| 03.17.2018

Professional prep — UI workshop helps students prepare for the upcoming Career Fair


The Career Services Center will help University of Idaho students prepare for the upcoming Career Fair in a workshop Feb. 7.

The workshop teaches students basic success strategies, including putting together an effective resume and cover letter and how to make good impression on employers.

“We provide some really great, practical, tips and strategies for students to not only be successful, but to stand out of the crowd,” said Eric Anderson, associate director of career development.

The Career Fair will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 2-6 p.m. in the ASUI Kibbie Dome.

Students listen to Eric Anderson (top left) as he explains the basics of the Spring Career Fair at Career Service’s Career Fair Workshop at noon Thursday in the Clearwater Room of the Idaho Commons.

UI junior Abbygale DeLeon said she attended the workshop because she wanted to know how best to prepare for the Career Fair beyond having a good resume.

“A good resume is obvious, but what I really wanted to learn was how best to approach employers and leave a lasting impression that could pretty much guarantee a hire,” DeLeon said.

After the workshop, DeLeon said she is much more confident attending the fair and believes that she will have no problem impressing employers now.

Career Services will host another session for students who missed the first workshop at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Idaho Commons and will also host a networking event immediately after to get more facetime with some of the employers featured at the fair.

With about 120 employers, Anderson said the fair will be the largest of its kind during the spring semester. He said he encourages all students to come to the Career Fair whether or not they are looking for internship or job opportunities, because meeting real recruiters and employers will help better prepare them for the future.

“The Career Fair is a great chance to practice getting dressed up, updating your resume and getting in front of employers just to see what their companies and organizations are about, what they’re looking for,” Anderson said.

Aside from the fair, Career Services is always able to help students one-on-one with navigating how and where to look for internships or jobs, how to put a good application together and help them apply for graduate schools if students are interested.

Anderson said Career Services can help with anything related to majors and career development — whether students need help exploring majors or exploring what they can do with their major.

“Our services are for everybody from first years to post docs, and they don’t stop once you graduate,” Anderson said. “Once a Vandal, always a Vandal.”

Olivia Heersink can be reached at arg-news@uidaho.edu or on Twitter @heersinkolivia

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