Posted by the Career Enrichment Network
Fall Career Days (September 12-14, 2017) is quickly approaching! Fall Career Days is a week of career fairs combined with some on-campus interviewing, information sessions, and workshops held by employers who are recruiting students on campus. The majority of the employers at Fall Career Days represent corporate America. If you are interested in working for a large corporation, the fair may be a fit for you.
There are lots of things you can do to make sure you are prepared for Fall Career Days. Here are our top 8 tips to get you started:
#8 Attend a Prep Workshop. Career Services and recruiters host workshops the week before the fair to help you prep for the fair. Attend sessions like Professional Tips for Non-Technical Majors (9/5), Resume Review Walk-in Hours (9/11) , & more to make sure you are prepared for the fair.
#7 Research the employers attending and make a top 5-10 list of those with whom you would like to meet. Here are a few companies to get you started in your research: Air Liquide, Amazon, Altria, Amica Mutual Insurance, AT&T, Bates White Economic Consulting, Capital One, City of Pittsburgh Careers, DEA, EY, Federal Reserve Board, IBM Corporation, Kohl’s, Liberty Mutual, MAXIMUS, National Air and Space Intelligence (NASIC), National Security Agency (NSA), Northwestern Mutual, PA State Police, Target, Teach for America, TransPerfect, US Postal Service, US Census Bureau, Vanguard, and Yelp.
#5 Check for additional networking events. Many employers will be hosting on-campus events in addition to the career fair. Check the Network Symplicity and Nittany Lion Career Network calendars for details. Altria, Bates White, Deloitte, & Liberty Mutual are just a few employers who will hosting additional networking opportunities on campus.
#4 Practice your 30 second introduction. Speaking with recruiters at the career fair can be nerve-wracking, but preparing ahead of time can help! Remember to highlight your relevant skills and experiences, put your major in context, and express your interest in the organization! Here are some other helpful tips about approaching employers from a recruiter’s perspective.
#3 Have your resume ready to go. Take advantage of our walk-in resume review hours on Monday, September 11 from 9:00am-4:30pm in 101 Sparks Building. Make sure your resume highlights the skills and experiences most relevant to the companies you plan on speaking with. Be prepared to hand your resume to a recruiter, but also to apply online after the event!
#2 Download the Fall Career Days App. Search the employer database, use wayfinding to get you from booth to booth, create favorite lists and much more on the go! Search for PENN STATE CAREER SUCCESS in your app store and download now! Available for Android, Apple and Windows devices.
#1 Attend! For the majority of Liberal Arts students, the relevant fair days are as follows:
- Non-Technical Full-Time Career Fair: Tuesday, September 12, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Internship and Co-op Career Fair: Wednesday, September 13, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.