By Lori Ramos
LOGOS STAFF WRITER
Career Services & Professional Development is preparing University of the Incarnate Word students to meet future employers through several events – the biggest a March 2 Networking Mixer.
Career Fair Week begins Tuesday, Feb. 21, in J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library’s Special Collections Room. Participating students will get tips on networking strategies, job search help, one-on-one resume and cover letter reviews, and advice on how to dress professionally.
Career Services Coordinator Abreetta Bonner said Career Fair Week was set up to meet each portion of the students’ career development needs.
Unlike the one-day job fairs of previous semesters, Career Services decided to take a different approach this spring.
“The sole purpose is to prepare students for the networking event, which is our large mixer that essentially gives students an opportunity to meet with employers, share their resume and get more information about internships and full-time and part-time employment opportunities,” Bonner said.
“I think the real difference between the Networking Mixer we’re having this year vs. the career fairs we’ve had in the past semesters is that we’re really being strategic on the employers that the students have noted on their registration form that they’re interested in speaking with, shown some interest in working there, getting an internship opportunity or just seeing what’s available.”
The Networking Mixer, which will be 6-8:30 p.m. March 2 in McCombs Center Rosenberg Skyroom, is geared toward UIW students, regardless of major and their college experience, but students must register online through Career Services’ website to attend. An etiquette dinner will follow the mixer.
“Honestly, all of our events at Career Fair Week are tailored to any classification of students,” Michelle McWilliams, a Career Development adviser, said.
Employers who will be at the mixer are listed on the Career Services website. Artpace, City of San Antonio, Cavender Auto Family, Nielsen and Rackspace are among them.
When students register for the mixer, they’ll be asked to give Career Services an idea of the types of employers they would like to see present, McWilliams said.
“Each of the (Career Week) workshops will focus on a different hot topic, so to speak,” said Bonner. “That way when the Networking Mixer comes around they’re more than prepared to present themselves in a professional manner, knowing how to network with employers and make sure they have the proper documents with them to essentially ‘brand themselves.’ ”
In addition to participating in the events, Career Services recommends students schedule an appointment to speak with a career adviser.
“It’s always great to set up an appointment with us,” Bonner said. “I know it’s really helpful for students to meet one-on-one with a career adviser to get more information or a better stance on where they are in the process. Some students will have a very well-developed resume already, but they may need to brush up on small talk, how to present themselves professionally or building a brand.”
In preparation for the Career Fair Week and Networking Mixer, McWilliams advises students who are graduating seniors to update and complete their resumes.
“We’re having our resume review day,” McWilliams said. “You don’t want to be stuck with a resume you haven’t updated since high school or when you applied to UIW and you’re about to graduate in a couple of months.”
Tuesday, Feb. 21: Lunch and Learn, noon-1 p.m., Special Collections Room on second floor of J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library.
Wednesday, Feb. 22: Cardinal Resume Review, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Cardinal Courtyard.
Thursday, Feb. 23: Networking and Professional Dress Workshop, noon-1 p.m., J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library Auditorium.
Thursday, March 2: Networking Mixer, 6-8:30 p.m., McCombs Center Rosenberg Skyroom.