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How to Ace Your Interview: Tips from Employers

A panel of 4-5 employers from different industries will share tips for success and what they look for when interviewing candidates.  Students will gain an understanding of what employers expect to see from them as job candidates. This would include an overview of their company culture and hiring process, and how to dress appropriately at their workplaces.  

With support from Macy's, we will be giving away gift cards and personal shopping sessions to help students look their best when they interview.  After the panel and Q&A, there will opportunity for informal networking, as well.


Location: Smith Memorial Student Union Room 327
Date: Thursday, May 29th, 2014
Time: 5:30pm (Check-In)
Tickets: $5.00 per student 

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Past Events


Student Etiquette Dinner - January 30th, 2014

Join fellow Vikings and returning alumni for a fun-filled night learning the intricacies of business dinner etiquette. This is your chance to enjoy a full catered meal and  to meet distinguished alumni. Brought to you by the PSU Alumni Association and Student Advisory Committee. 
Location: Hilton Portland & Executive Tower (map)
Date: Thursday, January 30th, 2014
Time: 5:30pm (Check In)
Dinner Speaker: Mindy Lockard
Dress Code: Business Attire
Ticket: $10.00 per student 
Ticket: SOLD OUT

Didn't make it to the 2014 Student Etiquette Dinner? Here is what you missed!



Networking 101 - February 27, 2014

The Networking 101 brings students and alumni from varying fields of interest (i.e. business, medicine, law, engineering, education, and others) together to learn principles of effective networking. Dessert and an expert networking presentation make the evening worthwhile for students to prepare professionally. 

Leading this session is Portland State alumna Connie Plowman '74, PMP – who is all about networking.  Throughout her professional career, she has built a network of business professionals around the world.  Connie has been an education leader, a corporate leader and a volunteer leader.  As an education leader, she served as the Interim Executive Director of the CLIMB Center for Advancement, Portland Community College, and built a network with deans, faculty, students, and college leaders.  As a corporate leader, Connie was the Chief Operating Officer with Cadence Management Corporation, international project management training and consulting firm, and built relationships with prospects, customers and suppliers.  As a volunteer leader, she is an active member of the Project Management Institute, and networks with project managers and professionals around the globe.   Today, she is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and teaches (part-time) project management classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels, creating our future project leaders. 

To start networking with Connie, her LinkedIn profile is:  


Location: Smith Memorial Student Union Room 238
Date: Thursday, February 27th, 2014
Time: 5:30pm (Check-In)
Dinner Speaker: Connie Plowman
Ticket: $5.00 per student or alumn



Extreme Makeover: LinkedIn Edition - April 24th, 2014

Is your LinkedIn profile in need of a serious makeover? Do you even have a LinkedIn profile? LinkedIn is the number one online tool for building connections and helping you find the job you want. 

Learn how to use LinkedIn and other networking platforms at this next event in our "Future Alumni" series. 

For students and job seeking graduates, building strong connections is the key to finding not just any position but the right one. In this interactive presentation, Patrick Galvin will provide simple yet powerful strategies for integrating your face-to-face and online networking activities. You’ll learn how to create lasting connections that will help you land a great job and excel at it. Specifically, he’ll share how to:


·       Stay top of mind

·       Connect on LinkedIn in personal ways

·       Choose and use your social media channels

·       Generate a continuous flow of referrals

·       Boost the impact and visibility of your advocates

Workshop Speaker: Patrick Galvin

In 2002, Patrick Galvin cofounded The Galvanizing Group to help companies connect more effectively with customers and build word of mouth to increase loyalty, referrals and sales without advertising. As the firm’s “chief galvanizer,” he has galvanized the growth of hundreds of businesses from sole proprietorships to publicly-traded companies. Patrick is also past president of the Oregon Chapter of the National Speakers Association. He has received enthusiastic testimonials for his presentations to associations and companies throughout the United States, Latin America and Canada.

*Notice: This event was originally secheduled for April 10th and has been moved to April 24th now.


Location: Smith Memorial Student Union Room 238
Date: Thursday, April 24th, 2014
Time: 5:30pm (Check-In)
Dinner Speaker: Patrick Galvin
Ticket: $5.00 per student or alumnus




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