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What they look for when working with potential applicants.

 

What advice do you have for students attending the expo?

 

Kaitlyn Richardson, Expeditors
      • Learn about the companies you are going to talk with and have a genuine interest in the company. We want to know who you are and what you are passionate about.

      • Come prepared with an idea of what you want to do beyond your college years. We can’t tell you what job to do or give a recommendation on a position if we don’t know what intrigues you.

      • Be open to new possibilities. Looking at resumes and talking to students, we learn who they are and may have a position that could be fitting for them, but it could be something that never crossed their mind. Learn more about the position, keeping an open mind, before completely dismissing it.

Marcus Ramirez, City Year
      • Come into the expo with an open mind! I so often see students who get caught in the belief that what they’re studying is only relevant to certain types of jobs and opportunities, which for some might be true, but don’t let that thought stop you from exploring and at least learning about what else is out there. You never know where certain opportunities may take you, and it may even help you expand your interests and build more skills.

Erick Garcia, Ethos Group
      • Do some research on the companies that they are interested in and talk to as many recruiters as possible. You may find what you’re looking for in an unexpected company.

Jason Tabor, Cintas
      • I would suggest students look up the employers attending on handshake to find ones that most personally interest them. Dress professionally and bring resume copies for employers. Smile! Have a genuine conversation where you ask thoughtful questions about the company or opportunities.
David Postforoosh, Enterprise Holdings
      • Take time to prepare before attending the event. Know the location well and research companies that you’re interested in. And if you keep an open mind to different companies, you’ll be surprised about how will have great opportunities.
      • Go in with confidence, believing in your resume and what you have to offer. These events can be nerve-racking to students and even to some of the employers. As a recruiter I’m expecting people to be nervous, so it’s expected! Be ready to engage anyways, and be yourself!
      • Don’t forget the conversations that you’ve had. One of the most important steps in networking is the remembering the people that you’ve met and following up. Take notes on your conversations, save business cards, and connect with employers on LinkedIn.

What do you look for when meeting with students?

 

Kaitlyn Richardson, Expeditors
      • First and foremost a positive attitude and eagerness to continue to learn and develop new skills. We really want students who are looking for a career, we pride ourselves on unlimited opportunities for our employees.  Over 27% of the more than 17,000 Expeditors employees have been with the company for 10 years or more. Our high retention rate is influenced by our unique company culture and a belief our employees are our greatest assets. We strongly encourage internal promotion, continuing education, and growth for our employees.   
Marcus Ramirez, City Year
      • When meeting with students, I look for their passion or whatever it is that excites them. Whether that is something related to their academics, things they may be involved in, or their personal story, I love talking to students about it. Even if it’s something that they may not yet be aware of, talking about or helping them figure out what motivates students is always so awesome and is what makes them unique.

Erick Garcia, Ethos Group
      • A positive attitude, professional look, and good conversation skills.

Jason Tabor, Cintas
      • Cintas looks for students who take things seriously, look for ways to creatively improve their work, and bring positive energy to a team environment.
David Postforoosh, Enterprise Holdings
      • I’m looking for results driven, people-people who are up for a challenge. Someone who’s engaging, respectful, and asks great questions. We also like having a blend of unique personalities, so it’s important to just be yourself! To a recruiter, it also feels great when students have done some homework on the company.

What can first-year students get from meeting with you at the Expo?

 

Kaitlyn Richardson, Expeditors
      • We are not recruiters; we are hiring managers who recruit because we care about finding the right employee, it has to be a good fit for us as well as them. The best advice I can give is establish a relationship with us, and we can help you find a career at Expeditors. We often times talk with students as freshmen and sophomores, help them to get an internship at Expeditors, and then when they graduate have a full time opportunity waiting for them. It is also great exposure and a great time to see what’s available for their intended career. As an added bonus, they can get hands-on practice speaking with potential employers. It can be nerve-wracking talking about yourself, especially someone who doesn’t know the direction they want to take yet. The more practice they can get in real-time events, the more they’re setting themselves up for success in the future.
Marcus Ramirez, City Year
      • Attending the expo as a first-year student is a great opportunity to explore what is out there. When I meet with students, I always try to learn about what they’re interested in and more about who they are, and I think first-year students come in with a fresh and open perspective as they are figuring things out. I think especially first-year students hearing about City Year and other similar service opportunities helps to expand the idea of what is possible after you graduate, and figure out what they can do during their time at WSU to feel prepared once they are job searching senior year.

Jason Tabor, Cintas
      • Break through anxiety that they might have about attending a career fair for the first time. By having a conversation with an employer, students can learn about the kinds of opportunities out there.
David Postforoosh, Enterprise Holdings
      • It’s a great opportunity to network and start building a relationship with Enterprise. Aside from our Management Trainee program for college graduates and an internship for rising seniors, we do have some support role positions locally in Pullman.
      • I’m also happy to offer ideas on how to building attractive resumes, how to gain work experience in school to steer your resume in the right direction, and share my experiences and challenges with climbing the ranks in business.

 

 

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