It’s week 8, which means another successful Employer Panel. Although the Career Services team strives to provide the students of Career Capstone a broad spectrum of professionals to offer insight and guidance, this panel offered something a little different.
For the first time in Brooklyn Center history, three
previous graduates served as panelists: Amy Chase-Boylan, Travis Bator, and Bryan Ahner. Amy, a 2011 Associates of Paralegal studies graduate, currently works for Torrier, Inc. as an Executive Paralegal. Travis is currently employed with Ameriprise Financial, Inc. as a Team Leader in Financial Services. Bryan Ahner is a 2012 Bachelor’s of Business Management graduate who works as a Support Unit Specialist for the corporate office of Caribou Coffee. Of the seven total panelists, the Graduates of Minnesota School of Business had many great experiences and pieces of advice to share with the audience. For many students, it was a great opportunity to learn from those who had previously been in their shoes.
Some of the main concepts shared were:
- The Job Search is a job in itself: The current market for employment is difficult; everyone on the panel sited persistence was a key factor to finding a job and that rejection should be expected. One panelist had sent out 200-300 resumes a
month prior to becoming employed.
- Interview preparation: Research of a company is important. Know the position, know the history of the company, and see what information you can find out regarding the person who will be interviewing you.
- Setting yourself apart: While performing an interview, one of the candidates Travis was speaking with provided a binder of the applicants 30, 60 and 90 day plan upon being hired. The binder also included a Strength, Weakness, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) analysis of the candidate for Travis to review. Travis said, “While I was reviewing all of the final candidates and their resumes, I had this fancy looking binder that kept catching my eye, and it was hard not to resist reviewing it much longer than that of the other candidates’ resumes.” Creating a “plan of attack” is a sure-fire way of getting the job but also staying employed.
For more information on the panel or to participate in next quarter’s event, contact the Career Services Department at 763-585-5231. All are welcome!