Career Services staff thinking spring

Students urged to start preparation for February, March career fairs

NIU career fair crowdThe holidays have begun, final exams are fast-approaching and winter break isn’t far behind.

Nonetheless, staff in NIU Career Services have an important message for students from freshmen to seniors: The time to start thinking about spring semester career fairs is now.

NIU’s spring 2013 career fairs offer students the chance to network and impress potential employers, who rely on internships as an important source for identifying and hiring new talent.

To help in the preparations, Career Services will offer two workshops.

  • Internship Fair, Job Fair & Interview Preparation Workshop
    • 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11
    • Campus Life Building, Room 100
  • ABCs of Getting an Internship
    • 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13
    • Holmes Student Center, Capitol Room

Meanwhile, NIU’s job and internship search system – Huskies Get Hired! – is always available online. NIU students upload their résumés and publish their résumés to résumé books to the site; employers use the site to find new talent for jobs and internships.

For more helpful tips and information, call (815) 753-1641 or email CareerServices@niu.edu.

SPRING 2013 CAREER FAIR SCHEDULE

Internship Fair
Tuesday, Feb. 19

The Internship Fair takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Convocation Center. Admission is free. Candidates are encouraged to research the list of employers online. Check back frequently, as new employers are added daily.

Full-Time Job Fair
Wednesday, Feb. 20

NIU’s Full-Time Job Fair takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Convocation Center for seniors and NIU alumni. Admission is free for NIU students, $5 for NIU alumni and $10 for non-NIU candidates. Again, candidates are encouraged to research the list of employers online. Check back frequently, as new employers are added daily.

Photo of a green chalkboard with erasers and an appleNIU Educators’ Job Fair
Monday, Feb. 25

NIU students and alumni are welcome to attend the open session from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Non-NIU students are welcome from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Interviews are by invitation only and are scheduled by the employers at the fair from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Admission to the NIU Educators’ Job Fair is free for NIU students and alumni and $10 for all other candidates. Pre-register at www.edfair.niu.edu.

Students and alumni! Submit your résumés to edresumes@niu.edu for review by Monday, Dec. 31.

Retail Leadership Expo
Thursday, March 28
sponsored by Kohl’s

Attractive career options in the retail sector are causing college students to engage in a robust career and hiring environment and, according to a recent study published by the National Retail Federation, one in four Americans has a rewarding career within retail sector.

Hiring needs were identified in merchandising; retail operations (stores, field); merchandise planning; finance; information technology; inventory management; loss prevention; human resources; marketing and advertising; logistics and transportation; and multi-channel e-commerce.

The Retail Leadership Expo is a professional networking event which includes retail career overviews presented by top retail executives followed a networking “mocktail” reception with 15 to 20 retail companies. Professional dress is required. Bring plenty of résumés that were reviewed by Career Services.

The expo takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center, Admission is free. Pre-registration is required and will begin in February at www.retail.niu.edu.

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