Finding a match: Students, employers mingle at Career Fair Feb. 14

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Finding a match: Students, employers mingle at Career Fair Feb. 14

This Valentine’s Day, SMU’s Hegi Family Career Development Center will play matchmaker for students and businesses looking for commitments.

More than 100 employers will participate in the Hegi Career Center’s Spring 2013 Career and Internship Fair noon-4 p.m Thursday, Feb. 14, in Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Students can find a list of participating employers here.

Hegi Career Center counselors are available to help students make the most of their Career Fair experience. A few advance tips:

“As part of your research before the fair, check out your target employers on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Social media may provide you more information about the company culture and what it is like to work there.” – Guy Davis

“Dress in business casual clothing for the fair. Make eye contact and have a firm handshake when meeting employers for the first time. These are simple yet powerful ways to be remembered.” – Darin Ford

“After the fair, if you met with a company that has a strong presence on Twitter or Facebook, tweet or post on its page about how great it was to learn about the company and its opportunities, and mention something specific that you discussed. The company’s social media team will be impressed and might even tweet back!” – Allison Dupuis

“After the fair, make sure you follow up with employer representatives who provided you their contact information. Thank-you notes are always appreciated. Also, check the career center website to see whether the company will be hosting an information session that you can attend.” – Lisa Tran

> Visit the Hegi Family Career Development Center at smu.edu/career

February 12, 2013|Calendar Highlights, News|

Hegi Career Center offers tips for Fall 2012 Career and Internship Fair

More than 100 employers are participating in SMU’s Fall 2012 Career and Internship Fair. Janet Lewis, assistant director of the Hegi Family Career Development Center, advises students to make a plan before the fair about the employer representatives they’d like to visit so they can use their time efficiently.

“Do some research and find at least one thing that interests you,” Lewis says. “You can use that in your conversation with the representative. Employers are impressed by students who take the time to learn a little about their company.”

The fall fair takes place noon-4 p.m Thursday, Sept. 20, at Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Students can find a list of participating employers here.

Hegi Career Center counselors also offered these tips:

“As part of your research before the fair, check out your target employers on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Social media may provide you more information about the company culture and what it is like to work there.” – Guy Davis

“Dress in business casual clothing for the fair. Make eye contact and have a firm handshake when meeting employers for the first time.  These are simple yet powerful ways to be remembered.” – Darin Ford

“After the fair, if you met with a company that has a strong presence on Twitter or Facebook, tweet or post on its page about how great it was to learn about the company and its opportunities, and mention something specific that you discussed. The company’s social media team will be impressed and might even tweet back!” – Allison Dupuis

“After the fair, make sure you follow up with employer representatives who provided you their contact information. Thank-you notes are always appreciated. Also, check the career center website to see whether the company will be hosting an information session that you can attend.” – Lisa Tran

Originally published at the SMU Parents blog

September 19, 2012|Calendar Highlights, News|

Career & Internship Fair Prep Day: What students should know

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Another year, another new wave of students and prospective employees at SMU. And while students attend college for the education and higher learning required to get them to that dream job or career, are their interview skills, résumés and personal grooming quite at that same level?

For those without definite answers to that question, the Career & Internship Fair Prep Day event on Sept. 1 is something students should consider marking down on their calendars.

A precursor to the Career & Internship Fair Day itself (to be held two weeks later on Sept. 16), Prep Day is a Hegi Family Career Development Center-sponsored event at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center where student applicants receive a variety of workshops on preparing themselves for seeking that future job.

Workshops include:

  • Resumania (1-4 p.m.): Students meet one-on-one with employers, who provide valuable feedback on their resumes to use in job and/or internship searches.
  • Job Search Prep For International Students (1-1:50 p.m.): A workshop specifically designed to help SMU international students navigate and understand the job search process.
  • How To Succeed at the Career & Internship Fair (2-2:50 p.m.): Students will learn valuable tips and hints on how to make the most of their time and how to leave a good impression on prospective employers at the C&I Fair.
  • Dress For Success (3-3:50 p.m.): What to wear for that killer interview? Students get a tutorial on how to visually impress and ace the interview with the help of a well-selected wardrobe.
  • Speed Networking (4-7 p.m.): Students should RSVP for a session where they will practice their professional network skills with volunteers from various industries in a casual, informal setting. (NOTE: Attendees of this last event are required to be present for the entire three-hour block.)

All Career & Internship Fair Prep Day events will be held on the lower floor of the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. For more information, contact the Hegi Family Career Development Center at 214-768-2266 or visit online at smu.edu/career.

September 1, 2010|News|
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