6 easy steps for investigating companies you want to talk to at EmployUP

EmployUP is less than one month away! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity for face-to-face time with recruiters who are hiring candidates for full-time jobs. The event takes place March 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Grady Cole Center (adjacent to the Central campus).

Career fairs can be overwhelming, but they don’t have to be. The key is knowing ahead of time which companies you want to talk to and why. Doing this will make EmployUP seem more manageable and help you make a positive first impression with employers.

Follow these six steps for learning about companies and mapping out a successful career fair strategy.

1. Find out which companies are coming to EmployUP. Check out the list of attending companies. This page is organized by AAS programs, making it easier for you to see which companies are recruiting students with your academic background and skills.

2. Check companies recruiting complimentary academic programs. Students in the Culinary Arts program may also want to check which companies are recruiting Baking and Pastry Arts students. Companies looking for Mechanical Engineering Technology applicants may also be interested in Mechatronics Technology students.

3. Make a list of companies you want to meet at EmployUP.  When you arrive at the event you’ll be given a floor plan showing where company tables are located. Bring your company list and a highlighter so you can quickly locate your targeted companies.

4. Log onto EmploymeNC and apply to jobs posted by your target companies. Employers are directed to post their job openings in EmploymeNC. Applying to posted jobs before attending EmployUP shows your high level of interest in the company.

5. Research your target companies. This is a critical step. Employers are interested in candidates who know about their company.

  • Learn the company’s mission, products and services.
  • Visit the company’s social media sites to get the latest, up-to-date information.
  • Know how your skills and qualifications match the company’s needs (hint: Next week’s blog post will focus on how to market your skills to employers, so stay tuned!).

6. Prepare a list of questions to ask. Having a set of questions ready shows you’re prepared. Our list of questions can help you get started.

Researching companies ahead of time is extremely important for success at EmployUP. Schedule time over the next few weeks to accomplish this step.

Get your resume EmployUP ready!

Is your resume EmployUP ready? Bring copies of your professional resume to EmployUP, CPCC’s career fair that takes place on March 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Grady Cole Center. You’ll be submitting them to employers in hopes of receiving an invitation for a job interview!

What makes a resume EmployUP ready? 

  • No typos. Carefully review your resume for grammar errors and typos.
  • Consistent font style and size. Choose a traditional font style (Arial, Calibri, Times New Roman and Verdana are examples). Use a size that is no smaller than 11 point. Keep sizes consistent for each entry. Whichever size you use for one category title, for example, should be used for all category titles.
  • Bullet points. Avoid long paragraph descriptions.  Employers don’t read them. Use bullet points instead.
  • No “I” statements. Complete sentences aren’t necessary. Start with action verbs to describe your job duties.
  • One page length. Keep the resume to one page. Unless you have extensive relevant experience that justifies two pages, resumes should not exceed one page.
  • Targeted to specific industries or companies. Research your companies of interest beforehand, and develop your objective and skills sections to match what the companies are seeking.
  • Easily identified Education section. Make sure employers can easily see the degree/certificate/diploma you are earning (or have earned). Employers attending EmployUP are looking for specific programs – be sure yours is highlighted.
  • Contact information listed at the top of the page. Don’t forget your phone number and email address. If you have a LinkedIn profile, list the url.

How can Career Services help you make your resume EmployUP ready?

Resume reviews. Career Services counselors can review your resume in four ways:

  1. Schedule a resume appointment with your campus career counselor.
  2. Email your resume to career.services@cpcc.edu and receive feedback within 24 hours.
  3. Stop by Central Campus Drop In Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a resume review (no appointment necessary)
  4. Upload your resume to your EmploymeNC account and receive feedback within 24 hours.

Online resume resources. Use the following online resumes to help you develop your resume:

  1. View the Career Services Resume Tips video.
  2. Check out the Resume Info Link on the Career Services webpage.
  3. Review the resume guidelines and samples in the Career Services Career Guide.

EmployUP is just over one month away! Don’t delay in getting your resume ready for this hiring event.

 

Get ready for EmployUP!

It’s just over one month away, taking place March 3, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

It will be held at the Grady Cole Center, adjacent to the CPCC Central Campus.

“It” is EmployUP, the largest hiring event of the year for CPCC students, alumni and community members.

Previously known as the CPCC Career Fair, EmployUP aims to connect job seekers with Charlotte/regional businesses and organizations that are actively hiring. But this is not your typical CPCC Career Fair.  Check out what you can look forward to at this year’s event:

  • Employers hiring for full-time job opportunities: Over 50 companies are attending this year’s event. All of them are hiring for full-time positions.
  • Companies targeting A.A.S. programs: Attending companies are hiring students and graduates specifically from CPCC’s A.A.S. programs.
  • Networking opportunities for undergraduate and transfer students: Undergraduate students and students who plan to transfer to four-year institutions can meet and network with regional employers who you might be working for someday.
  • Free professional photos: CPCC students and alumni can have their professional headshot taken to be used on LinkedIn, your online portfolio or professional website.

Take time before EmployUP to prepare for the event. Over the next month plan to:

Check back to the Career Services blog each week from now until EmployUP for detailed tips on how to make this event a successful job search strategy. Stay tuned to Career Services on Facebook and Twitter for more up-to-date information. Check out the Career Services Pinterest page for helpful boards that include details about attending companies as well as resume, interviewing and professional wardrobe ideas. Bookmark the Career Services homepage for helpful information, too.

It’s time. Get ready for #EmployUP16!