8 Reasons to Attend the College of Business Job & Internship Exposition

By: Annie  Burnham

Welcome back, College of Business Rams! I hope your summer was relaxing, productive, and that you set and met some short-term goals. Now that the new semester has started, setting a few more short and long term goals (even if they are just in your head) is important to your success this semester.

One of your long term goals is probably to get a job after graduation. Well, there’s no time like the present to start working toward that goal. And here’s one of the best ways you can start – the College of Business Job & Internship Expo.

This event will be held on September 18 and 19 from 4-6 p.m. in the foyer of Rockwell West. The event is taking place two days in order to split up the concentrations. Marketing, Management, Master of Management Practice, Master of Business Administration, Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise Master of Business Administration students are invited to attend the Wednesday session, and

Computer Information Systems, Accounting, Finance, Real Estate, Master of Accountancy, and Master of Science in Business Administration for Computer information Systems, and Financial Risk Management, students are invited to attend Thursday. Register with the Career Management Center today.

Now, why should you go to this event, you ask?

The Career Management Center has eight good reasons students should attend.

  1. You can increase your network. 80% of jobs are found through a personal or professional connection. What better way to start making those connections than in an environment designed to cultivate those relationships? LinkedIn is a great vehicle for these relationships to be formed as well. The COB Job & Internship Expo hosts more than 50 employers and a number of great contacts that are looking for someone like you.
  2. It gives you a reason to dress your best. Your professional appearance makes a difference. Put on your nicest business attire to make a lasting impression. It is always better to be a little overdressed and show that you want to make a good impression rather than look like you decided attend this expo last minute.
  3. It is an opportunity to learn about a variety of companies. Take every opportunity to attend company or industry meetings, conferences, and events. The Job & Internship Expo provides you with a unique opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with a number of recruiters who can tell you firsthand what working with their organization is like. Come prepared with questions and research companies beforehand.
  4. Get a job/internship.  More than 50 employers will be in attendance. They are all seeking College of Business students. Start the career process early and meet with a number of companies one-on-one.
  5. Employers want to meet you. This one goes with No. 4. These employers will be prepared to conduct on the-spot interviews with the candidates who offer the best value to their organizations.
  6. Get a professional photo. Have your photo taken by a professional photographer to use on social media sites like LinkedIn. This is another reason dressing your best will be important. Your selfie in the bathroom mirror should NOT be your LinkedIn profile photo.
  7. Gain experience in career fair settings. Careers fairs can be intimidating – start early in college and learn the best ways to attract employers attention. You can also watch others interacting with employers and take some mental notes.
  8. Discover new companies and opportunities. Chances are you will not have heard of every company that is in attendance. This is a chance to find some companies that you might want to research later on about employment opportunities.

Although you might be a few semesters away from graduating, it is never too early to start thinking about what you want to move on to next. The Job & Internship Expo is a great way to meet new people and learn about opportunities to take advantage of now.

Top Three Reasons to Attend the College of Business Career Expo

By Annie Burnham

Tomorrow, February 6, the Career Management Center is hosting their semi-annual College of Business Job and Internship Expo. From 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. join more than 50 different companies for networking in the Rockwell West Atrium. Why, may you ask, should you take advantage of this? Because graduation will be upon us before you know it and looking for potential jobs now will save you a lot of stress later. And if that isn’t enough to convince you, here are the top three reasons why you should sign up to attend the Career Expo tomorrow:

  1. Distribute your Résumé: You have the potential to get your résumé submitted for dozens of jobs. This will require you to do some research tonight and tomorrow morning. The Career Management Center has a list of the employers coming, so go ahead and browse the ones that appeal to you. See what positions they have open that you can fill. You might have to tailor your résumé a bit for specific positions but the fact that you prepared ahead will demonstrate your attention to detail.
  2. Networking Potential: Not only will this help with your possibilities for careers but also it will allow you to explore different options to meet your needs and interests. The more network connections you have, the more likely you are to get a job after graduation. The saying “It’s all about who you know” nine times out of ten is correct. Be confident and assert yourself. What do you have to lose?
  3. Free LinkedIn pictures: You will already be dressed up to present yourself to companies, so you are bound to look professional in your LinkedIn profile picture. This will help your page viewers see that you are able to present a professional image of yourself. Updating your LinkedIn page often is a good plan to increase your chances for landing a job.

Looking Forward to the Spring Semester

by Tim Pate

A new semester has begun at Colorado State University, and that means plenty to anticipate for CSU students. As the warm weather rolls around, students will get back in the rhythm of being a Ram full-time.

For freshman, this time of year means transitioning from apprehension at the prospect of new environments and challenges to excitement at embracing the next steps in a college career. At the other end of the spectrum, senior students realize that this is their last semester at CSU, which means charging into new territory come May. There are decisions to be made and opportunities to be had.

Spring semester at CSU is always a great time of year. The blossoming trees of the Oval never fail to provide a spectacle, and warmer days mean later nights spent on the intramural fields. It is also now that students begin thinking of their summer plans – be they visiting family, traveling or studying abroad, or staying in Fort Collins to work and take classes. Springtime shows students the multitude of possibilities ahead of them.

The College of Business too is alive with exciting prospects for students, faculty, and friends of the College. Events for students of all interests are on the horizon, as are career fairs and expos to get students connected with the business world. Keep your eyes open for opportunities to engage with the College of Business – the programs and events available are continuing to improve with each new semester.

This semester, you can look forward to these events and more:

Global Finance Summit

Friday, March 1, 2013
7:00 am – 1:45 p.m.
University Center for the Arts
Colorado State University
1400 Remington Street, Fort Collins, CO

Th­e Global Finance Summit will feature expert commentary and debate from financial professionals, economists, and academics on topics relating to the overall state of the global and domestic economy, fiscal and monetary policy, investment strategies, and business challenges.

Career Management Center Job and Internship Expo

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Rockwell Hall West, Atrium
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO

This event is an exclusive opportunity for employers to engage with College of Business student and alumni (closed event for Business Majors) in Rockwell West, the College’s state-of-the-art facility.  The event is smaller and more intimate, allowing recruiters more time to have meaningful interactions with our students.

Everitt Real Estate Center presents Mark Fleming: “Once a Hare, Now a Tortoise”

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
4 – 6:30 p.m.
Fort Collins Hilton
425 West Prospect Road, Fort Collins, CO

Mark Fleming will talk about what is in store as we head into the traditional buying season in the housing market in 2013, how the economy will fare given the political and fiscal situations, and whether housing will be as strong in 2013 as it was in 2012.

Make sure to check the College of Business website and to keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on the latest happenings around the College – there are sure to be plenty.

The College of Business presents: The Interview of Horror

 

by Tim Pate

HalloweenBuster had recently graduated from college, and he was ready to make it big in the real world. He had been highly successful during his four years at school, and he knew that he had a lot to offer his future employer. After browsing through the local paper for job openings, he found a company hiring for an entry level position in his field of interest. He sent the company his resume and cover letter, and was lucky enough to be granted an interview the following week. Little did he know that he was headed straight for what would prove to be one of the most terrifying experiences of his young life…

On the morning of his interview, Buster peered through squinted eyes at his alarm clock only to find that it had never gone off. His interview was only 30 minutes away, and he had no time to shave or shower. He hastily donned the first dress shirt he found in his closet, neglected to select a tie, kicked on a pair of tennis shoes, and sprinted out the door and into his car. His hair in a state and his breath quite foul, he started the engine and raced to the interview.

Despite his hustle, Buster arrived at the company’s offices five minutes after the interview was scheduled to start. He tried to flatten the wrinkles in his shirt and to press down his unruly hair, but his efforts garnered no results. He caught the elevator to the company’s floor, all the while trying to calm his rapidly beating heart, and then stepped out to greet the receptionist.

The receptionist summoned the interviewer, a well-dressed and confident-looking woman from the HR department, who arrived with an all-too-obvious air of frustration to meet Buster. She greeted him briefly and ushered him into a conference room, where he sat and faced the woman.

The company for which Buster was interviewing was well-known in the area, so Buster had neglected to do any research the week prior to his interview. He figured he knew as much as anyone else about the company, and elected not to worry about analyzing the company thoroughly. Buster was then surprised when the interviewer started asking him about specific business practices of the company and how the company had interacted with certain clients. Buster had no way of relating to the questions that the interviewer was posing to him, so he instead blabbed about himself in an effort to demonstrate his own credibility. Like water flowing over a boulder in a river bed, Buster’s words gushed from his mouth but failed to move the interviewer.

At the end of the interview, Buster was asked if he had any questions for the interviewer. His mind still in a tizzy from the disastrous proceedings of the previous 45 minutes, Buster shook his head no and thanked the interviewer for her time. He stood up, shook her hand, and walked out of the office without saying another word. The receptionist said goodbye, but Buster ignored this nicety as well.

In his car, Buster punched the steering wheel in frustration. How had he been so foolish? Why hadn’t he taken the opportunity more seriously? He started the car and tried to forget the whole experience. This was a day he never wanted to relive. By the time he arrived back at home, he was thinking of his plans for the night, as he was sure that he could use some fun to wash the taste of the interview from his mouth.

A stack of thank-you letters lay unopened, untouched, and unused on the desk in his bedroom. He never heard from the company again…

THE END

Happy Halloween!

10 Grammar Mistakes that Could Cost You a Job

by Tim Pate

As a business student, your focus is supposed to be the raw mechanics of a company – right? You’ll produce the idea, the innovation, and let your copywriters and editors make sure that everything is spelled correctly and follows grammar rules.

Sorry to tell you, but this mentality is guaranteed to get you into trouble when you put it into practice.

Whether you like it or not, having a firm understanding of the English language is essential to your business career. It starts with your resume: a messy, unrefined resume is the fastest way to be dismissed for a job. However, your resume is not the only way employers will evaluate you.

Today, virtually everything you write is fair game for employers to scrutinize and evaluate to determine if you are the right person for a position. If you put together a really great project for a class that you plan to show at an interview, do you actually think you’ll be taken as seriously as you should be if that project is riddled with grammatical and spelling errors? Even the content you post on social media pages reflects upon you as a professional. You must take all these things into careful consideration; after all, your employers will.

Let Google be your friend: if there is something about which you are unsure, type it into the search engine and let the internet correct you. On that note, I have compiled a list of common grammatical mistakes. Remember, this list is not comprehensive, and you should check over all of your work to ensure that it is clean and professional.

1. You’re vs. Your: “You’re” means “you are.” “Your” means “something you possess.”

2. It’s vs. Its: “It’s” means “it is.” Never use “it’s” as pronoun (unless someone’s name is It. In that case, “It’s” would mean that something belongs to It). “Its” is the proper possessive pronoun, as in, “The car isn’t working. Its transmission is shot.”

3. There vs. They’re vs. Their: “There” is an adverb describing something’s location: “The ball is there.” “They’re” is a contraction meaning “they are.” “Their” is a possessive pronoun, meaning that more than one person possesses something: “That is their house.”

4. More than vs. Over: When describing the quantity of something, use more than: “He has more than five cars.” When describing a physical location in relation to something else, use over: “They flew over the Rocky Mountains.”

5. Affect vs. Effect: “Affect” means “to influence or impact,” as in, “The decision affected the entire company.” The result of being affected is the effect: “The effect was that everyone took a pay cut.”

6. Loose vs. Lose: Something that is loose is not tight: “Pull that rope harder; the knot is loose.” “Lose” means to misplace an object or to not win a competition: “Don’t lose your head or you might lose the game.”

7. Irregardless: Don’t use this word. “Irregardless” is not a real word. The proper term is “regardless,” and adding “ir-” to the front does not make the word any stronger.

8. Who vs. Whom: “Who” is the subject of a sentence, or the person doing something: “Who is playing basketball?” “Whom” is the object of a sentence, or the person being affected (not effected): “He passed the ball to whom?” If the word follows a preposition (e.g. to, around, of, in, before, with, under, etc.), always use “whom.” If a sentence you write sounds awkward, it is okay to rewrite the sentence completely.

9. Could of/Should of/Would of: The proper use is “could’ve/should’ve/would’ve,” because these words are meant to be contractions of “could have/should have/would have.” Never replace “-‘ve” with “of.”

10. Literally vs. Figuratively: If you use the adverb “literally,” it means that whatever follows is actually true. Therefore, it doesn’t make sense to say, “I am literally dying of boredom,” unless your body is actually shutting down as a result of being bored, which is unlikely. In that case, it is accurate to say, “I am figuratively dying of boredom.” Every time I see this mistake I figuratively lose my mind.

How to Make the Best of Your Interview

by Tim Pate

In light of the popularity of our post, Interview Attire: Dos and Don’ts, we have decided to follow up with more interview advice. In this post, we will discuss the actual interview process and highlight a few things an interviewee should do as well as some things to avoid.

Before the Interview

Do some background research on the company for which you are interviewing. Make sure you know enough about the company that you can ask intelligent questions during the interview. Furthermore, go online and research some common interview questionsDon’t show up unprepared and hope to spontaneously generate informed answers to interviewer questions.

Do ask your interviewers what is the proper dress attire for the interview. Play it safe and assume that business formal is expected, but be aware that some companies aim for a more casual atmosphere and may ask that you don’t dress up.

Do give yourself extra time to arrive at the interview; be punctual. Anticipate delays and detours that could slow your route to the interview location. However, when you arrive early, don’t interrupt the person or people who will be interviewing you. Wait patiently for your scheduled interview time.

During the Interview

Do know the key points about yourself that you think best demonstrate why you should get the position. Use the interviewer’s questions as a springboard for giving examples of your competency and credentials. Make sure you don’t ramble or get too chatty, but be prepared with a few stories of yourself that you can relate to interviewer questions. Furthermore, don’t wait for interviewers to draw you out. Elaborate on points to prove that you are informed and deserving of the job.

Do pay attention to body language. The way you present yourself will say a lot about your personality to your potential employers. Be polite and professional, but don’t forget to smile and show that you’re excited about the position. Remember to also sit up straight and to be reasonably expressive with hand gestures.

Do ask insightful questions. Show that you are genuinely interested in the position with questions such as, “How will my role impact your position or the company as a whole?” or “What is the atmosphere around the office?” Pay attention to the answers and interact accordingly with interviewers.

After the Interview

HandshakeDo thank interviewers for their time and consideration. Give a firm handshake and tell interviewers that you look forward to hearing from them.

Always do a follow-up. Many employers appreciate a hand-written letter thanking them for the chance to interview, but at the very least send interviewers a thank-you email to show your appreciation. Even if you have decided that the position is one in which you are not overly interested, still send a thank-you note. You never know – you may one day still work alongside that person. Don’t burn bridges just because you aren’t interested in the position.

Networking: A Necessity

by Tim Pate

As I’ve progressed through college, I’ve slowly caught on to just how important the connections I make here will be for my future. In high school, it was all about grades and extracurricular activities – a solid application and essay were enough to gain admittance to the desired university. Now approaching life in the real world, I know that my resume won’t carry me very far without people to vouch for my competency, no matter how beautifully crafted that resume is.

When I entered college, making those connections wasn’t the first thing on my mind. I was concerned with other things –  surviving all of my first year classes, trying to make new friends at a university with more than 26,000 students, and enjoying my new-found freedom. I did well in classes and I joined a club here and there, but I viewed these ventures as means for self-betterment rather than actual resources that I could utilize later in life.

What really alerted me to the need for a support system was the means by which I landed my first internship. I had worked in college, but only at tedious, minimum-wage jobs that allowed me to buy groceries once in a while. I had thought about trying to find an internship, but I knew that the job market among college students was competitive, and I honestly didn’t know where to begin or how to highlight myself as the person for the job.

Then one day, a classmate with whom I had taken multiple classes and worked on a number of projects, told the class that his employer was  looking to hire an intern. Intrigued, I contacted my classmate and he put me in touch with his bosses. The job was not posted in any public forum where I could have come by it accidentally; the only reason I was given the chance to apply was because I knew someone on the inside. My friend was able to testify to the work I had put forth in class, and soon enough I was working at my first internship.

Now, classmates are not the only people who can prove to be useful connections to the career or internship of your choice. Since I realized how important these relationships can be, I have consciously made an effort to establish deeper connections with people I meet through classes, organizations, and work – especially those people who have any association with the field I want to pursue upon graduation. When I go to a conference or a meeting for a club, I bring business cards and I collect as many as I can. More importantly, I follow up on those connections with a simple email. I find these people on social media networks and make sure that I stay connected. You’d be surprised how many people are excited and eager to help you follow your dreams. It doesn’t take much effort to let someone know that you were excited to meet them and that you hope to remain in touch.

As my base of connections continues to grow, I feel as though I am standing on much more solid ground as I begin my career search. When I see an opportunity, I find a contact that may be able to offer expertise or another connection closer to the field, and I follow that path where it leads me. Having this support system, be it formal or informal, makes the process of finding your niche much easier than doing it alone.