Sara D’Angelo Recruiting Manager, TA & University Relations for the Americas at Marriott International shares her tips for students.
Experiential Education & Career Services hosted a full docket of career events this fall bringing students the opportunity to meet with, network with, apply for, and interview on-campus. This work wouldn't be possible without the support of our faculty and administration.
A strategic collaboration with faculty and Experiential Education & Career Services ensured strong attendance by students. Hospitality faculty gave specific assignments to students to encourage participation and The College of Culinary Arts faculty provided guided tours to freshman who attended the career fair for the first time.
With more than 160 employers under one roof for the day, it was rewarding to see over 75 of them returning to campus as alumni employers to recruit JWU students. David Salcfas '88 Hotel Manager of the NY Marriott Marquis shared his thoughts on the success of the day with Chancellor Bowen:
We asked a student for her impressions of the day. Charlotte Brecher received her associates in baking & pastry arts and will graduate with her bachelor's in Food Service Management this spring. She has been to several career fairs during her time at JWU. Last Fall, she landed an internship at the career fair and spent the winter term at Bar Boulud in New York City. She had the opportunity to return this summer and worked at both Bar Boulud and Boulud Sud. She has kept in touch with her chef and had the opportunity to meet up with her during the career fair. Charlotte was excited to reconnect with Chef and illustrates a great example on the value of networking and staying connected beyond the internship experience.
Visit Experiential Education & Career Services to find out more about internships, prepare for career events, resume critiques, mock interviews, and more.
Hear what employers had to say about our talented Engineering & Design Students attending this year's event.
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Want more? Visit link.jwu.edu > jobs & internships > career events to learn more about preparing for a career event with our career advisors.
A GUIDE ON ATTENDING AND PREPARING FOR CAREER FAIRS
It’s a lot to think about knowing the real world is knocking on your door. At the same time, I know that the experiences I’ve had at Johnson & Wales have prepared me for that ‘real world’. Here are some tips I picked up while working as a Graduate Assistant in Experiential Education & Career Services.
Before the Career Fair
One of the most underestimated steps in planning for a Career Fair is to Know Your Goal. And by that, we’re not talking about knowing that you want a job or an internship. Knowing your goal requires a deeper understanding of the way you want to feel when you leave the Career Fair.
In a room buzzing with the sounds of palpable excitement, nervousness and competition, making an impressive first impression on an employer can be a tall order. But you’d be surprised how simple forethought and planning can give you the outcome you’re hoping for!
A great place to start is to do some basic research on the employers that will be at the Career Fair. Here’s how you can do that:
- Log in to jwuLink
- Go to the Jobs & Internships tab
- Go to the Career Events section and click Register
- Go to the Career Events & Workshops tab on the menu at the top
- Select Career Fair from the Category drop-down
- Hit Search
- Select your Campus’ Event
- Select View Employers Attending
Research the employers that you’re interested in, and then prioritize the ones you will focus your attention on. Nothing dampens a Career Fair experience like bustling through the crowd without knowing what you’re looking for. A little research can go a long way!
At the Career Fair
Once you’re at the Career Fair, make the most of it. It isn’t often that employers gather for hours in a purposeful effort to meet students. Here are a few things you should do, if you want to leave with more than some cool giveaways!
Be mindful of your body language
In many ways, a career fair is a test of your social skills. Remember to introduce yourself confidently and shake hands with people you meet. Employers are almost always friendly and outgoing, so they’ll expect the same from you!
Ask good questions
Asking the right questions is a great way to show an employer that you did your research. Employers are just as impressed with the questions you pose, as well as your well-thought-out answers.
Don’t ask a question with the sole intention of sounding intelligent. Employers can see through that! Be genuinely interested and listen to what they’re saying. You could learn something you didn’t know, and they’ll be impressed with your mindset.
Bring Your Resume and Business Cards
Make sure that your resume is in good shape, and if you don’t have a business card yet - making one is a great investment! Business cards add an extra touch of personality to accompany your resume. Bring enough copies of both, so that you can leave a set with every employer that you meet.
Request Business Cards from Employers
An important part of going to the Career Fair is following up with the employers that you met. So, remember to ask them for their business cards too! This will show confidence, and will also help you send ‘thank you’ notes to the right people.
A little time and effort can easily turn into an opportunity that you might not have otherwise had. So don’t let a Career Fair overwhelm you. Instead, remember that leaving with what you wanted will take a little more than a great suit and resume!
Visit link.jwu.edu > jobs & internships and make an appointment with a career advisor for more guidance.
Experiential Education & Career Services is busy preparing for spring on-campus recruitment at each of our campuses. Below is a summary of events by campus to help you prepare.
Students who prepare by doing their research on employers and working with EE&CS for advising including mock interviews helps them to gain an advantage in this competitive job market.
Remember, professional dress is required. Prepare for the event by visiting Experiential Education & Career Services.
PROVIDENCE CAMPUS: Career Expo & Summer Seasonal Career Fair
Thursday, March 9, 10am-2:30am
Opportunities for all students - Over 160 Employers will be recruiting for full-time, part time, internship and seasonal positions.
Employers include: Amica, Kohls, IGT (GTech Corporation), FBI, Marriott International, Newport Harbor Corporation, IKEA and many more!
To prepare visit us at Downcity: John Hazen White Building, 1st Floor & at Harborside: Friedman Center, 1st Floor. Hours: M-Th 8a-6p & F 8:30a-4:30p
NO. MIAMI CAMPUS: Spring Career Expo
Wednesday, March 22
Wildcat Center, No. Miami
Senior Networking 9am – 10am, Floor Opens All Class Levels 10am – 2pm
Over 70 Employers will be recruiting including: Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, FBI, Florida Department of Children & Families, Trump National Doral-Miami, South Seas Island Resort, Seminole Gaming, Holland America Group - Seabourn Cruise Line, and many more!
To prepare visit us at: Academic Student Center –Suite #103, Hours: M-F 8:30am-4:30pm
DENVER CAMPUS: Career Expo
Wednesday, April 12, Great Hall 11:30am - 2:30pm
Over 60 employers will be recruiting including: MGM Resorts, Lindblad Expeditions (National Geographic Tours), Marriott International, Four Seasons Denver and Vail, Vail Resorts, Ameristar Resorts and Casino
To prepare visit us at 7150 Montview Blvd Denver, 1st floor Academic Center– Hours: M-F 8:30am-4:30pm
CHARLOTTE CAMPUS: Hospitality & Food Service Spring Expo
Thursday, March 23, 11:30am-2:45pm
Over 100 employers are expected including: Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, Caesars Entertainment, Carolina Panthers, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., The Inn at Little Washington, Blackberry Farm, The Greenbrier Hotel & Resort, Omni Hotels & Resorts, and many more!
To prepare visit: 801 W. Trade Street, Suite 145 – Hours: M-F 8:30am-4:30pm