Career Fair

As seen in this photo from the 2009 fall career fair, job-seeking students and alumni are encouraged to dress professionally and bring copies of their resumes to share with potential employers.

Photographer: Octavio Jones

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Career Week gives students leg up on job search

Resume building, mock interviews and a career fair among featured events

The job market has never been more competitive for recent college graduates, but Career Services is hoping to give Ohio University students a head start on the competition. 

From Sept. 27 to Oct. 4, Career Services will sponsor Career Week, eight days devoted to career development among Bobcats. The workshops and programs are designed to prepare OHIO students to meet with future employers and give them tools to make the most of these interactions. The week culminates with the university's fall  career fair on Oct. 5.

“Career Week is a great opportunity for students to develop their career planning and job search skills,” said Tom Korvas, director of Career Services. “Students need to refine their ability to conduct a multi-faceted job search, and this is the week to do it.”

The week will include opportunities for resume building, financial planning and an interviewing essentials course.  The workshops will culminate with Mock Interview Day, which will allow students to refine interview skills.

“By participating in Mock Interview Day students will be able to practice their interviewing skills with actual employers,” said Kristine Hoke, assistant director of Career Services. “Employers want to network with students outside of the Career Fair, and Mock Interview Day provides a great one-on-one opportunity for this to take place.”

The Fall Career and Internship Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 5 in the Baker University Center Ballroom. Representatives from approximately 90 corporations are expected on campus and will be recruiting for full-time and internship positions, according to Korvas.

Students are encouraged to dress professionally and have student IDs and resumes on hand.

“The opportunity to receive this valuable interview feedback from an employer trained in human resources is wonderful,” says Hoke. “Students will be able to build relationships with employers they may be wishing to gain jobs or internships with.”

To see a list of the employers that will be at the Career Fair and the Mock Interview Day, students may sign in to CareerLink.

 Career Week workshops

Career Fair or Bust: 

Prepare for the Career Fair and learn how to interact with employers! Students can learn what happens before, during, and after career fairs.
StrengthsQuest™  Workshop: 

This workshop will include a brief overview of strengths and how they make you unique, strategies for using your strengths to find a satisfying career and tips for discussing your strengths in an interview. Participants will complete the Gallup StrengthsQuest™ assessment online prior to workshop. Cost is $15. Register online through the Career Services web site by Monday, September 27, 2010 by 5 p.m.
Résumé Blitz:

Stop by to have a Career Services professional critique your résumé before the Career Fair!
Financial Planning:

Learn about the basics of Financial Planning – how to get started, things to consider, and types of investments.  
Bobcat 2 Bobcat Panel:

Receive insight about life after college from your fellow graduates. Panels are a great opportunity to get questions answered related to careers, extracurricular experiences, and furthering your education.
Interviewing Essentials:

Interviews do not have to be nerve-racking! Learn how to prepare for an interview, dress appropriately, and answer potential questions.  
Mock Interview Day: 

An opportunity to practice your interview skills with employers and gain valuable feedback in preparation for future professional jobs and internships. Mock interviews will be 30 minutes in length. Students will have the option to choose which organization they would like to interview with.  Students may sign up through Bobcat CareerLink.

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