In our highly digitized world, where the majority of communication happens via phone screen, face to face interactions make an impression. Whether you’re a senior looking for employment right now, or a freshman hoping to practice communicating with future employers, it is a good idea to attend the winter semester job fair on Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m. in the university center, said Katie Korpi, assistant director of Career Services.
“This is a good opportunity for anyone if you’re just looking for a job eventually, or within the next year or so,” said Korpi. “Networking can lead to summer positions or internships, so it’s beneficial for students to build relationships with potential employers early.”
There are 64 employers registered to attend the event, with a good showing from health care and law enforcement employers, but a selection of others as well, such as the YMCA or the Mining Journal, Korpi said. She added this job fair is mainly for full-time employment and features employers from the U.P. as well as surrounding areas such as Green Bay.
As for tips for attendees, Korpi said to bring a set of resumes— personalized ones for each individual employer if possible, have note paper to write down names of employers you talked to then send a thank you note afterwards thanking them for their time and come only carrying what you need— hang up extra coats and backpacks so you’re not bogged down with things while mingling at the event and dress as if you were going to a job interview, Korpi said.
“It is important to look the part,” she said. “Don’t feel too nervous, keep your head up and be prepared to go up to employers and introduce yourself.”
Korpi also recommended students have their elevator pitch prepared, which is a succinct presentation on your background and skills.
A full list of employers can be found by logging in to Handshake, the replacement for Cat Career Tracks, found under the student services tab. Review the list prior to the event and make a plan of which employers they would like to meet with, Korpi said.
This event is valuable to all students and is great practice for entering the professional world after graduation, Korpi said.
“Come check it out.”