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Make job fairs work to your advantage

Updated: March 16, 2013 6:20AM



‘Job fairs,” says Purdue University Calumet Director of Career Services Shelly Robinson, “remain one of the best ways to get in front of employers, make a good first impression and stand out from the crowd.”

Of course, you don’t have to take her word for it; you can try out that advice yourself today, Feb. 15, at PUC. The university’s Office of Career Services holds its annual All Majors Career & Internship Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the campus gymnasium, in the Fitness & Recreation Center south of 173rd Street. Admission is free.

Nearly 100 employers will be represented, many of which will be recruiting baccalaureate-degreed individuals for full- and part-time positions. Though the fair is geared to PUC students and alumni, Robinson said community members are always welcome to attend.

As for her best advice to job fair attendees who want impress employers, here’s her list:

† Dress to impress — professionally, for success.

† Bring plenty of résumés to distribute to employers, and bring them in a briefcase or portfolio, in which you also can collect and take home literature about employers.

† Prepare a one-minute commercial or “elevator pitch” that summarizes qualities and benefits you would bring to the employer.

† Be prepared to discuss your career goals as they relate to your skills and background.

† Be assertive and show initiative by introducing yourself, making eye contact, shaking hands firmly, and demonstrating interest in the employer/company. Doing a little homework — some pre-job fair research on companies of interest — can attract attention.

† Be enthusiastic by smiling, engaging the employer representative and projecting interest in the company.

† Be patient and stay positive in a venue in which numerous attendees are approaching the same employers you also desire to approach. Relax. Your time to impress will come.

To check out the list of employers scheduled to be represented, visit www.purduecal.edu/careerservices. For more information, phone the Office of Career Services at 989-2600.

Founders Day: Come Feb. 25, it’ll be 67 years since Purdue University credit classes were introduced in the Hammond area. Those initial classes prompted development of what would become PUC.

The Feb. 25, 1946 debut of those first Purdue credit classes in the region has come to be known as Founders Day at PUC. Founders Day will be celebrated on campus this year with games, refreshments, entertainment, a spirit parade, cake and a 6 p.m. fireworks finale. And, yes, classes that day will be held as scheduled.



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