It’s that time of year again – career fairs and summer internship applications! It can be a scary, nerve-wracking process, especially the first time around. We’ve provided a couple of tips below to help you feel confident at the career fair – and during the application process afterward to help you go from:
1. DON’T lead with asking what the company does, or ‘is all about’ – it’s definitely okay to ask questions, but don’t go in completely blind. If you’re caught off-guard by a company that looks interesting, step aside and read up in the pamphlet before heading to talk to a representative. Employers are there to meet students who may be a good fit and explain more about the company and its openings, but it can make a bad first impression when you ask questions that are completely unrelated to the company, or have no idea what the company does. A general understanding of the business should be plenty to get the conversation started.
DO come prepared – do research ahead of time to see which employers are attending and identify which you may be most interested in. Most schools provide students with a list of attending employers ahead of time, or at the very least during the fair, so be sure to take advantage and come up with a couple of questions for companies/ jobs you’re most interested in. Just mentioning a small fact about the company or its recent work that shows you aren’t just walking booth-to-booth goes a long way.
Make sure to bring a resume. Having a leave-behind gives employers a place to make notes and something tangible to pass along to the hiring team, even if they’re not directly involved.
Bonus – business cards help young professionals stand out even more and also give you the opportunity to trade with the professionals!
Speaking of which:
“You grow or you die.”
That was the keynote address to a group of hopeful startups waiting to take the stage at Technori Pitch’s first event of 2014. More than 100 entrepreneurs, developers and tech companies – including Walker Sands – gathered to watch an eclectic mix of five Chicago startups present their products in the hopes of growing to success:
Earlier this month, NRF 2014 drew attendees from Fortune 500 companies to the New York Conference. Speakers including former president George W. Bush and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty addressed the crowd, and hundreds of exhibitors were on-hand to show off the latest in retail technology.
The conference gained major attention on social media as well. The official hashtag, #nrf14, was used more than 19,000 times from Jan. 10-17.
The Walker Sands social media team conducted a social listening report to come up with some of the key conversation themes in addition to some best practices for how brands can use NRF to their advantage. Here are some of the main insights from the report:
Happy Friday (and the last day of January)! Here’s a roundup of industry news for the week:
That Chicago v. Silicon Valley Thing: There’s More to Say About Bootstrapping – Chicago Tribune Blue Sky Innovation
At last week’s CEC Startup Forecast, Adrian Holovaty, founder of EveryBlock, said Chicago’s startup scene should stop trying to be Silicon Valley, and instead declare itself boldly as the place for bootstrappers – or the talented little guys in tech, to put it loosely. Find out more about what he meant and decide for yourself if you agree in this Blue Sky Innovation article. (more…)
The Walker Sands Mobile Traffic Report takes a quarterly in-depth look at the amount of total Web traffic coming from mobile devices. The Q4 2013 findings were released this week, revealing that the amount of total website traffic coming from mobile devices has increased threefold since Q4 2011, when mobile devices accounted for only 12.5 percent of all web traffic.
Some key takeaways for businesses and retailers from the report include:
iOS continues to lose market share
The gap in market share is beginning to widen. While the amount of mobile traffic coming from iOS devices has increased, its market share has been increasingly declining with the introduction of Android and other competitive devices into the market.
Notably, for the first time this quarter Android phones accounted for a higher percentage of market share than all iOS devices combined. However, while on the decline, iPad continues to lead mobile market share in tablets, accounting for about 14 percent, compared to the Android tablet, which is on the rise with a total of 4 percent of mobile traffic market share.