Greek Ladders Weekly - October 10, 2016

Our weekly bulletin provides information about upcoming career events taking place on college, events we're planning or speaking, career planning best practices, and introductions to employers and our collaborative partners. The bulletin is designed to help connect students with employers, and vice-versa.

This week's campus career events

Click on the links for more information about the event. Career fairs in bold.

Tuesday, October 11

Wednesday, October 12

Thursday, October 13

Friday, October 14

Alumni, the lifeblood of your chapter...and your career

It's frequently mentioned during fraternity and sorority recruitment that alumni could hook members up with jobs, however it's rarely pursued. However, alumni can play an exceptional role in igniting a student's career plan and path.

Not every alumnus will respond to a request to make a donation or to volunteer or to attend an event. However, if properly approached, nearly every alum will provide information, resources, connections, and advice. Knowledge and experience is easy for chapter and university alumni to give and they love doing it.

Here are a few tips for you to leverage contacts with alumni.

  • When alumni are on campus for games or events, like Homecoming, be sure to proactively greet them. A sincere and enthusiastic hello with handshake will set a positive tone. If you can, ask the alum to share information about experiences, family situation, career status, etc. Be sure to exchange information.
  • Invite alumni to visit the chapter to talk about his or her career. This can be done as a single presentation or a panel of alumni, representing different businesses or industries. Inevitably these turn into exceptional networking sessions.

CLICK HERE to read other great ways to connect with alumni, whom can be THE difference in your career plans.

Next Week's Career Fairs

It's a quiet week, next week, for career fairs. Check our website for more as this week progresses.

Wednesday, October 19

  • University of Akron - Part-time Job Fair

Thursday, October 20

  • Boston University - Fall Career Fair

We're at Weber State next week

Pete Parker will be on campus on October 20 and 21. If you want to visit, either on your own or as a chapter on Thursday afternoon or evening, or Friday late afternoon, send us a quick email (click here) indicating your interest and we'll organize a meetup. We can review resumes, talk about career planning, design a career development program, and more.

Pete will be on campus to conduct a workshop at the Project Lead Conference. He'll talk to students about the many benefits derived from active student involvement. If you're not registered, sign up today! Click here to register.

Invitation to students attending the Project Lead Conference - send us your resume (click here) and we'll give you an assessment upon our arrival. You don't have to belong to a fraternity or sorority to participate.

Management and Leadership Action Words

When describing work, chapter, campus, and community experiences on your resume, consider these action words:

Administered - Analyzed - Appointed - Approved - Assigned - Attained - Authorized - Chaired - Considered - Consolidated - Contracted - Controlled - Converted - Decided - Delegated - Developed - Directed - Eliminated - Emphasized - Enforced - Enhanced - Established - Executed - Generated - Handled - Headed - Hired - Hosted - Improved - Incorporated - Increased - Initiated - Inspected - Instituted - Led - Managed - Merged - Motivated - Organized - Originated - Overhauled - Oversaw - Planned - Presided - Prioritized - Produced - Recommended - Reorganized - Replaced - Restored - Reviewed - Scheduled - Streamlined - Strengthened - Supervised - Terminated

Click here for action words representing other skills, such as communications, technical, research, teaching, financial, creative, helping, and organization, as well as accomplishments.

Invitation to employers to exhibit at the CareerFEST

We're helping coordinate a CareerFEST at the Circle of Change Leadership Conference, taking place on Friday, November 18 at Cal State Dominguez Hills. Employers are invited to exhibit at our small career fair, as well as meet with students in small groups and/or one-on-one visits to review resumes, conduct mock interviews, and talk career planning.

The CareerFEST presents an incredible opportunity for both participating companies and the students. The career fair will feature just 20 Companies which are highly interested in recruiting, connecting, and building positive relationships with 200-300 diverse student leaders from 35+ colleges located across the country. Click here to learn more about the conference demographics.

One unique benefit of CareerFEST is that each participating employer receives a thumbdrive containing resumes of every student in attendance.

CLICK HERE for more information and to register for the conference.

Update your Online Career Profile

A valuable feature on the Greek Ladders website is a candidate career profile. Creating the profile is completely free of charge (and no hidden fees), but a huge benefit to students looking to connect with employers. Completing a profile provides value to are just two:

  1. It's an easy way for employers to see your resume, career interests, experiences, and involvement.
  2. It provides Greek Ladders partners with the information and ammunition they need when seeking ideal employers and employment opportunities for you.

The more complete the profile, the greater the chances of getting connected to the right situations.

Click here to create and update your career profile.

Note to Alumni

You're invited to stay connected. For one thing, there's a good chance you'll be looking for a new job or career advancement in the future. We can certainly be a catalyst. Also, we'd love to enlist you as a mentor to a student, either from your chapter, your campus, or any of our 97 schools. Last, if you want to share advice on how to launch careers, we'd love for you to write a blog or two.

Click here to learn how you can provide value as an alumnus.


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