By Kelsey Jacobson
Students from BSU will get the chance to market themselves to future employers while finding internship opportunities or jobs at the Minnesota State Universities Job and Internship Fair this February. The event will consist of over 160 employers from business, government, and industry-related jobs, and all will be ready to connect with students from various majors. This is a place for students to meet employers outside of the area and to form connections within a competitive job market outside of BSU.
The event will take place on Friday, February, 26th from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Park. Before the event, students will need to upload their resume into Connect2Careers and pre-register for the fair as well. The free registration deadline will start on Monday, January, 25th and run until Friday, January 29th. Students will also get the chance to upload their resumes for employers to view before meeting them. The first 55 students registered will get free bus transportation to and from the event. Those who register with Career Services will also get a ten dollar food voucher along with a free pad portfolio.
Career Services suggests getting your resume critiqued by Resumes on the Run and to attend their events leading up to the event. On Wednesday, January, 20th find out about Connect2Careers, resume prep, and interviewing tips in Sattgast 248 from 3 until 4:30 p.m. Career Services will also be hosting the Job and Internship Fair Prep in the Crying Wolf room at 4 p.m. on Monday, February 8th. Mock interviews will be offered on Monday and Tuesday, February, 8th and 9th, which will help get students ready and will market their skills to employers and have the chance to practice their 30-second elevator speech about themselves. Before the big event, students can find out how to find internships in Sattgast 248 at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday February, 18th.
“Students should start searching for jobs 6-9 months prior to graduation; this is an opportunity for students to save time and effort while networking themselves,” said Nancy Haugen, Associate Director of Career Services. Her advice before the event: “come well-rested, have a positive attitude, print multiple copies of your resume, look professional, and practice your elevator speech beforehand.”