Students can make connections at Spring 2014 Career and Internship Fair

Darin Ford

Students can make connections at Spring 2014 Career and Internship Fair

SMU students will have the opportunity to connect with 117 companies and more than 225 employer representatives at the University’s Spring 2014 Career and Internship Fair Monday, Feb. 24. Employers attending include the U.S. Department of Labor, Neiman Marcus, Peace Corps, McAfee Inc., American Airlines, KPMG, Citi, Ernst and Young, Deliotte, JCPenney and many others.

Sponsored by SMU’s Hegi Family Career Development Center, the fair takes place noon to 4 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center.

Darin Ford, director of the Hegi Career Center, says the event can open a variety of doors for students, whether it is their first semester or their last. “For the first time, we have partnered with eight SMU graduate school departments who will be in attendance recruiting students for graduate school opportunities on the Hilltop,” he says.

“Be prepared,” he adds. “Students who do their research always stand out above the rest.”

> Watch a video of the February 2013 Career and Internship Fair by Myles Taylor of SMU News video

To prepare for the fair, Hegi Career Center counselors suggest:

  • Dress for success by wearing professional business attire;
  • Print out and bring multiple copies of your résumé for the opportunity to network with multiple companies;
  • Research the companies that will be in attendance and choose the ones that interest you most;
  • Come early to meet with “fresh and ready” recruiters.

The center offers students and alumni multiple resources in addition to the biannual fair, including:

  • One-on-one meetings with counselors, career assessments and a four-year plan;
  • Discussions with industry panels composed of employers who provide professional advice;
  • Workshops on interviewing, résumés and other career skills;
  • MustangTRAK, an online database featuring hundreds of jobs and internships, and UCAN, or University Career Action Network, a shared internship database among universities across the country.

Alumni are invited to share their career expertise and mentor SMU students. Learn more at SMU Connection.

Written by Sarah Hanan

February 19, 2014|News|

Students can network with ‘dream companies’ at Fall 2013 fair

At the Fall 2013 Career and Internship Fair on Thursday, Sept. 19, students will have the opportunity to meet 112 companies and network with more than 270 employer representatives. Employers attending include the U.S. State Department, Neiman Marcus, Peace Corp, Scribe.ology, American Airlines, General Motors, KPMG, the FDIC, Ernst and Young, Deliotte, Hitachi Consulting and many others.

  • Watch a video of the February 2013 Career and Internship Fair by Myles Taylor of SMU News video

Sponsored by SMU’s Hegi Family Career Development Center, the fair will take place noon to 4 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center.

Darin Ford, director of the Hegi Career Center, says the event will open a variety of doors for all SMU students, whether it is their first semester or their last. “Students are four times more likely to receive a job or internship offer if they have networked with someone in their dream company,” he says.

All majors are encouraged to attend the fair in order to gain real-world practice by using the skills and knowledge they’ve acquired in the classroom, says Ford.

Written by Alyssa Eubank ’14

> Read more from the SMU Parents blog

September 13, 2013|Calendar Highlights, News|

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|
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