Recruiter: 25 Percent of Positions Filled at Career Fairs
Recruiter: 25 Percent of Positions Filled at Career Fairs

By John A. Lahtinen
Communications and Public Affairs Writer/Editor

Susan Lewandowski, chief recruiting officer at Northwestern Mutual in Westport, says career fairs present a great opportunity to meet local students. In fact, she said about 25 percent of the company’s positions get filled by students interviewed at these events.

Lewandowski says appearance definitely counts and offers some advice for students.

“Dress professionally, shake hands firmly and be prepared to answer a few questions,” she said. “Make sure your resume is professionally prepared, and email a thank you.”

The spring Job and Internship Fair will take place on Friday, March 1.

Students should keep these tips in mind when they interact with representatives from the more than 30 companies and organizations that will be on campus on Friday, March 1, for the spring Job and Internship Fair hosted by the Career Development Center. The event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge in Bartels Hall. Check out the full list of companies.

The CDC hosts two career fairs each year, in the fall and in the spring. More than 350 students attended the event in the fall. Leading up to the fair, the CDC is a great place to get assistance preparing a resume, developing questions for potential employers and researching employers. In addition, students can also find tips (PDF) on how best to present themselves. A workshop to help students prepare for the fair will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 12:30 p.m. in the Bartels Student Activity Center. Additionally, walk-in hours at the CDC take place each weekday from 2 to 4 p.m.

According to Matt Caporale, executive director of career development, students should prepare for a career fair by researching the attending companies so they are knowledgeable in their conversations with employers.

“Career fairs are helpful to students,” Caporale said. “They allow for face-to-face conversations with employers to discuss the company culture, the student’s qualifications, available opportunities and whether there is potential for a mutual fit. One of the most difficult and frustrating aspects of job searching is the inability to talk to someone directly with a company. Career fairs are chances to do just that.”

New Jersey native Thomas Zaborowski ’14, a criminal justice major minoring in Russian, has attended several career fairs, including one last semester.

He said he was surprised by the number of the employers at the fair, as well as the diversity of career paths they covered.

“There was a good amount of criminal justice-related employers and police interning agencies present,” he said. “There was a good mix of other groups there too—medical groups, financial groups, graduate schools, translation agencies, engineering groups, federal agencies. It was a really nice surprise.”

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