Email: westpacs@westpacs.org Phone: 724.816.3886

Candidate Event Information

SAVE THE DATE

Western PA Collegiate Job, Internship, and Graduate School Fair

Sponsored by WestPACS


Wednesday, October 9, 2019
10 am - 3 pm
Monroeville Convention Center
209 Mall Boulevard
Monroeville, PA
*both events happening simultaneously

CANDIDATE WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS AT THE FAIR

Presentations run throughout the day beginning at 9:30am - 12:00pm to help candidates make the most of the event, understand how to effectively follow up, and find out other tips for finding internship and employment opportunities. All presentations are hosted by recruiters attending the career fair.

Everyone is welcome to attend these workshops held in the Seminar Room near Candidate Registration.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES

All students and alumni who have attended or graduated from ANY college/university are invited to attend the event and meet with employers!

Students and alumni from WestPACS member schools
may pre-register online starting in September. The deadline to pre-register is 11:59pm on October 7, 2019 to attend for FREE. If you missed the pre-registration deadline, you may register at the event for a $10 fee (cash only). 

Students and alumni from schools outside the WestPACS consortium are welcome to attend, but will not be able to pre-register. Instead, candidates who fit this description will register at the event for a $10 fee at the door(cash only).  

All candidates are required to wear appropriate professional attire for admission to the fair.

If you have questions, please contact your school's career services office first, but if you still have questions, feel free to contact our Technology & Candidate Registration Chairperson, Kelsey Thompson, kthomps@iup.edu or 724-357-2235.



WONDERING IF YOU SHOULD ATTEND?
The advantages of attending...

  • Opportunity to meet employers - where else can you connect with a variety of employers in one location?
  • Provides face-to-face contact with employers.  A crucial component in a competitive job market.  You may send out hundreds of “faceless” resumes or online applications, but direct interaction with employers at a job fair allows you to deliver a “30-second elevator speech” selling your skills and personal qualities to the employer.  Make sure you ask questions and make a great first impression!
  • May be outside of your comfort zone but attending is an investment in your future.  You may not get a job offer at a fair, but you will make valuable contacts that may benefit you in your job and internship search.
  • Provides you with a chance to explore employers and career opportunities that you may never have thought about previously. 
  • Prompts you to do something about your resume writing and interviewing skills.
  • Provides you with an opportunity to polish your networking skills. 
  • This fall you'll also have the chance to speak with graduate school recruiters - so if you're unsure what your next step is in your career, this event is for you! 


WORDS OF ADVICE

Don't give up if you hear: "You need to apply online."  It's part of the process!
By making connections at a job fair, it can help bring your name to the top of the list once you do complete your online application.

As the Boy Scouts motto states, “Be prepared!”  
At any time, you should be prepared to apply online
Complete a hard-copy employment application
Present references or other documents
Attend an information session
Have dinner with a recruiter
Participate in an interview

Depending on the employer, all of these steps may be part of the application and hiring process. 

During your job search, you need to be prepared for any situation that could contribute toward securing a job.