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Summer Employment and Internship Fairs

 

Cumberland County
 2nd Community Job Fair
 Date: June 6, 2011
Time: 9am-1pm
Radisson Hotel
Camp Hill, PA
For more information and a copy of the registration form, go to www.cumberlandbusiness.com; Click “Read More” under “June 2011 Community Job Fair”.

 

Indiana University of PA
HUB, Ohio Room
Date: February 23, 2011                                                                                           Picture taken by: y i_yudai
Time: 11:00am- 2:00pm
career-development@iup.edu
http://www.iup.edu/page.aspx?id=50583 
 
Southern Teachers Fair at NAIS
Gaylord National Conventional Center
201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, MD 2010
Date: February 23-25, 2010
In order to participate, you must apply as a candidate by January 28, 2011.
http://www.southernteachers.com
 
iPipeline Open House
Infromation Session
Whiteland Business Center
750 Springdale Drive
Exton, PA
Date: February, 24, 2011
Time: 5:00-8:00pm
Description:
Want to work for one of the fastest-growing companies in the entire Philadelphia area? This is a successful local software company which is helping the insurance markter, sell and process business faster with innovative online products.
https://www.iPipeline.com
 
Government/Human Services Job Fair
Shippensburg University
Student Recreation Center
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257
Date: February 28, 2011
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
 
http://www.ship.edu/career/

 

 
Science, Mathematics and Technology Job and Internship Fair
Millersville University of PA
Lehr Room, Bolger Conference Center (Gordinier)
Date: March 2, 2011
Time: 11:00am-2:00pm
http://www.collegecentral.com/muscitechfair

 

CareerFest
Shepard University, WV
Wellness Center
Date: March 2, 2011
Time: 11:00am- 3:00pm
http://www.shepherd.edu/jobweb

 

SU Education Job Fair
Shippensburg University
Reisner Dining Hall, Tuscarora Room
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257
Date: March 11, 2011
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  
http://www.ship.edu/career
 Teacher Recruitment Day
Shepard University, WV
Date:  March 17, 2011
Time: 10am- 12:00pm 
http://www.shepherd.edu/jobweb/

 

30th Annual Job Fair for Educators
Kutztown University
Holiday Inn Conference Center
Fogelsville/Breinigsville, PA
Date: March 21, 2011
Time: 10:30am-3:00pm
http://careers.kutztown.edu

 

Humanities Fair
Millersville University of PA
Date:  March 22, 2011
Time: 11am-2:00pm
Major field of study represented include: Art, Business Administration, Communications & Theatre, Economics, English, Foreign Language, Geography, Government & Political Affairs, History, Music, Philosophy, Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology/Anthropology.  Contact Diane Fleishman or Holly Kalbach at 717-872-3774 for more information.

 

Penn State Spring Education Career Day
Penn Stater Conference Center
215 Innovation Boulevard
State College, PA 16803
Date: March 28, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
http://www.fairs.sa.psu.edu/education/

 

North Central PA Education Consortium
Bloomsburg University Kehr Union Building
Bloomsburg, PA
 Date: March 29, 2011
Time:9:00 am-3:00 pm
http://departments.bloomu.edu/career/EdConsort.html

 

Teacher Recruitment Day Consortium
1 South George St.
Millersville, PA 17551
Date: March 30, 2011
Time: 9:00am-3:00pm.
http://www.collegecentral.com/trd

 

 
Kutztown University Job Fair for Educators
Holiday Inn Conference Center
Breinigsville, PA (western Lehigh Valley)
Date: March 31, 2011
Time: 9:00 am- 3:00pm
http://careers.kutztown.edu
IUP Criminology and Government Career Fair
Indiana University of PA
Hadley Union Building
Date: April 6, 2011
Time: 10:00am- 3:00pm
career-development@iup.edu
http://www.iup.edu/page.aspx?id=50583
 

After the Career Fair

Posted: February 15, 2011 in Career Fair

Follow up is important to distinguish yourself from your peers and to maintain contact with employers.  Reflect upon your experience and ask yourself..

Who did you meet?

What company generated the most excitement?

Which company generated interest?

Who do you want to find out more about?  Follow up on promises that you made. For example, references or letters of recommendations.  Following up with your promises shows you’re responsible and very interested in the potential career opportunities within the company.

Also, writing a thank you letter. If you picked up a business card, send a thank you note a day or two after the fair. Sending a thank you is not only polite, but will let professionals know you paid attention, are serious to the position, and that you are the right person for the position. Highlight some clear and concise selling points that will demonstrate your attributes. Also you need to outline your interest in further opportunities that may arise in the future. If you spoke to someone in a large firm, send an email. If you spoke to a small firm business owner, send an email and a post marked letter.  Click the link below,  for an example of a professional thank you letter.

http://www.quintcareers.com/sample_fair_thanks.html

Photo by Jon Ashcroft

Always remember…

Career Fairs are great events for identifying employment opportunities, but also for expanding your network, honing your interview skills, learning industry information, gathering information about companies, and collecting business cards.

During the Career Fair

Posted: February 11, 2011 in Career Fair

During the Career Fair

 Your number one goal at a career fair is to make a great impression. This is extremely important if your resume doesn’t necessarily stand out from your peers.  A carefully crafted and professional presentation will ensure that you make a positive and lasting impression.  A few career fair etiquette tips on how to how to present yourself when speaking to professionals are listed below:

Mannerism
  • Demonstrate poise and composure
  • Do not chew gum or smell like smoke
  • Offer a firm handshake
  • Present good eye contact
  • Dress professionally, “look the part”
Communication Skills

  • Speak clearly and concisely
  • Provide brief, targeted answers to questions
  • Provide complete and articulate responses
  • Demonstrate that you prepared for the career fair by having intelligent responses

 

It is important to “know who you are.”
1.  Know your resume
 2.   Know yourself
3.  Know what you want to achieve with each company’s professional (ie: why interested.)                                       

Photo by Ken_Tanka

 Carry a simple portfolio or nice folder to keep your resumes organized and ready to distribute. Companies are going to have materials for you to take, but avoid taking freebies until after the initial conversation. Make a few notes to yourself if you really enjoyed speaking to a professional(s) from a company.  If a business card is not given to you, make sure you inquire about a business card.  

Preparing for a Career Fair

Posted: February 4, 2011 in Career Fair

Why should I attend a career fair if I am not looking for a job?

 If you have not yet experienced the world of career fairs, you should definitely take the opportunity to explore all they have to offer.  Even if you are not getting ready to graduate, or you are not interested in looking for a job, it is still a good idea to attend.  Perhaps you are unsure of the career field in which you would like to study, or maybe you are just trying to narrow your selection process.   Attending a career fair, and talking to a variety employers, will help you gain knowledge and understanding of the exciting career opportunities out there.

Attending a career fair is also a chance for you to practice presenting yourself as a brand.  There will always be a line of people vying for the same job or position that you want.  The key to attaining any position is your ability to market yourself, ensuring that you highlight your best qualities and professional attributes.  There will be several booths, all with different corporate objectives and candidate requirements.  You will not be a best fit at each company, but what better way to execute a few trial runs than a room that has a fresh start just a booth away?  Employers will be quite impressed with you taking an initiative and wanting to stand out among your peers as you market yourself. By the end of just one career fair, you will feel more prepared for a formal interview, more organized with your presentation, and more clear in the vision for your desired career paths.


How do I prepare for a career fair?

Before attending a job fair, it is important to prepare yourself. Here are just a few ways to give yourself an advantage:

1.) Review the list of companies attending and identify the career fields that each would most likely fall under.  Not all companies are going to be of interest you, but it is a good idea to research and learn more about the ones that are. The career list will have relevant information needed, such as, a company overview, positions for which they are hiring, and the regions they service or operate within.

2.)  Prepare a “mini speech” on how you want to stand out among the rest of your peers. For example, “Hello, my name is_John Doe__.  I am a Sophomore in Business Management at Collegiate University, with a minor in Accounting. I am looking for an internship next summer related to my Accounting Minor. I read on your webite that you offer an internship program in your Accounting Department, and I feel that my education and experience could serve as a tremendous asset to your company. I am very interested in your program.”  Each underlined word series should be replaced by your information and distinguishing attributes.  Keep in mind that some employers are going to take control of the conversation, and you may be doing more listening than speaking. That is quite all right. You still want to be prepared and proactive to show interest in their company. When I attended my first career fair, I watched many of my peers walk by various booths, look, and continue walking through the rest of the fair in that same manor.  Stop to talk.  It is important you speak first.  Ask questions.  You may find that your first instinct about a company was not a fair assessment.

3.) Have plenty of copies of your resume ready to distribute.  The worst possible case is that you find a company that intrigues you, and you look down to find that you do not have enough resumes printed out.  If this happens, your best option is to calmly and professionally excuse yourself, heading straight for the closest computer to print off more copies.  Your second option is submitting online or through email. However, this may not be the best choice as employers are going to be receiving a surplus of resumes, and there is significant benefit to putting a face to your name. I personally have had employers jot down a few notes on the back of my resumes as a reminder to them of things we discussed, and opportunities they thought would be a best fit for me.

4.) Knowing the dress code is imperative. Each career fair has its own style or expectation for attire. Career fairs could be Business Casual or Business Professional. If you are unsure, contact the fair sponsor.  Business Professional will require a well-fit suit for both men and women. Women should consider wearing a nicely pressed blouse or button down underneath your jacket.  Men will need to wear a sharp-looking button down, with a good fit and a tie to best compliment your suit jacket.  Color is your preference, but try to avoid wearing a bright red or yellow shirt, while also steering clear of shirts with a satin finish.  I would advise you have everything pressed and hung on hangers the night before, along with your dress shoes. Fit is everything. You want to appear professional and pulled together, not like you’re wearing someone else’s clothing.


Basic career etiquette dictates that you send a thank you note to prospective employers after your interview.  While it may seem old-fashioned or even unnecessary, it makes a big difference.  Most importantly, it’s an opportunity for the interviewer to see your name again and remind them of your specific interview.   Here are a few tips to penning a thank you that will give you the edge.

Consider an electronic AND snail mail thank you

An email thank you can be sent within hours of your interview.  This is helpful as many companies may be making quick hiring decisions and there may not be time for them to receive a mailed card.  However, still take the time to write a hand penned note (you may want to invest in some quality stationary if you plan to apply for several openings).

Be Specific

Include two specific references to your interview in your thank you note – one particular strength that you feel would assist their organization and one aspect of the company culture of philosophy that resonates with you.  This helps to show them that YOU were paying attention and reminds them what sets you apart from other applicants.   (i.e. I enjoyed our conversation about your entrepreneurial culture and feel my creative background would contribute to your growth…. sounds better than …my strong skills would help your growing company).  You want them to read your note and remember that you were their favorite applicant.

Reinforce your Interest

Be sure to close with a strong statement of your interest in the position.  Employers want to be confident that if they offer you an internship or full time job that you will say YES.  Leave no doubt in their mind that their position is the one that you want.

And I know it sounds like common sense but…….WRITE LEGIBLY!

Hand written notes are  a nice touch, but they only work if the recipient can read them.  I’ve received thank you notes with a signature so scribbled that I couldn’t even tell who it was from!  Do your best to print neatly and if your penmanship is TRULY that horrible, then type a nice letter and be sure to sign your name.

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