be a great fit for me.”

During her time at Spacesaver, Winkler has created market briefs about different industries, conducted online surveys and phone interviews to gauge the preferences of their audience and collaborated with the marketing team to develop user-friendly product pages.

Winkler is also working to improve Spacesaver’s social media strategy and search engine optimization strategy. This includes working with social media outlets to increase audience engagement and research key words to incorporate into the company’s content.

“What intrigued me about the position at Spacesaver was the fact that I would be able to constantly collaborate with the whole marketing team,” Winkler said. “Most of my market research projects that I had completed at WISC were very individually driven projects and while I can work efficiently on my own, I think that the best work comes out of a team effort.”

Another big part of Winkler’s internship is communicating with several different people, in order to work more efficiently and know the product better.

This has proven to be initially difficult, but has produced substantial benefits, Winkler notes.

“What I had thought were strengths before are even stronger strengths now because the marketing team at Spacesaver has pushed my boundaries,” Winkler said. “Spacesaver has taught me that a job can be fun, yet scary. I have learned that it is okay to take a risk and fail, just as long as you learn and grow from it.

Outside of work experience, Winkler is currently the captain of the UW-Whitewater Women’s Golf Team and has been a member for the past four years.

Golf is individual and team-based at the same time and truly showcases an individual’s work ethic, according to Winkler.

“I came to UW-Whitewater to play golf, but I have found so much more than that,” Winkler said. “I think UW-Whitewater does a tremendous job at giving students all that they need to succeed and pushing students to be their ultimate best, both in the classroom and outside.”

After graduation, Winkler wants to continue working in marketing for a water business. Until then, she will continue to learn and grow as a working professional.

“Take advantage of all opportunities and soak it all in,” Winkler said. “Learn as much as you can and apply it. Push past what you know and try something new. Collaborate and share your ideas. But most of all take advantage of these opportunities and absorb as much as you can while the chance is in your hands.”

 Apply to be our next Intern of the Month and share your story! 

Building Your Experience: One Bullet Point at A Time

“Please attach your resume to the application.”

These words appear on every job application. Everyone always tells you to make sure that your resume stands out against the other candidates. How am I supposed to make sure that mine is different from all the rest? What are the important things that I need to include on it? These are all questions that come to mind when writing a resume.

I have read plenty of articles giving me all sorts of resume tips. I have been in classes where creating a resume was an assignment. How was I going to make sure that mine stood out?

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I start from the top. Name, contact information, and education. Your name is important, so I make mine a little bit of a bigger font than the rest of my resume. I include my address, phone number, and email so that when the employer reads my amazing resume they knew how to get ahold of me. I put my school name, my major, expected graduation date, so the employer knows that I have the education background for the job that I want. This section wasn’t too bad.

In the related work section I make sure that I bold all of my position titles, places of employment, and the dates that I was there. This way, when the employer is scanning my resume they can quickly see the titles and then read on if they are interested. In the sub-points for each job, I describe what I did, always starting with a verb (this website has a great list of verbs that make your resume more powerful https://www.themuse.com/advice/185-powerful-verbs-that-will-make-your-resume-awesome.) If I currently hold the position, the verb is in the present tense, if it was a past position, the verb was in the past tense. I put my experience in chronological order. You can choose to do it this way or you can order the positions by relevancy.

2Throughout college I have been involved in many different student organizations. My resume was a perfect place to show all of the relevant skills and experiences I have gained through those. This section is formatted just like the related experience section except instead of them being employment related, they are leadership and professional organization related.

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The final step in my journey to make my resume one that would stand out to employers and land me that job is to get feedback. My family is happy to help, my friends are almost as happy, but I will have to read a couple of their resumes too. I will also take it to one of Career & Leaderships Resume Doctors so that I could get a more professional opinion on it as well.

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After talking with these different people I also got some advice on what not to put on my resume. The two most important pieces of advice I received was to make sure that I did not have any spelling, grammatical or punctuation errors on my resume and that my resume was not more than one page long. These mistakes could take me one step back in my goal to look professional. Another piece of advice was to make sure that I am using an easy to read format so that the employer could easily follow my experience and skills and relate them back to the job. Finally, they told me to make sure that I am highlighting that I have the required skills and experience for the job. I can do this by taking out experiences that aren’t as relevant and elaborating a little bit more on what was.

A resume is never completed. With every new job and every new experience there is something to add. As time goes on there will be things that are no longer relevant. However, now after going through my resume and making sure that the basic layout is good, I feel a lot better about attaching my resume to the job application and sending it out to future employers.

5Note: It is not recommended to send out massive quantities of your resume unless it is tailored to each specific position.

Career & Leadership Development is a great place to get your resume reviewed no matter what field you are in! Call (262) 472-1471 to make an appointment today!

C&LD Internships: A Day in the Life

In present day, it seems like every entry level position out of college wants to see some sort of experience. This experience is usually gained through an internship. While the internship search can be daunting and challenging, there is a department on campus that offers great internships. As current interns for Career & Leadership Development, we spoke to other interns in the office to see how working here has not only given them job experience, but so much more.

We started in the SEAL office, where we talked to a few interns about what it is like being a part of SEAL and C&LD:

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“I love being an intern because of how connected we all are yet our jobs are all different. I also like working in such a busy atmosphere.”

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“I have really enjoyed my internship position with Career & Leadership Development. It has helped me grow as an individual and has really shaped the person I am today. The endless amount of opportunities and experiences that I have gained throughout this internship has helped me further my education and career path here at UW-Whitewater.”

-Kayhla Sadowski, SEAL Social Media Intern

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“My time in Career & Leadership Development (C&LD) has changed my life. I know that sounds cliché, but I have a family in C&LD on the SEAL team. While I have only worked here this year, I have learned so much about entertainment, marketing, and students on campus. Working as the Large Event Intern has been one of the best decisions of my life, and I hope to learn more and grow as a student while on campus for the next two years.”

-Jessica Faust, SEAL Large Event Intern

After talking to those SEALS, we decided to go over to the PB Poorman Pride Center to see what the PRIDE Interns had to say: 

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“The past 2 years being a PRIDE Intern in Career & Leadership Development have been so crucial to who I am as a leader. Every opportunity I’ve had has shaped me in ways that will not only help me in my career, but throughout the rest of my life.”

-Alyssa Reetz, PRIDE Intern

“Working as an intern in C&LD has helped me value myself and develop a professional identity.”

-Lisa Helms, PRIDE Intern

“C&LD has adopted me into their family!”

-Connell Patterson, PRIDE Intern

The next stop on our journey through C&LD brought us to the Student Involvement Office, where we talked to Hope Schmidt, the Community Service Intern:

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“The confidence I have gained as a C&LD intern has been tremendous. Things I never thought I could do…I can now say I do.  Because of this internship opportunity, I feel like a better-rounded individual. I have learned skills that I can now take with me wherever I go after I leave UW-W!”

After all this traveling, we ended up back in our office that we share with Jamie Hinze, the Human Resources Intern and she gave us some insight into her experience in the department:

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“During my first year with Career & Leadership Development, I was employed as a Customer Service Associate working at the front desk. This was a fun and flexible position that taught me how to provide exceptional customer service and significantly strengthened my interpersonal communication and problem solving skills. Later, I earned the title of Human Resources Intern – a new position in the department in which I assist in the coordination of departmental student employee experience, specifically in selection, professional development, and evaluation. This internship has allowed me to explore my interests and career goals while giving me the opportunity to network with employers, students, and UW-Whitewater staff. My supervisors are incredibly supportive of my goals and needs as a full-time student and they have tailored the experience to fit me.”

As you can see, there are many different facets of C&LD and each offers a different experience. Whether you are looking to be a social media guru, coordinate community service events, or just learn something new about UW-Whitewater and what it offers to students, C&LD is a great place to gain all these experiences and many more.

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The applications are open until March 3rd! If you are looking for an internship and want to be a part of the C&LD family, then go to uww.edu/cld and apply today!

Multicultural Career Fair Recap

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These are all things necessary when attending a career fair. When I decided to attend the Multicultural Career Fair here at UW-Whitewater, I had to prepare.

Luckily, this was not my first career fair, so I already knew what to expect and what to do differently than the time before.

I started the morning ensuring that I was going to be comfortable throughout the day. Having a filling breakfast, the “recommended” amount of caffeine, and enough time to get ready in the morning, set the foundation for a positive and productive experience.

I chose to wear a white dress shirt so I did not become too warm during the career fair. No company wants to hire someone drenched in sweat from walking around a room, am I right?

I researched the companies and organizations I wanted to speak to the day before the career fair, making sure I was prepared to hold a conversation with and impress the recruitment representatives.

When I arrived at the Multicultural Career Fair, the first company I wanted to talk to was MilwaukeeJobs.com. The company has an opening for a Community Partners Manager, so I immediately took an interest in speaking to them.

Background: I was a Marketing Intern for this company during the summer after my sophomore year and enjoyed my experience a lot during that time. While this is a very rare case of already having an extensive base of knowledge on the company and position, it made speaking to the company recruiter more meaningful.

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After speaking to MilwaukeeJobs.com, my confidence rose and I was ready to move on the next employer.

I have an interest in state government, so I had to make a stop at each of the state departments and drop off a resume. Every conversation with these representatives was pleasant and went according to plan, besides one.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) can only take job applications online and cannot take resumes at career fairs, in order to offer fair opportunities to all job seekers.

I was not aware of this fact and after our conversation ended, I asked if I could leave a resume and was in the motion of pulling one out of my padfolio. The representative, with a completely straight face, replies “No, sorry.”

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I was very thrown off and it made the rest of the encounter a little awkward. They explained why they couldn’t take a resume and I completely understood.

It’s very important to research the hiring procedures of organizations like the DNR. If I had done that, I could have avoided an uncomfortable situation and left a more positive impression.

Overall, my experience from the Multicultural Career Fair was extremely positive. There’s nothing else like being surrounded by other students looking for employment in their field and professionals eager to offer amazing opportunities for career development.

Whether you’re looking for full-time employment or an internship, I would encourage all job seekers to attend career fairs in the future. If prepared properly, it’s the most effective avenue to take when locking down that next employment opportunity.

If you attended the Multicultural Career Fair, please share your experiences with us! Comment on this post or share your experiences using #WarhawksWork on either Facebook or Twitter!