Students and alumni will have the opportunity to meet and interview with local and national companies during the Career expo Wednesday, Sept. 16.
Career expo brings 185 recruiters to campus this week
While job hunting is still a difficult task, Career Services is trying to make it as easy as possible for students and alumni. On Wednesday, Sept. 16, Career Services is hosting the Career Expo in the Maddox Field House.
The Career Expo has been named “LSU’s largest recruiting event,” bringing recruiters from more than 185 organizations and graduate and professional schools this fall.
“Recruiters consistently visit LSU to participate in the Career Expo because of the caliber of students and the wide variety of fields of study that the university offers,” said Sara Crow, assistant director for communications for Career Services.
The Career Expo brings local and national employers together, giving students and alumni a chance to gather information, present resumes and even interview for available jobs. Students graduating in the upcoming semesters are encouraged to participate, as are students who have just entered the university.
According to the Career Services Web site, students who are not graduating for two or more years still benefit from the expo by asking questions about specific companies and finding out about fields a student may be considering.
“Gathering information about organizations and opportunities and connecting with recruiters is the first step in an active job search,” said Jesse Downs, assistant director of job search for career services.
In what Downs calls a “slow economy,” events such as the Career Expo are even more important for students.
Participants are urged to dress professionally and arrive at the expo prepared to provide a resume and answer questions of a potential employer.
“Be prepared,” Downs said. “Reflect on your skills, values, interests and career goals. Present a polished image, in person and on paper.”
Downs also recommends participants to be open about companies they speak to—the more, the better.
“Actively seek out information and advice from recruiters you speak with,” Downs said. “Be open to connecting with a variety of companies; you never know what might present itself.”
Some of this year’s recruiters include Ernst & Young, State Farm Insurance, American Airlines and Target stores. Employers are looking for a range of talent, from part-time positions and internships to full-time experienced workers and volunteer openings.
“The number one thing that our recruiters are looking for in candidates is direct related experience,” Downs said. “Recruiters are always impressed by those students that are interested and engaged.”
Suzanne Shirley, an employee for Halliburton, said students stand out if they already know a few things about the company they are interested in.
“We look for students who know something about us and what we do,” Shirley said. “It always helps if the person is a good conversationalist who has done his or her homework and asks company industry-related questions.”
Aside from employment recruiters, this year’s expo will also include graduate and professional schools from across the United States. In the past, Career Services hosted a separate Graduate and Professional School Fair but has decided to make them a combined event.
According to Crow, nearly 20 percent of LSU graduates seek post-baccalaureate education soon after graduation. Crow said combining the expo is an easy way to reach everyone.
“We are a large university with ambitious students,” Crow said. “Our students have the qualities recruiters look for in potential employees, and the Career Expo is an opportunity to connect with them on a large scale.”
The Career Expo will be held in the Maddox Field House from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 16. Additional information is available at www.lsu.edu/career.
Holly Ann Phillips | Editor | Office of Communications & University Relations