Students, Alumni Invited to Meet Employers at Southeast Spring 2015 Career and Internship Fair

ADM-CareerServicesCAPE GIRARDEAU, Missouri, Feb. 17, 2015 – Southeast Missouri State University students and alumni of all majors will have the opportunity to meet with nearly 120 potential employers Feb. 26 at the Spring 2015 Career and Internship Fair, capping the all new Career Fair Week Feb. 23-26.

The Spring 2015 Career and Internship Fair is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Student Recreation Center-North. A variety of local, regional, national and international employers will be represented, and employers will be recruiting for virtually all majors, said Joyce Hunter, coordinator of outreach and events for Career Services at Southeast.

Employers scheduled to participate include: River Radio, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, AT&T, Illinois State Police, Missouri State Highway Patrol, U.S. Bank, US Peace Corps, TG Missouri Corp., Target Corp., Havco Wood Products, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Wheat Tech Agronomy, Mondi Jackson LLC, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Renaissance Financial, Big River Communications, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis, AXA Advisors, LLC, AAA Insurance, Coca-Cola Refreshments, Buchheit Inc., several school districts from across the entire region and many others.

Students are encouraged to research employers prior to the fair and then plan on meeting them at the fair, Hunter said.

“The best benefit for students is to become comfortable, confident and competent when communicating with employers,” she said. “This is a safe environment to accomplish this goal.”

Michele Tapp, director of Academic Advising & Career Services, said, “This event provides a unique opportunity for students to meet with potential employers in a convenient single location.  Employers are visiting Southeast because they have jobs and internships to fill, and it really is a missed opportunity when students choose not to participate.”

Events throughout the week include a Career Fair Boot Camp from 4-5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, in the University Center Program Lounge. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, in Academic Hall Room 057, students are invited to Coffee and Resume Critiques, where students will have the opportunity to receive feedback on their resumes and earn a voucher for a free coffee from Starbucks for attending. A “What Not to Wear to a Career Fair” Fashion Show, displaying appropriate attire for interviews, is scheduled for noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25, in the lobby on the third floor of the University Center.

“This is our event series designed to prepare students to put their best foot forward when connecting with employers,” Hunter said. “It’s all about gaining experience with the job search process. We are encouraging all students to urge each other to attend.”

Students interested in exploring internships or career and job opportunities will be able to meet people from organizations that are directly related to their field of study. Semi-private interview areas will be available during the event for on-the-spot interviews.

Students who attend the fair are encouraged to dress professionally, bring an updated copy of their resume and research each company they plan to visit ahead of time.

According to Hunter, preferred dress for men is a dress shirt, tie, slacks, dress shoes and socks. For women, the preferred dress is a dress blouse (nothing low cut, tight or that shows midriff), jackets/twin sweater sets, modest length skirts, dresses, pant suits and dress shoes. If students do not have these particular garments, collared shirts, khaki pants and dress shoes are acceptable.

Students who are unable to attend the fair have the option of uploading their resume in Southeast’s e-recruiting system REDConnect to the Spring Career Fair Resume Book where employers will be able to view students’ resumes both before and after the event, Hunter said.

For more information, visit www.semo.edu/careers or contact Career Services at (573) 651-2583 or careerservices@semo.edu.