The GOOD habit of telling others “Thank you!”

“Tis the Season” of course refers to the holidays and all that goes with: gift giving, give receiving, a time to be jolly, happy, & merry, time to gather with family and friends, time to eat until you bust (and it won’t be broccoli for most of us!)

It’s also a time for being thankful or grateful. We know you’ll say “thank you” and write thank you notes for your  gifts, and we hope you’ll have time to reflect, internally, for all your blessings, and we also hope you’ll also consider saying, “thank you” to many others no matter what the season.

It’s also a time for new beginnings, as many of us will make resolutions for the New Year – some to stop bad habits and some to start good habits. We want to encourage you to make your spirit of gratefulness one of the good habits you add to 2015. And, actually, saying, “thank you” more often, is a great habit.

We know you like to be appreciated – everyone does! Will you make it a habit to be mindful about when good things happens to you or for you, most times, someone has helped make that happen.  Tell them how much you appreciate them – even if it’s their job.

An email thank you is great, but a handwritten thank you note is the bomb!  Here are 5 quick hints to writing a great thank you note:

  1. Write out the recipient’s name –  start with the traditional, “Dear Jane or Joe or Aunt Bertha or Uncle Sam or…you get the picture.
  2. Don’t worry about your sentence structure or spelling or grammar – just write it from your heart. Sometimes sweating the form keeps us from even starting. “Just Do It”
  3. Simply start with exactly what you’re grateful for – “I’m writing to thank you for…
  4. Then tell them how their gift or action or thoughtfulness made you feel – how you’ll use it, how has it made a positive impact on your everyday life, or even just how it made you feel.
  5. Be sure to use a personal sign-off: “Love” for close family and friends, but consider, “All my best” or “Best regards” or “Fondly Yours” or even just “Yours,” for others.

A thoughtful thank you note is a wonderful way expression of personal and professional etiquette and kindness and will become part of your brand. It’ll make someone feel great, you feel great, and it’s just the right thing to do.

Happy Holidays Everyone!


What Makes a Successful Career Fair?


Michigan Tech has a proud tradition of Career Fairs that are well organized and filled with both companies and well-prepared students.  In order for a Career Fair to be successful, it is imperative that there is a good turnout of both students and employers.

Preparation for an exam always improves performance!  Career Services offers students a variety of ways to get prepared for their future career through offering networking opportunities, practice interviews, resume assistance, and individual counseling.  These experiences are enhanced by our corporate partners who volunteer their time to help our students.

Our Fall Career Fair was record-setting in terms of company attendance.  The atmosphere was electric and the buzz on campus was palpable.  A detailed analysis of the registered companies reveals some interesting information.2014F Michigan Tech Career Fair Company Breakdown

Many of the companies in attendance were new to our Career Fair.  61 companies (almost 18%) of the companies have not been to campus since 2010 or have never been to campus before.

Feedback from our students and employers continues to enhance the career fair experience.  In the spirit of continuous improvement, we hope to make each Career Fair better than the last.  With more events to help increase student preparation and career awareness, we hope you will find that the Michigan Tech Career Fair is the best place to meet your next employees.


Save The Date! Spring 2015 Career Fair

The 2015 Spring Career Fair will be held on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.

Over 3,000 highly accomplished students attend the Michigan Tech Career Fair seeking full-time, co-op, and internship positions. They want to meet you and offer their talents in all areas of study, including: Engineering and Technology, Business Administration, Forestry, Ecology, Technical Writing, Arts and Sciences, and Clinical Lab Sciences. Our students are eager to apply their high-level academic background and hands-on experience to sustainable problem solving, designing, and producing for your company. You’ll be in the right place to staff your company with highly in-demand, top-talent students.

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2014 Corporate Advisory Board (CAB) Meeting

Every summer, Career Services conducts its annual Corporate Advisory Board (CAB) meeting.  This year, our meeting was held on campus on Tuesday June 24 and Wednesday June 25, 2014.  Representatives from the following companies attended: ArcelorMittal, Chrysler, Continental, ControlTec, Denso, DTE Energy, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Gerdau, Integrys, Jackson, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Kohler, Marathon Petroleum, Mercury Marine, Nexteer Automotive, Northern Star Industries, Nucor Steel, Oshkosh Corporation, The Dow Chemical Company, and Target.
Topics discussed included:
  • Enrollment Information from John Lehmann – Associate Vice President for Enrollment, Marketing, and Communications
  • Academic Major additions and equivalencies
  • Co-op Program statistics and student feedback
  • Student Panel Perspectives and Q&A
  • Corporate Round Table Recruiting Practices/Challenges Discussion
  • Universum Report Presentation
  • Information from Les Cook – Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement
Detailed information and meeting minutes are available at:

2014 Fall Career Fair

Michigan Tech Career Services cordially invites you to participate in our 2014 Fall Career Fair, September 30, 2014.

If you’re recruiting students for internship, co-op, and full-time positions in the fields of Engineering, IT, and Science and Technology, we encourage you to attend the Michigan Tech Fall Career Fair on September 30, 2014. Michigan Tech also educates some of the nation’s highest achievers in Business, Forestry/Ecology, Technical Writing, Arts and Sciences, and Clinical Lab Science.

Register today at www.mtu.edu/career


2014 Spring Career Fair Video

See the sights and sounds of this year’s Spring Career Fair held on February 18, 2014.  This short  youtube video features some interviews with representatives from two of our Career Services Partners: Continental Automotive Systems and Dematic.

A complete list of all 219 companies that participated is available on the Career Services Website.

A more detailed story about the career fair is available on the Michigan Tech News Blog.


New Event – 2014 Spring Cyber Career Fair

Wednesday, February 26, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Memorial Union Building (MUB) Ballroom A2

The Cyber Career Fair allows you to meet with companies that weren’t able to come to the Career Fair.  After an electronic resume exchange and a “virtual handshake,” you will speak to company representatives the same way you do at the Career Fair, using teleconferencing technology.

Dress professionally and bring your most up-to-date-resume and 60-second Info-mercial to meet with company representatives offering internship, co-op and full-time employment opportunities.  Companies participating are:

Submit your resume in advance by visiting: http://mtucybercareerfair.appspot.com/


Career Services Learning Center – Sponsored by DTE Energy

Career Services is excited to join a number of departments on campus in providing a learning center.  Students can “walk-in” to get the career development guidance they need right now, including:

  • Resume reviews
  • Writing cover letters
  • Their 60-sec Info-mercial (elevator speech)
  • Interview Skills
  • Common business emails (thank yous, offer deadline extension requests, offer acceptance or declinations, salary negotiations, networking)

Hours are from 1:00 – 5:00 PM, Monday – Thursday



Corporate Information Sessions – Reimagined!

Information Sessions are held on campus to help students learn more about companies and their employment opportunities.   These meetings are a great opportunity for our students to learn about recruiting companies and speak with representatives about internships, co-ops, and full-time positions.  However, with so many occurring the night before the career fairs, students are limited in the number they can attend, and companies are also limited in the number of students they can meet.

After listening to feedback from students and employers, Career Services has reimagined the usual informational session into a one stop, informal, open house event where 13 companies are gathered all in one place and all on one night.  The new “Employer Information Expo” is being held on Sunday, February 16, 2014 in Fisher Hall.  Students will be able to visit as many information sessions as they’d like from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. and then enjoy open networking from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.  This new event will connect more students with more companies and their representatives for a robust evening of recruiting.

For more information visit: http://www.mtu.edu/career/