Get Your Resume Ready for the CPCC Career Fair!

The CPCC Career Fair is just two weeks away. Will your resume pass the test with employers who you plan to speak with at the event? Check out the latest CPCC Career Services blog post that offers tips on preparing a career fair-2015 Career Fair logo
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Career Services staff are standing by to help get your resume ready for the career fair. Schedule a resume appointment with a career counselor at any of our campus locations. All students can take advantage of Central Campus Drop-In Hours on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. No appointment is necessary to have your resume reviewed.

Are You Ready for the CPCC Career Fair?

Mark your calendar for Thursday March 5, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m for the CPCC Career Fair. More than 95 companies will be at the Grady Cole Center to discuss full-time, part-time and internship opportunities. 2015 Career Fair logo

What should you be doing now to get ready for next month’s job searching event?

Have your resume reviewed by a career counselor. You have three options for doing so:

Get your professional attire ready.

  • Professional dress is required for admission to the event.
  • Dress to impress the employers.
  • Visit the Career Services Pinterest board for tips on what to wear.

Research companies attending the career fair.

Be sure to visit the Career Services career fair tips page for additional resources.

 

 

Employers are Looking for Full-time, Part-time and Internship Candidates at Next Month’s CPCC Career Fair!

Career Services will host more than 80 employers at the 2015 Career Fair on Thursday, March 5, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Grady Cole Center, adjacent to the Central Campus. 2015 Career Fair logo

Who should plan to attend?

Job seekers looking for full-time jobs. Job seekers commonly complain about having to blindly submit resumes online with no chance to meet recruiters in person. Here’s your chance.

Candidates seeking part-time jobs, internships or co-op positions. Many employers at the fair are also hiring for part-time jobs as well as internship or co-op positions with their companies. The time to search for summer positions starts now.

Students wanting to network with employers in their industry. Begin building your network now for your job search later.

What should I know beforehand?

Professional dress is required. People not wearing professional attire won’t be admitted to the fair.

Career Services can help you get ready. If you have questions about what to wear, what to say to employers or how your resume should look, Career Services can help. Schedule an appointment with a career counselor at any of our campus offices. www.cpcc.edu/career/stafflocation

Bookmark the Career Fair link for helpful tips and event information. Videos, blog posts and more can be found at www.cpcc.edu/career/studentsgrads/careerfair.

VIP Access for CPCC students & alumni, as well as all military service members and veterans. Students and alumni can present their CPCC ID and military service members and veterans can present their military ID to gain admission through the VIP entrance. This helps avoid long lines.

Last Minute Tips for This Week’s Career Fair

CPCC students should plan to attend the CPCC Career Fair, being held tomorrow (March 6) from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Grady Cole Center. If you are looking for a full-time or part-time job, this is a great opportunity to get face-to-face time with employers who are actively hiring. Check the CPCC Career Services Career Fair Employer Page to see which companies are attending. Over 95 employers from a variety of industries will be on site!

Here’s a checklist to review tonight before attending tomorrow’s career fair:

  • Review February posts from the CPCC Career Services blog. Last month we offered weekly posts on Career Fair items. From resume tips to how to dress professionally, many of your questions can be answered here.
  • Assemble your professional dress now. Make sure clothes are pressed and accessories are chosen wisely. Don’t forget a tote or professional bag (if possible, no backpacks) to carry resumes and gather employer information.
  • Practice your elevator speech. Rehearse your elevator speech in front of a mirror, friends or family. You want employers to know you’re confident and knowledgeable about your skills and qualifications as they relate to the job. Practice a firm handshake, too!
  • Research employers you plan to meet with. Use the Career Fair Employer Page to identify which employers you plan to speak with at the event. Use the companies’ websites and social media presence (Facebook pages, LinkedIn profiles, Twitter handles) to learn about the companies and prepare questions to ask.

Some items to know for the day of the event:

Arrive early. Parking fills up quickly and lines get long.

Bring your CPCC Student ID. Doing so gives you access to the VIP entrance and avoid longer lines. *Note: Veterans who bring their DD-214 papers will also be admitted through the VIP entrance

Check the weather. You may be standing outside in the early morning hours. Dress accordingly.

Plan your transportation. Parking in the Student Decks will be available (no permit required), or plan your bus route.

Arrange for childcare. Job applicants who bring children to the career fair will not be admitted to the event.

Bring a snack. Pack a small bottle of water and a snack to keep your energy up throughout the day.

Have multiple copies of your resume. Estimate how many employers you’ll be speaking to, but bring a few additional copies just in case.

2014 CPCC Career Fair is Next Week!

The CPCC Career Fair is just one week away! More than 95 employers are coming to the Grady Cole Center next Thursday, March 6 from 10 a.m .to 2:30 p.m. to discuss full-time and part-time job openings. This event is open to all CPCC students and alumni.

CPCC Career Services wants you to succeed at next week’s event. Here four items to cross off your “to-do” list in preparation for the career fair.

Develop a professional resume. Employers are expecting you to submit resumes at the fair. Will your resume pass the test and help you get a call for an interview? Check out the Career Services online Career Guide for resume tips and samples. Schedule an appointment with a career counselor to have your resume reviewed. Central campus offers Drop In hours Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. No appointment necessary to receive feedback on your resume.

Get your professional wardrobe ready. Professional dress is required for admittance to the job fair. Don’t wait until the night before to decide what you’ll be wearing. Check your closet to make sure you have proper clothes and accessories. Make sure your outfit is pressed and shoes are shined.

Research the companies attending. While over 95 companies are attending, you won’t want to talk to all of them. See which companies are looking for people with your education, skills and experience. Learn about the companies by visiting their website, Facebook or LinkedIn pages.

Rehearse your elevator speech. An elevator speech is the opening remarks you give to a recruiter when you approach your table. It needs to be short (less than one minute), professional (references professional not personal interests) and sharp (paired with a solid handshake, smile and eye contact). Write out your elevator speech and practice in front of a mirror, friends or family.

The CPCC Career Fair is one of Charlotte’s largest job fairs. Don’t pass up this opportunity to meet face-to-face with employers and discuss job openings.

Be Ready to Meet Employers at the Career Fair

The CPCC Career Fair is just two weeks away! The event takes place March 6 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Grady Cole Center. Employers from more than 90 companies are eager to talk to CPCC students about full-time and part-time job opportunities.

Are you ready to talk to them?

When you approach an employer’s table at the fair, you’ll have 5 to 10 minutes of their time. You want to make a favorable impression, so positive that your resume is placed in the “Yes” stack of applicants they plan to contact for job interviews.

How can you impress employers in 10 minutes or less?

1. Dress professionally. Wear professional attire and keep the makeup, accessories, aftershave and perfume to a minimum. Check out the Career Services blog for tips on what professional dress is – and isn’t.

2. Offer a firm handshake. Employers assess your potential even before a word is spoken. Take the initiative to introduce yourself first by stating your name and pairing it with a confident handshake.

3. Present your pitch. In these two weeks before the Career Fair, it’s time to write and practice your elevator speech – a brief introductory statement that says who you are and what opportunities you’re seeking. Write your speech now. Practice it (in front of the mirror and friends) until it becomes and sounds natural.

4. Ask questions.  Show the employer you’ve done your homework. Check the list of companies attending to identify the ones you wish to speak with. Research your target companies. Great research resources include the company’s website, as well as their LinkedIn profile, Facebook page and Twitter handle. Ask relevant questions that show your interest in being their newest employee.

Visit the Career Services website for other tips to help you get ready for the Career Fair. Be sure to have your resume professionally critiqued by a Career Services career counselor: Schedule an appointment, or take advantage of Central Campus Drop In Hours (Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., no appointment necessary).

Is Your Resume Ready for the Career Fair?

More than 80 employers registered for the CPCC Career Fair!

Get your resume ready!

The CPCC Career Fair is just a few weeks away! Mark your calendar for Thursday March 6, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Companies from a variety of industries will be at the Grady Cole Center to discuss part-time and full-time job openings.

Don’t judge a company by its title or industry. One employer is looking for candidates from three different programs (Business Administration, Hospitality Management and Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology). Another employer from the banking industry is seeking students from the Criminal Justice Technology program. Be sure to visit the list of employers link and search by academic programs to find companies looking for your qualifications.

Is your resume ready for the Career Fair?

Update or create your resume now and bring many copies to the career fair. Employers will be collecting and reviewing them, looking for candidates to contact for job interviews. Will your resume make the cut?

  • Develop a one page resume that’s targeted to specific companies and industries.
  • Use keywords found in your targeted industries and action verbs to describe job duties.
  • Make sure the appearance is consistent and standard (no fancy fonts or colored graphics).
  • Check for spelling errors.
  • Remember that employers glance at resumes for an average of just six seconds!

Visit the Career Services blog and the Career Services Career Fair link for more helpful information.

Finally, have your resume reviewed by a career counselor in our offices located on all campuses. Contact our Central Campus office at 704.330.6433, CH 365 or view contact information for Career Services at other campuses.

Looking for a Job? Attend the Career Fair

Career Services will host more than 80 employers at the 2013 Career Fair on Thursday, March 7, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Grady Cole Center.  More than 20 new companies have registered in the past week!  See the list of what companies are signed up here.Career Fair

Whether you’re graduating in May and looking for something full-time in your field or looking for something part-time while you attend classes, the Career Fair is a great way to get new job leads.

Why Attend the Career Fair?

  • Every company coming to the fair is hiring.
  • Standing out from the crowd can be difficult when you’re applying for jobs online – the Career Fair gives you a chance to make a great impression in-person.
  • Even if you’re not looking for a job, meeting employers and making connections will pay off in the future.

What can you do to get ready?

  • Prepare early by visiting Career Services:  Contact our Central campus office at 704.330.6551, CH 365 or view contact information for Career Services at other campuses.
  • Create a professional resume and a get a professional resume review.
  • Follow the Career Services Blog for advice.
  • Bring your CPCC Student ID  to skip long lines and be admitted at the student entrance.

The CPCC Career Fair is open to anyone who is looking for a job; please tell your friends and family!  Visit http://www.cpcc.edu/career/studentsgrads/career-fair for more event info and tips to prepare.

See you March 7!

Tips to Be Successful at the CPCC Career Fair

Career Services will host 84 employers at the 2012 Career Fair on Thursday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Grady Cole Center.  Get tips to help you prepare and maximize your experience at the fair at www.cpcc.edu/career/fair.Career Fair

See a full list of companies currently registered to attend here!

Career Services is open during Spring Break – use your time off to get ready for the fair!

  • Create a professional resume and a get a professional resume review
  • Pre-register to send your resume to employers before the fair by using employmeNC – hurry, the deadline is March 9!
  • Practice what to say to employers
  • Bring your CPCC Student ID  to skip long lines and be admitted at the student entrance

Professional dress is required for admission.  Bring plenty of copies of your resume and be sure to tell employers you are a CPCC student.

Contact our Central Campus office at 704.330.6551, CH 122 or view contact information for Career Services at other campuses.

 

2012 Career Fair Continues to Add Businesses

Career Services expects to host over 70 employers at the 2012 Career Fair on Thursday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Grady Cole Center.  See which employers are coming and get tips to help you prepare and maximize your experience at the fair at www.cpcc.edu/career/fair.

See a full list of companies currently registered to attend here!

Why Go to the Career Fair?

  • It’s still a tight job market, but every employer coming to the fair is hiring
  • Standing out from the crowd can be difficult when you’re applying for jobs online – the career fair gives you a chance to make a great impression in-person
  • Even if you’re not looking for a job, meeting employers and making connections will pay off in the future 

Prepare early by visiting Career Services

  • Create a professional resume and a get a professional resume review
  • Practice what to say to employers
  • Pre-register to send your resume to employers before the fair by using employmeNC
  • Bring your CPCC Student ID  to skip long lines and be admitted at the student entrance

Professional dress is required for admission.  Bring plenty of copies of your resume and be sure to tell employers you are a CPCC student.  Employers want to meet with you!

Contact our Central campus office at 704.330.6551, CH 122 or view contact information for Career Services at other campuses.

 

Are You Career Ready?

Are you career ready?

Are you career ready?

CPCC Career Services is currently reviewing student resumes for the 2012 Career Fair! Students can make individual appointments or stop by Central High, Room 122 during drop-in hours.  Individual appointments are recommended for students and graduates who have more advanced resume questions. Drop-in hours are for students who have brief career-related questions or are in need of a resume critique. If your schedule is hectic, email your resume to career.services@cpcc.edu for a virtual critique!

The career fair will take place on Thursday, March 15, from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in the Grady Cole Center.  Admission is free and the event is open to public.

Don’t have a resume?  Visit http://www.cpcc.edu/career/studentsgrads/resumes to get tips on developing a resume that’s right for you!
Central Campus Drop-in Hours:
When: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – noon.
Where: Central High Building, Room 122

Regular Hours:
Central Campus: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Central High, Room 122
Cato Campus: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Room 125
Harper Campus: Tuesday & Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Room 255
Harris Campus: Monday & Thursday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Room 1107
Levine Campus: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Room 2130
Merancas Campus: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., TS-221

To schedule an appointment, call Career Services at 704.330.6551. You can also visit http://www.cpcc.edu/career for more information.

Written by Angela Perry
Communications and Journalism Co-op Student, CPCC