It’s never too late to start planning for your future. That’s why the Career Development Center at Mercyhurst University encourages students — even freshmen — to attend its annual career fair on Thursday, March 21, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Mercyhurst Athletic Center.
The event is open to college students from Erie and the surrounding area. It is expected that anywhere from 75-100 regional employers will attend in hopes of filling internships, summer jobs and entry-level positions for their companies.
“The career fair is a really great opportunity for our students, not just seniors, but for freshmen on up to see what opportunities will be available for them in a few years,” said Kyle Foust, director of the Career Development Center. “Maybe more importantly, if students start attending the fair as freshmen, they will understand what a job fair is all about, and they get to start interacting with potential employers and establishing crucial relationships that could benefit them down the road.”
For seniors looking to secure a job after graduation, attending the career fair may make all the difference. According to Foust, making a personal connection with a company representative can be the key to landing an interview or even a job offer.
“It’s not too late for seniors to job hunt,” said Foust. “There are several companies still looking to fill their staff. You may not get your dream position right away, but you can still get a position that gives you experience that can help you land your dream position.”
The fair hosts employers from various fields — from business to manufacturing to healthcare. For the first time, education majors can also benefit from the career fair. Representatives from the Erie School District will talk to students about potential teaching positions.
Registration for the career fair will take place at the door. Mercyhurst students can register by bringing their university I.D. to the event. Students are encouraged to come early. Mercyhurst students who complete the post-fair survey from the Career Development Center will be automatically entered for the chance to win a $50 VISA gift card.
For more information, contact the Career Development Center at 814-824-2426.
Tips to Prepare for the Career Fair:
— Check the list of attending employers before attending the fair. You can view the list here.
— Interested in a company? Make sure you visit the company’s website and do your research. Making a good impression with a company you are interested in will help you stand out.
— Bring plenty of resumes that you can give to companies that interest you. Mercyhurst students may print up to 20 resumes in the DocuCenter, located in the basement of Old Main, free-of-charge (courtesy of the Career Development Center.)
— Double check that your resume is up-to-date and error-free. You can also bring your resume to the Career Development Center, located on the first floor in Egan Hall, for a staff member to give you resume tips and feedback.
— Dress professionally, especially if you are a senior and are looking for an entry-level position. For tips on how to dress appropriately, read our Dress for Success story.
— If the first company you want to speak to has a line, move on to the next. Don’t get discouraged; you can always visit that table later.