|Career fair to help students prepare for post-graduation|
|Written by Holly Petrovich, Staff Writer|
|Tuesday, 05 February 2013 15:46|
The Career Center will host the second part of the Spring Career Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the Bone Student Center.
There will be more than 500 companies at the fair, who will be there to talk to students about job opportunities related to their major.
Some businesses that will be attending include local and state government agencies, social service companies, hospitals and schools who will all be recruiting for full-time positions.
Susan Bachman, assistant director at the Career Center, said students register for the fair by swiping their Redbird ID card at the entrance.
The fair will have tables for each employer set up alphabetically. There will also be a map located at the entrance of the Bone Student Center to indicate the employers’ information and table number, to make it easier for students to find their desired employer.
Students are to dress professionally for this occasion and bring multiple résumés to show the companies.
According to the Career Center website, students are also advised to prepare a 30 second summary to inform employers of their skills, experience and professional interests.
Bachman suggests students visit the website before entering the fair to become aware of the employers that will be there. Employers are looking for students who have done their research and are well prepared to engage in discussion with them.
All students who are interested in having a full-time job after graduation are encouraged to come to the fair, no matter how old they are, she added.
“Anyone is invited; freshman through graduate students, as well as alumni. We even have students from Illinois Wesleyan and other universities who come to our fair,” she explained.
Additionally, anyone who has not been to a previous Career Fairs can attend a tour at the beginning of the event. The tour will be given by Maureen Roach, who is also an assistant director at the Career Center.
Bachman said the Career Fair has been very helpful to students in the past because many of them obtained jobs.
The employers plan to stay after the fair to set up on-campus interviews with students they meet and offer them full time positions.