Student To Professional


8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.  Registration            

9:15 a.m.  Morning Keynote

Shock & Awe: Wake up to the Amazing Job Race - ROOM 2250 Download PresentationDownload Presentation

presented by: Troy Farley, '88, GVSU Career Center

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.  Session I

Resumes: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - ROOM 2263

Why should you care what your resume looks like? After reviewing hundreds of resumes, we've seen the good, the bad, and the ugly...and recruiters are looking for a reason to move your resume to the top of the pile. Which pile will your resume land in? We'll review example resumes and let you decide.

presented by: Jodi Hutchinson

The YOU Plan: Values and Your Career Plan - ROOM 2266

How do your values impact career decisions and career planning? This session will look at how personal values fit within company culture and learn about how to position yourself to be irreplaceable in your company, manage your impressions, and advance in your career by using the mountain climbing approach and time-tested methods used at Goodwill, one of the nation’s largest nonprofits.  Students of all industries will learn techniques for advancing and getting noticed in entry and mid-level professional positions.   

presented by:  Career Center Staff and Amanda Whitmore

Job and Internship Strategies - ROOM 2270 Download Presentation Download Presentation Download HandoutsDownload Handouts

Don't let the job or internship search process freak you out. Hear from Career Center internship specialist Rachel Becklin on the best strategies to land that internship/ job you are after.

presented by: Rachel Becklin, '06, GVSU Career Center

10:50 a.m. - 11:35 a.m. Session II

The Art of Interviewing - ROOM 2263 Download PresentationDownload Presentation

You landed an interview for your perfect job. Now What? Acing the interview and securing the job takes practice and preparation. This workshop will give you tips and strategies for standing out from the very first phone call through the offer. 

presented by: Kelly Metsker and Kevin Douglas

How Do I Really Use LinkedIn to Get a Job - ROOM 2266 Download Presentation

Over 48% of recruiters are using LinkedIn to find potential candidates for open positions. Don’t miss your opportunity to tap into this network of over 225 million professionals, companies, colleagues and find career opportunities. Learn how to utilize LinkedIn and other social media platforms to find a career, as well as insight into how corporate America is utilizing social media for recruiting purposes.

presented by: Kristina Green, '12

Generations in the Workplace - ROOM 2270 Download Presentation

Baby Boomer Janis and Millennial/Gen Xer Jocelyn team up to present “Generations In The Workplace” to various audiences including non-profits and for-profit companies, manufacturers, colleges and universities, and professional organizations throughout the state of Michigan. Understanding differences between the generations is fundamental in building successful multigenerational workplace. The generations training introduces the five generations in the workplace and explores the unique differences between them including contributions and potential areas of growth. The training provides a strategic tool to help companies maximize one of their greatest assets-their employees. These employees of the different  generations represent the faces of change in our workplace and the greatest certainty is change.

presented by: Jocelyn Hodack and Janis Petrini 

 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.  Lunch and Keynote Presentation
ROOM 2250

Presented by: Blake "Shy" Carter, '06


1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Onsite Resume Reviews - ROOM 2250

Hosted by: Career Center Staff

LinkedIn Photos - ROOM 2250 Download Your Headshot

Hosted by: Heather Dixon, '05, Professional Photographer

1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.  Session III

They Don't Call them Benefits for Nothing: Understanding the Job Offer - ROOM 2263 Download Presentation

Interviewing is a two way street, you will be interviewing companies as much as they will be interviewing you. This session will review the questions you should ask when negotiating a job offer. There are many variables to consider: work culture and environment, health benefits, development opportunities and more. Mindy will review her personal experiences as well as her insights as an HR professional to help participants transition from school to professional.

presented by: Mindy Ysasi-Castanon, '03

Creating Your Dream Job - ROOM 2266 Download Presentation

What started in a GVSU freshman dorm room by doodling with Sharpie markers on an old pair of shoes evolved into creating custom-designed sneakers for LeBron       James, artwork for Mike Posner, and now a full-time Footwear Designer position with an international shoe brand. Sometimes, the best entry-level job is to create one yourself that is founded on passion with a vision for the long-term. Everyday, do something that will better enable you to do something bigger and better tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day after that, etc. 

presented by: Tyler Way, '09

How to Discover and Brand Yourself - ROOM 2270 Download PresentationDownload Presentation

Many people think that personal branding is just for celebrities, yet each and every one of us is a brand. Personal branding, is the process by which we market ourselves to others.

Regardless of age, regardless of position, regardless of the business we happen to be in, all of us need to understand the importance of branding. We are CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called You.

                            - Tom Peters, Fast Company

presented by: Kim Bode, '02

 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.  Session IV

Networking Social - ROOM 2250

Put your best networking skills to practice engaging professionals with our conference sponsor, Amway, workshop presenters, and Career Cetner staff. The best networkers will be recognized with great prizes!


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