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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Career Development Center

Career & Internship Expo - Student Information

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/cdc/expo/

Employers: Click here for more information

 

ATTENTION STUDENTS & ALUMNI:

While each day of the Expo is "split up" per the attending organization's primary focus, we strongly encourage ALL students and alumni to attend both days of the Expo as the majority of employers typically have a number of different employment needs throughout their organization, and are interested in potential candidates from a variety of backgrounds and majors. To be prepared to interact with employers, we encourage students and alumni to look over the list of all attending employers, including organization overviews, prior to attending the Expo.

CSU Ballroom:

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - Business, Communications, Human Services
9:30am - 2:30pm

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - Science, Engineering & Technology, Healthcare
9:30am - 2:30pm

 

Students - why should you attend?

 There are several benefits to attending the Career & Internship Expo. You can:

  • Explore positions and career fields you could pursue with your major.
  • Increase your chances of interviewing with an employer.
  • Receive useful job search advice from seasoned company recruiters.
  • Start or further develop your network of contacts!
  • New event additions!

How to prepare:

If you are attending the Career & Internship Expo you should prepare as you would for an interview. Be prepared; view the information below to see what to do in preparation for the Expo.

 CDC Quick Stop:

Stop by the CDC for a 10 minute session on career & job search questions, resume help, interview tips and more. Quick Stop is held in the CDC, WA209 during the academic year.

 Research Organizations:

By doing some research in advance, you can identify the organizations you are interested in and be better prepared to speak with the representatives at the event.

 Review your profile in MavJobs:

Your name tag at the event will print based on the information in MavJobs! If your class year and major are incorrect, double-check with the Registrar's office to make any needed corrections.

 


Career Fair Success

 

Before the Expo

Have 30 Second “sales pitch” prepared include the following:
  • Name
  • Major
  • Class Year/Expected graduation date
  • Career interest
  • Past work experience


Your INFOmercial

Be prepared for questions the employers may ask of you.
  • Tell me about yourself?
  • Why do you think you will be successful in this field?
  • Why are you interested in our organization?
  • What do you hope to gain from an internship with our organization?


7 Tips for Researching Companies

 

Have a list of questions to ask the employers.
  • What characteristics does a successful employee have at your company?
  • What are some of the typical duties an intern would have?
  • What is the next step in the hiring process?
View online resources about interviewing
Review your mavjobs.com account and be sure your most updated resume is uploaded.

The Day of the Expo

Dress professionally
  • It is ALWAYS better to be overdressed than underdressed
  • Looking professional supports your claim that you are ready to BE a professional!
  • Wearing a suit is appropriate, and by many employers, expected. NO casual wear (i.e. jeans, tennis shoes, flip flops, shorts, hats, tank tops, t-shirts, back packs). Employers made many comments last year about students being underdressed… In a VERY tight economy, you need to do everything you can to make a positive first impression!
  • Men – if you do not own a suit, dress pants and a shirt and tie are acceptable. Khakis and a polo shirt are the minimum!
  • Women – if you do not own a suit, dress pants or a skirt with a blazer is encouraged, but a button down blouse or sweater can be worn
  • Make sure hair is well groomed and neat.
  • Remove any piercings and cover visible tattoos.
  • There will be a FREE coat/bag check so you will not have to drag your coats or back packs through the Expo.


Interview Dress for Men


Interview Dress for Women

 

Have MANY copies of your resume (20-40).

Although some employer representatives will only accept resumes online for electronic tracking, last year 92% of the evaluations stated that employers accept hard-copy resumes at the event. So you NEED to bring multiple copies with you!

 


Stand Out Resumes

Attend the Be An Expo Rock Star session: 9:00am-9:30am Wednesday AND Thursday, CSU 253
  • Learn what employers look for at Expo
  • Find out how YOU can stand out from the competition!
  • Ask questions of an experienced recruiter!
Stop in the Green Room to make sure you are ready for your Expo performance
  • Have a FREE professional photo taken!  You will receive an electronic copy to use for LinkedIn and other professional social media sites.
  • Do a final wardrobe check
  • Review employers attending the Expo
  • Practice your handshake
  • Ask questions of CDC and MSU staff and faculty
  • Get information on scholarships, fellowships and more!
Be aware of your behavior.
  • Smile
  • Have a firm handshake
  • Make eye contact
  • Positive attitude
  • ENERGY!!!!
  • Approach employers independently – do not walk around with your friends


First Impressions

Have a plan of action - Who do you want to see and why?
Keep your options open - Limiting yourself to certain employers may lead to missing out on excellent opportunities.
Additional items to bring:
  • Pad of paper to make notes on employers
  • Printed copies of your research
  • A folder, portfolio, or briefcase to carry your items
5 Things to take away from the Career and Internship Expo
  • Business cards from the recruiters you have met.
  • Notes about contacts you made
  • Information about organization
  • A better sense of your career options
  • Self-confidence in interacting with employer representatives

After the Expo

Send thank you notes to each employer representative with whom you conversed and would like to follow-up with.
Write to any prospective employers you are still interested in.

 


Follow Up With The Employer

Debrief yourself
  • Analyze what you learned from this experience.
  • What did you do well?
  • What would you do differently?