Those attending the Central Wisconsin Collegiate Job Fair on Feb. 24, in the Dreyfus University Center Laird Room might want to prepare for the event.
Taylor Koch, career outreach coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, held the same program on two different nights. The program, “Prepare for the Fair,” helped students interested in attending job fairs.
“We helped students create their pitch,” Koch said. “We also had employers there to give students feedback, simulating what it would be like at a fair.”
Koch emphasized the importance of students researching organizations and companies they are interested in before an interview. She talked about resume preparation and what is considered proper attire for a job fair.
“Following up with employers is also a good idea to let them know you are still interested in that position,” Koch said.
Students who were unable to attend the program can still schedule a meeting through Career Services. Peer mentors are available to meet with students if they want to improve their resumes and interview skills.
Lorry Walters, associate director of Career Services, said there will be more than 60 employers at the fair.
“Employers will be looking for students with varied majors. It’s a broad base of business-related opportunities,” Walters said.
She stressed the importance of job fair preparation.
“If you have no idea what to say to employers, you will sound less prepared than someone who has given a lot of thought to the application and interview process,” Walters said.
Richard Rudolf, a sophomore majoring in forest management, will be attending the Natural Resources Career Fair on Feb. 19, in the Laird Room.
“I think that in order to land a successful job or make connections, preparing and giving off a good first impression is essential. When talking to employers, I want to try to impress them,” Rudolf said.
Rudolf prepared a resume and feels that having a lot of field experience will appeal to employers.
“It’s not so much about leaving with a job offer; it’s about leaving with more information than you had when you went in,” Walters said. “Job fairs are good starting points. It’s not a start to finish kind of process.”