MU Career Services hosts Spring Career Expo, dinner
HUNTINGTON -- The Marshall University Career Services Center will conduct its annual Spring Career Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris.
Taking place once a semester, the Career Expo gives students an opportunity to hunt for a future career, part-time job or summer internship. This year's Spring Career Expo will feature 86 different employers as well as Marshall University Human Resources. Guests can also learn about expanding their career path through graduate school opportunities.
"For juniors and seniors this is a must-come event," said Denise Hogsett, director of the Career Services Center. "They need to set a time to come in to explore opportunities they have and those they haven't thought about before. We also recommend that they write thank-you notes to the contacts that they have made. We recommend that students go to our website ahead of time and look at the list of who is going to be there and do a little research on who they might want to talk with. It can be a little overwhelming to go into a room of 80-plus employers and spend your time wisely. We currently have so many different employers that we are having an overflow. We will have additional employers in the lobby of the student center."
The event is free and open to the general public as well as Marshall Students and alumni. Guests are invited to come dressed in business attire and bring contact information such as sample resumes and/or business cards.
"We have been doing this for a long time," Hogsett said. "The months leading to the career expo are basically us building relationships with our employers and fostering their relationship with the university. We provide them an excellent tool to build their pool of applicants through. We start planning the day after our career fair for the next semester. We have already set date for our fall semester career fair."
In the days leading to the expo students may want to drop in at the Career Services Center located on 1681 5th Ave., for resume tips and interview advice.
"We always recommend that you project the image that you're applying for a position a little bit higher than what you want," she said. "We recommend business attire or at least business casual. Even if you're coming from a class you should try to dress that day because you're putting your best foot forward, and first impressions are sometimes lasting. Students should think about promoting and branding themselves to employers for the future. Students can stop by here and get their resumes reviewed, get them uploaded online and reviewed, or have them printed on resume paper."
Employers represented at the fair will include regional and national companies. These will include CSX, Toyota, Innovative Mattress and Sheetz.
The Career Service Center will also be hosting an etiquette dinner on April 9 hosted by Terri Thompson. The dinner will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in room BE5 of the Memorial Student Center. The dinner will teach students how to dress and conduct themselves for a formal dinner in a business environment. Because seating is limited students are asked to make a reservation ahead of time and pay a $5 deposit fee. All reservations must be made by April 7.
There will be a special career expo for veterans on April 23. The "Vets Only" fair is a partnership between Marshall University, Mountainwest Community & Technical College, and the Veterans Administration Regional Office.
For more information and to register for the Etiquette Dinner, visit Career Services Center or call them at 304-696-2370. For a schedule of upcoming events and other resources visit www.marshall.edu/career-services/ .
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