Print out the resumes; Career Fair nearing

Consuelo Naranjo / contributing writer

Put on that ironed shirt and straighten that tie.

This year’s Career Fair is taking place on Oct. 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Wolfe University Center Ballroom.

There will be more than 80 employers from public and private industries, educational, non-profit organizations, local and federal government, the military and law enforcement, searching for future employees and interns.

Every semester, more than 15,000 students from over 200 degree programs, ranging from undergraduate to doctoral, take part in this event as well as others.

“Career fairs are fabulous opportunities where students can experience for a couple of hours the real professional world. They will meet colleges, future competitors and 2012 employers’ expectations,” said Harold Clayton, associate director of  Career Services.

Career Fairs are free and exclusive to students and alumni. Participants are required to register the same day of the event by providing their FIU One Card or their Panther ID number.

Career Services members give tips on how to prepare for a successful experience to all students who are planning to attend.

  According to the Career Services, preparation is essential for success at a career fair. The fair has to be treated as a job interview.

Formal dress with a polished and professional appearance will provide a good image. Bring multiple copies of your résumé with no typos or inconsistencies.

Leave backpacks and book bags at home. A briefcase or portfolio is necessary to hold résumés and any other material that employers may provide.

Follow up with employers. Pen and paper are necessary to take notes, contacts and important information.

Efigenia Gonzalez-Duran, assistant director of Career Services brings up the importance of students participating in the event.

“FIU is well known for having exceptional students. Most of them are able to work and study at the same time,” said Gonzalez-Duran. “Recruiters like responsible and dynamic students. Attendees get hired or obtain internships at Career fairs every semester. They cannot miss this opportunity.”

Career Services also offers professional development events and workshops year-round such as Cyber Cafés, where students receive résumé critiques and cover letter recommendations.

“The BBC Career Fair is not just an opportunity to obtain a job or an internship offer. It also allows students to improve their networking skills,” Clayton said.

Information on internships, strategies in researching, oral presentations, salary negotiations, international student job regulations and government employment are given to students during Career Services’ events.

“Students are future employees who need to understand their audience, competition, and job options. They need to interact with employers and colleges while creating professional bounds that will help them in the future,” said Clayton.

Yeiniz Nevarez, an advertising major was thankful for Career Services. At an internship fair at Modesto Maidique Campus this semester, she was able to meet with UPLYTE, Event Lighting & Décor recruiters.

“I received a call from them offering me to be onboard as a new intern at their company. I was very excited, especially considering they only took one intern,” she said.

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