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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7 Mistakes To Avoid In Your Interview


1. You didn’t do your research

You interview with a company to get a job. Hopefully you are excited about the job and the company. If you have not done your research on the company how do you know what you are excited about? Interviewers are people, and people like to talk about themselves. Business professionals also like to talk about their companies. A hiring manager or recruiter is usually proud of where they work which is how they got to the role they are in. If you are in an interview you will be asked questions about the job or the company. Questions like, “how many offices do we have?” Or, “what was our gross revenue last year?” Know the answer.

2. You didn’t Interview the Interviewer

A job interview is a two way street. There is a reason you research a company you are thinking about working for and there is a reason the interviewer asks if you have any questions for them. You want to make sure the job you applied for is what you thought it was. You also want to make sure the company and its culture is a good fit for you too.

3. You didn’t Show Up

I mean this literally. I once forgot a notebook at home where I had written down the address of where my interview was supposed to be and who with. The interview was on a multi-building campus occupied by one company. Without this information I couldn’t find where I needed to go and no one could help me. I missed the interview and guess what? I didn’t get the job.

4. You didn’t Send the Right Message

This is a simple message. “I am what you need and I can prove it.” The proof is on your resume and in the stories you tell during the interview. It is what you have accomplished in similar roles to the one you are currently applying for and the measured success of those accomplishments.

5. You didn’t Tell Them about Yourself

When you are asked, “tell me about yourself.” In an interview they are not really asking about you. What the interviewer is asking is, “tell me about how your past professional experience makes you a good candidate for this job.” The only time you would add anything personal into this answer is if you had a unique experience or hobby that taught you a skill or gave you an insight that would make you a better candidate for the job.

6. You didn’t Ask Good Questions

I mentioned earlier that an interview is a two way street. You need to ask questions to get a better understanding of how your success in the position will be measured and what expectations there may be that the job description didn’t cover. The best way to show you are a good candidate and did your research is not by the answers you give, but by the questions you ask.

7. You didn’t Tell Them You Want the Job

Interviewing for a job is just that, an interview. During the interview the interviewer is finding out more about you to assess if you are a good fit for the position. You too are asking questions and learning about the company and the position. It is a fact finding session. Don’t assume your presence is sending any message that you want the job. Once the fact finding session is over and you like what you heard, tell them you are excited about working there in that role, and ask what the next steps are.



Michael Sanders, Undergraduate Business Career Consultant

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What If I’m Not Ready To Look For A Job


So you hear time and time again…. Go to the career fair! What happened to I just want to be a student?

This blog is not meant to be another voice in your ear telling you what you should  be doing; I am writing to give you some insight on why it may be beneficial for you to attend career fairs as early and as often as possible. These 4 tips should give you understanding as to “what’s in it for me,” as well as change your perception of what really goes on at career fairs.

  1. Information anyone? Informational interviews are an amazing way to build relationships with hiring managers, as well as gain insight on specific positions within the company. Just because you aren’t looking now, eventually you will be and if you are engaging enough to be memorable, you will have that previous relationship established to your benefit.
  2. Go to see what careers are out there. It is much easier to look for a job when you are not, looking for a job. This gives you the opportunity to do some major window shopping. Remember you are just browsing. Make sure you still give off the vibe you are interested though.
  3. Eavesdrop! Listen to how others are interacting with the employers, take mental notes…that way when you are ready to start your job search you can utilize all the pertinent information you have learned.
  4. Always remember thank you. This is no different from what mom and dad taught you as a tike! Upon completion of a career fair take a few moments to impress the hiring managers with your manners, and HAND WRITE a thank you letter. This doesn’t have to be anything major, it just has to be handwritten. In this day and time everyone communicates electronically, dare to be different, dare to STAND OUT IN A CROWD!
  5. “Thank you for meeting with me today and giving me some insight on (enter company name_________). I really enjoyed speaking with you regarding (think of something you talked about and insert here). I look forward to following (company name)’s progress and I definitely plan to stay in touch with you. Thank you again for your time.


Your future employee

These are some helpful tips to get you ahead of the game. Don’t wait until it too late to realize the time to act is now!



Chris Holland, Undergraduate Business Career Consultant

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Customize Your 30 Second Commercial for the Career Fair


So the career fair is approaching and you’ve narrowed down the list of companies you’re planning on talking to. You’ve done your research. Now you need to practice what you will say when you approach the recruiters at the career fair! This is your opportunity to convince the employers you have the skillsets they are looking for in a candidate.


You just got done researching company job descriptions, now it’s your turn to convince the recruiters you have the skill sets (from the job description) they are looking for.


There is some basic information you should talk to the recruiters about before you jump in telling them your qualifications for the job. Start with a greeting and include your name, year in school, major(s). After you discuss your skills you can also talk about your career goals or interests, but make sure you are able to get across what’s most important to the employers, which is your valuable skillset.

Hi, how are you? (Don’t forget the recruiters are humans too)

My name is___________________. I will be graduating in _______________from the W. P. Carey School of Business with a degree(s) in______________________________________.

Currently and/or in my past experiences I have gained (tailor this to the job description)

  1. Skill set + at company/ student organization
  2. Skill set + at company/organization
  3. Skill set + at company/organization

I have researched your company(‘s) (position, culture, mission, etc.) posted on Sun Devil CareerLink and would like to speak with you further about the opportunity available and the interview process.


Rehearse your speech with a friend or in front of a mirror. Practice it out loud! You will feel much more comfortable and it will sound more natural if you are comfortable and confident in what you are saying.


Sarah Hill, Undergraduate Business Career Consultant

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Women’s Professional Dress


So you’ve prepared for the career fair by fine tuning your resume, researching companies in attendance and perfecting your 30 second commercial. But now you’re wondering, “What should I wear?” Follow these 5 guidelines and you’ll be dressed for success in no time.

  1. Fit is everything! No matter what you choose, if it doesn’t fit properly it’s not going to look professional. Avoid low-cut shirts, sleeves that are too long, skirts that are too short and pants that are either too short or too long. You want to make sure that your clothes make you feel comfortable so that you don’t have to worry about adjusting and pulling.
  2. Classic or trendy? As a general rule of thumb, stay away from trendy. Stick to pieces that are classic staples, such as a black pant suit with a white shirt. Knee length pencil skirts are also appropriate.
  3. There’s a time and a place for statement jewelry. A career fair is not one of them. If you’d like to wear jewelry, keep it to small, subtle pieces. Don’t let your jewelry distract potential employers from your amazing resume and personality!
  4. A closed toe, medium height pump is the most appropriate choice in shoes. It is best to choose a color that matches your suit. Platform shoes, stilettos, sandals and boots are never appropriate professional attire.

For pictures of appropriate and inspirational career fair attire, please visit the W. P. Carey Business Career Center Pinterest page.


Lisa Moore, Undergraduate Business Career Consultant

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