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“How To” Texan Shadow. Provided by Career Services, Tarleton State University. Texan Shadow Applicants: Your application will remain “Pending” until you complete all of the following criteria: All applicants for the Texan Shadow program must review this slide show presentation and

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how to texan shadow

“How To” Texan Shadow

Provided by Career Services, Tarleton State University


Texan Shadow Applicants: Your application will remain “Pending” until you complete all of the following criteria:

    • All applicants for the Texan Shadow program must review this slide show presentation and
    • Receive at least a 80% or higher on the assessment after viewing the slide show (You can not get more then 4 questions wrong)
    • Meet face-to-face with Megan Horry, Employer Relations Intern, to clarify details of your application (Megan will contact you for this meeting).
      • Many quiz questions come from the videos inserted in this presentation. Make sure to watch all videos (most are pretty funny) before taking the quiz. YOU WILL NEED SOUND!
before the shadow
Before the Shadow
  • At least one week prior to your Shadow, confirm with the employer that everything is correct in your Texan Shadow packet, specifically:
    • Date and time
    • Address (clarify any driving directions you need)
    • Parking (is it a garage, is there a fee, etc)

Many times, a third party at your mentor’s workplace provided the information that you have in your Texan Shadow packet. Therefore, it is always best practice to review all information provided from the company with your mentor before the event.

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Before the Shadow
  • Confirm with your mentor that the appropriate attire listed in your Texan Shadow packet is accurate.
  • Pre-Plan what you will wear based on the specifications in your Texan Shadow packet and describe your attire to your mentor.Video: Office Attire: The Do Not Wear List

For instance, the company’s definition of “Business Casual” and your definition may vary. Getting that clarification ahead of time from your mentor will save you the embarrassment of wearing the wrong attire, consequently leaving a negative impression about you and TSU. ** Some companies have strict specifications on tattoos, jewelry, piercings and attire, clarify these with your mentor before the Shadow.

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Before the Shadow
  • Arrange for your own transportation to the Shadow.
  • TSU cannot provide transportation to your Shadow site.
  • Make certain that you have all necessary and required auto insurance, drivers license, and a dependable vehicle for the day.
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Before the Shadow
  • Plan to arrive at least 10-15 minutes early the day of the Shadow.
  • If you are not familiar with the area you are traveling to, print off driving directions from any of the online resources (Yahoo, Google, Mapquest, etc)
  • Be mindful that online driving instructions (as listed above) do not take into consideration any construction, detours, and traffic that may slow your time.
  • Video: Don’t end up like Bug’s!
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Before the Shadow
  • Review the “Potential Texan Shadow Mentor Questions” sent to you via email and available on the Texan Shadow website.
  • Video: Check out Diana’s story on asking questions for future goals.

Before the Shadow

  • There may be times when the employer asks for your contact information prior to the shadow so they will be prepared for you. The following is the only type of information we would share with employers:
    • Name
    • Classification
    • Major/Minor
    • Phone Number
    • Email
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Before the Shadow
  • Some of the placements may require you to interact with different machines, animals or other things that may cause harm. Tarleton State University nor Career Services will not be responsible for any accidents or liabilities that may occur during your Texan Shadow.
the shadow day
The Shadow Day
  • Introduce yourself to your mentor and shake their hand.
  • Video: Learn how!
  • Ask your mentor for a business card (you will need this contact information later for a thank you letter).
  • Video: Business cards
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The Shadow Day
  • Pay attention to areas about the job that you like and dislike.
  • Act interested, even if you realize that this particular job is NOT what you want as a career.

Making a positive impression for yourself and TSU will potentially allow you to use this person as a contact in the field. All efforts should be made to develop a professional relationship with your mentor, if possible.

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The Shadow Day
  • Don’t forget to smile, relax, and ask questions…refer to the “Potential Texan Shadow Mentor Questions”. Feel free to take it with you or some version of it.
  • TIP: Pay attention to what your mentor talks about…sometimes they may answer a lot of your questions before you ask them. Use that information to ask deeper, more technical questions.
  • Employers provide Career Services feedback on their experience with Texan Shadow. Do you know what a large portion of employers wish students would do more of? ASK QUESTIONS!!!
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The Shadow Day
  • Leave your cell phone hidden in your vehicle (and not on display in your front seat).
  • If you are waiting for an emergency phone call and you must take it with you, place your phone on silent and EXPLAIN to your mentor why you have it with you.
  • Absolutely no texting or phone calls while on the Shadow.
  • Video: Cell phones
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The Shadow Day
  • “Not Showing Up” is not an option.
  • Only in drastic circumstances would you cancel your Shadow on the day of the event.
    • If you are suddenly ill and absolutely can not make it, that is a part of life and we all understand.
      • First Contact your mentor immediately. If you want to reschedule, you may do so at that time.
      • Second Contact Career Services
  • If you “No Show” for your shadow, you will not be allowed to participate in the Texan Shadow program again.
after the shadow
After the Shadow
  • Send a “Thank You” note within 24 hours.
  • Review samples provided by Associated Content by Yahoo
    • Do not copy word for word. Make it personal to your shadow experience as you want to leave a lasting positive impression.
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After the Shadow
  • Complete the Texan Shadow survey emailed to you a few days after your scheduled Shadow event.
  • Whether you had a fabulous experience or a horrible experience, Career Services values your feedback about your Texan Shadow and we need to know what parts were positive and negative for future considerations.
test time
Test Time
  • You must receive at least an 80% or higher on this quiz BEFORE your application will be processed.
  • IF you do not receive at least an 80% on the quiz, you will be notified and your application will still remain “Pending” (You can not get more than 4 questions wrong).
  • Once you receive an acceptable grade, you will be notified via email from Career Services staff. Contact Megan Horry to arrange your face-to-face appointment. Afterwards, we will begin working on your application.
  • Take the Quiz