Now Hiring: SJU Helps Students Stand Out From the Pack
Thursday, September 20, 2007
PHILADELPHIA (September 20, 2007) – For the average student, preparation for a career fair may begin that morning, shuffling through what clothes to wear and printing out copies of their resume. For a Saint Joseph's student, however, preparation begins weeks in advance, long before the doors of the Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse open to students and employers on September 27 for the annual Fall Career Fair.
In the two weeks leading up to the Fair, the Career Development Center has been holding workshops aiming to educate and train students to maximize their experience there. Rhonda Cohen, assistant director of the Career Development Center, says this opportunity to prepare students so thoroughly for the fair sets Saint Joseph's apart from other universities.
"I think what makes us unique is that we really do as much as we can to make sure the students are well-prepared and know what to expect at the fair," Cohen said.
The "Making the Most of the Career Fair" workshop caters to the student who has never been to a career fair before, including tips on what to wear and what to bring. The "Resume Workshop" is designed to aid students in creating a formal and impressive resume. And the "Seniors…Get a Job!" workshop offers an overview of the on-campus interviewing program. Each workshop is held multiple times to allow the maximum number of students to attend. The Center also holds extended walk-in hours the week before the fair for critiquing resumes and answering general questions.
This year, the 2007 Fall Career Fair will host over 170 businesses and non-profit, government and media organizations, all in search of potential interns and part-time and full-time employees. This volume of employers adds to the University's status as one of Philadelphia's leading pools for potential employees.
"Saint Joseph's has a really strong reputation in the Philadelphia area for providing well-trained, well-educated, highly skilled, ethical people with integrity that want to do good work and make a difference for an organization," said Matthew J. Brink, director of the Career Development Center.
For the Center, preparation for the career fair begins months in advance with the employer invitations. In addition to the loyal set of employers that come every year, the Center utilizes its alumni network to establish connections with potential companies. "We spend a significant amount of time developing our invite list, which typically incorporates alumni who work in organizations and want to advocate on behalf of our current students, to encourage their organizations to participate. So we have a lot of alumni that we reach out to to let them know that this is one way they can give back," said Brink.
The 2007 Fall Career Fair will be held in the Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse on Thursday, September 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A list of the workshops the Career Development Center is offering can be found at www.sju.edu/careers. More information on the Fall Career Fair can be found online.