Preparing to Enter a Tough Job Market – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Preparing to Enter a Tough Job Market

Seniors at Hobart and William Smith Colleges will get a boost in their job searches next weekend through a series of workshops, discussions and networking opportunities.

March 29, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.—Nearly 20 alums will travel to their alma mater next weekend to help get seniors off to a good start in their lives after college. The networking conference called “Backpack to Briefcase,” held on Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6, will feature a banking executive from New York City, a president and chief executive officer from Washington, D.C., a labor relations specialist from Albany, and more.

This is just one of the offerings initiated this year by Hobart and William Smith Colleges to help its students fare well in a tough job market. So far almost 90 seniors have signed up to attend the two-day networking event.

Some of the workshops to be offered include:
· “The Job Interview for College Seniors: Tips, Techniques and Tales” presented by Art Medici, a 1971 Hobart graduate and president and chief executive officer of Logilent Learning Systems. The session will cover such topics as dress, behavior, and dealing with situational questions.

· “Evaluating Job Offers” presented by Derek Lewis, a 1994 Hobart graduate and labor relations specialist for the New York State United Teachers in Albany.

· “Networking and How to Approach Your Target” presented by Sandy Gross, a 1985 William Smith graduate who is director and executive recruiter at Spencer Stuart, a leading management consulting firm, and Karin Bruton-Winterfeldt, a 1982 William Smith graduate who is vice president of human resources analytics at Deutsche Bank AG. This workshop will help students learn good networking from bad, as well as how to build an effective network and techniques for doing such.

· “Presenting Yourself in Writing: Resumes, Cover Letters and Thank Yous” presented by Laura Gilbert, vice president at Organizational Effectiveness, Board of Pensions. She is the parent of Hobart senior Anthony Liuzzi.

“Our objective is to ensure that Hobart and William Smith students approach this tough job market with confidence,” said Brandi Baran, career services coordinator. “These workshops are designed to give our students every advantage possible by connecting them with our alumni, alumnae and parents who are some of the leading figures in today’s marketplace.”

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