Job fairs provide an opportunity for students to meet with a large number of employers, in one setting, who are specifically seeking CSUDH students for the purpose of employment. Companies may have entry-level (or higher) career openings, part-time positions and/or paid and volunteer internships. Be prepared to make a good first impression and prove that you've researched the employers of interest. Dress appropriately and bring copies of your resume.
Tuesday, September 23, 10 am to 2 pm, Loker Union Vendor Walkway
Considering Graduate School? Meet with representatives from over 90 graduate and professional school programs in California and throughout the U.S.
Wednesday, October 22, 11 am to 3 pm, Loker Student Union
More than 60 diverse employers will be on hand with information about internships, part-time employment, and full-time career positions. Bring resumes and dress professionally!
A list of the participating companies is printed in advance, and posted on the Career Center website with a link to their sites. Take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with these employers so that you'll be able to ask intelligent, well thought out questions at the job fair.
If your time is short, select the employers you're most interested in learning about and visit them first. The job fair will be set up in an "open house" format so that you may talk to the recruiters of your choice.
Talk with as many recruiters as you can who might be interested in your major, experience, skills and accomplishments. Keep an open mind! For example, a health care company may not be only looking for health science majors - it may have openings in accounting, personnel, and management.
Confidence rates high with recruiters, cockiness does not! Sell yourself by stressing your skills, strengths and interests. Be enthusiastic and courteous. Remember to smile and have a positive attitude.
Conservative, professional business attire is best. You need to be neatly groomed. Wear a neatly pressed suit (men: with a tie) if you are seeking a career position. If you are looking for part-time work or an internship, wear a nice shirt/blouse and dress pants/skirt.
Don't expect an on-the-spot job offer. At the job fair you will be "micro-interviewing" for a short time with each recruiter. If there is a mutual interest, they'll contact you for a follow-up interview.
Use each discussion with a recruiter as an opportunity. Increase your knowledge of the company and its job options, the qualities and skills the recruiter is looking for in a job candidate. Explore available advancement and promotion paths, company training programs, etc.
A resume is an advertisement for YOU. Keep it short in length and long in honesty, appearance and organization. Cover the basics: your education, skills, and work experience. Typos are unacceptable. If you're not sure, submit your resume to the Career Center for a resume critique. Cover letters are not necessary at a Job Fair.
If a recruiter has been particularly helpful, don't overlook the courtesy of a "thank you" letter. It is a good way to jog the recruiter's memory of you and relay your interest in the company. If you weren't able to get a business card with the recruiter's name and address, check with the staff in the Career Center.