Need help focusing on a career path? Through our office, all Baylor students have free access to the FOCUS 2. This is an online assessment that is completely self-guided. You can access all of your results, research career options, and even see which Baylor majors will be a good fit. The FOCUS 2 assesses values, interests, personality and skills, and their relation to possible majors and careers. Feel free to take advantage of this wonderful tool. If you have questions afterwards, you can always schedule an appointment with a career advisor to discuss your results further.
So, what is an elevator pitch? Tossing a baseball in an elevator isn’t exactly the idea, though that could be interesting! An elevator pitch refers to the basic introduction of who you are and your intended purpose. Career fairs, networking events, cover letters, and formal interviews are great places to integrate this exercise. The reason is due to the fact that time is a limiting factor. Recruiters or employers only have so much of their attention to dedicate to you during these hectic events, so condensing information in an effective way helps immensely! Elevator pitches provide background information and shows your enthusiasm in a way that allows the other person to want to continue the professional conversation. It is important to practice your elevator pitch as well. Being confident and showing you’ve done some research on the company will truly make you a competitive applicant. These personal summaries should be about 30 seconds! Let’s break it down:
Career Fair Strategies That Work
by Kathy Douglas
If you are in a Google group, are a member of a family, or have met someone at your college or university orientation who is still your friend, you already know how to network. We meet, form bonds, text, and call our friends to share good news. As a species, we are natural networkers—our survival depends on it.
Schmoozing at career fairs and events is what most people think of when defining networking—standing out in a crowd, making a lasting impression that will land you a job or internship. The reality for most mortals is, however, that although it is important to practice small talk and have good interpersonal skills, most of us do not exude extraordinarily magnetic personalities.
Working magic in a crowd, in fact, is not the most important part of networking.
Great networkers know what any career fair recruiter will tell you: At the end of the day, recruiters’ feet hurt, their voices are raw, and aside from a few exceptional interactions, they have spoken with so many individuals they don’t remember who they spoke with about what.
This is why the real art of job-search networking comes in after the actual fair—the follow up.
When advising students on strategies for two major annual career fairs (one for 1,300+ students from eight universities; one for 250 students from two universities), I emphasize four things:
- Strategically select top employers to visit: Quick Internet research provides information to help determine which employers align best with your career goals. Arrive early and visit your top choices while you (and the recruiters) are fresh.
- Ask good questions: Advanced research will help you prepare smart questions. After a quick introduction, ask a question about recruiting level or specific practice areas to be sure you are not wasting your time or theirs—Are you hiring at the master’s level? Are you interviewing for your renewables practice? If you already know what they are recruiting for, start there—“I’d like to learn more about the project areas for the policy internships.”
- After discussions, find a place to stop and take notes: Notes don’t have to be extensive. I use business cards and/or a small notebook to write the reason I want to follow up, contact information, and content of conversation.
- Follow up within a few days: Decide which leads are of interest and follow up with an e-mail that picks up where the discussion left off. If you have been directed to an online application, complete it, send the recruiter a thank you and let him or her know you applied. If you connected personally with a recruiter, but there is no immediate opportunity for you, send him or her a thank you note and a LinkedIn request. There is no need to follow up on every single contact. It’s OK to be strategic.
If you have taken good notes after a productive conversation, it is easy to follow up. And most often you are doing the recruiter a favor. The work you put in to making the recruiter’s job easier, whether it results in an immediate outcome for you or not, is a positive and generous act.
And you never know where follow-up will lead. Through courteous follow-up and strategic networking, job seekers get interviews, discover the hidden job market, and learn the inside scoop on organizations.
Kathy Douglas is the associate director in the Career Development Office, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She works with a global population of dynamic graduate students interested in high-impact, solution-based environmental careers, advanced research, and thought leadership.
Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers
- Make it easy to read: Use a plain font in 10- to 12-point type.
- Focus on information that is relevant to the employer and the job.
- Keep your resume short: In general, a new grad’s resume should be one side of a single page, but can run longer if your experiences and skills are relevant to the job.
- Include keywords taken directly from the job description.
- Quantify your results, if possible.
Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
Recognizing that Baylor is like a small city with services ranging from entertainment to student support and the many opportunities available to students, Baylor’s On-Campus Internship Program was launched. The idea is to give students great work experience while they are taking classes and to give offices on our campus the much needed help. It’s a great chance for students to be mentored by the people who care most for them, the faculty and staff at Baylor.
Benefits for the students are wide ranging and include:
- Professional skill-set development
- Networking with professionals
- Training prior to the internship to ensure success
- Support during the internship
We truly are here to help students and the hosting offices offer the best internship experience! To get the application and learn more about the program, visit http://www.baylor.edu/cpd/index.php?id=867860. Hurry…the deadline for fall internships is SEPTEMBER 2nd!
-Heather Wheeler, Assistant Director of Internships
Welcome! The fall semester has begun! Before you become completely overwhelmed by all of the excitement on campus, we want to introduce you to 5 important things going on in the Office of Career and Professional Development.
- Our career advisors are now serving as liaisons to different academic areas! Each career advisor will be the designated “go-to” person for particular majors, including undecided! We are excited to offer this new, customized way of service for our students. Find out who your advisor is by using our handy search tool!
- We have a variety of resources and services available for students who are unsure about their major or career path. If you think you could benefit from this, check out our Career Exploration page and decide what will be most helpful for you!
- Events! We have 4 Career Fairs and 1 University-Wide Majors Fair scheduled for this year. We have some other fun things going on including our annual “Kick off Your Career” Event.
- Resume Walk-in hours for the Fall are now posted. Come see us before the Career Fairs sneak up on you!
- Our Fall On-Campus Internship opportunities are now listed online. Don’t miss your opportunity to intern on the Baylor campus. Application deadline is September 2nd!
Please make sure you log in to your HireABear account! All students already have an account. You will use this to schedule appointments with us, search for jobs and internships, and much more!
The Spring Internship & Career Fair is one week away! The fair will be held on Thursday, February 12, 12:30-4:30 p.m. at the Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Ave.
*There will be round-trip shuttle service that will pick-up every 15 minutes behind Cashion Academic Center at 4th and Speight.
*A “LinkedIn” Photo Booth will be available for the first 400 students and alumni to have a professional profile picture taken for their LinkedIn profiles.
This fair will be our largest career fair to date with 156 organizations registered to attend with 375 total recruiters. The recruiters will share about entry-level career positions and internships. While some companies do seek specific majors, most companies are open to all majors. We encourage you to prepare for the fair in the next week-here’s how:
Student “to do” list before the Spring Job & Internship Fair:
- Research the attending companies (See who’s attending the Internship & Career Fair!)
- Log in to your HireABear account and schedule a mock interview with college recruiters February 6 and 11. A mock interview is one of the very best ways to prepare for an actual employment interview and it will help improve the way you present yourself. These 30-minute interviews are meant to be as realistic as possible. You will be asked interview questions that would be asked by actual employers.
- Bring several copies of your résumé (have it reviewed by a Career & Professional Development staff member prior to the fair). Résumé walk-in hours
- Practice your 30-second commercial. (See BearFacts pg. 23)
- Bring your student ID to the fair
- Dress for success (business casual dress required; professional dress recommended–no jeans, shorts, t-shirts, workout clothes)
Good luck in your internship and job search!
If you are thinking about medical school, you may have heard of post-baccalaureate premedical programs as a second chance option. If so, there are some things you should consider before fully accepting this as your back-up plan.
These programs are designed to help students transition from undergrad to a professional school, such as medical school. They are also helpful for those who are considering a career shift and need to complete the necessary science requirements. These programs can improve your chances of getting in to medical school, but only if you do well in the program. Even then, not all programs are created equally.
Some programs are well-known and have several affiliations with medical schools which may offer conditional acceptance into the medical school based on performance in the program. Programs can vary in length between 8 and 24 months. Some are degree-seeking, which grant a master’s degree, while others are non-degree-seeking that only grant certificates upon completion. Most programs require at least a 3.0 GPA for acceptance. You can look up programs using AAMC’s free Postbaccalaureate Premedical Programs database to learn more about the length, tuition, success rates for acceptance into medical school, and affiliations. Here are some other resources for more information about post-bacc programs:
Just start somewhere. That’s right. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the thought of choosing a major, finding an internship, or getting a job after graduation, don’t let fear paralyze you. Even Baylor University had to start somewhere (see picture above).
Take action, even if that means simply taking a quick look at job postings or listening to a podcast about a major that you are considering. Each step you take will help you to learn more about an option or about your own preferences. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, either. The staff of Career and Professional Development are happy to assist you. Visit our website to learn about the different ways you can connect with us.
Are you a passive or active reader of this blog? Of course, we sincerely appreciate our passive readers who eagerly anticipate the biweekly arrival of our posts in your inbox. However, there are some ways to really make this blog work for you. Here are three ideas for becoming an active reader and getting more out of your experience with us.
First, note the search box in the right-hand column. Doing a keyword search for your major or a career that interests you could help you uncover posts with exactly the information that you need. Second, you can use our category tags (also in the right-hand column) to quickly pull information on a career topic that you are researching. Third, you can interact with us by commenting on posts or contacting us to suggest a topic for future posts. We want this blog to be helpful to you, so let us know how we can best accomplish that.