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Nationally Acclaimed Author to Headline WIU Career Events in the Quad Cities

October 12, 2012

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MOLINE, IL - In today's highly competitive economy, job seekers can never be "too" prepared. To give students more confidence in their job searches, Western Illinois University's College of Business and Technology (CBT) has organized two career events for Tuesday, Oct. 16 and Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Quad Cities Riverfront Campus, 3300 River Drive.

"Although we're seeing some uptrends in unemployment, there's still a mountain of competition out there for new college graduates," said Jim Patterson, Quad Cities assistant dean for the College of Business and Technology. "Any additional career preparation the students can invest in themselves is well worth their time and effort. We know, in many cases, business and technology students from the WIU-QC campus are competing in a global talent pool where even the smallest of details is tremendously important."

The Oct. 16 event will be a one-hour workshop titled, "Interviews 101," presented by Susan Seaver Goetz, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in rooms 103/104. The interactive workshop will offer students tips and techniques for interview success. From the first steps of company research through to the final thank you note, Goetz will lead students through the best practices in interview preparation.
At 2 p.m. Oct. 18, in Room 111, nationally acclaimed speaker and author Tim Augustine will present "Listen, Listen then Talk…The Art of Business Communication." Augustine's presentation will give students insight on the personal and professional rewards of effective communication, the differences in generational communication styles and the key strategies for building better business etiquette and first impressions.
Augustine's seminars and books have been featured on ABC, FOX and NBC and reviewed in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The LA Times, The Chicago Tribune and The National Association for Campus Activities.

"We're so thrilled to partner with the College of Business and Technology on these key career events," said Audrey Adamson, WIU-QC assistant director for Career Services. "Activities like these definitely give our students a more polished and professional approach, and most importantly, it gives them an edge in the job market."

Both events are open free to the public. For more information on this event or other career-related activities at WIU-Quad Cities, contact Patterson or Adamson at (309) 762-9481.

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