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GC Career Expo and Interview Day

March 5, 2014
Career Fair:  11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
Interview Day:  2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
(sign-up on Career Connection)
Student Activities Center - Magnolia Ballroom

Companies attending the career fair
Interview Sign-ups on Career Connection (deadine 2/28)
Dress for Success Tips
Making the Most of a Career Fair

Why you should attend:
  Companies are coming to campus to recruit students for internships and full-time jobs!  Graduate schools want to enroll you in their programs.   You'll be able to explore new opportunities so that you make the best career decision for you.   With the current economic situation, making real connections with recruiters is more important than ever.  Attending the career fair will help you take you job search beyond the internet.

How to register:  Pre-registration is not required for the career but is required for the interviews in the afternoon.  You will need to access Career Connection  and the Campus Interview schedule to submit your resume to interviews by February 28.   However, interview slots fill up fast so we recommend signing up for slots as soon as possible.  You will need to have a Career Connection account and an uploaded resume to sign up for a campus interview  through the "Campus Interview and Resume Collection" tab. 

What to expect:  For the career fair, we will have 40 - 50 companies in Magnolia Ballroom to meet with students from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Each organization will have 1 - 2 recruiters at their designated tables.  As a participant, you will be able to visit the tables to pick up information and ask questions.   You should bring a copy of your resume (even if your resume is uploaded on Career Connection) and dress professionally. 

From 2:30 - 4:30, 10 - 15 companies will conduct campus interviews in the ballroom.  This portion of the event requires students to pre-register.

How can I get a list of participating companies?:  To make sure you have the most up-to-date information, visit the page for the event on Career Connection .  New companies register each day so this list provides the most up-to-date information. 

Who can attend:  All GC students, alumni, faculty, and staff who want to know more about career opportunities may attend.  This event is not open to the community.

Seniors who are looking for full-time jobs or internships do not want to miss this event.  However, underclassmen should also attend.  In fact, rising juniors who attend the career fair will have a jump start on their job search and will be able to locate internship opportunities that could ultimately lead to full-time jobs.  If you have questions, please contact the Career Center.

What to wear:  Since you will be meeting recruiters who are seeking job and graduate school candidates, we recommend business casual or professional business attire.  Dress neatly and conservatively in order to make the best impression.  Rule of thumb:  If you could wear the outfit to the beach, do not wear it to the career fair!  Read our Dress for Success handout for appropriate examples.

What to bring:  Bring copies of your resume to leave with the recruiters.  You may encounter some recruiters who take online resumes only, but most will accept them at the fair.  We recommend that you also bring a professional looking portfolio/notebook to write down contact information, websites, or other information.  Many programs will have information for you to collect at the event.

My dream company will not be at the fair.  Should I still attend?:
Yes!  You are very likely to have the opportunity to talk to other organizations that you may not have considered but could still be a good match for you.  Consider what all of the organizations offer new employees.   Not only should you apply to more than one job, but you can use the event to gather information on what employers look for in a candidate.  In this economy, you need to research all of your options so that you can find the right opportunity for you.

How to prepare:  Review the list of participating organizations so that you have a plan before arriving at the event.  Determine at least 5 - 10 of them you want to speak to at the event.  Then you should develop a quick, 30-second  introduction that you can use when meeting the recruiters.  You can also prepare questions you want to ask each organization.   Remember to use this event as a way to gather information 

What to say:  First impressions are important, so you will want to prepare what you plan to say prior to attending the career fair.  Remember to smile, offer a firm handshake, and
introduce yourself.  Let them know that you have researched their organization by having a specific question for them related to your goals.  Instead of saying, "What jobs do you have?", you should say, "I saw the full-time health educator position on your website and have applied.  Would you recommend that I get in touch with the manager of that department to follow up on my application?"  We have developed a sample conversation between an employer and a student to illustrate the types of discussions you should have that day.

Sample Questions 
•  What qualifications and skills do you look for in your candidates?
•  When I was researching your website, I noticed a position for "
    _____ in Oklahoma.  Is there a way for me to get additional
    information about that opportunity as well?
•  I'm considering a major in marketing and would like to
    locate someone at your company who could answer questions I
    have about the field.  Is their anyone you would recommend?
•  What is your timeline for hiring new staff?
•  Do you have full-time employees who also pursue their
    graduate degrees while working?
•  What type of training program do you provide for new hires?
•  Does your company offer internships or externships to 
    undergraduates during the summer?  If so, how would I go
    about applying?

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