Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Have you heard? Tomorrow is the Fall 2014 Career Fair. Over 100+ employers will be ready to meet YOU! No idea what to expect? Worry no more, here is some last minute advice that will point you in the right direction. 

                                        MAKING THE MOST OF A CAREER FAIR

1. Do your homework.
 You wouldn't go into an interview without researching the company; you should take the same approach for career fairs. Obtain a list of employers who will be at the fair and research those that you are interested in.

2. Dress for success.
First impressions are everlasting; make sure yours is positive! Business attire is appropriate in all cases. Keep jewelry to a minimum and wearing heavy perfume or cologne. If you are a smoker, avoid smoking right before walking into the fair. Turn cell phones off before entering the fair.

3. Polish your nonverbal skills.
Firm handshake, direct eye-contact and good posture are all part of making that excellent first impression. 

4. Be prepared.
Have many copies of your resume and business cards handy. Bring along a pen to take notes to write down contact information.

5. Be comfortable with your "Elevator Speech".
Recruiters at career fairs have a lot of people to meet within a very short period of time; you probably only have a few minutes to properly market yourself and your skills, so make it count. Your "Elevator Speech" will highlight your key skills and give the recruiter an overview of what you have to offer. 

6. Show your interest. 
You did your research on the company, now is the time to show it off! Ask questions to the recruiter about specific aspects of the company or the positions they are hiring for. This show that you are both prepared and interested.

7. Network, network, network!
Career fairs are the perfect venue to establish contacts and get your resume out there, make sure you take advantage of it! Collect business cards of all representatives that you speak with, you never know when you might need their contact information down the road.

8. Follow up.
This is always a crucial step in job searching and career fairs are no exception. Recruiters meet with a lot of people during career fairs, and you want to make sure you stand out from the crowd by reminding them of the conversation you had. Send a thank you letter or email shortly after the fair reminding them of the conversation that you had that day and showing your appreciation for their time. Enclose a copy of your resume.

Hope this helps! We look forward to seeing you tomorrow. Have a great Tuesday!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Presidential Management Fellowship FAQ

Hello GSPIAns!  Last week was our Presidential Management Fellows Program Session!
The PMF program is a two-year federal fellowship that typically leads to full time employment with the federal government.

As graduate student applicants, GSPIAns are eligible to enter service as a GS-9, 11, or 12 pay-grade with an average salary range from $51,630-$97,333 AND promotional potential of the GS-13 level during fellowship.

  • Rotational opportunities within and outside your agency placement
  • Senior-level mentor
  • 80+ hours of leadership training
  • Eligibility for full-term, non-competitive appointment after the end of the fellowship.
  • Graduate students obtaining a degree anywhere from September 2014 – August 2015.
Application Process:
  • Opens for a brief two week period during Fall 2014.
Consists of:
  • Online application (average time of 3 hours)
  • Resume
  • Transcripts AND Verification (See Career Services soon)
  • Online Assessment
  • Three Essays

Competitive applicants should demonstrate:
  • Adaptability
  • Accountability
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Written and Oral Communication Skills
  • Motivation to Serve
After you Apply:
  • Bring your application verification screen shot or email to Shannon or Emmy to be entered into a drawing to win a gift card!
Visit the Presidential Management Fellows website to prepare for your application! Start gathering your information today, don't wait until last minute!

Happy Wednesday!