By Sydney Haglund – [email protected]
The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation will host the St. Cloud Talent Summit next Thursday, April 6 with the goal of connecting job seekers to employers and strengthening the St. Cloud community.
The Talent Summit is a conference that consists of workshops, speakers and networking events which allow students to build relationships with employers and learn about the opportunities St. Cloud companies have to offer. The summit will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the St. Cloud Rivers Edge Convention Center.
The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation is an organization committed to developing, growing and helping the St. Cloud community prosper.
“It’s all about lifting up and benefitting the St. Cloud area,” said Judy Zimmer, CSB alumnae ‘84 and Founder, Executive Coach and Personal Branding Expert at Coachology.com.
A variety of workshops will be offered with the goal of teaching students valuable skills for their professional career.
“In addition to learning about what companies do, you could do three or more mock interviews, you could have your resume critiqued and you can meet with experts about what you need to include in your LinkedIn profile,” Zimmer said. “If you attended the Talent Summit all day, you are probably getting 10 thousand dollars worth of free coaching and career advice.”
The Talent Summit provides students with the opportunity to gain insider information and practice skills directly with professionals—it is designed to be an interactive experience explained Zimmer.
“The scale is significantly smaller than other fairs and there are fewer candidates for companies,” Zimmer said. “At other fairs there is a scheduled time to meet and interview, here you can walk up to a booth and get an interview.”
The employers pay for the event. Lunch, beverages and happy hour are included. There are over 60 organizations planning on attending this year.
“They have more job openings than people applying for jobs,” Zimmer said. “Every major is represented.”
Students are given the opportunity to learn what is available to them in their local area.
“What I’m most excited about is that this is a day where students can become aware of what St. Cloud has to offer,” said Laura Hammond, Assistant Director at the Experiential Learning and Community Engagement Center (ELCE). “There are a lot of organizations—for profit, non-profit and government entities.”
Out-of-state students can benefit from the event by bringing the skills they learn back home with them.
“When you’re going home to the Twin Cities or Texas, for example, you have this academic year of taking classes but also building skills for your resume, making connections with the community and really being able to learn outside the classroom,” Hammond said.
The Talent Summit is a learning experience, even if you already have a job or internship lined up.
“It’s a great opportunity to network and learn about companies I may want to work for in the future,” said Mariana Urbina, a CSB junior.
Hammond suggests students research what organizations are going to be there and decide which they would like to speak with before attending the fair.
“Meet with career services and ELCE and discuss a strategy,” Hammond said. “Do some research so that when engaging them in conversation they know you’ve taken some initiative.”
There are different networking events, workshops and speakers throughout the day allowing students to work around their class schedules. Students may come for all or part of the event, but must register for the sessions they intend to participate in.
“Now is the perfect time to find an internship, tour a company or find your first job out of college,” Zimmer said. “There are so many opportunities at the Talent Summit.”