All sessions are LIB 100 approved!

Sponsored by Amway

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

9:15 a.m. Morning Keynote

Building Your Brand

Attracting a following online and in person

Branding is not just reserved for companies, every person has a brand - are you managing yours? You were made to stand out from the crowd, at least that's what your parents tell you. Learn to articulate your unique value proposition, whether professional or personal and then leverage it across platforms with a consistent message and image to achieve a specific goal.

presented by: Kim Bode, '02

Kim Bode

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Session I

Resumes & Cover Letters

A well-written resume and cover letter are integral components of your job search and can open the door to an interview.  Attend this session for tips on developing a resume and cover letter from scratch or improving what you’ve already started.

presented by: Megan Riksen, '08, GVSU Career Center & Breeann Gorham, GVSU Career Center

Job & Internship Search Strategies

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

How to Talk to Employers

Networking is the best and most common way to find a job....but how do you network and what exactly is networking? Gain information on how to tap into the "hidden job market" of opportunities that are never posted by learning tips and tricks on how to talk to employers.

presented by: Lisa Knapp '11, GVSU Career Center 

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

#RealTalk: Authenticity in the Workplace

What does it mean to be a professional? How do you define success? Participants will discuss the ways that professionalism and notions of success are often culturally defined and the ways in which these concepts can be reconciled with being authentic in the workplace. Participants will also hear real-life examples from current young professionals.

presented by: Kayla Jones, '13; Allison Montaie; and Brittany Dernberger, '10 & '13

How do I Really Use LinkedIn to Get a Job?

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. During this session, students can expect to learn:

  • How to market their experience,
  • How to use Linkedin as a job-finding tool to refine their profiles to attract the right people.
  • Who to connect with, and how to connect with them
  • When and what to message
  • LinkedIn Premium- is it worth it?,
  • How to boost their profile,
  • What groups to add what experience to list, what articles to post, etc.

presented by: Larissa Van Wyk, '14

What's Your Leadership IQ?

Want to develop leadership skills for personal and professional success? Together we will discuss the characteristics of leaders, how you can gain leadership skills, and how those skills will translate to your life after college. During this presentation you will develop a Leadership IQ that you can use to build your academic and professional portfolio at Grand Valley to help you land your dream job.

presented by: Laura Murnen GVSU Office of Student Life and Elizabeth Clark, GVSU Career Center 

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

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

Tyler Way

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

On-Site Resume Reviews

Bring a copy of your resume and cover to have it reviewed by GVSU Career Professionals. 

Hosted by: Career Center Staff

Professional Profile Photos

You need more than a selfie to make sure you are representing yourself well. Take the opportunity to pose for your professional head shot. Electronic photos will be available for FREE to conference attendees. 

Hosted by: Heather Dixon, '05, Professional Photographer

Elevator Pitch Practice

First impressions really DO matter! Perfect your professional introduction and maximize your impact during this literal elevator pitch exercise.

Hosted by: Amway Corporation Representatives

1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Session III

Graduation Approaching? How Do You Plan To Manage Your Student Loan Debt?

Is one of your biggest fears after graduation having an overwhelming amount of student loan debt? Hear Financial Aid professionals share the do's and don't of managing your student loan debt while in college and after. 

presented by: Michael Couch, '06 and Liz Le, GVSU Financial Aid 

How to Ace the Interview

Does interviewing intimidate you? Do you want to learn more about how to go into an interview confident and ready to answer questions?  Please join Amway to learn some helpful tips and tricks about interviewing to set you up for success!

presented by: Molly Murray, Amway Corporation

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Session IV

$#it's Gettin' Real

Get all of your life after college questions answered. This dynamic alumni panel will offer straight talk and straight answers on a variety of concerns regarding how to make the transition from student to the professional world. Conference attendees will be ready for the real world after this great advice! 

Moderated by: Troy Farley '88

Panelists: Brian Parks, '08; Mindy Ysasi-Castanon, '03; Tony Beachler, '93; Joe Howard,III '13; and Cindy Brown