More than 85 Employers Expected at Career and Internship Fair

Career Linkages 2013CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 28, 2014 – More than 85 employers are registered to meet students of all majors at the annual Career and Internship Fair March 6 at Southeast Missouri State University.

The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center-North.

“Imagine all these employers assembled in one place with their sole focus to recruit Southeast students for jobs and internships,” said Joyce Hunter, outreach and events coordinator for Career Services. “This one event will streamline employers’ recruiting efforts to reach students from all majors,” Hunter said.

Employers committed to attending include the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; Ameren; regional school districts; Robinson Construction Company; TG Missouri; US Bank; KFVS-TV/WQWQ-TV; the Southeast Missourian; Rust Communications; and BKD, CPA’s, and Wealth Advisors, among others. The Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Social Security Administration also plan to participate and are seeking students from all majors. A complete list of employers planning to attend is available at www.semo.edu/careers/46327.htm.

The fair is a one-stop recruiting event for employers, who will be recruiting students for career and internship opportunities, she said. Employers wishing to register for the fair may do so for free at www.semo.edu/careers/fairs_events.htm. There, they will find more information on how to enroll.

The fair is moving to the Student Recreation Center-North this year to accommodate tremendous growth in the event, Hunter said. The fair was held in the University Center last year.

New this year, students will have the option of posing for a professional head-and-shoulder photograph suitable to be uploaded to their LinkedIn profile page.

All juniors and seniors in any major – agriculture, business, education, health, human services, liberal arts, math, science and technology, and others – are welcome, Hunter said.

Students do not need to register, but they are required to dress professionally to be admitted. Students not dressed professionally will be turned away. For men, professional dress includes a dress shirt, tie, slacks, dress shoes and socks. For women, dress blouses, jackets/twin sweater sets, modest length skirts, dresses, pant suits, dress shoes, etc. Low cut, tight or midriff shirts are not acceptable. It will be acceptable for both men and women to wear collared shirt, khaki pants, Dockers and dress shoes.

Unacceptable attire includes T-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, tight, torn or low-cut clothing, jeans, sweat pants, work-out clothes, shorts, athletic shoes or any other dress seen as unacceptable by staff members for Career Services.

“Employers have shared that students only have one chance to make a good ‘first impression.’ Professional dress, a solid resume and students who have researched the company ahead of time really make the best first impressions,” Hunter said.

New this year is a Kick-Starter Networking Reception. This is another opportunity for students and employers to informally connect and explore areas of mutual interest the evening before the fair. The reception is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. March 5 in the Show Me Center meeting rooms.

Hunter says the reception will be an unstructured professional networking event in which students can gain experience and confidence interacting with employers in a professional networking setting. Employers interested in participating in the reception may register for free on the Career Services website at http://www.semo.edu/careers/kickstarterform.htm.

Also new this year is a Career Fair Resume Book. Students are invited to submit a professional resume to the book hosted in REDConnect, Southeast’s new e-recruiting system. The resume book enables employers to browse student resumes and reach out to those who may be a potential fit for jobs and internship opportunities offered by employers, Hunter said.

“This is also a great way for students who are unable to attend to ‘virtually’ get in front of employers both before and after the career fair,” she added.

Students also now have the option to upload their approved resume to a resume book specific to their major.

Student who submitted their resume to the Career Fair Resume Book hosted in REDConnect by Feb. 24 qualified to attend a Kick-Starter Networking Reception. All students who submitted a professional resume for the book in REDConnect by the deadline will be contacted via email by Career Services with details about this event, Hunter said. Professional dress is required for the reception.

“We are pleased to offer all Southeast students the opportunity to upload their resume in our new e-recruiting system REDConnect,” Hunter said. “This enables all employers to view resumes after the fair, providing students the opportunity to be ‘seen in the virtual world.’”

For more information on the Career and Internship Fair, follow Career Services on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SECareerLinkages and on Twitter @SECareerService.