Why You Should Attend the Fall 2012 Career Fair

Each semester, Johns Hopkins University hosts a career fair on its Homewood campus to provide students with the opportunity to converse with potential employers from all over the country.

But wait: didn’t we just have a job fair?

Yes, we did just have the student Job Fair, but this is very different from the Career Fair. While the Job Fair is focused on giving students a chance to apply for on-campus jobs through Johns Hopkins University, the Career Fair gives students the chance to make connections that could provide them with summer internships, full-time jobs after graduation, and other working opportunities during the school year. Curious about who these 130+ employers are? Here are a few to wet your appetite:

  • ESPN
  • Defense Intelligence Agency
  • eBay
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Microsoft
  • Teach for America

Attending the Career Fair can help you make connections, but only if you present yourself well to employers. So do you have to figure this out on your own? Of course not! Fortunately, the JHU Career Center has handily compiled a simple guide on how to prepare for the fair. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Bring a current resume.
  • Wear nice clothing. No ripped jeans or t-shirts.
  • Do your research and locate the employers you wish to visit prior to arriving at the fair. This will save you time searching for your employers’ tables.
  • Be sure to mention your name, major, expected graduation date, and reasons for being interested in a particular field to employers.

A LinkedIn profile is a good way to present yourself to potential employers.

Having an active, clean social media presence is also crucial to employment success. According to an article by Forbes contributor Dan Schawbel, a solid online presence is much more important than a neat resume. You should create a Twitter account and update it; you should make sure there is no profanity or distasteful content on your Facebook page. Make a LinkedIn profile. If you put yourself on the Internet, employers can find you, and you want them to like what they see.

If you want to make strides with your career, then make sure you attend the Fall 2012 Career Fair in the Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center on Thursday, September 20th, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Get prepared and get hired!

For a full list of career fair employees, click here. If you have questions about the fair, leave them a comment or call the Career Center at 410 516-8056.

– Dave

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