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Candidate Event Information

FALL 2017 WESTERN PA COLLEGIATE JOB & INTERNSHIP FAIR
Presented by WestPACS

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
10 am - 3 pm
Monroeville Convention Center
209 Mall Boulevard
Monroeville, PA

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CANDIDATE WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS AT THE FAIR

Presentations run throughout the day beginning at 9:15am - 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.  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.

Make the Most of the Fair & Follow-up
9:30am
10:30am
11:30am

Applying to Civil Service Jobs
2pm-3pm


REGISTRATION INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES

Students and alumni from WestPACS member schools may pre-register online through 11:59pm on October 9, 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 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 Candidate Registration Chair, Nicole Feldhues, feldhuesn@duq.edu 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?

The online application process:

  • 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.
  • Improves your chances of getting a job.  The more contacts that you have with an organization, the more opportunities you have to present your qualifications.

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 may never have thought about. 
  • 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 impression!


Some Words of Advice

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.