Job fair provides preview to professionalism

By Farah Bassyouni Sep 30, 2022

On Monday, October 3, the Hart Career Center is hosting the IWU Fall Internship and Job Fair at Shirk Center for 4-7pm. Students will have a chance to connect with employers to explore career, internship and volunteer opportunities. 

Some of the most well-known employers at the event include Blue Cross Blue Shield, CNA Insurance, Country Financial, Fifth Third Bank, MoLo Solutions, State Farm and The Immigration Project. These are just a few among a list of over 90 employers attending the event. The employers attending the event are located in a variety of cities across the Midwest. Loyola University will also be there for anyone who’s interested in pursuing an M.S. or MLS. 

Hart Career Center encourages students to bring copies of their resumes to hand to their employers. They also advise students to research any employers that they plan on visiting so they will be prepared to ask or answer any questions.

The Career Center recommends students prepare a short presentation about themselves to share with employers they meet. 

Students should dress and act professionally for the event to leave a good impression on any employers that they interact with. Even if none of the employers attending the event interest you, it’s a good idea to get more practice talking in a professional manner at this type of event.

Tackling professionalism as a college student can be difficult. Researching some tips and tricks before could help make conversation flow easier. Half of professionalism is looking the part, it is crucial to wear proper business attire. 

Sophomore Liam Killian is excited to attend the career fair. “If they have something for me, and I’m not there, I’d feel like a fool if I missed it,” Killian said.

Junior Jayden Erie also plans to be at the job fair. “I’m attending the job fair because I’d like to get a sense of what professional opportunities are available to me in the area,” Erie said.

Remember to send a thank you letter to any employers that you speak with at the job fair to leave a lasting impression. 

If you are unable to attend the career fair it is never too late to stop by The Hart Career Center. Students can schedule appointments for help with resumes, LinkedIn profiles, graduate school and specific appointments for first year students. The Career Center is a great resource for students and they make scheduling an appointment easy by using Handshake. 

To find out more information about The Hart Career Center or the career fair, students should check out Handshake.com. 

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