Student Success Story

MARIAELENA JUAREZ

Class of 2016
Marketing & International Business Double Major
Hired as:  Marketing Sales Operations Intern, EyeMed (Luxottica)

 

Where did you hear about this opportunity, and what/who contributed to your being hired?

Being new to Cincinnati my freshman year, I decided to look for top companies in the area. I knew P&G was headquartered here but wanted to scope out what other great work places were based here. Through a couple of Google searches I came across Luxottica. After looking into their company culture and industry, I knew Luxottica was a great company to gain work experience and surprisingly I was familiar with their products. Definitely going to the career fair was what made my interest toward Luxottica even greater. Talking to the recruiters and to friends who had done the internship helped me know and understand the internship opportunity at Lux. My success in landing this opportunity goes to the help and support of my close friends and of course my business mentor, Jay McKeever. They helped me from preparing for my interviews to sharing experiences.  

 

What advice do you have for students as they gear up for their job/internship search?

  • Know what you want. Prior to going to the career fair jot down a few notes of who and what you are interested in. Identify the top 5 companies you want to approach.
  • Revise your resume. I have made so many changes to my resume using feedback that professors, recruiters, and even friends have suggested. Keep it clean, highlight your main achievements, and make sure it is one page. Also have more than one version. Depending on what job or internship you are going after, highlight skills that show you are fit for the position.
  • Start early. Even if you are not sure what kind of job/internships you are looking for just going to the career fair and talking to recruiters goes a long way. I met a Luxottica recruiter my freshman year and kept in contact. By the time I was ready to apply she remembered me from previous encounters.
  • Research makes a great difference. Knowing the company background, culture, and mission statement makes a huge difference in appreciating the industry.
  • Send a thank you letter after an interview. As much as we hear it we sometimes forget. I am guilty at times. A handwritten letter would be the most personalized form, but emails are also fine. 

 

TOP RESOURCES

Hire-A-Muskie

Job & Internship Guide

LinkedIn

O*Net (Discover occupations & opportunities)

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Going Global (for international opportunities)

Wet Feet (research companies, explore careers)

CDO Student Blog

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