Job & Internship Search
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is your primary tool for learning about on-campus recruiting activities and applying for actual opportunities.
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 Handshake to research the companies attending the fair.
Review their available jobs and internships, and visit their company websites (also found in Handshake).
Have a solid understanding of the services and products produced by each company you plan to speak with at the fair.
Get more tips on how to prepare for the fair.
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 Handshake 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.
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