Fall Career Fair To Bring 160 Employers to Campus

Friday, August 30, 2013

by Harriet Goodheart

The fall Career Fair on Thursday, Sept. 19, is attracting employers representing an array of industries and organizations, including financial services, retail, food marketing, advertising, non-profits and government agencies.

The Career Fair, which will take place in the Athletic Center from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., is part of a weeklong series of events, Monday-Friday, Sept. 16-20, presented by SJU’s Career Development Center (CDC).

“We are encouraged by the number of employers who are hiring, and are happy to both welcome back our loyal recruiting partners as well as many organizations new to recruitment at Saint Joseph's University,” said Trish Shafer, executive director of the CDC.  “We’re seeing a trend of more employer interest in arts and sciences majors in addition to business majors.  Of the 160-plus organizations that will be represented at the Career Fair, roughly 70 percent include arts and sciences students among those they want to meet.”

Shafer noted that employers are seeking applicants with strong problem-solving, analytical thinking, communication and leadership skills.  “SJU students, across disciplines, possess the skills in demand,” she said.

Among the employers attending are Ernst & Young, ARAMARK, Johnson & Johnson, Philadelphia Insurance Companies, American Association for Cancer Research, Inc., Target Corporation, Carson Valley Children’s Aid, Drug Enforcement Administration, Colgate Palmolive, Insight Global, Bloomberg, SAP America, Inc. and Vanguard.

Career Week events get under way on Monday, Sept. 16 with Mock Interview Day, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., in the Career Development Center, Moore Hall, where students can practice interviewing skills, identify their strengths as well as areas for improvement. (Advance sign-up is required and can be done via www.sju.edu/careers)

Monday-Wednesday, recruiters will be available at the Career Fair Genius Bar in the Post Learning Commons, Room 128, 1-4 p.m., to provide feedback on resumés and give tips on interviewing skills from the 30-second “elevator pitch” to the handshake that makes the best first impression.

On Friday, Sept. 20, students can stop by the Career Fair Reflection/Follow-Up session in the first floor lounge of the Post Learning Commons at any time from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., to chat with career counselors about next steps in following up with employers.

Some 900 job seekers are expected to attend the Career Fair — students from freshmen to seniors, grad students and alumni.

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