All sessions are LIB 100 approved!
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
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.
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
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
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.
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:
presented by: Larissa Van Wyk, '14
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.
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
Bring a copy of your resume and cover to have it reviewed by GVSU Career Professionals.
Hosted by: Career Center Staff
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
First impressions really DO matter! Perfect your professional introduction and maximize your impact during this literal elevator pitch exercise.
Hosted by: Amway Corporation Representatives
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
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
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