Sep 092010
Authors: Robyn Scherer

Next week, CSU will host the annual fall career fair. For you graduating seniors, this is a must-attend event. College graduates are having a hard time finding jobs, and this is a great opportunity for you to get your foot in the door.

For those of you who aren’t graduating, you should still go to the career fair. You can find summer internships, and get a good idea of the jobs that are available in your field.

If that isn’t a big enough perk for you, just think of all the free stuff you can get. You can stock up on pens, pencils and all sorts of goodies that you don’t really need but think you do.

Let’s get serious again. There are several things that you should do while at the career fair and even more things you shouldn’t.

If you are serious about getting a job, you better look the part. This means a minimum dress of business casual and certainly no jeans. Girls, don’t wear a low-cut top. The key is you need to look classy. Don’t show up in sweats, because that just shows you were too lazy to get dressed this morning. Employers will notice.

Show up clean. I know this should be a no-brainer, but I’ve seen students show up looking like they just rolled out of bed, which in reality, they probably did.

Take your resumé. If you are worried about your resume or just need to polish it up, stop by the Resume Rush on Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Duhesa Lounge. Part of your student fees go to funding the Career Center, so make sure you use it.

A strong resumé is the way for you to get your foot in the door. These employers will be meeting hundreds of students, so you need to find a way to stand out. A stellar resumé will do just that. Bring a minimum of 10 copies so you can hand them out to those you are interested in.

If you find an employer you are interested in, make sure to take time to talk to them. I’ve found, after the past four years, that several employers remember me now, and it makes it that much easier the next time I see them to talk to them about potential opportunities.

Give yourself enough time to look at all employers that you are interested in. Talk to some employers you might not think would fit what you want as well. Sometimes they have an opening that will fit you, but that’s not what they usually recruit for.

For those of you looking for internships, the majority of employers are looking for interns. Internships are the best way for you to get in-the-field experience, which is incredibly valuable once you try to get a full-time job.

Internships are good for another reason. Sometimes you think you know what you want, but once you work in the field, you can find out maybe you actually hate what you thought you wanted.

The career fair runs for three days. According to, Tuesday is the day for those looking for a career in Science, Environment, Health and Social Services. Wednesday is the day for Management, Finance, Liberal Arts and Marketing. Thursday is the day for Engineering and Technology.

Even if your major does not fit on a day you want to go, you might peruse the other days just for fun. Maybe you will spark a new interest. If anything, you can get some cool stuff.

Robyn Scherer is a graduate student studying integrated resource management. Her column appears Fridays in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to

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