The First Ever Tech Industry Night at Oxy!
The CDC's Assistant Director for Employer Relations, Courtney Stricklin, talks about Oxy’s upcoming 1st Annual Tech Industry Night – a networking event introducing Oxy students to 7 great companies from the technology sector.
The CDC is excited to be introducing new programming for sectors of interest to our students and thus is incredibly proud to present Tech Industry Night.
Companies scheduled to attend include Dropbox (the internet site that allows you to store and share photos, docs and videos), Laserfiche (the digital document imaging and management solution for business) Google (really, do I need to say what they do?) thrdPlace (a silicon-beach start-up connecting non-profits with funds and volunteers), Melon (another local start-up creating a headband and mobile app duo that tracks and help improve focus), Yammer (the private social network for businesses to use internally, recently acquired by Microsoft), and CPO Commerce (the e-commerce leader in tool retail for the country).
As you can see our employers are diverse, and trust me, they can’t wait to meet you! So be prepared to join us, make a great impression, and get your foot in the door of this exciting and growing industry.
Sounds great, right, but what’s Tech Industry Night actually going to be like?
The program, on Monday, November 4th, will start with a brief employer panel, a recruiter from each company will be speaking about their interesting and unique work, and describing available opportunities (fyi - almost every company in attendance is hiring for both full-time positions and internships.) Then, we’ll break into time for networking – each employer will have a table with materials about their company and will be looking forward to answering student questions face-to-face (and maybe even to hand out fun giveaways advertising their brand!)
Don’t be fooled by the casual dress of the employers, students should remember that this is a professional event. Plan to attend for the full two hours (the event runs from 7-9 pm) and to bring resumes and business cards along to share with recruiters. But don’t worry, when the employer isn’t wearing a suit, neither should you. Wear something that will help you feel comfortable and confident as you introduce yourself (remember, of course, to be conscious of necklines and hem lengths ladies...)
Don’t know what to say to a recruiter? Prepare your “30-second-pitch” – a brief commercial advertising... YOU. Tell an employer who you are, why you’re there, and what you’re looking to do. For example, “My name is Courtney and I’m a senior Psychology Major with a Minor in Economics. I’ve been fascinated by the tech industry for a long time and would love to use my people skills in a customer service role within a tech firm. I know that you are looking to fill full-time positions, what are you looking for in applicants?” Remember to keep your introduction brief, and to end with a question. Thinking about something to say in advance really will make a difference when you’re put on the spot later, so don’t forget to practice.
We know that Oxy students have the problem solving, critical thinking, and communication skills necessary to succeed in this industry, and we can’t wait to see you impress all these great employers, so see you there!
By the way, big thanks are due to Oxypreneurship, our co-host for the evening. Thanks for all the support Oxyp!
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