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CLDC hosting free workshops Sept. 14-17 in advance of Career, Internship Fair

Ohio University’s Career and Leadership Development Center (CLDC) is getting ready for its bi-annual Career and Internship Fair and will be offering Bobcats a week of workshops and events designed to equip them with the skills and techniques needed to succeed in the professional world.

The Fall Career and Internship Fair is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, and Wednesday, Sept. 23, in Baker University Center. The CLDC’s “Prepare for the Fair” events will be held Sept. 14- 17 at various locations in Baker University Center. Ohio University students as well as alumni are welcome to attend these events at no cost.

Students who have participated in “Prepare for the Fair” workshops in the past will see many new events this semester, including free headshots to add a professional look to any LinkedIn account or online portfolio.

“Many of the ‘Prepare for the Fair’ events are new this year,” explained Erika Peyton, assistant director for employer relations and marketing at the CLDC. “Three of the workshops offered come from the Career and Leadership Development Center’s newest leadership program — the Professional Leadership Certificate. This means that students who attend all three workshops during ‘Prepare for the Fair’ will be well on their way to earning the full certificate.”

While students aren’t required to participate in the “Prepare for the Fair” workshops and events in order to attend the Career and Internship Fair, there are advantages of attending as many as possible.

“Put simply, students who attend ‘Prepare for the Fair’ workshops and events will be more successful at the Career and Internship Fair,” Peyton said. “They will have learned expectations for professional attire, how to develop a resume and communicate effectively in an interview, and how to sell themselves while networking.”

The CLDC will host the following events as part of “Prepare for the Fair”:

Monday, Sept. 14

Dress for Success – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Baker University Center 366; learn ways to acquire professional attire on a budget. Sponsored by Kohl’s Department Stores and offering more than $300 in giveaways!

Tuesday, Sept. 15

Hunting and Gathering: Job Search and Interviewing – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Baker University Center 366; explore resources to create a plan for a successful job/internship search and receive tips on how to be prepared before, during and after an interview.

Wednesday, Sept. 16

Bragging Rights: Creating the Perfect Resume and Cover Letter – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Baker University Center 366; sharpen resume and cover letter knowledge during this interactive workshop.

Thursday, Sept. 17

Mock Interview Day – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Baker University Center 507; practice interviewing skills with corporate recruiters during a 30-minute mock interview; professional attire and registration required; register through Bobcat CareerLink at https://ohio-csm.symplicity.com/students/.

Professional Headshots – 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Baker University Center 507; boost your online professional presence with a free headshot.

Who Are You and Why Should I Care? Leadership Branding for Networking Success – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Baker University Center 366; develop an elevator pitch and explore how to utilize LinkedIn and informational interviews for networking success.

The CLDC will also offer a workshop following the Career and Internship Fair to help students prepare for future interactions with potential employers. The “Start Smart: Salary Negotiation” workshop will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, in Baker University Center 503. 

For more information about these events as well as the Fall Career and Internship Fair, visit https://www.ohio.edu/careerandleadership/.