Career Fair Brings Students and Employers Together
By Reid Barbier
Max Brooks, SOU’s Career Guidance Counselor, is encouraging students to get excited about the upcoming annual Career Fair on Tuesday, April 22, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Rogue River Room of Stevenson Union.
“It’s a great place for students to make a connection with local and national employers, start up those valuable relationships,” said Brooks. At least 37 employers are registered to be present on Tuesday, offering a full spectrum of opportunity, with full-time, part-time, internship, and volunteer positions available.
According to Brooks, the annual career fair is “not only for graduating seniors, but also for undergraduates maybe looking for a first summer job or specific majors looking for an internship.”
Brooks advises students to come prepared for the fair, saying the old adage “you only get one chance to make a first impression” still holds true. It is suggested that attendees dress professionally, not overly-fancy but enough to show that care and interest about a possible position. He also suggests bringing a handful of resumes to pass out to interested employers as well as a notepad and a writing utensil to jot down information.
It is also advisable to research the companies at the fair that a student might be interested in before attending to avoid asking representatives repetitive and basic questions and instead allow for more extensive conversations. The company list can be found here along with other information regarding the fair.
Brooks is also giving a brief talk on how best to get prepared at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 21, in SU330. Brooks thinks this year’s career fair “will appeal to a wide variety of people…and let students get a look at a great range of local and national employers.”