A career fair is a great chance to meet prospective employers and to learn more about career options in your field. Students who attend a career fair as early as their freshmen or sophomore year – report increased confidence in their ability to interact with employers and communicate their accomplishments. Juniors and seniors land interviews for valuable internships and full-time jobs through contacts made at career fairs.
More than 500 employers have attended our career fairs at Kentucky State University! National employers such as State and Federal Governments, BB&T, Dollar General, East Kentucky Power, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Federal Reserve Banks, Fifth Third Bank, General Electric, Kentucky Personnel Cabinet, Krogers, LGE & Kentucky Utilities, Monsanto, Wal-Mart, Target, to name a few regularly attend the career fairs. Career fairs are outstanding opportunities for you to meet and talk with employer representatives right here on campus!
- Explore career opportunities associated with your major.
- Learn about current internships, co-ops, and jobs.
- Receive career advice from recruiters.
- Obtain an interview with an employer.
- Expand your network of professional contacts for the future.
Helpful Job Search Links
If you are looking for a job or employment, try the links below:
- Kentucky Job Network
- Kentucky Works
- Indeed Jobs
- USA Jobs
- City of Frankfort Opportunities (City of Frankfort Employment Opportunities)
- Kentucky State Government Opportunities (Kentucky State Government Employment Opportunities)
- Higher Ed Jobs – search for employment in the field of higher education
Developing a Resumé
Your resume is a marketing tool created to market you. It may be your first contact with an employer, whether applying for an internship, co-op or job opportunity. Resumes may also be requested for leadership opportunities, graduate school, scholarship, and fellowship applications.
Employers often review resumes and cover letters in 10 seconds or less. Therefore, your resume must be well-written, concise, extremely organized, and easy to read in order to be effective. Customize your resume for the reader, looking for opportunities to match your accomplishments and interests to their needs. Tailoring your resume and cover letter to the specific employer is a key component of a successful resume and cover letter!
Where to begin? Typical sections on a resume
The following are examples of sections that you may want to have on your resume. Use this as a starting point to gather ideas as to what should be included in your resume. Everyone’s resume will be different. A career counselor can help you review and customize your resume for a specific opportunity.
An objective tells the employer what you want to do, either by stating a job title or the type of job you currently seek. You might have more than one version of your resume, with different objectives.
List the college/university name, city, state, your degree, major, concentration, and graduation date by month and year. List your most recent college first. Under the education section, you may include information about:
- Courses relevant to the type of job you are seeking
- Class projects (including senior projects, presentations, reports, & research)
- GPA if over 3.0 (major GPA and/or overall GPA)
- Academic honors, Dean’s List, and scholarships
- Professional training, overseas study programs, certificates and licenses
- Computer skills (give specific names of systems and programs)
- Languages (indicate skill level: conversational, intermediate, advanced, fluent)
- Percent self-supporting; hours worked per week (ex. Work 20 hours a week while full time student; 50% self supporting)
List your career-related experience, including full-time or part-time jobs, summer jobs, volunteer experience, cooperative education, and internships. Even course projects could go under this section! You may include experiences unrelated to your career area if you focus your job description on transferable skills, such as customer service, communication, problem solving, project management, teamwork, and leadership skills. You do not need to list every job you have held. The descriptions for your relevant experiences should be longer than those not directly related to the work you are seeking. Highlight your skills and accomplishments.
Identify your accomplishments and successes from past experiences, and the skills that you used in each situation. In your resume, emphasize what your role was, focus on the skills you used, and describe how you benefited the organization or state the results of your work. Highlight what you achieved and the difference you made.
Accomplishments might include situations in which you created or built something, initiated a project, achieved a goal you set, saved time, saved money, demonstrated leadership, solved a problem or created a solution. Use numbers whenever you can!
Use KEY WORD nouns to indicate your skills and experience, such as strategic planning, customer service, quality assurance, reconciliation, diversity training, CPA, BA, MBA, GIS, JIT, TQM, EIT, MS-DOS, SPSS, Java, HTML, web page design, taxation, statistical regression analysis, asset valuation, systems analyst, manager, Japanese fluency, cryogenics, robotics, calculus, biosytems, accountant, promotions, counsel, teach, cellular manufacturing, project management, autocad release 13, research, problem solving, team leader, etc. Use action verbs like advise, analyze, appraise, audit, consolidate, coordinate, decrease, direct, evaluate, facilitate, forecast, implement, initiate, manage, negotiate, persuade, etc. List your job title, the employer’s name, city, state, and dates of employment by month and year. Avoid writing in full sentences and leave out pronouns (I, me, my).
There is not one correct way to organize a resume. It depends on your unique education, experiences, and skills. It is a good idea to have different versions of your resume depending on the job type/industry that you’d like to target. Please contact (502) 597-6700 for more information.
Top 10 Career Strategies for Freshman and Sophomores
You control your career destiny! Just going to class and picking up your diploma after four years doesn’t cut it. You need to become active on and off campus.
Becoming marketable to employers or graduate schools is a four-year job. Here are the top 10 things you can do during college to make yourself marketable at job-search time. In fact, if you do all 10 of these, you’ll be unstoppable:
- Keep your grades up—Employers and graduate schools want candidates with good grades. That will probably never change. Doing well academically not only proves that you have a good knowledge base, but indicates a strong work ethic—a trait that employers value.
- Identify your interests, skills, values, and personal characteristics—The first step to clarifying your career goals is to go through a process of self-assessment. Visit your career center and take advantage of the self-assessment instruments it has to offer.
- Actively explore career options—You owe it to yourself to find a career that enriches your life, not one that brings you down. Actively exploring careers means talking with professionals in occupations of interest and observing professionals on the job. Your career center probably has alumni and other volunteers who are willing to talk to you about their careers. Also, attend any career expos, career fairs, and career speaker panels that are offered.
- Become active in extracurricular activities and clubs—Active involvement in activities and clubs on campus is highly valued by employers and graduate schools. Joining a club is fine, but becoming active within that club is what matters most. Become a leader, hold an office, or coordinate an event. You will develop your skills in leadership and teamwork—skills that recruiters covet!
- Get involved in community service—It’s important that you begin to understand and appreciate the importance of giving back to your community, and that you live in a larger community than your college or hometown. Typically, students look at community service as a chore. After they’ve served, however, it’s usually one of the most rewarding experiences they’ve had! Recruiters love to see that you’ve volunteered to help in your community.
- Develop your computer skills—Take advantage of the computer courses and workshops your college offers. You can also learn a lot by just experimenting with different software packages on your own. Finally, you should learn how to develop your own web page or web-based portfolio. There are many web-design software tools that make it real easy to develop your own web page! Contact your college’s information technology office to see how to get started.
- Develop your writing skills—Over and over, company and graduate school recruiters complain about the lack of writing skills among college graduates. Don’t avoid classes that are writing intensive. Work at developing your writing skills. If there is a writing center on campus, have them take a look at your papers from time to time. Remember, the first impression you give to recruiters is typically your cover letter or personal statement.
- Complete at least one internship in your chosen career field—More and more, internships are the springboards to employment and getting into graduate programs. Many recruiters say that when they need to fill entry-level jobs, they will only hire previous interns. In addition to making yourself more marketable, internships also are a great way to explore careers and determine whether or not certain careers are for you. When you work for a company as an intern for three to four months, you get a really good feel for whether the field (and company) is one in which you want to work day in and day out!
- Gain an appreciation of diversity through study abroad, foreign languages, and courses—We are now, more than ever, working within a global work force. For you to be successful at work and in your life, you must stretch yourself, and learn about people and cultures different than yours. Take advantage of the wonderful study-abroad opportunities and the courses relating to diversity. This is your time to travel! Most people find it harder to take time to travel as they begin their careers and start families.
- Use your career center all four years—Your college career center can help you throughout your entire college career. Here is just a sampling of what your career center can help you do:
- Choose your major and career direction,
- Explore career options,
- Obtain an internship,
- Write a resume and cover letter,
- Develop your interviewing skills,
- Identify your skills, interests, and values,
- Develop a job-search or graduate school plan,
- Connect you with prospective employers (career fairs, on-campus recruiting, and more), and
- Connect you with alumni mentors.
Remember, you control your career destiny. Don’t wait until your senior year to start realizing your goals. Your career train is on the move. Jump on board now so you can reach your destination!
By Bob Orndorff. Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
- Tough Interview Questions article in the Herald Leader by Theresa Mickelwait.
- Sample Interview Questions – Kentucky State University
- Interview Tips – KSU Career Counseling and Placement