How to Prepare for a Career Conference

Attending a career conference is a great way to gain insight about your field of study and learn more about what it takes to land an interview and secure a job.  Career conferences consist of multiple sessions that you can attend, each focusing on a different interest. We know career conferences can be overwhelming, so here are some tips to help you prepare for the Michigan Global Future Conference and getting the most out of this great experience!

Networking

Networking never stops. Throughout your career, you will always be meeting new people, forming professional relationships and networking. At a career conference you will be meeting students who share your interests in learning more about your industry, and employers who are there because they want to teach you. It is important to build connections with the people you meet! Business cards and resumes are a couple of things you can bring to help you network.

Dress appropriately

Make sure you dress professionally. You never know whom you will meet at a career conference, so you want to look presentable. Pick clothes that travel well and are weather appropriate, and make sure your shoes are comfortable enough to wear for an entire day.

Take notes

You are here to learn, so it is important to take notes so you can have them for reference once you leave the conference. Bring something easily transportable to take notes with, a pen and paper, tablet, or even a camera to take pictures of slides the presenters may use.

Social Media

Interacting on social media is a great way to get involved and interact digitally with a conference. At the Michigan Global Future conference, we will be using the hashtag #MGFD2014. If you tweet or post about something you learned or to someone you met, use the hashtag and other people who are at the conference and are also interacting can see what you have shared. It is a great way to meet people and get noticed on social networks.

By following these tips, you will be making the most out of your career conference experience! We hope you have fun at the Michigan Global Future Conference!

Suit Up for Success: What to Wear for Your Job Interview

 

You have a job interview coming up. You’ve researched the company, prepared yourself for those tough interview questions and now comes challenge of what to wear. First impressions are everything and how you dress is major part of it.

When deciding what is appropriate, always dress more professionally than you think. For males the best option is to wear a suit unless the company is not as professional. In that case you could wear dress pants and a button down shirt with a tie. Also note that accessories for men are important as well. Make sure you wear the proper shoes to match your outfit; you would never wear tennis shoes with a suit. And of course, personal grooming to match a professional environment is essential.

For women, dressing for an interview is more complex due to the combination of professional clothing available. The skirt suit is a good professional attire choice; dress pants and a blazer with a coordinated blouse is also ideal. Accessories for women are key, completing an interview outfit. Jewelry should complement your outfit without being too flashy. Neatly manicured nails and well-done hair are also an asset.

When the workplace or position is less formal, the dress code may be as well. Remember to dress for the position you want and never go dressed as a slob. You are not only projecting your fashion choices through your outfit, but also your work ethic.

 

 

Career Opportunity with Czarnowski: Project Manager

Job Description

CompanyCzarnowski

Job Title: Project Manager

Department: Production

Date: October, 2014

Reports to:  Operations Manager

FLSA Status:  Full-time

Position Summary

A Project Manager is responsible for overseeing the daily functions to plan, coordinate, implement and finalize production projects according to projects specifications and guidelines all while keeping the project within budget with on time deliverables. Performs other related assignments or duties as required. A comprehensive understanding of various construction methodologies.

Essential Functions

This position involves working closely with all interoffice disciplines including account services, design, graphics, engineering, onsite services, accounting, executive management and occasional client interaction. This position requires effective team communication and collaboration. Project Manager to lead projects from start to finish with minimal guidance. Ability to prioritize and muli-task

Skills

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Developing and tracking budgets
  • Estimating
  • Continually explore opportunities to add value to process and job accomplishments
  • Planning
  • Provides calendar support, critical paths, work scheduling and facilitating weekly meetings
  • Manage projects to time lines and budget constraints
  • Define project scope, objectives and deliverables
  • Extensive collaboration and communication with project vendors and fabrication facilities
  • Develops full-scale project plans and associated documentation
  • Provides effective leadership
  • Drives issues to resolution using escalation where appropriate
  • Proactively manages changes in project scope
  • Identifies potential risks and develops effective response plans
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Meets financial objective by forecasting, preparing annual budgets, reconciling projects, analyzing variances, initiating corrective actions
  • Ensuring quality control throughout projects cycle
  • Develop and facilitate weekly team meetings
  • Work in a team environment
  • Global working experience required
  • Have an expert knowledge of the Chinese language and English language
  • Have capabilities to work in both the United States and China with permanent residence in one of the two countries

Knowledge

  • Advanced computer proficiency
  • Competency with email
  • Competency with word
  • Competency with spreadsheet software (excel)

Experience and Education Requirements

  • High school graduation
  • Graduate in applicable field of study with a bachelor’s degree or experience specific to the field of work

Physical and Environmental Conditions

The work environment characteristics described here is representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of their job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform their essential functions.

While performing the duties for this job, the employee is frequently required to sit for extended periods, see to read and analyze complex graphical data, and hear and speak to exchange information. The employee is required to frequently use hands and fingers to control equipment. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work is typically performed in an office, which is busy, oriented to client service and subject to constant work interruptions. Employees may work under the stress of continual interdepartmental contacts and pressure meet timelines.

Travel within the United States and globally is required. Ability to obtain a passport, foreign visas, and travel by air is required.

Application Materials

Submittal of resume required, portfolio strongly recommended. References may be requested.

 

Note: This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee. He or she will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other duties requested by his or her supervisor.

 

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How to E-Verify your company in 5 easy steps!

E-Verify

E-Verify is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee’s Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment eligibility. It is the only fast, accurate, and free service of its kind that verifies employees’ data against millions of government records.

 

Step 1: Visit enrollment website Enrollment website.

Step 2: Answer Access Method Questions There are four access methods, each providing different functions within E-Verify for your company.  The four access methods are: employer, E-Verify employer agent, corporate administrator, and Web services. E-Verify will guide you through four questions to help determine which access method is right for your company.

Step 3: Sign MOU (Memorandums of Understanding) Review the terms and conditions explained in the MOU.  Indicate whether you agree with the terms, which will be your electronic signature.  You will be given the opportunity to download a copy of your electronically signed MOU at the end of the enrollment process.  

Step 4: Enter company information Continue enrolling by entering your company information.  After entering in all the information, review to make sure it is correct,  certify your information, then submit to become E-Verified!

Step 5: Print MOU Once you have reached the Enrollment Confirmation page, E-Verify has received your enrollment information.  Be sure to print a signed copy of the MOU for your records.

Once verified, an employer can enter the information from an employee’s Form I-9 in E-Verify, which will then compare the information to records available to the US Department of Homeland Security.  If the information matches, the case will receive an Employment Authorized result almost immediately.  If the information does not match, the case will receive a Tentative Nonconfirmation result.

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