Thursday, October 20, 2016

Boeing Speakers Bring Interviewing Advice to Campus

The recent Career Week at SC State included the opportunity to have professionals from the huge Boeing aircraft plant in North Charleston come speak to communications students.

In my Electronic (Digital) Media Production II class, we welcomed a pair of Boeing representatives, who spoke on the important topic of effective job interviewing.

One of the guests was David Jenkins, a manufacturing engineer with Boeing and a 2008 SC State engineering graduate. He told us how he had taken classes in this very building that used to house the school's engineering program and is now home to the growing communications program.

Brittni Lundie joined Jenkins for the talk. She is a college recruiter with Boeing's human resources office.

Boeing aircraft professionals David Jenkins (fifth from left) and Brittni Lundie (seventh from right) and my EMP II students

The speakers told the students how they can keep abreast of jobs at Boeing in North Charleston and elsewhere with the large corporation. Should you apply and get called in for an interview, they stressed the importance of preparation and appearance.

"Dress for success, dress professionally," Lundie said. She said to avoid saying or wearing anything "that will make you memorable in a negative way" such as heavy colognes or perfumes.

They also stressed to the students the importance of being confident, selling themselves and having good posture and body language. "If you stay ready, you don't have to get ready," Lundie said.

Jenkins spoke of brand awareness- the students need to establish themselves and their own brand identity. "This is my brand," he said. "This is what my brand can do for you."

Boeing offers three summer communications internships that involve moving to Seattle, Washington (all expenses paid!). The application deadline is Dec. 2 so if students are interested, don't delay!

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