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Visit us at Morgan Hall 105 or call 785-670-1450 for an appointment. Office hours are 8-5, Monday - Friday.

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Health Care Career Fair

October 14, Noon-2:30, Washburn Room, Memorial Union. More info, including list of employers attending, is HERE.

Career Fair Strategies That Work - Expand Below!

NEW at Career Services!
Walk-in Wednesdays! A career services staff member will be available on Wednesday afternoons, 1-5 p.m., to address quick drop-in questions. Walk-ins will not replace regular appointments; walk-ins will be limited to 15 minutes, first-come, first-served. No walk-ins September 16, October 14, or November 25.

Did you miss the Career & Graduate School Fair? The employers and grad programs missed you, too! Here's who was there.

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What You Can Expect From Us

Career Services provides assistance to Washburn University students in two major areas:

  • Deciding on majors and careers, including career counseling
  • Job search preparation and execution.

It is the goal of Career Services to help students learn about and develop lifelong skills, techniques, and resources that will help them with career development. Career Services is not an employment agency; we refer all qualified candidates but do not recommend individual students to employers nor individual employers to students.

Our services are free to Washburn University students. Alumni services are free as well, with the exception of fee-based advanced career assessments and access to BodJobs. Services to community members are available, with the exception of advanced career assessments; there is a fee for BodJobs. Resumes for America is an independent provider that offers free access to students; others can access their services for a fee at Services to employers are free with the exception of attendance at career events.

Use the links below and on the right for more information about our services and to reach resources for your career development.

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WU Career Services Mission

The mission of Washburn University Career Services is to empower students and others to make optimal use of their knowledge, abilities, and values to successfully:

  • Explore and choose academic majors and career options
  • Obtain career-related skills and experience
  • Develop and pursue post-graduation career plans, including graduate and professional school and employment.

NEW: Career Fair Strategies That Work: Expand for details!

Career Fair Strategies That Work

by Kathy Douglas

If you are in a Google group, are a member of a family, or have met someone at your college or university orientation who is still your friend, you already know how to network. We meet, form bonds, text, and call our friends to share good news. As a species, we are natural networkers—our survival depends on it.

Schmoozing at career fairs and events is what most people think of when defining networking—standing out in a crowd, making a lasting impression that will land you a job or internship. The reality for most mortals is, however, that although it is important to practice small talk and have good interpersonal skills, most of us do not exude extraordinarily magnetic personalities.

Working magic in a crowd, in fact, is not the most important part of networking.

Great networkers know what any career fair recruiter will tell you: At the end of the day, recruiters’ feet hurt, their voices are raw, and aside from a few exceptional interactions, they have spoken with so many individuals they don’t remember who they spoke with about what.

This is why the real art of job-search networking comes in after the actual fair—the follow up.

When advising students on strategies for two major annual career fairs (one for 1,300+ students from eight universities; one for 250 students from two universities), I emphasize four things:

  1. Strategically select top employers to visit: Quick Internet research provides information to help determine which employers align best with your career goals. Arrive early and visit your top choices while you (and the recruiters) are fresh.
  2. Ask good questions: Advanced research will help you prepare smart questions. After a quick introduction, ask a question about recruiting level or specific practice areas to be sure you are not wasting your time or theirs—Are you hiring at the master’s level? Are you interviewing for your renewables practice? If you already know what they are recruiting for, start there—“I’d like to learn more about the project areas for the policy internships.”
  3. After discussions, find a place to stop and take notes: Notes don’t have to be extensive. I use business cards and/or a small notebook to write the reason I want to follow up, contact information, and content of conversation.
  4. Follow up within a few days: Decide which leads are of interest and follow up with an e-mail that picks up where the discussion left off. If you have been directed to an online application, complete it, send the recruiter a thank you and let him or her know you applied. If you connected personally with a recruiter, but there is no immediate opportunity for you, send him or her a thank you note and a LinkedIn request. There is no need to follow up on every single contact. It’s OK to be strategic.

If you have taken good notes after a productive conversation, it is easy to follow up. And most often you are doing the recruiter a favor. The work you put in to making the recruiter’s job easier, whether it results in an immediate outcome for you or not, is a positive and generous act.

And you never know where follow-up will lead. Through courteous follow-up and strategic networking, job seekers get interviews, discover the hidden job market, and learn the inside scoop on organizations.

Kathy Douglas is the associate director in the Career Development Office, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She works with a global population of dynamic graduate students interested in high-impact, solution-based environmental careers, advanced research, and thought leadership.

Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

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