Category: Career Development

Career Professionalism

So, you are planning to go to the Fall Career Fair (September 24, noon-6pm, SDC). What do you need to prepare? What should you expect?

  • Dress nicely. You do not need a suit; a nice shirt/blouse and slacks will do.
  • Go prepared to tell them what you can do for them and why you are interested in working with their company.
  • Prepare a resume.
  • Publish your resume on HuskyJOBS and bring paper copies with you.

Present yourself well. Everyone knows that companies will look at resumes and transcripts. Other things to consider:

  • If you are not using your Michigan Tech e-mail address, be sure your personal e-mail address is professional.
  • Listen to your phone message to be sure that it is professional.
  • Google yourself and be aware of what information is on your Facebook account.

For events that can help you get ready for the Career Fair, see the Career Services calendar.


Fall Career Fair: September 24, noon-6pm, SDC

Fall Career Fair 2013 is where students and companies can meet to discuss potential job opportunities including summer internships, co-ops, and full-time employment. It is a great chance for first-year students to find summer employment which can help in making career decisions. A Job Fair Guidebook will be handed out at the Career Fair and will be available on-line. The guidebook provides a brief description of each company attending the Career Day (see details on the web at www.career.mtu.edu). A shuttle will be provided to transport students to and from the SDC; campus pick-up is at the MUB.


Preparing To Get A Job

It’s not too early to start preparing for a summer job; plan ahead for the 2012 Fall Career Fair. For details: www.mtu.edu/career/:

  • Resume Blitz: MUB Commons, September 12, 17, and 18, 11am-2pm
  • Interview Skills Week: Admin Building 220, September 16-20, 9am-4pm, one-on-one mock interview
  • SWE ‘Evening with Industry’: MUB Ballroom, September 23, 5:15-8:30pm, for info swe.students.mtu.edu or swe@mtu.edu
  • Fall Career Fair: SDC, September 24, noon – 6pm

Preparing To Get A Job

It’s not too early to start preparing for a summer job; plan ahead for the 2012 Fall Career Fair. For details: www.career.mtu.edu/general/calendar.php:

  • Senior Meeting: Fisher 135, September 6, 6pm
  • Resume Blitz: MUB Commons, September 11, 12, 18, and 20, 11am-2pm
  • Industrial Panel Workshop: MUB Commons, September 13, 5:30pm
  • Career Development Conference: MUB Ballroom B & Alumni Lounge, September 19, 11am-2pm
  • Interview Skills Week: Admin Building 220, September 24-28, 9am-4pm, one-on-one mock interview
  • Why do and Internship or Coop? Fisher 139, September 25, 6pm
  • Fall Career Fair: SDC, October 2, noon – 6pm

Looking Ahead: Preparing to Get a Job

It’s not too early to start preparing for a summer job; plan ahead for the Michigan Tech Career Fair Spring 2012 by preparing a resume and polishing interview skills.

  • Resume Review: Visit the Career Center to schedule a one-on-one appointment to review your resume from now until February 11, 9am – 5pm.
  • Resume Blitz: Stop in for a quick resume review. In the MUB Commons, 11am-2pm, January 18, 19, 24, and 25. In Douglas Houghton Hall Ballroom and West McNair Lounge, 3-5pm, February 1. In Wadsworth Hall Annex, 3-5pm, February 2.

Getting Started: Resume Writing

Your cover letter and resume are typically the first information a potential employer sees about you. Therefore, you want this first introduction to make the best impression possible.
Potential employers are going to spend about 30 seconds reviewing a resume before deciding if the applicant is worth more review, so be sure to make it easy to scan: well organized, concise, and descriptive. Every resume should be accompanied by a cover letter. The cover letter should grab their attention and generate interest by linking your abilities with their needs. Following an interview, you should send a thank you letter. It should be sent by e-mail or snail mail within 2 days following the interview.


Choosing a major, choosing a career

One way to get information to help you make a decision regarding major and/or career is to find a summer internship or co-op working with engineers. Such experiences help you determine what work you enjoy, learn more about what engineers do, and explore different companies. Go to Career Day and start talking to companies (see the September blog “Career Day“).


Career professionalism

So, you are planning to go to Career Day. What do you need to prepare? What should you expect?

  • Dress nicely. You do not need a suit; a nice shirt/blouse and slacks will do.
  • Go prepared to tell them what you can do for them and why you are interested in working with their company.
  • Have your resume on the Career Center web page (www.career.mtu.edu and click on the NACElink) and bring paper copies with you.

Present yourself well. Everyone knows that companies will look at resumes and transcripts. Other things to consider:

  • If you are not using your Michigan Tech e-mail address, be sure your personal e-mail address is professional.
  • Listen to your phone message to be sure that it is professional.
  • Google yourself and be aware of what information is on your Facebook or Myspace accounts.

For Career Center events that can help you get ready for Career Day, see the August blog “Looking Ahead“.


Career Day: September 27, noon-6pm, SDC

Career Day 2011 is where students and companies can meet to discuss potential job opportunities including summer internships, co-ops and full-time employment. It is a great chance for first-year students to find summer employment as well as to get help making career decisions (see the September blog “Choosing a major, choosing a career“). A Job Fair Guidebook will be handed out at the Career Fair and will be available on-line. The guidebook provides a brief description of each company attending the Career Day (see details on the web at www.career.mtu.edu). A shuttle will be provided to transport students to and from the SDC; campus pick-up is at the MUB.