The Simple Missing key to Success in Entry level Job Search

In my career as a hiring manager through VP, I have reviewed approximately 100,000 resumes, conducted more than 10,000 interviews and hired more than 2,000 people at all levels. I have found that there is a consistent missing key for college students and recent grads in their job search.


What is it? Most entry level job seekers approach the job search from a “me” and “my” and “I” perspective. Focused on self, instead of focused on the employer’s needs. Focused on what I want, what I need, what salary I want to make, what benefits do I get. Me, me, me… Continue reading

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Five Things You Should Know About Camp Carey

As an incoming business student, you might have questions about what Camp Carey is, and why going to camp is so important. Looking back on my freshman year, I had no idea what to expect when I went to camp — and it turned out to be one of my best college experiences so far.


Camp Carey is a can’t-miss opportunity for new W. P. Carey students. Here are five things you should know about Camp Carey — and why you should attend!

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Discovering Your Path Through Internships

As a rising junior, I frequently hear the one question every college student dreads — so, what do you want to do after you graduate?

For the past two years I have had a very vague answer to this question, centering on marketing and the entertainment industry. Follow-up questions left me stumped. What kind of marketing? No idea. What area of the entertainment industry? Couldn’t tell you. I just wasn’t knowledgeable enough about my skills, interests, and the job positions out there.

Moving forward with my business courses helped me get a better idea, as did attending all of the amazing career fairs, panels, site tours, and other professional events that W. P. Carey offers. But this summer has already been incredibly impactful in helping me figure out my career goals because of two amazing internship opportunities. Continue reading

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Agribusiness Students Market Arizona-Grown Product

Reprinted from the Arizona Food Industry Journal, a publication of the Arizona Food Marketing Alliance. Dr. Renee Hughner is an associate professor in the Morrison School of Agribusiness at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business.


Students from Arizona State University’s Morrison School of Agribusiness participated in the National Agri-Marketing Association’s (NAMA) national marketing competition held April 15 – 16 in Kansas City, Missouri.  The competition involves developing a marketing plan for an agricultural product or service. Students spent the spring semester conducting market research, writing the marketing plan and developing a presentation.

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Four Ways to Make the Most of Your Summer

After surviving the academic year, we’re all excited for 3+ months of friends, family, vacations, and fun this summer. And while it’s important to get the rest and relaxation you need to come back ready to excel in the fall, summer is an awesome time to add new experiences, skills, and knowledge to your resume.


Here are just four of the ways you can more fully utilize summer break as a college student, and make the most of your experience at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business. Continue reading

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Countless Opportunities for Creative Success

As one of the top business schools in the nation, the W. P. Carey School is already a great place to learn — made even better by the many creative, leadership, professional, and entrepreneurial opportunities available to you as an ASU business student.


The W. P. Carey School gives you the tools and resources you need to turn your ideas into reality, which has encouraged many students — including Ashley Condo, Ryan Johnson, Kean Thomas, and Krista Moller — to create new clubs and organizations on campus.

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Housing Expectation

Living on campus is critical to a successful transition to university life and first year academic success. Each residential college provides access to resources and services to prepare you for the rigors of your academic major and success in your chosen discipline.

ASU expects first-time freshmen to live on campus in the residential college of his or her major and guarantees housing to all first time freshmen. Students who intend to live elsewhere during their first year should notify University Housing, so we can connect you to valuable resources and support for your first year.

To apply to live on campus, or to notify us that you will be living elsewhere, please log in to the My Housing portal and complete your housing intention.

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Why Should I Attend The Job Fair?


Many college students feel that attending the job fair is not worth their valuable time, using excuses such as, “there are too many other students” or “employers are just going to tell me to apply online”. Employers ask students to apply online, because it is more efficient and cost effective than having the student fill-out an application in person.

Networking with employers is critical in the competitive job market. Some students may send out hundreds of resumes, but without the direct interaction with employers provided by the job fair, you do not have the opportunity to deliver your “30-second commercial,” and make an impression. Employers pay a fee to attend most job fairs, this means that they find it beneficial to meet with perspective candidates in person, and not rely on the online application.

Job fairs are similar to a “one stop shop,” you will have the opportunity to be exposed to multiple companies across many different sectors of the job market. Instead of scouring the internet and job posting sites, you can gain access to the companies that are hiring and have made a financial commitment to finding some great talent. At a job fair you will be able to:

  • Meet with companies who are hiring locally and meet the hiring manager.
  • Research available positions nationally and sometimes internationally.
  • Understand knowledge and characteristics companies are looking for in an employee.
  • Build your network by meeting with hiring managers from within your industry.
  • Learn more about available internships in your career field.
  • Gain experience selling yourself to employers.

The job fair is a valuable resource in your career development. Whether you are seeking a full-time job, an internship, or are looking to gain information about positions in your career field, this is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your career choice.

If you have further questions about the job fair or any career related questions please take the time to make an appointment with your career coach at


Geoff Huston, Undergraduate Business Career Consultant

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Go abroad. Get lost. Return like a boss. (Professional)

It happens to the best of us. Streets begin to look more or less alike and even with the aid of a map, you are lost. You swear up and down that the best gelato café would be on THAT corner – otherwise why else did you fly all this way to Italy? Well yes, you came to study, work, intern but most importantly gelato!

Your professional development abroad starts the moment you get lost. You are forced to assess your situation and adapt to find an alternative way to get where you need to go. You become resourceful, asking others around you about cross streets, researching transportation options, or simply using Google to recheck the address. You communicate with others in a foreign language, improving your oral and listening skills. Finally, you problem solve to get to your destination and order a well-deserved scoop of Stracciatella. Life is good and you reflect on your progress of international understanding via the hoops of fire you had to jump through to get here.

Getting lost is just one of the many inevitable ways to develop these highly marketable skills abroad. In addition to courses or work, be proactive, join clubs, participate in mentor programs, attend mixers – the point is get out of your comfort zone and find activities that continue to add to your professional growth. Employers look for well-rounded, globally minded individuals with a deep understanding of adaptability, resourcefulness, communication skills, and problem solving. Once you get over the initial stress of the unfamiliar, you will gain confidence and continue to thrive in future professional situations like a boss.


Vivian Kiss, Coordinator, International Programs

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How To Dress Professionally


First impressions can make or break you, especially in a professional setting.  If you want to be taken seriously as a professional, then you must look the part.  Here are some keys to make sure you are walking the walk:

1. Kick the jeans.  Denim should be nowhere to be found in a professional setting.  At minimum, a long-sleeve button-down dress shirt, dress slacks, and a tie should be worn.  Whenever possible, a suit coat or sport jacket should also be worn.  If you do not know how to tie a tie, there are plenty of videos online that will show you.

2. Make the cut.  Dress clothes lose all professionalism and style when are too big or too small.  If your clothes do not fit to your current body type, pay the nominal fee to have them tailored.  Your dad’s or older brother’s hand-me-down suits can be a good thing, but not if they are 5 inches taller and 60 lbs. heavier than you.  Dress shirts are measured by neck size (generally 15-18 inches) and arm length (generally 30-36 inches).

3. Keep it simple.  This is not the time to break out the Tabasco tie or the neon orange shirt.  Remember that business is generally conservative which means dark suit (black, dark grey, or dark blue), simple color shirt (white or blue), and conservative tie (solid color or striped).

4. Polish and match.  Men, learn how to polish your dress shoes.  A recent study showed that an increasing number of employers looked at a man’s dress shoes as a way to gauge his level of attention to detail.  A simple $4 can of shoe polish can go a long way.  Don’t even think about wearing sneakers!  Remember – your shoes should match your belt (same color) and your socks should match your slacks (same color).

5. Clean and crisp.  Make sure your clothes are clean and free of spots.  Just because you have not worn your suit since your uncle’s wedding 10 months ago, does not mean it is clean.  Also remember to iron your pants and shirt.  Don’t know how to iron?  The nearest dry cleaner can clean and press your suit.  Your suit jacket or sport coat should be hung, if possible, or folded neatly in half (shoulder to shoulder, not neck to bottom of jacket) prior to it being worn to avoid wrinkles.

Now, go make that great first impression and don’t forget to thank your mom when you make your first million!


Greg Mena, Undergraduate Business Career Consultant

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