How to be Successful During Career Week

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January 27, 2016 by ambermomin

Career Week is just around the corner, and every McCombs student has his or her eyes set or their dream internship or job. In order to be successful, it’s crucial to take advantage of the many events taking place before and during Career Week and to plan ahead.

Fortunately, our Peer Coaches have shared their favorite tips for Career Week and how to make it a great success; read below to find out!

Plan your outfit ahead of time.

Sophomore Katherine Mullings says, “Dress for your industry and plan ahead. I’ve seen many students put off planning their outfit until the night before, only to realize they can’t find their shoes or tie. Don’t scramble at the last minute worrying about your outfit, when you need to be focusing on what’s really important – networking with recruiters.”

*Career Expo Required Attire: Business Professional. See the complete Business Attire Guide for more information on business professional attire. Students not wearing business professional attire will not be permitted into the expo.

Get your resume reviewed by a Peer Coach.

Resume reviews conducted by Peer Coaches (PCs) are one of the best resources BBACS has to offer. All PCs are professionally trained to review and critique resumes in the McCombs template, in terms of both format and content. Walk-in hours for resume reviews are Monday-Thursday 10:30-4:00 and Friday 10:30-1:30. Be sure to bring a printed copy of your resume!

Register for the Career Week Sneak Peek.

Kickoff Career Week the right way by attending the Career Week Sneak Peek. Featuring companies such as AT&T, Indeed, and Citi, this event allows students to learn about industry and career opportunities through guided discussion questions. Recruiters will rotate tables throughout the duration of the event, and will be available to answer any questions students may have during the open networking sessions at the beginning and end of the event.

Attend the BBA Women’s Council Roundtable Breakfast Forum.

Women’s Council Co-Program Manager Brianna Seidel says, “The roundtable breakfast forum is one of my favorite events put on by the BBA Women’s Council. It gave me the chance to network with successful businesswomen from various industries and hear about their experiences and challenges. The breakfast covered intriguing topics such as skills all businesswomen should have and negotiating for a pay raise. I learned so much, and would encourage everyone to attend.”

Sign up for Corporate Mock Interviews.

What better way to get comfortable with the interview atmosphere than by signing up for a corporate mock interview? During corporate mock interviews, representatives from top-level companies interview students in the Ford Career Center and offer valuable feedback tailored for the student. Not only does this experience allow you to have a no-strings-attached interview, but it also allows you to get insightful advice from recruiters in regards to which questions you answered well and which ones could have been answered better.

RSVP for “BBA Employer Panel: Recruiters Tell All”.

Come out and hear insider tips from the recruiters themselves! Learn what they love, what they hate, and what they want to see more of! This exclusive BBA event will give attendees a competitive advantage during the recruitment process to get the inside scoop on how to land his or her dream job. Be sure to RSVP soon!

Volunteer at the Career Expo.

Are you an underclassman too nervous to attend expo? Not quite sure what to expect? Try getting your feet wet and learn more by serving as a volunteer!

Peer Coach Amber Momin recalls, “For me personally, volunteering at the expo during my freshman year gave me the chance to see the event up close without the pressures of actually recruiting. When I finally attended the expo the following year, I wasn’t overwhelmed and felt comfortable with the scene, simply because I had volunteered during my freshman year.”

Download the Career Expo App.

There will not be an Expo Brochure this year so you must download the app to do company research and navigate the event!

Career Expo App Download Instructions:

Downloading* the App
1.Go to the App Store (Apple) or Play Store (Android).
2.Type “Guidebook” into the search bar.
3.Install the Guidebook app.

Downloading the Guidebook
1.Type “Spring 2016 McCombs Undergraduate Career Expo” into search bar within app.
2.Click “Get this Guide.”
3.Guide will begin downloading.

Attend the McCombs Diversity Council Dinner.

MDC President, Angela Shang, says “The dinner is a great way to network with employers in a more casual, stress free setting. It allows students to get comfortable talking to company representatives, and see them in a more personable manner rather than just as a recruiter. Great companies will be attending this year, including Boeing, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and KPMG. I highly encourage everyone to attend.”

Sign up for Career Paths in Commercial & Corporate Banking“.

Interested in pursuing a career in finance? What to know what a day in the life of a banker looks like? Come out and network with employers from J.P. Morgan, Citi, Frost Bank, BBVA Compass, and Amegy Bank to hear their personal experiences!

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