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FOR STUDENTS: HOW TO PREPARE FOR A JOB FAIR OR EMPLOYER OPEN HOUSE
Think of the job fair as a chance to have mini interviews. In other words, be prepared to make your first impression, ask relevant questions, and talk about your interests and goals.
1) Prepare. If you know which employers or types of employers will be there, select a handful that you would like to target. Read their websites and other online material. Write down a question or two that you might like to ask the representative of each company/organization. You can visit other tables or booths as well, but go to the fair with intentions; it will help you to present in a professional manner.
2) Bring a resume, several copies. Carry them in a sturdy folder or portfolio.
3) Rehearse a couple of lines about yourself. I am BCC Engineering student, and I would like to gain practical experience with a paid internship or summer job. I have worked in retail and in restaurants, and now I hope to find a job closer to my career goals. Read your resume before you go, and think about positive experiences in each job, class, or volunteer position. Then be ready to listen to questions, the other person’s answers, and to what he or she has to say about his or her field. Relax; be yourself; listen. Ask for a business card (or write down the names of people you met). When you get home you can write follow-up letters. (Career Services will help you with job search related correspondence.)
4) Dress the part. Dress as though you are going to an interview. There are places to find low cost or no cost interview clothing. Talk with the career counselor, in the Career Center, located in SBA, to learn about interview clothing.
REMEMBER: Most people do not prepare adequately for career fairs. We will help you to prepare so that you can make the best of a potentially great opportunity. Call 236-1611 or 236-1605 to make an appointment.
Interview practice is important for everyone, native English speakers as well as speakers of English as a second language. While preparing for interviews, BCC students may take advantage of mock interview sessions or more casual meetings with the career counselor. Call 413-236-1605 to schedule an appointment with the career counselor.
Berkshire Works will hold a career fair on September 12 at the Crowne Plaza in Pittsfield. The fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
If you would like to attend, and would like to go over your resume or practice “mock” interview before the event, please stop in Student Development and make an appointment to see the career counselor. Or call 236-1605 to make that appointment.
Competitive Internships and Summer Jobs
A seminar to help students find them
Date: January 16, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
• Learn about internship and summer job opportunities and their application requirements;
• Learn about the value of these opportunities in the context of your studies and your career;
• Map out your internship/summer job search strategy;
• Go over interview protocol, social media, and other tools for your job search;
• Practice interviewing with human resources professionals;
• Enjoy lunch together.
For whom: Students who are interested in serious internship/summer job work experience.
Where: Berkshire Community College
For more information: Call Judith Monachina, 413-236-1611
Or e-mail: email@example.com
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Your Internship Job Search
The organizations and websites below will give you a head start on your search:
Identify the type of work you want to do and begin to investigate websites and organizations. You may want to make an appointment with a career counselor (236-1611).
Start doing some online research. Develop a schedule or spreadsheet, with application information required and deadlines.
Prepare a brief explanation of the type of work/job/internship you would like to find.
Develop the tools: resume, etc.
Tell people you know that you are looking (using your brief explanation)
Useful links for your online research
Local, Berkshire Area Companies and Organizations, some with internship programs, others summer jobs
Mass MoCA, Jan. 18 deadline, North Adams, Arts, Education
Berkshire Theatre Group, Colonial Theater, BTF
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Jan 22 and Feb. 19 deadlines
Internships.com with our zip code
Crane & Company
2013 Internship Program to be announced this week. Students are advised to keep an eye on their site, but you might also meet with the career counselor to learn the contact person and how to investigate even before the posting is made public.
Look at their site too. See Career Counselor for contact information
Mass DOT Highway Division, Generally engineering oriented
Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood
BSO at Tanglewood hires hundreds of students for the summer, some pre-professional.
Talk with career counselor about contacts
Berkshire Health Systems
Mass Life Sciences Internship Challenge
Governor’s Office Internship
See Berkshire Creative for jobs and internships (mostly jobs)
National Internship Programs
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Student Conservation Association
Federal internships, all fields
Science News Writing Internship, Washington DC
American Association for the Advancement of Science, other, several, writing, IT, etc.
Union of Concerned Scientists
U.S. Fisheries and Wildlife (has Massachusetts jobs, many Mass sites, internship program currently being developed. Contact career counselor)
General Internship (or jobs and internships) Sites
look here for resume templates too
Beware of some of these unpaid internships…make an appointment, 236-1611 to talk with a counselor
We will talk about this idea today. You may want to make an appointment with the career counselor to develop your own strategy, including companies and organizations to approach, and how to approach them to learn of internships and jobs. Many, if not most, jobs are found by talking to people.
Professional Associations and Job Sites
If your interest is not represented here, simply Google your career field and look for the appropriate site.
www.apta.org Physical therapy
www.amtamassage.org Massage therapy
www.acefitness.org physical fitness trainer
www.therespiratorytherapist.com respiratory therapy
www.criminaljusticecareerguide.com criminal justice
www.earlychildhood.org early childhood education
www.nationalhumanservices.org Human services
(National Association of Broadcast Journalists)
(American Bar Association)
(American Association for Paralegal Education)
(Central Intelligence Agency)
(American Foreign Service Association)
(American Association of Arts Educators)
(American Library Association)
Books and websites are full of examples of what to do when being interviewed for a job. Equally important, but less frequently cited, are tips on what to avoid. Here are some of the more subtle mistakes that should be avoided if you really want to get the job.