Job Search Essentials

Friday, May 17

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Auburn University Alumni Center
$50 registration fee
Hosted by: Auburn University Career Center & Auburn Alumni Association


Printable Agenda (pdf)


Registration Deadline is Wednesday, May 8

This workshop can help you:
  • Develop clearer goals and a better game plan
  • Target your specific job market
  • Catch the eye of recruiters and hiring managers
  • Better communicate your skills and qualifications
  • Take on the job search with confidence

Session Overview - Printable Agenda

Strengths Quest Introduction

Would your job search be more effective if you focus on enhancing your strengths rather than fixing your weaknesses? Learn how to leaverage your strengths to land a job with the help of the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment.

Job Search Essentials

Searching for a full time job is a full time job. Learn the key steps for organizing, launching and maintaining a successfull job search.

You will learn:

  • Where to find resources to aid in your search
  • The key steps in conducting a successful search
Resume and Cover Letter Writing Essentials

Studies show that you have about 6 seconds to catch an employer's attention. Learn how to quickly catch the eye of your future employer with knockout resume and cover letters.

You will learn:

  • Appropriate formatting options and content
  • How to communicate your skills and experiences in a concise manner
  • How to tailor your pieces to individual industries, companies and jobs

Employer Q & A Panel

Ask the experts your questions about the job search. Learn from hiring managers what it is that they look for in an ideal candidate, how to impress your future employer and get insider tips and tricks for finding a job.

Guest Employers from:

  • Southwire
  • AT&T
  • U.S. Steel
  • Southern Company / Alabama Power
  • Neptune Technology Group
Interview Essentials

You have an interview, now what? Interviewing is your opportunity to demonstrate how your experiences and abilities make you the best candidate for the job. Learn how to impress employers with interviews strategies presented in this session for the best possible outcome, getting the job.

You will learn:

  • Appropriate interview preparation strategies
  • Skills for optimal interview responses
  • Best practices regarding post interview follow-up
Breakout #1 (participants will choose one)

Option A: Business Etiquette

Get practical tips to help you polish your professional image through proper business etiquette. Learn the dos and donts for professional dress, telephone and email interactions and business dining. Find out guidelines for social networking in business and how to conduct yourself in business meetings.

You will learn:

  • To recognize and demonstrate appropriate behaviors in business and professional settings
  • Appropriate dress for interviews and work situations
  • Proper etiquette for business dining events
Option B: Marketing Yourself

Standing out in a sea of resumes and cover letters can be the biggest challenge in the job search. Learn additional ways to market your skills and experiences to get noticed and land an interview.

You will learn:

  • How to use social media to create a professional image and brand online including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest and blogs
  • How to use portfolios to communicate skills and experience and where to locate resources to aid in the creation of these documents
Breakout #2 (participants will choose one)
Option A: Networking Tips & Tricks

It's not just who you know, it's who knows you. When 90% of jobs are never publicly posted, networking is a MUST for maximizing your opportunities. Presented by a guest employer.

You will learn:

  • How to identify your network
  • How to utilize your contacts to land a job
  • Effective strategies for networking online and in person
  • How to maintain your connections
Option B: International Students Special Topics

Landing a job can be difficult for anyone, but international students face special challenges. Learn how to overcome these obstacles and find positions more strategically.

You will learn:

  • More about OPT and limitations associated with using OPT
  • How to target companies based on prior H-1B sponshoship
  • Different cultural expectations
  • Differences between resumes and CVs
  • Where to look for additional information to answer legal and tax questions

Last Updated: May 16, 2013

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