King cake, parades, brass bands, and career fair . . . it must be Mardi Gras season in New Orleans! Are you ready?
MARDI GRAS INVITATIONAL CAREER FAIR
Employers from New Orleans and across the country are coming to this fair for one purpose – to hire college students. Many are hiring for their internship programs; others are looking for college seniors to hire for full-time positions. These employers want students from ALL majors. And they are looking to hire you!
Wednesday, February 23
12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
New Orleans Hilton Riverside Hotel
Grande Ballroom, 1st Floor
CAREER FAIR PREP WORKSHOP
If you’ve never been to a career fair or you have gone to one, but just didn’t feel comfortable, learn some important tips on career fair success at:
Career Fair Preparation Workshop
Tuesday, February 15: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Multimedia room 2, Monroe Library
- Learn how to research the employers
- Get tips on approaching employers
- Find out what to wear and what to bring
We’ll help you go to the fair with confidence.
RAPID RESUME REVIEWS
Is your resume polished and professional? Your resume is critical to your success at the MGI Career Fair. Career coaches will be available for extra walk-in sessions the two-days prior to the fair to help you put the final touches on your resume or even guide you through the drafting process, if you don’t have one. Rapid Resume Reviews will be held:
Monday, February 21: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 22: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
If you are an early planner, you may arrange an individual resume appointment with a CDC coach or come by during our normal walk-in hours every Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Find out what organizations are coming and the positions they are hiring. Just remember, we add new employers up to the day of the fair.
- Know who you want to talk to before you show up
- Surprise yourself with employers you never thought about
- Know about the organizations you’re interested in; it impresses recruiters and helps you know if the organization is right for you.
WHAT TO SAY
Prepare an introduction that highlights your knowledge and skills. Knowing what you want to say to recruiters helps ease anxiety and helps you feel more confident as you approach potential employers.
Bring several copies of your resume to give to employers. These should be on good quality, white or cream resume paper. Pay attention to the placement of the watermark in the paper; it should be in the same direction as the type in your resume – yes, recruiters look at this level of detail.
Carry these resumes in a nice folder or, better yet, a padfolio that also holds a pen, notes on employers, and paper to take notes. Don’t be discouraged, however, if employers direct you to their website and tell you to upload your resume there.
PROPER BUSINESS ATTIRE
Professional dress is critical! An employer’s first impression of you can mean the difference between getting an interview and getting your resume tossed. If you don’t own a suit, try to borrow one that fits well. If that is not an option, put together an outfit that comes as close as possible to a suit. Guys, this could be nice dress slacks freshly pressed with a belt, starched shirt, silk tie, and polished shoes. Women, business casual looks such as a nice skirt or slacks, attractive blouse or sweater that fits well and doesn’t show too much skin, modest shoes, low-key accessories, and natural make up could suffice.
Most of all, come to the fair. Talking to recruiting professionals is an excellent experience, even if you don’t find the job of your dreams. You never know where the connections may lead.