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is your primary tool for learning about on-campus recruiting activities and applying for actual opportunities.
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On-campus recruiting activities provide students with the opportunity to connect with employers who visit campus to interview for their internship and full-time positions. Nearly 400 employers choose to visit the UW-Madison campus to recruit business students each year.
Interview for internships and full-time jobs without leaving campus! Each semester, local, national and international employers conduct on-campus interviews with students in the Wisconsin BBA Interview and Program Center, 3290 Grainger Hall. Although on-campus interviews take place throughout the fall and spring semester, over half are conducted during the fall semester. Prepare for your campus interview just as you would for an on-site interview at an employer’s office.
Job & Internship Postings
In addition to on-campus interview opportunities, employers post internship and full-time job vacancies on BuckyNet. If you are selected for an interview, you will visit the employer’s office for the first-round interview.
An internship is defined as any work experience occurring at any point during college that accumulates a minimum of 120 hours of work within a six (6) consecutive month period, in which the student receives supervision and/or mentorship and in which the student applies their knowledge and skills learned during their time in college. An internship may be paid or unpaid and may be for credit or not for credit. A student's work on their own start-up business qualifies as an internship if it meets the other stated criteria.
*Adopted from the 2015 National Undergraduate Business Symposium reporting standards
Career fairs give you an opportunity to network with employers, showcase your strengths as a candidate, and ask in-depth, well-researched questions about their positions and their company. A career fair is not the place where you will get a job, but it can determine whether you receive an interview. Many employers make decisions about who they select to interview based on the interaction they have with a candidate at the fair.
Badger Business Job Shadow Program
Get an up-close look at a company or industry by “shadowing” professionals (often UW alumni) through a normal day on the job. Click here to learn more.
Employer Information Sessions
An Employer Information Session is a one-hour presentation and reception sponsored by a company, usually held in the evening at Grainger Hall. Companies present information regarding their hiring process, company benefits, and available positions. Typically, there is a formal presentation, followed by a question and answer period. If you are interviewing with a company, it is strongly recommended that you attend their Information Session as valuable information will be presented that will assist you with the actual interview.
Tips to Conduct an Effective Job Search
- Be proactive! About 80% of jobs are never advertised. Go beyond BuckyNet and approach companies that interest you, even if they do not have positions posted.
- Make sure everyone in your network knows you are looking for a job or internship and what kind of position you are seeking. Speak with your parents’ friends, family, friends’ parents, professors, service providers (dentist, doctor, hairstylist, etc.), previous and current supervisors, and co-workers.
- Conduct informational interviews with professionals in your industry of interest. Ask them about their career path, how they got their current position, and what advice they have for someone starting in the field.
- Be unique and stand out from other job seekers. Figure out your “story” and articulate it to potential employers and those with whom you network.
- Have alternative options. Identify and work toward your dream job target, but have a plan B and plan C. Look for jobs and internships that will allow you to develop the skills you will need to get your dream job in the future.
- Use LinkedIn to network with professionals online.
- Be the youngest person in the room. Join a professional association for your industry and attend networking events and conferences. Most organizations have student rates that are less expensive. Employers and contacts will be impressed at your initiative and motivation.
- Attend Business Basics Seminars to polish up on your job search skills.
- Always tailor résumés and cover letters to a particular employer. Do not just list your skills, but show the employer how your skills and experiences are a good fit for the position and the company.
- Practice your “elevator speech” and make sure it is informative, dynamic, and concise. Be able to explain who you are, what you’ve done, and what you are looking to do in 30-60 seconds.
Click here to see more tips to conduct an effective job search.