February 14, 2006

Students will benefit from job preparation seminar

by Greg Scott

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale students seeking a competitive edge in the job market are invited to participate in an upcoming interactive seminar on campus.

Brad Karsh, president of JobBound, a company devoted to assisting students in preparation for job searching and life after college, will be on the SIUC campus. Karsh, a nationally regarded recruiting expert on breaking into the job market, will share tips on earning and maintaining one's job of choice.

SIUC students can sign up for one of two sessions offered, Thursday, Feb. 16, and Friday, Feb. 17. Both programs begin at 4 p.m. in the Video Lounge in the SIUC Student Center, and a light dinner will be served. The SIU Alumni Association and Student Alumni Council are sponsoring the program.

Karsh is the author of the forthcoming book, "Confessions of a Recruiting Director," and has been featured on Paula Zahn Now, CNN Headline News, CNBC, and quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Fortune magazine, and The Chicago Tribune. While offering job prep services to job seekers, Karsh shares his advice through dynamic presentations and workshops that he gives to colleges, student organizations, and companies throughout the United States.

JobBound participants receive tips on business etiquette, time management, communication styles, goal setting, diversity and teamwork in the workplace. They also receive knowledge regarding expectations of new employees in a professional setting.

This is the second year JobBound has been offered to SIUC students. Last year, Tuesday Ashner, director of college and student relations, says the seminar received high praise.

"Each participant received valuable career information from Mr. Karsh's presentation. The response was overwhelming, which is one reason why we're offering an additional JobBound session this year," she says. "JobBound is a must for any student seeking an edge in a competitive job market."

Students interested in attending JobBound must make reservations by visiting the Alumni Association's office on the second floor of the Student Center, or calling 618/453-2417.