Employer interest in campus job fair shows marked increase
Entering the job market can be overwhelming. Career Services’ 10th annual Full-Time Job and Internship Fair on Feb. 21 aims to make it less so, giving students the opportunity to forge professional contacts that could lead to employment.
Business participation has risen 34 percent for this year’s fair, and more businesses are offering full-time jobs rather than the internships that dominated the fair in 2008 and 2009.
Students of all class years and majors attend the fair in professional attire with résumé in hand to meet area businesspeople looking to fill job or internship positions. Mandy Nycz (Career Services) says that “even if the student is not 100 percent sure of what they want to do, it’s a great opportunity to hear from businesses of different fields.” Alumni are also welcome to attend.
Students and business representatives alike will benefit from face-to-face contacts that may lead to follow-up interviews. Nycz says: “In a competitive job market, the opportunity to meet someone and talk face to face is priceless. … A printed résumé is limiting.”
Janice Swegle ’11, now with FABCO CAT Equipment, says the fair gave her the chance to “get a good idea of what employers are looking for.” She advises current students to research companies of interest before they attend the fair. Career Services publishes a list of participating businesses, including the positions each company is filling and the majors targeted to fill them.
Linda Voelz of Church Mutual Insurance Company, who has worked with two St. Norbert interns, says that so many businesses centralized in one place on one day “allows you to explore opportunities you never thought about.”
Indeed, Swegle advises students to be open to exploring different kinds of companies, as she did. She says, “A year ago I never thought I would be working in the construction/power generation business.”
The fair takes place Feb. 21 from 3 to 5 p.m. on the second floor of Michels Commons. New to the fair this year, Leivur Djurhuus ’12 will take headshots of students for use in their professional profiles.
Want to hear from our several local employers on how to best prepare for yourself for a job fair? Check out this video, for their tips and tricks.