Going to College Job Fairs

I had the chance to go to Thomas College today in Waterville. It was actually a pretty fun time, and I got to meet lots of future Central Maine (and beyond) employees. I never went to college job fairs when I was a student at UMaine Orono, and to be honest, I have no idea why I didn't. If you are someone in college, you should probably check out your next college fair. Even if you aren't planning on staying in the area, college fairs are a great way to connect with businessmen and women. What were some things I noticed while I was there? Well......

It's a great place to pass out your resume

Do you ever feel like you send your applications and resumes off to companies only to wonder if anyone will actually look at them? Well, at a college career fair, often times you actually meet people in charge of hiring. A fair like this is kind of like tons of little interviews all packed into one short amount of time. It's a great place to interact with other students who are looking for a job, but also to see who is hiring and what skill sets you have that are needed in the corporate world.

It's a great place to get out of your comfort zone

You may be someone who is reserved and not a public speaker. College career fairs are a great place to break your shell and talk to multiple companies. I can tell you that going in for a potential job interview can be scary, and difficult for some people as well. If you go to a college fair, you can work on what you'll say to potential employers, and determine what they respond to when you say certain things. I liken job fairs to Twitter. If you can't say what you are offering the company in under 141 characters, you should probably rephrase what you are saying.

It's a great way to see what is out there for you

Before I started the job with Young and Free Maine, I was pretty choosy about who I wanted to work for. I was set on working either in journalism to some capacity, or sports information in some way or another. What I failed to realize is that even though I have a degree in journalism, there are tons of options out there for different job opportunities. Yes, the unemployment rate is a little high at the moment, but at the same time, I didn't even really think about looking elsewhere outside of jobs pertaining to my major. Job fairs let you see what is out there for you. You never know what company may have the job you are looking for. If you are an accountant, it doesn't mean you have to work in a financial institution. nearly every company needs accountants of some kind. Are you a marketer? Look beyond a marketing firm and see who may need a PR representative. You may be pleasantly surprised.

So, if you are in college, GO TO YOUR JOB FAIR! You won't be disappointed. Seriously...go do it.

Have you gone to your school's job fair?

Seth P.