Career Fair Draws Employers and Employees-to-Be
Dell Inc., Wells Fargo Financial and the Federal Bureau of Investigation were among the more than 80 employers with representatives at the St. Edward’s annual Job and Internship Fair. About 300 students came to the Recreation and Convocation Center prepared with résumés, cover letters and plenty of questions.
“The fair’s an excellent networking opportunity,” says career counselor Emily Salazar. “It’s grown a lot from only four years ago, when we had 35 employers.”
The career planning office prepped students through workshops on résumé writing and business attire, a bit of advance work that left many of the employers with good impressions. A recruiter from the Austin American-Statesman wrote on an anonymous evaluation that the students “did their homework” and asked intelligent questions about internship and job opportunities. The students’ professionalism struck another recruiter from UT–Austin Police Department, who wrote, “It was nice to see students dressed up. It’s hard to find that these days.”
Before the event, students were able to research employers through the university’s new Hilltop Careers database (see story here), which allows students and alumni to quickly search job and internship possibilities. Since the end of last semester, about 2,000 employers have registered with the service, and 600 students have signed on since January.
“Students should start learning about the job market as soon as they can, even if they aren’t ready to look at specific career opportunities,” says Salazar. “They should also consider employers from various fields they may not even be considering, because many companies have need of a variety of skills outside the main focus of the business.”