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The career fairs give Clemson students the opportunity to interact with representatives from over 200 companies and organizations over the course of two days. What are you waiting for? Update your resume at a Resume Blitz, learn how to impress at an Inside Edition workshop and attend the career fairs!
THE CAREER FAIR: WHO'S COMING?
Typical attendees may include, but are not limited to, the following areas & majors:
|Agriculture||Construction Science Management|
|Life Sciences||Graphics Communication|
|Computing||Public Health Science|
|Communication Studies||Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management|
Date: January 27 and 28
Time: 12 to 5 pm
Location: Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson University
Grad Images will be available to take your professional headshot. This is a fantastic opportunity to get a professional picture you can use in your job searches and career advancement. The photo is free of charge, ordering picture packages will have a fee.
GUIDE TO PREPARING YOU FOR A SUCCESSFUL FAIR
Make sure to do you research prior to the fair. You can find a listing of all companies here. Make a list of your top 10 companies you hope to visit at the fair. Research those companies plus 10 more. Research company history, what positions they have open, what skills they are looking for, do they have full-time, part-time or internships available, what majors they are targeting and more. Also, be prepared to tell them why you are interested in their company. Your preparation is what will make you stand out from the crowd!
ATTEND AN INSIDE EDITION WORKSHOP
The Michelin Career Center will be hosting “Inside Edition Workshops” which gives students a brief overview of how to prepare, what to expect and the logistics of the fair. Employer representatives will be participating in the workshops to give you professional tips. Students will be able to interact with employers asking them questions and learn the latest dos and don’ts in a more relaxed and personal setting.
Inside Edition Workshops will be held in the Center for Career and Professional Development, 316 Hendrix Student Center on the following dates and times:
Thursday, January 15th 5:30 pm
Tuesday, January 20th 6:00 pm
Wednesday, January 21st 4:00 pm
Thursday, January 22nd 5:30 pm
Monday, January 26th 5:30 pm
ATTEND THE RESUME BLITZ – Have your resume reviewed by career center staff and select employers. See Step 2 for more information.
PREPARE A 30 SECOND COMMERCIAL ABOUT YOURSELF
This is your quick introduction to the employer. State who you are, your major, the job you are interested in and what you can bring to their company. This needs to be prepared and PRACTICED.
Stop by the Michelin Career Center - Resource Center and have your resume reviewed
Bring your resume and have counselors and visiting employers review your resume and offer insight into how your resume can best represent what you have to offer.
AT THE FAIR, be sure to bring a minimum of 15-20 copies of your resume. For the career fair, you should use regular not high quality paper for your resume. There will not be printing services at Littlejohn.
This is your first impression!!! Dress professionally. Wear the same attire you would for an interview.
LADIES make sure dresses and skirts are not too short, right above the knee is perfect. Keep jewelry simple and do not wear perfume. Keep your hair from covering your nametag.
MEN if you don’t have a dark suit, dress pants and a button down shirt with a tie is appropriate.
Employers comment every year that some students are not dressed appropriately. DO NOT BE THAT STUDENT. You do not want to be remembered for the wrong reason.
If you can go without a backpack, please do so. There will be a backpack drop off area located behind registration. The Center for Career and Professional Development cannot be responsible for any stolen valuables.
Be confident and prepared. Shake hands, look the employer in the eye and fire off your 30-second commercial telling them about yourself and why you are interested in their particular company. Don’t cover your nametag with your folders, hair, etc., smile and be yourself! Do not be afraid to ask questions. Be sure your cell phone is on vibrate.
Ask recruiters how they would like you to follow up. Be sure to do what the recruiter asks you to do. In other words, follow their instructions!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I am not a Clemson University student. Can I still attend the fair?
Yes, we invite the general public and students from other universities to attend our career fairs. However, only Clemson students are permitted to participate in any on-campus or after fair interviews.
What does a “networking event” mean?
A networking event is one that allows students and company representatives to meet. Students gain a better understanding of what companies are looking for and companies are able to see students interested in their company. Students are not guaranteed a job interview from the fair, but students will gain valuable contacts.
How do we know that companies have available positions?
Research companies attending the fair on ClemsonJoblink. Remember that this is a networking event. You may not walk away with an interview or a job, but you will walk away with a better understanding of what companies are looking for and valuable contacts at companies where you are interested in applying.
How can I make myself standout from other Clemson students?
Companies often tell us it is the students who have done their research, come prepared and are dressed appropriately that make the most lasting impressions. Be prepared - We can’t say it enough! Research and have an understanding of what companies do. Have a basic understand of company values and be able to explain why you will make an ideal employee.
I’m interested in working outside of the Southeast, how do I find companies from other regions?
A lot of the companies represented at the Career Fair send representatives from offices that are closer to Clemson. Many companies have offices located throughout the United States. This is a great question to research on the company’s website!
I can’t find many companies seeking my major?
Consider your skill set, jobs, internships, co-ops and the courses you have taken. Do not sell yourself short! Go up to the recruiter and let them know even though your major was not listed you have a lot to offer. Give concrete examples.
Why do employers tell me I have to apply online and send me to their website? What’s the point of the fair?
Many companies will ask you to go to their website or apply online as a formality and to get you into the official system. DO NOT however lessen the value of that face-to-face contact! Employers are taking notes and making assessments.
How is the coliseum set up?
All of the technical industries will be to the right of registration and all of the non-technical industries will be to the left.
Can I print my resume?
You should print your resume in advance of attending the Fair. We will not have printers available for students.
Will there be refreshments?
A POD food and beverage vendor will be located directly outside of the main entrance.
Can I come for just the last hour of the fair?
Don’t wait! Many employers will start packing up to get on the road. The early bird catches the worm.