The IUP Spring 2018 Career Fair provides an opportunity for students to explore part-time, full-time, and internship opportunities in several areas, including behavioral sciences, healthcare, business, criminology, summer employment, government, and public service. The fair is open to employers in all fields seeking students from any of IUP’s more than 175 academic majors and certificate programs for full-time, part-time, seasonal, and internship employment.
Your meeting with company representatives at the fair is your first impression to the rest of the company. If you do not impress them the first time you meet, you may not get a second chance. Plan in advance what you are going to wear, and be sure everything is neat, clean, and pressed. Simple and conservative attire is usually best.
Before the fair, review your résumé. Is it attractive and error free? Does it sell your skills to the company representative? Is it targeted to the type of employment you are currently seeking? Bring a couple dozen professional-quality copies with you to the fair.
For more on résumés, see our Résumé section.
There are a few basic questions you will probably be asked all day. If you do not have an answer ready for this question, you will not look prepared. Here is a prime example:
“What type of job are you looking for?”
Although it may be partly true, do not say you will take any job they have. Commit to a specific type of job such as customer service support, clerical assistant, accounting clerk, welder, etc. If you do not want to be specific, offer your experience.
“I have skills in sales, marketing, and advertising, and I am interested in opportunities with your company.”
You might be asked to describe your strength and skills, experience, special training, or qualifications for a specific job. Someone might ask you why you left your previous job or why you are looking for a career change. If you are prepared to field a variety of questions, your tact and skill will show you as a superior candidate.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania is committed to the safety and security of its students, faculty, staff, and visitors. As such, the decision to cancel classes, close the university, and/or cancel or postpone IUP-sponsored programs or activities is
based on the overall concern for the safety and security of the university community. In general, however, IUP’s practice is to remain open and to conduct business as usual during periods of inclement weather, except as noted in the University’s
Inclement Weather Policy and Procedures.
Career fairs and/or networking events will be cancelled only if inclement weather conditions arise or be anticipated that would make it unsafe to continue the non-essential operations of the university, resulting in the president electing to close the
university (i.e., cancel all classes and suspend all non-essential operations).
If the university remains open, the career fair and/or networking event will continue to be held. Although caution is advised, attendance at the career events will be up to the discretion of the attendee. The Career and Professional Development Center
will not be responsible for ensuring the employers or candidates will attend.
Please note: Any posting by companies where the student must give “parties” or do in-home demonstrations, provided that the products are generally tasteful household or personal care/fashion related products, will be approved for job
postings, but with no access given to resumes. Distasteful (i.e., might reflect negatively on IUP or department stakeholders) services/products will not be approved for posting or registering for career fairs.
For information, please contact Jan Shellenbarger at 724-357-2235 or firstname.lastname@example.org.