Clint Corby and Vince Evans, both Emporia State alums, presented the “Top Ten Rules of the Job Hunt” Tuesday night in Visser Hall.
Corby and Evans are now principals at elementary schools in the Derby school district (Corby works for Wineteer Elementary and Evans works for Cooper Elementary). The Kansas National Education Association sponsored the event, and all education majors at ESU were invited to attend.
With graduation rapidly approaching for some students, the duo spoke about how important these last few months of school can be for their future.
The first rule of their presentation was to be open-minded in the job search. They stressed this as number one because, according to them, opportunity comes to those who say “yes” to the chances they are given.
Aside from being the principal at Wineteer Elementary, which is directly south of Wichita, Corby also taught in the Haviland school district, which is about 10 minutes west of Pratt.
Krista Diedel, elementary education major and secretary of the Emporia State KNEA, said she would like to teach back in her hometown of Lawrence or somewhere in the northeast area of Kansas.
“I want to stand out from the rest, and the process begins today,” Diedel said. “Every day that I’m not trying my hardest to be memorable, somebody else is.”
Corby and Evans said that positive networking is the key to finding a job in today’s market.
“It’s all about who you know,” Evans said. “If you aren’t memorable, then how is a potential employer suppose to differentiate between you and the other applicants?”
Evans said that preparedness and professionalism during an interview can make or break one’s chances of being hired. He also stressed that a resume is more important than any document you submitted throughout your college career.
The last rule that Corby and Evans gave, which, in their words, is one of the most important of all the things discussed throughout the night, is to remain vigilant.