November 9th Internship & Job Fair

By Samantha Martens

It’s that time again! Next Thursday (8 days from now), November 9th, is the second Fall 2017 Internship & Job Fair. Join us from 11:45am-2:00pm in the Lower Level of the Student Center if you are interested in an internship for Spring or a summer job for after graduation. Make sure to bring copies of your résumé, and try to be dressed in business casual or professional dress so you can make good impressions with the different companies.

There will be a combination of returning employers and employers who are coming to campus for the very first time, so if you missed the Fair at the beginning of the semester, now is your chance to interact with some fantastic people! Not only are there great internship and job opportunities, but at least seven of the recruiters are Wittenberg Alum! The companies with alumni representatives include:

  • Aldi’s,
  • Dayton Freight Lines,
  • Interfaith Hospitality Network of Springfield,
  • Speedway,
  • Stanley Steemer International, Inc. – which is Alumni OWNED!
  • TEKsystems,
  • And WYSO Public Radio

And DO NOT LET THE COMPANY NAME DETER YOU! Just because you get an internship with Aldi’s does not necessarily mean that you will be a grocery bagger (unless that’s what you want to do, and in that case, go for it!). In the past, Aldi’s has hired students for summer management positions. The same thing goes for Speedway; just because you get a summer job with Speedway does not mean that you will be working in one of their gas stations. Speedway has hired Witt students to work for their marketing departments, or for assistance with graphic designing! These are just two examples, but it is vital that you don’t judge these books by their covers. You could be missing out on some great work experiences if you do.

So far, we have 27 out of 35 employer spots filled, so there are plenty of chances for you to find an internship or job that might suit your fancy! When you come to the Fair, be sure to sign in at the top of the stairs with the Career Services student employees, Teresa Cantrell, or Wendy Smiseck! We’ll have information booklets with details about the different companies and employers so you can get a little overview of the opportunities that are waiting for you in the Lower Level of the Student Center. You can also learn more about employers on our Tiger Den Job and Internship Board! We would absolutely love it if you came in to visit us to learn more about how to log in to the Tiger Den. We’re only here to help, so if you have any questions about the Fair, the Tiger Den Job and Internship Board, or anything in between, PLEASE feel free to stop by (Walk-in hours are Monday and Thursdays from 1:30-4:15pm, or you can schedule an appointment)!

Our Computers Are Up and Running!

By Samantha Martens

Those of you who had visited the Career Services office when we were still in Shouvlin 210 know that we used to have computers available for students to use. Well, during the move into the Thomas Library’s Compass Sweet Success Center, the Career Services computers got pushed to the back burners while we were trying to get everything set up. But the wait is finally over! The Career Services computers have been installed around the pole that sits directly in front of Teresa Cantrell’s office.

At these computers, you will find Career Services student employees working on instructions for the Job Board, writing blog posts, maintaining the Career Services social media accounts, and much more. These computers will also be available for you to use with Wendy Smiseck or Teresa so that you can take Personality Assessments, start your Wittenberg Tiger Den Job Board account, look at CareerShift, edit your résumé, discuss your cover letter, and anything else that you might need assistance with!

We are extremely lucky that we get our very own Career Services computers to use. The four computers that are about to be installed around the pole will solely be for students visiting the Career Services office, which makes things easier than trying to gather around Teresa’s computer! We really look forward to working with students on these computers from now on, and we hope that you’ll visit us soon!

Make sure you check out the Career Services blogs in the next couple weeks! During the week of October 30th, we’ll have a student spotlight about Matilda Patterson and the AMAZING internship she had. Following that, we’ll be keeping you updated about the upcoming Job and Internship Fair on November 9th, and stay tuned to learn more about the Wittenberg Tiger Den Job Board!

What Will You Be?

By Samantha Martens

As we approach Halloween, I am sure many of you are thinking about what costume you are going to wear. You could always wrap yourself in toilet paper and be a mummy, or you could go out and buy a set of those plastic vampire teeth to be Dracula or his wife. But what if you revisited that age-old question that we are all a little sick of hearing: What do you want to be when you grow up?

Halloween costumes are a great way to explore who you are and how you want the world to see you. This year, you could dress up as a stereotypical teacher if you would like to teach after graduation. You could dress up as a police officer, a banker, a character from a Broadway show, or whatever suits your future fancy!

Are you having trouble figuring out what you want to do “when you grow up?” Come to the Career Services office and schedule an appointment, or visit us during our Walk-In hours (Mondays and Thursdays from 1:30-4:15pm)! As I have said before, we can help you with pretty much anything you can think of. If you need help perfecting your résumé to help impress a future employer, we have got you covered. Do you already have your sights set on a career? We can help you find a grad school or a job/internship opportunity to get you closer to your dream. We help with cover letters, mock-interviews, networking, and much more. We are also able to help you start from scratch with personality assessments, and providing help with picking your major. Just contact or come visit Teresa Cantrell, the office’s Administrative Assistant, and she will get you set up and ready to talk to Wendy Smiseck, the office’s Director.

Challenge yourself to dress up as your dream occupation this Halloween. If you love the feeling of being dressed up as a CEO, a fire-fighter, a professor, a nurse, or anything else you can think up, then stick with that feeling! Follow your intuition and be sure to come see the Career Services office so that we can help you make that a reality. Or, if you are wearing the costume of a profession that you thought you would love, and you are not quite feeling right about it, come see us then, too. We will help you find the best fit for you even if you feel like starting from square one. You can take one of our personality assessments and find out that you were practically DESTINED to be a camp counselor, or a math teacher, or something that you had never even considered before then. It never hurts to explore your options, and in Career Services, we can help you do just that.

#CareerServices

By Samantha Martens

Have you taken a moment to check out the Career Services social media pages? If not, you might be missing out! Here a couple links for you to take advantage of:

On our Facebook page, you can find all kinds of job and internship opportunities! There are new postings pretty much every day about different positions available to Wittenberg students. Some of the companies we have posted about include:

  • the Cordell & Cordell Law Firm,
  • the Skylight Financial Group,
  • Dancor Solutions,
  • the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts,
  • Buckeye Prep Academy,
  • American Municipal Power, Inc.,
  • CACI International,
  • Azimuth Corporation,
  • Seed Strategy,
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital,
  • and Specialized Alternatives for Family and Youth

These are just the options posted since last Thursday, and these companies are looking for anything from

  • associate attorneys,
  • to financial planners,
  • teachers,
  • specialists,
  • full time employees,
  • interns,
  • athletic trainers, and
  • case coordinators

The Career Services Office is dedicated to finding opportunities that cater to any area of study, so don’t be afraid to scroll through our Facebook page until you find something that suits you! Three weeks ago, I found an internship/volunteer position through the Facebook page that interested me, so I emailed the contact for the company, and I had an interview last week! These are real positions available just for us Wittenberg students, so feel free to take advantage of them! I was looking through some of the pictures we have posted just now, and I found a summer internship back from 2016 for the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, so you can definitely find some pretty cool stuff on the Facebook page. Plus, all of these jobs and internships come straight from the Career Services Job Board, which I will be blogging about sooner than later.

On the other hand, if you check out our Twitter feed, you can see that we have #MemeMondays for those of you who are into fun Career Services memes! We also tweet about our upcoming events, such as Local Part-Time Job and Internship Fairs, Graduate and Professional School Fairs, Open Houses, and the like. And every once in a while, you can see what the office employees are up to (we totally love our staff meetings and the different Fairs)!

Finally, there is our Instagram feed. We do our #MemeMondays on there too, so if you have an Instagram but not a Twitter (or vice versa), you won’t miss out. We post lots of pictures from our events on there as well! For instance, we’ve got some pictures from our Fairs, the Alumni Panel that happened this September, the Etiquette and Networking event, and much more.

To sum it up, be sure to check us out, because you never know what opportunities you might stumble upon. Plus, we think we’re hilarious, and we hope you think so too!

Navigating the Career Services Office

By Samantha Martens

Now that the Career Services Office has moved to the Compass: Sweet Success Center, we want to make sure that you are completely comfortable utilizing our office and the opportunities we provide! When you get to Thomas Library, head over towards the Compass: Sweet Success Center. If you’ve made an appointment, please proceed to Teresa Cantrell’s office (room 210) on the right side of the Compass: Sweet Success Center area, and sign in. From there, Wendy Smiseck will be with you shortly, and you can continue to discuss your résumé, cover letter, grad school and job possibilities, or any other career thoughts that you’ve got on your mind.

For the most part, our Walk-Ins work in the same way. We ask that during Walk-In hours, you make sure to sign in with Teresa, but if there are multiple students also here for Walk-Ins, please feel free to take a seat in the chairs outside of Teresa’s office! While you are waiting, you can browse our job, internship, and grad school pamphlets that are in the red organizers sitting on the table under the window. Who knows, maybe you’ll find an internship that really speaks to your interests, and you can ask Wendy for more information during your meeting! The same thing goes for any job or grad school that you would like to learn more about as well.

The most important thing is that you sign in with Teresa Cantrell, our Administrative Assistant, in room 210! Teresa will be able to guide you in the right direction, no matter your questions or concerns. If she happens to be busy, don’t be afraid to talk to the Career Services student workers! We’ll all do the best we can to help answer any basic questions and we always love to tell students more about the Career Services Office and what we can do for you!

Please know that we are still waiting for our student computers to be installed, but once they are, the student workers, Teresa, and Wendy will all be able to help you get started on using our Job Board, taking a career assessment, or whatever you need assistance with. We hope to see you all soon, and we look forward to getting to know you and helping you find the best path to achieve your career goals!

Settling In

By Samantha Martens

In case you missed it, the Career Services Office has MOVED! Our previous office was in Shouvlin 210, and we are NOW in Thomas Library’s Compass: Sweet Success Center, room 210. Although we are waiting for some final things to settle in (you know how moving goes), the office is still open for business! We are not quite ready for our Walk-In hours yet, but once we are, they will be on Mondays from 1:30pm-4:15pm and Thursdays from 1:30pm-4:15pm. Walk-Ins are typically short 10-15 minute meetings with Wendy Smiseck, the Career Services Director, to tweak and perfect your resumes, personal statements, and cover letters.

Since we are not quite set up for Walk-Ins, PLEASE feel free to call the office at 937-327-7521 to schedule an appointment! We take appointments in half-hour increments, so be ready to dive into your questions/concerns with Wendy or Teresa Cantrell, our Administrative Assistant. And just as a friendly reminder… You don’t need to be a senior to take advantage of what our office has to offer!! We can help you decide on your major, find internships, find jobs, search for grad schools, build your resume, create your cover letter, work on your four-year-plan (even if you start it as, say, a junior, we’ll help you work it out), transition from Wittenberg into the world of grad schools or work, learn how to network, learn about your interests and skills, and so much more! You’d be crazy NOT to come in and talk with us!

We also suggest that you take advantage of the programs that we have to offer. For example, on November 9th from 11:50am-2:00pm in the lower level of the Student Center (go mark your calendars), we will be having our second Internship and Job Fair of the semester! Local employers come to campus so that you have an opportunity to talk to different businesses and potentially find a job or internship for next semester, next summer, or whenever they need you. Just make sure that if you go, you sign in with us at the W Tables located at the top of the stairs that go down to the mailroom area!

I hope this has helped to give you an idea of everything we can do for you here in Career Services, and don’t be afraid to call or stop by and make an appointment – I promise we don’t bite! Also, to stay up to date with our programs and job/internship opportunities, follow us at:

https://www.facebook.com/wittenbergcareerservices ,

https://www.instagram.com/wittcareer/ , and

https://twitter.com/WittCareer

Networking and Etiquette: “How to Adult”

By Samantha Martens

Tomorrow night, Thursday September 21st from 5:30-7:00pm in Shouvlin 105, is the Networking Etiquette Learning Event! At this program, you will have the opportunity to interact with Wittenberg alumni, your fellow students, and Terri Thompson, the queen of etiquette.  Terri is the founder of Etiquette in Action, a business where she travels and teaches others “how to navigate meetings and open houses with potential employers, graduate schools, and other business social occasions.”  Not only does Terri focus on events like this, but she also comes back to campus during the spring semester for an Etiquette Dinner event, where she teaches students the best ways to go about interviews or business meetings that take place during a meal.

To make this even better, the Networking Etiquette Learning Event is completely free! We simply ask that you register online (http://cs.wittenberg.edu/) so that we have an idea of how much food to prepare.  Be sure to wear business casual attire – nothing too fancy, but you want to look presentable and nice to impress Terri and our alumni!  To clarify just a little bit, business casual is crisp, neat, and should look appropriate even for a chance meeting with a CEO. It should not look like cocktail, party or picnic attire. You want to avoid tight or baggy clothing, because business casual is classic rather than trendy (NO JEANS).  If you would like to wear a suit you are welcome to do so.  We would also prefer that you arrive between 5:15 and 5:30pm because the event will start promptly at 5:30!  At this event, you’ll find answers to questions such as:

  • “How do I enter into a conversation?”
  • “How do you shake hands with someone while juggling a plate and drink?”
  • “How do you eat a hot wing and what do you do with the bone?”
  • “What is the correct way to hand out your business card?”
  • “Is it OK to fill my plate?”

This is a great event for students to get practice with networking, and our alumni are here to help you out. Even though they are mainly here to help you practice your etiquette, you never know if you’ll meet someone who has connections with your future interests!  Our primary goals are to help you feel prepared for interviewing with future jobs/grad schools, socializing with employers, and eating food that has the potential to be very messy so that you’re completely ready to tackle any business/food related situation.

Please join us tomorrow evening from 5:30-7:00pm in Shouvlin 105 to practice your networking and etiquette skills and to try some tasty hors d’oeuvres! See you there!