September 21, 2014
12:05 pm

90-Seconds to a Good First Impression

If, as some experts would have us believe, you as a job candidate have roughly 90-seconds to make a good first impression, a number of students at Lake Michigan College will find out first hand how true that is later this week when they attend the 5th Annual JAG Career Development Conference (CDC) on the Napier Avenue Campus.

The students, enrolled in the Michigan Jobs for America's Graduates program powered by Kinexus will undergo mock interviewing competition as a capstone to their dropout prevention and school-to-career transition initiative focused on student graduation, career preparation and college admission.

The interviewing/employability skills competition is just one of five to be featured at the half-day conference. In addition, the nearly 70 students involved will compete in events focused on professional business communication, problem solving, marketing and career research presentations. Representatives from local businesses and other organizations will be on hand to serve as judges for the competition.

Cordell Travis is a Benton Harbor Bridge Academy JAG student. He says, "I'm very excited to be a part of the JAG CDC." He adds, "The event will show everyone my leadership and presentation skills and allow me to network with other JAG students from around the state." In addition to students form the Bridge Academy, local JAGsters from Cassopolis and Benton Harbor High Schools will compete against JAG peers from Ionia, Muskegon, Lansing Community College (West Campus), Ombudsman Alternative, Orchard View, Woodcreek Achievement Center and Oasis Alternative High School.

The competition is slated to run from 9am until 1pm on Thursday, April 24th, at the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center and is made possible thanks to sponsorships by the United Way of SW Michigan, Bosch, 98.3-The Coast, the Inn at Harbor Shores and Family Dollar.

Todd Gustafson is Executive Director at Kinexus. He tells us, "The Career Development Conference provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate the career preparation skills the JAG program has taught them all year." He adds, "Good communication, teamwork and problem solving are all skill sets not only necessary for the competition, but the same ones that employers from across the state find value in."

Kinexus is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating solutions for business, workforce, and community challenges that promote economic vitality in the Southwest Michigan region. The JAG Michigan franchise is a component of Kinexus' comprehensieve, statewide effort to prepare young people for the workplace.
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Location : Southwest Michigan
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