MNPC JAIF 2014 – Overview

Posted on January 24th, 2014 by

Last week to register! Deadline is Friday, Jan. 31

By E. W.

With the Minnesota Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair under a month away, the time to start preparing is now. If you are planning to go, make sure to register within the CSL by next Friday. Once you’re registered, the real work begins.
First, consider what sort of internships you’re looking for. Once you have an idea of the industry you want to enter, head to the Minnesota Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair webpage. From there, you can go to the student menu to access a list of employers that will be at the fair. There are numerous search options that allow you to look for positions based on the industry, location, as well as qualifications needed. Narrowing down what companies you want to talk to before you actually get to the fair will help you to make the most of every minute.
Once you’ve narrowed your list down, begin to research those companies. You should be able to answer some very basic questions such as: Why do you want to work there? What to do they do? How long have they doing it? What are the qualifications needed? Having an understanding of a company will go a long way in making a good first impression.
Another way to make a good first impression is to have a clear and professional résumé ready. If you need help getting started, check out other blogs or our Pinterest board about preparing a résumé, go to the résumé and cover letter page on the career development page on the Gustavus website, or stop into the CSL for help.
Lastly, make sure you have a suit that’s ready to wear. Even before you can say a single word to a potential employer, they will be looking, and more than likely judging, you based on your appearance. Don’t give them a reason to question your choice of clothes or hairstyle.  Check out our Pinterest Board on Work Attire for ideas – but remember to Suit Up!
If you have more questions, make sure to check out the Gustavus Career Development and Minnesota Private College Job and Internship Fair webpages. If your questions aren’t answered there, head to the CSL for more help. Also, check the Gustavus YouTube videos or type Minnesota Private College Job Fair in a YouTube search for find more relevant information.


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