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5 things to do before attending a Job Fair!

Photo of job fair on St. Petersburg Gibbs

Spring has sprung and Job Fairs are in full bloom. Employers are primed and ready to fill hiring quotas and in today’s job market job seekers should be just as prepared.

Here are 5 things you can do to get ready for the next Job Fair!

  • Know what you want:   Today targeted job search efforts are the most successful. Candidates should decide the type of employment that they want prior to attending a Job Fair.   For example, do you want a full-time job or part-time job?  Are you a looking for temporary or seasonal job?  Would an internship opportunity be the best option while you are taking classes?  Is your goal to get an entry level position in a certain industry? Since you will be interacting directly with recruiters or hiring managers at the Job Fair, knowing the type of position that you are able and willing to work is critical to maximizing your success at the event.
  • Update your resume: Before you head out to a Job Fair be sure that your resume is current. Your resume should include your most recent job as well as responsibilities and accomplishments.   For the latest tips for improving your resume, be sure to visit the campus Career Services department.   Career Specialists are available to help you take your resume to the next level.   Remember to bring multiple copies of your resume in an envelope or folder.
  • Decide what to wear: First impressions count, so plan to dress professionally for the fair. A little planning can go a long way to ensure that you look your best before you head out the door.
  • Prepare an introduction: Since this is the time to meet & greet, be ready to talk about who you are and what you have to offer.  Practice a brief introduction that summarizes your skills, experience and goals so you can promote your candidacy to prospective employers.
  • Plan your strategy:  Be sure to know all of the logistics of the Job Fair – from registration requirements to the location and time of the event. Plan to arrive early so you can get a good parking spot and take a deep breath before going into the fair.   The job hunting process is stressful. No one likes to feel rushed or needs added pressure when meeting with employers. Plan to be rested, relaxed and ready to have a positive Job Fair experience.

Ready for a Job Fair?


The St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus Career Services department is hosting a Job Fair






This event is open to students and the community.   Local employers will be available to discuss opportunities in: 



For additional information about the St. Petersburg/Gibbs campus Job Fair be sure to  contact Rose Miglino, Career Specialist at 727-341-4640 or @R_Miglino on Twitter.

As always, get more career information at SPC Career Services and follow us on Twitter at #careerspc.


‘Tis the Season for Networking

Networking season art

We meet and greet more people around the holidays than any other time of the year.  So why not put your job search efforts to the test by spending some of that social time networking.

The holidays are an excellent time to network!  And although there is often “Secret Santas” – it’s not the time to keep your job search a secret.   As you sit around the table for a holiday feast, be sure to let your family and friends know that you’re looking for a job.  Here are some tips for networking.

Start Close to Home:  Let your family know you’re in the market for a new job.   Family members are often like a built-in fan club.    They know the most about you and they’re often happy to brag about all your accomplishments.  Remember, Mom and Dad may have connections that you don’t know about.   Their colleagues and friends may well be the ticket to your new job opportunity.    Be sure to include that “once-a-year” relative that you only see at the holiday table too.   The more you spread the word, the better your chances for landing that job.

Mix and Mingle:  Be sure to accept the invitations to all of the holiday social gatherings.   When meeting someone new at a party causally ask about their career and let them know what you are up to.  It’s not the time to be shy.   Have a few resumes in your car, just in case you have the opportunity to deliver it to a potential employer or someone who can pass it along to one.

Reach Out:  Haven’t talked to a good friend in a while?  The holidays are a perfect excuse to get back in touch.   Why not get together for lunch or a cup of coffee.   One friend could expand your network countless times.  After all, they have family and friends that can help spread the word for you too.

Networking is one of the simplest ways to get a job.  All you have to do is socialize and talk with your friends and family.   The one network connection that you make this holiday season may land you that new job.

Rose Miglino is the Career Specialist at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs campus.

Remember to Give Thanks

Hand writing Thank You in script

As Thanksgiving Day approaches, it’s a good time to be reminded of the importance of a sending a thank you note.  Although many job seekers overlook this step, most employers agree that a thank you note makes a lasting impression following a job interview.

Here are some tips for writing a thank you note:
Do it First:   While the interview is still fresh in your mind, it’s a great time to draft your thank you note. After you leave the interview take a few minutes to jot down your thoughts and impressions of the meeting, then begin writing your note.  Be sure to send the thank you within 24 hours of the interview.

Make it Personal:   No one wants to feel like they just received a generic thank you note.   Be sure to take the time to personalize the note to the person(s) that you met, reference the company name and also briefly emphasize whatever you feel was the best part of the meeting.

Be Sincere:  Remember, a thank you note is one more chance that you have to leave a good impression with the employer.  Make sure you let them know that you appreciated their time and look forward to hearing back from them.  Most importantly, remind the employer that you are a good fit for both the position and the company.

Speed up the Delivery:  There are several ways to deliver your thank you note.  Although email may be fastest method, sometimes an email can be held up in a spam folder or overlooked in a crowded in-box.  However, if the employer is planning to make a quick hiring decision, a properly delivered email note will likely grab their attention.   A “snail mail” note, on the other hand, shows off both thoroughness and a good sense of business etiquette.  For a personal touch, be sure to hand write the note you mail.  These small details can make a big difference.   Employers appreciate that you’ve taken the extra time to actually write out and mail the note.

Rose Miglino is the Career Specialist at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus.

A Dynamic Trio for Student Support

Photo of registration, student services, financial aid workers

There is power in teamwork and whoever said that 3 is a lucky number was right!

Three Student Services departments joined forces to promote student success by holding a Fall 2015 Success Event at the St. Petersburg / Gibbs Campus.

Career Services, Registration Center and the Financial Aid department are no strangers to collaborating to serve students. At the Fall 2015 Success Event, Career and Academic Advisors, Nikki Hall and Melinda Daun helped students complete their MY Learning Plan while Assistant Financial Aid Director, Gwen Reed was available to answer student questions regarding their financial aid status. In addition, SPC Career Specialist, Rose Miglino guided students through completing their career assessments in Focus 2 and also met with students who had questions about their career path and college major.

While discovering a career path and college major along with completing a Learning Plan help students become more successful, students also appreciated that they could get all of their questions answered at one event while also enjoying a pizza or ice cream.

The event turnout and positive feedback from students left no doubt that this successful event will be repeated in the spring semester reuniting the dynamic trio of the advising, career services and financial aid departments.

Students that did not have an opportunity to attend this year’s event can start or complete a MY Learning Plan by visiting the Registration Center on any campus.   To complete the Focus 2 career assessments, students can log-in to MYSPC and select the MY Career Tab and then select Focus 2.  All students are encouraged to meet with the Career Specialist to discuss their Focus 2 results and to learn more about SPC career resources.

Want more information on Career Services and/or upcoming Career Events?  Click here!


Rose Miglino

Career Specialist

St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus

SPC 2015 Seasonal Job Fairs are coming! #careerspc

SPC 2015 Seasonal Job Fairs are coming! 

The Holidays are just around the corner. Although Holidays can be stressful, finding a Job shouldn’t be. To help you find a Job this Holiday Season, two St. Petersburg College campuses will be hosting Job Fair events!

The St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus Career Services will host a Seasonal Job Fair on Thursday October 8th from noon to 2:00pm in SA 114. The Downtown Campus Career Services will have their Job Fair on Wednesday, October 28th from 11:00am – 1:00pm. Both Job Fair events will offer students the opportunity to meet a variety of local employers and are open to St. Petersburg College alumni and community members as well.

Here are 5 tips to help you prepare for the Job Fair:

 Know the type of Job you want
 Come dressed to impress
 Bring plenty of Resumes
 Prepare a brief introduction to use when meeting the employers
 Have a firm handshake, make eye contact and keep a positive attitude!

Don’t miss these excellent opportunities to connect with local employers!
For additional information visit the your campus Career Services Center or visit us online.Career Blog-Miglino 10-6-15

The Job Fair Strategy! #careerspc

Heading to a Job Fajob fair octobersir? If you’ve never been to a Job Fair before it can be daunting. Here a few tips that you should know before you go!

Know what you want
Many job seekers feel like they would take any job. In reality, everyone has a specific type of job that they are seeking. Before going to the Job Fair, determine if you are looking for a full-time, part-time or seasonal job. Are you looking for a job to pay the bills or are you getting ready to graduate and you want your first career job? You should know what you want from the Job Fair. Before you head out to the Job Fair, know what kind of a job that you want.

Learn about the companies
Most Job Fair organizers will provide a list of the employers who will be participating in the Fair. Find out the names of the companies that will be at the Job Fair and spend some time doing your research. Today, it’s easier than ever to research companies. You can get information about the company from their website, LinkedIn, Google as well as trade magazines. Be familiar with what the company does, their history and the latest press releases. Visit the company Human Resource page and find all about the open positions.

Check your appearance
First impressions do count. Make an effort to look your best when heading out to a Job Fair. What you wear and how you appear make a difference to the employer. That doesn’t mean that you have to wear a $1,000.00 suit to a Job Fair. But, you should look presentable. That means spending some time on personal grooming and wearing your best professional attire.

Be sure to come to the SPC Seasonal Job Fairs!

Thursday, October 8th Noon – 2:00pm St. Petersburg / Gibbs Campus SA 114

Wednesday, October 28th 11:00am – 1:00pm Downtown Campus Second Floor

For information about upcoming Job Fairs visit the SP/G Campus or any SPC campus Career Services Department!

The Back to School Checklist! #careerspc

back to school


Remember when going back to school meant all you needed to think about was buying a new pair of jeans and a new backpack? Although you may still need a new pair of jeans and a new backpack, heading back to college means that you should add a few other things to your Back to School Checklist.

Here’s a brief list of campus resources and services that every college student should take time to know.

The Campus Library: Aside from state of the art shared public and college library facilities, today many library services are available online. From things like streaming videos, audio and electronic books and even the ability to get assistance from a cyber-librarian, many library resources can be accessed anywhere. In addition, some campus libraries offer free, in-person basic computer workshops, academic writing workshops and even children story-time events for the students that have a family.

Career Services: Campus Career Services can help with everything from finding a job to deciding your career path and college program. The Career Services team is available to assist with guiding you through writing a resume, connecting with an internship opportunity and even preparing for a job interview. Through workshops, events and classroom presentations, career services should be one of the main resources that you tap into when heading back to school.

Learning Support Center: The Learning Support Centers on campus is a great place for students to get the assistance of tutors, utilize the computer lab or even find a quiet place to study. Research shows that students who regularly visit campus Learning Centers have a better than average success rate in college.

Student Life and Leadership: Student Life and Leadership is a great way for a student to participate in clubs and organizations on campus. Each campus overs a variety of academic and special interest clubs and all students are encouraged to participate. Student Life and Leadership also hosts a variety of events and activities throughout the year to help students have a memorable college experience.

These are just some of the campus resources that all students should add to their Back to School Checklist. So after you get the jeans and the backpack, be sure to check them out.

For information about SPC Career Services click here!

Rose Miglino, Career Specialist
St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus

Take time to Get to Know Career Services

BlogBeing a college student isn’t easy! With all the things you have learn, do and attend it’s a small wonder there is time for anything else in the course of a day. But, there is one more thing that you should be sure to do before you graduate – get to know Career Services.

Career Services is the one department on campus that can help you prepare for life after college. By learning everything from how to write a winning resume to discovering a rewarding career, the Career Services team will provide all the resources to get you prepared for the working world.

This Thursday, May 28th come out and meet the St. Petersburg / Gibbs Campus Career Services Team. Take the time to learn about all Career Services has to offer.

Some of the resources we can help you with:

  • Choosing a Career Path and College Major
  • Writing a Resume and Cover Letter
  • Preparing for a Job Interview
  • Develop a Professional Network and more!

Get to Know the SP/G Career Services Team
Thursday, May 28th
4:30pm – 6:30pm
St. Petersburg / Gibbs Campus
SS Lobby

For more information visit the your campus Career Services Department or

Take a Break from the Heat with a Cool Summer Job


Summer is right around the corner and maybe you’ve decided to take a break from the classroom and find a way to make some extra money. If the thought of serving fries or bagging groceries is not appealing, how about finding a summer job that’s more like a vacation?

Check out the website This unique Job Search site touts jobs in some really great places. After all, who wouldn’t want to be a Whitewater Raft Guide in the Smokey Mountains or be a Wrangler at a Dude Ranch near Yellowstone National Park?

At you’ll find unique job opportunities from all over the U.S.

The site lists employer profiles, seasonal opportunities, jobs by state and more.

So polish up your resume and get ready for a summer job adventure!

For more information about this and other Job Search sites visit your campus Career Services Department or

The SP/Gibbs Job Fair Is Coming on 4/9!

Job Fair

Have we got a deal for you!
We have prepared a series of workshops to help you prepare for Thursday’s Job & Career  Fair:

Resumes, Interviews & More OH MY
Monday – April 6th 12-2pm
SP/Gibbs Student Service Lobby

Employment and Internship Coordinator – Susan Biszewski-Eber will help you discover what information needs to be included and where it goes.

How to Prepare for a Job Fair
Tuesday – April 7th 12-2pm Library 212
Career Specialist Rose Miglino with cover all of the essential information to help you succeed at the job fair.

They Want to Know What????Tips to Help You Complete the Job Application
Wednesday, April 8th 12-2pm LI 212
A job application can make or break your chance of scoring an interview. Join Career Outreach Specialist Rosaria Pipitone to find out common mistakes on job applications and how you can fix them.

The SP/Gibbs Job & Career Fair
Thursday, April 9th 12-3pm SS Lobby

There will be forty employers at the Job & Career fair including:

  • HSN
  • Tech Data
  • Lowes
  • West Care
  • Family Resources
  • Wendy’s
  • WOW

Bring your resume and dress for success!

Follow career news at SPC on Twitter at #careerspc