NMU hosted 53rd annual job fair with new online format


JOB FAIR – This year, for the 53 annual NMU Career Services Job Fair, participants met employers virtually. The event occurred Wednesday, Oct. 21 Photo courtesy of NMU Career Services.

Alexis Stalker

The NMU annual fall semester job fair was Wednesday, Oct. 21. This was the 53rd year the event took place and, unsurprisingly, it had a new format. This year, it was a virtual fair. It was open and free to students of all academic statuses as well as alumni. 

The job fair is a way for NMU students to start networking and meet with employers to gain information about possible career opportunities. Anything from just an internship to full-time employment. 

“It’s a ready-made, authentic experience. If you want to become skilled at talking to employers and networking,” said Katie Korpi, NMU Director of Career Services. 

This year there were 57 employers in attendance. They included the Michigan Department of Corrections, the Marine Corps, WLUC-TV6, Metro Health University of Michigan and Auto-Owners Insurance Co. 

 “Employers are embracing this new world of recruitment and have really stepped up to learn the nuances of virtual platforms,” says Korpi. Registration was on Handshake, a verified job search hub, which can be found under the Student Services tab in MyNMU. Students had to register to attend and were able to sign up for the group and individual sessions with employers. 

Participants had to make sure their Handshake account information and resume is updated and current, said Korpi. She suggested doing some research on attending employers. Even though the fair took place online, dressing for success was important. Thinking about your background, trying to avoid spontaneous interruptions from roommates or pets, and getting good lighting. Having a stable internet connection and a pen and paper on hand is important too, recommended Korpi. 

 “Career Services is here for students and alums. We can offer support in preparing for the fair and other career and professional development. Just give us a call and make an appointment. We are happy to help!” Korpi says. For more information visit https://www.nmu.edu/careerservices/fall-job-fair or contact career services at [email protected] More resources, such as a full list of employers who attended can be found in Handshake.