Career Fair offers jobs, internships
Published: Thursday, September 20, 2012
Updated: Thursday, September 20, 2012 07:09
Students will have the opportunity to plan for their futures today at the semiannual West Virginia University Career Fair sponsored by the WVU Career Services Center.
Held in the Mountainlair Ballroom 10 a.m.–3 p.m., students who attend the Fair will get to walk throughout the ballrooms and speak to a wide variety of employers set up at informational booths.
According to Sarah Glenn, Assistant Director of Employer Relations for the CSC, 73 employers, representing diverse industries, non-profits and government agencies, will be recruiting for internship and full-time positions.
Students can find a complete list of companies in attendance on MountaineerTRAK either online or on the kiosks around campus.
"There will be opportunities for students in all fields at the career fair, such as business, engineering, sales, management, social work, criminal justice and many more," Glenn said. "We are always bringing new employers to campus."
Students graduating in May should start looking for job options now, Glenn said. Also, students looking for a summer internship should also begin their search now.
Glenn said she believes the Career Fair is not only a great way to network with employers and get interviews, but also to learn about new companies. Many companies at the Career Fair will have job openings and positions available some students might not have known existed.
"It is always to a job seeker’s advantage to meet a recruiter in person as opposed to making the initial introduction electronically," Glenn said.
Although the Career Fair is directed at those looking for an internship or full-time job, freshmen and sophomores are also encouraged to attend.
"It’s never too early to start planning for your career," Glenn said. "Freshmen and sophomores who attend career fairs are familiar with the process and tend to be more successful at networking during their junior and senior years."
According to Glenn, employers are usually interested in talking to underclassmen and helping them learn about jobs within their company.
Students who attend the Career Fair are encouraged to dress professionally. Glenn said a suit is highly recommended, but those who do not have a suit should wear dress pants and a nice shirt and keep their jewelry, cologne and make-up to a minimum. Students should also bring a copy of their resume.
Whether seeking a spring or summer internship or a full-time position or just expanding your horizons and making connections, all students are encouraged to come to the Career Fair.