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Career Fair 2009

Dustin Tatum talks to Kentaro Endo, from Keyence Cooperation of America (left).

Lady at the Career Fair 2009

Jessica Ryan talks to Jessica McMillen from NetJets, in Columbus, Ohio.

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Making the most of the Winter Quarter Career and Internship Fair

The Internet has become a common way to search for employment, but sometimes a more effective way to conduct a job search is also the more conventional way.

Career Services is offering that opportunity to students with the Winter Quarter Career and Internship Fair.

The Winter Quarter Career and Internship Fair will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 1 in the Baker Center Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is open to students and alumni and will be the largest Winter Career Fair yet, with 86 confirmed employers expected to attend.

“In this market students are getting jobs through their networking, their professionalism and finding ways to touch bases with employers,” said Erin Nunn, interim assistant director at the Office of Career Services. “The career fair is a great way to do that.”

According to Nunn, companies attend career fairs for two main reasons: to recruit for an actual position and to build relationships with students for future networking opportunities. In addition, they expect students to come prepared.

“The biggest feedback that we got from employers last year was that students did not do their research on those companies,” said Nunn. “You can’t tell an employer why you’d be great for their company if you don’t know anything about their company.”

The list of employers who will attend the Winter Career Fair can be found by logging onto CareerLink, but this is only one of the important things students should do to get ready. Job seekers should polish their résumés, plan to wear a suit, and practice typical interview questions.

Career Services also has resources to help students prepare, including walk-in hours for resume feedback and guides on their site, including professional dress and proper career fair etiquette sheets.

“It should be a motivator for students that the numbers of companies in attendance each year is growing,” said Nunn. “Because if they’re coming, that’s because they want to hire Ohio University students. “

Dressing Appropriately for the Career Fair:

  • Men should wear a solid-colored suit with a conservative looking dress shirt and tie. Polished dressed shoes only should be worn and hair should be clean. Any facial hair should be well groomed and strong cologne should not be worn.

  • Women should wear neutral colors and should always wear hose, no matter the weather or temperature. Shoes should have a closed toe and boots should be avoided. Hair should be clean and long hair should be tied back. Avoid excessive make-up, limit accessories worn, and avoid strong perfumes.