Talent Summit - Job Seeker Information

Employer List:

View the employers registered to attend the Talent Summit and their career opportunities here.

Breakout Sessions:

Surviving the Resume and Interview Shark Tank

Tonya Fuller – Park Industries Human Resources

CentraCare Health – St. Cloud Hospital Human Resources

Makayla Conrath – Talent Acquisition Recruiter (North Central Market), Verizon Wireless

Jackie Bauer - Career Services Director, St. Cloud Technical & Community College

A panel of local Human Resources Professionals will share with the audience what type of interview process they use and what they are listening for in the answers of the candidates they interview.  Examples of questions will be shared along with successful tips to navigate the interviewing shark tank.  The panel will also answer questions from the audience as part of this presentation.  So avoid getting bit in your next interview and attend the Interviewing Shark Tank session!


Take Control with Non-Traditional Job Searching Techniques!

Megan Honstrom - Corporate Recruiter, Anderson Trucking Service, Inc.

Mandy Sweeter - Learning Solutions Project Manager, United Health Group

Gone are the days of traditional job searching known as “waiting for things to happen” - waiting for the perfect job posting to appear online, a response to a resume, or a call about an application. It’s time to take control over the direction of your job search. After all, the most effective job search tools are proactive, not reactive! In this breakout session, you will learn how to use non-traditional job searching techniques to stand out above the rest. We’ll show you how to develop and build a personal brand, utilize your network and resources, and land an informational interview.


Don’t just mock it – ROCK IT! – Interviewing 101 for the First Time Job Seeker

Laurie Larson - Academic Dean, Rasmussen College

Adam O'Doherty - Executive Director, Partner for Student Success

Finding your first job can be daunting.  How can you compete for jobs with no experience?  We can show you how.  Join us for a session of tips, tricks, and hands on activities that can help you gain the confidence and competitive edge to secure the job you want!


Networking Inside and Outside your Social Media Bubble

Meghan Murphy - Talent Acquisition Associate (Recruiter), Capital One

Kathryn Peters - Talent Acquisition, Capital One

Caitlin Maier - Recruiter, Talent Acquisition, Capital One

Andrea Peters-Swenson, Senior Human Resource Consultant, Capital One

Michelle Schmitz - Executive Director, St. Cloud State University

This session will empower job seekers to use social networks as a tool to advance and manage one’s career along with best practices for effective online personal brand management, with a focus on methods for making a favorable impression in the virtual world before you even officially communicate with employers. Additionally, job seekers will learn job preparation strategies from the point of resume creation to the negation of a job offer.


Etiquette and Career Professionalism

Anne Sumangil - Etiquette Instructor/Director, Alumnae Relations, Company College of Saint Benedict

Put your anxiety to rest over etiquette practices when job searching and interviewing. Having professional manners does make a difference, outclass the competition and make a lasting impression!


Marco Connection Corner

The Marco Connection Corner is an interactive space for both job seekers and employers to build relationships and explore local, talent-focused resources! Participants should expect to find talent or showcase their own talent through resume coaching, practice interviews, and individualized advising that will direct employers and job-seekers in attendance around possible connections. Situated closely to the job fair, we expect participants to engage in informational interviews at the Marco Connection Corner, so that a deeper dialogue regarding open positions will take place at the job fair.


9:00 AM        Job Seeker Registration and Job Fair
10:00 AM      Event Kick-Off with Judy Zimmer
10:15 AM      1st Round Workshop Sessions
11:15 AM      2nd Round Workshop Sessions
12:00 PM      Lunch and Keynote Speaker Jasna Burza
1:45 PM        3rd Round Workshops Sessions
2:45 PM        Event Wrap-Up with Judy Zimmer
3:00 PM        Job Fair and Networking
4:00 PM        College Alumni Events (More Details to Follow)

College Alumni Events

St. Cloud State Alumni, Student & Friend Mixer

Thursday, April 6, 2017
4:00 - 6:30 PM
Red Carpet Martini Lounge

Build your network and meet fellow alums, students and community members! One FREE drink ticket per attendee. Complimentary appetizer buffet with two drinks minimum (non-alcoholic drinks available). RSVP not required. For questions contact kkmodrow@stcloudstate.edu.

College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University

Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017
Time: 4:30 - 6:00 PM
Location: Cowboy Jack's, 506 W St Germain St, St Cloud, MN 56301
Cost: Free

Following the summit, the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University are hosting a happy hour for alums at Cowboy Jack’s. There is no cost to attend the happy hour, but advanced registration using the button above is requested for planning purposes.