March 17, 2011

The Nation’s Third Oldest College Newspaper

Volume 81, Issue 8

Career Expo coming to NU

Employers will be on hand at the Caeer Expo on March 23. Picture courtesty of search.ahp.us.army.mil.

Employers will be on hand at the Caeer Expo on March 23. Picture courtesty of search.ahp.us.army.mil.

Mark the date, students of Niagara University! Wednesday, March 23, is the annual Career Expo, which is open to all majors. Students are encouraged to attend and meet employers for that chance at a part-time/full-time job or internship.

Mike Skowronski, corporate relations developer of Career Development, stressed the importance of attending the expo. He described it as a great opportunity that makes face-to-face contact invaluable.  

He shared a story he read in a local newspaper. The Buffalo/Rochester region ranks amongst the second lowest for workers with salary earnings of less than $50,000 per 1,000 people.

This really tells you something, he said.

In order to beat the statistics, students should take advantage of the opportunity to attend the Career Expo.  More than 15 companies will be present, including Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Girl Scouts of Western New York, Hard Rock Café, Old Fort Niagara Association, Praxair, Social Security Administration and Target.

Skowronski shared his enthusiasm. It's great because you have a variety of companies, he said. Take Enterprise, for example “ they own Alamo, too. Students could start off as management and just build their way up the ladder.

He stated Praxair has locations all over the country; if a student does not necessarily want to work in Buffalo, they could do so in a different state.

Target is another example he used. Students right out of college can begin in management with a starting salary of at least $45,000.

The phrase, it is all about connections, applies to the Career Expo. The more people a student knows, the better chance they have of getting a job. If a student builds relationships with companies at the expo, it shows great competence.

Skowronski offered advice on how to make connections and build relationships. Students should look to see who is coming and research ahead of time, he said. This means planning ahead of time to see which companies will be present and finding background information on each. Hands-on learning is so important, he said. Practical experience is essential and makes you highly employable.

Dress to impress, students! Take out your business suit and make sure it is neatly pressed. Looking for a job is all about dress. What kind of impression would it make on a potential employer if a student showed up in jeans and a T-shirt? Not a good one.

Appearance can make the difference between you getting the job instead of your friend. You're not going to have confidence if you do not dress professional, Skowronski said.

In addition to dress code, Skowronski offered other tips. He said students should contact employers ahead of time to show their interest; prepare a well-written resume and reference list; and arrive at the fair as early as possible.

All students are encouraged to  attend the fair, not just seniors. It is open to everyone “ even freshmen. Starting out younger and applying for internships is a great way to build a portfolio.

This experience is contingent on students, Skowronski said.

Participants at the expo are eligible to enter a contest to win a gift card from JetBlue Airlines.

The Career Expo will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Castellani Art Museum. For more information or to see the list of companies attending, visit http://www.niagara.edu/career-expo-companies-attending.

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