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Valeria Sinelnikov | Business and Marketing Education, Talks about her Job Fair Experience

Valeria Sinelnikov
Business and Marketing Education

Why go to the job fair?
There are a couple of really good reasons, and in my opinion the main one is the face to face experience. Because candidates today can apply to practically any job online, employers will appreciate individuals who took the time to come in and meet them in person. Another great reason is the practice. At the job fair, you can practice your networking skills and work on overcoming the initial fear of approaching someone that you never met before in a professional setting. Also, introducing yourself and talking to company recruiters is a great way to repeat your elevator speech and work on your interview skills.

Who do you think should attend the fair?

Some people may think that the job fair is only meant for juniors and seniors. However, this is not true at all. My first time at the job fair was during my freshman year, and even though I was not looking for a job at that time I still learned a lot. For example, I got familiar with a large number of companies that I have never heard about before. Had I not gone to the fair, I would have limited my job search in the future only to the companies that I was familiar with. Therefore, it is wise to spend some time at the job fair learning about the business of different companies. You will be surprised how much you can find out about new opportunity that best match your needs.

What do you recommend doing before attending?

I think that a couple of things are critical before attending:
– Make sure that you look at the list of companies attending and choose the ones that you want to speak to their recruiters. Take some time to research them, so you can have something to talk about to their representatives. Remember that the few minutes that you spend with the recruiters can sometimes be critical.
– Print a couple of copies of your resume. Make sure that is it the most updated copy, and if needed visit the career services for advise!
– Practice your elevator speech, or at least make sure that you have an appropriate opening line to introduce yourself. Also, practice your handshake if you are uncomfortable about it.
– Relax, and set yourself reasonable expectations. You may not get a job offer on the spot, but you for sure will be one step ahead in your job search only by attending. Remember that the job fair is for creating the initial contact with employers and learning about new opportunities. As long as you come to the fair feeling comfortable and with an open mind, you will have fun.
– Bring a binder for the business cards and other materials that you will receive. You do not want to walk around with a pile of papers in your hand. Also, bring a pen so you can write on the back of the business cards some of the things that you talked about with the recruiters. The notes will be useful when thinking about how to begin a follow up email.
Finally, what to wear?
At the fair that I attended, I was impressed that students who wore a business attire rather than casual looking clothes appeared to make a better first impression. Since a job fair is a professional event, definitely go with the business look.

Playworks Twin Cities is Hiring!

Make a daily difference in the lives of children! *Ensure that all children get the chance to play on the playground. *Develop professional skills and manage your own program. *Say “I LOVE my job!” and mean it. *Be a Part of an Extraordinary Movement to Bring Play to Every Kid in America!
Program Duties:
Planning and implementing positive sports and play based programming during recess, in school and after school hours at a public elementary school.
Recess – create a safe and inclusive playground yard and be a significant presence on the yard by organizing and playing large games with 20+ students as well as role modeling.
Junior Coach Program – organize a youth leadership program by facilitating trainings and working with teachers and staff
Class Game Time – lead individual classes in skills building, cooperative games, and activities to increase awareness of rules and boundaries at recess
Out of School Program – continue to promote Playworks’ core values in an out of school setting through an after school program, including small group homework, snack and physical activity or a before school program, consisting of early morning play and physical activities on campus
Interscholastic leagues – recruit and coach students for developmental sports leagues
Volunteer Program – recruit and coordinate volunteers (e.g. school family members) to build a school community that supports positive, inclusive play and physical activity
Service Projects – participate in monthly service projects and national days of service, working together as a team to serve the community
*A day in the life of a Playworks Coach*
Demonstrated experience leading groups of children with the ability to engage and inspire youth.
Demonstrated commitment to serving the greater community.
Commitment to serving for one full school-year and completing 1700 hours of service during that school-year (40+ hours/week of service, including participating in occasional night and weekend service opportunities such as community service projects).
Motivated self-starter with strong interpersonal communication skills, both oral and written.
Humorous and playful with ability to set clear goals and follow through with flexible and creative problem solving tools.
Conceptual ability for the larger perspective with a strong attention to detail and multitasking.
Experience interacting with diverse communities and the ability to integrate into and existing school community.
Knowledge of computer and internet based programs for use in communication and grant requirements.
Compensation & Benefits:
Individuals will be enrolled as AmeriCorps service members (info at
Living allowance for the service period: approximately $24,000.
Education award for use at Title IV institutions or to pay back qualified student loans (pending completion of a minimum of 1700 hours of service).
Health plan includes medical benefits.
Possible child care expense reimbursement (
About AmeriCorps:
AmeriCorps is a national movement of “service.” It’s a chance to apply your skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. It is an opportunity to make a big difference in your life and in the lives of those around you. Each year, AmeriCorps offers more than 75,000 opportunities for individuals of all ages and backgrounds to “serve” through a local or national nonprofit organization. Serving in a non profit as an AmeriCorps member is an intensive experience that meets our country’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. AmeriCorps programs focus on work to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. More information can be found at

2012 Tournament Operations and Marketing Internship!

The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour is looking for exceptional interns for the upcoming fall 2012 term (August 14th – December 18th). The internship provides plenty of hands on experience as well as a gateway to building professional relationships within the sporting industry.
The company strives to hold the best junior golf tournaments in the southeast and believes that interns have a vital responsibility in helping achieve that. Each intern will be provided with free housing in Jacksonville, FL, travel expenses, college credit, and a monthly stipend.
The attached document goes into more detail about the internship openings and what the students can expect on a week to week basis:

Come learn about career opportunities at Buckle!

Buckle will be hosting an Information Session on Monday, April 16th, from 8:30PM-9:00PM.
What? Buckle will be holding an informational session to spread the word about their exciting career opportunities for college students and graduates.
Where? At the Buckle Store in the Rosedale Shopping Center in Roseville, Minnesota
When? Monday, April 16th 8:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Positions Available: Management Development Program & Sales and Management Internship

Benefits of working at Buckle:
Flexible scheduling, competitive pay, generous employee discount and robust benefits package for full-time teammates
Questions? Call Kim at 651-639-9916

Great UG Student Employee Position!

The Student Parent HELP Center, a U of M program which provides a wide range of supportive services for pregnant and parenting undergraduate students, has an amazing job opportunity for Psychology, Fam Soc Sci, Child Psych or Sociology majors who want front line, career building experience working in a campus based, student and family service setting.
We need someone who is work study eligible and willing to accept work study.
We have a long history of having happy student employees, and due to the significant training investment are looking for students who could remain with SPHC at least two academic years if there is a fit (so no Srs or anyone past first term JR as of Fall 2012)
Most of our former, very happy student employees have been hired withing weeks of graduation due to the skills and experience they gained in the SPHC.
Though this is an administrative position, the job duties provide a wide range of career prep experiences under the supervision of two full time career social workers and interaction with Graduate MSW interns.
Our service population is U of M undergraduate students with children and occasionally there are also adorable children and babies to interact with.
Students should apply through the U of M HR job center site at:

Employment Opportunit​y: Residentia​l Advisors (RA) for Pre-Colleg​e Program (UB)

The April 6th deadline for Upward Bound summer jobs is approaching quickly.
TRiO Upward Bound | CEHD | UMNTC is hiring a dynamic team of individuals as live-in residential camp advisors (RAs) for our 5 weeks pre-college program serving low-income, first generation Minneapolis HS youth. We’re looking for high energy individuals with strong leadership and coordination skills. Previous youth work experience is a plus.
This is a paid summer position.
-Housing and meals are free for RA’s during the 5 week program.
-Must pass criminal background check.
-The flyer with more information and how to apply is attached.
Contact Isaac Mixon, TRiO UB Residential Director at or 612-625-6626 for more information.

The City of Fridley Recreation Department is looking for energetic instructors for our Summer Youth Programs!

We are in need of several awesome leaders who love kids, love to play and are great role models. There are a variety of positions available for the summer ranging from 20-40 hours per week, Monday – Friday (June 4 – August 24). Leaders are responsible for planning and teaching a variety of activities for pre-school, elementary and/or middle school age youth. Programs include: camps, instructional classes, playgrounds, special events, field trips and sports. Pay rate is $8-10 per hour.
The application deadline is Friday, April 13. A group interview will take place on Saturday, April 21. Download the application HERE. The application can be dropped off or mailed to 6431 University Ave. NE, Fridley, MN 55432, faxed to 763-502-4976 or scanned in and e-mailed to
For further information visit our website and go to the Parks and Recreation page or contact the Fridley Recreation Dept. at (763)572-3570 or