Spring Career Fair Brings 165 Employers to Campus

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Employers representing an array of industries and organizations—including accounting, consulting, consumer products, education, financial services, food/retail, government, health care, insurance, law enforcement, marketing/communications, nonprofit, real estate, technology and transportation —will be on the Saint Joseph’s University campus for the Spring Career Fair on Thursday, Feb. 21.

The event, hosted by the University’s Career Development Center (CDC), will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in SJU’s Athletics Center.

Despite the challenging economic environment, 94 percent of the Class of 2012 are employed, volunteering through service programs and/or pursuing additional education.

“This year, the CDC is excited to host Career Fair Week, a week’s worth of programming designed to prepare students for the fair from resumé critiques with employers to sessions on how to navigate the Career Fair to professional dress programming and mock interviews,” notes Jennifer Rossi, assistant director of Saint Joseph’s Career Development Center.  

 “In addition, we’re hosting a reflection after the fair to help students process their experience and develop a plan to follow up with the employers they met at the fair,” says Rossi. “This holistic approach, coupled with our use of social media sites such as Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/sjucareers) to communicate career information, will ensure our students’ success in landing meaningful jobs, internships and volunteer positions,”

The Career Fair is expected to attract nearly 800 job seekers—Saint Joseph’s students from freshmen to seniors, grad students and alumni—looking for full- and part-time employment, internships and service/volunteer opportunities.

In addition to providing individual career counseling, the CDC encourages students to engage in a four-year plan, from exploring majors to considering career paths and landing internships to acquiring the experience that employers will value when they graduate.  The Center also offers a vigorous on-campus recruiting program as well as mock interview sessions, resumé critiques, networking events, and workshops on topics as far-reaching as “How to get a job and keep it” and “Managing your online reputation.”

The Career Development Center advises those attending a career fair to do their homework:

  • Research the organizations that interest you in advance. 
  • Understand their products and services and the problems they rely on employees to solve. 
  • Articulate your relevant skills and experience to employers confidently.

“Knowledge is power,” Rossi adds.

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