Jan 29

Making the Most of Company Spotlights

“I’ve applied for dozens of jobs online, but I’m not hearing from anyone!” If you graduate without building a network, that’s likely to be your future. Employers typically receive hundreds of resumes for every job posted, so even with the most on-point resume you’ll have a hard time standing out.

What’s the answer? Make sure you have face-to-face time with employers at networking events, like the Bryan School’s Company Spotlight series.

A Company Spotlight lasts approximately one hour. The first 30 minutes consist of a company presentation and the remaining 30 minutes are designated for networking. You will get one-on-one interaction time with company representatives, so this is your time to shine and show them what you are all about!

When an employer comes to the Bryan School for a Company Spotlight, it’s not just an exercise.

They are looking to interview students for potential internships and jobs. When you take the time to attend a Company Spotlight and network, you can be assured they will at least look at and consider your resume! Think of it this way: would you rather be one of 50 they meet face-to-face, or one of 15,000 resumes they might receive through their website?

Not actively looking for a job or internship? Come anyway! Spotlights are a great way to build your business network and practice professional skills.

Did you know?

Fortune 500 companies regularly join the Bryan School for Company Spotlights.

Hanes Brands, BB&T, and MASCO Liberty Hardware will all be on campus recruiting this spring. Looking to explore a variety of career options? Campus Greensboro, Epes Transport, Fastenal, Charles Aris, and others will also be here.

Tips for Success:

  • Do your research. Knowledge and enthusiasm stand out! Employers notice students who have taken the time to research their organization, have good questions and are inquisitive about their business.
  • Arrive early and stay! Many employers arrive early and stay late. They look forward to connecting directly with students. Take the time to introduce yourself and ask informed questions. Build your professional network.
  • Dress to Impress. We have all heard the adage, “You never have a second chance at a first impression.” It is especially true at a professional networking event with hiring managers. Employers notice students who have made the extra effort.
  • Bring your resume. Expert tip: Get your resume critiqued by Career Services first. 98% of job seekers are eliminated at the first resume screening. Make sure your resume is professional, error free and sets you apart from the crowd.
  • Follow up.  Collect business cards and write thank you notes to your new contacts. Ask to stay in touch.

Find details on this semester’s Company Spotlights here. Brush up your resume, dress in your best professional attire, and take advantage of this opportunity to shine!