Save the date!
There are just a little over 2 weeks left until the Fall Career Fairs. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for October 24th (University Wide Fair) and October 25th (Engineering Fair) from 11am-4pm in CH2M Hill Alumni Center! Check out which employers are attending and start researching and preparing for the fair.
OSU students and alumni have the opportunity to meet representatives from a variety of companies with diverse hiring needs and representing a diverse number of industries. You just might be the perfect match for the company. You won’t know unless you attend the career fair with your best foot forward and find out what those hiring needs are.
I’m a Liberal Arts major and I’m not really sure what I want to do when I graduate – what’s in the career fair for me?
Most employers we meet with say over and over again, “We [as a company] don’t care what your major is, we’re just looking for educated students with a strong work ethic.” What does this mean? This means that just because you’ve declared a major, but you’re still not sure what you want to “be when you grow up” you can still reap huge benefits from attending a career fair. How? Come meet and talk with employers and find out what their company is all about. Ask questions!
“Well, um, actually a pretty nice little Saturday, we’re going to go to Home Depot. Yeah, buy some wallpaper, maybe get some flooring, stuff like that. Maybe Bed, Bath, & Beyond, I don’t know, I don’t know if we’ll have enough time.”
-Frank from Old School
3 reasons to come to the career fair instead of running errands (like Frank), updating your Facebook status, golfing, or watching Jersey Shore:
- It’s a down economy, yes; however you can get tons of exposure to awesome companies who are specifically looking to hire YOU, OSU students. Invest a little time now and it will pay off.
- Employers want YOU. Most recruiters that come to the career fair realize you’re still in school. Yet they are recruiting you in anticipation that you might need a summer job, internship, or maybe you’re going to graduate in the spring and need a full-time job. Wherever you’re at in your college career chances are there’s an employer who is looking to fill those spots now and will reserve a place for you when the time is right.
- There’s always lots of time to update your status, blog, shoot hoops, or catch up on all your DVR’d shows, but make sure you allot a little time to investing in your future. Don’t miss a golden opportunity to network in person!
Backpacks to Briefcases
Not sure what you want to do after college? Ask employers if they offer a job shadow program. These are typically designed for students who are not sure what they want to do and can offer a glimpse of what an industry or specific position is like in everyday affairs.
Be confident! This is your time to shine! Don’t be intimidated by recruiters, approach them with confidence! Greet each employer with a firm handshake and a positive attitude. Maintain eye contact. Practice your “game” with a friend before the fair.
You’re “kind of a big deal.”
How? Easy, go to Oregon State University Printing & Mailing and click on “Design Online.” Either log-in or create a new account and then click on “Catalog” and then OSU Business Cards for Students on the left hand side. They already have templates available for you and for a reasonable price. Business cards are really helpful and makes you look more professional. So yes, you can should consider having business cards while you’re in school.
Not sure what you’re majoring in yet? Don’t sweat it! Maybe a business card is not the best way for you to convey your interest in a company. Perhaps you can spend more time perfecting your “30 second infomercial.” Or, you might consider putting your qualifications (do you speak more than one language), work or volunteer experience, or industries you’re interested in instead of putting your major information. Just keep in mind you have limited space so keep it brief. Questions? Come chat with a career counselor here in Career Services!
In today’s economy it’s more important than ever to start developing your network NOW. Don’t wait until after graduation to start making contacts. Let’s face it, nobody likes feeling used, so it’s better to establish contacts while you’re in school so then later when you actually need something (like a job for example!) you’ve already established a relationship with that company, or even better, a specific person. Find out more about networking on our website.
Interested in working for a “green” company?
Look for this symbol displayed on various companies booths, and also on the map to find out which businesses and organizations have made a significant, demonstrable, and measurable commitment to make their establishment’s production processes more environmentally sustainable, and reduced their use of natural resources.
Do you want employers calling to offer you that job you’ve been really wanting? Are you looking for great internships?
Now is a great time to start preparing for the fair to help you land that awesome job or internship.
- Write a resume highlighting skills and experiences related to your goal
- For example, are you looking for full-time employment, an internship, or are you going to explore organizations and positions? Need resume feedback? Then come into Career Services for Drop-In Hours, Monday-Thursday, 1-4pm.
- Check out which employers will be at the career fair and scan for employers seeking students like you; do your research
- Pull together a professional outfit, preferably a business suit. Don’t have a suit? Borrow one from a friend!