College of Business & Technology

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Professional Development Series • September 8 - 22, 2016

The Professional Development Series is one of the many ways administrators, faculty, staff, employers, alumni, and the community support the personal and professional growth of CBT students. The series offers an array of sessions to CBT students in order to prepare them for the job search and a successful career in business. Students have an opportunity to attend sessions on networking, professional dress, résumé building, interviewing, social media, dining etiquette, leadership, and student organization involvement. Students can also interact with CBT alumni and employers during panel discussions. The schedule of events below are tentative as of May 6, 2016.

Thursday, September 8

School of Agriculture Alumni/Employer Panel

Take advantage of this opportunity to connect with career professionals who can inspire you and give you insider tips for career success in the agricultural field. Learn what they recommend you do now to be prepared for your job search.

  • 3:00 p.m., Knoblauch Hall 152

Monday, September 12

Career Fair Preparation

Two available session times.

  • 9:00 a.m., Stipes Hall 121
  • 10:00 a.m., Stipes Hall 121
Your Social Media Footprint
  • 11:00 a.m., Stipes Hall 121

Tuesday, September 13

The Art of Networking

Networking is one of the most important, if not the most important, activities that job-seekers and business professionals need to master to be truly successful. Networking is about building relationships by learning things about other people. If you want to be good at networking, be interested in people. Learn what to ask and what not to ask. Then watch your circle of friends and acquaintances grow as you put these skills to work at the Networking Social.

  • 3:45 p.m., University Union Capitol Rooms
  • Professional Dress Preferred/Casual Business Dress Acceptable – No Jeans or Shorts
Networking Social

This networking event is the jumping-off point for starting professional relationships. Take advantage of this opportunity to practice your networking skills with community business leaders. One connection can open many doors.

  • 5:00 p.m., University Union Lamoine Room
  • Professional Dress Preferred/Casual Business Dress Acceptable – No Jeans or Shorts

Wednesday, September 14

Meet the Firms

Meet the Firms is a unique career fair in which students majoring in accountancy, finance, and information systems have an opportunity to speak one on one with employers who are specifically looking to fill job openings and internships in these disciplines. This event provides a great opportunity for students to network with firm representatives.

  • 1:00 p.m., University Union Brattain Lounge

Thursday, September 15

Job Search Correspondence

Two available session times.

  • 9:30 a.m., Stipes Hall 121
  • 12:30 p.m., Stipes Hall 121
Etiquette Dinner

If your dining includes a drive-thru, couch, or TV, you probably need a refresher course in proper etiquette at the table. Table manners play an important part in making a favorable impression. The purpose of the etiquette dinner is to make you feel comfortable, not uncomfortable. Dining etiquette is based on courtesy, comfort, and common sense, providing a tool to help you interact with others.

  • 5:00 p.m., University Union Lamoine Room
  • Professional Dress Preferred/Casual Business Dress Acceptable – No Jeans or Shorts

Monday, September 19

Dress for Success

"You never get a second chance to make a first impression." How you present yourself is a significant factor in creating your personal and your company's image. Your professional presence, the way you come across to others, is created by the way you dress and groom yourself. An appropriate appearance demonstrates respect for you, others, and the situation. This workshop will help you ensure that your image and the first impression you create is “polished!”

Two available session times.

  • 1:00 p.m., Women (Stipes Hall 121) Men (Stipes Hall 501)
  • 2:00 p.m., Women (Stipes Hall 121) Men (Stipes Hall 501)

Tuesday, September 20

Leadership
  • 11:00 a.m., Stipes Hall 121
Interviewing
  • 2:00 p.m., Stipes Hall 121

Wednesday, September 21

Engineering Technology and Construction Management Employer/Alumni Panel

Join a group of employers for a panel discussion about what they look for in a successful engineering, engineering technology, construction management, and/or graphic communication candidate. Take advantage of this opportunity to get the information you need to be successful in your job search!

  • 12:00 p.m., Knoblauch Hall 105

Thursday, September 22

News You Can Use
  • 12:00 p.m., Stipes Hall 121
Negotiating Pay
  • 2:00 p.m., Stipes Hall 121

Contact

Becky Mahr, Coordinator - CBT Professional Development Series
Office: Stipes Hall 418K
Phone: (309) 298-1430
Email: RJ-Mahr@wiu.edu
Email: CBTpds@wiu.edu