By Lauren Bee
It's the day of the career fair -- you've got everything done right. You're wearing your best suit and you have copies of your resume. You're registered and ready to talk with employers. But which side do you put your nametag on?
Leslie Kingsley, graduate assistant for employer relations with the Office of Career Services, asked a group of students this very question during a recent career fair etiquette presentation. And the answer?
"Your right side," Kingsley said, "So when you shake a recruiter's hand they can read your name."
Career Services will hold the annual Fall Career and Internship Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6, in the Baker University Center Ballroom. Representatives from AT&T, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and the Ohio Department of Transportation are only a few of the 73 employers participating.
Kristine Hoke, assistant director of career services, said that the career fair is a great way for students to promote themselves as candidates for jobs and internships. It's important that first and second year students come to the fair to begin to feel more comfortable with job searching and to know what kind of jobs are out there, she said.
Hoke said that Career Services has received positive feedback from employers for previous career fairs, as well as good feedback about the attending candidates. She also noted that a lot of alumni return to the fair in order to recruit current OHIO students.
"Juniors and seniors have plenty of opportunity for full time [jobs] and internships," Hoke said. "It's a good opportunity to connect with employers here on campus."
Kingsley agreed, saying the career fair is not just for juniors and seniors, and that it is equally important for first- and second-year students to participate as well.
"It's about networking, 100 percent," she said. "Students say, 'I don't need to go,' but it's an excellent opportunity to meet employers, especially in this market."
Career Services offers a number of services to students, including presentations such as "Resume Blitz" and "Career Fair or Bust," and mock interviews. If a student wishes to have his or her resume critiqued, Career Services offers walk-in office hours. The office is located in Baker University Center 533.