By Sara Jarman, recruiting coordinator, Career Services
University of Utah Career Services is excited to announce the spring 2017 career fairs. The All-Campus Career Fair will take place on Thursday, Feb. 2, and the STEM Career Fair will be on Tuesday, Feb. 7. Join us in the Union Ballroom between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to meet more than 100 employers.
Learn how to make the most of the career fairs:
DOWNLOAD THE APP
One of the most helpful things you can do to prepare for the career fairs is to research the companies ahead of time. Knowing your facts will give you a leg up in your conversations with recruiters and will let you make the most of your time at the fair. Utah Career Fair Plus is our free app that provides a detailed (and filterable) employer list, a map of the employers in the Union Ballroom, and the ability to flag your favorite employers and store notes about your conversations. You can find Utah Career Fair Plus in Google Play or the App Store.
You want your resume to stand out (in a good way) among the stacks that recruiters take away from the fairs. Career Services is offering three full days of walk-in resume reviews so that you can be sure yours is top notch. Bring your most current resume to Room 350 in the Student Services Building or the Catmull Gallery in the Warnock Engineering Building on Monday, Jan. 30, Wednesday, Feb. 1 or Monday, Feb. 6 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
SKIP THE LINES
Nobody likes waiting in a long line to check in to the Career Fair. Skip the lines this year and pre-register. Pre-registration will be available at Career Services (Student Services Building, Room 350) on Wednesday, Feb. 1 and Monday, Feb. 6. All you need to do is type in your University of Utah ID(uNID), and your nametag will print. Just be sure to bring your nametag to the fair.
The career fairs are not only for students getting ready to graduate (although there are plenty of positions for those students, too). Many of the employers at the fairs will be offering summer and fall internships for a variety of majors. Just look for the employers wearing the “Ask Me About Internships” buttons.
While the career fairs are a great place to learn about various employers and network with recruiters, did you know that many of the employers scheduled interviews for students right on the spot? During the fall 2016 semester, more than 225 students were interviewed in conjunction with the career fairs. For many of those employers, that was the only time they conducted on-campus interviews during the semester.
It only takes one-tenth of a second for someone to draw conclusions about you based on your photo. Make the most of your LinkedIn profile with a free professional headshot (a service that usually ranges from $100 to $250). Meet our photographer on the Union Ballroom stage between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to take advantage of this service.
Because it’s never too early to start networking and weighing your future employment options, freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to attend the career fairs. Even if you haven’t settled on a major, come and meet employers and learn about the majors associated with their careers. When you are ready to start looking for an internship or career, you’ll have a great network of employers to look to.