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Career fair employers give Carthage students a bit of advice

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Campus Event Allows Students to get Advice from Employers Themselves On Oct. 20, Carthage students had the opportunity to ask representatives from five different companies questions about how to present themselves when applying for internships and jobs. This was the Employer Panel Discussion, and it was held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:50 p.m. in the Clausen Center for World Business.

The Employer Panel Discussion was organized by Jean Frederick, Senior Director of Career Services. The discussion’s purpose was to help students prepare for Carthage’s Career and Internship Fair, which will be held on Oct. 26.

“I wanted students to learn how to make themselves more marketable and how to present themselves on a resume and in an interview based on the information the companies give out,” said Frederick.

The representatives and companies present at the discussion were as follows: Melody Bernhardt represented CCB Technology, an IT firm based in Racine. Sue Mattner and Katie Nierstheimer represented Jockey, a Kenosha-based clothing manufacturer. Correy Slotterback represented Sherwin Williams, a manufacturer and distributor of paints and coatings. And Chris Kardys represented Speedway LCC, a convenience store subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corporation.

All these businesses were also at the Career and Internship Fair. The following are questions asked by students attending the discussion and the paraphrased answers the company representatives gave.

 

 

What qualities do you look for in a potential hire?

If one has taken classes relevant to the position. – If one has taken part in out-of-class activities that fit the position. – Interest in working for the company. – Good communication skills. – Willingness to take on challenges.

“Who should one include as a reference?”

-Teachers and professors one has had. – People one has worked with in the past. – No friends or family. – Have three to five references. – Provide a brief explanation as to why that person is a reference.

What are some red flags during an interview?

-Slouching or looking too comfortable. -Poor eye contact. -Not following instructions, such as not parking where one is supposed to. -Forgetting to smile. -Having one’s phone out; leave it in your car. -Having distracting tattoos or piercings. (It is best to take out visible piercings.) -Not having copies of one’s resume or reference list prepared.

“What keeps a resume from being thrown in the trash?”

– Keep them short and highlight key points. – Keep them free of errors. – Use different fonts and font sizes. – Only put experiences relevant to the position one is applying for. – Have something that stands out.

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