Career Hacks for New Grads

So you've graduated? What's next? Find A Job! Figure out how to find a job, market yourself online and in a resume, and prep for the job interview.

How do you do this? The answer: Career Hacks for New Grads.

Attend this FREE event: Spend a few hours of your "post-college" life with your fellow graduates investing in your future. Get the inside scoop from employers and your fellow Bulldog alumni. Learn from their experiences, and attend our Meet the Professionals mixer at the end of the series to meet local employers looking to hire people like you.

Here's how it works:

  1. Check out the sessions and young alumni panels below.
  2. Register for as many of the sessions as you want.
  3. Get the "Hack Pack." Register for any four sessions and receive personalized business cards, and get into the Meet the Professionals mixer 30 minutes before everyone else (your own personal "fast track pass").

Seats are limited. We're inviting about 10,000 new grads; each session seats 100. So if you're thinking of waiting to register...don't.

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CAREER HACKS SESSIONS

5 Job Search Strategies You Haven't Heard

There are lots of ways to look for jobs, but some strategies work better than others. Do you know what works and what doesn't? It's as simple as this: "Being able to do the job well will not necessarily get you hired. The person who gets hired is often the one who knows the most about how to get hired."

Dates:

  • Tuesday, May 30; 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Monday, June 5; 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 14; 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

LinkedIn: Make it Work For You

Are you on LinkedIn? If not, you should be, because more than 60,000 Fresno State alumni are (hint, hint: Easy networking!), as well as local, regional, and national employers, and 433 million other professionals!

To get the most out of these sessions you should plan to attend all three. Each will feature a different speaker and unique aspect of building your online image.

Dates:

  • Tuesday, May 30; 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.; Managing Your Online Brand
  • Monday, June 5; 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.; How Employers Use LinkedIn to Find You
  • Wednesday, June 14; 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.; Step 1: Log in. Step 2: Get Hired

5 Secrets to Make Your Resume Rock

You'd be amazed at what employers do to sift through the mass of resumes they receive. Your resume has to stand out. We're bringing in local employers from a range of industries so you can hear directly from them about what they look for on a resume. Each session will feature a different panel of employers, offering you the inside scoop on making your resume rock.

Employers may include: Frito Lay, Foster Farms, Fresno Police Department, California Auditor, Schneider Electric, Cargill, Walgreens, Community Regional Medical Center, E & J Gallo Winery, Ruiz Foods, California Dairies, Peace Corp.

Industries represented: Professional and Business Services; Health and Wellness; Consumer Goods and Logistics; Government and Public Services; Agriculture and Manufacturing.

Dates:

  • Thursday, June 1; 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 7; 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 15; 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Top 10 Job Interview Tips for New Grads

There is no one approach, tip or "silver bullet" that exists to guarantee you'll be an "interview superstar." Every company and every industry has different strategies and tactics they use to identify the best person for their organization. Each session will include a different set of employers, all who have great advice and inside knowledge about interview strategies you can use to help set yourself apart from everyone else.

Employers may include: Wonderful, New York Life, PepsiCo, Clinica Sierra Vista, Enterprise, Kohls, Olam, Tulare County Health and Human Services, Buckle, Gallo Sales, Lyons Magnus.

Industries represented: Professional and Business Services; Health and Wellness; Consumer Goods and Logistics; Government and Public Services; Agriculture and Manufacturing.

Dates:

  • Thursday, June 1; 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 7; 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 15; 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Young Grad Perspectives

To get the most out of this you should really attend all three sessions. Each session will have different young alumni, all with different backgrounds, experiences, struggles, successes and strategies.

They represent a wide range of industries throughout the Central Valley, and come from engineering, education, business, science and math, law enforcement, government, social science, creative arts and law backgrounds.

Show up at 10:00 a.m. (before the official session starts) and you'll have the opportunity to talk with them during an informal meet and greet.

Download the schedule of speakers (PDF).

Dates:

  • Friday, June 2; 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 8; 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, June 16; 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Meet The Professionals

Attend the Meet the Professionals mixer at the end of the series to meet local employers looking to hire people like you. Remember: Register for any four sessions and receive personalized business cards, and get into Meet The Professionals 30 minutes before everyone else (your own personal "fast track pass").

Date:

  • Thursday, June 15; 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

HOW TO DRESS

These sessions are serious, and many are led by local employers who are looking for some good talent, so you need to dress to impress. No shorts, cut-off jeans, sweatpants, jeans pants, t-shirts or flip flops....seriously.

Don't have the right clothing? Use some of that graduation cash and make a quick run to Steinmart (northwest corner of Herndon and Clovis), Marshalls (Riverpark, or on Shaw and Clovis), or Target (all over Fresno).

All of these stores have good clothing at very reasonable prices. Don't forget, we also have the Clothing Closet in the Career Development Center you can visit too.

Business casual attire is required. That means slacks/khaki's or appropriate dresses or skirts, polo shirts or button-down dress shirt, or blouse. 

WHAT TO BRING

Laptop or tablet, notepad, something to write with and a notepad.

CREATE YOUR SCHEDULE

You need to register to confirm your spot. But first, print this simple schedule and use it while you're registering. Download the schedule (PDF).

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