Monday, September 26, 2011

INROADS: Launch Your Career Now!

I knew at a young age I wanted to be successful in life and go to college, however I didn’t know how to get there. I had no clue on the preparation? Identifying a career path?

My name is Eileen Williamson. INROADS was my beginning and actually put me on the path of starting my career. INROADS is a national career development organization whose mission is to develop and place talented under-served youth in business and industry and prepare them for corporate and community leadership.

I attended DePaul University, majoring in Business, and I just knew I was going to be “big time”. I didn’t know in what role, industry, or how to make my degree work for me. I’m so glad I wasn’t too busy and took notice of INROADS and its leadership development. I have made long lasting connections with my peers, recruiters, and managers to last a lifetime.

INROADS is family. You know how family stands beside you, sticks up for you, fight to protect you, and push you to be your very best! The INROADS family believed in me and exposed me to Corporate America.

My belief in myself along with INROADS training equipped me with tools to obtain a sponsored internship. I was matched with Liberty Mutual and interned for 3 summers from my Freshman-Junior Year. At the end of my junior year internship, my goal was to get a permanent job offer. Do you think I got the Job?

I got my job offer! I was ahead of the game and went into my senior year with secured employment. I would not have been in position to interview with Liberty Mutual without Inroads training: the firm handshake w/ eye contact, dressing for interview, how to sell your top abilities. I am proud to say INROADS has graduated over 24,000 talented youth from Interns to full-time managerial jobs with over 1,000 major companies.

INROADS today is even more vital in our growing national/international markets. Career opportunities range from Business, Engineering, Computer & Information Science, Sales, Marketing, Allied Healthcare, Retail Management, and many more. I have come full circle first as an intern, converted full time employee, and now as a staff member of the very organization that started it all. As an employee, I represent and give back to an organization that I know firsthand can be your next level opportunity!

I share all this to say, where will your planning and preparation take you? Are you ready to act and get real life work experience in your career field? The time to Deliver on your Expected Results is now. INROADS was a critical piece to my professional career and where I got my beginnings…where will your dreams take you?

INROADS is a national career development organization whose mission is to develop and place talented under-served youth in business and industry and prepare them for corporate and community leadership. To be eligible one must be a college freshman or sophomore with cumulative grade point average 2.8 or better. INROADS Interns benefit from multi-year internships at top pay per summer, the potential for a full-time job offer, and an assigned corporate mentor.

Apply online today at or look for me at the Multicultural Career and Internship Fair Tuesday, Sept. 27 6-8pm in the Red Gym.

INROADS Information Session

Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Time: Noon-1:30 pm
Where: Rm. 58 Bascom Hall

*Open to all interested students

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Tips to Prepare for the Multicultural Career and Internship Fair & Networking Event!

Get Ready for the Multicultural Career and Internship Fair & Networking Event this week!

If you were not able to attend the Fall Career and Internship Fair on September 15, or you are interested in following up with any employers that you saw at that fair, now is your chance to participate in the upcoming

Multicultural Career and Internship Fair & Networking Event

Tuesday, September 27

5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Armory & Gymnasium (Red Gym), 716 Langdon Street

You are welcome to stop by at any portion of the event.

The specific schedule is:

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.: Mingle with employers in the MSC Student Lounge on the 2ndFloor of the Red gym. “Coaches” will be available to help you network with employers and make important connections!

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.: Connect with employers hiring for internships and full-time positions in the On Wisconsin Room of the Red Gym.

All UW-Madison students are invited to this event to meet with employers that are committed to a strong and diverse workforce of talented and dedicated individuals. With 30 employers participating, this fair will be smaller than the one earlier this month. Thus, there will be more opportunities to personally connect for a longer period of time the employers that will be participating. This is your chance to learn more about how your interests, experiences and education can fulfill the goals of the employers, whether it be through an internship or full-time job opportunity.

To help you best prepare for this event, we encourage your to follow the below steps! If you have any questions or would like any additional assistance from our office to prepare you, please contact us to set up a career advising appointment or come to our drop-in hours, which are listed on our website:

Good luck and aim for success!

A.) Before the Multicultural Career and Internship Fair & Networking Event

  • Attend the Resume Writing/How to Make the Best Use of the Multicultural Career/Internship Fair & Networking Event Workshop, on Monday September 26 from 5:30 – 6:30 in the Multicultural Student Center Conference Room of the Red Gym. You will learn how to make the most out of your attendance at the career fair, learn effective networking strategies, and craft an outstanding resume!
  • Research the organizations participating in the Fair. Review corporate profiles and employment information. A list of participating organizations is at:

  • Prepare a one-minute “commercial/elevator speech” to: introduce yourself, demonstrate that you know something about the company, express why you’re interested in working for them and how your skills relate to what you know about that organization’s needs.
  • Be prepared with questions to ask employers. Practice out loud!
  • Know the general types of positions in which you have an interest and where you want to go with your career.
  • Have a resume that’s digestible in one minute’s reading by busy employers.
  • Be organized! Prepare a list of employers you want to visit during the Multicultural Career and Internship Fair.

B.) During the Multicultural Career and Internship Fair & Networking Event

  • Business casual attire is suggested. Please look neat and polished. Recruiters will remember you!
  • Make eye contact when introducing yourself to employers. Shake hands firmly and pay close attention to what the representative is saying.
  • Ask questions about the organization and current employment opportunities.
  • Be enthusiastic! Smile and project interest in the employer.
  • Ask representatives for their business cards.
  • Ask how you should best follow up, and who the contact person is.
  • Make notes as you leave each employer you’re interested in. You want to be prepared if you have further contact with a company representative.

C.) After the Multicultural Career and Internship Fair & Networking Event

  • Send a thank you and another copy of your resume to employer representatives of particular interest to you. In your note briefly describe an additional strength of yours that you didn’t get to mention at the fair and restate your interest in interviewing with them.
  • Be prepared to interview with organizations of interest after the Fair. Severalorganizations will conduct on-campus interviews at one of the career services offices on campus during the time period after the fair.


The Multicultural Career and Internship Fair & Networking Event is a great opportunity to talk with employer representatives about their organizations and employment opportunities. Be prepared to ask questions! Don't be uncomfortable approaching the recruiters. They will be eager to talk with you and answer any questions you may have. Here is a list of suggested questions to help you get started:

• What skills or traits do you look for in candidates?

• What is your company’s hiring timeline?

• What are some of the key responsibilities of this job/internship?

• What is a typical career path for someone coming in at my level?

• What kind of training program does your firm have? Formal/Informal? Short term/Long term?

• What is a day like in this position?

• What type of formal education is required for entry-level, mid-level, upper-level, positions?

• Do people filling this type of position work in a structured or non-structured environment?

• How is performance evaluated? How often?

• What degree of task variety would a person see in their first year?

• What opportunities did you take advantage of while you were in college to help you prepare for your job?

• How did you begin your career? If you had anything to do differently, what would you have liked it be?

• How would you describe your job?

• What do you like/dislike most about your job?

• How much client contact do you have?

• How much contact do you have with others inside your firm?

• How much freedom do you have in terms of deciding what you want to work on and how to plan the project? How much does this change with experience?

• What is your company's policy on continuing education? For example, will they reimburse you for classes taken towards higher education?

• Is relocation/travel typically required in this career field?

• Where does your organization have offices within the U.S.? Worldwide?

• How easy/difficult is it to transfer to another location?

• What professional societies or associations should I join?

• Which professional publications in this field should I read?

• What important changes are occurring in your field now? How will they affect the career of someone like me just starting out in your field?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Are You Ready For the Career and Internship Fair on Thursday?

Last week's topic on career fair prep mentioned a few good tips for the fair. Looking for more? Come to one of our Career Fair/Resume Prep workshops this week held at the newly formed Academic and Career Advising Center (ACAC), which will be co-presented by a career counselor and recruiter.

Career Fair and Resume Prep workshops:
Middleton Building: 1305 Linden Dr. Room 120
Tuesday Sept. 13: 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Wednesday Sept 14: Noon - 1:00pm

**Extended drop in hours this week from 9:00am - 4:00pm Monday - Thursday for 15 minute resume critiques and other quick questions.

Don't forget: Resume Assistance is also located at College Library: Wednesdays from 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Great handouts on resumes can also be found on our website at

Fall Career and Internship Fair: Thursday, Sept. 15 4:30-8pm at the Kohl Center

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Employer Scoop: Secrets to Success at the Career Fair

Who better to get advice from than hiring personnel about how to work the Career Fair to your advantage? The individuals representing an employer are the ones you have to connect with, not the paper description of the company. Employers love the less formal setting of the Career Fair for this reason. Jon Finch of Milwaukee Tool explains, “We are hiring the entire person, not just the person in the interview. Their ability to make conversation at the fair and talk about their experiences helps us to understand who we are hiring.” So how can you make a positive impression? Here are tips from employers – they know what they want to see; take their advice and rack up the interviews!

Employers are in agreement – internships and other experience are very important. These are the things they look for first on a resume. Start early! Our office can help – check us out at Finch wants applicants to show “how [they] have worked in addition to their education.”

Many students are concerned about standing out from other job hunters. Chris Schueler of Medline Industries recommends an old-fashioned thank-you note. But don’t just make a general one for every employer you talked to. Add in comments about what you discussed. Remind the representative about your experience. Be enthusiastic about the company.

Don’t be general and basic when talking to employers, either. Finch and Schueler both believe that researching companies you are interested in is the most important thing you can do to prepare. Their pet peeve is when students come up asking what a company does and what majors they hire. Buckynet is a great resource for finding out more about the employers attending. You can see the full list at

Tailor yourself to the company. “Their qualifications should be identified as how they could positively affect the potential employer,” Finch says. Schueler advises that the top thing to keep in mind is to “do your research and be yourself. Make sure it is a fit for you and the company. It needs to be a fit on both sides.”

Now that you have the information you need to properly prepare for the Career Fair, don’t forget to mark it on your calendar. Be there to speak with over two hundred employers on Thursday, September 15 from 4:30-8:00 p.m. at the Kohl Center!