October 19, 2017

Career Fair Tips: Fall Career Fair is Oct 27!

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The Weatherhead Fall Career Fair on Friday, October 27, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in PBL, is fast approaching and it is time to prep for the event! Do not come unprepared, come over prepared! Is there such a thing?! Probably not. CMO wants to stress the importance of knowing your audience (the employers) and knowing your story. Why are you talking to that specific company? What draws you to that role? Why are you a good fit?

Here are some pro tips:

Before the Fair
  • Review the companies on the digital Employer Guide  also provided in CareerLink under Workshops – Weatherhead Fall Career Fair
  •  Create a list of top companies: Research your top companies using CMO’s Company Research Resources document found in CareerLink under Document Library
  • Apply for any posted roles that fit your career path: If you apply in advance it will allow you to more quickly advance in the process post-fair.
  • Determine your pitch for each company: Tailor your story to the company and position. Your unique interest in that specific company should shine through.
During the Fair
  • The first company you approach at the Career Fair should be a company that is NOT at the top of your list! Practice your pitch and get out your jitters on companies that are not on the top of your list. Then, when it matters most, you’ll be more relaxed and confident.
  • Bring hard copies of your resume and business cards if you have them. Business cards can be created at Printing Services on campus.
  • Build a rapport with company representative. Before jumping into your story ask a question like, “How’s the day going for you?” – this is enough to break the ice and get a conversation going.
  • Write down every recruiter’s name and details about the company and position. Ask for the recruiter’s business card if the conversation went well. If you can’t get a business card then write down their name and look them up later
After the Fair
  • Write down any new information about each role/company.
  • Write follow-up emails to recruiters that you met. Look them up on LinkedIn or CareerShift (found under Jobs tab in CareerLink) and send follow-up email after the fair.

October 12, 2017

What's Happening this Halloween? Your guide to all things spooky (or not so much)

How will you celebrate Halloween this year? While we’re sure your first answer is the Weatherheadless Ball held here in PBL on Oct. 28, there are a lot of other events to add to your calendar as well. Check out some of our favorites:

Cleveland MetroParks Boo at the Zoo
Fun for the whole family, this annual Halloween tradition features candy stations, train rides, music, the carousel and 4D theater, all happening among the zoo animals.

Fridays through Sundays, Oct. 13-29
5-9 p.m.
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Indoor movie night at Mahall's: "The Thing"
Mahall’s in Lakewood has a lot to offer, such as live music and bowling. But did you know they also have regular indoor movie nights? Be sure to catch this year’s Halloween flick, John Carpenter’s “The Thing.”

Saturday, Oct. 14
9 p.m. to midnight
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Spooky Pooch Parade
Dress up your pup and come on down to Lakewood’s annual pooch parade.

Saturday, Oct. 21
12:30-3:30 p.m.
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HalloWeekends and The Great Pumpkinfest at Cedar Point
During HalloWeekends (Friday and Saturday nights thru the end of October), Cedar Point becomes a spooky spot with creepy characters, haunted attractions and a Monster Midway Invasion Celebration Parade. Or, bring the kids for some family fun and attend The Great Pumpkinfest Saturdays and Sundays.

Thru Oct. 29
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Haunted Tours
Bet you didn’t realize just how haunted a city like Cleveland can be… check out this list of Northeast Ohio’s best haunted tours, featuring cemeteries, monuments and other scary sites.

Dates and times vary
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Haunted Houses
And who could forget the most popular Halloween activity… the haunted house. Check out cleveland.com’s 2017 Haunted House Guide and get all the scares your heart desires (or can take).

Locations, dates and times vary
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October 2, 2017

Shark Tank Team at Lubrizol: Teng Yang shares his experiences

Teng Yang is a candidate in Weatherhead's MBA program and had a summer internship at Lubrizol.

School has started back up now and it’s in full swing. There are group projects that need to be worked on for just about every class. On top of that, I have things I need to do as a TA for Dr. Solow, and I am working on my job search. In short, it’s not hard to stay busy and opportunities can be found by being busy.

I had the wonderful opportunity to intern with Lubrizol over the summer and worked on the Shark Tank team developing new business ideas. Today I got to see the fruits of my work being pitched at the final Shark Tank event. It was inspiring to see an organization like Lubrizol embrace innovation and pursue future opportunities. The event was a show of commitment to innovation at Lubrizol. It was also nice to see that our learnings from school are being utilized and championed at companies like Lubrizol. Some examples of this are the customer understanding approach of product development, the need to understand your own capabilities, and the need to develop a strong value proposition.

I think the biggest take away of all today was the lessons learned portion at the end of the event. The idea of “make friends” was mentioned by almost all the presenters. None of the projects would take off without the support of the people who had a hand in the project. I think this can be applied to me as well; I can’t succeed without the support of the people around me and the people around me can’t succeed without my support.