It’s that time of the year to start searching for careers or internships. Whether you are a freshman wanting inspiration for what kind of jobs are out there or a senior in need of a job or internship after graduation, a career fair can be very beneficial. A career fair is a place to network and meet potential employers as well as find jobs or internships for now or in the future. Here are some reasons why career fairs are a great strategy when exploring careers or looking for jobs and internships:
- Meet companies that are serious about hiring GC students for jobs and internships.
Employers that come to career fairs want to be there. They love GC students and pay to attend the event so they can find potential employees now or for the future. Hiring organizations come back year after year to Georgia College because they want to meet you. This is a big deal, so make sure that you are prepared before you go. Research what organizations are attending and know exactly what you’ll say when you approach an employer at the fair.
- Make a personal connection with a recruiter before and/or after applying for a job.
Instead of just applying for a job online and communicating with a potential employer virtually, meet them face-to-face. Connect with recruiters who want to meet GC students and tell them what you have to offer. They want to get to know you and understand why you would be a great asset to them.
- Expand your network of contacts and potential interview opportunities.
Did you know that 80% of jobs are not advertised online? In order to find these hidden opportunities, you will need to have professional contacts and continually connect with people. This is true when it comes to a career fair as you will be meeting recruiters who will be helpful to you during your job or internship search. A career fair is great way to network and meet many employers who are at the same time looking to hire a GC student. You want to impress the employers that attend, especially because the same ones often come back every year. The more an employer sees you at a career fair and gets to know you, the more likely they will want to hire you because of your interest in their organization.
- If you’re a freshman or sophomore, career fairs are a great place to learn about potential career opportunities.
Many underclassman are turned off to career fairs. They think “it’s not for me” or “I’m not old enough”. But that’s not true. A career fair can be for GC students of all ages and majors. It’s great to start exploring possible career and internship options early. This means that if you attend career fairs early in your college career, you have an opportunity to get ahead of competition. You can connect and build stronger networking relationships with recruiters, perfect your ability to navigate a career fair, and discover possible employment choices that might await you in the future.
The Career Center hosts 10+ career fairs every year. Georgia College’s largest campus career fair for the year, the Spring Career & Internship Expo, is coming up on March 8th. The Spring Career & Internship Expo will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Magnolia Ballroom. Open to GC students and alumni, 50+ employers will be in attendance recruiting for full-time and part-time jobs, internships, and summer opportunities. In addition, students and alumni can pre-register to schedule campus interviews with recruiters occurring later that afternoon in Magnolia Ballroom. Job candidates should have a professional resume that has been reviewed by a career advisor. Career fair participants should also be dressed in professional business attire. Don’t forget to take advantage of the SGA-hosted photo booth to get your free head shot!
Career fair participants can research attending employers with the campus job and internship search tool, Career Connection, at www.gcsu.edu/career.