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Registration for all Career Center events is required. Log in to HAWK'S HUNT and follow the Student or Alumni links to Career Events.

Upcoming Events for Spring 2015

March

19th annual Spring Career Fair - Wednesday, March 25, 1:00-4:00p.m. Campus Recreation Center - Field House. This is an opportunity to meet with a variety of employers that may be offering full-time, part-time or internship opportunities. Review the list of attending employers and graduates schools by going to Hawks Hunt and selecting the Events and searching for the Career Fair. 

Please R.S.V.P. prior to the event so that you can research participating organizations. Your name tag and event program will be waiting for you. Don't forget to practice your "30 second commercial" prior to the event. 

Interview attire is suggested to make a great first impression. Bring plenty of copies of your resume for employers.

April

Career "Dinner" Conversations - Wednesday, April 1, 5:30-7:30pm. Baypoint Inn and Conference Center.

The topic of conversation for the evening will be planning your career. Your alumni hosts will lead table conversations about how to prepare for life after RWU. Discussions will focus on networking and job search strategies, expecatations of today's employers, and ways that you can leverage your academic and co-circular experiences to land a great job upon graduation. Alumni hosts will talk about their own career history, provide advice about internships/jobs and/or graduate school, and may invite you to continue the conversations after the event via email or LinkedIn.

The program combines a job networking reception and a dining etiquette dinner.  More than 60 alumni have been invited to co-host tables of students who share an interest in specific professional and industry areas. The night's dinner will include a mocktail reception with students and a three-course dinner expertly prepared by Bon Appetite, including important tips on how to navigate the sometimes tricky terrain of having a professional conversation while sharing a meal.  

The "Mocktail Reception" will take place from 5:30pm-6:15pm to network with alumni from a variety of professional fields, followed by a dining etiquette program and dinner from 6:15pm-7:30pm.

In its fourth year, the Life After RWU series has proven very popular with students and alumni.  We hope you will participate in this year's event.  Seating is limited so register now!

ALUMNI Registration     STUDENTS Registration

For questions or comments please contact :

Primary Contact
Ryan Edmonds, Alumni Relations Officer
redmonds@rwu.edu
401.254.3068

Secondary Contact
Susan Caizzi, Associate Director, the Career Center
scaizzi@rwu.edu
401.254.3224 

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Prior Events

Get Ready for the Teacher Job Search
 
Graduate School Series 
Life After RWU
 

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Career Fair Success

Preparing for and Experiencing a Successful Career Fair

  • Read through and follow the tips below.
  • Research the organizations coming - remember that positions available are not always obvious by the organization name.
  • Maintain a positive attitude and dress and carry yourself with confidence.

Tips On Making The Career Fair A Success For You

  1. Know your goals. A realistic goal for attending a fair is to get an idea of what employers are looking for or to be invited for an interview at the company at a later date. Do not expect to be offered a job today.
  2. Are you dressed appropriately in business attire and wearing comfortable shoes?
  3. Use your best handshake, make eye contact and give an award-winning smile when you introduce yourself.
  4. Bring 20+ error free resumes with you; do not fold them. Use a portfolio, briefcase, or shoulder bag to hold resumes, corporate literature, and all the materials you will collect.  Your resume should have been reviewed by the Career Center. If you have not made an appointment yet and attend or have graduated from RWU, please feel free to do so.
  5. Be enthusiastic! Employers identify the most important personal attribute you can bring to your first regular employment position is "Enthusiasm."  Project interest in the company.
  6. There will be many applicants approaching employers at the same time you are. DON'T BE OVERWHELMED. Keep a positive attitude and concentrate on benefits of the experience.
  7. Visit with employers who do not have students at their tables. Even if you have never heard of the company you might be surprised at the types of opportunities they may have.
  8. Remember to thank the person you talk to and take their business card for a formal follow up.
  9. Most of the employers will have information about their companies - feel free to take what is offered. Please don't take the information if you don't want it, politely say, "No Thank you."
  10. Employers expect to interact with students seeking job opportunities as well as those simply researching careers and organizations.
  11. Review the list of organizations who will be attending the career and internship fair, then research those employers of interest to you. Research the organization's website.
  12. Practice answering the questions: Tell Me About Yourself? What are you interested in doing after graduation? Be able to deliver a 30 second 'commercial' about yourself to an employer.
  13. Prioritize the list of employers you want to speak with and go directly to their tables. Walk up and down the aisles first looking at who is present -you don't want to miss anyone while waiting to speak with someone else or even interviewing.
  14. Be ready to make conversation and ask intelligent questions--making you a much more interesting candidate than those who ask "So. What do you guys do?"
  15. Your goal is to get a interview. If you're genuinely interested, let them know! "I am quite excited about the possibilities your company offers, and I think I have the talent to help you achieve your goals.... What do I need to do to arrange an interview?" If an interview isn't arranged immediately, don't despair.
  16. Be prepared to discuss where you want to work geographically (New York - Boston - anywhere), what you like doing, what you're looking for in a job, what your most relevant skills are.
  17. Within two weeks after the Career Fair, send a thank you note to the representatives you met and with whom you want to follow up - making sure to use contact information on the business cards you asked for at the event.

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Presentations

The Career Center is proud to be able to offer the following programs to the Roger Williams University community. We are happy to work with you to present to any size group, students, faculty, or staff.

Past presentations have been given in the classroom; for student organizations, clubs, and athletic teams; and for leadership training or staff development.

To schedule a presentation, or simply get more information, please email the Career Center. If you do not see your topic here, please contact us to discuss your group's needs.

Programs Designed for All Students/Audiences

Service Learning at RWU - in conjunction with FSL
The philosophy of the program and the requirements for fulfilling them are discussed.  This program can be customized based on the demographics of the participants

Customized Programs
The Career Center is able to design programs based on the needs of the audience. We are happy to work with a faculty member, administrator or student organization to design a program.

Co-ops/Internships
Educate your students about the value and process of obtaining an experiential educational opportunity.

Social Networking/Informational Interviewing
Informational interviewing is a wonderful way to meet professionals while learning about their career fields. Social Networking is a successful tool to utilize during a person's career. We can introduce these concepts to your students in this presentation. Covering LinkedIn, Facebook and more.

Cover Letter and Resume Development
Cover letters and resumes are essential tools to launch a career. Let us teach your students how.

Career Fair Success
Students have approximately 30 seconds to make a good impression at a Career Fair. We can teach them how to do it well.

Online Job Search Skills
Learn how to conduct an effective and safe job search.

Interviewing
The cover letter and resume have been a success. The student now has an interview!  Let us teach your students the SKILL of interviewing and follow-up. With appropriate notice, we will invite employers to join us to share their perspective on interviewing.

Evaluating and Negotiating Job Offers
Successful interviewing has led to multiple job offers. How do you decide? Salary is just one indicator. We will discuss benefits, cultures and career opportunities within organizations. We will also discuss how to ask for what you need and/or want during the offer stage.

Success on the Job
This program will address etiquette and cultural diversity in a work setting. Guest speakers may be included.

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