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Sponsored by Amway

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

9:15 a.m. Morning Keynote

Leap And The Net Will Appear

Making the transition from a college student to a full time professional can be scary, exciting and exhausting all at the same time.  As a recent GVSU graduate, Cecil Johnson will share his personal story  and experiences while at Grand Valley, as well as during his career search.  His keynote address will highlight how utilizing your personal network of peers and colleagues, along with mentors, advisors and faculty, can play a key role in your success.  
2250 Kirkhof Center, Grand River Room

presented by: Cecil Johnson, '14

Cecil Johnson

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.
Room 2266, Kirkhof Center

presented by: Career Center Representatives

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.
Room 2215-2216, Kirkhof Center

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.
Room 2263, Kirkhof Center

presented by: Lisa Knapp '11, GVSU Career Center and Megan Riksen, '08, GVSU Career Center

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

100% in the Workplace: Being Your Authentic Self

Participants will learn what authenticity means in the context of corporate work environments.  Discussion will focus on how race and cultural identity can influence authenticity, as well as the potential challenges of being authentic.  Tips will be shared on how to simultaneously maintain authenticity and professionalism.  
Room 2266, Kirkhof Center

presented by: Renida Clark and ReChard Peel

Young, Broke and Fabulous

Do you need help managing your money?  Have you created a budget or a spending plan?  Have you even started to think about your first job and saving for retirement?  If you want to be a MoneySmart Laker, this session will provide you with resources to help better understand your finances and to develop your money management skills.
Room 2266, Kirkhof Center

presented by: Luis Lozano

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?  This session will provide helpful tips and tricks about interviewing to set you up for success!
Room 2215-2216, Kirkhof Center

presented by: Patrick Fritz, '12

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

Ferris Jumah has the inside scoop on everything you need to know about LinkedIn. As a former LinkedIn professional, Ferris will share his personal journey with the company, as well as insider knowledge on how to create a successful LinkedIn profile. Utilizing your network of peers and colleagues, both during and after graduation, can play a vital role in your career path.  You won't want to miss this dynamic and engaging keynote presentation.  
2250 Kirkhof Center, Grand River Room

presented by: Ferris Jumah, '12

Ferris Jumah

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. 
Room 2204 Kirkhof Center, Pere Marquette Room

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. 
Room 2204 Kirkhof Center, Pere Marquette Room

Hosted by: GVSU University Communications

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

The Art of Negotiation

Are you unsure how to successfully negotiate a starting salary?  Do you feel anxious about asking for a flexible schedule?  If you are like most new professionals, negotiating with your employer can feel scary, overwhelming and unpredictable.  In this session, the presenter will focus on strategies to make you a more confident negotiator, as well as encourage you to focus on the overall gains for both yourself and your employer.  
Room 2266, Kirkhof Center

presented by:  Brandon Reame, '09

Social Media Strategy

Do you think you are social media savvy?  Did you know that 98% of recruiters use social media to find potential candidates for open positions.  Come and learn about how you can build your personal brand and use social media to land your dream job.  
Room 2215-2216, Kirkhof Center

presented by: Kristin Coppens, '10

How to Land the Ideal Internship

Securing an internship while still in school is a key component to your career success.  The process can be overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be.  Our conference sponsor, Quicken Loans, will share some proven strategies to help you feel confident in your internship search.  In addition, information will be shared on how to make sure the internship is the right fit for your goals.  
Room 2263, Kirkhof Center

Presented By:  Quicken Loan Representatives

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

Life 101

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! 
2250 Kirkhof Center, Grand River Room

Moderated by
: Troy Farley '88
: Nathan Biller, '09; V'Lecea Hunter, '13 & '15; Cecil Johnson, '14; Liana Periard, '16; Ryan Slusarzyk, '08