NJIT’s annual spring Career Fair, sponsored by NJIT’s Career Development Services (CDS), will be held March 6, 2013 from 12:30 -5 p.m. throughout the campus. It is expected to be the largest ever, with more than 175 companies and government agencies coming to interview upwards of 2,000 students and alumni.Registered employers will represent dozens of industries including engineering and architecture, manufacturing, information-technology, business and financial services, health services, communications, and government, not-for profit agencies and more. Among the many employers to attend are AT&T, Biomet, Colgate-Palmolive, Infineum, Johnson & Johnson, McGraw Hill, and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
“NJIT career fairs are wonderful events for students to interact with prospective employers,” stated Greg Mass, executive director, NJIT Career Development Services. “We host career fairs each semester at NJIT and they have proven to be highly effective avenues for our students to obtain summer, internship and co-op offers, and for our graduates receiving offers of full time employment.”
Students are advised prior to the fair to have their resume reviewed by a CDS staff member or someone with strong grammar and spelling skills. All job seekers should dress professionally and bring multiple copies of their resume to the fair to hand out to prospective employers. “We encourage students and alumni to review the on-line list of participating companies before attending the fair and to select ten to twelve employers to visit on the day of fair. These select employers should then be further reviewed for the purpose of learning more about the organization and about the current job opening posted on the company’s website,” Mass stated.
Finally, students are advised to craft a personal “elevator pitch” which is a term used to describe how one promotes their qualifications and interests in the time span of an elevator ride, or approximately thirty seconds to two minutes. Job seekers typically only have a few minutes to talk to each employer. Pitches should be crafted to demonstrate knowledge, confidence and awareness. Employers are impressed with students who have taken the time to learn about their organizations, say counselors. Conversely, they are unimpressed by unprepared students.
Any questions? Stop by CDS offices, Campbell Hall (5th Floor) or call 973.596.3100.
In addition to career fairs, NJIT’s Career Development Services offers year-round career advising and workshops to help students strengthen their job search marketing skills and documents.