Each Fall, in late October or early November, Otterbein partners with Capital and Ohio Dominican Universities to coordinate the Collegiate Career Fair. Nearly 50 organizations and graduate programs attend to discuss their internship, full-time, and graduate program opportunities.
The Peer-To-Peer Internship Fair is a terrific opportunity for Otterbein students to learn from their peers about the internship search process, experiences gained, and key takeaways. Held early in the spring semester, students considering an internship are highly encouraged to attend.
Each February, Otterbein students participate in CareerFest, a job and internship fair sponsored by the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC). Over 100 employers - businesses, corporations, non-profit groups and government agencies come to discuss permanent employment and internship opportunities. Many employers and students engage in follow-up interviews.
Also, in February, The Center for Career & Professional Development and the Center for Community Engagement collaborate for the annual Non-Profit Job & Internship Fair. Nearly 30 organizations visit campus to discuss their available job and internship opportunities.
In March, the Health Opportunities Fair provides students an opportunity to connect with representatives from local health systems and hospitals, rehabilitation centers, wellness-based organizations and graduate programs in the health sciences.
Tips for Getting the Most Out of a Career Fair
You've got plenty of copies of your resume, you've practiced your handshake, and your interview outfit is pressed. Now what? Here are a few pointers gleaned from recruiters who attend career fairs.
- These are great networking opportunities, be professional, poised and polished! Wear the most professional outfit you own.
- Research participating organizations before the event. Know what they do, some key initiatives, and the opportunities they have available. When you engage a recruiter in intelligent dialogue, you stand out. You have limited time at the career fair, so use it wisely.
- Prepare a 15-20 second script to introduce yourself; your full name, major, class year, areas of campus involvement, why you are interested in the organization and what skills you have to offer. Maintain good eye contact and offer a firm handshake.
- Bring multiple copies of your resume. Some employers will take them, some won’t. Most employers will require you to apply for positions online to be considered as an official applicant.
- When you talk to employers, keep your conversations focused and brief. Demonstrate your knowledge of the organization and how your experiences align with their needs and can add value.
- When you give a recruiter your resume, ask what the next step in the process is.
- Ask for a business card so you can follow up after the event.