CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 17, 2014 – Southeast senior Matt Shelton hopes to get network leads, references and contacts to connect him to jobs at the Career and Internship Fair March 6 at Southeast Missouri State University. A fifth-year student, Shelton plans to graduate in May with a major in a corporate communication and a sales management minor. He says he would like to land a position with Sherwin Williams and expects their representatives to be on hand at the fair. Nonetheless, he says he’s keeping an open mind and also is considering other possibilities if that doesn’t work out. “I am looking forward to meeting a whole bunch of new and different people,” he says. Nearly 100 employers are expected to meet students across all majors seeking internships and jobs at the Career and Internship Fair scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center-North.
All juniors and seniors in any major – agriculture, business, education, health, human services, liberal arts, math, science and technology, and others — are welcome, said Joyce Hunter, outreach and events coordinator with Career Services at Southeast.
“The key to success for students attending the fair is to be prepared,” said Michele Tapp, director of the Center for Academic Advising & Career Services. “From researching companies who will be attending the fair to having a high quality resume, the key is to be intentional and know what you want to gain from this experience.”
Shelton has been purposeful in his job search and says Career Services has been extremely helpful to him in the process. “By helping me produce a professional-looking cover letter, resume and a list of references, it has put me ahead in internship opportunities,” he said, “and has given me leads and opportunities to start my career, essentially. I’d like to give a special thank you to Joyce Hunter and Quen Agnew especially.
“I definitely recommend the usage of Career Services before your senior year. Since you already have so much going on with graduation, final classes, and trying to get started on your career, it helps make the transition smoother,” Shelton said. “It gives you professional help and gives you leads like the internship I got. I wouldn’t be where I am without Career Services. They helped me get noticed more easily. They basically hold your hand and put you on the path to success.”
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.
About 75 employers participated last year. This year, Hunter says, she is hoping for 100 employers to attend.
The fair is a one-stop recruiting event for employers, who will be recruiting students for both career and internship opportunities, she said. Students do not need to register, but they are required to dress professionally to be admitted.
“This one event will streamline employers’ recruiting efforts to reach students from all majors,” Hunter 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.
New this year is a Kick-Starter Networking Reception, yet 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 to 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.
Students will qualify to attend the Kick-Starter Networking Reception when they submit a professional resume to a Career Fair Resume Book hosted in REDConnect by Monday, Feb. 24. All students who have submitted professional resumes for the book in REDConnect, Southeast’s new e-recruiting system, 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.
The Career Fair Resume Book is also new to the fair this year. Students are invited to submit a professional resume to the book hosted in REDConnect. 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 who have not yet activated their REDConnect account can do so at www.semo.experience.com. They should then select the student section and complete their profile. Additional information about all these events, including a growing list of employers who will be attending is available on the Career Services website at semo.edu/careers.
Employers that register to participate in the Career and Internship Fair will have the option to browse resumes submitted by students in the Career Fair Resume Book hosted in REDConnect.
For more information on the Career and Internship Fair, follow Career Services on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SECareerLinkages and on Twitter @SECareerService.