SPRING 2017 WESTERN PA COLLEGIATE JOB & INTERNSHIP FAIR
Presented by WestPACS
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
10 am - 3 pm
Monroeville Convention Center
209 Mall Boulevard
CANDIDATE WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS AT THE FAIR
Session 1: “HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF THE JOB FAIR”
9:30 am – 10:00 am
Presenter: Jamie Timms, Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Session 2: “APPLYING ON USA JOBS”
10:15 am – 11:15 am
Presenter: Tamara (Ivosevic) Perconte, Federal Executive Board
Session 3: “WORKING AND LIVING IN THE PITTSBURGH REGION”
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Presenters: Joshua Devine & Kevin McKenzie, Allegheny Conference
All presentations are hosted by an employer representative attending the career fair.
Everyone is welcome to attend these workshops held in the Seminar Room near Candidate Registration.
REGISTRATION INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES
Students and alumni from WestPACS member schools
may pre-register online through 11:59pm on March 13, 2017 and attend
for FREE OR may register at the event for a $10 fee
(cash only). Candidate pre-registration will be available on our website at the end of August.
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 (cash
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 Candidate Registration Chair, Nicole Feldhues, firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-396-6644.
WONDERING IF YOU SHOULD ATTEND
Consider the following advice:
Many students feel
discouraged when they take the time to attend a job fair, only to have
employers tell them to apply online. Employers encourage candidates to
apply or post a resumé online because technology contributes to a more
efficient and cost effective application process. However, both online
and personal contacts with an organization are important aspects of the job
search. What are the advantages of each?
- Don't give up if you hear: "You need to apply online." It's part of the process but the job fair can still be helpful
- Helps you to better present your
qualifications at the job fair. After completing some online research of
the organization and reviewing its application process, you are better
prepared to approach the recruiter at the job fair.
- Helps you to
present how your qualifications meet the employer’s needs on your resumé and
in your brief encounter with a recruiter at the job fair.
your chances of getting a job. The more contacts that you have with an
organization, the more opportunities you have to present your
A job fair:
- Is a great opportunity to meet employers. Where else can you see many employers in one location, or be seen by them?
- Is a necessary evil, but also an investment in your future. You probably won’t get a job offer at a fair, but you will make some contacts that may benefit you in the future.
- Introduces you to the realities of the job search.
When you’re in “a sea of candidates,” you become aware of the competition and
you get a better idea of what it takes to get a job.
- Provides you with
a chance to explore employers and career opportunities that you never may have
- Prompts you to do something about your resumé
writing and interviewing skills.
- Provides you with an opportunity for
face-to-face contact with a recruiter and a chance to polish your networking
skills (no matter how brief your contact is).
- Is a great
opportunity for situational leadership. Take charge and assert
yourself. Get to be known!
- Face-to-face contact with employers is crucial in a competitive job
market. You may send out hundreds of “faceless” résumés or online
applications, but direct interaction with employers at a job fair allows you
to deliver a “30-second commercial” selling your skills and personal qualities
to the employer, ask questions, and make a great
Some Words of
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, and/or
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.