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October 2015

Calling All First Year Engineering Students: Sign Up for the 2015 Gear-Up!

First year students are able to begin ECS registration after 1.5 semesters (or around spring break). The First Year Gear-Up is a FREE opportunity exclusively for first-year students to get the inside scoop on internship/ co-op preparation and to register with ECS early! Event registration opens November 4th and invitations to participate will be sent via email to all qualifying students. The event has limited spots available—so mark your calendars and sign up early.

This conference-style event takes place on December 4th from 2:30pm-7:30pm. Jumpstart your professional journey by attending three alternating sessions (resumes, interviewing, job search) presented by ECS counselors with representatives from GE providing additional professional perspectives and advice. The Gear-Up is specifically tailored to the internship/ co-op search needs of students early in their academic career and is a MUST for motivated students. Programming materials and dinner will be provided to those applicants selected … 

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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Did you know October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)? And this year marks 70 years since its first observance as a week in 1945. The purpose of this month is to celebrate the contributions America’s workers with disabilities have made to the workforce and economy.  Workplaces welcoming of the talents of all people, including people with disabilities, are a critical part of our efforts to build an inclusive community and strong economy. ECS is recognizing NDEAM by facilitating and supporting a range of NDEAM events and initiatives, including additional walk-in hours in partnership with Disability Services.

With the provisions of Section 503, certain government contractors were given a hiring goal of 7% representation of qualified workers with disabilities. This has resulted in heightened efforts by companies to recruit individuals with disabilities and an increased awareness of the need for representation within the workforce. For more information … 

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Networking Series Part III: Networking for Introverts

I have a confession to make—I am an introvert. This is something I have had to come to terms with in many aspects of my life. I embrace my introversion, but during my undergraduate job search I thought it was an obstacle. I kept hearing things like “build your network” and “put yourself out there.” It was so easy for people to say those words, but just hearing them made me anxious. Eventually, I decided that I was acting as my own roadblock to success by letting my thoughts take over. I had in my mind what it meant to be good at networking; envisioning this confident, extroverted person who spoke to everyone and gave out stacks of resumes at every turn. Then I found out that each person has their own way to network and that companies recognize the value of employing a variety of people. In the … 

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Networking Part II: How to Work a Room

Knowing how to “work the room” at an event can make the difference between a stressful waste of time and a meaningful experience. Here are seven tips you can use to work the room, then make sure everyone you meet remembers you when you leave it!

  1. Make a plan. Do your homework! Can you get ahold of the guest list? If so, who do you want to meet? If possible, connect with a few individuals prior to the event. Connecting ahead of the face-to-face meeting can eliminate some of the discomfort that comes with meeting someone new at a networking event. Once you meet the individual, you can pick right up with where your conversation left off via LinkedIn or email.
  2. Create talking points. Read the news and think about (noncontroversial) topics that can be used for interesting conversation starters. Make an effort to ask open-ended questions, show enthusiasm and genuine interest … 
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Networking Series Part I: Making Small Talk

Networking.  The word alone makes some people cringe.  Me included!  The thought of making small talk to people I don’t know, often in an uncomfortable setting, is just not the most appealing thing.  I get it!  However, networking is a part of life and is essential while you are job seeking. 

Part one of our two part series on networking will give helpful tips to making small talk.

PREPARING TO MAKE SMALL TALK:

  • Create a list of topics that you enjoy talking about and can do so with ease.   Specific to your job search, this can include your career interests, projects, favorite classes, etc.  Even if it is a career-related networking event, feel free to talk about passions and interests OUTSIDE the realm of engineering; doing this provides an inside look at who YOU are, and you never know what interests you may have in common.  This … 
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