The Mardi Gras Invitational (MGI) Career Fair is Wednesday, February 8 from 12:00 until 4:00 p.m. at the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Your future employer may be waiting there for you. Buses will continually provide free transportation from the Navy ROTC building on Freret Street to the Superdome starting at 11:30 a.m.
Apple, Entergy, Hyatt, Ochsner, Thomson Reuters, and the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security are among the employers participating this year. Students are encouraged to research the employers prior to attending. Even if you are not currently looking for a position, this is a valuable opportunity to talk to potential employers about industry trends, career options for your major, continued education planning, and tips on recruiting success. Career fairs also provide a safe place for networking, practicing your elevator speech, and honing your professional demeanor. Professional recruiters are there to meet you and find new talent for their organizations, so take advantage of this event.
Free shuttle service will pick up at Freret St. and McAllister, in front of the ROTC building. The first shuttle leaves at 11:30 a.m., with afternoon pickups at 12:15 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:45 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. The final shuttle will leave the Superdome for campus at 4:15 p.m.
Here are some important tips to get the most out of the MGI experience:
• Know who you want to talk to before arriving at the Superdome.
• Do your research. Recruiters are impressed if you show knowledge of their company.
• Prepare your elevator speech. This is a two-minute introduction highlighting your knowledge and skills. Planning ahead for what you will say eases anxiety and builds confidence.
• Professional dress is critical. A good first impression can mean the difference between getting an interview or getting your resume tossed.
Of course, bringing a polished and professional resume is a must. The Career Development Center is ready to help with Rapid Resume Reviews, held Monday and Tuesday, February 6 and 7, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., no appointment necessary. Contact Jamie Pollet in the Career Development Center for more information about MGI.
To learn tips on career fairs – what to wear, what to bring, what to say, and much more – stop by our office on the second floor of the Danna Center to pick up the handout Career Shopping: How to Successfully Use a Career Fair.