At the Spring 2016 Career and Internship Fair on Thursday, Feb. 18, students will have the opportunity to network with over 75 companies, including Southwest Airlines, Peace Corps, EY, Epsilon and Sendero. Sponsored by the SMU Hegi Family Career Development Center, the fair is set for 4 to 7 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballrooms.
“Networking is such an integral part of the job process, and this event provides students of all majors with an open forum to do so on a larger scale,” says Regina James, associate director of the Hegi Career Center. “The Career Fair is a recruiting, networking and educational event, and we look forward to students taking advantage of that opportunity.”
- Watch a Mustang Minute! video of the February 2015 Career and Internship Fair by Myles Taylor of SMU News.
Hegi Career Center counselors encourage students to view the Career Fair as their first job interview and to be prepared. Here are their tips to being a top candidate:
- Attend drop-in hours at the Career Center from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and have a counselor review your resume. Bring plenty of copies of your resume to the Career Fair.
- While you’re at the Career Center, you can take assessments to identify your values, interests, personality and skills.
- Do your research. Review the list of participating employers, and learn more about the ones that interest you.
- Download the new SMU Career Fair + app on Google Play or Apple Store to get up-to-date information about the fair and participating employers.
SMU students who serve as Career Development Ambassadors for the Hegi Career Center also have advice for students about the fair:
- “The Career Fair can be crowded, loud and overwhelming. Make the most of it by preparing a resume and elevator pitch before attending.” – Katie Anderson
- “Show your interest, and make a genuine connection. Collect a business card, and send a follow-up within 24 hours. Do this, and the recruiter will remember you when you turn in an application. Remember, a job search is a full-time job for some people. Put in the time to do it right, and you will be rewarded.” – Justin Wolfe
– Hena Rafiq
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
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
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
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
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