Wednesday, November 14, 2012

On Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College will host the 2012 Student Career Conference to teach students how to “Break Into Today’s Job Market.” Sponsored by the Office of Career Services, the conference is designed for current college students to explore topics surrounding job searching.

Registration is free and available online by clicking here. Students should register by Friday, Nov. 16.

Events on Friday, Nov. 30, will begin at 6 p.m. and will focus on learning and practicing networking. Saturday, Dec. 1, events will begin at 8:30 a.m. with acclaimed author Don Asher as the keynote speaker, followed by concurrent workshops and a free dining etiquette luncheon.  Workshop topics include using social media for job searching, interviewing in different situations, a small business owners panel and more. Events will be held in the Colebank Hall Gym on the shared main campus.

Donald Asher is an internationally recognized author and speaker on the topics of careers and higher education. In America he is known as “America’s Job Search Guru” and is well known for having written “The Overnight Resume,” “How to Get Any Job,” “Who Gets Promoted” (named business book of the year 2008) and the best-selling guide to getting into graduate school, “Graduate Admissions Essays.” He is the author of 12 books, available in English, Chinese, Korean and Portuguese. He is co-author of a new book on elite scholarships, “The Best Scholarships for the Best Students,” and author of the forthcoming “Cracking the Hidden Job Market.” Asher holds a master’s degree in human resources and organization development from the University of San Francisco and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy-religion from Reed College. He is a featured speaker over 150 times per year, including recent lecture tours in Canada, Mexico, India, China, South Korea and Germany, where he spoke about international career trends and the borderless career.

“This event is a great opportunity for our students to get ready for life after college and start planning for the job search process. Our speakers will share important and relevant information that will benefit students as they transition to working professionals,” said Program Manager and Career Counselor Amy Drvar.

For more information, contact Amy Drvar at (304) 367-4644 or amy.drvar@fairmontstate.edu.