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SHIP Alumni Career Newsletter

August 2014 Edition

August 19, 2014
In This Issue
Employer Perspective
Highlighted Job Postings
Upcoming Fall Job Fairs
Career Assistance
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Welcome to the August edition of the Alumni Career Newsletter!
Employer Perspective

Tips for Making the Most of a Job Fair

It would be worth attending one of the upcoming job fairs this fall to search for employment. Job fairs are excellent opportunities to meet with employers and get yourself and your skills recognized. Read through a few of the top tips from career professionals and employers to make the most of your time when attending the fair.

  • Know who you are and have a focused direction prior to attending the job fair. Be able to speak about what you want.
  • Be prepared to ask questions about their company and the positions available. Do research ahead of time about the employers who will be in attendance.
  • Express excitement (and smile) about the opportunity to interact with the employer-even if they don't have an opportunity you are interested in at this time. You never know when they may open up new positions.
  • Have several copies of you updated, error free resume available for distribution.
  • Do not leave the fair without at least speaking with 7-10 employers.
  • Follow-up after the fair is important. Ask for business cards; Then write thank you letters.
  • Make sure to collect promotional and contact information from the representative if you are interested in pursuing involvement with a specific organization.

There is a misconception about job fairs. Some believe that they are not valuable when searching for employment because employers tell candidates to apply online. However, job fairs are excellent avenues to network and learn about the company. Yes, you may be directed to the company website to complete the online application but many recruiters will still take your resume at the job fair or make note of your name. If you make a good impression, they will check to make sure you applied online as directed and they will move your application to the top for an interview.

Highlighted Job Postings

These companies are looking to hire SHIP alumni. You can find out more about these opportunities as well as other opportunities on Ship Career Connection. If you are a Ship alumni and looking to hire other Ship alums or students please contact us to highlight your job and post it on Ship Career Connection. Learn how to access SHIP Career Connection at


Entry-Level Outside Sales, East Penn Mfg Co., Inc/Deka Batteries  

Begin your entry-level sales career with one of Pennsylvania's "Best Places to Work". East Penn is seeking motivated individuals who want to become part of our professional sales team. Applicants that successfully complete our sales training program are promoted to an outside sales territory within the company that includes a company car, salary, commission, health insurance, profit sharing, paid vacations and 401K. Upon successful completion of the sales training program, willingness to relocate is required.  This can be your opportunity to grow with an industry leader in the Automotive, Motive Power, Telecommunication and Original Equipment Vehicle industries.

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Sales Support, Chambersburg 

The Fastenal Company would like to invite ambitious, hard-working individuals to apply for the position of Part-Time Sales Support. Applicants should be able to bring new ideas and improvements to business practices; remain fair, respectful and moral in all situations; and work well both independently and as part of a team. Working as a Part-Time Sales Support employee, you must have a strong interest in sales and enjoy working in a fast-paced challenging environment. This is an entry level position that will provide assistance to our customers from our store located in Chambersburg. RESPONSIBILITIES: Assisting with sales/customer service; Managing inventory, Placing and fulfilling orders, Receiving and shipping inventory, Performing deliveries with company vehicle. QUALIFICATIONS: The ability to demonstrate Company values of Innovation, Teamwork, Ambition, and Integrity, A strong aptitude for sales and a desire to sell, Strong computer skills and math aptitude, An interest in career advancement. To Apply, please click on the link below.
Biological Sales Associate, Sanofi Pasteur, Swiftwater

Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, is a global company that provides more than one billion doses of vaccine each year, making it possible to immunize more than 500 million people across the globe. A world leader in the vaccine industry, Sanofi Pasteur offers the broadest range of vaccines protecting against 20 infectious diseases. Position Description: This position is part of the Biological Sales Associate Program. This program consists of 3 developmental phases: in-house training, outbound sales responsibility based at our home office in Swiftwater and a field externship period where they would backfill one of our Vaccine Specialist positions anywhere in the US. The entire program lasts approximately 12-14 months with the ultimate goal of having a candidate earn a promotion to a permanent position in our Vaccine Specialist sales force. This position requires that a candidate be willing to relocate to Swiftwater PA for the first half of their program and then be willing to relocate to anywhere in the US upon completion. Position Responsibilities:  Sell priority products via telephone in order to meet and exceed annual sales quotas by using the Account Call Model. Exceptional delivery of all core arguments and associated product messages. Consistent, excellent implementation of the Sales Action Plan. Communication, coordination with fellow representatives, and all of company management. Plan and allocate sales activities to the highest potential opportunities to drive results for both the public and private markets. Continually gain rapport with customers by utilizing professional communication skills. Routinely service and follow through with customers on product purchases and practices. Required Education/ Years Experience and Other Skills:  BA/BS degree;  Total related experience: 0 - 2 years.
Additional information and instructions for application at Career Connections.  

Upcoming Fall Job Fairs

These events are free and open to all SU alumni who are job searching or those who are interested in networking with employers for future job opportunities.


Shippensburg University Career Day
Monday, October 27;
1:00 - 4:00PM

ShipRec Center @ Shippensburg University

No advanced registration is required. Bring multiple copies of your resume and register at the check in station at ShipRec Center. Contact the University Relations/Alumni office at for questions.


2014 Harrisburg Regional Job and Internship Fair

Thursday, October 23; 3:00 - 7:00PM

PSSHE's Dixon University Center

2986 North Second Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110

Career Assistance

Need help with your resume for the upcoming job fairs?  Get a free critique and advice on how to market yourself better.  Email us at or 717-477-1218. 

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