Spring Job & Internship Fair - Student Information
Spring Job & Internship Fair
Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Renaissance Coliseum
Open to all majors and students who are seeking internships and/or full-time positions. The Spring Job & Internship Fair typically attracts 150+ employers from a variety of industries and regions. Beginning in January, please visit the “Fairs & Events” menu tab in Bradley netWORK to view the most recent list of registered employers.
If you need special accommodation(s) to attend this event, contact Joe Battelline in the Smith Career Center (309-677- 2510). Please allow sufficient time to arrange for the accommodation.
- Plan to attend job search-related workshops offered by the Smith Career Center
- Prepare resume and select appropriate interview attire.
Attire for Women
- Quintessential Careers articles - "What Should Women Wear to a Job Interview?"
- Sample Suits
- Adam Glassman's Perfect Interview Attire (video from Oprah)
Attire for Men
- Review List of Participating Employers and identify employers of interest. (Typically available in August)
- Visit web sites of your selected employers to review product/services, locations, and employment information.
- Log-in to Bradley netWORK to view job descriptions and potential interview schedules for selected employers.
- Prepare a "30-second" introduction of yourself.
30-second Introduction (First Impressions count!)Effectively introducing yourself at a job fair takes some practice. Your goal is to get the conversation started by providing basic information about your background, identifying your career interest, and sharing a "conversation starter" which demonstrates your knowledge and interest.
Look at Your INFOmercial (video) and Elevator Pitch Guide (infographic).Part 1: Your background (information about yourself to provide context for the conversation)
- Year in school
- Major (if it supports your career goal)
- Highlights of relevant experience (work, classes, leadership experiences)
- Type of job desired (intern or full-time)
- Knowledge of or connection to the organization
- I see from your web site that you are seeking summer interns, can you tell me more about the qualifications you are seeking?
- I am familiar with your organization because I have been a volunteer with you for three years. I am pleased to see that you have full-time openings. What is your application process for these positions?
- I have been following your organization through your social media feeds. Can you tell me more about _________________?
- Review the Job Fair Tips Information Guide for additional suggestions.
Day of the Event
- Bring your list of selected employers, a folder or portfolio with pen/paper, and multiple copies of your resume.
- Plan to spend at least 5 to 10 minutes talking with each of your selected employers.
- Ask each employer about appropriate application follow-up. Ask for a business card.
- Make notes about follow-up steps. Complete online applications and other follow-up activities within a few days of the event.
Sample Questions to Ask
- What key skills are you looking for in your candidates?
- What is the application process for this position?
- When do you hope to have these positions filled?
- When will you be selecting candidates to invite to an interview?
- If I am offered an interview, do you have any suggestions on how I should prepare?
- Once I submit an application, how should I follow up with you?
- How did you get started with this employer?
- Do you have any suggestions/advice on additional experience I should gather before making application?
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I attend?
How long should I plan for the event?
How many employers should I target?
What impresses employers?
What if I am nervous?
Can I visit an employer that does not list my major?
Does "any major" mean that the employer is desperate to hire just anybody?
Do I need to bring cover letters?
Is "apply on-line" just a brush off?
What if I can't find an employer?
- Blattner Energy, Inc.
- BorgWarner Inc.
- Deublin Company
- PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC)
- RLI Corporation
- State Farm Insurance
- United Insulated Structures Corp.