Career and Internship Fair Offers Students Job, Internship Opportunities

by News Bureau on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013

 

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 27, 2013 – More than 70 employers will meet students seeking internships and jobs at the All in One Day Career and Internship Fair March 7 at Southeast Missouri State University.

The fair is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the fourth floor of the University Center.

“The University is being very proactive for our students,” said Joyce Hunter, Experiential Learning coordinator at Southeast. “This is really a great service for our students and wonderful outreach to the community. Employers are going to be here with job and internship opportunities for our students.”

Hunter says this year’s fair combines several smaller industry specific job fairs held in the past on campus into one all-inclusive Career and Internship Fair for juniors and seniors in all majors.

“This is showcasing our University in a one-stop shopping” arrangement, she said.

Employers with job and internship openings available will represent a broad range of businesses and organizations in many fields – education, technology and networking, business, healthcare, science and mathematics, government, non-profit, service sector and graduate schools. Each organization may offer a wide variety of job opportunities, Hunter said, emphasizing that schools, for instance, may be seeking teachers as well as support staff in information technology or human resource managers.

A complete list of employers planning to attend is available at http://courses.semo.edu/2013spring/cl004careerlinkages/class/.

Participating employers will receive access to a virtual preview book containing the resumes of students planning to attend. Students were invited last month to submit their resume to Career Linkages for review and inclusion in the book, and more than 240 have responded.

“The book is designed to be a resource for employers to preview the types of talented students who are seeking new career opportunities,” Hunter said. “Staff from Career Linkages has been busily reviewing each student’s resume and providing them with feedback, so their resume will be able to showcase their best talents, skills and abilities.”

She says that while the deadline for submission for the Employer Resume Preview Book has passed, students who did not submit a resume in advance are strongly encouraged to attend the fair and turn in a copy of their resume as they enter the fair. These resumes will be added to the Employer Post Career Fair Resume Book. This book will give employers, who could not attend or who have additional positions to fill, another resource to use when searching for top talent.

“Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this great opportunity to meet and interact with employers,” Hunter said.

Xinyu “Eddy” Wei is a Southeast senior, majoring in finance, who plans to attend.

“I have seen lots of flyers about it (the fair) these days in both classrooms and other offices. I was thinking that if I want to get an internship, there is no reason to miss this event, which is well prepared by Career Linkages and open to all students,” he said. “I want to know what positions companies are looking for and look for possible opportunities.”

Kellie Hearndon of St. Louis plans to graduate this summer with a Master of Arts in school counseling.

“I decided to register (for the fair) because I knew it would be an amazing opportunity. So my thinking was why not take advantage” of it, she said. “My hope is to network. Regardless if I do not get the chance to work for those particular employers, maybe they will know of other places that are looking for applicants and, just by luck, I will be able to work for them.

Hearndon added that since she is on the school counseling track, she hopes to meet with individuals in education and get their opinion on what they look for in employees and what advice they have for students like her who are just starting their careers.

“Again, the major benefit of being a part of the career fair is the networking,” she said.

Kei-Shae McCrary, a senior criminal justice major from Kansas City, Mo., plans to attend the fair as well, even though she intends on enrolling in graduate school next fall.

“I could use the practice networking and interviewing with the different jobs that will be available at the fair,” she said. “”I hope to gain some insight about myself and how I can better present myself to employers or ways I can improve my resume. If I get a good internship or job, that wouldn’t be bad either. I believe that this opportunity is not just to get a job but to help prepare myself for what is to come, and right now, I am taking all the help I can get.”

Employers presented a series of three preparation workshops in January and February to offer students insight into how to prepare and present themselves to a make a strong, positive impression at the Career and Internship Fair, Hunter said.

She advises students to “dress to impress” the day of the fair as there will be a minimum standard of dress to attend.

Preferred dress for men includes dress shirts, ties and dress slacks. Preferred dress for women includes collared blouses, jackets and conservative clothing. The minimum acceptable dress is business casual attire, including khaki or black pants and collared shirts. Individuals wearing tight, torn or low-cut clothing, jeans, shorts or short skirts and graphic t-shirts will be unable to be admitted, Hunter said.

She urges students to come prepared to the fair by dressing appropriately, bringing multiple copies of their current resume, researching firms they are specifically interested in talking to and not being afraid to stop at every employer table to introduce themselves.

Also new this year is the opportunity for students who are unable to attend the fair to still be able to connect with employers, Hunter said. These students may submit their resume to Career Linkages and it will be included in the Employer Post Career Fair Resume Book that will be provided to participating employers.

“This new enhancement enables students from our regional campuses and others who may not be able to attend to take advantage of this opportunity to connect with employers,” Hunter said.

For more information on the upcoming Career and Internship Fair, contact Career Linkages at (573) 651-2583 or careerlinkages@semo.edu.