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Sept. 07, 2012
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU offices aid in job search

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Faculty in Slippery Rock University's School of Business and staff in the University's Office of Career Education and Development know the well-prepared candidate gets the job. The two offices have combined forces to offer a three-month series of career education programs designed to help students better prepare for the tough job market ahead.

"We know that students need to begin planning earlier than ever to land a good job in these tough economic times," said John Buttermore, assistant professor in SRU's School of Business.

"We have put together a comprehensive program under the 'Jump Start Your Job Search 2012' banner that involves preparing resumes, preparing and practicing job interviews, learning to network and how to target job cover letters to meet employer's needs," he said.

The multi-part program involves two job fairs, including "Job Search 101" at noon, Sept. 27, in the University Union, and participation to the Oct. 17 WestPACS Job Fair in Monroeville. Transportation will be provided to the first 45 students who register for the WestPACS event.

"Everyone knows graduating students are finding today's job market very competitive. We hope that by showing our students what employer's expect and how to better market their individual skills and accomplishments they will have a leg up when applying or interviewing for a job," Buttermore said. "Our Business Advisory Council has been a critical element in the early success of these events in prior years. Our council members enjoy spending time on campus working with students as they enter the job market and provide solid advice."

"We are working closely with the Office of Career Education and Development, and it is already offering 'Interview Idol,' an online interviewing contest that is running throughout the semester. The program allows students to participate in mock job interviews, then evaluate their performance," he said.

"Resumania" is planned for 4 p.m., Sept. 18, in the Advanced Technology and Science Hall Auditorium and will give students entering the job market the chance to participate in speed interviews with a number of companies. Pre-registration in the School of Business Office is required.

A networking presentation "Making the Most of a Job Fair" will be offered at 12:30 p.m., Sept. 25, in ATSH Auditorium and will give jobseekers opportunities to hone their skills as they prepare for the semester's planned job fairs.

Mock interviews, at 4 p.m., Oct. 11, will give students the chance to practice their delivery with professionals, Buttermore said.

"In addition to interview skills, jobseekers need to practice 'working the room' by meeting new people - and potential interviewers or employers. To practice those skills a 'Mocktail Reception' for 4 p.m., Oct. 29, in the Alumni House. We will follow that with our traditional 'Backpacks to Briefcases' program at 4 p.m., Nov. 8, originating in the same location, but then moving to the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry. The backpack/brief case event lets students practice their networking skills with business leaders and alumni," he said. Bus transportation will be provided by SRU's Green and White Society.

The program continues with a 6 p.m., Nov. 15, "Smart Start Salary Workshop" in the Alumni House. The program is designed to teach students salary negotiating skills.

"We think this comprehensive program will provide our students with a solid base from which to attack the job market - and be successful. We know our students have a solid education, and the educational skills to compete in the world of business. With tips and confidence they gain from these programs, they will be successful in their job search," said John Rindy, director of SRU's Office of Career Education and Development.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.